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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Atomic Heart
  • ASIN: B0038N9X7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Return of the White Rabbit
2. True Love 1980
3. Joy Kicks Darkness
4. Arcadia
5. Tracers
6. The Dead Disciples
7. Pripyat
8. Ichiban
9. Space Shot
10. Neon
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Is for Ash

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BBC Review

While most new bands flail their way around an ever-shrinking music industry wondering where all the money’s gone, it’s the old guard who have really tackled the challenges of the download generation head on. Following their 2007 album Twilight of the Innocents, Downpatrick’s proudest sons Ash swore never to release another full-length studio effort, but instead put out singles and accompanying compilation sets.

And here’s the first – a compendium of the first 13 of the 26 singles Ash are releasing over 2009 and 2010 at the rate of one a fortnight, to accompany a tour of 26 towns starting with each letter of the alphabet, from Aldershot to Zennor. Webophiles have also had access to exclusive remixes, additional tracks and the ability to create their own avatars in the style of the A-Z artwork. As next-generational grand conceits go, it sure beats a blurry gig in Second Life.

And untethered from the need to make a coherent suite of songs, Tim Wheeler and cohorts have found themselves free to indulge their more extravagant and disparate musical desires. Disco synth pop? Why the hell not. Goth metal? Oh go on then, just a wee dram. Ska-punk chanting tunes? Knock yourselves out. The freedom of genre enjoyed within these thirteen tracks is in keeping with the dislocated art of the great pop single, but nonetheless impressive. Ash’s trademark straight-ahead indie rock takes detours into Erasure-style electro pop (True Love 1980), driving geek rock (Arcadia), Muse space metal (The Dead Disciples) and the odd Bontempi waltz interlude (Pripyat).

Okay, so there’s no industrial Nicaraguan jazzcore raps played on hollowed-out stoat bones on it, but sonic adventurism is always relative – this is, after all, Ash. And when they play to their power pop strengths on Joy Kicks Darkness and Dionysian Urge, or revisit the epic balladry of Oh Yeah on Tracers and War With Me, they prove they’ve lost none of their melodic punch since Girl From Mars fell to Earth. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about the A-Z project is that, thus far, every track really is worthy of being a single. And heaven knows, there are precious few Greatest Hits albums that can claim the same. --Mark Beaumont

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 21 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Don't often write reviews, but how could I not tell you that I think this is one of the best albums I've heard in years. And since no one has reviewed yet I can only assume they're busy, trapped, listening to this on repeat. I'm listening to it whilst reviewing it ;-) It's caught me this one, I can't stop playing it. To me it has the same magic appeal Free All Angels had all those years ago (and 1977 - and now I feel bad for not mentioning Meltdown which had the same effect on me). Really uplifting bounce-around-your head summery tunes, with Ash's unique style. I hope Ash keep knocking out tunes like these forever - I don't know why but I feel sort of nostalgic when I hear them. Anyway, well done and thanks guys once again for yet another masterpiece, and a DIY job too! You've kept me quite a cheery fella for 15 years now..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Vandyk on 22 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic stuff. Their recent form had been a bit variable and I initially missed the first releases in the Alphabet series (which are being published every other week throughout the year), picking up only at Space Shot. Within this collection of the first half of the alphabet series stand outs are Space Shot, Arcadia, Command, Neon, Dionysian Urge...hang on, this is turning into rather a long list.

In my opinion there's only really one clunker here so if you're a fan of Ash buy it now and if you're not a fan yet buy it now and be converted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Proud to be born in the 50's on 7 Nov. 2010
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What can I say. Ash have risen from the ashes!

Yes I subscribed to the digital download so I was there from the beginning. Every tune is worthy of being a classic anthem and the well matched lyrics just have to be listened to. How the much underrated Tim Wheeler (in the main) has produced quality in such sheer volume is unbelievable.

I have had to buy two copies of both Vol 1 and Vol 2 as I have two cars and cannot bear to be without my A-Z Ash fix when driving!

I never thought Ash were going to be able to quite live up to 1977, even though they've produced some great stuff over the years, and when the fabulous Twilight Of The Innocents wasn't the resounding success it deserved to be I feared that they may call it a day but this has done it - Ash are well and truly back. It's just a shame that the download concept has meant missing out on the major radio playlists and wider coverage that A-Z so deserves.

What next? Can't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Charles on 8 May 2010
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I've been downloading these singles as they've been released. They're incredibly good. Dionysian Urge, Pripyat, Tracers, True Love 1980 are as good as anything they've ever done before.Joy Kicks Darkness is simply one of the best songs ever. If you aren't downloading these individually as they're released you have to buy this compilation-it's unmissable. I can't wait to hear the next 13 songs in the series.
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Girl From Mars was the first single I bought and I've followed Ash's career since although I was bored by the time Meltdown came out and have still never heard it. I signed up to their mailing list for a free download back in 2009 and got regular updates on Facebook over the following year. I loved the concept of releasing a new single every two weeks as it's the sort of obsessive compulsive thing I would do!
I waited until the songs were compiled on A-Z vol.1 before I downloaded them and I was blown away by the beauty and scope of the collection.

I've always followed Ash but now I have massive respect for them. A-Z vol.1 is stunning and A-Z vol.2 is nearly as good (no mean feat!). Highlights are many but I'll point you in the direction of Dionysian Urge as a great example of the energy and melody on display here.
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By BR on 24 Sept. 2010
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If you liked Ash for their 1977 album you will love this. If you've never heard Ash before you will love this. In fact everyone should love this, it is awesome! I first started liking Ash back in 1998. This album in places is a lot mellower and slightly different to their rockier earlier stuff, however it absolutely rocks in its own way with some fantastically catchy tunes, which is what Ash do best. Do yourselves a favour and buy one of the best albums from recent years, then buy their back catalogue (which is all amazing), then go and see them live... You will not regret it!
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