The Art Of Noise ‎– Into Battle With The Art Of Noise

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The first of many Art of Noise releases to confound collectors with artist and title information incorporated in Paul Morley's oft-pretentious and sometimes-cryptic prose, "Into Battle" is, according to Morley c. 2009, 'neither an album or a single or an EP - just a length of music that we put on a 12" record.' At the time of release, ZTT's own advertisements called it a single, it had a single's catalog number, and it charted as such, prompting chart rules to be adjusted to clarify just how long a 'single' could be. The ZTT website refers to it as an EP, an album, or neither (just a 'record' or 'release'). Morley himself called it an EP during the Value of Entertainment concert in 1985. Meanwhile, the music press called it an EP or a mini-album. On the U.S. dance chart, the format was unspecified when listing it as the source of the long version of "Beat Box", but it later climbed the Black LPs chart, despite being advertised as a 12" by Island in January 1984.

Even its title is a matter of contention. Catalogs, discographies, and the releases themselves variously list it as "Into Battle", "Into Battle with the Art of Noise", or just "The Art of Noise". It also charted in the U.S. as "Beat Box", being that country's only commercial release to contain the song at the time.

The cover art is based on that of The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Further Out (1961), and incorporates a section of the panel "The Knights of Christ" from Jan van Eyck's "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (1432).

Tracklist

Battle 0:25
Beat Box 4:48
The Army Now 2:02
Donna 1:44
Moments In Love 10:15
Bright Noise 0:05
Flesh In Armour 1:24
Comes And Goes 1:18
Moment In Love 1:25

Versions (17)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTIS 100 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") ZTT ZTIS 100 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DMD 692 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12", TP) Island Records DMD 692 US 1983 Sell This Version
CTIS 100 Art Of Noise* Into Battle With Art Of Noise(Cass, EP) ZTT CTIS 100 UK 1983 Sell This Version
814 859-1 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records 814 859-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
DMD 692 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP, Promo) Island Records, ZTT DMD 692 US 1983 Sell This Version
0-96974 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12") Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
0-96974 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
0-96974 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12") Island Records, ZTT 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
13SI-237 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 13SI-237 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
13SI-237 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", EP, Promo) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 13SI-237 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
601 183, 601 183-213 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(12", Maxi) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 601 183, 601 183-213 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
90137-4-B The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(Cass, EP) Island Records 90137-4-B US 1984 Sell This Version
ZTIS 100 Art Of Noise* Art Of Noise(12", EP, RE) ZTT ZTIS 100 UK 1988 Sell This Version
842 840-4, 7 90137-4-B The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(Cass, EP, RE) ZTT, Island Records 842 840-4, 7 90137-4-B US 1991 Sell This Version
REP 5001 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(CD, MiniAlbum, RE + DVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC, All) Repertoire Records REP 5001 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
MOVLP299, none, Element 16 Art Of Noise* Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, Blu) Music On Vinyl, Salvo, ZTT MOVLP299, none, Element 16 UK 2011 Sell This Version
SALVOCD049, Element 16 Art Of Noise* Into Battle With The Art Of Noise(CD, Comp, RM) Salvo, ZTT SALVOCD049, Element 16 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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moogacid

moogacid

January 19, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", ZTIS 100
I remember getting this in Redruth Woolies in Jan '84 in the bargain bin. Started DJing in 1989 and this has never left my [now virtual] record bag!
One of the most important releases of the '80s.
kikaku1212

kikaku1212

October 4, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, CD, Comp, RM, SALVOCD049, Element 16
Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise? = How To Kill [from debut album]
Diversions 1 = Beat Box (Diversion One)
Close (To The Edit) = is NOT 7" version, but Beat Box (Diversion Seven)
The Movement Of Desire is cut/edited (about 1 min in the end) version of "A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid)" [from debut album]
And What Have You Done With My Body, God? is full version of "Memento" [from debut album]
Sign Of Relief is full version of "Snapshot" from [debut album]
The Uncertainty of Syrup is sort of intro to "Realization" [from debut album]
A Time For Fear (Who's Afraid?) is an alternate (and shorter) version of So What Happens Now (Take 2) from AWHYDWMBG; AND a full version of War (Demo 2) from AWHYDWMBG
Three Fingers Of Love is absolutely different from (Three Fingers Of) Love [from Daft]
Diversions 5 is fade out version of the same track from AWHYDWMBG
Damn It All is cold end version of the same track from AWHYDWMBG
Goodbye, Art Of Noise is short edit of "Who Knew" from AWHYDWMBG; AND fade in version of "Goodbye, Art Of Noise" from AWHYDWMBG
dragonhead00

dragonhead00

April 24, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", 0-96974
When I bought this EP new, it was packaged in a plain white sleeve with a center label window cutout. Has anyone else seen this EP release packaging? I know for a fact that I didn't change the sleeve. Thanks.
bobscratch

bobscratch

February 13, 2012
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", 0-96974

great single album,there is a double out there 10/10
ZWOL2

ZWOL2

April 25, 2011
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, CD, Comp, RM, SALVOCD049, Element 16
The latest addition to ZTT/Salvo's Element Series (ELEMENT 16) is the first of Art of Noise's Deluxe Edition re-issues. Into Battle With The Art Of Noise was never an album, until now! The original was an extended play 12" (ZTIS 100) with a shorter play on cassette (CTIS 100), that replaced the 10 minute version of Moments In Love with the 5 minute one.

This 2011 album edition includes the aforementioned cassette version with Worship, the original unreleased debut album, that would later get re-worked and be released as (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise! (ZTT IQ2).
Into Battle... acts as episode one in an Art of Noise rebooted series of albums, but also as a prequel to what has gone before, along with being an alternative version of the 1986 CD compilation "Daft" (ZCIQ 2) and condensed version of the 2006 box set And What Have You Done With My Body, God? (ZTT201CD).

As a fan I never really felt that "Daft" worked as the tracks taken from Into Battle... didn't really fit that well together with the material taken from (Who's Afraid Of?)... as the latter was a more structured body of work. This CD hits the mark with all of the tracks blending in perfectly together, giving the listener a chance to hear what Art of Noise may have sounded like if they hadn't have restructed the material for their released debut long player.

After 27 years, fans can now get to listen to the original version of what many call the definitive Art of Noise album!
kepler

kepler

April 6, 2011
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, CD, Comp, RM, SALVOCD049, Element 16

So the seminal debut release from The Art of Noise gets another re-release! This is the fifth time I've bought this! First on vinyl, then it was included in the compilation Daft (minus the original version of Beat Box) then with the release on Repertoire Records (albeit with the incorrect Diversion One version of Beat Box), then it was included in the AWHYDWMBG collection, and finally here it is remastered and expanded.

Niggles -

It sounds like a good remaster; clearer, punchier and brighter. However, like the version included in AWHYDWMBG - this has the cassette version of Moments in Love... It's a nice edit from the full version included on the original vinyl release (and the following album Who's Afraid of...), however it is marred by tape slip distortion in a number of places (particularly in the opening bars). It would have been nice to have the full version included in the expanded section of the disc.

Another slight niggle is the transition between `Flesh in Armour' and `Comes And Goes' - on the original release (and the version included in Daft) there is no gap, here there is delay added to the last orchestral stab of `Flesh in Armour', followed by around 2 seconds of silence, then in comes `Comes and Goes'. It actually works quite well, but not true to the original release, which is a shame as that is the record that I grew up with.

The last niggle is that most of the expanded section is either renamed or lifted from sections of AWHYDWMBG, and the rest is from Who's Afraid of... and also what sounds like the 7" edit of Close (To The Edit).

I give this release a full 5 stars because of the innovation of the original material, however it seems to me that this is a slightly missed opportunity to celebrate an absolute classic, an opportunity that was used instead to cash in on all the AON fans out there. All that said, it's nice to have this masterpiece remastered. If ZTT remaster Who's Afraid of... in the near future I wouldn't think twice about ordering it, but I wouldn't bother expecting much from any expanded sections.
Ackniculous

Ackniculous

January 20, 2011
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", ZTIS 100
Great LP. Contains the DEFINITIVE version of Beatbox as heard in the film Breakdance, the only release containing it. Beware of the Beatbox 12"s as this is not the same as in the film. Great oldschool hip hop cut.
Tuumble

Tuumble

February 12, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Into Battle With Art Of Noise, Cass, EP, CTIS 100
I believe that Moments in Love was edited to around 7 minutes for the cassette release.

If you look at the timings for each side there would be a huge differential in the timings for each side so it would make sense to do an edit.

I have heard a 7 minute edit recorded onto a blank tape which I've never seen listed elsewhere but cannot confirm if it definitely came from the Into Battle cassette.
Crijevo

Crijevo

January 15, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", ZTIS 100
The Art of Noise was a funny little concept - with mixed response ever since they (re)formed. However, their earlier phase is definitive - in rhythm and melody structure, taking Cabaret Voltaire's cut-up technology steps further, forcing Kraftwerk down on their knees, providing additional sound tricks for Laurie Anderson, jogging along Telex, being obscure in the wake of The Residents, even revealing traces of later Laibach.

Their symphonic approach (excellent 'Moments In Love'), orchestral madness ('Flesh In Armour'), electronic funk ('Beat Box' and 'Donna') or simply taking the piss ('The Army Now' chasing aroung The Andrews Sisters' pop-refrain, or 'Bright Noise' lasting merely few seconds with a vocal swoosh), gives this early Art of Noise charm, with later releases slowly disappearing into club's standards.
onelittle

onelittle

December 14, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Into Battle With The Art Of Noise, 12", ZTIS 100
From the sleeve:

"HUMMMM ALONG WITH...The Art of NOISE (a zang tuum tumb fantasy)

a. The group are perfectly capable of intelligent conversation.
b. They have an almost hygenic need for complications.
c. In any given year the group will: respect everyone; die in the field of honour; vote for so and so; respect nature and painting; consider themselves likable.
d. They will never accept that a whole sentence can ever come from half a man.
e. It took the most advanced electronic equipment imaginable for the group to execute this, their first collection of noise. And a strange way of breathing.

BETWEEN jest AND ernest...BETWEEN love AND war... BETWEEN now AND then...HUUMMMM along with...

THE NOISE was executed by THE ART OF NOISE. Trevor Horn huummmmed along, "Pinch Yourself!". The Art of Noise are organized at the bank and in the mind of ZTT Records - but they dress themselves."