XTC‘s alter egos The Dukes of Stratosphear feature in the latest in the band’s acclaimed ‘Surround Sound Series’ with a new set called ‘Psurroundabout Ride’ which features the complete recordings newly mixed in stereo and surround sound by Steven Wilson. Individual vinyl reissues of both albums are also released.
The Dukes were modelled after psychedelic pop groups from the 1960s and released two albums, 1985’s 25 O’Clock (really a ‘mini-album’) and Psonic Psunspot from 1987.
Each musician got into the spirit of the concept and adopted a pseudonym: “Sir John Johns” (Partridge) “Lord Cornelius Plum” (Dave), “The Red Curtain” (Colin Moulding) and “E.I.E.I. Owen” (Ian). Both albums were produced by John Leckie.
Both 25 O’Clock and Psonic Psunspot are newly reissued on 200g vinyl, cut at Loud Mastering by Jason Mitchell.
Even more exciting than that is the CD+Blu-ray set Psurroundabout Ride which follows the style of previous XTC surround sets. The CD features 19 songs, 18 of them newly mixed to stereo via Steven Wilson. The blu-ray features ‘the complete recordings’ of The Dukes in hi-res stereo (new and old mixes) and in 5.1 surround sound (by Steven Wilson, of course). Additionally you get instrumental mixes of everything and ‘complete demos’.
- XTC as The Dukes – From Psychedelic Pswindon – the complete recordings in stereo and 5.1 Psurround Psound
- 25 o’Clock and Psonic Psunspot newly mixed in stereo by Steven Wilson, with mixes approved by Andy Partridge (CD & Blu-Ray)
- Both albums + 2 extra tracks also newly mixed in 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson on Blu-Ray (with a final song up-mixed to surround using the Penteo audio system)
- All 19 songs appear in their original mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray)
- 18 songs appear in their new mixes in hi-res stereo (Blu-Ray)]
- Complete demos from both albums & instrumental versions of album songs also feature in hi-res stereo on the Blu-Ray
- 25 o’Clock
- Bike Ride to the Moon
- My Love Explodes
- What in the World?
- Your Gold Dress
- The Mole from the Ministry
- Vanishing Girl
- Have you seen Jackie?
- Little Lighthouse
- You’re a Good Man Albert Brown
- You’re my Drug
- Shiny Cage
- Brainiac’s Daughter
- The Affiliated
- Pale and Precious