XTC - The Black Sea £2.99 delivered @ Play
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XTC's fourth album showed the full flower of their two-guitar lineup, begun on the previous DRUMS AND WIRES. Perhaps their most powerfully rocking work, the songs were no less compelling live. Unfortunately, as touring began in support of the release, leader Andy Partridge's long-standing stage fright blossomed into immobilising panic, forcing the band to permanently retire from the stage. Their palette was continuing to expand sonically and Steve Lillywhite's production made the most of every towering beat and rhythmic nuance. Several singles were drawn from the record and charted in Britain, most notably the dazzling "Respectable Street" and "TowersOf London". BLACK SEA marked the close of the band's first era and stands as one of their peak works, filled as it withthe stunning and unmistakable flavours that are the band's character

Track List
Respectable Street
Generals And Majors
Living Through Another Cuba
Love At First Sight
Rocket From A Bottle
No Language In Our Lungs
Towers Of London
Paper And Iron (Notes and Coins)
Burning With Optimism's Flames
Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help me)
Travels In Nihilon
Smokeless Zone
Don't Lose Your Temper
The Somnambulist

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