Prince Charming [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kings of the Wild Frontier brought Adam & the Ants massive popularity in England and enormous pressure for Adam Ant and guitarist Marco Pirroni to stand and deliver another slice of dynamite. The first single, the punchy, horn-laden "Stand and Deliver," suggested that they were up to the task, but when Prince Charming appeared in late 1981, it was seen as a letdown. With its ridiculous song titles and cover photos, which suggest that the Ants were moving away from Native Americans and toward pirates, it's hard not to view it as a descent into camp, yet Ant claims in the liner notes for Antbox that he believes that Prince Charming is "a very serious record ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kings of the Wild Frontier brought Adam & the Ants massive popularity in England and enormous pressure for Adam Ant and guitarist Marco Pirroni to stand and deliver another slice of dynamite. The first single, the punchy, horn-laden "Stand and Deliver," suggested that they were up to the task, but when Prince Charming appeared in late 1981, it was seen as a letdown. With its ridiculous song titles and cover photos, which suggest that the Ants were moving away from Native Americans and toward pirates, it's hard not to view it as a descent into camp, yet Ant claims in the liner notes for Antbox that he believes that Prince Charming is "a very serious record based on very classical, historical themes." That may be true on certain tracks, but it's hard to see where "Mile High Club," "S.E.X.," "Mowhok," and "Ant Rap" fit into that scheme, although he's right about the intent -- this is a markedly different record than Kings, and intentionally so. The group not only moved on in terms of image, but also left behind its signature Burundi beats while upping the cinematic qualities inherent in its music. So, "Five Guns West" and "Mowhok" are given neo-spaghetti Western backdrops, while eerie guitars, mariachi horns, and trilling vocals underpin "That Voodoo." There are a lot of little details like that to dwell on in the production -- "Picasso Visita el Planeta de los Simios" sounds absolutely terrific -- and songs like "Scorpios," "Stand and Deliver," and the cheerfully ludicrous "Ant Rap" are highlights. Kings had style, sound, and songs, while Prince Charming simply has style and sound -- which, in retrospect, isn't all that bad. [The album was re-released in 2004 with the addition of six bonus tracks consisting of demos and writing tapes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • UPC: 886970030021
  • Catalog Number: 700300
  • Sales rank: 60,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scorpios (2:46)
  2. 2 Picasso Visita el Planeta de Los Simios - Adam Ant (3:29)
  3. 3 Prince Charming (3:18)
  4. 4 Five Guns West (5:02)
  5. 5 That Voodoo! (4:18)
  6. 6 Stand and Deliver (3:35)
  7. 7 Mile High Club (2:43)
  8. 8 Ant Rap (3:26)
  9. 9 Mowhok - Adam Ant (3:28)
  10. 10 S.E.X. (5:05)
  11. 11 Prince Charming (3:09)
  12. 12 Stand and Deliver (3:05)
  13. 13 Showbiz (3:07)
  14. 14 Picasso Visits the Planet of the Apes (3:21)
  15. 15 Who's a Goofy Bunny Then? (4:24)
  16. 16 Scorpio Writing (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adam and the Ants Primary Artist
Adam Ant Indexed Contributor, Group Member
Merrick Group Member
Terry Lee Miall Group Member
Technical Credits
Adam Ant Arranger, Composer, Director, Choreographer, Concept, Brass Arrangment, Cover Design
Richard Myhill Brass Arrangment
Ross Cullum Engineer
Chris Hughes Producer, Brass Arrangment
Marco Pirroni Composer, Producer
Terry Lee Miall Contributor
Gary Tibbs Contributor
Andrew Pearce Remastering
Mark Alleyne Art Direction
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