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Visage [CD]

Visage Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B0000075WF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Visage
2. Blocks On Blocks
3. The Dancer
4. Tar
5. Fade To Grey
6. Malpaso Man
7. Mind Of A Toy
8. Moon Over Moscow
9. Visa-Age (Visa Age)
10. The Steps

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album 4 Sep 2005
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
1980 is a quite a while ago but this album - released that year -still sounds great to me.
This is the album that spawned the singles Fade To Grey, Mind Of A Toy and the title track. Taking time out from their regular musical activities (Ultravox and Magazine - two of the late seventies' most influential British bands - among them), Visage were always conceived as a studio project and they delivered the goods on this album and its sequel The Anvil (1982).
Highlights here? The singles but also tracks like The Dancer, Blocks & Blocks, the stonking instrumental Moon Over Moscow and the homage to Clint Eastwood himself, Malpaso Man.
If you want to know how British synth-based pop/rock developed in the wake of Numan, Foxx and Kraftwerk, buy this and know the truth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Romantic Supergroup 10 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those albums that I bought after not listening to it for years and realising why I loved it so much in the first place.
The band consists of members of Ultravox, Magazine and Skids, along with singer Steve Strange. It's unusual to see such a melting pot of talent produce something so original and coherent. Steve Strange is far from the best vocalist technically, struggling to pitch and hold a tune for most of the album, but his style fits so perfectly that lack of technical ability is irrelevant - this is a perfect example of the performance being the most important part of the delivery.
The fantastic 'Fade to Grey' makes this album worth the price, but there is also 'Mind of a Toy' and 'Visage' here, along with some excellent instrumentals.
This album started the new romantic movement, and without it I don't think the movement would have got anywhere!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
...well, they wrote the album, anyway. I can hardly believe no-one else has yet reviewed this breathtaking piece of work. Visage. Oh, Visage. The band was a collective formed by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan, who ran the clubs that started the New Romantic movement. Steve sang and Rusty played with numerous electronic devices, and the band also featured Midge Ure and Billy Currie of Ultravox, and members of the then-recently-split Magazine. This first album was really made as music for the people in the clubs to dance to - Rusty was a DJ and he knew what was wanted. Steve was possibly the only New Romantic ever to dress more flamboyantly than Boy George, and not a bad singer, either. Together with the rest of the band they created this criminally underrated album. Beginning with the sparklingly extravagant "Visage", the album then continues with the completely incomprehensible but thoroughly enjoyable "Blocks On Blocks" and the explosive instrumental "The Dancer", which shows influences from Roxy Music and Bowie. This is followed by "Tar", which was, incredibly, released as a single and has tongue more firmly in cheek than any Eminem track you care to mention. It's a danceable nod to the perils of smoking. It's on the Greatest Hits. 'Nuff said. What would then have been the final track on the A side is undoubtedly Visage's most famous song, "Fade To Grey", a thoughtful if slightly satirical lament on what could probably be described as the utter boringness of a working man's life. Steve Strange of course looked a bit odd singing this, dressed as he was for the video in a white toga and snake makeup, but there you go. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The face of the New Romantic movement 25 Jan 2006
By Ian
Format:Audio CD
Music for early eighties fashion shows! I remember Steve Strange and Visage back in 80/81 when I was ten. When your that age bands impressions came and went with me. I do vividly remember the video and the bassline hook to Fade to Grey. This is the stand out track by far. The lyrics of Midge Ure and the music done by Ultravox's Billy Currie and Gary Numan keyboard player Chris Payne still sounds amazing today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 5 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
quite good for its time .. a good mix of synth and traditional instruments with some interesting musical ideas .. "fade to grey" and "the steps" are the show stealers here but the rest of the tracks are good in there own way .. "the dancer" is a bit cheesy and the only dissapointment on the album .. not as electronic as i would have hoped with a lot of guitars and traditional drum kit on some tracks .. well mixed album .. just short of the 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please re-master this cd! 26 Oct 2008
By P. Winn
Format:Audio CD
Yes this is good album, I originally puchased this when I was 16 way back in 1980. I was blown away with the track "fade to grey" the single and video on TOTP's although not the first release from this album. Musically the album is a classic and buy it for that, sonically unfortunately it's badly in need of some re-mastering and tweaking with possibly the inclusion of some extra tracks! or, 12" mixes of Vis-age, and Fade to Grey. The sound is compressed on the cd mastering and there is a lot of analogue tape hiss on my copy from the Polydor release. Who ever owns the copywrite to this album please do it justice and polish the sound up! Thanks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 14 July 2001
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
Visage.
Brilliant debut and follow-up and then not so hot. This album is a classic: up there with Closer, Architecture & Morality and Vienna in the early 80s pantheon of cool.
The album is closely sequenced, many of the tracks crossfading into one another and this helps the flow of the album. Mr Egan did indeed know Mr Currie and Mr Ure from the Blitz and with Midge was a former Sliker and Rich Kid. It's owes a lot to teamwork: help from Martin Rushent and Numan sidesman Chris Payne (who co-wrote Fade To Grey with Billy Currie and Midge) and even the stylist and hairdresser got a mention on the sleeve!
Malpaso Man is a homage to Clint Eastwood and his production company of the same name: check the lyrics folks! Moon Over Moscow shimmers with Soviet chic and is great to play live.
As an album it's coherant and the material well matched. It's vivid even twenty-one years after its release and that's no bad thing. So buy it! Al Ferrier July 2001
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 'An Album That Has Matured Well'
To be honest, when I first heard this album back in the 80's I was a little underwhelmed by it. 'Fade To Grey' and 'Mind Of A Toy' were such classics that tracks like the moody,... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
Probably haven`t heard this for 20 years or more but I put it in the CD machine and knew every word!
I realise now how much I miss Visage. Pioneers of alternative music.
Published 13 days ago by michael fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop
The sound track to my late teens. Friday nights with my 6th form mates in the Harrington Bar in Liverpool. I had my first kiss (the frog died unfortunarely). Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars Classsical synth-pop from the 80's
I was a fan then and in this case re-visiting the past was an OK excperiance. I still liked the sound!
Published 7 months ago by Johan L
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 80s!
This was my era of music and it reminded me of being dressed as a New Romantic listening to Visage etc....
Published 16 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia rules!
Not heard this for 20 years, put it on in the car and sang along when no one could hear. They don't make 'em like that anymore!
Published 16 months ago by Jan Sauterne
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly a one track album for me
I was expecting a bit more but regrettably it was a one track album for me, Fade to Grey being the purpose for the purchase and all that I would listen to again..
Published on 7 April 2012 by BFS
4.0 out of 5 stars Not about looking good but sounding great
This album is a classic of it's time. In some ways I think it suffers for this - the visuals and the utter 1980-ness of the package mean it is largely forgotten. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by frankie's owner
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave lovers should all have one
This is was the first and the best of the only three albums of Visage.
Every song is just wonderful and it is a shame that the band has split so soon. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Joao Carlos Raposo Neves
4.0 out of 5 stars In Need Of A Remaster
It really is about time that this album was reissued with maybe some extras and remastered sound. When you take into account that a great deal of this era's albums including those... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by Voltaire 808
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