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Prophets, Seers & Sages: Tony Visconti's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , October 31st, 2012 09:01

While the veteran producer has recently been remastering T. Rex's The Slider for its 40th anniversary re-release, he found time to pick out 13 of his top records for us

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XTC – Mummer
That album I just played to death for a few years but there’s only really one track which I play over and over again, which is called ‘Love On A Farmboy’s Wages’. Oh my God! I can loop that track and play it over and over again easily. It’s so beautiful in every respect. There’s such a simplicity to it. If there’s a line to anything that we’ve talked about, this could go back to Blue or The Incredible String Band.

It’s got some really wild drumming on it but it’s acoustic. If Mumford And Sons say they haven’t heard this then they’d be lying. This is early Mumford And Sons.

I think XTC were a very versatile band but probably didn’t do as well as they could have. They’re very English and quintessentially British and maybe that didn’t translate well to the rest of the world but they’re one of my favourite bands and that track in particular stands out really well. And it still stands the test of time and it still sounds as good as the day I first heard it.

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Oct 31, 2012 10:54pm

Great list. Now I'm dying to see Eno's.

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Nov 1, 2012 9:09am

As usual, many ta's Quietus and Tony. Best read on the interwebs.

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Nov 1, 2012 12:44pm

Wild Honey, oh yes. x

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Nov 1, 2012 1:04pm

In reply to madt:

Completely agree. I'm now dying to know how the phasing was done on Ichycoo Park!

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Mark Bignell
Oct 15, 2013 11:29pm

'Wild Honey' came out well after 'Revolver': December 1967. But, I hear what you mean. Unfortunately, The Beach Boys were no longer cool in the US in '67. But,the UK and Europe embraced their later recordings which got the attention they deserved.

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Jan 7, 2016 10:23pm

Very heartwarming to see XTC get a mention - hopefully one day enough people will recite the same mantra of Most Under-Valued but Best-Loved British Band to persuade Messrs Partridge & Moulding to pen another album and (whisper it) do a tour-ette. Would place bets on how many nanoseconds it would take to sell out...

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