Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!
Coat of Many Cupboards
Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.
Me included, of course! Consisting primarily of live tracks, rarities, alternate versions, out-takes and demos, Coat features enough choice nuggets to keep enthusiasts happy.
My faves – various incarnations of “Life Begins at the Hop,” live recordings of “Paper and Iron” & “Yacht Dance,” home demos of “Love on a Farmboy’s Wages,” “Grass,” “Mayor of Simpleton” & “Find the Fox.”
One major caveat – the album tracks included (at Virgin’s insistence?) are simply out of place here. Still, XTC lovers (you know who you are) will not be disappointed! Bring on Fuzzy Warbles! A
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