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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.

This band was effectively led by two different individuals in its career, two frontmen who, curiously, never played together in the band at the same ... Read more in Amazon's Ultravox Store

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  • Audio CD (10 May 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000008LVH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mikeandhelen.brown@thefreeinternet.co.uk on 17 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After Live Aid and Midge Ure's solo success with If I Was, you sense that there wasn't much of a combined will in the construction of this album. Down from a quartet to a trio following the departure of Warren Cann, the last Ultravox album proper is an eneven mix of styles and quality. At its best it recalls former glories. All in One Day is a fine string assisted pean to Live Aid in the mould of Visions in Blue, and Dream On is as near as this album gets to the old, moody, synth driven Ultravox of the Rage in Eden period. There's the poetic and thought provoking All Fall Down, which, along with Same Old Story was one of two top 40 singles from the album. It's a collaboration with the Chieftans which is as far from trad Ultravox as it's possible to get but is the album's one real piece of inspiration. U-Vox is dragged down, though, by too many irrelevancies; too many tracks that the band would have been unlikely to use as B-sides in earlier days. Time to Kill and Moon Madness have their moments but are, ultimately, naff. The Prize is a touch dull and, even worse, the album cover is the most garish, migraine inducing piece of artwork you have ever seen. Midge Ure and Chris Cross left the band after this. Billy Currie formed a new version later, but this album marked the official end of a Ultravox.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 7 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
An all-time low and justly decried by hardcore fans everywhere.
Both Ure and Currie distanced themselves from it, Currie describing it diplomatically as 'unfocused'.
The things that made Ultravox exceptional to that point - the chances taken with technology, a genuine creativity and a feeling of going against the grain slightly - were jettisoned here as the ideas ran out along with the goodwill.
Drummer and founder member Warren Cann was booted out of the band, his place being taken in the studio by Big Country's Mark Bryzicki (often ridiculed in Smash Hits at the time as 'Mark Unpronounceablename'). He also played on The Cult's acclaimed hit 'She Sells Sanctuary'. Lead single, 'Same Old Story' was truly poor and a herald of what was to come. Brass sections? Naff backing vocals? The Chieftains? Please!!
No matter how cheaply you are able to buy this for, it can't be any cheaper and more naff than the stuff on it! The real Ultravox finished with Lament. Buy that instead. Currie is still a genius, by the way...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By max222 on 29 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Would agree with Daniel Eaves in pretty much everything in his review. When this came out I was a massive Ultravox fan - I had loved the Lament album and Love's Great Adventure single(and for both still do). Loved the tracks, loved the artwork, loved the videos. Same Old Story came out on 12" and I bought it - thought it was OK in a poppy way - very unlike Ultravox really with female backing singer vocals very prominent in the mix for example. Thought the platic 12" cover was unusual too. Then the album - more plastic cover (the Ltd edition I think) and strange day-go colours. Thought the pinky red colour was vile and very un-Ultravox. The tracks - not good really - ranging from OK - Same Old Story, Dream On and Sweet Surrender to absolutely awful in Moon Madness and All Fall Down. I don't know what happened here in the recording process but it was a real shame that 4 superb studio albums were followed by this. It might as well be a different band almost. That said I'll probably get this at some point for completeness and the OK tracks are ....well OK. But compared to masterworks like Rage in Eden and Lament - well there is no comparison.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David J. Eaves on 28 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
After a cracking performance at Live Aid, Ultravox returned to the studio in '86 and BANG! it all went horribly wrong.
Warren Cann was crazily fired and the result was U-Vox which even Midge Ure and Billy Currie have since dismissed as a weak effort!
Not a lot can be said about this album, it really isn't the best. Some good tracks but no chemistry on it, little focus, the songs dont flow aat all plus also so damn awful tracks! Personal favourites for me are Sweet Surrender and Dream On (the only one on here that sounds like an Ultravox song), the singles Same Old Story, All Fall Down and All in One Day are in my opinion "not bad" but if listened to on the new "best of" show their weakness after all the 80-84 classics, other then that it's the album to gather dust from the Ultravox catalogue. Awful artwork too.
Shame but worth buying to complete the collection AND I admit I'm looking forward to the live recordings from Glasgow very much.
I hope they're splitting the royalties from this remaster 4 ways with Warren as an apology ;-)
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Read a number of reviews for this album on here and I think this album needs to be put into context with the time it was made. A lot of the best synth music was just a memory for many of those early 80's pioneers. In 1986,the same year as U-Vox was released,Numan had 'Strange Charm'(also with female backing vocals and brass)which continued his slide from I Assassin onwards, The Human League brought out 'Crash' largely written by Jam and Lewis and sounding like white soul, OMD had gone extremely soft with The Pacific Age, and the year before Simple minds who had made the wonderful 'Empires and Dance' and 'Sons and Fascination' were releasing the bloated rock stadium filling 'Once upon a time' and even John Foxx had thawed out too with 'In Mysterious Ways'
Everywhere bands which were writing such great material just one or two years previous were either going commercial and selling out or finding it hard to live up to their previous works. (Many of acts would come back with renewed vigour years later after a roots check and rediscovering what they did best in the first place
eg Numan,Foxx,OMD)
So whilst U-Vox isn't Vienna or Rage in Eden,I dont think it's as bad as some make out, given what was coming out elsewhere. It was an album of its time just like Vienna and Rage in Eden were
I admit I find it hard to stomach 'The Prize' but 'Dream On', 'Time to Kill' and 'All in one Day' hark back to better times for the band. I don't dislike this album. Not even close to Vienna and RIE but not the turkey some others have made it out to be in my opinion of course.
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