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5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered classic, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Into Battle With The Art Of Noise (Audio CD)
So the seminal debut release from The Art of Noise gets another re-release! This is the fifth time I've bought this! First on vinyl, then it was included in the compilation Daft (minus the original version of Beat Box) then with the release on Repertoire Records (albeit with the incorrect Diversion One version of Beat Box), then it was included in the AWHYDWMBG collection, and finally here it is remastered and expanded.

Niggles -

It sounds like a good remaster; clearer, punchier and brighter. However, like the version included in AWHYDWMBG - this has the cassette version of Moments in Love... It's a nice edit from the full version included on the original vinyl release (and the following album Who's Afraid of...), however it is marred by tape slip distortion in a number of places (particularly in the opening bars). It would have been nice to have the full version included in the expanded section of the disc.

Anther slight niggle is the transition between `Flesh in Armour' and `Comes And Goes' - on the original release (and the version included in Daft) there is no gap, here there is delay added to the last orchestral stab of `Flesh in Armour', followed by around 2 seconds of silence, then in comes `Comes and Goes'. It actually works quite well, but not true to the original release, which is a shame as that is the record that I grew up with.

The last niggle is that most of the expanded section is either renamed or lifted from sections of AWHYDWMBG, and the rest is from Who's Afraid of... and also what sounds like the 7" edit of Close (To The Edit).

I give this release a full 5 stars because of the innovation of the original material, however it seems to me that this is a slightly missed opportunity to celebrate an absolute classic, an opportunity that was used instead to cash in on all the AON fans out there. All that said, it's nice to have this masterpiece remastered. If ZTT remaster Who's Afraid of... in the near future I wouldn't think twice about ordering it, but I wouldn't bother expecting much from any expanded sections.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2011 18:05:04 BDT
ZSL says:
Thanks for this useful review. As per the niggle in your third paragraph, I'm getting a bit tired of Ian Peel's incessant habit of making up new names for old tracks. I haven't bought this release of "Into battle" yet, but I found the renamings on "Influence" irritating. I'd rather that unheard versions of known songs were just given the old song title followed by a new mix name.

I don't own "And what have you done with my body, God" - it was deleted before I got 'round to buying. But presumably you'd especially recommend this version of "Into battle" to those of us who didn't get the boxed set?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2011 09:23:57 BDT
I must clear something up.

Ian Peel does not rename any of the tracks. All of the track titles are correct, they were actually 'working titles' named by Paul Morley throughout 1983-1984 when the album was being recorded, then he renamed them for the later versions that were released on "(Who's Afriad Of?) The Art Of Noise" this also applies to the track titles on "Influence".

Tracks like "Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?" on the "Worship" part of the disc at first glance does make one think that it is "Who's Afraid (Of The Art Of Noise)" that appeared on the album "(Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!" but if one looks closely there are subtle differences in the titles. It is rather confusing as the actual version of "Close (To The Edit)" that appears on the new "Into Battle" and "Influence" was originally released as a 7" B-side called "Beat Box (Diversion Seven)" the A-side was "Beat Box (Diversion Six)" that was later retittled "Beat Box (Diversion Ten)".

Most artist's 'working titles' differ from the released version e.g. The KLF's "Last Train To Trancentral" was originally called "Go To Sleep" and "Elephant" by Genesis became "No Son Of Mine"

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2011 20:03:04 BDT
ZSL says:
Sorry, but that isn't true, KM. In most cases Peel has used the "correct" or stated working titles; in others, as he says himself in the liner notes to AoN's "Influence", there was a degree of renaming. In one instance Morley supplied him with a selection of newly-invented titles and Peel affixed the ones he found most appropriate to this or that previously-unreleased track.

Oh, and shame on you for mentioning G*n*s*s in a thread about The Art Of Noise!

Posted on 30 Jul 2011 11:21:09 BDT
It says in the CD booklet that in order to avoid repetition, the cassette mix of 'Moments In Love' was used because the full version will be included on the remastered release of 'Who's Afraid Of...'.
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