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XTC click here for complete listing. Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description. Additional info:. COM Ref No. Between late and early , the members spent a significant amount of time on tour, making stops in Japan, Britain, mainland Europe and the United States, while also writing the songs that would form Black Sea. The team were asked to return for the recording of "Take This Town". Partridge remembered seeing "how Steve and Hugh had progressed" after working with Peter Gabriel and developing their signature gated reverb drum sound: "I think they developed a few interesting new techniques and there was a new toughness to our recordings.
Partridge described the production as taking " Drums and Wires to the Nth degree The drums got boomier and bigger and more gated and more aggressive, and the guitars got slashier, with more punch to them. Black Sea was recorded in six weeks, longer than Drums and Wires , during which time the band resided on an upper floor of the studio.
Moulding said it was a "Real luxury—bare box rooms with a bed and carpet. As Gregory explained, "He's not a very giving musician when it's his song you're recording. I was incredibly frustrated during the sessions and then it was just tour, tour, tour. So, if I had to do the vocals, I usually gave myself a simpler part that I could play and sing with.
Once the song was finished, he realised that there "couldn't be any other nation I'm talking about" besides England, and appended an old-fashioned Noel Coward -style intro that was then repurposed for the bridge section. The song was Moulding's attempt at a composition with one chord, inspired by the Beatles ' " Doctor Robert " and " Paperback Writer ", while the guitar riff was supplied by Partridge. Chambers played a disco drumbeat. It is one of the few XTC songs that modulates key , which was unintentional, and one of the few XTC recordings that necessitated an edit on Chambers' drum performance.
The music stemmed from Partridge "subconsciously" trying to rewrite the Beatles' " Rain ", desiring "clangorous guitars crashing together, and sort of droning. This was one of the band's running jokes during sessions.
Rock Is Going to Help Me " is a lyrical throwback to the group's earlier songs when they were known as the Helium Kidz. The band wanted the album's cover design to be a marked contrast from Drums and Wires. Yelko says:. August 17, at Chris Squires says:.
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Wilson is also adept at breathing new life into stereo mixes, taking advantage of 21st century technologies yet honoring the original intent of the artists and producers. In this instance, the secret sauce which keeps everything together tastes like none other than drummer Terry Chambers, whose presence quite literally fills the room in this surround mix. It is arguably one of the most rocking 5.
The listener is almost in the drummer's seat in this mix -- don't freak out audiophile purists, that description is simply designed to create a visual picture of how big the drum sound is -- and that is not a bad thing as you have all your best band mates from XTC around. The result is a wonderful listening experience that still sounds like Black Sea is supposed to sound , yet offering a new vantage points and perspective.
I found myself dancing around the room a bit as I enjoyed the surround mix from most every vantage point without losing the essence of the music -- something that doesn't always happen with surround mixes. You can play this surround mix for friends during a party and those not in the sweet spot of your home theater set up will not have a compromised listening experience. This new Steven Wilson remix also offers new clarity.
Those aforementioned end-of-vinyl-side tracks like "No Language in Our Lungs" and "Travels in Nihilon" sound tremendous.Sep 18, · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Black Sea on Discogs. Label: Virgin - V • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave XTC - Black Sea (, Vinyl) | Discogs/5().