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Essential Adam Ant [Original recording remastered]

Adam & The AntsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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listen  1. ZerøxAdam & The Ants 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Kings Of The Wild FrontierAdam & The Ants 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dog Eat DogAdam & The Ants 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. AntmusicAdam & The Ants 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Physical (You're So) (Single Version)Adam & The Ants 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stand And DeliverAdam & The Ants 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prince CharmingAdam & The Ants 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ant RapAdam & The Ants 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Friend Or FoeAdam Ant 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Goody Two ShoesAdam Ant 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Desperate But Not SeriousAdam Ant 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Place In The CountryAdam Ant 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Strip (Single Version)Adam Ant 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puss 'n BootsAdam Ant 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Apollo 9Adam Ant 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Room At The TopAdam Ant 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. WonderfulAdam Ant 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008PX8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The perfect single-CD Ant-hology, this disc has 17 key tracks from one of the most influential new-wave figures. These take you from his jittery post-punk cuts to his pop-star-era hits: Zerox; Dog Eat Dog; Antmusic; Goody Two Shoes; Desperate but Not Serious; Strip; Wonderful , and more!

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Drink. Don't Smoke. What Do You Do?" April 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Confessing that you like Adam Ant still won't win you credibility points in a few elite circles, but the truth remains that he was one of pop music's most vibrant figures in the last 25 years. Often a collaboration with guitarist Marco Pirroni, the music of Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) was a hybrid of punk rock, African tribal rhythms, and pop sensibilities that dominated the UK charts for much of the early 1980s. And though his popularity waned by the release of 1985's flop "Vive Le Rock," fans were still humming to many of his hits. Speaking of hits, "Essential Adam Ant" is a collection of his work from 1979 right up to 1995's "Wonderful." Digitally remastered for superior sound, these hits give me back some fond memories of the good old days. The most familiar track is the Top 20 hit "Goody Two Shoes," but there are other fun tunes like "Stand and Deliver," "Desperate but Not Serious," and the Phil Collins-produced "Strip." While the previous compilation "Antics in the Forbidden Zone" has more tracks, "Essential" covers his material more comprehensively and includes his work from the 1990s. My only gripe is that it could have dug deeper into his punk roots and included "Kick," "Whip in My Valise," and "Cartrouble." It's unlikely that he'll ever make such a big splash as he did 20 years ago, but we can always turn to this disc as a reminder of why he was so popular in the first place.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remastering but omits a few essentials songs April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For the individual who just "likes" Adam and is not an Antmaniac this maks for a nifty purchase (as do a great deal from the desperate "Essential" series). However there are a couple of head-scratchers in terms of song selection and omissions from the collection. The inclusion of "Physical (You're So)" is a bit questionable seeing as "Cartrouble" (a classic catchy single featuring the debut of Marco) should have been neatly placed after "Zerox" and "Vive Le Rock" (a record company error made this should-have-been-hit single exactly that) should have been sequenced after "Apollo 9". However neither of these singles are included here and are somewhat important in presenting a complete, accurate and essential Ant collection.

Later period Adam songs like "Room At The Top" and "Wonderful" are lone representations of the albums they were culled from. Perhaps other singles from these albums ("Can't Set Rules About Love", "Rough Stuff", "Gotta Be A Sin" and "Beautiful Dream") would have possibly made these songs not seem so out of place and different from earlier Ant material but I digress.

It is nice to have an American collection of remastered Ant material (a first indeed). This collection is somewhat similar to The Very Best Of Adam And The Ants which came out a year or so earlier. But for a nice collection of (almost) complete essential Ant music I suppose this makes a nice little purchase.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's no "Antics in the Forbidden Zone" September 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm really not sure what the purpose of this Disc is, other than as an Adam Ant filler for those collectors who need to add more to their collection. This is a slightly scaled down version of the truly best of "Antics in the Forbidden Zone" which detailed Adam Ant's career up until the bombastic "Apollo 9" album. "Essential" adds the 1990 single "Room at the Top" from "Manners & Physique" album and "Wonderful" from the 1995 "Wonderful" album. These two songs are not really worth the cost of admission and I think are probably the weakest songs on those two albums, anyway. And of course "Essential" ignores the unreleased 1993 album "Persuasion" which had some really good songs on it. If you want later period Adam Ant, "Manners" is really good and "Wonderful" is, well, less than wonderful, but still a worthwhile Adam Ant. If you want an introduction to Adam Ant, the chronologically catalogued "Antics" is great and a more complete collection!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 songs short of being perfect March 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As a huge Adam Ant fan, I not only like the songs that made the Billboard Hot 100, I also like some of his other songs that had videos that were played quite often on MTV and other video outlets, but did not quite make the charts. Those songs are "Vive Le Rock" (the follow up to "Apollo 9"), "Rough Stuff" (the follow up to "Room at the Top"), and "Won't Take That Talk" (the follow up to "Wonderful"). No, these songs weren't huge hits, but his fans know them and love them. For the casual listener who just wants the hits, this CD will suffice. For the hardcore fans, it comes up a little short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive collection January 26, 2004
By Emily
Format:Audio CD
My 20+ years of adoration for this man and his music would only warrant 5 stars.
1978- Zerox (Punk Era)If you recall the late 70s it was filled with disco and manilo, and this was just so opposite of that.
1980- Kings of the Wild Frontier,Dog Eat Dog,Antmusic,Your'e So Physical- All of these tracks are strong and original.
1981- Stand and Deliver, Prince Charming
1982-Friend or Foe, Goody 2 Shoes, Desperate but Not Serious,Place in the Country - Signature sound of the "80s"
1983- Strip, Puss n' Boots
1985- Apollo 9
1990- Room At The Top
1995- Wonderful - Excellent song! One of my all time favs.
** I do like this collection but I would have preferred a few different tracks. I think that they should have ditched the Apollo 9 track, and used the version from Live-Aid because it was/is infinately better.
** Can't Set Rules About Love should have been on this instead of Room at the Top, if they had to pick one from that album.
** Vampires and Beautiful Dream should have been considered from the Wonderful CD.
The early stuff is the best, but overall a nice collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very fun and well put together compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unplug the jukebox, and do us all a favor...
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Published 4 months ago by Rodger A. Shimp
4.0 out of 5 stars It's great!
This rounds out my Adam Ant collection. I added this to my collection and now I have all of my favorite songs form him.
Published 5 months ago by Language Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
Excellent CD! All the hits in chronological order...from Dirk to Wonderful.
A must for any Ant fan! Buy it NOW!
Published 7 months ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation cuts a nice swathe through his works
Sometimes I buy a compilation and am disappointed because some of the tracks are from sources other than the well remembered original album. Not here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan W. Hawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Nearly all of my favorites and more. In chronological order from Zerox to Wonderful (a beautiful yet sad apologetic song). A good go to for Ant people.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Well put together, Stuff I didn't really know but was always curious about and love now. And of course there's the songs I never tire of.
Published 12 months ago by Susan Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Great package of Adam Ant songs!!
I was glad to see this Greatest Hits Package. My only problem was the jewel case was damaged but the cd worked beautifully.
Published 13 months ago by James T. Collins
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