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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ART OF ZANG TUUM TUMB, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Art Of The 12 Inch Volume 2 (Audio CD)
The front page of the New Musical Express dated 13th October 1984 read "ZTT-Warriors Of Pop Or Theatre Of Hype?" The answer to both of those questions in 2012 is a simple yes. The hype was justified as once you listen the latest in "The Art Of The 12"" series it all becomes very clear why. As you may know "The Art Of The 12", Volume Two" is number SALVOMDCD27 in Salvo's catalogue and number 21 in ZTT's Element Series. What you may not know is that it's also number 19 in the Pre-order charts (at the time of writing) proving that since the label's heyday in the early to mid 80s that there is still a huge interest in the ZTT catalogue and this latest entry does not disappoint.

Like all of the previous Element Series releases this addition contains the familiar and the previously unreleased. Unlike those others elements, it is not just the ZTT vaults that have been raided. Godley & Creme appear with Scritti Politti, remixed by JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan respectively along side a unique remix of Paul McCartney's "Spies Like Us" by their group Art of Noise that only appears on this compilation. In turn, two previously rumoured to exist remixes of Art of Noise's "Moments In Love" by 808 States's Graham Massey finally see the light of day after spending two decades locked away in the archives. Frankie Goes To Hollywood continue to surprise with two recently discovered remixes of "Relax" and "War". We are given the chance to hear how they would have sounded in an alternative reality, but then, they always were `the alternative', with the hype that took them to the top of the singles charts three times in 1984 and these mixes to not detract from that fact. Propaganda are true to form with the 12" mix of "Sorry For Laughing" making its debut here and asks the question `why this was never released as a single?' Like all record companies, ZTT have a treasure trove of the overlooked and the forgotten. Cuts from Instinct, Mint Juleps, Nasty Rox Inc., Thomas Leer, Act, and Das Pyscho! Rangers are all included here along with the enigmatic Anne Pigalle. As for OMD's appearance, you will have to read the detailed booklet that accompanies this collection.

In 1984 Frankie and ZTT once said to each other: "Hey, Zang." "Yes, Frankie?" "Let's Make It A Double." "It'll be a pleasure." That really sums up this album, a double CD and a pleasure to listen to. It has a soul, and is almost sentient from the very start as it becomes alive like life itself, and like life itself, it is full of surprises.

"elements are very big"
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2012 23:28:49 GMT
I'm still waiting for the digital release of Two Tribes "Surrender". It was on the B-side of the "Annihilation" 12".

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2012 23:54:44 GMT
The version of Two Tribes (Keep The Peace) on this sounds terrible the volume keeps going up and down also Godley & Cremes Cry is ripped from vinyl and it's the extended version 6:33 that's on this and not the extended remix which lasts for 7:25.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 19:39:38 GMT
Paul Chapman says:
Hi Neil, this is taken from the ZTT Facebook page

We've received 26 messages on the ZTT Facebook praising the inclusion of the 12" mix of Godley & Creme's Cry on The Art of the 12" Volume II. We've also received one message accusing ZTT of being "liars!", who should be "ashamed" of themselves about the false advertising of this track. This is why (we think!)...

When we drew up the track list for The Art of the 12" Volume II, Cry was top of the list of inclusions: it featured at least four members of the Art of Noise, the Fairlight, an early version of the Relax bassline, and so on... So we applied to Polydor/Universal and asked for the approx. 7-minute Extended Remix as it was previously unreleased on CD in Europe, meddled with heavily by JJ Jeczalik and featured a big fat sample of the Cry's prequel, 10cc's I'm No In Love. But there was a problem, Universal came back and said they didn't have a master available...

So we spent a long time trying to find a master of our own and eventually, in Trevor Horn (Official) personal tape archive, found a master reel from the Godley & Creme sessions listing a 7-minute "You Don't Know (Cry) (12" Remix)". Bingo! So we hand-carried it across London to be transferred. (Pictured is Ian Peel carrying the tape on the Underground to our transfer studio in Acton.) At this stage, The Art of the 12" Volume II was about to go to manufacture, artwork was all in place and this was the last piece of the puzzle. But when the transfer came back, we got a surprise...

The tape didn't contain the 7-minute Extended Remix. It didn't even contain the slightly more readily available 6-minute Extended Version. It contained a hitherto-unreleased 8-minute remix. Could we include this at the last minute on the compilation? Sadly not, not without some potentially lengthy negotiations with all involved. Fortunately, frantically, at the 11th hour Universal looked to save the day - they said they had found a master after all, so we went to manufacture with what they supplied.

But, guess what... Universal had supplied the Extended Version, not the Extended Remix. And their WAV, on close inspection, sounds rather like a vinyl rip. It was, at this stage, too late to change the booklet or digipack (from the Extended Remix to Extended Version), so apologies for that, and website tracklist mismatches.

But what we have is still 6-minutes of at least four members of the Art of Noise, still the Fairlight, still an early version of the Relax bassline... We also now have an amazing 8-minute version for possible inclusion on Volume III...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 18:06:11 GMT
DE01 says:
So the ZTT Excuses Department strikes again.

"The tape didn't contain the 7-minute Extended Remix. It didn't even contain the slightly more readily available 6-minute Extended Version. It contained a hitherto-unreleased 8-minute remix. Could we include this at the last minute on the compilation? Sadly not, not without some potentially lengthy negotiations with all involved."

What junk. If ZTT had requested the master of a certain mix and Universal supplied the wrong one, then that's Universal's problem, and there would have been no grounds for any comeback from them. ZTT should just have included that 8-minute mix, and not messed around. Especially since they add:

"We also now have an amazing 8-minute version for possible inclusion on Volume III..."

If it's releasable on volume III, then it could just have been released on volume II, and they could have spared listeners an inferior vinyl rip. I love vinyl, but I've no wish to hear it filtered through the medium of CD.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 15:09:33 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 15:20:56 GMT
DE01 says:
'Self-righteous' doesn't come into it. If you're going to release something, release it properly. To your whinging about my criticisms of this release, I could easily counter that Amazon reviews are a place to discuss what's right and wrong with releases. Ian Peel has generally done a good job with the Element series - I gave a four-star review to 'The art of the 12" volume one', and the 808 State compilation was even better. But that doesn't mean that careless errors such as the misspelling on the 'Into battle' front cover should be ignored. Unless you want everyone to be an uncritical sycophant, which apparently you do.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 11:33:56 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 11:57:31 GMT
DE01 says:
We must all, then, bow down to the greater 'experience' and 'real insight' of moronic trolls as yourself.

'Your "what junk" comment betrays your ignorance.'

No, it conveys that the claim was junk.

'And your generally tetchy tone just reeks of bitterness.'

Such bitterness, in fact, that I gave volume one of this compilation four stars and the 808 State compilation five stars, as explained above, and which you conveniently ignored. You are a troll and an illiterate. Goodbye.

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