XTC's 'Skylarking' returns as double-vinyl reissue
XTC is re-releasing their 1986 album Skylarking, according to always excellent Slicing Up Eyeballs website. But the best news: It's coming out on double vinyl. Andy Partridge's Ape House Records will handle the honors, though a release date isn't known yet. (No plans yet for a CD version either.)
"According to Ape House, mastering engineer John Dent was working on a vinyl reissue of the Todd Rundgren-produced Skylarking — which the band long had felt 'sounded a little too thin and bass light' — when he discovered that all previous vinyl and CD editions (including the pricey Mobile Fidelity gold CD) were manufactured with the sound polarity reversed," Slicing Up Eyeballs reports.
Dent reports that the "original tapes appear in very good condition," and Ape House plans “to present to you shortly a splendid double deep vinyl cut of this classic XTC album as it was intended to sound."
Skylarking to me always conjures up the mellow, skipping tune Grass. But most people probably associate the album with the mopey anthem Dear God, originally the non-album B-side to the single Grass. It did actually appear on later pressings of the album. No word on whether it makes this re-issue, but I'd be shocked if it was missing.