Salvo
Art of Noise

Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise
(CD + DVD / Download)

Format: CD
Cat. No.: SALVOMDCD22
Barcode: 698458992222
Playing Time: Over 2 hours

"A pleasure dome & a treasure trove - all artful noise is here. Enjoy it." - NME
"Who’s afraid is brilliant - without it you will be incomplete." - MELODY MAKER
"A greedy bunch of b*****ds" - SOUNDS
"An intriguing entertainment." - THE GUARDIAN
"Don’t listen to the Art of Noise, let them live with you." - NUMBER ONE
"Top 20 a certainty." - MORE MUSIC

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REVIEWS:

Now heading towards its 30th birthday, Who’s Afraid... is a brilliant racket of the then future that would enhance and influence the years ahead. For a band that never really quite got their due – the album hung around for a few weeks in the album charts, never getting higher than No.27 – this reissue re-establishes their aheadness and will continue to grow in stature as a key text of electronic music. Hey!

 


THE QUIETUS

 

Subversive techno-pop classic finally released on CD

Crude, prehistoric and decidedly low-tech by today’s standards, the Fairlight CMI was a digital sampler that revolutionised pop music in the early 80s. Among its early enthusiasts were Peter Gabriel, Jean Michel Jarre, Kate Bush and Stevie Wonder, but it was studio group Art Of Noise (led by produver Trevor Horn) who brought the futuristic Australian-made keyboard and it’s mind-boggling sonic wizardry and array of sounds into the wider public consciousness.

That was 1984 - not the year when Orwell’s dystopian nightmare came true, but rather the dawn of a new popsensibility where sequencers, samplers and drum machines held sway, all encapsulated by Who’s Afraid... Though a vivid sonic snapshot of its time - crystallising 80s excess, techno-fetishism and chutzpah in all its hubristic glory - AON’s debut album exudes an aura of timelessness, especially Close (To The Edit) and the haunting Moments In Love. In addition to the original album, this deluxe version is appended by BBC live sessions from ’84 and ’85, and a promotional videos, live footage and even a TV ad starring Carry On comedian Kenneth Williams.

4 STARS

Charles Waring

RECORD COLLECTOR


CD
CD1:
1.
A time for fear (who’s afraid)
2.
Beat box (Diversion one)
3.
Snapshot
4.
Close (to the Edit)
5.
Who’s afraid (of the Art of Noise)
6.
Moments in love
7.
Memento
8.
How to kill
9.
Realization
10.
“too busy talking” (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
11.
Close (to the Edit) (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
12.
“exploring the jungle” (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
13.
Moments In Love (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
14.
“arranged in a circle” (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
15.
Beat Box (diverted via Video Killed The Radio Star) (BBC Radio session 24/11/84)
16.
From Science to Silence (BBC Radio session 31/03/85)
17.
Beat Box (BBC Radio session 31/03/85)
18.
Moments In Love (BBC Radio session 31/03/85)
DVD
1.
So what happens now?
2.
Beat Box
3.
Close (to the Edit) version one
4.
Closer (to the Edit) cinema version
5.
Moments in Love
6.
An Art of Noise live at The Value of Entertainment, June 1985
7.
Moments in Love (live around the world, Summer 1999)
8.
Beat Box and Close (to the Edit) live at Coexistence, June 2000
9.
When Art of Noise met Kenneth Williams (and Other Commercial Breaks) parts one to nine
10.
Close (to the Edit) version three
11.
Moments in Love version two
12.
Close (to the Edit) version two
13.
Beat Box edit
14.
So What Happened Next?