Ultravox! (album)

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Ultravox!
Studio album by Ultravox!
Released February 25, 1977 (1977-02-25)
Recorded 1976 at Island Studios, Hammersmith, London
Genre New wave, post-punk
Label Island
Producer Brian Eno, Ultravox!, Steve Lillywhite
Ultravox! chronology
Ultravox!
(1977)
Ha!-Ha!-Ha!
(1977)
Singles from Ultravox!
  1. "Dangerous Rhythm"
    Released: 4 February 1977

Ultravox! is the eponymous debut studio album by British new wave band Ultravox!. It was recorded at Island Studios in Hammersmith, London in the autumn of 1976[1] and produced by Ultravox! and Steve Lillywhite with studio assistance from Brian Eno. It was released on 25 February 1977 by Island.[2]

Writing[edit]

The songs "Sat'day Night in the City of the Dead" and "Dangerous Rhythm", alongside other songs from the album, were written while the band were named Tiger Lily and were performed during 1976, prior to its release.[1] Videos of a gig in Germany in that year can be seen on YouTube.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B[4]

Ada Wilson in The Rough Guide to Rock wrote that the album "failed to recapture [Ultravox!'s] on-stage energy".[5] In his retrospective review, Dave Thompson, writing for AllMusic, opined "it was Ultravox! who first showed the kind of dangerous rhythms that keyboards could create. The quintet certainly had their antecedents – Hawkwind, Roxy Music and Kraftwerk to name but a few – but still it was the group's 1977 eponymous debut's grandeur (courtesy of producer [Brian] Eno), wrapped in the ravaged moods and lyrical themes of collapse and decay that transported '70s rock from the bloated pastures of the past to the futuristic dystopias predicted by punk."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sat'day Night in the City of the Dead"   John Foxx 2:35
2. "Life at Rainbow's End (For All the Tax Exiles on Main Street)"   Foxx 3:44
3. "Slip Away"   Billy Currie, Foxx 4:19
4. "I Want to Be a Machine"   Currie, Foxx 7:21
5. "Wide Boys"   Foxx 3:16
6. "Dangerous Rhythm"   Warren Cann, Chris Cross, Currie, Foxx, Stevie Shears 4:16
7. "The Lonely Hunter"   Foxx 3:42
8. "The Wild, The Beautiful and the Damned"   Cross, Currie, Foxx 5:50
9. "My Sex"   Cross, Currie, Foxx 3:01

Personnel[edit]

Ultravox!
Technical personnel
  • Terry Barham – assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ultravox! (album reissue booklet). Island. 2006. 
  2. ^ "John Foxx Official Website Metamatic : Discography : Ultravox! : UK 12 Inch Vinyl". metamatic.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "Ultravox! – Ultravox! | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Ultravox". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Ada (2003). Buckley, Peter, ed. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 1119. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

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