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The Best of the Art of Noise is the name of a series of compilation albums with songs by the British synthpop band The Art of Noise. The first version was released on the China Records label in November 1988.

The Best of the Art of Noise was released with at least ten different track listing variations from 1988 to 1997. The first version was on LP format and contained 7" single mixes, while the corresponding compact disc release that year contained the extended or 12" single remixes of all of the tracks. However, LP releases in territories such as Korea and Argentina featured a combination of both tracks listings. A Japanese CD version from 1991 was identical to the standard CD but contained two more mixes of "Kiss" as bonus tracks.

In 1992, China Records reissued The Best of and added "Yebo," "Instruments of Darkness" and "Robinson Crusoe," while omitting the three tracks that were licensed from ZTT Records and included on the 1988 release: "Beatbox," "Moments in Love" and "Close (To the Edit)." Once again, a number of different variations were issued. The United Kingdom and Holland issued a double disc limited edition version with both the standard disc of 7" mixes and a second disc of extended and 12" remixes.

The compilation has also been issued with two different color variations on the cover. All editions prior to 1992 were issued with a blue cover, while most editions afterward had a pink cover. The German and Australian editions as well as the UK/Holland limited edition two disc set all retained the blue cover.

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Album + Compilation

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Best of the Art of Noise (unknown) 10
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 10 Attic (canadian label) ACDM 1371 057362137127
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 12 China Records PCCY-00365
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 10 China Records WOLCD 1027 5021732102720
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 10 China Records 752792102720
The Best of the Art of Noise (Pink cover.) CD 10 Off-Beat Records (USA, MA) OBR 20127
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 10 China Records 4509-96102-2 745099610227
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 13 Warner Music Japan WPCR-1242
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 13 China Records WPCR-1242
The Best of the Art of Noise CD 10 China Records 837 367-2 042283736726
Promotion
The Best of the Art of Noise (disc 2: 12") CD 10

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