skylarking (corrected polarity edition)
A classic XTC album, with restored audio available on CD for the first time + original artwork & song lyrics included.
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, an 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 & presence from a finished recording. With the polarity corrected, the album was issued on vinyl & now finally appears on CD as it was originally intended to sound & in the packaging as initially envisaged.