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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ztt
  • ASIN: B000AMU0U8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,813 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. Memento
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

Bringing together tracks recorded for early singles and EP's, Daft is one of the most quietly influential albums of the past twenty years. Primarily produced, performed and written by Trevor Horn, Anne Dudley, Paul Morley and Gary Langan, all now incredibly successful in their own right, Daft largely introduced the now widespread practice of sampling and tape loops. Blending rock, dance and rap beats, Art Of Noise have now ironically become one of the most sampled groups in rap, hip-hop and R&B, including the use of Close (To The Edit) by the Ying Yang Twins on the forthcoming track Ghetto Classics. False Tuned. 2005.

Customer Reviews

I'm a happy customer!!!
Robyn Blackshire
For this compilation the original beat box (NOT the "Diversion One" version) BELONGS on this CD.
Daniel J. Larubio
I really enjoyed the way the first song sent you far, far away.
janice eckert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on 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 By A Customer on January 18, 1999
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Harvey on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By statik on April 26, 2003
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 6 people found the following review helpful By picardy3@ix.netcom.com on November 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is an essential for the AoN fans of the older Zang Tumm Tumb days....it 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. HARDEN VINE VOICE on April 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great selection of music from the Art of Noise (AON). I remember when I heard "Close to the Edit" the first time in '84. These English people had a hit on their hands - and me as a fan. My favorite song from AON is "Moments in Love." Let me be frank - it was a perfect slow song until that weird transition about 3/4 of the way through the song. Nonetheless, it's a song I will never forget! Five stars for AON and 'Daft!'
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