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Adam Ant Strip (Remastered + Expanded) (1983)
Strip (Remastered + Expanded)\n2005 Columbia\n\nOriginally Released November 1983\nCD Edition Released August 1984\nRemastered + Expanded CD Edition Released May 3, 2005\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: With this album, Adam Ant's musical career began to hit the skids. He was still popular enough in the U.K. to squeeze out one more Top Ten hit with "Puss 'N Boots," but the album stopped at number 20 after three straight Top Five hits. In the U.S., where Ant had peaked with his solo debut, Friend or Foe the year before, this one got only to a disastrous number 65. And no wonder -- the mixture of driving, danceable rock with humor that had made Kings of the Wild Frontier, Prince Charming, and even some of Friend or Foe enjoyable had given way to a lighter pop approach and outright camp, especially on the title track, a minor singles chart entry produced by Phil Collins. Somehow, Ant had lost his appeal, and fast. [This version of the album includes bonus material.] -- William Ruhlmann\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nSay It Girfriend Say It, Uh-huh!! (or Adam's uneven classic pop LP), April 23, 2006 \nBy Bill Wikstrom (Long Island, NY)\nThe Strip album was something of a mis-step for the overly sex-up Adam. It has a great formula in the classic pop mold though. Using Abba's studios and string sections on all of the songs seemd like a match made in perfect pop harmony. However some of the arrangements are a bit too ambitious (see "Spanish Games", "Amazon" and could-have-been-great "Libertine"). One thing is clear throughout the album though. Adam is a horny little boy and tells us so on the majority of the tracks. Which is fine really, except it's just such an uneven album that most people overlook that fact and claim his libido is a bit too much. The real problem is that as a follow-up to Friend Or Foe, Strip is just a few great songs shy of being a great album (whereas Friend Or Foe was filled to the brim with great songs and arrangements). \n\nHaving said that there are some great songs present. "Puss'n Boots" and "Strip" are classic singles and are well-produced by \nPhil Collins (the rest of the album is produced abely by Richard James Burgess). "Montreal", "Playboy" and "Navel To Neck" are all great Ant songs. "Baby Let Me Scream At You" is funny and catchy. \n"Vanity" may be about Vanity (whom he had dated after Prince did). The girl on the back cover is Karen Landau (Adam then-girlfriend). After the BBC banned the "Strip" single and video no further singles were issued from the album as a result. \nI think it's fair to say that all in all half of this album is great and half of it is not quite as great. \n\nThe bonus tracks are all interesting versions of Strip songs. \n"Kiss The Drummer" and "Yours, Yours, Yours" (the albums' two B-Sides culled from the singles) would have been nice if they were included after the initial album tracks but oh well. \n\n"Mister Playboy sing your song and that horse you rode in on". \n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nYou may find your clothes getting in the way., February 3, 2006 \nBy Jason Stein (Chula Vista, CA United States)\nAfter the big succeses of "Prince Charming" and "Friend Or Foe", "Strip" seems overproduced and uninspired. In fact, two of the best tracks "Strip" and "Puss'n Boots" are produced by Phil Collins (of Genesis) and Hugh Padgham (producer of The Police, Genesis and others). The only other songs that truly stand out are "Vanity" and "Playboy". The rest are a bit average. The remastering is great, and the album as a whole benefits from the overproduction and glossy feel because it's that which makes "Strip" just miss being a great work. \n\nThere are eight bonus tracks, most of them are uninteresting demo versions of album tracks, but there are three originals. "Dirty Harry" is amusing and beats the Gorillaz by 22 years! "Horse You Rode In On" isn't to bad either, and "She Wins Zulus" is also promising as a demo. Why there needs to be two different versions of the song "Strip" as bonus tracks seems like overkill to me. \n\nAs with the other remasters in this series the booklet comes with all the lyrics and the artwork and graphic design are great. All in all, this album just missed being great and ends up being slightly above average in the end for Adam Ant. \n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nPut Your Clothes Back On., May 23, 2005 \nBy The Groove (Boston, MA)\n"Strip" isn't the unmitigated disaster I initially thought it was, but it's still an unfortunate step in the wrong direction for Adam Ant. In 1983, after the modest US success of his "Friend or Foe" LP, Adam abandoned his Antmusic formula and tried to position himself as a sex symbol for the ladies. It obviously didn't work: "Strip" tanked in the US, peaking at Number 65 and failing to generate even one Top 40 hit. The record, largely produced by Richard James Burgess, is spineless pop with little spark or character. Sluggish melodies abound, and many of the lyrics have some of the corniest double-entendres ever written. For an album aimed to generate sexual heat, "Strip" falls pretty flat. But it ain't all bad. Phil Collins breathes some life into the record (which is really saying something) thanks to his co-production and skilled drumming on the title track and "Puss-n-Boots" (the latter a Top Ten hit in the UK), and I'll admit that I do like "Vanity." But overall, this album doesn't have much in the way of substance or quality. Antphiles or those who like 80s pop on the campy side MIGHT get a kick out of "Strip." However, casual listeners in search of a good album are advised to steer clear. This record (which has been remastered with a glossy booklet and a handful of unessential bonus tracks) is better left on the shelf where it belongs. \n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nNaughty But Rather Nice...., October 22, 2005 \nBy Morrighan61 "morrighan61" (San Francisco, CA United States)\nI have always liked Adam and the Ants, and yes, even as a 19 year old I "got" what this album was all about. I like Adam Ant for the same reason I often like Prince, the cheeky bawdy lyrics done with panache...What can I say except Adam Ant brings out the kinkier aspects of my nature? \n\nI have all his CD's but unlike most this one still gets decent play and yes, I do find the entire CD quite captivating. \n\nWhen I was a teenaged girl, I was often taunted with the nickname "Goody Two Shoes" because I didn't drink, didn't smoke, and so when this one came out? Well, let's just say cranking on my headphones in the in the halls at school between had me smiling rather mysteriously and more than one guy overhearing it taking a second rather speculative look my way, particularly when I traded my jeans and t-shirts for a more "charming" look. (I still have my poet's shirt and pirate's boots, LOL...) Frankly I think "Libertine" came a lot closer to describing the person I was then but.... ;) \n\nMorrighan \n\nPS: Yes, there's still a "whip in my valise" and some lucky guy has Adam Ant to thank for that! \n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nCatastrophe!, June 22, 2002 \nBy The Groove (Boston, MA)\nIn the early 1980s, Adam Ant dominated the pop charts for all of eighteen months with some really irresistible hits: "Stand and Deliver," "Prince Charming," and "Kings of the Wild Fronteir" before he cracked the American market as a solo artist. Anyone looking for the tribal beats and twangy guitars that made his "antmusic" so distinctive will be big-time disappointed in "Strip." Granted, there are two polished-up but enjoyable singles on this album: "Puss and Boots" and the title track; both were produced by Phil Collins. Everything else is flat-out bad. "Strip" is really two singles weighed down by a whole lotta filler. If you wanna hear classic Adam Ant, get his earlier discs and avoid this. It flopped upon release in 1983, and for a good reason. \n\n\ Details \nContributing artists: Phil Collins \n\nAlbum Notes\n2005 digitally remastered edition of Ant's 1983 solo album following up the hit "Friend Or Foe". The title track was a minor hit single, but didn't quite take off like it's predecessor. Includes 5 bonus tracks of previously unreleased demo versions, live tracks & rarities. Comes in a digipak, made to stand alone or to fit comfortably into a special box set of Ant's solo CD's.\n\nWith the release of STRIP, Adam Ant completely shed his former theatrical persona of pirate costumes and Indian warpaint. In its place came a bare chest and a pair of bedroom eyes. The tribal drumming and twang guitar are conspicuously absent as Ant whirls out his pop tales of lust and the joys of the flesh. Aligning himself with the then hugely popular Phil Collins broadened his American audience considerably. Collins produced and played drums on the albums two singles, "Strip" and "Puss 'n' Boots." The latter is Ant's most infectious pop-ready moment, a PG-13 update on the old children's fairy tale.\n\nAnt's transformation to sex obsessed pin-up boy garnered him no small amount of ire from US critics, who dismissed the album as a vacuous washout. The undeniable pop hooks and streamlined sound of "Puss 'n' Boots," "Playboy," and "Montreal" are toe tappers that retain their bounce, no matter how devoid they are of any emotional substance. After all, this is a man who rose to fame dressed like he was auditioning for "Treasure Island."\n\n\nROLLING STONE REVIEW\nFrom the come-hither smirk he sports on the cover to the nearly nude portrait on the inner sleeve, it's clear that Adam Ant has but one thing on his mind: sales. Having finally grasped that it wasn't his music or philosophy that earned him a following so much as his cheekbones and penchant for romance-novel costumes, Adam is understandably milking it for all it's worth. Forget "Antmusic for Sexpeople"--this is Antsex for MTV people.\n\nAs you'd expect from someone who owes so much to television, Adam is careful never to transgress the boundaries of broadcast taste, delivering his sex fantasies in carefully telegraphed nudge-wink style. "What do you wear in bed?" he asks in "Playboy," and the response is "headphones on my head." How racy. Even the album's randiest bits, such as the chorus to "Baby, Let Me Scream at You" ("Get in get on get down get off/Get up get dressed get out"), mitigate their raw lust by regular references to "you, girlfriend."\n\nMusically, Strip doesn't have much more to offer. "Puss'n Boots" manages to shake some of the dust off the Antmusic formula, thanks in large part to the production and vigorous drumming of Phil Collins. But the bulk of the album is made up of listless posturing, vague melodies and soporific rhythms. Maybe this is to allow for closer scrutiny of the lyrics, but if so, it was a major blunder. Strip is an album guaranteed to leave most listeners screaming, "Take it off!" (RS 414 -- Feb 2, 1984) -- J.D. CONSIDINE
This rock cd contains 18 tracks and runs 70min 41sec.
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  1. Adam Ant - Strip (03:48)
  2. Adam Ant - Baby Let Me Scream At You (04:06)
  3. Adam Ant - Libertine (04:19)
  4. Adam Ant - Spanish Games (03:00)
  5. Adam Ant - Vanity (04:08)
  6. Adam Ant - Puss 'n Boots (03:52)
  7. Adam Ant - Playboy (03:50)
  8. Adam Ant - Montreal (04:22)
  9. Adam Ant - Navel To Neck (03:41)
  10. Adam Ant - Amazon (03:54)
  11. Adam Ant - Strip (Demo) (03:00)
  12. Adam Ant - Dirty Harry (Demo) (03:56)
  13. Adam Ant - Horse You Rode In On (Demo) (02:45)
  14. Adam Ant - She Wins Zulus (Demo) (03:07)
  15. Adam Ant - Puss 'n Boots (Demo) (04:09)
  16. Adam Ant - Playboy (Rehearsal Recording) (06:07)
  17. Adam Ant - Navel To Neck (Rehearsal Recording) (03:56)
  18. Adam Ant - Strip (Live Studio Version) (04:30)

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