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Rage In Eden
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 February 2013
The review in Record Mirror of Ultravox's 1981 `Rage in Eden' album described it as "Tepid in the extreme ... a complete lack of ideas", but Melody Maker declared of it: "Confirmation, consolidation, and CLASS." Record Mirror laughed and proceeded to fall, not lasting as long as their rivals.

I was there in 1981, and smitten: `Rage in Eden' is a passionate album, full of anger and angst: perfect for a sixteen-year-old Romantic. `Vienna' was always going to be a hard act to follow, but - dare I say it - `Rage in Eden' is even better, with both `The Voice' and `The Thin Wall' as definitely five-star tracks. Indeed, there is no duff track throughout this set (although `Accent on youth' does underperform).

The lack of an instrumental is made up for by extended sections at the heart of songs or at their end: the two-minutes of `The Ascent' is really a segued continuation of `Accent on Youth'. Quite a few of the tracks are over six minutes in length, with `Stranger Within' over seven.

This is a review of the remastered two-disc set released by Chrysalis in 2008. The remastered sound seems to favour the guitar, and the music seems to have lost some of the original's wall-of-sound epic atmosphere, resulting in a more disparate feel to the noise. It therefore has less focus, less heart, but is more solid: the difference is, to say the least, `interesting'.

The second disc of this set provides sixty-six minutes of extras: B-sides, live versions, works-in-progress. The strength of `Rage in Eden' is shown by even the B-sides being strong tracks. To me, `Rage in Eden' is Ultravox's greatest album, but those who know this "will always feel their backs against the thin wall."
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on 14 March 2016
A review of the 2015 vinyl reissue...

The fourth instalment in the Ultravox vinyl album reissue series returns to the same format as the two previously released studio recordings. White vinyl for both the album and the bonus 7" single (the reissue before this one was for the live EP Monument and it was pressed on two 45 rpm records allowing inclusion of extra tracks). The major disappointment of this edition is the usage of the second cover image. The original iconic cover for Rage In Eden, designed by Peter Saville was only licensed for the first run of the album and all subsequent pressings/reissues (except the 2008 2cd definitive edition) have used the winged horses variation. It's a shame the striking first cover design could not be re-licensed for this collectable vinyl reissue.
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on 28 August 2012
To me this is the best Ultravox album - it is packed with great tracks, has a more consistent feel and message than its also very good predecessor Vienna and, save for a few stratospheric highs in Quartet, all their following albums are but pale shadows. I already had the vinyl and the original not-remastered CD release and I will confirm that on my HiFi this remaster sounds very good. There are, of course, plenty of extra tracks in the 2 CD release too all of which are welcome and worthwhile. It's also great to see the excellent original Rage In Eden artwork make a reappearance in the "furniture" of its plusher than average CD package but I believe this will revert back to the "horses" on later copies due to licensing limitations (so buyers, don't be surprised if the picture you see in this advert isn't the one you receive). I'm altogether delighted with the fresh life that this Definitive Edition has breathed into one of my all time favourite albums and recommend it highly.
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on 30 January 2015
Old Ultravox fan, still regard "Rage" as probably the best album the band did (Quartet a close second).

A solid, well produced album that has to be fully appreciated on vinyl - cd is ok butseems to miss some of the harmonics on tracks like "I remember"

The80's at its best
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on 4 February 2018
Excellent album by a truly great band
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on 30 October 2017
Brilliant! White vinyl also have it on original black. Great album!! I had this on cassette back in 1981!! When I was 12. Thank. Quick delivery also.
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on 7 January 2016
Great CD
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on 22 September 2016
Great album but ... the first track on the 2nd side has a lot of crackle from the pressing, aren't caused by dust.
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on 2 December 2013
Some songs a bit dated now, but still worth a listen right the way through. Thin wall still does it for me.
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on 29 June 2013
brilliant
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