Rage in Eden

Rage in Eden

Rage in Eden, released in 1981, is the fifth album by British band Ultravox, and the second of the band's most-recognizable incarnation, fronted by Midge Ure. The album reached #4 in the UK album charts

Background

Co-produced by Conny Plank like their previous two LP's, Rage in Eden features what some fans of the band consider their most creative and experimental phase. This record was met with severe criticism from certain members of the press because of its polished and almost-overproduced instrumentation.

The abstract album artwork was designed by Peter Saville, better known for his collaborations with New Order. All re-issues of the album since 1981 however have different artwork, due to licensing problems concerning the original cover.

The remastered definitive edition, released September 22 2008, features a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. In addition to this, the original front cover artwork has been reinstated. The licensing of the original artwork currently only extends as far as the initial run of the physical release of the album (set at ten thousand units worldwide). Future editions feature the same artwork as used on the previous CD re-issue.

Singles

Only two singles were released from the album. Both hit the UK top twenty.

  1. "The Thin Wall" (14 August 1981, #14 UK)
  2. "The Voice" (29 October 1981, #16 UK)

Chart positions

  • United Kingdom - #4
  • Sweden - #5
  • Norway - #20

Track listing

All songs written by Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy Currie.

Original release: CHR 1338

Side A:

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57

Side B:

  1. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  2. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  3. "Accent on Youth" – 5:57
  4. "The Ascent" – 1:10
  5. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

CD re-release: 7243 8 57409 2 3

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57
  5. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  6. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  7. "Accent on Youth" – 4:45
  8. "The Ascent" – 2:19
  9. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

Bonus tracks:

  1. "I Never Wanted to Begin" – 3:31
  2. "Paths and Angles" – 4:19
  3. "I Never Wanted to Begin (Extended Version)" – 6:17

Remastered Definitive Edition

Disc One

  1. "The Voice" – 6:01
  2. "We Stand Alone" – 5:39
  3. "Rage in Eden" – 4:12
  4. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)" – 4:57
  5. "The Thin Wall" – 5:39
  6. "Stranger Within" – 7:26
  7. "Accent on Youth" – 4:45
  8. "The Ascent" – 2:19
  9. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)" – 4:29

Disc Two

  1. "I Never Wanted to Begin" – 3:31
  2. "Paths and Angles" – 4:19
  3. "I Never Wanted to Begin (Extended Version)" – 6:17
  4. "Private Lives (Live)" – 4:51
  5. "All Stood Still (Live)" – 4:19
  6. "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon) (Live)"
  7. "Stranger Within (Live)"
  8. "Rage in Eden (Live)"
  9. "Accent on Youth (Live)"
  10. "The Ascent (Live)"
  11. "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again) (Live)"
  12. "Stranger Within (Work in Progress Mix)"
  13. "The Thin Wall (Work in Progress Mix)"
  14. Tracks 4-5 recorded live at Crystal Palace, 13 Jun 1981. Originally released as B-sides to the 12" version of "The Voice".
  15. Tracks 6-11 recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon, 17 Oct 1981. Previously unreleased.

Personnel

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