The Essential Adam Ant

The Essential Adam Ant

by Adam AntAdam Ant


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Prior to the 2003 release of The Essential Adam Ant, there hadn't been a career-spanning hits compilation on his career apart from the 1999 Sony International set The Very Best of Adam and the Ants. This 17-track collection shares 15 songs with that 22-song collection (as well as the same cover picture), so it would seem to be pretty much interchangeable, but that isn't the case. Even though this is shorter, this is the preferable collection since it has a logical chronological sequence and includes two essential songs: the sexy menace of "Physical (You're So)" and the deliriously intoxicating "Home in the Country," one of his greatest and most underrated cuts. In contrast, the only song from The Very Best Of that should have been here is "Car Trouble," and while that's one of his finest, it's not a deciding factor in making one collection better than the other. Song for song, from the angular post-punk of "Zerox" to the lovely adult pop of "Wonderful," The Essential Adam Ant takes every step right, and the result is the best summation of his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998694224
catalogNumber: 86942
Rank: 16935

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adam Ant   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Marimbas,Stick,Vocals
Phil Collins   Percussion,Drums
Matthew Ashman   Guitar,Keyboards
David Barbe   Drums
Jeff Daly   Saxophone
Chris DeNiro   Bass,Vocals
Martin Drover   Trumpet
Marco Pirroni   Guitar,Vocals
Merrick   Drums
Terry Lee Miall   Drums
Andrew Warren   Bass
Bogdan Wiczling   Drums,Stick
Kevin Mooney   Bass

Technical Credits

Adam Ant   Composer,Producer
Phil Collins   Producer
Bonnie Hayes   Composer
André Cymone   Composer,Producer
Ross Cullum   Engineer
Chris Hughes   Producer
Marco Pirroni   Composer,Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
John Reynolds   Producer
David Tickle   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Adam and the Ants   Composer
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
B.C. Kagan   Cover Photo
Tony Fletcher   Liner Notes

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