Into Battle returns... sort of...
Andrew Rothman | Cleveland, OH USA | 01/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The folks at Repertoire and ZTT did a really nice job of repackaging The Art of Noise's first album. Amazing that it took this long to make it to digital, although nearly all of the content from "Into Battle" was included on the "Daft" release several years ago. The packaging, liner notes and the DVD content are put together thoughtfully and simply. It was a nice move to have included CD versions of the "Close Up" single. Something of a shame that ZTT and China/Chrysalis can't come to some agreement and put out a more 'complete' version of the AoN discography between them.The only major complaint I have, as others have stated, is the baffling choice to replace the original version of "Beatbox" with the version available on all previous ZTT re-releases. It seems odd that every other track from "Into Battle" has been left in tact, but "Beatbox" is not the same as on the vinyl. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, the only CD version ever of the original "Beatbox" track was on a relatively obscure 'Best of the 80s' style compilation. It almost makes one wonder whether the producers of this anniversary disc have ever listened to the original pressing..."
Beatbox aside ...
DonMac | Lynn, MA United States | 08/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is it. All of the stuff that started it all. I remember when I first got this on vinyl - boy did it take a beating. Finally to have a beautiful sounding (if not COMPLETELY accurate) version of Into Battle ... is a real treat. Bonus disc is fun, but their videos were never earth-shattering. Most highly recommended!"
Does not include the original version of Beat Box.
Deinabo D. George | Bronx, NY USA | 01/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This package shipped with the Diversion One edition of Beat Box, a serious flub. I haven't listened to it much because of that. The other songs from the cassette release are present and accounted for but the included DVD is rather useless.
Anyone looking for the original Beat Box should look at one of the other compilations; don't buy this one."