I might be a little picky but...
M. Flasher | Texas | 06/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I had this album (cassette) back in the late 80's and loved it! It was so different and so musical that I could listen to it for hours. Being a musical nut, I loved hearing all the noises, ambient sound, etc that the AON could put into a song. When I found this CD here a few weeks ago I jumped at the chance to own it because of one specific song that was on it. Well I had to give it 3 out of 5 stars only because the CD has been edited at one part...a part that really made that song work. My favorite track on this album is "Day at the Races". I loved the effect of the drums, ambient sounds from the horse track (announcer, horses, etc), and the overall tempo, but the intro to the song was edited (completely deleted) from the original version. So instead of hearing these sounds (horse trainers, horses, doors, sounds of the track as the horses were being loaded into the starting gate, etc) the song just "starts". There is no work-up to the song to allow you to greatly appreciate the effort that the AON put in to making this song, If you had have ever heard the original you would understand. The wierd thing is that ALL other ambient noise between each song is still there (even after this specific song) but just not the intro.
Like I said, may be picky but I was really disappointed after hearing this cut.
CD vs lp
KCB | Santa Clara, CA United States | 02/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"2 reviews ago, the person mentioned a difference between the cassette and CD at the beg of A Day at the Races. I'm not a cassette person anymore :-), but I tracked down an original lp to compare because I'm a stickler about these things too.
He's correct, but it's not as bad as you think. :-) When they "converted" the lp (at least) to CD, they changed the order such that A Day at the Races is now before Ode to Don Jose, not after as on the lp (and I'm presuming the cassette too). A lot of the ambient stuff he talks about is at the end of Ode to Don Jose. There is one little snippet that is actually gone, when they say, "And they're off" right before A Day at the Races begins. That part is gone.
In general, I wasn't a big fan of this recording when it came out, but a bunch of years later, I do really enjoy it. Maybe not quite as accessible as some of their other stuff, but I do think it's worth a listen for fans."
Loved it then and love it now...
Tristan K. Braun | FresNo, CA | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Got this in *yikes* the 80's (on cassette!) when it was something I remember as strange, different and very very good. I remember stopping and being entranced by the way they used noise to make music... In recent review, it still strikes me as very very good and as this was my first introduction to the group then and I still feel its excellent I would say its a definite first to begin with if you are thinking of really sampling the Art of Noise..."