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Systems Of Romance [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Ultravox Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000EU1PWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Someone Else's Clothes 4:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blue Light 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Some Of Them 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Quiet Men 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dislocation 2:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Maximum Acceleration 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. When You Walk Through Me 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Just For A Moment 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cross Fade 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Quiet Men (Full Version) 3:580.79  Buy MP3 


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The band's 3rd album from 1978 has been digitally remastered and expanded with the addition of 2 Bonus Tracks. Produced by Conny Plank and Ultravox. The 16 page booklet now contains sleevenotes and lyrics.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I begin to champion this album, I always commence with an apologetic disclaimer and this review will not diverge from that well-trodden path. It must be stated, that the original Ultravox line-up, fronted by John Foxx, bore no resemblance to the later, `Slick' - Viennese-rollers fronted by that chameleon of popular culture - Midge Ure.

When `Systems of Romance' was released in the late summer of 1978, Ultravox had already released two previous albums. The first being; `Ultravox!' (1977) released at the height of punk. This Eno produced, Bowie influenced record saw the band slated for their unfashionable cyber-punk stance. The follow up `Ha! Ha! Ha!' released in the latter end of the same year was a harder, `punkier' affair, but the final track `Hiroshima mon Amour', revealed a new, romantic element to the band, out went the pseudo-goth lyrics, and in came European, mechanic sensibility.

I had loved the cover of `Ha! Ha! Ha!' the misaligned, 3D starkness of the band, reeked of un-Romanised punk imagery, but yet it contained a psychedelic aloofness that was despised by the music press. John Foxx had planted a seed in my head at the end of Ultravox's last album and I anticipated, what I hoped would be the greatest album ever recorded. My wish that this new album would follow the direction of `Hiroshima mon Amour', was fuelled by the fact that Stevie Shears, the `punk' guitarist had been replaced by a - `long-hair' Robin Simon. On the day of its release, I was not disappointed.

`Systems of Romance' was recorded by Conrad Plank at the legendary Krautrock producer's own studio near Cologne. At the time of recording (1978), no one was producing music like this for it was considered pretentious and unfashionable in the post-punk rock climate.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foxx end 28 April 2007
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I remember this album being released. The publicity surrounding it, though not over-generous, suggested that there was a lot more to come from Foxx and co. Instead, Gary Numan stole their commercial thunder, admitting as much at the time, with his sci-fi fantasies, before Ultravox underwent a major personnel change and a more commercial approach. This album, it must be said, suffered from being a few years ahead of its time. In general, this band were always out of place, a bit like a group of sophisticated Germans plunged into Clash-era Hammersmith. 'Systems Of Romance' pulses at times with the same fire as much of contemporary new wave, but without the street-cred of the era. Meanwhile, David Bowie's higher-profile music was charting overlapping territory. Ultravox, wedged in a gap somewhere between the two, were shoved to the margins.

In truth, though this is a brave, innovative record for its era, it is not one of the greatest albums ever made when it comes to content. The tortured guitars, eerie keyboard backgrounds and Foxx's defiant delivery, coupled with some beautiful lyrics, can't hide some mediocre instrumental arrangements. 'Slow Motion' and 'Can't Stay Long' fill the senses, but the three tracks that follow are more like bad new wave.

The second half of the album is a different matter. Unusually, this is much stronger, varying between the hard-hitting industrial beat of 'Maximum Acceleration' and the eerie closing track, 'Just For A Moment'. In the year of Grease and The Boomtown Rats, Ultravox took risks and paid for them, but they delivered potent images of what was to come.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Masterpiece 21 Jun 2004
By Clark
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes one stumbles across a 'forgotten' album by accident, listens to it, and wonders why it didn't get the huge ground breaking success it truly deserved. 'Systems of Romance' is one such album.
In my quest for having a complete collection of Ultravox albums I also bought (when I could find them) back catalogue recordings on vinyl of their previous incarnation with John Foxx. That 'Systems of Romance' was the last album I found was a rather cruel twist of fate.
Ultravox mk1 were very much 'arty' and experimental, leaning more to bands like early Roxy Music, David Bowie and to a lesser extent The Velvet Underground. The first album - 'Ultravox!' was pure 'art rock' weirdness, whereas their second 'Ha! Ha! Ha!' succumbed more to the influence of the then current Punk/New Wave movement.
With 'Systems of Romance', their third and final album with John Foxx, they seemed to say to hell with everything and all that was around at the time. Locking themselves away in Germany with some primitive synths, electronic musical equipment, guitars, bass, drums and the guidance of the late lamented German producer Conny Plank they came up with a master piece.
The year was 1978. Punk was still spewing bile, Disco was big and only bands like Kraftwerk were allowed to make electronic music. Then along came this album....
From the opening strains of 'Slow Motion', Systems of Romance proves its significance. Fat synth lines cavort with drums, guitars and the 'extremely English' vocals of John Foxx. It sounded totally unique, and only when Gary Numan (a fan of this album) came along a year later with 'Are Friends Electric?' and 'Cars' did this electro crossover musical style become accepted.
Every track on this album is worthy of a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The songs on here are great and I have had this on in my car ...
I went on a bit of an 'early electronic music fest' as this was certainly a gap in my musical collection. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Rob W
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album - Ultravox in transition
This is a great album - just edgy and guitar laden to satisfy the fans of early Ultravox and enough twiddly electronic bits to satisfy the fans who got into them following... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Morris
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Published 14 months ago by PD Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Men "talking of the times to come"
Ultravox's third and final album for Island Records was produced by Conny Plank and thus has an ambience that is more European and more electronic - and innovative (for its time)... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden
I have always been enthralled by the flights of dual consciousness John Foxx crafted for third Ultravox studio album, Systems Of Romance; "... Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Playing this album takes me back to the Blitz days... brilliant. Quiet Men was the nights big opener for me at the time.
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Jumpingjack
5.0 out of 5 stars All systems go
I bought the singles off this album as a kid but never heard Sytems of romance in full until my
recent purchase. Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by Gary Locke
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Romance
I bought Systems of Romance on vinyl in 1978 after folowing Ultravox from ther debt self titled first album and the follow up Ha Ha Ha. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Mr. M. E. Gadd
5.0 out of 5 stars Third, Last & Best
After the hit 'n miss debut album and the punky, raucous second album, Ultravox finally defined their sound with Systems of Romance - and delivered the masterpiece of which we knew... Read more
Published on 3 May 2007 by M. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars You should buy this album
There are some albums that are universally acclaimed as works of greatness, others for some reason should be rated as such, but for whatever reason they are criminally overlooked,... Read more
Published on 22 April 2007 by Mr. I. Redman
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