1027-2 The Best of The Art of Noise
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Released on 1992
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K ronomyth 9.0: THE SECOND-BEST OF AON. To the consternation of fans (and the complete indifference of everyone else), the original blue cover Best Of was re-presented in a pink version that now featured shorter 7-inch versions where the original 12-inch versions had appeared and swapped out a few tracks while generally keeping the same track order as the first. The result adds nothing to the original, instead lopping off nearly 30 minutes of music plus the essential “Close (To The Edit).” The decision to edit/remix the collection is nothing short of bizarre. While both Best Ofs are flawed, the blue is generally regarded as the better entry. The decent thing to do would have been a double-disc reissue that tacked pink onto blue as a bonus EP of single mixes. Instead, pink was in, blue was out, read were the rites for a greatest hits we hardly knew. In the brief interim since the first career compilation, AON added a few more releases which here earn one ambassador each: Below The Waste (“Yebo”), The Ambient Collection (“Robinson Crusoe”) and The FON Mixes (“Instruments of Darkness”). That last track is the best thing about The Best of The Art of Noise. Otherwise, this collection is too short, too superficial, barely scratching the surface of a band that deserves better than to be remembered for helping Tom Jones and Duane Eddy rediscover their mojos. In 2010, a double-disc retrospective was released, Influence, that looks to be the best introduction to AON so far. So, pink and blue, we bid adieu.

TRACK LISTING

  1. OPUS 4    (Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik/Gary Langan)    2:00
  2. YEBO    (West Nkosi/Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik)    3:50
  3. INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS (ALL OF US ARE ONE PEOPLE)    (Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik/Gary Langan)    3:40
  4. ROBINSON CRUSOE    (Gian-Piero Reverberi/Robert Mellin)    3:47
  5. PETER GUNN    (Henry Mancini)    3:55
  6. PARANOIMIA    (Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik/Gary Langan)    3:17
  7. LEGACY    (Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik/Gary Langan)    3:24
  8. DRAGNET '88    (Walter Schumann)    2:59
  9. KISS    (Prince)    3:30
  10. SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS    (Anne Dudley/J.J.Jeczalik/Gary Langan)    2:29

    Original Japanese CD bonus trcaks
  11. KISS (7" VERSION)
  12. KISS (THE BATTERY MIX)

    1995 Japanese CD reissue bonus tracks
  13. YEBO (TRUST MIX)
  14. YEBO (ARKARNA MIX)
  15. KISS (THE ART OF NOICE MIX)

CREDITS

Paul Wakefield -- seascape photography
Ryan Art -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1992 China CD 1027-2  
ITA 1992 China LP WOL-1027  
JPN 1992 Pony Canyon CDX PCCY-00365 w. two bonus tracks
JPN 1995 WEA CDX WPCR-224 w. three bonus tracks
US January 14, 1997 China CD 77056  

 

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