Various ‎– The Art Of The 12", Volume Two (A Promotion Of A Way Of Life)

Salvo ‎– SALVOMDCD27, ZTT ‎– Element 21
The Art Of The 12" – Volume Two (A Promotion Of A Way Of Life), Element Series – 21
2 × CD, Compilation

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1-1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The World Is My Oyster (Scrapped)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Nash*, Johnson*, O'Toole*, Gill*
1-2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes (Keep The Peace)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Johnson*, O'Toole*, Gill*
1-3 Paul McCartney Spies Like Us (Art Of Noise Remix)
Remix – Art Of Noise*Written-By – McCartney*
1-4 Godley & Creme Cry (Extended Version)
Producer – Godley & Creme, Trevor HornRemix – Nigel GrayWritten-By – Creme/Godley*
1-5 Instinct (7) Swamp Down (12" Mix)
Engineer – Dave MeeganEngineer [Assisted By] – Paul RootsProducer – Instinct (7), Luis JardimWritten-By – Jaeger*, Johnstone*, Underwood*
1-6 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Julia's Song (Extended Version)
Producer – Brian Tench, OMD*Written-By – McCluskey*, Kneale*, Humphreys*
1-7 808 State Vs. Art Of Noise* Moments In Love (Massey Mix One)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Dudley*, Langan*, Jeczalik*, Morley*, Horn*
1-8 Thomas Leer Heartbeat (Extended Mix)
Producer – Paul HardimanWritten-By – Leer*
1-9 Act Gestures (Edited Version)
Edited By – Ian PeelMixed By – Robin HancockProducer – Stephen LipsonWritten-By – Brücken*, Leer*
1-10 Act Chance (Whammy Mix)
Mixed By – Robin HancockProducer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Brücken*, Leer*
1-11 Frankie Goes To Hollywood War (Coming Out Of Hiding)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Whitfield/Strong*
1-12 Propaganda Dr Mabuse Der Spieler (An International Incident)
Arranged By – Propaganda, Trevor HornProducer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Thein*, Mertens*, Dörper*
2-1 Scritti Politti Absolute (Version, By Gary Langan)
Producer – Arif MardinRemix – Gary LanganWritten-By – Strohmeyer-Gartside*
2-2 Art Of Noise* Close Up
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Dudley*, Langan*, Jeczalik*, Morley*, Horn*
2-3 Propaganda Sorry For Laughing (Alvin Clarke 12" Mix)
Producer – Stephen LipsonRemix – Alvin Clarke*Written-By – Malcolm Ross, Paul Haig
2-4 Das Psych-Oh! Rangers He He Radical (Episode 2)
Engineer – Dave MeeganWritten-By, Producer – Troy Tempest
2-5 Nasty Rox Inc. 10th Wonder (Rough Mix, Extract)
Edited By – Ian PeelExecutive Producer – Trevor HornProducer – Stephen LipsonWritten-By – Mackintosh*, Fox*, Waddell*, Townsend*
2-6 Nasty Rox Inc. What It Is (Live Instrumental Wonder)
Executive Producer – Trevor HornProducer – Stephen LipsonWritten-By – Mackintosh*, Fox*, Waddell*, Townsend*
2-7 Mint Juleps Every Kinda People (Parts I, II And III)
Compiled By [Mix] – Herbie Of Mastermind*Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Andy Fraser
2-8 Anne Pigalle Hé Stranger (Parts I, II And III)
Producer – Luis JardimWritten-By – Pigalle*, Plytas*
2-9 808 State Vs. Art Of Noise* Moments In Love (Massey Mix Three)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Dudley*, Langan*, Jeczalik*, Morley*, Horn*
2-10 808 State Vs. Björk Ooops (Utsula Head Mix)
Producer – 808 StateWritten-By – Barker*, Guðmundsdóttir*, Partington*, Massey*, Price*
2-11 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (Man Has A Sense For The Discovery Of Beauty)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Johnson*, O'Toole*, Gill*
2-12 Paul Morley Frankie Goes To Hollywood: History
Written-By – Paul Morley
2-13 Art Of Noise* Close Up (Hop)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Dudley*, Langan*, Jeczalik*, Morley*, Horn*
2-14 Propaganda Dr Mabuse (Special Instrumental Mix)
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Thein*, Mertens*, Dörper*
2-15 Andrew Poppy The Impossible Net (Extract)
Engineer, Mixed By – Bob KraushaarRecorded By [Piano Solo] – Nicky Squire*, Stuart BruceWritten-By, Producer – Andrew Poppy

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6pp digipak with 24pp booklet.

℗ 2012 ZTT Records Ltd, under exclusive license to Union Square Music Ltd. © 2012 ZTT Records Ltd / Union Square Music Ltd. Salvo is a Union Square Music label.

"These extended remixes form part 21 in ZTT's ever-extending Element Series. A product of Zang Tuum Tumb, the organisation of pop. Coming next? Put Glory in Your Heart (and Never Say Die). “...because man has a sense for the discovery of beauty.”"

[Track 1-1]
Credited as 'you are warmly invited to come inside' on the back cover.
Originally released in 1984 on ‘The Power Of Love’ 12” single (cat# 12 ZTAS 5), and ‘The Power Of Love’ cassette single (cat# CTIS 105).
First CD release in 1989 on ‘The Power Of Love’ CD single (cat# 663 874).

[Track 1-2]
Originally release in 1984 on ‘Two Tribes (Keep The Peace)’ cassette single (cat# CTIS 103).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 1-3]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-4]
Incorrectly labelled "Cry (Extended Remix, By JJ Jeczalik)". Title and remix credit corrected above.
Originally released in 1985 on ‘Cry (Extended Version)’ 12” single (cat# POSPX 732).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 1-5]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-6]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Talking Loud And Clear (Extended Version)’ 12” single (cat# POSPX 732).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 1-7]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-8]
Originally released in 1985 on ‘Heartbeat’ 12” single (cat# LEER 122).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 1-9]
Credited as 'bassline interlude' on the back cover.
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-10]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-11]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 1-12]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Dr. Mabuse’ 7” single (cat# ZTAS 2).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 2-1]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Absolute’ 12” single (cat# VS 680-12).
First CD release in 1985 on ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’ CD album (cat# CDV 2350).

[Track 2-2]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Close-Up’ 12” single (cat# 12ZTPS01).
First CD release in 1988 on ‘Close-Up’ 3” CD mini-album (cat# P15D-37009).

[Track 2-3]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 2-4]
Originally released in 1986 on ‘ The Essential Art Of Communication’ 12” EP (cat# 12 ZTAS 24).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 2-5]
Credited as 'piano interlude' on the back cover.
Previously unreleased.

[Track 2-6]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 2-7]
Originally released in 1987 on ‘Every Kinda People’ mixed CD single (cat# CD BUY 257).

[Track 2-8]
Originally released as “Hé Stranger” in 1985 on ‘Hé Stranger’ 12” single (cat# 12 CERT 1).
First CD release in 2009 as two tracks “Hé Stranger - One” + “Hé Stranger - Two” on ‘Everything Could Be So Perfect…” Japanese reissue CD album (cat# XECZ-1026).

[Track 2-9]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 2-10]
Although correctly labelled '(Utsula Head Mix)' in the booklet tracklisting, Ian Peel twice incorrectly refers to 'Utsala Head' in his sleevenotes.
Credited as 'the flash forward' on the back cover.
Originally released in 1991 on ‘Ooops’ 12” single (cat# TB 986), and ‘Ooops’ CD single (cat# TBCD 986).

[Track 2-11]
Previously unreleased.

[Track 2-12]
Credited as 'zang tuum interlude' on the back cover.
Originally released in 2000 on ‘Hard On’ DVD-Video (cat# ZTT 001 DVD).
Previously unreleased on CD.

[Track 2-13]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Close-Up’ 12” single (cat# 12ZTPS01).
First CD release in 1988 on ‘Close-Up’ 3” CD mini-album (cat# P15D-37009).

[Track 2-14]
Originally released in 1984 on ‘Dr. Mabuse’ 7” single (cat# ZTAS 2).
First CD release in 2001 on ‘Zance (A Decade Of Dance From ZTT)’ German reissue CD compilation (cat# REP 4951).
Incorrectly marked as “previously unreleased on CD”.

[Track 2-15]
Credited as 'cadenza' on the back cover.
Full version:
- originally released in 1986 on ‘32 Frames / The Impossible Net’ 12” (cat# ZTIS 200).
- first CD release in 2005 on ‘On Zang Tuum Tumb’ 3xCD compilation boxset (cat# ZTT 186CDX).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 698458992727
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): SALVOMDCD27/A I *050509
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): SALVOMDCD27/B I *050510
  • Mould SID Code (CD1+CD2): IFPI 5074

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Various The Art Of The 12", Vol. 2: A Promotion Of A Way Of Life(22xFile, AAC, Comp, 256) Salvo, ZTT none Netherlands 2012
none Various The Art Of The 12", Volume 2 - A Promotion Of A Way Of Life(25xFile, AAC, Comp, 256) Salvo, ZTT none UK 2012


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February 10, 2014
Highly recommended ZTT sampler with typical ZTT mixes many of them are in AoN approach. It seems to me that most of the versions are maybe exclusive to this release but for the FGHT mixes the album surely worth having. Act versions are very suprising too!


February 27, 2012

If you're looking at this compilation, you're probably already at least somewhat familiar with the music from the artists of the ZTT label's heyday: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise, and Propaganda in the '80s, and Seal in the '90s. And you're probably aware of Trevor Horn's other over-the-top productions, like Pet Shop Boys' "Left to My Own Devices".

Well, honestly, and perhaps this is going to be rather a disappointment, but you've probably already heard the best material; it's fair to say the best of the best was already released on the commercial albums and singles of the era.

See, in its prime, ZTT didn't believe less was more, it believed more was more, using the 12" single as an artistic outlet as important as any album or well-crafted song. But even in its excess, the label was measured: it was always a certain kind of more it put forth for consideration. But now, having exhausted the greatest-hits and greatest-12"-mixes concepts, the label seems to have no idea what to do but churn out the more general "more" by allowing Salvo to bundle and sell haphazard compilations of all the lesser material. The result may be a modest commercial success, but the resulting compilations make it painfully obvious that the best hasn't been languishing in a mislabeled box on some engineer's shelf, nor is it yet to's simply already out there.

Yes, there's volumes of material still in the vaults, lots of rare and unreleased mixes and noodly jams of note, but there's a very good reason certain works and re-works and re-re-re-works were selected to become A-sides, B-sides, and album cuts. These familiar exhibits weren't just abandoned at a fortuitous time—they truly were the cream of the crop. What was left behind is that which is now being selected for the bulk of these Element series releases, and even though it's often quite polished and far from "demo" territory, it's still primarily "deep catalog" material for hardcore collectors, not a consistently enjoyable album for listening.

For example, take the epic 15-minute version of "Two Tribes" that opens the compilation, and the very next track, the abysmal Art of Noise extension of Paul McCartney's "Spies Like Us". In "Two Tribes" there were many good ideas for dressing up the song, but there was never enough of an actual song to justify putting them all in one tremendously long assemblage as presented here...which is precisely why the versions released in the '80s were brilliantly confined to 4 to 9 minutes each, with each mix incorporating some, but not all, of those good ideas. And in "Spies Like Us", the only thing going for it is that it's rare; aesthetically, musically, even if interpreted as tongue-in-cheek, it's quite sub-par and challenging listening, for all the talent involved.

Oh, the price is certainly fair and the listener is occasionally rewarded, and the hungry collectors and puzzle solvers are given something quite meaty to chew on, but ultimately, the evidence presented here simply further underscores the fact that it was only in the already well-known mixes of material by the label's A-list artists that the artistic potential of the many ZTT collaborators, willing and unwilling, was being fully realized from start to finish. A compilation of nothing but lower-tier mixes and B-list obscurities has a certain appeal, but underwhelms as a "celebration" of the 12-inch.

I know, I'm missing the point; the Element series is all about precisely what I fault it for...


February 4, 2012
The front page of the New Musical Express dated 13th October 1984 read “ZTT-Warriors Of Pop Or Theatre Of Hype?” The answer to both of those questions in 2012 is a simple yes. The hype was justified as once you listen the latest in “The Art Of The 12”” series it all becomes very clear why. As you may know “The Art Of The 12”, Volume Two” is number SALVOMDCD27 in Salvo’s catalogue and number 21 in ZTT’s Element Series. What you may not know is that it’s also number 19 in the Pre-order charts (at the time of writing) proving that since the label’s heyday in the early to mid 80s that there is still a huge interest in the ZTT catalogue and this latest entry does not disappoint.

Like all of the previous Element Series releases this addition contains the familiar and the previously unreleased. Unlike those others elements, it is not just the ZTT vaults that have been raided. Godley & Creme appear with Scritti Politti, remixed by JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan respectively along side a unique remix of Paul McCartney’s “Spies Like Us” by their group Art of Noise that only appears on this compilation. In turn, two previously rumoured to exist remixes of Art of Noise’s “Moments In Love” by 808 States’s Graham Massey finally see the light of day after spending two decades locked away in the archives. Frankie Goes To Hollywood continue to surprise with two recently discovered remixes of “Relax” and “War”. We are given the chance to hear how they would have sounded in an alternative reality, but then, they always were ‘the alternative’, with the hype that took them to the top of the singles charts three times in 1984 and these mixes to not detract from that fact. Propaganda are true to form with the 12” mix of “Sorry For Laughing” making its debut here and asks the question ‘why this was never released as a single?’ Like all record companies, ZTT have a treasure trove of the overlooked and the forgotten. Cuts from Instinct, Mint Juleps, Nasty Rox Inc., Thomas Leer, Act, and Das Pyscho! Rangers are all included here along with the enigmatic Ann Pigalle. As for OMD’s appearance, you will have to read the detailed booklet that accompanies this collection.

In 1984 Frankie and ZTT once said to each other: “Hey, Zang.” “Yes, Frankie?” “Let’s Make It A Double.” “It’ll be a pleasure.” That really sums up this album, a double CD and a pleasure to listen to. It has a soul, and is almost sentient from the very start as it becomes alive like life itself, and like life itself, it is full of surprises.

"elements are very big"
KM Whitehouse