XYZ (Andy Summers album)

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Studio album by Andy Summers
Released 1987 (1987)
Recorded Summer 1986
Studio Devo Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 42:22
Label MCA
Producer David Hentschel, Andy Summers
Andy Summers chronology
with Robert Fripp
Mysterious Barricades

XYZ is a 1987 album by Andy Summers. It is the first solo album by Summers and the only one to feature his vocals, though an uncredited vocal by Summers appears on World Gone Strange. The title "XYZ" comes from the middle names of Summers's three children. His daughter Layla (born 1978) has the middle name 'Z', and his twin sons, Maurice and Anton, (born 1987) have the middle names 'X' and 'Y' respectively. The album was recorded in 1986 at Devo's studio in Los Angeles, California. The cover portrait is by Anton Corbijn.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Summers except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Love is the Strangest Way" 4:20
2. "How Many Days" (Andy Summers, David Hentschel) 5:21
3. "Almost There" 4:30
4. "Eyes of a Stranger" 4:47
5. "The Change" 2:53
6. "Scary Voices" 4:37
7. "Nowhere" (Andy Summers, David Hentschel) 4:35
8. "XYZ" (Andy Summers, David Hentschel, Charlotte Caffey) 2:46
9. "The Only Road" 3:40
10. "Hold Me" (Andy Summers, David Hentschel) 4:48
  • Another track, "Carry Me Back Home" (5:04), was recorded during the XYZ sessions for the soundtrack of the film Band of the Hand and released on the B-side of the 12-inch version of the "Love is the Strangest Way" single.


  • Andy Summers – guitar, bass, vocals, producer
  • David Hentschel – keyboards, drums, drum programming, producer
  • Nan Vernon – backing vocals on "Love Is the Strangest Way", "How Many Days" and "Almost There"; backing vocals on "Eyes of a Stranger"
  • Chris Childs – bass on "Eyes of a Stranger"
  • Rick May – bass on "Hold Me"
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass on "Scary Voices"
  • Michael G. Fisher – percussion on "Nowhere", "Love Is the Strangest Way" and "Almost There"
  • Greta Gold – additional backing vocals on "Eyes of a Stranger"
  • Oren, Julia, and Maxine Waters – backing vocals on "Nowhere", "Hold Me" and "How Many Days"