XTC

Rag 'N' Bone Buffet

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Rag 'N' Bone Buffet collects 24 rarities, B-sides, and side projects, including "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" (released under the pseudonym the Colonel), "Thanks for Christmas" (by the Three Wise Men), "Mermaid Smiled," the song dropped from Skylarking to make room for "Dear God," "Take This Town," from the film Times Square, and a handful of BBC sessions. Finding the complete recorded works of XTC is a collector's nightmare, and Rag 'N' Bone Buffet really only scratches the surface of what's out there, but it is a start. Even though these songs were thrown away by the band, there is really some terrific music to be found here -- the collection is just as essential as the proper albums.

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