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Quartet: Remastered Definitive Edition [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Ultravox Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B001OD6HFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Reap the Wild Wind (2009 - Remaster) 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Mine for Life (2009 - Remaster) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hymn (2009 - Remaster) 5:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Visions in Blue (2009 - Remaster) 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. When the Scream Subsides (2009 - Remaster) 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. We Came to Dance (2009 - Remaster) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cut and Run (2009 - Remaster) 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Song (We Go) (2009 - Remaster) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Hosanna (In Excelsis Deo) (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. The Thin Wall (Live;2009 Digital Remaster) 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Break Your Back (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Reap the Wild Wind (Live;2009 - Remaster) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. We Came To Dance (12'' Version;2009 Digital Remaster) 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Overlook (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Voice (Live) (Fanclub Flexi-Disc Version) (2009 Digital Remaster) 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Serenade (Special Remix;2009 Digital Remaster) 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. New Europeans (Live At Hammersmith, 5th December, 1982) 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. We Stand Alone (Live At Hammersmith, 5th December, 1982) 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Remember (Death In The Afternoon) (Live At Hammersmith, 5th December, 1982) 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

ULTRAVOX Quartet (2009 issue UK 22-track digitally remastered 2-CD set of the album recorded in Monsterrat in 1982 with The Beatles dream-team of producer Sir George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick includes the singles Reap The Wild Wind Hymn Visions In Blue & We Came To Dance. Also includes a 13-track bonus disc which includes b-sides rarities and three previously unreleased live tracks recorded in December 1982. Housed in a picture slipcase CDLX1394)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive? Yes, this deserves the definition 18 Feb 2009
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I really had forgotten what a spectacularly good album this was until I revisited it with the arrival of this latest edition. The sound moves away from the electronic feel of both Vienna and Rage In Eden and follows a much more rock oriented path. The results are astounding. The sheer power of the sound is breathtaking with each instrument perfectly positioned in the mix. It makes you realise what a highly proficient team the four individual members of the band made. The rhythm section plays at such a ferocious level here but the sound is very organic and not at all clinical sounding bearing in mind this was 1982 and tinny drums and keyboards were starting to become the order of the day.
George Martin's production is clean, detailed and surprisingly powerful. Well known for his attention to intricate detail, this is a fine example of why he will always be regarded as one of music's pioneering producers. A legend in other words.
The remastered edition certainly does the sound justice. The weakness of the early 80s sound is transformed into wonderfully balanced and highly dynamic reproduction with incredible clarity especially in the bass and drums. Full marks to Abbey Road for another excellent restoration job.
Decent bonus tracks too. Not many unreleased but everything in one place sounding good. That's what's important.
One minor omission is the lack of lyrics and the rather sparse booklet. The packaging is nice but I would rather EMI had included the lyrics and extra photos within the physical package and not as a DIY download. As a collector, I am not interested in a cheap print-out but a professionally manufactured insert. Some of us still prefer the real thing. This doesn't detract from the release as a huge effort has been put in on the part of Extreme Voice and EMI. Well done folks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Feb 2009
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Owning the vinyl record since 1982, upgrading to CD in the '90s and then to the Extended version of 2000, this disc is my FOURTH version of this utterly brilliant album. And it has blown me away! It is a masterful remaster of an almost timeless album from Ultravox. In my opinion not the best, that spot is reserved for Rage In Eden for me, but such a rare gem of an utterly beautiful album! The detail in music is much richer, the basses are much more pronounced and the highs have been enhanced and it sounds like you haven't heard before. Get this album, even if you have one of the other aforementioned versions, it's that much better. It's worth it for the remasters alone. The bonus CD is a nice addition, but most U-Vox fans will have these songs already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars revisiting Quartet 26 April 2013
By Jb
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Remaster of Album CD1,CD2 extended versions of Reap the wild wind,we came to dance plus serenade special re-mix,b-sides and live tracks.I bought this for less than£5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conventional Construction 19 Feb 2013
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was seventeen when `Quartet' was released, and a big fan of the group, subscribing to the fan club and seeing the group live in concert. For me, `Vienna' and `Rage in Eden' saw Ultravox reach the top of their form. That's not to say that their next album `Quartet' is bad; far from it! Rather, it lacks both the angst and the originality that made their previous work so distinctive amongst the glut of New Romantic techno-wannabees.

One must question whether it was wise to bring in George Martin as producer. Presumably it was with the band's consent that he made their third album in three years more mainstream in feel and less technically innovative than its predecessors. Ultravox were trying to expand their audience, maybe make it into the big league. It did not work. The review in Melody Maker described it as possessing "a consistent Euro bore beat and a judicious spray of sticky hooks."

Perhaps the band should have tried someone like Trevor Horne or Peter Walsh instead to produce the album. Anyway, as it stands, the songs on `Quartet' lay bear the traces of their own conventional construction, ironically rather like the architectural drawing that features on the cover.

But that cover does at least have a right edge that provides a new perspective. Thus `Quartet' is not in itself all bad news. There is still no duff track throughout the whole album, although `Cut and Run' comes close and `Mine for Life' goes on a bit. I suppose `Hymn' is the best track, its relentless passion eventually bludgeoning the listener to respect it. And I also have a soft spot for `We Came to Dance', which stands out amongst the rest of (what used to be on the LP) side two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent repackaging of a great LP 20 Nov 2012
By dude163
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Back in the 80s when i started to get into music as a 17 yr old the first 2 cassettes ( remember them?) I bought were Yazoos : upstairs at Erics, and Ultravox : Quartet
I actually wore out Quartet and ended up doing a transplant of the tape capstans into an audiovox case . Suffice to say I really like this album!

Fast forward to now and i saw that it is now available as a double CD remastered etc etc, the sound quality is fantastic, and the bonus tracks are excellent , theonly thing missing would be some Video archival footage from 1982 :)

Allin all this is a great remastering of a great album, very enjoyable
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