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Andy Partridge - The Fuzzy Warbles Collection Album Review

Album Review

Over 170 unreleased and unrealised pieces from the XTC visionary.

O riginally released in nine separate volumes between 2002 and 2006, Fuzzy Warbles (now reissued here in three separate box sets) comprises an unprecedented and lovingly curated trawl through the archives of perennially unsung XTC founder Andy Partridge, ranging from the most primitive and throwaway of studio noodlings through to some of the most beautifully detailed and painstakingly crafted pre-production demos ever heard by the human ear.

Anyone questioning XTC’s legitimacy as a presence in the prog world could do worse than dive into this opulent treasure trove; at least half of these 173 offcuts and lost gems amount to exquisitely melodic progressive rock symphonies condensed down to the refined brevity of archetypal pop singles. Partridge’s meticulous but steadfastly eccentric approach to songwriting ensures that even something as daft as ornate answerphone jingle No One Here Available brims with wide-eyed excitement at the process of conjuring music from the ether. The bona fide XTC catalogue will, of course, provide a fuller picture of what the band achieved during their extraordinary 30 years of activity.

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