XTC ‎– Skylarking

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Tracklist

Summer's Cauldron
Grass
The Meeting Place
That's Really Super, Supergirl
Ballet For A Rainy Day
1000 Umbrellas
Season Cycle
Earn Enough For Us
Big Day
Another Satellite
Mermaid Smiled
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Dying
Sacrificial Bonfire

Versions (52)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin V 2399 UK 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1054 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Virgin 32VD-1054 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
9 24117-2 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Geffen Records 9 24117-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
CDV 2399 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2399 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDV 2399, 0777 7 86691 2 8 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2399, 0777 7 86691 2 8 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
9 24117-2 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Geffen Records 9 24117-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
M2G 24117 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, Club) Geffen Records M2G 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
123994 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album) Virgin 123994 France 1986 Sell This Version
M5G 24117 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album) Geffen Records M5G 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
TCV 2399 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2399 UK 1986 Sell This Version
VL4 2399 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album) Virgin Records Canada Inc. VL4 2399 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
M5G 24117 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album, Club) Geffen Records M5G 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
none XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album, Promo) Geffen Records none US 1986 Sell This Version
207 905, 207 905 630, V 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 207 905, 207 905 630, V 2399 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
V 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin V 2399 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
VL2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin VL2399 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
123 991 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin 123 991 France 1986 Sell This Version
207 905, 207 905-630 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 207 905, 207 905-630 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
V2399, LL-V2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2399, LL-V2399 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Geffen Records GHS 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
28VB-1126 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin 28VB-1126 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
VL42399@, VL 2399@ XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VL42399@, VL 2399@ Canada 1986 Sell This Version
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Geffen Records, Virgin GHS 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
V2399, VG 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2399, VG 2399 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
V 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album) Virgin V 2399 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
GHS 2411 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, Club) Geffen Records GHS 2411 US 1986 Sell This Version
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, Club, RE) Geffen Records GHS 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
28VB-1126 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin 28VB-1126 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
V 2399 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, RE, Bro) Virgin V 2399 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
GHS 24117 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, RP, All) Geffen Records GHS 24117 US 1986 Sell This Version
V2 0777 7 86691 2 8 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Virgin V2 0777 7 86691 2 8 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
CDV 2399@ XTC Skylarking(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin Records CANADA CDV 2399@ Canada 1987 Sell This Version
VJD-111 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJD-111 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-111 XTC Skylarking(LP, Album, RE) Virgin VJL-111 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-28113 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJD-28113 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
9 24117-2 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records 9 24117-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
VJCP-23139 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJCP-23139 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
UDCD 615 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 615 US 1994 Sell This Version
TOCP-65718, V 2399 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Sli) Virgin, Virgin TOCP-65718, V 2399 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
CDVX2399, 724385069024, 7243 8 50690 2 4 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDVX2399, 724385069024, 7243 8 50690 2 4 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
CAR 50690, 724385069024 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE, RM) Caroline Records, Caroline Records CAR 50690, 724385069024 US 2002 Sell This Version
TOCP-67808, V 2399 XTC Skylarking = スカイラーキング(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Car) Virgin, Virgin TOCP-67808, V 2399 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
APELP044 XTC Skylarking(2x12", Album, RE) Ape House APELP044 UK 2010 Sell This Version
APELP044D XTC Skylarking(2xLP, Album, RM + Box, Ltd) Ape House APELP044D UK 2010 Sell This Version
TOCP-54238 XTC Skylarking = スカイラーキング(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin TOCP-54238 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
APECD108 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE) Ape House APECD108 2013 Sell This Version
APECD 113 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ape House APECD 113 UK 2014 Sell This Version
APELPD108 XTC Skylarking(2xLP, Album + CD, Album + Box, Dlx, RM) Ape House APELPD108 UK 2016 Sell This Version
APEBD108 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RM + Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, Multich) Ape House APEBD108 UK 2016 Sell This Version
9 24117-2 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, Club) Geffen Records 9 24117-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDV 2399 XTC Skylarking(CD, Album, RP) Virgin CDV 2399 UK Unknown Sell This Version
OVEDC 352 XTC Skylarking(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 352 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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kristan.reed

kristan.reed

July 21, 2016
referencing Skylarking, 2xLP, Album + CD, Album + Box, Dlx, RM, APELPD108

It is a thing of great beauty. I can't recommend it highly enough. English Settlement, too. Get them before they end up quadrupling in price.
kristan.reed

kristan.reed

July 9, 2016
referencing Skylarking, 2x12", Album, RE, APELP044
Andy Partridge himself said on Twitter that the 2016 reissue will be "exactly the same" as this one, packaging aside.

https://twitter.com/xtcfans/status/751505307290009600
jp_fal

jp_fal

June 13, 2016
referencing Skylarking, 2xLP, Album, RM + Box, Ltd, APELP044D
This is getting a reissue from the same label, due July 2016.
jp_fal

jp_fal

June 9, 2016
referencing Skylarking, LP, Album, V 2399
Finally getting a reissue of the 2010 2LP Corrected Polarity special edition, due July 2016.
music_emporium

music_emporium

May 8, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Skylarking, LP, Album, V 2399
One of best XTC's. Different from their early New Wave sounds, Skylarking dives headfirst into the pop influences of the 60's, all expertly explored and improved on in many cases. This is the type of album that creates its own little world and transports you there for its duration. A direct successor to the Kink's Village Green Preservation Society? I think so. The opening one-two punch of "Summer's Cauldron" and "Grass" use such vivid imagery, lush, green and alive. The album ruminates on life, death and rebirth in perfect Beatle-esque fashion ("Season Cycle"). It explores the simplicity of day to day life in one of the most perfect power-pop songs the band would record ("Earn Enough For Us"). The Wilson-esque pop of "Ballet for a Rainy Day" sneakily slips into the ambitious string arrangement of the perfectly self-deprecating "1,000 Umbrellas." And it's all so decidedly British at the same time.

Skylarking also feels like a fully-rounded group effort. Top-notch writing and producing. As much as Andy Partidge and Todd Rundgren butted heads, it seems that it payed off. Moulding's contributions (especially "Grass" and "Sacrificial Bonfire") are just as vital as Partridge's.

Described as the little brother of “Forever Changes” and “Odessey and Oracle.”