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Skylarking is the ninth studio album by the English rock band XTC, released on 27 October 1986. Skylarking is a loose concept album centered around various cycles in life, such as the seasons, days, and years. Skylarking Q&A. Produced By Todd Rundgren. Producers Todd Rundgren. Writers Andy Partridge & Colin Moulding.

Field music: Swindoners’ pastoral epiphany, finally as nature intende. ever in quite the right place at the right time, XTC might have only ever delivered near-misses, had a miserable experience not thrown up a definitive recording. As Partridge acknowledged, Skylarking may be the only XTC album where Moulding and he seemed to be on a genuine musical par. Regarded by Virgin as the band’s best bet in commercial terms, Moulding’s writing never had the undercurrent of mania, or the excitable twists of Partridge’s, but his weirdly inconsequential non-songwriting – simple, guileless, uncluttered – hits a lifetime-peak here.

European release, printed in Western Germany non-embossed cover Issued with printed inner sleeve. For European version with UK cat V 2399 on rear cover see here: XTC - Skylarking. Matrix, Runout (Runout A-side, stamped): DM 207905 A-2/10-86.

Combining the charming pastoral feel of Mummer with the classicist English pop of The Big Express, XTC expand their signature sound by enhancing their intelligently melodic pop with graceful, lyrical arrangements and sweeping, detailed instrumentation. Rundgren may have devised the sequencing, helping the record feel like a song cycle even if it doesn't play like one, but what really impresses is the consistency and depth of Andy Partridge's and Colin Moulding's songs.

Tracklist: 1. Summer’s Cauldron, 2. Grass, 3. The Meeting Place, 4. That’s Really Super, Supergirl, 5. Ballet For A Rainy Day, 6. 1000 Umbrellas, 7. Season Cycle, 8. Earn Enough For Us, 9. Big Day, 10. Another Satellite, 11. Mermaid Smiled, 12. The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul, 13. Dying, 14. Sacrificial Bonfire.

Skylarking sees the perfect marriage between XTC’s finely tuned pop sensibilities and their art-rock quirkiness. Brimming with psychedelic, pastoral imagery, this album makes for a beautiful experience that pairs lush arrangements with the band’s characteristic sense of irony. Based around Rundgren’s concept of an album completely interconnected by the cycle of life and death, Skylarking shows a clear forward momentum throughout the track listing and rarely loses its footing. The first two-song suite boasts a woozy infatuation with nature and the ideals of youth.

Listen free to XTC – Skylarking (Summer's Cauldron, Grass and more). This album has a very "Beatlesque" feel to it. Often cited as XTC's best album. Initially released with "Mermaid Smiled" in the UK, but then new pressings had "Dear God" added after it became a minor hit on alternative charts Despite all that in November 22, 2010 Ape Records re-issued Skylarking on remastered 45RPM vinyl covered in the original artwor. iscover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.

Band Name XTC. Album Name Skylarking.

Working with producer Todd Rundgren didn't necessarily bring XTC a sense of sonic cohesion - after all, every record since English Settlement followed its own interior logic - but it did help the group sharpen its focus, making Skylarking its tightest record since Drums and Wires. Ironically, Skylarking had little to do with new wave and everything to do with the lush, post-psychedelic pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys.

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A1 Summer's Cauldron
A2 Grass
A3 The Meeting Place
A4 That's Really Super, Supergirl
A5 Ballet For A Rainy Day
A6 1000 Umbrellas
Arranged By [Strings] – Dave Gregory
A7 Season Cycle
B1 Earn Enough For Us
B2 Big Day
B3 Another Satellite
B4 Mermaid Smiled
B5 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
B6 Dying
B7 Sacrificial Bonfire

Companies, etc.

  • Marketed By – Virgin Records NZ Ltd.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Virgin Records Ltd.

Credits

  • Artwork [Sleeve Drawings] – Dave Dragon
  • Backing Vocals – The Beech Avenue Boys
  • Composed By – Andy Partridge (tracks: A1, A4 to B1, B3 to B5), Colin Moulding (tracks: A2, A3, B2, B6, B7)
  • Engineer [Assistant] – George Cowan, Kim Foscato
  • Producer, Engineer, Arranged By [Orchestral], Programmed By [Computer Programming] – Todd Rundgren
  • Typography – Ken Ansell
  • Vocals, Bass Guitar, Other [Bonfire] – Colin Moulding
  • Vocals, Guitar – Andy Partridge
  • Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards [Chamberlin], Tipple [The Odd Tiple] – Dave Gregory

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 012981 239916

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
V 2399 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album) Virgin V 2399 UK 1986
M5G 24117, GEF M5G 24117 XTC Skylarking ‎(Cass, Album, Club, CH,) Geffen Records, Geffen Records M5G 24117, GEF M5G 24117 US 1986
APELP113 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, RE, RM) Ape House APELP113 UK 2018
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, RE, All) Geffen Records GHS 24117 US 1986
GHS 2411 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, Club) Geffen Records GHS 2411 US 1986

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Summer's Cauldron
A2 Grass
A3 The Meeting Place
A4 That's Really Super, Supergirl
A5 Ballet For A Rainy Day
A6 1000 Umbrellas
Arranged By [Strings] – Dave Gregory
A7 Season Cycle
B1 Earn Enough For Us
B2 Big Day
B3 Another Satellite
B4 Mermaid Smiled
B5 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
B6 Dying
B7 Sacrificial Bonfire

Credits

  • Backing Vocals – The Beech Avenue Boys
  • Composed By – Colin Moulding (tracks: A2, A3, B2, B6, B7)
  • Engineer [Assistant] – George Cowan, Kim Foscato
  • Producer, Engineer, Arranged By [Orchestral], Programmed By [Computer Programming] – Todd Rundgren
  • Vocals, Bass, Other [Bonfire] – Colin Moulding
  • Vocals, Guitar – Andy Partridge
  • Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards [Chamberlin], Tipple [The Odd Tiple] – Dave Gregory

Notes

Made In Canada. Manufactured by Virgin Records Canada Inc

3 similar Canadian versions exist:
Category VL2399 - this one
Category's [email protected] & VL 2399 - Skylarking
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Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
V 2399 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album) Virgin V 2399 UK 1986
M5G 24117, GEF M5G 24117 XTC Skylarking ‎(Cass, Album, Club, CH,) Geffen Records, Geffen Records M5G 24117, GEF M5G 24117 US 1986
APELP113 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, RE, RM) Ape House APELP113 UK 2018
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, RE, All) Geffen Records GHS 24117 US 1986
GHS 2411 XTC Skylarking ‎(LP, Album, Club) Geffen Records GHS 2411 US 1986