Looking at the forum dashboard the letters XTC shone out like a beacon, so in I came. I agree Black Sea is one of their very best and also that Big Express is another contender. O&Ls I'm less enthused about as for me it's not as consistent as those others but it still has some great stuff. I have a real soft spot for Mummer as well.
Interesting stuff about the origins of Black Sea's title, not sure I knew that so thanks for sharing. I think they are still legally bound to not speak publicly about what happened with that manager, Ian Reid - "Reid with a silent G" as Andy Partridge once said.
Black Sea remains in my top 10 favourite albums. It might not be their absolute best but it has a special place for me.
I like Mummer too, but while both it and O&L have weak tracks, the good one's on O&L just edge it ahead for me, despite the excessive lows of President Kill and Pink Thing!