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The Art Of The 12 Inch Volume 2 Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B005ELZN5W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. you are warmly invited to come inside - Various Artists
  2. Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes (Keep The Peace) - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  3. Paul McCartney - Spies Like Us (Art of Noise Remix) - Paul McCartney
  4. Godley & Creme - Cry (Extended Remix) - Godley and Creme
  5. Instinct - Swamp Down (12 Mix) - Instinct
  6. OMD - Julia's Song (Extended Version) - OMD
  7. 808 State Vs. Art of Noise - Moments in Love (Massey Mix One) - 808 State vs. Art of Noise
  8. Thomas Leer Heartbeat (Extended Mix) - Thomas Leer
  9. bassline interlude - Various Artists
  10. Act Chance (Whammy Mix) - Act
  11. Frankie Goes to Hollywood War (Coming out of Hiding) - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  12. Propaganda - Dr Mabuse der Spieler (An International Incident) - Propaganda

Disc: 2

  1. Scritti Politti Absolute (Version) - Scritti Politti
  2. Art of Noise Close Up - The Art of Noise
  3. Propaganda Sorry for Laughing (12 Mix) - Propaganda
  4. Das Psych-Oh! Rangers He He Radical (Episode 2) - Das Psych-Oh! Rangers
  5. piano interlude - Various Artists
  6. Nasty Rox Inc. What It Is (Live Instrumental Wonder) - Nasty Rox Inc.
  7. Mint Juleps Every Kinda People (Parts I, II and III) - Mint Juleps
  8. Anne Pigalle Hé Stranger (Parts I, II and III) - Anne Pigalle
  9. 808 State Vs. Art of Noise Moments in Love (Massey Mix Three) - 808 State vs. Art of Noise
  10. the flash forward - Various Artists
  11. Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (Man Has a Sense for the Discovery of Beauty, Part I) - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  12. zang tuum interlude - Various Artists
  13. Art of Noise Close Up (Hop) - The Art of Noise
  14. Propaganda Dr. Mabuse (Special Instrumental Mix) - Propaganda
  15. cadenza - Various Artists

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This follow up is of similar quality to Vol 1. Music that sounds like it cost a million pounds to make. Monumental, experimental,conceptual and hi gloss pop could describe many of ZTT's greatest hits.

And so Frankie, Art of Noise and Propaganda return. Intriguigingly 2 previously unreleased mixes of AON by 808 State effectively demonstrate a a continuity of textural and sonic sounds of ZTT from the 80s into the 90s. Relative obscurites Anne Pigalle and Instinct make welcome reappearances- acts that would've been hits in a righteous/alternative universe. Vol. 2 has it's fair share of rarites just as Vol 1. This is an excellent compilation yet perhaps not boding well for a further volume if the familiarity of some of the material is anything to go by.

The gargantuan 15 minute Two Tribes (Keep The Peace) mix is excellent but feels like the final word on all its remixes . A holy grail incorporating previous remixes into one elongated track. Likewise does any need a "special instrumental" remix of Dr Mabuse? Is there anymore more Dr Mabuse mixes in the vaults. It's the masterpiece sounding exactly as described but a slightly superfluous addition to the ZTT Catalogue.

There's rare remixes involving ZTT associates involvement of artists not on the label.On paper OMD and Paul McCartney seem incongruous in these surroundings yet fit pretty well into the bigger picture.-strange but enticing remodellings of pretty conventional songs that wouldn't fit in on a vast number of boring, predictable 80s compilations. The inclusion of Scritti Politti Absolute (Version) is itself a moot point. A devastating HI NRG influenced white funk classic, sure, but has previously appeared on numerous compilations.

Despite some slight reservations -this is up there with the first volume. More than deserving of being revived/restored to CD quality. Sumptuous/pretentious quality pop rarely equalled.
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This ztt collection is well worth buying, if only for the Frankie goes to Hollywood cassette mix of Two Tribes.This was released along side all the 12" remixes back in 1984 as a " cassingle". The mix is called "keep the peace".It starts with the live version from the original 12 " and then mixes seamlessly into the "carnage" 12" which in turn mixes into the "Annhillation" mix!! 15 minutes of Frankie magic,essential for any fan!!
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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.
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I’ve found many of ZTT’s releases adventurous and enjoyable. This release is adventurous but not always enjoyable.
Skip the worst piece of audio carnage – 7 minutes of what the sleeve notes describe as the perpetrator,”at their prophetic boom-crash, pre-Sputnik, punk-meets-pop skater best.” The Das Psycho-oh! Rangers’ track, continues the writer, “gels into something unique and in many ways, unrepeatable.” Definitely.

Fortunately, it’s their only track and the bitter taste is washed away a couple of tracks later with the sweet surprise of Mint Juleps’ version of ‘Every Kinda People.’ Elsewhere the expected stalwarts, Frankie, Propaganda and Art of Noise make several appearances.

Although an Art of Noise enthusiast, Das Psycho-oh! Rangers’ “boom-crash” lowered my tolerance of monotonous drumming and reduced my enjoyment of their offerings – even spoiling a couple of minutes of Mint Juleps. Likewise, “Spies Like Us” is OK the first time round but gets wearing after repeat plays.

Anne Pigalle’s “Hé Stranger”, FGTH’s “Two Tribes”, and Godley and Creme’s “Cry” add to the enjoyment. If only ZTT had cut back on the ubiquitous and irritating “Close Up” drumbeat, this would have been a great purchase.
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