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Ultravox is a British New Wave rock band. They were one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the late 1970s/early 1980s. The band was particularly associated with the New Romantic and New Wave movements.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dolby
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B001Q1NLOO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,594,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Classic 1981 album from Ultravox. Tracks are; Side One, 1...THE VOICE, ** 2...WE STAND ALONE, ** 3...RAGE IN EDEN, ** 4...I REMEMBER (Death In The Afternoon), ** Side Two; 1...THE THIN WALL, ** 2...STRANGER WITHIN, ** 3...ACCENT ON YOUTH, ** 4...THE ASCENT, ** 5...YOUR NAME HAS SLIPPED MY MIND AGAIN.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The review in Record Mirror of Ultravox's 1981 `Rage in Eden' album described it as "Tepid in the extreme ... a complete lack of ideas", but Melody Maker declared of it: "Confirmation, consolidation, and CLASS." Record Mirror laughed and proceeded to fall, not lasting as long as their rivals.

I was there in 1981, and smitten: `Rage in Eden' is a passionate album, full of anger and angst: perfect for a sixteen-year-old Romantic. `Vienna' was always going to be a hard act to follow, but - dare I say it - `Rage in Eden' is even better, with both `The Voice' and `The Thin Wall' as definitely five-star tracks. Indeed, there is no duff track throughout this set (although `Accent on youth' does underperform).

The lack of an instrumental is made up for by extended sections at the heart of songs or at their end: the two-minutes of `The Ascent' is really a segued continuation of `Accent on Youth'. Quite a few of the tracks are over six minutes in length, with `Stranger Within' over seven.

This is a review of the remastered two-disc set released by Chrysalis in 2008. The remastered sound seems to favour the guitar, and the music seems to have lost some of the original's wall-of-sound epic atmosphere, resulting in a more disparate feel to the noise. It therefore has less focus, less heart, but is more solid: the difference is, to say the least, `interesting'.

The second disc of this set provides sixty-six minutes of extras: B-sides, live versions, works-in-progress. The strength of `Rage in Eden' is shown by even the B-sides being strong tracks. To me, `Rage in Eden' is Ultravox's greatest album, but those who know this "will always feel their backs against the thin wall."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shrewlord on 28 Aug 2012
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To me this is the best Ultravox album - it is packed with great tracks, has a more consistent feel and message than its also very good predecessor Vienna and, save for a few stratospheric highs in Quartet, all their following albums are but pale shadows. I already had the vinyl and the original not-remastered CD release and I will confirm that on my HiFi this remaster sounds very good. There are, of course, plenty of extra tracks in the 2 CD release too all of which are welcome and worthwhile. It's also great to see the excellent original Rage In Eden artwork make a reappearance in the "furniture" of its plusher than average CD package but I believe this will revert back to the "horses" on later copies due to licensing limitations (so buyers, don't be surprised if the picture you see in this advert isn't the one you receive). I'm altogether delighted with the fresh life that this Definitive Edition has breathed into one of my all time favourite albums and recommend it highly.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 1 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
What can I say about an album I still cherish?

Ultravox were faced with a real mountain to climb after Vienna went to number two in the UK in February 1981. The pressure was on to come up with something equally memorable and innovative and yet time was short: both Billy Currie and Midge Ure were still involved with Visage so Rage In Eden came together slowly - over three months - at the late Conny Plank's rural studio in Germany. The recording wasn't without its setbacks, the least of all being drummer Warren Cann breaking his arm in a car crash!

My memories abound with this album: buying The Thin Wall 12" in a Blackpool record shop and waiting a week to hear it on my stereo, seeing the band live at Crystal Palace Bowl where they played The Thin Wall for the first time and then buying the album on the day of release before seeing them play a blinder at Hammersmith that October, just weeks after its release.

Vienna is probably their greatest album but Rage runs it a close second.
There are no weak songs here although the media at the time were united in
their ridicule. Kicking-off with the sparky and contrasting The Voice and We Stand Alone before the atmospheric title track and possibly the album's highlight, I Remember (Death In The Afternoon), a track which contained everything that Ultravox had achieved to that point in an accessible, uptempo song-based format.

It's not just about Monroe but also hearing about the deaths of Kennedy, Dean, Lennon and several others; it's more roundabout than specifically about certain dead celebs. That it borrows its title from Hemingway's sublime work is also part of the atmos they were trying to create here and the image involved (based on the fashion of the 1940s, Evelyn Waugh etc).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Van Den Heuvel on 18 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Owning the vinyl record since 1981, upgrading to CD in the '90s and then to the Extended version of 2000, this disc is my FOURTH version of this utterly superb album. And it has blown me away! It is a masterful remaster of Ultravox's best album. The detail in music is much richer than the previous versions, 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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