Wow... I can't believe that Curved Air and Rise Robots Rise were mentioned on this thread!!!
I thought I
was the only person that was into those bands here...
Since I've been on a "vinyl version vs. cd version" demonstration of XTC for my lady recently, I can state with utter confidence that I could easily live with:
1. Drums And Wires
2. Black Sea
3. English Settlement
5. Big Express
7. 25'Oclock/Psonic Psunspot
8. Oranges And Lemons
10. Apple Venus/ Wasp Star
XTC are in my top 5 of my all time favorites. They are easily as great as the Beatles.
They're re-releasing all of the XTC catalog (hopefully remastered well) this very month!!!
Until then, I have to say that the cds sound very good but vinyl XTC "wins" for sonic punch and lush gorgeousness. Of course, everything up to Oranges And Lemons was originally intended for vinyl release anyway.