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So80S (So Eighties) Presents ZTT [Explicit]

28 April 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Label: Soundcolours
  • Copyright: 2014 Soundcolours GmbH & Co. KG
  • Total Length: 2:08:51
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00JM6BI40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,446 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. R. Rees on 1 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard of the project I was very excited about the prospect of hearing all these old ZTT tunes remixed. The first initial tinge of disappointment was that it was 80% FGTH. Not so much of a problem, but this compilation is worth more than 1 AoN track, and Propaganda's P-Machinery is a massive omission. But I digress...

To the mixes themselves, well, by god they are long. Which, to me, normally isn't a bad thing but in some places here less could be more. The mix of "Duel" is far too long. It's 6 minutes in before you get to vocal and before then you have elements of the start, middle, end, middle, start, end...and then the vocals. At least to have a smattering of vocal (or even some clever choppy vocals) before the 6 minute mark when, frankly (no pun intended) I was getting a bit bored.

"Two Tribes" is a mess, I can't get to grips with what B&J are trying to achieve. Like Duel, it's a bit all over the place. Whereas "Warriors..." I think they hit the nail on the head, with some nice beat editing (which I thought there would be more of, but sadly there isn't.)

"The Power of Love" does lift out the magic of the composition quite well, but again they fall into the trap of having elements of the ending before even the vocal has begun (and given the amount of 'depth' we were told they had on offer, I would have thought this kind of 'bedroom mixing' that even I did in the 80's would be avoided.)

I really do appreciate the 'art' of what the B&J have done, I just wish the mixes could have been a bit more playful and not so rigid and strict. What do I mean? Well, the best example I could think of, and I must admit I was waiting for it...is in "Dr Mabuse" when the vocal of "Kein Zurueck fuer dich" is sung.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blaahh on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD
I must admit when I first purchased this, I nearly put it back on the rack after one listen but I have found myself playing it continuously. The issue as others have said is that none of these versions are as good as Horn/Lipson/Morley etc extensions from the halcyon 1983-87 period of ZTT, save for the lovely extension of The Power of Love. The reason I have played it so much though, is that they are all familiar songs mixed in a sympathetic manner (i.e. only using the original masters and no new overdubs) and as such - its virtually a ZTT greatest hits album (save for the omission of Close to the edit and P:Machinery).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Smith on 29 April 2014
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Well it is hard to improve on perfection, but B&J have had a good and respectful go. It is rather like turning up at a garage and seeing your favourite classic car taken to bits and then examining all the parts; interesting, but ultimately they work better as a whole. All the ‘versions’ have appeal, apart from ‘Duel’; it is a personal favourite (and the original 12” Bitter Sweet mix is just wonderful). Sadly though B&J have over-sweetened it and taken out the mystery and bitterness. Just don’t think they’ve understood the song or its lyric. Would have been good to hear a version of p:machinery. Give it a go; its a refreshing meander through the archive, but stick with, now easy to find, original mixes if you want the crown jewels in all their glory.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 28 April 2014
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...their welcome (unfortunately). When I first saw the tracklisting my heart sunk a wee bit as there was so little non-FGTH on offer, and several tracks were over 10mins long. However generally B&J have done a great and sympathetic job to tracks they clearly love - including some slightly odd FGTH b-sides/LP tracks as those were the master tapes were made available to them. B&J's approach includes extended, constructed intros and outros, something which may not appeal to all, but is an interesting alternative to the original 12" mixes.

However, there are plenty of highlights for those who like the original versions, plus those who like the Razormaid approach to layering and re-construction. All 3 Propaganda tracks are excellent, "Duel" in particular having a lot more space than the original mixes, and keyboards brought to the fore that you will recall as counter-melodies low in the original mix. "Dr Mabuse" is approached in a similar way, the 'seagulls' segment overlaid with some keyboards that are clearly original but work much better in their new setting!

For me FGTH's "Relax", "Rage Hard" (using elements from both main 12" versions)and "Warriors" are worth the entrance price alone, but I agree that 16 mins of "Pleasuredome" is over-indulgent, and doesn't seem to really add much to the original (bar several minutes). "Power of Love" is also very long, but nicely arranged. "Two Tribes" is ok too, but I found the repeated use of the "If your...tagged for identification" line a tad lazy, as there are several other dialogue items they could've used.

Sometimes vocal lines are edited, or placed slightly unexpectedly, such as in "Relax", which can throw the listener on first listen, and a few tracks may arguably lose some of the original energy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Knöterich on 3 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I tried to like it and and I can clearly say that I appreciate the effort. But: What has come out of all the work is am okay CD that has some moments but that lacks an overall concept for the songs and thus an overall magic. Yes, okay, Blank and Jones have taken the material and added a few axtra effects and "oohs" and "ahhhs". But taking "Warriors of the Wasteland" as an example: What they basically did is cut the original song to pieces and then put it together in a number of astonishing ways. I liked the verse that Holly sang when in the background there is the string tone going all the time, but that happens just one verse and the end of the song is just the rythm, as if they wanted to fill some time.
The magic of the Trevor Horn mixes to me were that he took a song, added an intro and an outro and maybe some new instrumentation and then you had something special. You can compare the process with word formation. You take a word (say "Frankie"), add a prefix ("re") and a suffix ("sized") and you have created a totally new word: "refrankiesized". To take the comparison even further: Blank and Jones have not "refrankiesized", they cut the whole word into its tiny fragments, the letters, and thus end up with "rekrafinesized". Hm, not so convincing. The only time I felt the whole thing worked was with "San Jose". Maybe that's because Blank and Jones have already worked with Cafe del Mar tunes. Here they add an intro and outro and we have the whole thing nicely tied together. Or: Maybe it's just me and my preferances. But: This CD will go in the file "Collectibles" and not in my daily listening file.
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