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The Compact XTC: The Singles 1978-1985 is a compilation album by XTC released in 1987. It replaced Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982 as a Greatest Hits album, adding six singles issued between English Settlement and The Big Express. It took advantage of the compact disc's greater storage capacity to limit it to a single disc. It was superseded by the double-disc set Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-1992, on which all eighteen tracks appear.

Despite being released in 1987 (as a result of Skylarking's success), its copyright is 1985. As an A-side collection, only 1981's "Love at First Sight" and "Respectable Street" (both of which appear on Black Sea) are not included.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.
  1. "Science Friction" – 3:14
  2. "Statue of Liberty" – 2:52
  3. "This Is Pop?" – 2:40
  4. "Are You Receiving Me?" – 3:04
  5. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Colin Moulding) – 3:47
  6. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:12
  7. "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" – 4:20
  8. "Generals and Majors" (Moulding) – 3:41
  9. "Towers of London" – 4:38
  10. "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" – 3:36
  11. "Senses Working Overtime" – 4:34
  12. "Ball and Chain" (Moulding) – 4:29
  13. "Great Fire" – 3:50
  14. "Wonderland (Moulding) – 4:15
  15. "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" – 3:59
  16. "All You Pretty Girls" – 3:59
  17. "This World Over" – 4:45
  18. "Wake Up" (Moulding) – 3:40

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