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on 19 January 2015
lot of stuff here i don't like
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on 3 March 2012
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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on 3 November 2014
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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on 28 February 2012
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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on 21 February 2012
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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on 13 March 2012
I have to say I am feeling a little bit deflated after having had an initial listen to this compilation. When it first appeared for ordering I thought that I was finally going to realise a 20 year dream to have completed my ZTT Cassette mixes collection in glorious digital format availability. For on this very compilation was the final piece of the puzzle, the "Two Tribes - Keep the Peace" mix, in all it's 15 odd minute glory. Many years ago I had "digitised" my rapidly wearing out Cassette version of this, and even more recently (last year) had re-visited it to archive it in 24/96 format. So, imagine my disappointment when upon hearing this (presumably) re-mastered version it sounds so clinical, and lacks any of the real "umph" that the cassette version does. Perhaps I'm expecting too much, but the bassline is now too seperate from the rest of the mix, and even at a "un"-healthy volume it just doesn't cut it. Compared to other ZTT compilations Two Tribes normally has that edge, but here, no :(
If it hadn't've been for this the compilation would have got the full 5 star treatment, as there is so much more on here to offer, the glorious 12" of Cry by Godley & Creme (who'd've thought the bassline was a slowed down version of Relax, but listening, yup it sure is!), the Version of Absolute, which is available on countless other compilations, but is still a Fairlight classic, Propaganda and ACT strutting their pompous self.
So, what can I say apart from PLEASE ZTT, try again with the mastering of Two Tribes, I'll just have to go back to my 24/96 version as the definitive listen, or back to the attempt at self-mixing.
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on 29 December 2012
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!

ofcourse not all the tracks will be to your likening but that's life! press the 'tranck forward' button and enjoy the nex track:-)
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on 2 October 2012
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.
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on 3 October 2013
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 listened to at that time, a few even more interesting.
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on 31 March 2014
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... Hope you do too.
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