Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Ape House
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


XTC Mummer 200g Import LP


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1983 Album Reissued on 200g Import Vinyl LP!
Featuring the Sublime "Love on a Farmboy's Wages"!
Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering & Fully Approved by XTC!

Analog Planet's Top LPs of 2022: The Best Archival Releases - Rated 7/10!

XTC's sixth album, Mummer was a turning point for the band as it marked their first release as a studio-only band; evolving from the brash, post-punk/pop of their first two albums (White Music, Go2) into one of the most highly regarded British bands of the era via a trio of essential albums - Drums and Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement - which showcased the increasing versatility of both band and the twin songwriters, Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding. But even the comparatively quieter/more considered English Settlement was very much an album of songs written with one ear for the studio and another for how they would work live.

Mummer was different.

Freed from the constraints of 'the road' this was XTC in widescreen - experimenting with songs, arrangements and the expanded sonic palette that studios can provide when there is no afterthought as to how to reproduce the material in a variety of theatres, university halls and other venues few, if any, of which were built with rock groups in mind. And, just as the Mummers' plays involve people travelling from place to place in a village enacting tales of the cycle of life (albeit in disguise), XTC travelled the best of the UK's studios recording, mixing and re-mixing their songs cycle to exacting standards.

Released as the follow-up to their most successful UK album to date and with a new record label in America, band and record company hopes were high - three of the album's first four songs were issued as singles - but were to remain unfulfilled. Fans loved it, the press was positive but radio was changing, especially in the UK, and with no touring it failed, as sometimes happens with bands adopting a new approach, to cross over to that wider audience.

As also happens with such records, its reputation (and sales) have, over the years, grown far greater than its initial reception indicated and it can now be seen, in retrospect, to have been an important first step towards the sort of expansive approach to writing and recording that would yield much greater commercial results later in the same decade with Skylarking and the albums that followed.

Unavailable for decades on LP and with its original, but never used, sleeve art restored, the album has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering with input from Andy Partridge (and is fully approved by XTC).

Arguably my favorite XTC album, this new 200g vinyl remastering is a massive improvement over all original releases (vinyl or CD) in most every way. If you liked the acoustic textures of XTC's prior album, February 1982's English Settlement, but wanted to hear them in a more concise form, Mummer may be your jam. The new remastered version of Mummer reveals many details no doubt masked by the album's original mastering. The thick, dark black vinyl pressings are excellent, quiet, and well-centered. Plus, the album features the restored, and far superior, original cover art that was rejected back in the day. A winner all around.
-Mark Smotroff, Analog Planet's Top LPs of 2022: The Best Archival Releases


  • 200g Vinyl
  • Fully approved by XTC
  • Mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud mastering with input from Andy Partridge
  • Original (but never used) sleeve art restored
  • Import


Side One:

  1. Beating Of Hearts
  2. Wonderland
  3. Love On A Farmboy's Wages
  4. Great Fire
  5. Deliver Us From The Elements

Side Two:

  1. Human Alchemy
  2. Ladybird
  3. In Loving Memory Of A Name
  4. Me And The Wind
  5. Funk Pop A Roll

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