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October 17, 2016: Black Sea is the fifth in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, 2017 stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material. All pre-order copies sold through Burning Shed come with an exclusive postcard signed by Terry Chambers. Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Dave Gregory and Hugh Padgham.
  • CD: Features a 2017 stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with bonus tracks (many featuring Steven Wilson mixes).
  • Blu-Ray: a 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Additional Blu-Ray features include:
    • The 2017 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
    • Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 (several featuring 2017 Steven Wilson mixes)
    • The original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks.
    • Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson), and several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio.
    • Many album tracks in demo form as recorded (mostly live) at Phonogram Studios prior to the main album sessions.
    • Three Andy Partridge demos from Phonogram studios.
    • Three Andy Partridge demos from Swindon Town Hall.
    • Promo films for Towers Of London, Generals & Majors & Respectable Street.
A definitive edition of XTC's Art Pop classic from 1980.
May 10, 2017: Tim Kendrick recapitulates, "There will be a convention of XTC fans the weekend of Sept 15-17, 2017, town of Swindon, in the UK. Friday night and Saturday events will be held at the Southbrook Inn pub, Southbrook St, Swindon. Sunday will be a coach/bus trip to the Uffington White Chalk Horse (seen on cover of English Settlement). There will be an Open Mic evening, Walking Tour of Town Centre, Quiz, Panel Discussion, Tribute Acts and much more. Complainers need not attend. Tickets are £27.50 (non-refundable). All tickets must be purchased in advance. We recommend the Jury's Inn, a 5-minute walk from the train station and about a 15-18 minute walk to the convention spot, with a 20% group discount rate, ask for discount code."

Ape House News

September 29, 2017: BLACK SEA now in 5.1
March 8, 2017: POWERS RETURNED
December 3, 2016: XTC SHIRTS AU GO GO
October 17, 2016: SKYLARKING NOW IN 5.1

Chalkhills is a web resource dedicated to XTC (the now defunct band). Peruse Chalkhills to find a wealth of information about XTC, their music and recordings, and much more.

Chalkhills was created by me, John Relph, and is infrequently updated (I am often busy with other things) so check back often. Chalkhills was the longest extant XTC mailing list, created in April 1989 as an offshoot of the venerable Love-Hounds list and killed off (in a bizarre kitchen accident, of course) in August 2014. Chalkhills is the longest extant XTC web site, first hacked together in May 1994, although FTP archives were first made available in April 1991.

Other News

November 12
Deeper Cuts: Apple Venus Volume 1 podcast and addendum: “The Influence of Judee Sill”. ¶ Richard Rection took a photo at a concert in 1980. ¶ Will Maher has contributed chords to "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her".
November 11
Will Maher has contributed a transcription of the guitar solo to "Church of Women" as well as the chords to "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" and "Helicopter". ¶ Melanie Bouchard "went to Library and Archives Canada and found an article on XTC. . . It's from Toronto punk serial Shades, from their March-April 1980 issue. It's just titled ‘XTC’."
October 7
Terry Arnett wrote to say, “Just thought I'd let you know that Fossil Fools appears to be an ongoing thing again now.” And are “… officially endorsed by Dave Gregory.”

Recent Site Updates

November 12, 2017: Songs - XTC: "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her"; Albums - XTC: Oranges & Lemons, XTC: Drums and Wires, XTC: Nonsuch, XTC: Skylarking, XTC: Black Sea; Songs - XTC: "Take This Town", XTC: "Smokeless Zone", XTC: "Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)", XTC: "Rocket From A Bottle", XTC: "Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)", XTC: "Love at First Sight", XTC: "Living Through Another Cuba", XTC: "Cuba Dub", XTC: "Burning With Optimism's Flames", Andy Partridge: "The History of Rock 'n' Roll", XTC: "Travels In Nihilon", XTC: "Towers Of London", XTC: "Spy in Space", XTC: "Respectable Street", XTC: "No Language In Our Lungs", XTC: "Generals and Majors", XTC: "Don't Lose Your Temper", “Walking to Work”, “Pearl”, “Jumping the Gap”, “Holding the Baby”, “Ban the Bomb”, “Monkeys in Humanskin Suits”, XTC: "The Somnambulist"; Gallery - XTC on tour with The Police in the U.S during early 1980: Andy with Sing and Stewart Copeland.; Press - “XTC Apple Venus, Volume 1 Addendum: The Influence of Judee Sill”, Deeper Cuts, November 10, 2017, “5: XTC - Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)”, Deeper Cuts, November 9, 2017
November 11, 2017: Discography - XTC: Black SeaThe Surround Sound Series, TC&I: Great Aspirations; Songs - XTC: "Helicopter", XTC: "Church of Women", XTC: "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down"; Press - “XTC”, Shades, March/April 1980
October 30, 2017: Albums - Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles, XTC: Coat of Many Cupboards
October 23, 2017: Press - "Partridge Tweets: XTC (xtcfans)", Twitter (2014-)
October 1, 2017: Discography - Steven Wilson: To The Bone

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