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Transistor Blast: The Best of the BBC Sessions is a boxed set by XTC released in 1998, just two months prior to Apple Venus Volume 1.

Tracks on the first two discs are culled from various BBC radio sessions the group performed on over the years, notably for John Peel and David Jensen. Discs three and four are live recordings, the latter of which was previously released as BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert.

"Opening Speech" from the first disc is Andy Partridge imitating John Peel.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.

Disc oneEdit

  1. "Opening Speech" – 0:49
  2. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Colin Moulding) – 4:19
  3. "Scarecrow People" – 4:13
  4. "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her" – 4:21
  5. "Ten Feet Tall" (Moulding) – 2:53
  6. "Garden of Earthly Delights" – 5:33
  7. "Runaways" (Moulding) – 4:41
  8. "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty" – 3:07
  9. "I'm Bugged" – 3:34
  10. "Another Satellite" – 4:21
  11. "You're the Wish You Are I Had" – 3:24
  12. "Crosswires" (Moulding) – 2:10
  13. "Roads Girdle the Globe" – 5:03

Disc twoEdit

  1. "No Thugs in Our House" – 5:23
  2. "One of the Millions" (Moulding) – 4:26
  3. "Real by Reel" – 3:48
  4. "The Meeting Place" (Moulding) – 3:08
  5. "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)" – 2:36
  6. "Poor Skeleton Steps Out" – 3:27
  7. "Into the Atom Age" – 2:27
  8. "The Rhythm" (Moulding) – 2:55
  9. "This World Over" – 4:33
  10. "Snowman" – 4:42
  11. "Dance Band" (Moulding) – 2:40
  12. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:06
  13. "Jason and the Argonauts" – 5:42

Disc threeEdit

  1. "Radios in Motion" – 3:21
  2. "Crosswires" (Moulding) – 2:06
  3. "Science Friction" – 3:34
  4. "Statue of Liberty" – 2:58
  5. "The Rhythm" (Moulding) – 2:55
  6. "Set Myself on Fire" (Moulding) – 3:27
  7. "New Town Animal in a Furnished Cage" – 1:55
  8. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) – 5:58
  9. "Beatown" – 3:24
  10. "This Is Pop?" – 2:37
  11. "Dance Band" (Moulding) – 2:49
  12. "Neon Shuffle" – 4:32

Disc fourEdit

  1. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Moulding) – 3:55
  2. "Burning with Optimism's Flames" – 4:29
  3. "Love at First Sight" (Moulding) – 3:03
  4. "Respectable Street" – 3:52
  5. "No Language in Our Lungs" – 4:58
  6. "This is Pop?" – 2:49
  7. "Scissor Man" – 4:58
  8. "Towers of London" – 5:13
  9. "Battery Brides" – 7:20
  10. "Living through Another Cuba" – 3:29
  11. "Generals and Majors" (Moulding) – 4:37
  12. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:21
  13. "Are You Receiving Me?" – 3:16

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