XTC – ” Oranges and Lemons ” Reissue

Posted: August 7, 2020 in MUSIC
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XTC / Oranges and Lemons 2LP vinyl

XTC‘s 1989 album Oranges and Lemons is being made available on vinyl next month. The album, which features the singles ‘King For A Day’, ‘The Mayor of Simpleton’ and ‘The Loving’ is the eighth in a series of XTC Classics to be issued on a 200g vinyl edition. It has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering with input from Andy Partridge and is fully approved by XTC.

This is the first time the record has been available on vinyl since the original release and a few improvements have been made, including reworking the sleeve to present the front cover image in all its psychedelic glory and making this a gatefold with song lyrics (the original was a single sleeve). Why the Mayor of Simpleton was not a bigger hit has always flummoxed me. Superbly catchy and Moulding’s bassline alone is a solid classic (apparently he was asked to join Pink Floyd around this time).

The single “Dear God” knocked loudly on the door of commercial acceptance in America, and after over a decade of making some of the best records of the era, it seemed that bigger success was just within reach as they released ‘Oranges & Lemons’ in 1989. The first single from the album, “The Mayor of Simpleton,” actually made the Billboard Hot 100 and checked in at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart. The bright and buoyant track was but one gem among two LPs worth of great tunes. The only fault of the LP was its somewhat glossy ’90s production values. Fortunately, the songs are able to cut through the glare, for the most part.

Extract from Oranges & Lemons Blu-ray 5.1 Surround, Filmed by West-One Television ,London ,16 January 1989
UK version directed by Nick Jones (as Ian Absentia)
Oranges And Lemons is the third in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material.
Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory.

“Oranges & Lemons” is the third in a series of remixed & expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge, and is fully approved by XTC. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix, while the Blu-Ray features a wealth of content, continuing the “virtual box set on a single disc” concept of the first two releases in the series:

  • 5.1 Surround album mix in 24bit/96khz available in LPCM and DTS HD MA
  • a new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • instrumental versions of all new stereo mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • a flat transfer of the original stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio
  • 2 separate sets of demo & work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings
  • 1 set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos & ID links for radio stations & record companies
  • a collection of single mixes & XTC’s version of Captain Beefheart’s “Ella Guru”
  • promo films for “The Mayor of Simpleton” (3 versions), “King for a Day” and “The Road to Oranges & Lemons’, a rarely seen home-made film by the band explaining the album (and themselves!) to Geffen Records USA.

Presented in special packaging with expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding & Dave Gregory.

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