Sunday, October 2, 2011

XTC: Transistor Blast (FOUR CD SET OF BBC SESSIONS!!)




(To see my 3rd list of Ten Amazing XTC Videos - 1981-1982 - please visit the The Big Takeover.



Okay, here's a mammoth offering for you XTC devotees: an out-of-print four CD box-set that compiled most (if not all) of XTC's BBC recordings. Some of this material has appeared here before but this is your chance to get this absolutely massive XTC infusion in one fell swoop! Much more XTC HERE!




Tracklist:

Studio Sessions
1-1         IntroVoice – John Peel 0:49    
1-2         Life Begins At The Hop     4:20    
1-3         Scarecrow People     4:13    
1-4         Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her     4:21    
1-5         Ten Feet Tall     2:54    
1-6         Garden Of Earthly Delights     5:34    
1-7         Runaways     4:41    
1-8         When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty     3:07    
1-9         I'm Bugged     3:35    
1-10         Another Satellite     4:21    
1-11         You're The Wish You Are I Had     3:24    
1-12         Crosswires     2:10    
1-13         Roads Girdle The Globe     5:03    

Studio Sessions
2-1         No Thugs In Our House     5:23    
2-2         One Of The Millions     4:26    
2-3         Real By Reel     3:49    
2-4         The Meeting Place     3:08    
2-5         Meccanic Dancing     2:36    
2-6         Poor Skeleton Steps Out     3:27    
2-7         Into The Atom Age     2:27    
2-8         The Rhythm     2:55    
2-9         This World Over     4:33    
2-10         Snowman     4:42    
2-11         Danceband     2:41    
2-12         Making Plans For Nigel     4:07    
2-13         Jason And The Argonauts     5:42


1978/79 Live In Concert Recordings
3-1         Radio's In Motion     3:21    
3-2         Crosswires     2:06    
3-3         Science Friction     3:34    
3-4         Statue Of Liberty     2:58    
3-5         The Rhythm     2:55    
3-6         I'll Set Myself On Fire     3:27    
3-7         Newtown Animal In A Furnished Cage     1:55    
3-8         All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)  5:58    
3-9         Beatown     3:24    
3-10         This Is Pop     2:37    
3-11         Danceband     2:49    
3-12         Neon Shuffle     4:33

Live In Concert Hammersmith Palais 22.12.80
4-1         Life Begins At The Hop     3:55    
4-2         Burning With Optimism's Flames     4:29    
4-3         Love At First Sight     3:03    
4-4         Respectable Street     3:52    
4-5         No Language In Our Lungs     4:58    
4-6         This Is Pop     2:49    
4-7         Scissor Man     4:58    
4-8         Towers Of London     5:13    
4-9         Battery Brides     7:21    
4-10         Living Through Another Cuba     3:29    
4-11         Generals And Majors     4:47    
4-12         Making Plans For Nigel     4:21    
4-13         Are You Receiving Me?


CD1 and CD2 contain studio-recordings made for & transmitted on various radio shows (recorded/transmitted) by the BBC:
• John Peel Show: 1-12 (20.6.77/24.6.77); 1-9, 2-7, 2-11 (21.9.77/26.9.77); 2-5, 2-8 (13.11.78/23.11.78); 1-1, 1-5, 1-13, 2-3 (8.10.79/15.10.79).
• Kid Jensen Show: 1-2, 1-8, 2-12 (21.5.79/31.5.79); 1-7, 2-1, 2-10, 2-13 (14.1.82/25.1.82).
• Bruno Brookes Show Oct. 1984: 1-4, 1-11, 2-9 (-/19-22.11.84).
• Sunday Live: 1-1, 2-4 (-/22.2.87).
• Richard Skinner Show: 1-3, 2-6 (16.3.89/5.4.89).
• Andy Kershaw Show: 1-6, 2-2 (16.3.89/11.6.89).

CD3 contains recordings from two live performances in 1978 and 1979:
• recorded for Sight & Sound In Concert at The Hippodrome, Golders Green, London (9.3.78): 3-1, 3-2, 3-4, 3-6 to 3-8, 3-10 to 3-12.
• recorded for In Concert at Paris Theatre, London (17.1.78): 3-3, 3-5, 3-9.

CD4 was entirely recorded for In Concert at Hammersmith Odeon (22.12.80).



Okay MRML readers, this is a pretty massive offering. So please let us know what you think of this collection in the COMMENTS section (where you'll find ALL FOUR Transistor Blast links).


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40 comments:

  1. ALRIGHT
    MRML
    READERS
    THIS
    IS A
    PRETTY
    HUGE
    DEAL
    .
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    OF
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    I'VE
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    FOR
    YOU
    ,
    IT
    BEHOOVES
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    LEAVE
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  2. Where do you get this stuff . . . fantastic! xtc come back!

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  3. Great to see the XTC stuff on your blog. I, too, remember exactly where I was when I first heard English Settlement playing on a record store (what's that?) speaker as I trawled the bins . . . hit a hungry rhythmic nerve into my early postcollege self. Thanks for bringing it back like some taste from long ago that reminds me of . . . well you get the idea. Thanks for all your work on this blog, as always.

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  4. A pretty huge deal, indeed! Great post and thanks for making my personal XTC collection that much more complete!

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  5. Thx. Can't wait to hear all this!

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  6. WOWZA!!
    Thanks Muchly for the XTC BBC Motherlode, jeffen!!!

    All of those of us who don't have this mega-set should give you big thanks!!!!

    (my only slightly negative comment i can add is that i'm not too sure about the added reverb and volume boosting done to these tracks on this boxset--"remastering";)-- compared to the earlier versions on the 'Drums & Wireless' collection (which you so generously shared as well), which don't have all the reverb added (sound more 'dry' & *natural*), and are lower in overall volume.

    But of course, that was done by the band & engineers to make the material sound 'better'(?) on the boxset. (Not by our generous host of course!)

    Thanks Again! --dandor

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  7. Thanks a lot! This stuff is great!

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  8. amazing post- many thanks!

    edo
    knowyourconjurer.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks. Always a magical band.

    Brian

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  10. Damn, can't wait to dig into this one. I have never seen or heard of this box set, a very nice post. Thank you!

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  11. What a generous gift!

    Thank you!

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  12. WOW -amazing my friend.
    it`s like a child in a candy shop.
    fantastic 4 cd`s - i`m speechless
    thanks a lot or as we german says DANKE !!!
    your`s Herr Pauli

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  13. What is there to say except:
    HOLY CRAP!! :)

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  14. Quite a nice set, you are truly in beast mode (watching my Brewers go nuts, so I couldn't help myself)

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  15. An impressive response for an impressive set!
    Thanks you all.

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  16. You are my hero, sir, for digging up all these XTC obscurities...

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  17. Great find....Thank U

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  18. A most impressive collection of XTC live cuts. After carefullyu reviewing the track list a few times, I find it a bit odd that there are not more recordings from John Peel sessions after October of 1979. Additionally, there are no appearances here to promote Nonesuch, Apple Venus or Wasp Star. While I know the band stopped touring, surely Andy and Colin made the trek to play a few live cuts on the Beeb to promote some outstanding albums. It's not like they had to fly to Chicago or anything.

    I'm guessing there are a few more sessions to be released as what is missing seems to loom large.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection. For me, it just opens up more questions.

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  19. Fantastic! Had this years ago and lost it. Thx so much for posting this! Great blog!

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  20. Brilliant, thanks for the post. Got all of the studio albums and have long thought that XTC deserved more commercial success and recognition from the so-called experts. One of the best kept secrets of late 70s and 80s British pop and rock.

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  21. my brother has it !
    we had offered the box for his 40th birthday (twas 17 years ago today !)

    Airoe

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  22. Wow! Fantastic..thanks again from Philly..

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  23. Fantastic! I saw them play in the early days. Great to hear this set. Thanks, Paul

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  24. You beautiful bastard! Best blog bar none!

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  25. Hokey SMOKES this looks amazing! Thanks, as always!

    -- Snatzo

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  26. Hey Jeffen

    Thanks for this!And the new Magazine album is quite good.

    Doug

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  27. Incredible!! Big XTC fan, but didn't even know this existed. Rare chance to hear them in the same room, given the dearth of live shows.

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  28. 31 comments!
    That'samzing, XTC fans can really express themselves!

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  29. I have to add my voice to the cacophony singing Florence + the Machine's praises. This is an unbelievable album from a whopper of a talent. I first heard "Hurricane Drunk" on KCRW and within minutes had committed to buying the whole album. That was a month ago, and I gotta tell you, the album still hasn't gotten old despite repeated playings.

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  30. Oh vell, the links are now not working :(. I am so sad. Why would they do this if the CDs are out of print? Thanks anyvay.

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  31. Any chance of reposting this? Very hard to find. Thanks!

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  32. the link isn't working, too bad
    please, upload it again...

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  33. I didnt buy it when I found it in a record store cause it was too expensive.Now I must rely on your generocity to repost it.

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