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Dirk Wears White Sox [Original recording remastered]

Adam & The Ants Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0002BPIEA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Car Trouble (Parts 1 & 2) (Original Album Version) 6:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Digital Tenderness (Album Version) 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nine Plan Failed (Album Version) 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Day I Met God (Album Version) 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tabletalk (Album Version) 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cleopatra (Album Version) 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Catholic Day (Album Version) 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face) (Album Version) 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Animals And Men (Album Version) 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Family Of Noise (Album Version) 2:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Idea (Album Version) 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Zerx (Album Version) 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Whip In My Valise (Album Version) 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Kick! (Album Version) 1:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Physical (Single Version) 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Car Trouble (Parts 1 & 2) (Chris Hughes Mix) 6:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Friends (Single Version) 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Car Trouble (Single Version) 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Kick! (Single Version) 2:060.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

Original released in 1979 on Do It Records, Dirk Wears White Sox was the debut album release from Adam and the Ants and has long remained a fan favourite. In the early 1980s the rights to Dirk were acquired from Do It Records by CBS and the album has seen several re-releases over the years with tracks removed from the running order and re-recorded versions added. This expanded edition brings all of the tracks from the Do It Record's era, in their various versions together to create, for the first time, the definitive version of Dirk Wears White Sox. The tracklisting will be sequenced as per the original Do It Records release but also includes the later versions of "Cartrouble" as re-recorded by Adam and produced by Chris Hughes plus the original versions of "Kick", "Physical" and "Friends" that never made it to the final tracklisting but were re-recorded a couple of years later as B-sides to the single releases from Kings of the Wild Frontier. The album is packaged in a deluxe digipak with 12-page booklet featuring many rare or unseen photos from the early days of the Ants.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ants. 21 Feb 2006
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Adam & The Ants album and I am delighted that it finally got the remastered CD release that it deserved.
I have a battered copy of the original vinyl record and was a little dismayed when the previous CD release of 'Dirk..' had a different track listing and included different mixes of the tracks.
This release fixes all those gripes and it sounds wonderful, the packaging is fantastic too. Kudos to all involved. This is the way all resissues should be handled!
I love the whole album. It still sounds fresh to this day. The songs have a slightly dark humour running through them, but the album manages to avoid being depressing.
The thing that made the Ants stand out among a lot of the other "punk" (for want of a better word) acts around at the time was that they could actually play their instruments. This is evident all the way through and in my mind this is the best ever line up of the Ants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic--a must for all Antpeople! 12 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Gorgeously remastered, beautifully produced, lovingly packaged...I cannot say enough about how wonderful this--along with the other two new (5th July 2004) rereleases of Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming--disc is. I haven't gotten finished with this one yet, as I'm slowly enjoying them in chronological order (and Dirk is probably my favorite, especially here, as it includes tracks from the Antmusic EP and other rare Do It Records tracks never before available on CD--as far as I'm aware)...but I'm sure the other two are equally fantastic. So many of the original Ant circle are involved (mainly, it appears, Adam's sidekick Marco Pirroni) that these projects are absolute gems. I urge all Antfans to snap up the whole set of three!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of post-punk classic from 1979.... 22 May 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Dirk Wears White Sox' (a title that would be used later in the chorus of 'Don't Be Square (Be There)' from 'Kings of the Wild Frontier') was the sole album from the original Adam & the Ants- a band who would largely become Bow Wow Wow and who were more famous at the time for appearing in Derek Jarman's 'Jubilee.'
This budget-priced reissue, released alongside the great 'Kings...' (1980) & the popular 'Prince Charming' (1981)is in many ways greater than the commercial peak Ant is known for. This is probably due to the fact that no hits are here, so we don't have the cloud of nostalgia and good feeling get in the way. The other thing is, this collection of songs is a fantastic display of post-punk - sounding not unlike peers such as Subway Sect, Josef-K, The Fall, The Slits & Wire. Thus the angular-guitar-pop on display makes complete sense today in an age of similar sounding acts including Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol & The Futureheads...
This version of 'Dirk...', overseen by long-time Ant-associate Marco Pirroni, offers up a wonderfully-packaged, remastered collection that not only includes the original 1979-album, but also the singles 'Zerox'/'Whip in My Valise' & 'Cartrouble/Kick' alongside a 1982 e.p. of remixed-tracks from the 'Dirk'-era. It's notable that two popular acts from the 1990s would cover songs from here- Elastica covering 'Cleopatra' (on a bonus-single with their debut) and Nine Inch Nails covering 'Physical' on their 1992 'Broken' e.p.
'Dirk...' is a great achievment and shows that Ant can do the indie-thing with ease- here it is perfected, so it makes sense that like Green Gartside (Scritti Politti) he shifted to pop from indie/post-punk/D.I.Y.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirk's White Sox Are Shining Brightly 14 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't really know what I can say about this album that hasn't been said time & time again. It's historic first full length release by Adam & the Ants and it's only a glimpse of the creative genius of Stu Goddard. Right before Malcolm (Buffalo Gals) Mclaren came in and stole the band and turned them into Bow Wow Wow -LOL!- Anyways, this was probably the best material that lineup ever played and made way for the entrance of Marco Pirroni who with Adam Ant redefined so many genres of rock. Anyways back to this album. I love every minute of this and living in the USA did not get to actually hear the original version of this album for many years since all we had was the 1983 CBS version that was re-mixed and contained a little different track list. I actually believe that I like this version best since it contains all the tracks from both versions. The UK original lacked cartrouble(single version), Kick, Zerox & Whip In My Valise. Now I feel complete. I believe any one who appreciates rock in any form should have the first 3 Ant albums in their collection or risk not enjoying life to the fullest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh today 6 July 2004
By Matthew
Format:Audio CD
If you want to know where indie music got all its ideas from over the last 20 years, whether directly or indirectly, look no further than here. Still fresh today although a few people may feel uncomfortable with some of the lyrics and take them the wrong way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 'Family of Noise' 5 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
I do not need to present a critical analysis of this legendary album. I still possess my vinyl copy of the original 1979 release. To hear these songs in the same package as the 'Ant Music' EP, and the commencement of Adam's work with Marco is a joy. As a longstanding Antfan, I need not recommend this to other Antfans too highly. Those of you who are lucky enough to possess copies of 'Madam Stan' should know this album anyway, as it contains blueprints of quite a few of the songs, but this new version with Marco-power should delight anyone who wishes to explore the Antz pre-1980.
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