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3.0 out of 5 stars The Lot from Ultravox...Almost, 12 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Albums 1980-2012 (Audio CD)
Based on its title, this boxset appears to be pretty good value spanning 32 years. A deeper examination of Ultravox's catalogue would reveal that despite new remasters there is a fair bit of content missing here. The band's first three albums recorded with John Foxx are not included as they were on a different label. Also absent are the two albums recorded by the Billy Currie led reformed Ultravox from the 1990s Revelation and Ingenuity (the less that's said about those two albums,the better).

This collection starts in 1980 when Midge Ure became the band's frontman for the album Vienna and ends with their most recent album Brilliant recorded in 2012 after the 2009 tour/reunion. Dedicated fans will of course already have purchased all of these albums during the definitive edition reissue series a few years back. This collection, very basically, includes the first disc from those two disc releases presented in cardboard replica vinyl sleeves with NO inserts, lyrics or contents booklet. Just the basic albums with no bonus tracks but good digital remasters. That takes us through to 1986 when Ultravox disbanded, leaving a twenty-four year gap until the 2010 two disc live album Return to Eden which is included here in its two disc audio only edition. This title has erroneously been printed as Return In Eden on the outer box. A mistake that surely should've been picked up during the proofreading before it was sent off for manufacture but as anybody who cares about these kind of mistakes knows, they are becoming all too frequent. A typo on an artists commercially released product, especially it's title is unforgivable.

If you're interested in or are new to the music of Ultravox and want a bit more than The Very Best Of Ultravox this boxset is very good value. You will pick up most of the band's output in one go. If you feel the need to dig a little further into the bands catalogue, I highly recommend the recent definitive edition reissues. Here's a live one to get you started "Monument: Remastered Definitive Edition."

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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 16:44:40 GMT
This has been released and EMI was sold to UMG & some artists were moved onto EMI's Parlophone label. As the new owner of Parlophone is warner music that have released some artists back catalogue in this form & although some people will moan I think its a good thing. You are on abou the missing content well lets clear that one up right now, Ultravox featuring John foxx were on a different label (Island/UMG) & the other incarnations were on DSB & intercord. Whilst UMG own the rights the john foxx era catalogue there would be alot of cross licensing to be done to release this although as Billy Currie owns the rights to revelation & ingenuity the couldve been realeased.

The main reason we see this box set is that Warner wants to cash in on there now found catalogue not spend money on licensing deals hence the chrysalis era albums being realeased. I do agree that a complete box would be nice but it will never happen & only may have happened if Ultravox signed to UMG when Brilliant was released but it wouldnt of been this cheap.

All the leg work for these remasters were done by EMI/Chrysalis so there is nothing new here apart from a new catalogue number for each album. Just check who its issued by, chrysalis/parlophone a WMG company

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 03:14:40 GMT
DJ Control says:
Warner have been rolling out these cheap to produce catalogue box sets as soon as they obtained their portion of the now broken up EMI.
It's actually a good collection but is really missing a content/lyric book. Yep nothing but a cash grab!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 11:19:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2014 11:29:16 GMT
wolfers says:
Yeah its an easy way to make some money.
For excellent value remasters I would look to Jasmine for inspiration.
Ok they deal with albums out of copyright ie 50 years plus old albums, BUT they come nicely jewel cased, cd, s that replicate the look of yee olde vinyls(remember those people), and in some instances have 6 to 7 original albums in a set.
Ok they dont come with a booklet or card replicated sleeve( they do appear on front cover), however you do get the full original album AND in some instances bonus tracks, im thinking here of Ray Charles, which is a pleasure to hear these albums in there original sequence and nicely remastered AND at a great price to boot, usually under £10.
As for typo errors, its just not on, its lazy and shows a lack of respect for the product, and in particular, the customer.In an age of downloads, if a customer wants to own a physical product the least the company can do is get it right first time, every time.
As for this set, it offers nothing new, and as stated by another reviewer, if you own the previous deluxe sets then this is surplus to requirements and is really only for those that collect each and every release.Its window dressing folks, thats all.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 12:18:19 GMT
DJ Control says:
The fact that it was produced with a typo tells you it's a cash grab. How smart Universal were to keep The Beatles portion of Parlophone,and they've certainly started milking those fans already with the useless US Albums box set. As for what happens to the rest of the labels catalogue,who knows. Thanks for the info on Jasmine. I'll check it out. I love albums being reissued in their original track listing, covers,etc. As well as a jewel case. If I just wanted one made out of cheap cardboard I might as well just download it and print one myself.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 12:32:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2014 23:01:26 GMT
wolfers says:
Good luck with Jasmine
Some real gems to be had.
Enjoy the dig!!
update for dj control
when I referred to Ray Charles I was talking about the Real Gone Jazz label, sorry
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