Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Summer's Cauldron (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:19 495
2 Grass (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:05 436
3 The Meeting Place (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:14 322
4 That's Really Super, Supergirl (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:21 353
5 Ballet For A Rainy Day (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:50 341
6 1000 Umbrellas (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:44 279
7 Season Cycle (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:21 344
8 Earn Enough For Us (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:54 341
9 Big Day (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:32 227
10 Another Satellite (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:15 242
11 Mermaid Smiled (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:26 220
12 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:24 217
13 Dying (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:31 238
14 Sacrificial Bonfire (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:49 191
15 Dear God (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:39 972

About this album

Released in 1986. Produced by Todd Rundgren. In interviews, Andy Partridge has often said that the Rundgren was difficult to work with and that he disagreed with Rundgren’s choices during the recording — but upon reflection is very happy with the way the album turned out.

This album has a very “Beatlesque” feel to it. Often cited as XTC’s best album.

Initially released with “Mermaid Smiled” in the UK, but then new pressings had “Dear God” added after it became a minor hit on alternative charts

Despite all that in November 22, 2010 APE Records re-issued Skylarking [2x12”] on remastered 45RPM vinyl covered in the original artwork and –supposedly– correct track-order.

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  • Paper_Okami

    There are many many albums in a large variety of genres that I absolutely love... This is the only one I consider absolutely perfect, easily my favorite album of all time.

    14 Jan 7:00am Reply
  • Oates_Moustache

    lovely album, but I wish would put the pubic bush cover up instead

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MarcoOdd

    Pure pop gold

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    I treasure my vinyl copy of this, even if I was lucky enough too pick it up for £2 from a charity shop!

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    I wish more radio pop bullshit was this fucking good, then. I mean, jeez, talk about dumb things to say. [2]

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    A long, long way from Drums and Wires - a maturation from quirky to masterful.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Doppz

    A lovely album, hadn't listened to it in a while and was pleasantly reminded how good it is.

    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic


    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    If only Todd had done an album this good by himself in the 80s

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    That's really super guys.

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I wish more radio pop bullshit was this fucking good, then. I mean, jeez, talk about dumb things to say.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ilpleutamourir

    juvenile singy songy radio pop bullshit [2] That being said, it's fantastic.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • voicesda

    Lying in the grass.

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cdax2307

    best album of the 80s imo.

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rbx

    to good to be real

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    Ahhh, Matt... your loss...

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I liked the remaster for being quite a bit more bass-heavy, but I think cramming Dear God before Dying's a mistake. Dear God always felt to me a bit outta place on the album, since Todd Rundgren did basically force the whole sequence between Summer's Cauldron and Sacrificial Bonfire to be a concept album thing. It always made more sense to have Dear God last as a bonus track, since you get this whole life-death-here we go again cycle and then an angry misotheist screed that basically functions as a denunciation of the whole cycle. Shoving Dear God between Man Who Sailed Around His Soul and Dying doesn't seem to make much sense to me...

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    This album has less than 95,000 listeners on I can't believe that more people aren't appreciating the sheer beauty and genius that is Skylarking.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • innerspeaker

    This album deserves waaaay more attention.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    Sacrificial Bonfire must burn! - possibly the greatest topper and ending to a trilogy of songs ever ending an album EVER!

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
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