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Ultramega OK

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Flower
  2. All Your Lies
  3. 665
  4. Beyond The Wheel
  5. 667
  6. Mood For Trouble
  7. Circle Of Power
  8. He Didn't
  9. Smokestack Lightning
  10. Nazi Driver
  11. Head Injury
  12. Incessant Mace
  13. One Minute Of Silence


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000M4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Ultramega OK was Soundgarden's first full-length release, coming out on SST Records. Chris, Kim, Matt, and Hiro definitely entered with a splash. Two previous EPs (Screaming Life and Fopp) were a good indication of what was in the works for this Seattle band. This CD does have it's share of filler (i.e. a cover of Smokestack Lightning, and a cover? of Two Minutes of Silence by John Lennon and Yoko Ono..called One Minute of Silence (Soundgarden cut out Yoko Ono's half)). What it has in filler it makes up with an awesome set of songs. Flower has a wonderful power riff and touches of psychadelia. Beyond the Wheel is probably one of Soundgarden's best performances, although most people have never even heard of it. The whole thing is truly frightening. The lyrics, the dark, heavy, grinding guitars, and the vocals work together in an almost god-like fashion. I love the weird industrial sounding guitar noises that Kim makes during this song. They also flow amazingly well with the rest of the piece. Soundgarden also shows the first signs of their odd sense of humor on this CD. In the song 665, you can hear Chris singing backwards in the background of the song. A satanic message? If you can play the song backwards, you'll find that Chris is saying "Hey Santa, you're my Christmas king, Santa is king! Santa is king! Hey Santa, I love you baby! You got what I neeeeed," and so on. All in all, this album is an awesome full-length debut.
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After two very good EP's on Sub Pop Records-Screaming Life and Fopp-Soundgarden moved to SST Records to record their first full-lenght LP. And what a smashing debut it was. Ultramega OK offers a faint glimpse into what would become Soundgarden's signature sound:an intense,brooding mixture of wailing vocals, dark,noisy riffs, crunching rhythyms,steady but powerful drumming and intelligent,thought-provoking lyrics channeled through gloomy metal,punk fury,and surrealistic pschyedelia. This album opens with the chunky chords of the very heavy,very trippy ''Flower.'' Other highlights include the fiery,punkish ''All Your Lies''and the speed-changing,mood-changing brilliance of ''Mood For Trouble.'' But the record's centerpiece is ''Beyond The Wheel,'' a song with earth-shattering vocals and mind-blowing guitar sounds. Buy this cd, as well as all of Soundgarden's other cd's.
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In 1988 I walked into Tower Records on South Street in Philadelphia sporting a mohawk, a leather, and Doc's. I was looking for the latest Charged GBH album. As I strolled the isles I heard this album playing in the background. I stopped dead in my tracks. I listened to three songs and then asked the dude at the register who was playing. He smiled, reached under the counter, and pulled out this record. I immediately bought it and life changed forever.

Disregard reviews that compare this album with Superunknown or Badmotorfinger. You simply can't compare this (or "Louder than Love" for that matter) with their later works. It's like comparing Dark Side of the Moon with The Wall and declaring one inferior.

Listen to the samples and judge for yourself. In my humble opinion this is one black, hard, and raw album and also happens to be one the best rock-n-roll records of the 1980s.
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this is one of the heaviest and most original records of all time. listen to the song "beyond the wheel" and tell me those lyrics are not haunting and incredible.

you can really hear the ungodly amazingly excellent guitar playing of kim thayil on their cover of "smokestack lightning." tracks like "nazi driver" will make you want to kill someone or break something.

i would reccomend this album to anyone.
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One of the two albums before their big break Badmotorfinger and their international renown Superunknown, Ultramega OK is a dark and smashing melange of old school fried, Black-Sabbath meets Led Zeppelin melange of Punk rock, or something of that nature (it's hard to say, to be honest). Lacking the strained and lame attempts at classic heavy metal and progression of their average follow up (which in my opinion, is rather forgettable. Flame away if you want), Ultramega OK is a dark but grinding, infectious and awesome slab of GRUNGE (before it was a dirty word) that you would expect from Rock Gods Soundgarden. Cheesy to say so, but this album is great, much more than OK.

The production values are a bit noticeable here, as they lack a full bodied hit that their later albums had (remaster?). Despite this, don't let this get you down, because through songwriting they make these go away. The band here flogs through songs with speed and the wailing vocals of Chris Cornell, with pounding drums, dark guitar riffs, and an overall dark mood. Yes, it's much different from their other work, but then again, if you really know Soundgarden, you know that no work they do is alike, as it shows that they were willing to try new things and keep on progressing and expanding their own sound. So really, it's a new experience either way.

1. Flower-First single off the album. After an ethereal intro, the song has a very low, chunky, and sometimes gurgling groove drawn by the guitar. A great opener and a prime example how they can turn a basic set up into a four man orchestra of sound.

2. All Your Lies-A rather exhilarating track, filled with punk speed and soaring guitar riffs.
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