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Prince Charming Import, Original recording remastered


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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of British New Wave act's 1981 album, the final release by the Ants before Adam went solo. Dropping the pirate gear, Adam became both a prince and a 'dandy highwayman' for this album, creating a set of songs that were sonically unlike anything on his previous releases. Although still melodic, the songs were less rhythmic and even more theatrical than before. Features 16 tracks including 'Stand And Deliver', 'Ant Rap', 'Scorpios' and the title track plus six bonus tracks, 'Prince Charming' (demo version), 'Showbiz' (unreleased demo), 'Picasso Vista El Planeta De Los Suimios' (unreleased version), 'Who's a Goofy Bunny Then? (unreleased demo) and 'Scorpio Writingf' (demo version). Columbia.

1. Scorpios
2. Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios
3. Prince Charming
4. 5 Guns West
5. That Voodoo!
6. Stand & Deliver
7. Mile High Club
8. Ant Rap
9. Mowhok
10. S.E.X.
11. Prince Charming (Demo Version)
12. Stand & Deliver Demo (Unreleased)
13. Showbiz (Demo Song)
14. Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios (Demo Version)
15. Who's A Goofy Bunny Then? (Demo Version)
16. Scorpio Writing (Demo Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0002BPIEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1981's "Prince Charming" is the third and final album Adam Ant recorded with his band the Ants before he began a solo career. It didn't sell as well as "Kings of the Wild Frontier," but "Prince Charming" did have a few hits such as the signature anthem "Stand and Deliver," the title track, and the positively wacky "Ant Rap," which may very well be the first "rap" tune recorded by a white male singer. Looking beyond the hits, there are other cool tunes such as the freakish acapella "Mile High Club," the campy opener "Scorpios," and "Picasso Vista El Planeta del Los Simios." In 2004, Sony reissued "Prince Charming," and, quite frankly, the remastering isn't much of an improvement over the original, which sounded flat and muddled. But the CD comes in a nice digipak with lyrics and rare photos and extra bonus tracks Antphiles will enjoy. I'm a little disappointed with the remastering of this CD, but fans should still upgrade their copy of "Prince Charming" with this 2004 reissue.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
At this point Adam and the Ants could do no wrong in 1981. This is their most realized and fun work. Of the ten original songs there's not a wasted note. Each song plays perfectly off the last. In America, the only song I saw a video for was "Prince Charming", but there were other great songs like "Scorpios", "Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios", "Five Guns West", "That Voodoo", "Stand And Deliver", "Mile High Club", "Ant Rap", "Mowhok" and "S.E.X." are also as equally campy and entertaining. This is truly a fun album and no one makes music like this anymore.

The six bonus tracks consist of demos, two of which were never fully realized "Showbiz" and "Who's A Goofy Bunny Then?" To me, all of the demos are uninspiring but they let you hear the process. As with the other remasters the packagin is digipak and the artwork and design is great. I agree with the other reviewer here that the remastering isn't as good as "Dirk Wears White Sox", "Friend Or Foe", "Strip" and "Vive Le Rock", and it ranks down there with "Kings Of The Wild Frontier". The booklet comes with the lyrics to all the songs. All in all, a great album.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Mitchell on October 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Coming off the impossible-to-match KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER, a peerless example of one of the best albums of the 80s, Adam, Marco and the posse had a lot to answer for in this miscalculated, muddled follow-up that's more facile sell-out than artistic statement - still, if you stick with the addictive, outlandish trio of hit singles...well, at least hits in the UK (STAND & DELIVER, ANT RAP, and PRINCE CHARMING), you'll do fine. It's really the brilliant campy kitsch of the VIDEOS that puts these songs across - now I just wish Sony would sort it out and finally, finally, finally reissue ALL of the ANTS' videos on DVD to replace the musty, moldy VHS tape that'll have to do until then.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wikstrom on April 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Generally the weakest of the three original Ants albums the remastering job does the album some justice. Songs really stand out now where in the past they sounded much flatter and dull.

Especially "Scorpios", "Mowhok" and "Mile High Club" - they were always the weaker ones (to these ears). "Picasso Visits The Planet Of The Apes" (talk about kitschy brilliance) still sounds amazing and psychedelic. "Prince Charming" still sounds like one of the most unusual No. 1 singles of all time (in a very good way). "Stand And Deliver" (also an odd No. 1 single) is still one of the best singles to come out of the early 1980's. "Ant Rap" is still one of the campiest singles to come out of the early 1980s's (although it does make me giggle quite a bit).

"Five Guns West", "That Voodoo!" and "S.E.X" (complete with the unlisted "The Lost Hawaiians" song after it) still sound like great, weird psychedelic Summer songs.

The bonus songs are also pretty interesting from the silly chorus

of "Who's A Goofy Bunny Then?" (which evolved into "Libertine" from Strip) and "Showbiz" (which mutated into "Crackpot History And The Right To Lie from Friend Or Foe). The demos are a bit trebley as they were only intended as demos to only be heard by the label in presenting new songs. They remain charming nonetheless. As is the entire collection.

(Prince) Charming Nonetheless.

"Da Diddley Qua Qua!!!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zzyzzx on March 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this as a replacement for a record album (vinyl LP) and I am very pleased with it. The sound quality is excellent. Don't buy this for the extras (demo stuff), they really aren't worthwhile. Get the Stand and Deliver DVD with all the music videos from amazon.uk I am not expecting a US release of that DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose on May 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Granted, I was 12 at the time. However, after seeing Adam on MTV, I decided that we should marry and have little ants. While that never came to fruition, I do have to say that in the following two decades, I came to be a semi-expert on his Antness and rate this particular work as one of the better ones. If you're looking for melody and fun (rather than insightful lyrics and innovative guitar play), this album will do you nicely. The opening track, "Scorpions" always seemed better live to me, but it kicks off the album with a bang. Favorites on the album include the title track, Picasso et al, and of course "Stand and Deliver" - that song alone I believe makes the cd worth owning. If you're looking for 80's indulgence, I think you'll like it.
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