A pivotal album in the career of Ultravox – one that has the group shifting from their rougher roots, into the sweeter, more synth-styled sounds that became their lasting legacy on modern music! Gone is the quirkiness of the first few records, but in its place is one of the best (and first) efforts to refine earlier experiments with electronics into a tighter, more pop-styled mode – one that's aided strongly here by the production efforts of Conny Plank, whose work in the electric prog years of the German scene really help give this record a real sense of depth! Titles include "Slow Motion", "I Can't Stay Long", "Someone Else's Clothes", "Blue Light", "Quiet Men", "Dislocation", "Maximum Acceleration", and "Just For A Moment". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Antilles. Cover has light wear and a crease on one corner.)
The great first album from Ultravox – recorded in the mid 70s, produced by Brian Eno, and more of a punk rock record than most of their other work! The style here is really great – often driving and very guitar-based – with short, quirky tunes that remind us a bit of Eno's own rock work of the early 70s – and like those records, this one lies in a similar space between bigger glam and emerging punk. John Foxx is certainly at the height of his powers here – and nicely without cliche – and his fluttering vocals bring a sense of drama to the tunes without going too far. Titles include "Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead", "Wide Boys", "Dangerous Rhythm", "The Lonely Hunter", "My Sex", "The Wild The Beautiful & The Damned", "Life At Rainbow's End", and "Slip Away". LP, Vinyl record album
Ha Ha Ha ... LP Island (UK), 1977. Used ...
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Early punk rock work from Ultravox – a record that's a lot sharper-edged than some of the group's later, more electronic pop! The guitars are very much upfront in the mix here – and although some tracks show a nascent love of synth, it's often mixed in with noisier, more driving sounds that are very much the best spirit of the British underground, circa 1977! And while it might be a stretch to call this a strictly punk rock record, it does stand very nicely next to some of the best mainstream punk releases from the same generation – and in a way, the stylistic complications of the set almost make it more appealing over the years – a bit of a label-less effort that still sounds plenty unique! Titles include "Rockwork", "The Frozen Ones", "Fear In The Western World", "The Man Who Dies Every Day", "Distant Smile", and "Hiroshima Mon Amour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Lament ... LP Chrysalis, 1984. Used ...
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One of the strangest acts to come from Motown in the early 80s – and almost more of a new wave record than a soul one! The standout hit here is the title track "Somebody's Watching Me" – an odd electro tune that has Rockwell speaking/singing these paranoid lyrics with a vague British accent – but which has Michael Jackson coming in on the chorus to warm up the tune! Sadly, Michael's gone for the rest of the record – so Rockwell takes center stage with tunes that have a soul-based take on styles heard more familiarly by Human League or Ultravox at the time – and which display the real Anglophile bent in American pop at the time. Still, there's a few nice electro moments – and titles include "Obscene Phone Caller", "Change Your Ways", "Runaway", "Wasting Time", and "Knife". CD