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XTC hailed from Swindon to cultivate a legacy of highly original British pop born from their early punk/new wave roots in the late 70s. Their angular yet melodic songs, lead by distinctive jagged riffs boasted the catchiest of pop sensibilities which was then injected with an edginess by the darker overtones of astute and often political lyrics. Throughout their career, from the jerky earlier ... Read more in Amazon's XTC Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00005ATHH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I LOVE every song on it.
I love XTC--one of the best bands ever, bar none; this, I think is the one where they really get it right for the first time.
Marc Kloszewski
Melodic, atonal, inspired, inspiring and great/complex/clever arrangements.
Bill Wikstrom

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Randy Garibay on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in 1982 and ever since then it has never strayed far from my turntable, cassette deck or cd player(yes I have all three versions,) It has become one of what I call my desert island albums, as in "if I were stranded on a..." The moment you hear the opening chords of "Respectable Street",you will be hooked. Songwriter/guitarist Andy Partridge's quirky pop is so catchy you'll find these songs playing over and over again in your head. This album also contains the most MONSTER DRUM SOUND ever heard, each track is dominated by percussion and drums and will have your foot tapping and your ears ringing. If you like the Beatles, you will love this. Black Sea rules,total XTC.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on June 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As this album starts, with Andy Partridge's composition 'Respectable Street', the listener hears what appears to be an old phonograph record begin to play, complete with scratches -- a gentle, nostalgic tune...'It's in the order of their hedgerows, it's in the way their curtains open and close, it's in the look they give you down their nose -- all part of decency's jigsaw, I suppose...' and then Andy Partridge's guitar slams into a series of his trademark jangly rhythm chords, and the band is off and running with a look at modern-day suburbia. Neighbors live in close-quartered isolation, peering at each other from behind drawn curtains, wretch over each other's fences, crowd their front gardens with caravans that never move, welcome the Avon lady to fill in facial creases on housewives...and the images go on and on, dead on target, fragments of our society for us to view.
Partridge's guitar style, instantly recognizable, always reminded me of shards of broken glass -- beautiful, vaguely dangerous. It's glass alright, but it's a mirror -- XTC hold up the pieces and we can see little bits of ourselves in each one, microcosms of our world...and what we see is sometimes humorous, sometimes foolish, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly. It's not as if Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding (the two songwriters in the band) are pointing fingers, but more like they're just reporting on what they see, allowing us the make the judgement call.
The album continues with Colin Moulding's 'Generals and majors' -- a view of war and carnage as a game played by humans, a worry about where it's leading us. Partridge's 'Living through another Cuba' is next, carrying this theme a bit further.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
(4.5 Stars)

On 1980's "Black Sea" XTC continued their musical maturation that began with "Drums & Wires". This is pretty much their last real raw, rock album, as the band quit touring shortly after this, and started making quieter, more intricate albums.

After a faux-Victrola piano intro, an insanely catchy guitar riff kicks the listeners square in the crotch with the wonderful "Respectable Street", the best lead-off track on any XTC album (well, Nigel and River of Orchids come close).

Throughout the rest of the album, there's a little new wave pop ("Generals and Majors"), ska pop ("Burning With Optimisms Flames"), turbulent rock ("Rocket From a Bottle"), danceable political rants ("Living Through Another Cuba"), profound ballads ("No Language In Our Lungs"), breezy pop/rock ("Towers of London") industrious 6/4 timed stomps ("Paper and Iron"), and even disco-rock ("Love At First Sight").

The album closes with the eerie "Travels In Nihlion", the musical equivalent of traveling down a nightmarish Yangtze River, battling dragons. The rhythm section's spiraling bass lines and thunderous percussion create an extremely haunting atmosphere.

"Black Sea" is a pleasing album for everyone. Fans of XTC's later work will love the infectious hooks and strong melodies. Fans of early XTC will love rocking out to them. Fans of both incarnations will love the whole package. You can't lose on this one!

Best Songs: Respectable Street, Rocket From a Bottle, No Language in Our Lungs, Burning With Optimism's Flames, Travels in Nihlion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was the record that really made me a hardcore fan. I was in college at the time, and we would sit around listening to this record along with the Clash, Sousix, etc... and it was a moment in music history that for me, has not really been matched. You could literally *feel* the 70's paradigm crumbling away in thes records.
These best part, though, was that XTC actually toured with this record and came to my college (U.C. Santa Barbara, CA) and played in our basketball gym. I was front row center (3rd seat to the right of the aisle) and the line-up was Oingo Boingo, followed by XTC, and the Police. The gym wasn't even sold out if you can believe it.
But what a concert. Basically most of the people were there for the Police and they did not "get" XTC, so aside from us fans up front, I must say the audience response was rather cold for XTC. We of course screamed our heads off, and to his credit, Sting excoriated the audience for not being nicer to XTC...
At least in the U.S. this was the last time XTC would play live, so I am both happy and sad to have seen this concert. By the way, most concerts of this era (78-85) were amazing displays of raw energy and intelligence. From Talking Heads, to REM, Clash, The Smiths, and even (gasp) early U2, I'm not sure the concerts of the 90's are better. Peace.
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