Image Of A Group

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The Image Of A Group was to be the artist name for a 1998 album, "Balance - Music For The Eye" by Lol Creme, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn and Paul Morley, to be released by ZTT. Just as the masters were completed, an agreement was reached on use of the The Art Of Noise name (jointly owned by Dudley and former AoN member JJ Jeczalik). As the name was available for the foursome to use, the "Balance" tapes were whisked straight back and Horn set about rethinking the entire project with more of an Art of Noise feel. These reworked recordings eventually evolved into the 1999 album by Art Of Noise* - The Seduction Of Claude Debussy.

Morley later recycled the name for use by a project of his on the ServiceAV label; see Image Of A Group (2).
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Image Of A Group - At The End Of A Century album art Art Of Noise* The Food Of Love (as The Image Of A Group) and 26 more… Art Of Noise* - At The End Of A Century (Album) Salvo, ZTT UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version

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Image Of A Group - Influence (Hits, Singles, Moments, Treasures…) album art Art Of Noise* Balance – Music For The Eye, Extract From Part Three (as The Image Of A Group) and 1 more… Art Of Noise* - Influence (Hits, Singles, Moments, Treasures…) Salvo, ZTT Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Image Of A Group - The Best Of album art Art Of Noise* Balance – Music For The Eye, Extract From Part Three Art Of Noise* - The Best Of (Comp) Metro Select, ZTT UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BMGCAT280DCD Image Of A Group - Moments In Love album art Art Of Noise* Balance - Music For The Eye, Extract From Part Three Art Of Noise* - Moments In Love(2xCD, Comp) BMG, ZTT BMGCAT280DCD UK 2018 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

February 16, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
According to the artist profile, Trevor Horn shelved Balance, "rethinking the entire project with more of an Art of Noise feel" when the name Art of Noise became available to use for it.

Oh, please.

Aside from the few instrumental bits that survived the album's transformation into The Seduction Of Claude Debussy, including Anne Dudley's deft piano tributes to that album's namesake, the Balance material was an excruciatingly long mishmash of ideas, most of them not worth keeping. Horn surely knew it was barely tolerable and shouldn't be inflicted upon the public, especially since it would sully the Art of Noise's already wobbly reputation. He wisely shed the album of its underproduced, unedited feel by ditching most of the half-baked ambient/experimental bits, bringing on far better narrators and vocalists, and hiring legit dance music producers to revamp and rescue the rhythmic tracks. The Seduction of Claude Debussy is the real deal, a proper album. Balance is just a joyless stepping stone in the creative process.

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