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Art of NoiseAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00000DFFP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love
2. A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid)
3. Beat Box (Diversion One)
4. The Army Now
5. Donna
6. Momento
7. How To Kill
8. Realisation
9. Who's Afraid (Of The Art Of Noise)
10. Moments In Love
11. Bright Noise
12. Flesh In Armour
13. Comes And Goes
14. Snapshot
15. Close (To The Edit)
16. (Three Fingers Of) Love

Editorial Reviews

A handful of the most pretentious artists in post-punk England also happened to be among the most talented. Keyboardist Ann Dudley, producer Trevor Horn, and his ZTT cohort Paul Morley (who made tea and thought up overblown song titles) were clearly onto something with influential sequencer and car-ignition-driven cut-ups like "Beat Box (Diversion One)" and "Close (to the Edit)." This collection of early Art of Noise material evokes a period when pop artists were crass enough to exploit their own hype and naive enough to believe they could still create art in the process. And, sometimes, they did. --Bill Forman

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Greatest Hits May 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
There has never been another group like the Art of Noise, and all their best work is on this CD. It includes the whole first album, with the original long versions of "Close To The Edit" and "Beatbox", as well as the rare EP "Into Battle", plus the lush remixes of "Moments In Love" that were originally released as a 12" single. Sadly, the group rapidly went into artistic stagnation from the second album onwards (covering "Peter Gunn" was never going to rock the world), as they merely repeated their unique sound to less effect every time. Even worse were the techno makeovers of their music in the 90's, which bore no relation to the original style. Their remarkable and innovative genius is completely showcased in this must-have package.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I can't say that I am a huge AoN fan, but I bought this CD for a few of the tracks on it which I have heard and like. They're all on it and are the versions I was looking for, hence the five stars. In particular, this alblum has three versions of "Moments In Love", including the *very popular* 7" version ("Love", track No. 1) that a lot of people have heard on the radio (yes, the one that has gotten a *lot* of radio airplay, not the other versions which some find disappointing). For those who are solely interested in this version of this song, the CD is worth it. For others who like different AoN tracks (myself included), this CD is also for you. Too bad the Maxx Headroom version of "Paranoimia" isn't on this CD as it is one of my personal favorites. Otherwise, I found this to be a great buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid Of The Art Of Noise April 26, 2003
By statik
Format:Audio CD
With their combination of production wizardry, experimentalism and ability to make a hummable tune out of just about anything, The Art Of Noise were as pretentious as their name suggests, but a whole lot more fun. This compilation takes in all the essential early stuff the group did on their original label ZTT - not only the whole of their first proper LP "Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?" but also the pick of their debut EP "Into Battle" and a couple of (excellent) 12" mixes of the classic "Moments In Love".
The Fairlight sampler was the group's instrument of choice (indeed the Art Of Noise were one of the first groups to bring the sampler to public attention) and their use of "found sounds" is ingenious and often surprisingly danceable, particularly on the breakout hits "Close To The Edit" and "Moments In Love". The fact that the latter track has appeared on a million "moods"-type compilation albums is testament to its sheer loveliness, but it is all too easy to forget what a brilliantly-constructed piece of music, and of art, it really is. Hearing it alongside a selection of The Art Of Noise's other work gives a whole new perspective on it, and reminds you that there is an underlying sinister-ness to it, all clanking prison chains and insistent "now! now! now!" hectoring.
This combination of beauty and cruelty is a common Art Of Noise trick, employed to good effect on tracks like the atmospheric "Realisation" and military-themed "In The Army Now" and "A Time For Fear". Even their catchiest moment, "Close To The Edit", misquotes poet Robert Browning's "Home Thoughts From Abroad" in a distinctly unsettling way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN AVERAGE COMPILATION November 16, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is an essential for the AoN fans of the older Zang Tumm Tumb is actually a conglomeration of three records: Into Battle, Who's Afraid, and the Moments In Love maxi-EP containing four versions of the fabled track. I find it extremely convenient to have all these wonderful and timeless tracks on one CD, but I have one major quibble which prevents me from giving it all five stars: Why the absence of the original Beat Box? Since Into Battle is no longer available in the states, it is quite difficult to find the original version of Beat Box, and are left instead with the silly and long-winded "Diversion One" which is found on damn near every AoN compilation I've seen. Luckily I have Into Battle on vinyl, but it would have been nice to have this one on digital. Overall, a must-have for the conniseur of fine electronic music and art-rock. The Art Of Noise meddle...the Art Of Noise bang and clang..... Between Jest And Earnest....between love and war....between now and then......Hummmmm along with the AoN!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Umm... O-kay. But.... September 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first track, Love, is the track that got substantial play on all of the "smooth jazz" radio stations. This track is sublime. The remainder of the album is exactly as the name implies...a series of squeaks, chirps, groans, and burps; arguably artsy, in its own eclectic way. If you like that sort of thing, you'll love this album. But if you have heard the first track on the radio, don't buy the album on the strength of that song, as it is not at all representative of the remainder of the album, and you will be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" CD December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've got this album several years ago, but every time I listen it is like the first.
An album where genius and experimentalism are the map traced by Anne Dudley and JJ Jeckzalik, coadiuvated by Trevor Horn.
Now the Fairlight CMI is a prehistoric instruments, but it's voice still make me wonder every time I listen for an old Art of Noise's song.
This album is higly recomended to whom want to listen the quintessential of a way to perform music mixed by genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok cd only had one song i like
Published 1 month ago by bunnie
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Artist
Nice music, interesting artist. Fast down load didn't't too much care about the rest of the music. Three songs I did like.
Published 3 months ago by Philip A. Behn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album. Great to listen when you just want to relax and unwind. I mainly only listen to three songs but I'm sure the rest of the songs are good as well.
Published 3 months ago by Kratos
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this cd and it shipped fromGermany so it took a while but in the end I got it and that's what matters!
Published 8 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars music - jazz
this an all together different music style and that is why I love it. Not for everyone but if you like new age type stuff this for uou.
Published 11 months ago by Jacquie r. Haus
4.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
This is the first time I have purchase the art of noise CD. My favorite tune is moments of love.
Published 11 months ago by BJ JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Very first song FANTASTIC
I really enjoyed the way the first song sent you far, far away. I found myself on the beach with the blue sky, cool breeze and just relaxing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by janice eckert
1.0 out of 5 stars Who are they?
I have another review of this band but left off some of my thoughts, as they remind me of a studio band for motion picture soundtracks.
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Published 11 months ago by P. Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars A true electronica album of the 80s. Challenging and rhythmically...
"This is one unique yet complex album to try and say in words. Without much knowledge of Art of Noise other than their song Moments in Love, their compilation Daft opens the veil... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Visual Bureau
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
Always like AON but don't want to buy every album that they came out. So pick out 3. This one is not a bad choice. Read more
Published 18 months ago by c-tam1000
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