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Joy 1967 - 1990

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B0000251KG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The debut album from Ultra Vivid Scene is one of my favourite albums of all time , one that does that Speak Memory thing and sends you hurtling down memory lane...The follow-up, Joy 1967-1990 is just as great (Rev is still growing on me however...).
THe album opens with songs as strong as early classics like She Screamed and You Didn't Say Please: It Happens Every Time is a perfect pop song with inventive use of feedback- closer to the final releases by Spacemen 3 than the cliched sound the Mary Chain peddled. Single Staring at the Sun is as perfect as New Order's Regret or The Cure's Pictures of You, if more minimal and lo-fi (with a hint of the Cocteau Twins down there in the guitars)...Early favourite Three Stars is next, in a slighty different version to that on the Staring at the Sun e.p., this gives way to the sublime Special One- which features Breeder/Pixie Kim Deal on vocals. Another perfect pop song that makes the Velvets line "How do you think it feels?" sound original...Grey Turns White takes us to a place of sonic rhythm and odd sounds reminiscent of 154-Wire and Burning Blue Soul- The The, before moving into traditional jingly-jangly territory. Imagine if The Strokes had been futuristic, rather than a mere attempt to sound like Richard Hell, NY Dolls and Television...Poison ends this section of the album, this is as dark and wonderful as early tracks like Extra CD Track and Nausea. Ralske with Richard Close, Byron Guthrie and Kristin Kramer create a sublime feeling with the guitars- that are in overload and to the fore as this song builds. A perfect end to a perfect side of an album...Side Two took me longer to get into, as every time I finished playing Side One, I'd put that on again.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x91d2c12c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91a15b70) out of 5 stars How this was overlooked by pop culture, seems strange. 24 May 2006
By TBenR - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album was enlightening to me when I was first exposed in the early 90's. It has been a go-to for me ever since. Just yesterday I listened to it again and decided to see what the state of UVS was, if the album/cd was still out there and found the reviews here on Amazon.

If you are waffling on this cd, I encourage you to take the chance and discover some of the most incredible compilations. The production lends itself to a Sunday morning, sun streaming in as you enjoy breakfast and your favorite paper. You'll leave the house smiling, and catchy lyrics in your head, and wondering to yourself "how did this slip by the masses and miss being played?"

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d7b60c) out of 5 stars Novocaine daydreams 15 Jan. 2006
By JG - Published on
Format: Audio CD
UVS is Kurt Ralske's relatively brief adventure into rock n roll. Ralske was educated at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, which is hardly your typical rock star spawning grounds.

Since doing 3 or 4 albums as UVS, Ralske has gone on to doing some electronic ambient stuff, working with films, producing other bands, and even has a permanent exhibit at MOMA in New York.

Maybe the best way to describe UVS is post 60s, pre Beck psychedelia. Other than Robyn Hitchcock, nobody comes immediately to mind who was doing psychedelic pop like this in the late 80s and early 90s, at least not as succinctly as UVS.

If I remember correctly, Ralske plays just about all the instruments on this album, a remarkable feat in itself. The subject matter with this and later UVS records seems to revolve mostly around sex, guilty pleasure (the title to one of the songs), drugs (the self titled album even has a syringe on the cover), and death. You might think this sounds depressing, but this album actually doesn't come across negative, but instead has a numbing psychedelic aftertaste if that makes any sense.

The overall effect is a detached novocaine feel. I gather it's out of print now, but a great CD if you can get ahold of it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x924a4fe4) out of 5 stars A special find 9 Feb. 2003
By H3@+h - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how wonderful albums like this go out of print, but it's well worth looking for used. Not quite as good as the UVS self titled, but better than "Rev", this is a great record with that early alternative sound to it. A few upbeat tracks including "Special one" with Kim Deal from the Pixies, but most of it is mellow. Similiar to early Cure or New Order, but most like Velvet Underground to my ears. UVS is one of those secret bands that nobody knows, but everybody likes, and I have probably played every month since 1990.
HASH(0x9231b24c) out of 5 stars like all the best ones 10 Aug. 2015
By G. M. Taylor - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Overlooked and very original.
This is an album that, like all the best ones, grows on you and never gets old. A kind of lo-fi sound, with beautiful lyrics sung in laconically - I know......hard to describe. This is an album that so worth getting though, you will play for years and dig it out again and again.
Interesting story - I lost my original in a move to the USA and purchased a new copy at Amoeba records in L.A. As esoteric as the record is, it was also a favorite of the cashier. Anyway, highly recommended
By L. Zeigel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Found this in a CD bargain bin with and bought it having no idea what it was going to sound like...totally fell in love with it. Definitely a gem and worth checking out! Standout tracks: "Three Stars" "Beauty #2"
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