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Kings Of The Wild Frontier

24 Oct. 1994 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Oct. 1994
  • Release Date: 24 Oct. 1994
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 41:00
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  • ASIN: B001IQJY8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,418 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By steve on 21 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first Album i ever bought. A wide eyed young boy , who played this Album over and over and over again."Antmusic" "Dog Eat Dog" , real songs that make the hairs on your neck stand to attention (If you have taste..) Now in CD form this Album STILL sounds good today.Were Adam And The Ants ever given the real credit they deserved ? i don't think so. A true masterclass in Post Punk / Pop. Buy it , now....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. K. THORPE on 7 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, a perfect album given the perfect reissue treatment (both remastered sound and stunning packaging) - full marks Marco Pirroni, Chris Hughes, Mark Alleyne and Columbia!!
Like many other 30-somethings I lived and breathed this album in 1980, and it's part of my musical history...it now has the CD release it deserves, and retains all of its mystery and majesty. "Magnificent Five", "Ants Invasion", "Killer In The Home" and "Kings" itself are the highlights, but everything here is special enough to sound like nothing you've heard before.
At this price it's a must-buy - full marks to Columbia for getting behind this project and re-releasing a true classic.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Oscillator on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well here's a thing, who would have thought this album would have stood the test of time so well? But then again the Ants did incorporate tribal drumming before virtually anyone else, spaghetti western guitar before Morricone became hip, yodelly/yelpy vocal bits before Morrissey, and (okay I'm starting it to stretch a bit) background vocals chanted in unison before Gregorian chant was rediscovered. There's also some African sounding ringing guitar in there on 'Don't Be Square (Be There)' and then there's the sea shanty of 'Jolly Roger'. But it's the sheer songwriting smarts and enthusiasm that are staggering. Whilst the most celebrated bands of the early noughties (Franz Ferdinand, TV On The Radio, The Rapture etc) indulge themselves with post punk/no wave jerkiness and/or Beefheartian squall, Adam and Marco Pironni managed to incorporate weird elements and still make uncontrived, singalong, danceable records that did actually manage to bother the charts. They also created and referenced their own mythology in the actual songs ('Antmusic', 'Ants Invasion') and that's before we even start on their visual image. Oh, and with its enduring Wild West theme, does this count as one of the first punk/new wave concept albums? What more could you want from a group? A sense of humour? Yes, that's there too. A special mention has to be go to Marco Pirroni for this reissue, the remaster sounds brilliant, the package is lovingly collated and the bonus tracks are the icing on the cake.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Gilpin on 25 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
When my hard rocking friends found out I bought this album back in 81, I received quite a lot of stick. I could see their point. Adam's fancy dress, pre-modern romantic image put a lot of serious music fans off which was a shame because they would never know the brilliance of the music behind the image. Being quite an impressionable young man at the time, the album remained on the shelf gathering dust whilst I tried, without much success, to get into the likes of Rainbow and Iron Maiden. Eventually, I got back on track when the Smiths arrived, but I digress.

Thirty years on (my, where did that time go?), I've only just rediscovered King Of The Wild Frontier on CD and I am astounded how brilliant the album sounds. Its amalgam of pop and post punk mixed with art rock sensibilities makes it a unique listening experience. It hasn't dated at all and someone could be forgiven thinking it is a modern release. Adam Ant was very stylish and the modern romantic icons who followed were mere pretenders in his wake. Certainly no chart act in the years that followed came anywhere near bettering KOTWF. Yet the album is far from being an example of style over content. The music is so good, if anything I would say it is an example of content over style! Guitarist Marco Pironi, for me, deserves most credit here for creating the wonderful music for Adam Ant's words and showmanship.

I don't think any British act produced a better album in the 80s (with the possible exception of Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream of Trains) and I can say that KOTWF is no longer a guilty pleasure - now it's merely a pleasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By trendy on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
So begins, in my opinion, the finest track on this album, and in my opinion Adam's greatest song, 'Killer in the Home.' I've lived a life full of a love of music for 31 years since I first heard this album. It is, unquestionably, an outstanding recording which just seems to get better with age. The emotion is strong and the lyrics superb. Adam is great at penning refrains which hit home at the end of songs, as were the Beatles and Bowie. In the same year we had 'My mama said to get things done, you's better not mess with major Tom' and compare that to the wonderful urgency of 'makes me proud, so proud of you, I see innocence shining through' at the close of 'Dog Eat Dog', Adam's personal favourite track. The links with Bowie and the Beatles are there, but then how many bands today are indebted to Adam and the Ants, or have been over the past 20 years? Other classic lines stand out, like quoting classic poetry, as they contain such raw emotion. 'The Ants Invasion' builds up its menace to leave Adam crying out 'I hope that insect doesn't see me, he's not renowned for his courtesy' in a way which makes the listener look over his/her shoulder 30 years later. 'Killer' can still make me have goose pimples. Plain and simple, it is an amazing song and plays superbly on my acoustic guitar. The title track is unique in the world of popular music. Nothing has ever sounded like it before or since. I could go on all night. This is the album that bridged the gap between post punk and the new romantic age, but its pillar is firmly stuck in the river bed today, while its contemporaries, with the exception of 'Kilimanjaro' have flown away and dispersed. This is a work of art.Read more ›
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