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Album: The X-Files—A 20 Year Retrospective
Artist: Brand X
2001 Musea (first released in 1998)
CD: FGBG 4383.AR

Band members:
Percy Jones: bass (1-3, 5-10, 13, 19-22), programming (20), synths (22)
John Goodsall: guitar (1-3, 5-10, 12, 14-18, 23), MIDI-guitar (1, 2, 5, 12), acoustic guitar (4), 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars (11), lead vocals (23)
Mick McClinden: bass (17, 18, 23)
Donny Harvey: bass (15, 16)
Doug Lunn: bass (12)
John Giblin: bass (14)
Van Manakas: guitar (13)
Malcolm Bruce: vocals (19), guitar (19), keys (19)
Jeff Llewelyn: guitar (21)
Frank Katz: drums (1-3, 5, 13, 22)
Phil Collins: drums (8, 9, 14)
Mike Barsimanto: drums (17, 18, 23)
Pierre Moerlen: drums (6, 19)
Mike Clarke: drums (7, 21)
Bill Bruford: drums (15, 16)
Chester Thompson: drums (12)
Morris Pert: percussion (7, ?8, 9)
Preston Heyman: percussion (?8)
Ronnie Ciago: tabla (11), udu drum (11), African bell (11), gong (11), shaker (11), keys (11)
Marc Wagnon: MIDI-vibes (13)
Robin Lumley: keys (7-9)
Bayete: keys (15, 16), vocals (16)
Kris Sjobring: keys (6)
Franz Pusch: synths (3)
Danny Wilding: flute (14)
Krash: vocals (17, 18), backing vocals (23)
Shankar: violin (21)

Performed by:
Brand X (1-10)—tracks (1, 2, 5-7, 9) are live; (3) is from Manifest Destiny; (6) was a bonus track on the European release of Manifest Destiny; (4) from sessions for X-Communication; (8) from Missing Period.
Goodsall/Ciago Project (11).
The Fire Merchants (12), from The Fire Merchants.
Tunnels (13), from the band's debut album.
Wilding-Bonus (14), from sessions for Pleasure Signals, but first released on Danny Wilding's So Far.
John Goodsall Project '77 (15, 16).
Floor (17, 18, 23).
Malcolm Bruce Project (19).
Percy Jones (20, 21)—track (20) is live; (21) from Propeller Music.
Percy Jones/F. Katz (22), released as a single.
 

Recorded in 1976 (7, ?8), 1977 (?8, 15, 16), 1978 (14), 1979 (?9), 1981 (?9), 1988 (17, 18), 1989 (12), 1990 (21, 23), 1992 (4), 1993 (13), 1994 (1, 2, 5), 1996 (3), 1997 (6, 11, 19, 22), 1999 (20)
Produced by David Hentschel (3)
Executive producers: John Goodsall & Percy Jones
Outside recording and production engineers: Malcolm Bruce (20), Ronnie Ciago (11), John Goodsall (11), Booby Owsinski  (11), Mike Cantarella (13, 21, 22), Kevin Gilbert (12), David Hentschel (2), Keith Lewis (1, 3, 4), Franz Pusch (4, 14, 19, 23)
Mastered by Judson Leach
 

Tracks:
CD1: The X-Files
1. The X-Files Theme (Jones/Goodsall) 1:56
2. Nuclear Burn/Cambodia (no writing credit given) 6:46
3. True to the Click (Goodsall/Pusch) 5:30
4. Healing Dream (Goodsall) 3:49
5. Thalidomide Squid (Jones/Goodsall) 5:13
6. Born Pretty in a Disco (Jones/Goodsall) 8:06
7. Noddy Goes to Sweden (Jones) 7:13
8. Kugelblitz (Jones/Goodsall) 10:57
9. Don't Make Waves (Goodsall) 5:31
10. John "No" Doe (Goodsall/Jones) 2:49

CD2: eX-Tracks
11. Dance of Life (Ciago/Goodsall) 5:48
12. Saladin (Goodsall) 5:26
13. Inseminator (Jones) 6:07
14. G. Storm (Wilding) 3:11
15. Measure the Sky (Goodsall) 9:00
16. Here I am Now (Goodsall/Cochran) 4:25
17. Animal (Goodsall/McClinden) 4:08
18. Love Notes (Goodsall) 4:19
19. The Ocean (Bruce) 4:21
20. Last of the Mohicans (Jones) 5:17
21. $10,000 Bookshelf (Jones) 5:17
22. Finger Power (Jones) 6:48
23. From a Mountain Top (Goodsall) 4:42
 

Notes: A compilation of mostly previously unreleased rarities: disc 1 feaures Brand X recordings, while disc 2 consists of various other projects that have involved John Goodsall or Percy Jones. The X-Files delivers some great fusion playing.

Bruford had an early association with Brand X, rehearsing with the band for a few weeks before commitments to King Crimon curtailed his involvement, apart from some occasional live appearances on percussion. However, Bruford's appearance on this album comes from a later project: in 1977, Goodsall, Bruford and members of San Francisco band Automatic Man got together for what the liner notes describe in one place as a band called Vertical Invader and in another as work towards a solo album for Goodsall. The only surviving recordings from those sessions are these two tracks. They are good tracks, much in the style of Goodsall's other work; Bruford's contribution is unobtrusive on "Here I am Now", but somewhat more distinctive on "Measure the Sky". (Goodsall made a brief appearance on Bruford's Feels Good to Me.)

As an archival compilation, Jones and Goodsall are not even sure who plays on some tracks, being uncertain of the percussionist on (8) or of the drummer or keyboardist on (10). (HP, 2 Nov 02)


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