Skullflower ‎– Xaman

Shock ‎– SX008 CD
CD, Album

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1 Slaves 11:26
2 Sunset 3:25
3 Xaman
Vocals – Matthew Bower
4 What Did You Expect?
Vocals – Gary Ramleh
5 The Shit Hits The Fan
Vocals – Stuart Dennison
6 Barbed Wire Animal
Bass – Stefan Jaworzyn
7 Wave
Bass – Alex Binnie

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Released in an edition of 1000 copies.
Tracks 4 to 6 are CD only tracks.

Most CD copies of Xaman suffer from the PDO "disc rot" problem, resulting in a bronzing disc surface, audio glitches and potentially unplayable tracks, particularly in the later stages of the album.

[Booklet notes:]
Track 1: recorded live to 8-track, Feb 1, 1990. No overdubs. A radically different version of this track can be found on the Forced Exposure 7".
Track 2: recorded May 11, 1990. One inaudible guitar overdub.
Track 3: basic track recorded at a forgotten date. New lead guitar part overdubbed May 11, 1990. Music inspired by Mission Of Burma's 'New Disco'. Title comes from Lewis Shiner's novel 'Deserted Cities Of The Heart'.
Track 4: from the first Skullflower studio recording session, sometime in 1987. Live to 8-track. This number was rejected by several labels when submitted for compilations.
Track 5: recorded Feb 1, 1990. One guitar overdub, plus sort of 'vocal' by Stuart. Music and title inspired by Little Feat.
Track 6: recorded May 11, 1990. One guitar overdub.
Track 8: recorded live to 8-track, Feb 1, 1990.

© 1990 Shock CD
Total time: 66.30

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: SX008 CD 10133471 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SX 008 Skullflower Xaman(LP, Album) Shock SX 008 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SX033, DPROMCD97 Skullflower Kino III: Xaman(CD, Album, RE, RM) Shock, Dirter Promotions SX033, DPROMCD97 UK 2013 Sell This Version
SX 008 Skullflower Xaman(LP, TP) Shock SX 008 UK 1990 Sell This Version


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March 11, 2013
The review by Cenotex contains incorrect information.

There were no disagreements over mixing. Therefore the non-disagreements had nothing to do with anyone leaving anywhere.

And a remastered reissue will be with us shortly.


June 11, 2009
This was released in 1990 on Shock in both vinyl and CD formats. Both versions were limited to 1,000 copies each, and both are out of print. Due to a problem at the cd pressing plant, the cd is prone to "disc rot," in which the metallic covering oxides over time, rendering the cd unplayable. To the best of my knowledge, most (if not all) copies of the run out there are unlistenable at this point. It's a point worth nothing because the cd has three tracks not available on the album (or anywhere else), and due to a fundamental disagreement between Bower and Jaworzyn over the mixing (the reason, in fact, for Jaworzyn's departure from the group), it's unlikely that the band will ever reissue it. Which is too bad, because a lot of people (myself included) think this is Skullflower's best album. The cover art is by Savage Pencil.