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Sound follow up
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.