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Skylarking (album) by XTC 

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Skylarking
Skylarking by XTC (1986)
Overall rank: 388th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 385 votes)
  Ratings distribution
Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1986 (5th)
Top 100 albums of the 1980s (53rd)
Top 500 albums of all time (388th)

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XTC Skylarking Japan Original Promo Label Vinyl LP Andy Partridge Todd Rundgren
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XTC - 4 CD's (1986-1999) Skylarking / Oranges & Lemons / Nonsuch / Apple+
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XTC Skylarking Remastered
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XTC bestography

Skylarking is ranked as the best album by XTC.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 385 votes)
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From JCB94 09/25/2017 21:26
Produced by Todd Rundgren, Skylarking bridges the gap between college rock and neo-psychedelia. Without a doubt, this is the finest XTC album, and contains stellar tracks like "Summer's Cauldron" and "Grass." Bandleader Andy Partridge proves himself capable of composing quirky but well-crafted pop tunes like "That's Really Super, Supergirl" and the Beatle-esque "Earn Enough For Us."
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From Onater 09/17/2017 17:23
The halfway point between the Beach Boys and Stone Roses. It's a shame Dear God was cut from the original release of the album, it's one of the best songs of the 80s.
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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 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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