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Skylarking (album) by XTC 

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Skylarking
Skylarking by XTC (1986)
Overall rank: 386th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 358 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1986 (6th)
Top 100 albums of the 1980s (52nd)
Top 500 albums of all time (386th)

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XTC Skylarking 1986 Original LP VINYL Album Record GEFFEN GHS24117
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XTC CASSETTES SET(5)WAXWORKS SKYLARKING ORANGES-LEMONS DRUMS-WIRES WHITE-MUSIC!
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XTC Skylarking Japan 32VD-1054 Black Triangle CD 1st Pressing
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XTC bestography

Skylarking is ranked as the best album by XTC.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 358 votes)
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From mjgentile 05/24/2017 05:28
An album that I've been listening to for a few months. I was blown away on my first listen at how well the album flowed from song to song. Skylarking is a true masterpiece of Pop, Psychedelia and Baroque tinged songs while having a unique Pastoral feel.
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From JCB79 05/18/2017 18:40
A very lush rendition of the sunshine pop of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and Kinks circa 1968. At the same time, the quirky style of XTC is highly original.
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From Drzozzy 02/12/2017 11:06
I bought Skylarking by XTC on 15/07/1987 from Record & Tape Exchange on CD for £6.00 The version I have is on the record label Virgin catalogue number CDV 2399 It entered the UK charts on 08/11/1986 and got to number 90 spending a total of 1 weeks on the chart.
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From WindowAbove 01/10/2015 02:00
A beautiful 80s-updated version of 60s-influenced sunshine pop. The first two tracks are among the best 80s pop songs.
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From Mdemauri 11/14/2014 16:18
I haven't listened to this album in a long, long time. I had forgotten how good it is. Not only Sgt. Pepper era Beatles, but a touch of Joe Jackson too. One of the best mid 80s albums.
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From mlongenbach 01/05/2014 22:10
Perhaps my favorite album from 1986. Skylarking is XTC's Sgt. Pepper....literally. Andy Partridge was obviously OD'ing on mid 60s Beatles when he wrote this perfect album. No rock fan's collection should be without this gem!
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From benpaco 12/10/2013 07:08
This album has the best flow of any album I've ever heard. When burning from a vinyl, my auto recognition software couldn't separate the songs as they just linked so well, it all just burned side A as one track. Truly beautiful.
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From saintjames 06/29/2013 19:11
Awesome album to get introduced to andy Partridge & Co. Album was made great by creative tension between Partridge and ace producer, Todd Rundgren. Summer's Cauldron, Grass, Ballet for a Rainy Day, Season's Cycle, Dear God; all classics!
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From revolver94 12/17/2012 06:31
This is such a great album to just listen to and relax. Todd Rundgren's production is so lush.
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From iii25 11/18/2012 13:46
xtc were a great band, one of the most underated bands ever
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