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Rage in Eden Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000024S8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Voice
2. We Stand Alone
3. Rage In Eden
4. I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
5. The Thin Wall
6. Stranger Within
7. Accent On Youth
8. The Ascent
9. Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)
10. I Never Wanted To Begin
11. Paths And Angles
12. I Never Wanted To Begin (Extended Version)

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Digitally remastered edition of the synth pop band's classic that features the singles "Rage In Eden", "We Stand Alone" and "The Thin Wall".

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The live tracks sound surprisingly good, with great energy from the band.
Paul Allaer
Listening to this album, you are quickly whisked into an ethereal dreamscape, full of haunting, atmospheric synth and layered guitars to match.
John Liosatos
This is easily Ultravox' most haunting cd, and it contains the most underrated track by the group, Rage In Eden.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bob Rosser on August 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Just recently had the urge to pull this out of my CD collection and listen to it for the first time in a while. I agree with other reviewers who say that this is the best offering from their "quartet" of early 80s releases (in order, "Vienna", "Rage in Eden", "Quartet" and "Lament"). This CD is the strongest from beginning to end and flows seemlessly.
Back in the 80s, I discovered Ultravox with "Vienna", coming from a steady diet of overblown 70s prog rock. What attracted me to Ultravox, was the intelligence of their music. There was nothing light and fluffy about this band. The keyboard arrangements are well thought out and almost classically inspired (Billy Currie after all was classically trained), and the way they used the guitars and violins/violas really was different for the era. Another thing I liked about them was how drastically they could change their sound from song to song, but without disturbing the flow or continuity of the album.. one song will be triggered synth bass and drum machines and all keyboards, the next will be live bass, drums, guitars, piano, etc... and all kinds of different variations thereof. Regardless of the instrumentation, Ultravox had an incredible way of making highly emotionally charged music... They were masters of making machines have feelings... Alot of this had to do with Midge Ure's incredible voice and his emotional guitar playing. The piano and violin/viola helped with this alot too... Basically, against the trends that were popular in the day, Ultravox had talent and weren't afraid to use it... Now for a song by song breakdown:
The Voice: For some reason, Ultravox had a way of starting off an album with (in my opinion) one of its weakest songs (i.e.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mike on March 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
On 'Rage In Eden' Ultravox I feel truly transcended themselves, producing an album that was majestic, haunting, melodramatic, dissonant, trippy, and at times so cold and distant as to be almost inhuman.
Fans of the John Foxx fronted Ultravox of the 70s often accuse the Midge Ure era of being too commercial and pop deriative. While their following albums validate that cirticism, I don't see how it can apply to 'Rage In Eden.' This album transcends EVERYTHING John Foxx did with the group, and while the album sometimes comes dangerously close to being overdone and pretentious, it still holds itself together remarkably. Imagine if Edgar Allen Poe had his poetry put to music by a colloboration of Enigma and Jim Steinman, then melded together with lush synthesizers, and its my best effort of describing the sound and atmosphere of this album.
Top Cuts are definately 'The Voice', powerful and majestic, 'We Stand Alone' which sounds like an apocalyptic anthem and 'I Remember' which is seething, haunting but incredibly catchy. I Also love 'The Thin Wall' powerful, eery and wagnerian and the title track which is very experimental and sounds a blueprint for Enigma and Delirium.
It's hard to describe this album, other than to say atmospheric, haunting, VERY CATCHY, in an odd kinda way. I couldn't reccomend this album more.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick Sant Nicola on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
WOW ... When I heard 'Rage In Eden' in the early 80's it knocked me out!!

What a sound... new, powerful, beautiful, rich and unique.

Ultravox (and its off-shoots Visage / and the New Romantics in general) represented the essence of the word 'Euro'.

Clearly influnenced by the cold machinery of Kraftwerk and the cool boldness of Bowie, Ultravox carved out a style of their own.

Midge Ure is a master of the hook. The song constructions and melodies are of first-class attraction. He sings with the concentrated power of a Gene Pitney and deliveres a song with 'heart-felt' soul sincerity like Scott Walker.

Just as the 60's sound sculptures were The Beatles, Stones and Motown; the 70's Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd and Bowie; the 80's belonged to U2, Tears for Fears and Ultravox.

I just wish Ultravox stayed around a little longer and that Americans would have embraced them more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Liosatos on December 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is easily Ultravox' most haunting cd, and it contains the most underrated track by the group, Rage In Eden. Listening to this album, you are quickly whisked into an ethereal dreamscape, full of haunting, atmospheric synth and layered guitars to match. Nobody could blend synth and guitars like Ultravox. Too bad modern music lacks the same flavor. At some point somebody decided that synth was not the way to go in rock. They didn't bother asking me. Oh, well. At least we have the old stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Listening now to Ultravox I have no idea why I did not listen to them during the 80's. I also wish that I could have seen them live since Midge Ures vocals are amazing and he is also a brilliant lyricist. This being the second album with Ure as the vocalist is just as good as the previous album, i.e., Vienna and contains amazing tracks such as the thin wall, the voice and proves that they are not some flash in the pan. This is a brillaint album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TM77 on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rage In Eden is the 2nd Ultravox album that featured 'new'singer/guitarist Midge Ure. It was released around the same time former Ultravox lead singer John Foxx, released his album The Garden. By 1981 both had surpassed what most of their contemporaries were doing with electronic music.
This album has an even drearier feel than Vienna. The overall mood of Rage In Eden captures the wintery feel of Europe perfectly. Like winter days in Germany, where you seldom see the sun...just overcast.
Some standouts for me are songs 'We Stand Alone', 'I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)', 'The Thin Wall', and the 'Stranger Within'.
There are more of Billy Currie's wobbly synth solos on most of the songs and some great violin(viola?) on songs 'The Thin Wall' and 'The Ascent'. Chris Cross provides some funky bass playing on the eerie 'Stranger Within'.
If you listen to the title track you'll notice the haunting and unintelligible chorus. I recently found out the vocals which were recorded backwards are repeating "I remember death in the afternoon"...which is a pretty cool way to lead into the next track...'I Remember[Death In The Afternoon]', one of my all time favorite Ultravox songs.

The stranger, more experimental side of the band manifests itself on the songs 'The Ascent' and in particular 'Your Name Has Slipped My Mind Again', with Midge Ure's clouded vocals, loud, echoed, exploding percussion and warped sounding keyboard solo.
As with all the Ultravox re-releases there are b-sides included. Here you get 'I Never Wanted To Begin' (along with an extended version) and 'Paths And Angels'. There is some beautiful piano and violin on the latter.
I dont think Rage In Eden is for those who like the poppier side of early 80s synthrock. But for those who like a moodier, more atmospheric sound, then they will enjoy this.
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