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Ultra [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode return in April 2009 with their most dazzling and diverse album in decades. Sounds Of The Universe finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000KN9G52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Barrel Of A Gun
2. The Love Thieves
3. Home
4. It's No Good
5. Uselink
6. Useless
7. Sister Of Night
8. Jazz Thieves
9. Freestate
10. The Bottom Line
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Disc: 2
1. A Short Film: Depeche Mode: 1995 - 98 ((Oh well, that's the end of the band...)(Medley))
2. Barrel Of A Gun (2007 Digital Remaster)
3. The Love Thieves (2007 Digital Remaster)
4. Home (2007 Digital Remaster)
5. It's No Good (2007 Digital Remaster)
6. Uselink (2007 Digital Remaster)
7. Useless (2007 Digital Remaster)
8. Sister Of Night (2007 Digital Remaster)
9. Jazz Thieves (2007 Digital Remaster)
10. Freestate (2007 Digital Remaster)
See all 51 tracks on this disc

Product Description


In the bestselling DM canon, this is one of their very best--mature, Euro-elegant, smartly contemporary (thanks to producer Tim "Bomb the Bass" Simenon), honest ("Insight"), edgy ("Barrel of a Gun"), and armed with at least one killer single in "It's No Good." --Jeff Bateman

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
By the time Brit-pop came to its end, and a new wave of teen groups took hold of the world, Depeche Mode was born again, as a phoenix which rises from its own ashes.

1997 was the come-back year for big bands such as INXS and U2, but their efforts were not even a bit close to Depeche Mode's Ultra.

U2 showed they were only made to commercialize their image and play guitars while INXS demonstrated they were only an 80's band.

Depeche Mode gave us another surprise. After the hugely successful Violator, we were given a soul-rock album, something nobody thought they were capable of, and Ultra, the follow-up to Songs of Faith and Devotion, is the perfect mixture of strings and keyboards.

The album is made of a wide variety of musical styles, from the synth-pop of "It's no good" to the US- western of "Freestate", from the rock of "Useless" to the soft ballad in "Insight".

The vocalization reaches a zenith with Martin Gore in "Home", a wonderful ballad with splendid lyrics and a powerful production, and though Dave's vocal are not at its best, he still pleases us with good performances like "Insight" or "Useless".

The lyrics tell us about tears, longing, patience and even hope, in the intelligent way Depeche Mode has accustomed us for a long time.

The production is excellent, and maybe the only weak point of the album is that there are many musicians, showing that the departure of Alan Wilder left an empty space very difficult to cover.

In Ultra, we find one of the best albums ever made. An elegant album that is probably the most accessible in the entire discography of these Basildon musicians, though most of the credits go to an album released the same year, the "OK Computer" of Radiohead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I waited in anticipation for the arrival of this CD. Would Alans departure affect the sound of what is undoubtedly this countries most undervalued band? would Dave actually live through any ensuing tours which could result from this album? How on the face of this planet could the boys follow up the musical mountain that is SOFAD? The answer was immediatly apparent with the release of Barrel of a gun, SOFAD is not a mountain No, ULTRA moves me! What a JOY. DM (especially the genius of Martin) are phonominal, they go from strength to strenght with seamless effort. Home, Usless, Freestate, Insight, where the hell do these inspired tunes come from? I am a fan, and therefore impartial readers of this review may question the validity of this opinion, my only retort to these questions is buy this album, listen to HOME, and be prepared to go out and buy every other recording that this fandabbydozie band have ever made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album, no contest. 21 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
At first I didn't take to this album. It sounded a bit too 'grungy' for my musical taste. A friend suggested that I listen to it through headphones. I did and I've never looked back. This has become my favourite album of all time (knocking Thomas Dolby's 'Flat Earth' off my top slot). Every vocal track is brilliant (the 3 instumentals are below average). The overall production is excellent.
The track 'Home' has to be my fave track of all time. I cannot find fault with it.
I'm not easily impressed. I'm VERY choosey. 'Ultra' is highly reccomended. Especially through headphones... Enjoy!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In my humble opinion, this is a better album than SOFAD simply because it doesnt sound as pompous or hubristic. Don't get me wrong, SOFAD deservedly went to number one, but it almost verges into prog rocky hubris, probably because one poor overworked man was responsible for most of the production and arranging on it; he then left in 1995...

Tim simenon did a really sterling job with this, and the 5.1 mixes prove how good the original production was. This still has the BIG sounds that depeche are known and noted for, and the balance of stripping down the arrangements is just right. Im glad this album is enjoying a bit of a renaissance as Simenon deserves a lot of praise for the 2 odd years he had to "keep his hand in" to steer this to finish.

Really heartfelt performances, musicianship, and songwriting. Perhaps this will get the same praise as BLACK CELEBRATION one day...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underestimated, Underrated. 6 Oct 2005
By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Spent force?! I don't think so! I won't deny that Alan Wilder was sadly missed by the majority of DM fans, particularly when listening to "Ultra" for the first time. However, at the end of the day, it's Martin's craftsmanship that lifts "Ultra" above albums by many other similar artists.
For me, "Ultra" contains some of the best songs of Martin's career, "Home" and "It's No Good", both singles, the melancholy "Home" In particular is a superb track, laden with it's lush string arrangements and sung beautifully by Martin with one of his tenderest vocals.
I like to give this album a little rope as it's the comeback album we never thought we'd get. After Dave's well publicised drug problems in the mid-90's' it seemed that "Songs Of Faith & Devotion" would be, at least for me, an unsatisfactory end to a remarkable career. Thankfully, I was wrong and I wait with baited breath for their eleventh album, "Playing The Angel".
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Published 3 days ago by picci61
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I have ever loved
Super duper album - Absolutely love all the tracks - The chords and beats just hit like magic - If I ever have to go for a amp / cd player audition - I dont leave without this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Megh55555
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Bought this CD as a Birthday Present for my boyfriend, he loves it & makes us listen to it in the car. If your a Depeche Mode fan you'll like it.
Published 7 months ago by Goodgirlguidw
4.0 out of 5 stars hear this
I wasn't sure what to expect at first, having read various reviews.
I'm happy that I bought it though, and yes, it's quite dark throughout,
but I don't mind that if the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Defines the word "grower"
By 1997 I had grown bored of Depeche Mode. 1993's "Songs of Faith and Devotion" had quickly become a disappointment, mainly due to the uncomfortable and nagging opinion that they... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Phil Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Experience for Me
I'm new to Depeche Mode and bought this to try it out, as it was going cheap to be honest. I must say that I like it, although I think that "Violator" is the one to start... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ultra amazing
simply love this album ,i had it on tape many years ,its moody ,brooding and full of atmospherics , top track for me is ;barrel of a gun. enjoy
Published 16 months ago by terry case
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra - Depeche Mode
Well I must admit having been so impressed with Violator; then having my expectations blown sky high with Songs Of Faith & Devotion, I was a little cautious when I approached this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Royliot
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn Up The Volume!!!
I'd buy this album for Barrel of a Gun on it's own. Having discovered it on a sampler from a Q magazine I was immediately hooked and that's not to say the rest of the album is bad... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by sgtdb
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of Depeche Mode
Ultra is one of those albums that took Depeche Mode on a logical, and sometimes satisfyingly bleak, path into industrial rock, with their trademark electronic sound with them for... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Andy Norton
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