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Snuck in under the radar - but a real bargain
, 24 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Albums 1980-2012 (Audio CD)
This boxset from Ultravox seems to have appeared without much fanfare, which is surprising given the amount of music you get for your money. This set collects all the original Midge Ure-led output, starting with Vienna and ending with the re-union album Brilliant from more recent times.
After the hit of "Vienna", Ultravox were always slightly hampered by trying to match the mood of the single, and later output never really matched the originality of that single or indeed the overall VIenna album. They were trapped trying to find more ways to sing about mood, atmosphere, darkness and gloom, and each subsequent album provided less and less originality. That said, hearing 1981's "Rage In Eden" again now, there is a strong case to say that this actually was their finest album.
Quartet may not be Beatle-producer George Martin's finest moment, although "Lament" saw a more celtic flavour enter the compositions, although by then it was pretty much all-over. U-Vox sounds more like dance meets electronic to be honest, and only really serves to underline that the band had run out of ideas.
Refreshed from a long hiatus and a reunion that Ure said would never happen, the double live Return to Eden is excellent, and perhaps tops Brilliant in terms of updating the nostalgia. Either way, it is good to have everything under the one roof so to speak, and all for so little money.
As another reviewer has cannily said: snap up a copy now before greedy collectors start putting up spare copies for sale at crazy money when these run out (borne out by the joker currently listing a set for sale at £500 no less as "collectible". Sheer madness.) No liner notes or bonus extra tracks somehow doesn't seem to matter - having the originals in cardboard slipcases is sufficent reminder of how good Ultravox were, how short-lived the ideas, but how strong the comeback.
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