This Art Of Noise compilation is definitely welcome in a variety of ways. First, it contains the basic Art Of Noise hits, and, collaborations, but new to this compilation is the Theme From The Krypton Factor, and the Paranoid Mix of, Paranoimia. Both released onto CD for the first time. The only thing I would criticise about it is this could have been expanded from two to four discs to include more of the China/ZTT stuff including the live Hammersmith Odeon set.
There is the opportunity for Salvo/ZTT to release the entire AON China back-catalogue in expanded sets. In Visible Silence (1986), Re-Works Of Art Of Noise (1986), In No Sense! Nonsense (1987), Below The Waste (1989), and The Ambient Collection (1990) over the next year or two.
Tracks like : Legs (Inside Leg Mix), and (Last Leg Mix), Hoops And Mallets, Opus 3, Why Me?, A Nation Rejects, and so forth.
The only omission is the track Legacy, but its still well worth a listen.
As part of the ZTT (Zang Tumm Tumm) record label stable, Art Of Noise pioneered new sounds in the mid-1980s and were largely responsible of the regulation "big drum sound" every hit song had to have at the time. Over these two CDs, you will find most of the hit singles by Art Of Noise and then some. Of said hits, two or three pass the test of time: Close To The Edit, Moments In Love - though the version(s) of that last track here are not the best - and Peter Gunn. Alas, most of the non hit tracks are not that indispensable. At the end of the day, a one CD compilation of the singles is a better choice for the casual listener and this compilation is probably strictly for fans.
I bought this CD and I have to say it's a huge disappointment!
Love Beat is Moments In Love in slow motion (and it's boring), The Holy Egoism of Genius is the instrumental of Metaforce. Paranoimia is there as a remix which is too long and never gets to the point. And too many of the tracks are only some kind of short interludes - these must be the treasures and moments, I guess...
The only really good tracks are Kiss, Moments in Love, Close (To The Edit) and Peter Gunn.
I only give this 2 stars because of the few very good tracks and the nice artwork and packaging, but still, would not buy it again. My recommendation: Download the good ones and forget the rest.
As a big fan of the Art of Noise, I was hoping for a grand finale album containing their best recordings and any remaining hidden gems that had previously missed my attention. As is so often the case when a "best of" album emerges years after a band has disappeared, there are no new recordings of any significance on this album. For me, it was a huge disappointment as I already have all the tracks that I like on other albums. No problem - it will be going on ebay today as it is a good album for any Art of Noise fans that don't already have any of their albums.
I pre ordered this CD and was really looking foward to its arrival.I have to say how very dissapointed i am,streached over two CDS the hits are very thin on the ground and only one mix of their biggest hit "Close To The Edit."It is not a CD that you can play all the way through, i think a single Cd version running time 45 mins would have been a better option.Some of the tracks sound like they are being played by lunatics who have escaped from an asylum !A CD which will sit on my CD rack gathering dust.