It has been quite a while since Sony have thrown together ‘yet another’ Ants compilation, mainly due to them fulfilling their contracted number of compilation releases. However, the Ant machine has been disturbed by the announcement of a 3 CD box set of Adam And The Ants‘ first three albums. Except there has been no announcement by Sony, Columbia, Legacy. originalalbumclassics.co.uk nor by its American arm, originalalbumclassics.com.
The collection is entitled Original Album Classics and is the latest in over 200 such collections from the Sony and Warner/Rhino labels. The compilation is due to be released on September 26th 2011, however no track listing has yet been released. Judging by the album sleeves displayed on the cover (above) we are free to assume what will appear for now.
This collection uses the American sleeve for the 1983 release of Dirk Wears White Søx, so therefore, we could be looking at the same track listing used on that edition. That would indicate the absence of gems such as Catholic Day, Day I Met God and Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2), but including Zerøx, Whip In My Valise, Cartrouble (single version) and Kick!. Of course, there’s always the chance that they could just use the 2004 remastered track list, but that seems unlikely. The last time the US version was released on CD was in 1990.
The Kings Of The Wild Frontier CD in this compilation is a little tougher to guess. If the Dirk CD is indeed the US track listing, then it is fair apply the same rule to the Kings one. The US version of Kings replaced Making History with Physical (You’re So), and also added Press Darlings. However the CD sleeve to the US version has a horrid yellow border around the album cover, which is not shown on this compilation’s cover. A further possibility is that they could be using the superb Japanese mini-LP CD release from 2009. Probably THE best CD sleeve for Kings ever (left). It’s cardboard, but if the image was used for this new release as well, then full marks to them. The Japanese release uses the standard 12 tracks from the original 1980 UK LP, but remastered.
As for Prince Charming, well the track listings for the original CDs have always played the same 10 tracks, even though the sleeve listings have been erroneous. It will be interesting to see if this is corrected on this release. It’s also worth mentioning that the Japanese 2009 mini LP CD features a high quality gate-fold sleeve, mimicking the original UK LP, even down to the track listing. The down side is, the CD plays not 10 tracks, but the 16 tracks from the expanded 2004 release. So it is possible this new release may contain the same error. All will be revealed in the coming weeks.