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The Best Of The Art Of Noise
 
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The Best Of The Art Of Noise

7 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 1988
  • Release Date: 7 Sept. 2010
  • Label: EastWest U.K.
  • Copyright: 1992 China Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 32:49
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  • ASIN: B001LBTC38
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,401 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ro Johns on 27 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let me declare an interest; Art of Noise are my favourite band, and have been since I was 16. Those not interested in a fans opinion, turn away now!
This is the second version of the 'Best of' that China have released. The first, blue covered version is superior in many ways. The problem with this compilation is that it contains nothing from AON's first few releases, which means classics such as Moments in Love, Close to the Edit and Beatbox are missing. This is due to licencing issues between AoN's first label ZTT, and the later lable, China, who have released this compilation.
Having said that, it does gove a good taster of their later, and some would argue more commercial sounding tracks. Nothing wrong at all with the likes of Peter Gunn, Legacy etc, but unfortunately later releases such as Yebo, and 'cash cow' releases by the China label, such as the Prodigy remix of Instruments of Darkness simply can't hold a candle to the missing tracks.
The second problem is that the versions of the better singles chosen are inferior to the original releases. Often, they are extended mixes, which whilst 'not bad', often fall into the remix trap and fall short of the originals. This is notably the case for Paranoimia, Peter Gunn, Dragnet and Kiss.
Having been critical so far, I should restate that I am a fan of the band and maybe pickier than most. This compilation still demonstrates that AON were decades ahead of the game, and gives a sample of the wonderful catchy oddity that they represent. To me, no band has pushed the sampler as hard as they did back then, and no one has matched their sheer inventiveness. The Prodigy's remix, we see an embodyiment of the impact on modern electronica and dance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KM WHITEHOUSE on 30 Mar. 2008
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In 1988 Art of Noise released their first versions of The Best Of The Art Of Noise. The LP contained the 7" versions, the cassette contained the 7" versions and the 12" versions of their collaborations with Duane Eddy, Max Headroom & Tom Jones. This left the CD to contain all the 12" versions. In 1992 China Records issued this version removing the ZTT singles, Beat Box, Moments In Love & Close (To The Edit) and replaced them with the single Yebo!, the album track Robinson Crusoe and the 1991 remix of Instruments Of Darkness that was remixed by the Prodigy. The rest of the tracks are the 7" versions that were on the original 1988 LP. This album would have been better if China Records had left the ZTT tracks on and made this the CD issue of the LP. This album only runs for around 35 minutes which is a bit of a let down for any best of album but contains some real groundbreaking material.

Not bad but not really Art of Noise at their best.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2001
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Plant yourself between your speakers, switch off the lights, close your eyes and relax. This album is possibly the most soothing in my collection. The Art of Noise is the Picasso of the music world, creating an original style of music which other artists have never managed to emulate. Their musical creativity is demonstrated by the totally different sounds of each track. 'Yebo' utilises tribal vocals, 'Instruments of Darkness' mixes panpipes with rave, and the fantastic 'Dragnet'(from the film of the same name) gets Dan Ackroyd rapping. The strangely amusing lyrics of 'Paranoimia', performed by Max Headroom, get me smiling every time I listen, and I suspect Baz Luhrmann's 'Sunscreen' took a few tips from this track. Fans of Tom Jones will enjoy the rendition of 'Kiss', but the track which will reach out and grab you has to be 'Peter Gunn'. Featuring Duane Eddy, this musical masterpiece is the epitomy of the Art of Noise and combines a healthy bassline with the unmistakeable 'electro-human' sounds which, in my opinion, are the trademark of the Art of Noise. Remember the theme tune they wrote for ITV's 'Krypton Factor'(Gordon Burns torturing contestants mentally and physically)? Well if you liked that, buy this album. I promise you won't be disappointed. Yello fans will appreciate this album too - there are similarities in the musical style, although the Art of Noise rounds the edges of the tunes to give a more soothing sensation.
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By reiko on 12 Dec. 2012
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CD face is not clean, but no problem to listen.
Smooth shipment and good price
I almost satisfied.
I love ♪Robinson Crusoe, pretty good.
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