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Xtc: Skylarking

Artist: Xtc
Title: Skylarking

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Xtc: Skylarking
Artist: Xtc
Title: Skylarking

1. Product Details

Limited 200gm vinyl LP pressing. Song lyric sheet included. Newly mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering from tapes approved by Andy Partridge. The first 1980s versions didnt include Dear God and after it was a hit Mermaid Smiled was dropped on some later versions to include Dear God. The full album has only been on vinyl in 2LP deluxe editions playing at 45RPM. When it came time to master the album on vinyl in 2010 Andy Partridge - still never entirely happy with the overall sound of the finished album - took it to award-winning mastering engineer John Dent who noticed something that had never previously been spotted. Somewhere possibly in the transfer from the multi-channel tape to the stereo master a polarity had been reversed. This is not the same thing as a reversed left/right channel which puts a stereo picture out of phase and makes the sound unlistenable but a much more difficult to pin down event that can be triggered by something as simple as a badly wired plug in the overall system which nonetheless removes some of the punch and presence from a finished recording. With the polarity corrected the album - complete with original artwork and Dear God - was issued on vinyl as a double LP deluxe edition playing at 45rpm in the original rejected sleeve then later reissued with the more familiar sleeve... Leaving some fans to wonder why they couldnt have the 15 song LP on single vinyl playing at 33 & 1/3 RPM. Well now they can - beautifully mastered for single LP from the corrected polarity masters by Jason at Loud Mastering and pressed on superior 200gram vinyl.

1.1 Summers Cauldron
1.2 Grass
1.3 The Meeting Place
1.4 Thats Really Super Supergirl
1.5 Ballet for a Rainy Day
1.6 1000 Umbrellas
1.7 Season Cycle
1.8 Earn Enough for Us
1.9 Big Day
1.10 Another Satellite
1.11 Mermaid Smiled
1.12 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
1.13 Dear God
1.14 Dying
1.15 Sacrificial Bonfire

H 0.13
W 12.38
L 12.45

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3. Return Policy

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all products purchased from All items must be returned as new in their original packaging, including all accessories and cables. Missing items will be charged based on suggested retail prices. All returns must be accompanied by a valid return authorization number (RMA) issued by Victrola. If an RMA is not obtained prior to shipping, the returned product will be refused and returned to sender. Shipping cost is not refundable and returns must be shipped prepaid by the customer. There is a 15% restocking fee that will be calculated based on the price of the product once the item is refunded. 

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All items must be returned as new in their original packaging, including all accessories and cables. Missing items will be charged based on suggested retail prices.

Album returns: If you have received damaged, defective, or incorrectly shipped merchandise, please notify Customer Service within 30 days. We will gladly replace the merchandise without additional charge, or provide you with a full refund.

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase and the merchandise is unopened, we will be happy to exchange it for you. No refunds will be given on opened albums, unless damaged or defective. Original shipping and handling charges are not refundable, and you will be responsible for all costs associated with return shipment.

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