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Ultra Vivid Scene

Ultra Vivid Scene Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B0000251KU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Nausea 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mercy Seat 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. This Isn't Real 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Whore Of God 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blood Line 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Kiss And A Slap 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. How Did It Feel 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hail Mary 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal cult-ish classic from 4AD 15 July 2001
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Ultra Vivid Scene's eponymous debut is still one of the best records ever released...I was first played it in 1989 by a friend who like The The, Frazier Chorus & Foetus. To my Jesus & Mary Chain ears it was great. It sounded like the missing link between 'Transformer' & 'Psychocandy' & Spacemen 3's 'Playing with Fire'. And was not far from the art-rock of second wave Wire ('A Serious of Snakes', 'Ahead', 'Eardrum Buzz), Colin Newman's'A-Z' or darling Magazine...It became the one record our group of friends all agreed on;I harbour a fantasy that each one of us all secretly listens to this LP still (tho' we're falling/fallen out of touch...)...Moby was in UVS for a bit, 'tho he's not mentioned on the sleeve (surrealy UVS were mentioned on a Michael Barrymore quiz show I saw by accident/hangover)...'How Did it feel' is an update of Lou's 'How Do You think it feels?' or his earlier 'Beginning to see the light'. It sits correctly next to Spacemen 3's 'How Does it feel?'-which also merges Velvets/Can guitars with synthdrones...Both versions of 'Lynne Marie'are contender for the best popsong ever about a girl (tho' Scritti Politti win that one for 'The Word Girl'); 'LM#2' is perfect...Opener (and single)'She Screamed' is a bleeping classic- close to earlier single 'Something to Eat' and early Cabaret Voltaire/Suicide...'Crash' is another fantastic song influenced by JG Ballard's seminal novel (other great ones: 'Warm Leatherette', 'Cars', 'Pull Up to The Bumper', 'Always crashing in the same car', 'Poptones'...)and its bleeps and drones capture a druggy nightime euphoria...'Nausea' reminds me of the sliding strings of Big Star's 'Kangaroo', Durutti Column's 'Smile in the Crowd' or Tom Verlaine fronting Felt (the guitars are superb here...)... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, the good old days... 17 Oct 2014
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Whilst this type and indeed era of music may not be appreciated by some, to be reading this, you must have heard the samples but are still hesitating. I'd say go ahead and buy it. Whilst I don't really like any of the other albums produced, this one simply strikes a chord (!) with me, and takes me right back to the late eighties and early nineties of the 4ad label.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must own for late 80s Indie Fans 12 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
Bought this on first release on cassette, hooked by The Mercy Seat. Just rebought on vinyl at my local Record Store for a fiver. And it is as excellent as I remember. Low era Bowie meets the VU, with Spaceman 3 on in the background. Although suprising it appears that liam Gallagher nicked Kurt vocal delivery for far far less effective results later.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential 30 May 2001
By ckdexterhaven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The only one of UVS' three albums to receive, as far as I know, no attention whatsoever. But one of the most interesting, unusual, and marvellous albums of the late eighties. Unlike anything else being done at the time or since. Painfully overlooked and underappreciated. The sound is an utterly unique collage of styles, but the influence of noise rock (velvet underground, jesus and mary chain)and arty synth-rock (joy division, early new order)is certainly there. If UVS weren't completely forgotten in the music world, I'd be tempted to insist that they strongly influenced later groups. Yo La Tengo, especially in their marvellous album "Painful", often seem to be channelling UVS, and I find it impossible to believe that Spiritualized's "Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space" wasn't extracted directly from the third UVS album "Rev". Of the three albums, this one is the least refined, least poppy, and the most innovative and interesting. This forgotten album definitely deserves a second chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle, post-velvets masterpiece: forgotten/genius? 7 Aug 2000
By guy nicholas low - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard "Mercy Seat" in 1989 on a long since forgotten British Indie rock TV show called SNUB TV. I was 16 and cleaning my High School canteen after the bell rang to make some under age beer money. Fortunately about 8 quid was sacrificed on Ultra Vivid Scene, by the same. A sublime, sunny place occurred thereafter, which I am revisiting now - having found the tape in a shoebox exactly 10 years after this gem was made (with excellent early-Pixies era warped 4ad Vaughn Oliver design) and consequently have found myself with a somewhat ambiguous hat atop my critical noggin. My offering in support of this masterpice admits nostalgia: Mine at finding the tape and being well versed in its constructive influence (Lou Reed meets a sunday morning with no smack but lots of sugar and sympathetic, strong women) and that of Kurt Ralske's coy fetish/cliche Fender Twin-Mongery. Fact is I can't call this miserable or contrived for searing bedroom contemplations - this is not The Smiths's ultimate happy/sad handbag of dark glee and going-home-on-my-own-misery. UVS is the venerable I'm not a John on the Bowery but that grit still dreams so flowery... Selfish, beautiful music - no anthems outside of the listener's application of the urban, lonely charm of the songs. It is a classic record - very NYC, remarkably non-80's (dissonance and texture figuring highly in what could have easily been bouncy pop tunes) If you enjoy quality songwriting on par with Lou Reed's sometime Brill Building sensibility spliced over a little irritation of post-punk self obsession, here it is. Like I said, it's as good as the day I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and Beautiful 27 Feb 2003
By mike jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first of three gems. Perhaps sounds a little dated initially (clockwork drums) but it soon draws you into a oddly warm, decadent, perverse world. There's nothing here which is going to frighten the horses, but boy, it works. Understated, slightly lisping vocals, lyrically dark, excellent guitar work, perfectly constructed songs. Give that man a knighthood for services to indie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not for everyone but you might just like it 8 May 2006
By Ant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This debut album by Ultra Vivid scene is a collection of drum machine based guitar songs written, engineered & produced entirely by a bedroom artist trying to find his voice. If that doesn't turn you off, & you have time to persevere with the songs on this album, you just may be one of the few who discover the gems buried in it. UVS was fortunate enough to be signed to the 4AD label to become siblings to luminaries, the likes of The Cocteau twins & Dead Can; however their genius didn't rub off on these songs. This is by no stretch a solid album, nor is it particularly innovative, trying on styles as varied as the campy side of Velvet underground to more contemporary artists such as the Jesus & Mary chain & whispery vocals, the likes of Elliot Smith in the search for UVS. However, some good, even great songs were written in the process. `Crash', a New York style pop song with slidy guitars & interesting pulsy, gated keyboard is a definite standout, as is `Nausea', probably the track most honest & indicative of where UVS could go with their own style. `Mercy seat', `Lynne Marie #1' & `This isn't real' are also very good tracks given a little time, & once you get through oh so mediocre tracks such as `Whore of God', `Dream of love' & `Kiss and a slap', you come to `How did it feel', a track I keep coming back to & `Hail Mary', a really beautiful song that The Jesus & Mary Chain would have been proud to have written, as the track name hints at. I'm glad I have this album & I'll always find a place in time to listen to it, however it's not for everyone. It goes pretty cheap these days; the cover art is classic 4AD (23 Envelope), so any 4AD fans out there wishing an addition to their collection couldn't go too wrong with it. And you just might be one of the few, like me, who love a few of these songs.
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