Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Garden Of Earthly Delights
Even with two of its members dead, I still have more confidence in seeing a Beatles reunion with all four members than I do in a reunion of XTC's two principles. It's been said, "Never say never." I say, "Never." I've been wrong before and I do hope I am wrong again. But until that day, we have one of the most brilliant catalogues in rock history forever astounding us. And it is that brilliant catalogue by authors Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding that is celebrated on Futureman's epic collection, "Garden Of Earthly Delights."
This two-CD set, with additional digital only tracks, is a whopping 49 tracks by some of indie's elite. Like so many tributes, there will be some entries that will make the hair on your arms stand up and shout, and some that will break your heart. That, of course, comes with the territory. You are certain to have your favorites which may not be my favorites, and so the world revolves. But what makes this Futureman collection a cut above the others is that everyone wants to be here! You can feel the love and respect for the honorees in every performance.
I previously shared Chris Price's stunningly gorgeous take on "Peter Pumpkinhead," and on Friday you will get to hear the rest of this wonderful set. Pete Donnelly, Chris Church, Derrick Anderson, The Anderson Council, Bird Streets, Gretchen's Wheel and featured above, Bertling's Noise Laboratories represent a small sampling of this stellar roster delivering both faithful and redesigned versions of your favorite XTC songs. King Radio's clever dash of The Kinks' "Victoria" in "Mayor Of Simpleton" is particularly delightful.
"Garden Of Earthly Delights" is never boring. As a matter of fact, it's a treasure trove of marvelous surprises. I am almost certain that if you have previously only dabbled in "Making Plans For Nigel" and "Dear God," this collection will pique your interest and unleash your heretofore unknown love for this band. The 2 CD set will available on Friday through Bandcamp. 32 tracks on CD, with 17 more ready for download with purchase.
This is pop, damnit! So, don't delay.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:10 AM