Deal alert / XTC: Drums and Wires CD+Blu-ray reissue

Another XTC mega-deal

Do you remember that crazy US deal for XTC‘s CD+blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons from a few weeks ago? Well now the CD+blu-ray reissue of the 1979 Drums and Wires is available for a the same ridiculously low low price!

This reissue was from 2014 –  the one before Oranges and Lemons (which came out in 2015) – but boasts exactly the same mega-generous content, including a the new Steven Wilson stereo mix on CD and the Steven Wilson 5.1 surround sound mix (and stereo mix) on the blu-ray (region free, NTSC). In fact, this set has 117 tracks! 

  • New stereo mix = 12 tracks
  • Original stereo mix = 12 tracks
  • Instrumental mixes = 12 tracks
  • 5.1 mix = 12 tracks
  • Bonus tracks new stereo mixes = 11 tracks
  • Bonus tracks 5.1 = 11 tracks
  • Demo session 1 = 6 tracks
  • Demo session 2 = 4 tracks
  • Demo session 3 = 4 tracks
  • Demo session 4 = 4 tracks
  • Rehearsal tape = 20 tracks
  • DJM re-recordings = 3 tracks
  • Various original alternate mixes = 4 tracks
  • Promo videos = 2 track

ALL the above for a price of $12.92. That’s less than £10! Almost absurd.

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Drums & Wires [CD/Blu-Ray] [Remastered]


This set contains:


1) Making Plans For Nigel
2) Helicopter
3) Day In Day Out
4) When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty
5) Ten Feet Tall
6) Roads Girdle the Globe
7) Real By Reel
8) Millions
9) That Is The Way
10) Outside World
11) Scissor Man
12) Complicated Game

+ bonus tracks (full details to be confirmed as soon as possible)

Blu-Ray (Region 0, NTSC):

Presented in 24bit/96khz LPCM Audio

Album mixed in 5.1 Surround
– Steven Wilson stereo mix and original album mix in High Resolution stereo.

Blu-Ray exclusive material includes:

Numerous additional stereo and 5.1 tracks, new stereo album instrumental mixes, 5 demo sessions and promo films for the singles Making Plans for Nigel and Life Begins At The Hop.

31 responses to Deal alert / XTC: Drums and Wires CD+Blu-ray reissue

  1. Bill says:

    Paul—if you have a receiver instead of a blu Ray player are you missing out on anything other than the 5.1 mixes and videos?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Not sure what you mean. If you don’t have a blu-ray player then you miss out on ALL the content on the blu-ray…

  2. TOM says:

    Oops! Too late for me. I just saw this and unfortunately it’s back to $21.99 (US)…..

  3. Bill says:

    with regard to the person who spoke about buying a blue ray player and it being a small expense, don’t you also need extra speakers to take advantage of the surround sound 5.1 mixes?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, but the 5.1 mix is quite a small part of the overall content, so even without that it’s still worth buying a blu-ray player for demos, instrumentals, videos, bonus tracks etc.

  4. Paul says:

    Maybe someone should point out these reissues and their pricing to messrs McCartney, Waters, and all those other big names who gouge music buyers.

  5. Stevie B says:

    Ordered from Amazon UK, added Bjork’s Vulnicura Live for £6.99 to take me into free postage territory. Thanks Paul.

  6. Iain says:

    What do you do if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player? (I don’t!). It’s a rhetorical question really, but it’s kinda frustrating not being able to hear these mixes.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Buy one, I think is the advice. Small investment and a big return with more and more music sets including blu-ray.

  7. Stan Butler says:

    Great deal, though worth noting that when postage to the UK is added the price is slightly beaten by All Your Music.

  8. Auntie Sabrina says:

    There’s a full tracklist courtessy of Discogs here

  9. Stan C says:

    Paul! Thank you, good sir, for the heads-up!

  10. Bill Z says:

    I’ll just say pretty much what I did when I received the alert for Oranges & Lemons: I don’t have much extra cash for CDs these days, but this is just irresistible. Thanks a million, Paul.

  11. Frenchy Eric says:

    16,78 euros is a nice price from Amazon usa but more than 5 euros of shipping with an item costing around 10 euros makes me wait again…

  12. Steve says:

    Ordered. Love the Surround Sound Series. I hope those multi-tracks for English Settlement are uncovered soon, so Mr. Wilson can get to work on ES/SSS!

    Is there an index or cheatsheet delineating Paul’s adjective usage on SDE Deals? If something is an INSANE deal, is that better than AMAZING? ;)

  13. Kauwgompie says:

    In the pocket. Great album and their 5.1 mixes are ridiculously good. Thanks Paul!

  14. Paul W says:

    Nice one, ordered it just now. Comes to just under $15 with shipping to the UK. That’s 2 of them I’ve got. I’m waiting for prices like this to justify buying the same albums for the third time. I’d love all the Felt reissues too, but can’t justify [to my wife!] buying all those again when it took me so long to collect all the previous Felt reissue series, so I’ve settled on the remixed one and I’m trying to ignore that little voice inside my head telling me how nice it is and that I should just get the others…

  15. Greg says:

    I bought this for twice this price at it was a bargain. If you do not own this at this ridiculous price it is a MUST buy.

  16. auteur55 says:

    I thought I had all these Blu-ray CD XTC reissues but hadn’t bought this one yet. Just ordered Thanks Paul!

  17. Jeff G. says:

    Done. Now caught up on the Stephen Wilson XtC reissues. Thanks as always, Mr. Sinclair.

  18. andy says:

    Woah, $14 inc tax. Thanks Paul!

  19. Al Duchaney says:

    You are the best, Paul!

  20. It came to £14.88 by the time you added shipping. So not a fantastic bargain but a couple of quid cheaper than what you see it go for

  21. Ian Hicks says:

    Bloody bargain… but I have it already….along with all the other XTC 5.1 releases. They’re brilliant.

  22. Martyn Yeatman says:

    £14.88 inc delivery. Might as well get it for slightly less from allyourmusic on Amazon UK for a few p less?

  23. scottyboy says:

    Great deal, but does anyone know approx how much this will cost if I want it delivering to the UK?

  24. Bruce says:

    Thanks Paul! Amazon US also has the Steven Wilson CD/Blu-Ray edition of The Yes Album for $12.92 at the moment

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