Bejeesus, this Andy Partridge box set is YNORMUS!!

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. the Fuzzy Warbles box, that is.

10 cds inside, and 1 cd promo outside with 2 tracks from the 9 volumes.

All in one heckofabig box! Won on ebay for about £50.

My guess is, I'll have to pace myself. Take it all in over the course of a year or so.

Did you get any of the individual volumes?

M Grout (Mark Grout), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 12:50 (fourteen years ago) link

I have somewhat studiously avoided it - I actually quite liked the idea at first, but once it became apparent that he planned to basically release XTC's full catalog in duplicate, I just seemed like asking me to do too much quality control for him. (Plus a little greedy, although lord knows those guys haven't made nearly as much as they deserved.)

substitute, mitya for him (mitya), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 13:33 (fourteen years ago) link

It's mostly unfamiliar stuff, songwise. Colin opted out of the process.

One of my old bands had a demo of some of Col's unused songs with a "hey, use them if you want to" brief, but umm... ah... (tnvg)!"

M Grout (Mark Grout), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

I have Volumes 1-4, out of which I made one mix CD of the "better" stuff - I could do without the demo versions of various things and all the pointless studio filler (Andy making funny voices! doing a radio spot for some obscure british DJ! turning a drum machine on and off!). Still, bunch of interesting things on there. Now that I have 4 volumes tho, I can't bring myself to buy the box set, doesn't seem worth it.

It is interesting to see how he recycles bits of songs - grabbing a bridge from an old song here, inserting the chord change from another song there, etc.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 17:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I remember you saying that before, Mark, about your old band and the Colin songs...what happened? And can I get a hold of this precious artifact? I too have avoided this box set. A Colin fan has to put his foot down somewhere.

Bimbler (Sourkraut), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 21:24 (fourteen years ago) link

whatever happened to Partridge's project with the Apples in Stereo guy?

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link

"Did you get any of the individual volumes?"

I got 1-6, haven't got 'round to 7 and 8 and am a bit pissed off about being rewarded for sticking with the project by the fact that Vol. 9 is apparently only available with the box set.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Tuesday, 20 February 2007 23:04 (fourteen years ago) link

You can buy just the box and Vol 9 from Andy's website for £10.99 or get it with volumes 7 and 8 for about £25. Pretty good deal.

M Smith (cheasyweasel), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 09:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, just going to say that.

I plunged in with volume five first, after playing the '2 tracks from each' promodisc, it's pretty damn wonderful stuff and the sleevenotes are the icing on it.

Bimb: What happened? We wrote our own, did a pretty good job and split prematurely, as it goes with most bands. The artifact I only heard the once, and I guess the bandmate that owned the tape probably still has it and probably doesn't know where.

M Grout (Mark Grout), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 10:00 (fourteen years ago) link

"You can buy just the box and Vol 9 from Andy's website for £10.99 or get it with volumes 7 and 8 for about £25. Pretty good deal."

Thanks, done that.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 19:55 (fourteen years ago) link

hmm maybe I'll do that too... altho I'll still have to hunt down vol 5-6 for completism's sake. argggh

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 20:01 (fourteen years ago) link

You can get 1-6 there fairly cheap, although it ain;t quite as cheap as it looks (by the time they'd added VAT and P&P to my order it was more like £35 than £25)

http://www.xtcidearecords.co.uk/

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 20:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Check e-bay for yr missing volumes.

M Grout (Mark Grout), Thursday, 22 February 2007 09:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, and Dave Gregory has done one of his own, different style and not exactly available, but still...


http://www.guitargonauts.com/disco-solo.html

M Grout (Mark Grout), Thursday, 22 February 2007 09:48 (fourteen years ago) link

So much for me 'pacing' myself, having done the 'best of', Vols 5, 6, 1 and 2 so far (in 3 days..)

M Grout (Mark Grout), Friday, 23 February 2007 11:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Can't fault the delivery - it arrived today - and Mr. Grout is correct, it is a big box (and rather an attractive one too I'd say).

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 23 February 2007 16:58 (fourteen years ago) link

You know, I can sneak around with me Clash CD singles box set quite easily (all singles with extra tracks representing UK/USA/Promo variations, although they forgot the "I fought the law" Reprise on the Cost Of Living e.p.), but I have to keep the APartridge bigbox in the boot (it looks too attractive left on the front seat!)

M Grout (Mark Grout), Friday, 23 February 2007 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link


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