The legendary and iconic ZTT label have been particularly busy of late with 80s reissues that are of serious quality. Weâve had a stream of Art of Noise reissues (the stunning âInto Battleâ and âWhoâs Afraid OfâŠâ â before Hollywood set in), Frankie Goes To Hollywoodâs swinging swansong âLiverpoolâ, and a deluxe edition of Propagandaâs unassailable âA Secret Wishâ, amongst many others. Although the less said about FGTH member Paul Rutherhordâs solo effort âOh Worldâ probably the better.
And now thereâs âThe Art of 12â volume 2â â a wonderfully decadent celebration of the 12â single all grown up in the late 80s, complete with Don Johnson suit and brick-sized mobile phone. This packed out collection has considerably more diversity than might be expected. Paul McCartneyâs engaging âSpies Like Usâ sits alongside Godley and CrĂšmeâs fragile âCryâ, Anne Pigalle's swirling âHe Strangerâ, OMDâs classic âJuliaâs Songâ, as well as a LOT of Frankie, Propaganda and Art of Noise (and even better for it). ZTTâs aesthetic couldnât be more neatly demonstrated, with that familiar kind of sardonic opulence binding the collection together. With 12â remixes of the early eighties now plundered to death, itâs time for ZTT to take up the retro-reigns and move the movement on (and on and on).
Frankieâs stunning âkeep the peaceâ mix of âTwo Tribesâ ends with voiceover artist Patrick Allen (he of the chilling âProtect and Surviveâ public information films of the cold war) indicating that his is âthe last voice youâll ever hearâ. Letâs hope not. In the meantime the fairlights and synclaviers make for truly wonderful company.
Edited by MLVH - 17 Apr 2012 at 1:17pm
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