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Vive Le Rock [Original recording remastered]

Adam and the Ants Audio CD

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1. Vive Le Rock
2. Miss Thing
3. Razor Keen
4. Rip Down
5. Scorpio Rising
6. Apollo 9
7. Hells Eight Acres
8. Mohair Locker Room Pin-up Boys
9. No Zap
10. P.O.E
11. Apollo 9 (reprise)
12. Human Bondage Den (Unreleased Album Track ) (Bonus Track)
13. Vive Le Rock (Unreleased 12" Mix) (Bonus Track)
14. Apollo 9 (Unreleased Francois K 7" Mix) (Bonus Track)
15. Doggy Style (Unreleased Demo Track) (Bonus Track)
16. Night They Vietcong (Unreleased Demo Track) (Bonus Track)
17. Big Big Man (Unreleased Demo Track) (Bonus Track)
18. Apollo 9 (Francois K Splashdown Mix) (Bonus Track)
19. Vive Le Rock (Unreleased US 7" Mix) (Bonus Track)

Product Description

'Vive Le Rock' was originally released in 1985, this remastered reissue features 20 tracks including 10 bonus tracks 'Apollo 9' , 'Human Bondage Den', 'Vive Le Rock' (unreleased 12 inch mix), 'Apollo 9' (unreleased Francois 7 inch mix), 'Doggy Style' (unreleased demo), 'Night They Vietcong' (unreleased demo), 'Big Big Man (Razor Man)' (unreleased demo), 'Rip Down' (demo), 'Apollo 9' (Francois K splashdown mix) & 'Vive Le Rock' (unreleased US 7 inch mix). Columbia. 2005.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam's Space Cowboy T.REX album... April 23 2006
By Bill Wikstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Vive Le Rock is Adam's most overly rocking album. Great loud guitars, Americanisms and Americana. Space Cowboys playing T.REX songs.

The album has it's share of great songs. The great ELO-esque title track. The loud rocking "Miss Thing". The barroom-piano of "Mohair Lockeroom Pin-Up Boys". The T.Rex sounding "Rip Down". The catchy and ultra-busy "Apollo 9" single. The weirdly catchy "No Zap", Scorpio Rising", "Hell's Eight Acres". Adam's songs are great and Marco is well-accounted for (he was a bit too reserved on the Strip album).

The album is an easily enjoyable romp for any Ant fan. Others will certainly like all the catchy and weirdly arranged songs.

The bonus tracks are great. Well-produced demos and intersting 12" mix (for a change) versions of "Vive Le Rock" and "Apollo 9".

There are also many great outtakes for this album ("Greta X", "Human Bondage Den", "Hired Gun" and "Saigon") which can be found on Antbox and B-Side Babies (also recommened). They are not on here but should also be sought after as Vive Le Rock could have been an incredible double-album as well.

Great Remaster with lyrics and perfect sound. A Must have!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British rock All-American style April 7 2007
By A. Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't say this album is any less weird than Adam's previous work, but it is somewhat a return to form bringing Adam back to more of the upbeat, hard rocking nature of Kings of the Wild Frontier. Now this album certainly isn't punk, it takes on more of a hard rock/wild wild west-rockabilly type of vibe and despite the weirdness of the song writing here, I'm surprised a couple of these tracks never became serious hits for Adam.

"Razor Keen and good again......schemes, if you know what I mean"

Not really, but I think a few more listens I'll probably figure out what he's getting at. This is one of those albums you may not understand at first but over time will realize the brilliance of the bizarre and unconventional song writing found here. I don't know what he's talking about half the time, Adam's lyrics usually contain some words here and there that he made up but his voice is outstanding on this album. The remastering certainly helps as the original release was basically a direct tape to compact disc transfer done back in '85 with mass compression. This mastering gets it sounding much closer to the original vinyl release if not better.

Normally I would say you've got to be a fan to really like this album, and that is probably the case with Vive Le Rock but I believe the catchy, upbeat and often heavy material on this album can be respected by a variety of music fans. Punks, new wavers, young kids exploring vintage music and those who have been fans from the beginning. Again, you're not exactly going to find anything similar to his early punk material or the catchy pop nature of "Goody Too Shoes" but the album certainly is hard rocking, unconventional and by no means your typical 80's top 40. Adam was a huge star in the UK but not much else than a 1 hit wonder in the US however he did chart a couple other singles after this. What amazes me is the cult following he still has in the US where this album sold poorly in the 80's is now a classic! I love this album! One of his best, if not THE best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!!! Nov. 2 2009
By Spain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Vive Le Rock!!!I have never grown bored with this album...Still have the vinyl but decided to buy the CD re-issue....Different from Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming both being excellent records themselves...I just enjoy this album...STILL!! Wallabaloomba!!! Whatever that means.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd! Dec 30 2008
By JettNJett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is such a great cd...But aren't all of Adam Ants! Great songs and great bonus tracks! Highly recommended to fans and those new to His music!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars why trick the buyers? March 4 2006
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was so excited to finally see that the Steve Thompson 12" mix I've had on import vinyl for years was finally showing up on CD...NOT QUITE. The case says it's the unreleased Steve Thompson 12". It an EDIT, running 3:49, where as my full 12" version runs 5:18. How exactly can they try and tell us that a version that runs 9 seconds longer than the album version is a 12" version???

So much for the perfect reissue.

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