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Background for this listing -
XTC were a New Wave / pop band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success.

First coming together in 1972, the core duo of Andy Partridge (guitars & vocals) and Colin Moulding (bass & vocals) went through many band names (including The Helium Kidz and Star Park) over the next five years. As the Helium Kidz, they were featured in a small NME article as an up-and-coming band from Swindon. Drawing influence from the New York Dolls, particularly the "Jetboy" single, and the emerging New York punk scene, they played glam rock with homemade costumes and slowly built up a following. Drummer Terry Chambers joined in 1973. Keyboard player Jonathan Perkins followed, replaced by Barry Andrews in 1976, and the band finally settled on a name: XTC.

Go 2 is the second studio album by the English band XTC. It was released on 6 October 1978. The United Kingdom version contained no singles, but the American and Canadian versions included the single "Are You Receiving Me?" (released 27 October 1978, the same month as the album's release). A promotional video was also made for the song. An earlier version of "Are You Receiving Me?" was recorded during the Go 2 sessions and was later released on the Coat Of Many Cupboards box-set. Other outtakes from Go 2 include "Sargasso Bar", "Us Being Us", "Instant Tunes", "Looking For Footprints", "Things Fall To Bits" and "Strange Tales, Strange Tails".

The album's full title is XTC's Go 2. The title was inspired by the Japanese strategy game Go and the fact that it was their second album.

The album's cover was designed and executed by Hipgnosis. It consists of an essay about how album covers are used to attract buyers of the album. The essay reads:

"This is a [ALBUM FORMAT] COVER. This writing is the DESIGN upon the [album format] cover. The DESIGN is to help SELL the [album format]. We hope to draw your attention to it and encourage you to pick it up. When you have done that maybe you'll be persuaded to listen to the music - in this case XTC's Go 2 album. Then we want you to BUY it. The idea being that the more of you that buy this [album format] the more money [record company], the manager Ian Reid and XTC themselves will make. To the aforementioned this is known as PLEASURE. A good cover DESIGN is one that attracts more buyers and gives more pleasure. This writing is trying to pull you in much like an eye-catching picture. It is designed to get you to READ IT. This is called luring the VICTIM, and you are the VICTIM. But if you have a free mind you should STOP READING NOW! because all we are attempting to do is to get you to read on. Yet this is a DOUBLE BIND because if you indeed stop you'll be doing what we tell you, and if you read on you'll be doing what we've wanted all along. And the more you read on the more you're falling for this simple device of telling you exactly how a good commercial design works. They're TRICKS and this is the worst TRICK of all since it's describing the TRICK whilst trying to TRICK you, and if you've read this far then you're TRICKED but you wouldn't have known this unless you'd read this far. At least we're telling you directly instead of seducing you with a beautiful or haunting visual that may never tell you. We're letting you know that you ought to buy this [place album format here] because in essence it's a PRODUCT and PRODUCTS are to be consumed and you are a consumer and this is a good PRODUCT. We could have written the band's name in special lettering so that it stood out and you'd see it before you'd read any of this writing and possibly have bought it anyway. What we are really suggesting is that you are FOOLISH to buy or not buy an album merely as a consequence of the design on its cover. This is a con because if you agree then you'll probably like this writing - which is the cover design - and hence the album inside. But we've just warned you against that. The con is a con. A good cover design could be considered as one that gets you to buy the [album format], but that never actually happens to YOU because YOU know it's just a design for the cover. And this is the [ALBUM FORMAT] COVER."

On the actual cover artwork the labeling of the album's formats, and the record company, are used in place of the words "[album format]" and "[record company]" in the display of the essay. The essay on the LP started and ended with the words "This is a RECORD COVER", the essay on the cassette started and ended with the words "This is a CASSETTE COVER" and the essay on the CD started and ended with the words "This is a COMPACT DISC COVER".

On the first British pressings of the LP version of the Go 2 album the track listing on the vinyl disc label mimicked the type style of the cover art. The label is crammed full of text beginning with "This is a RECORD LABEL".

The subtitle "Andy Paints Brian" for the song "Battery Brides" is a reference to Brian Eno, the band's original choice as producer for the album. Eno politely turned the band down, saying they didn't need him, as they had enough good ideas of their own.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print Japan made CD title - an BRAND NEW, NEVER PLAYED and MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI / VIRGIN / Toshiba Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -


CD title -
GO 2

Track listing:
All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.
1. "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"     2:36
2. "Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)"     4:37
3. "Buzzcity Talking"   Colin Moulding 2:41
4. "Crowded Room"   Moulding 2:53
5. "The Rhythm"   Moulding 3:00
6. "Red"     3:02
7. "Beatown"     4:37
8. "Life Is Good in the Greenhouse"     4:41
9. "Jumping In Gomorrah"     2:04
10. "My Weapon"   Barry Andrews 2:20
11. "Super-Tuff"   Andrews 4:27
12. "I Am the Audience"   Moulding 3:48
13. "Are You Receiving Me?"     3:06

Performers on this item include -
Andy Partridge - guitars and vocals
Colin Moulding - bass and vocals
Barry Andrews - crumar group 49 cheesy organ, farfisa organ, lawrence electric piano, wurlitzer e-piano, minimoog, clavinet, steinway grand piano, vocals and saxophone
Terry Chambers - drums and vocals

The CD is from the EMI / VIRGIN / Toshiba Records series of audiophile, out of print Japan made CDs.

CD catalog # TOCP 65712
CD was issued in 2001 - long out of print
CD was made in JAPAN
Comes complete, with OBI strip and all inserts
Originally released on LP by VIRGIN records in 1978

The CD, Outer CASE and INSERTS are all in MINT condition!! The CD is actually brand new and never played and includes all the inserts and OBI.

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI Virgin CD TOCP 65712 NEW
  • Manufacturer: Toshiba - EMI Recordings
  • Condition: New


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