The Art Of The 12 Inch Volume 2 Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been years since I saw that ZTT on 12" discs and my only way to enjoy the left field music was constant Propaganda.
Glad I invested in this pick n mix of memories... Read more
There are some good mixes here: OMD, Propaganda, FGTH or Art Of Noise, I suppose it's good to enter the world of ZTT by them but better discovering acts and songs you never ever... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by fer
you love the 80s?
you love the 12"?
you love your money?
damn right! so get this double cd!
and get volume 1 as well! Read more
To be Honest i'm sure if ZTT were honest they had enough for one decent double album.
What we got was a good part one and this a very patchy effort.Its worth a fiver.
nothing special .. not overly impressed .. lots of missed oppurtunities .. could have been better choice of tracks .Published on 2 April 2012 by Keith Randall
I have to say I am feeling a little bit deflated after having had an initial listen to this compilation. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2012 by DEATH (Leics Branch)