Ultravox: Extended – The 12″ Remix Collection UK 2xCD 
- All Stood Still (Extended Version)
- I Never Wanted To Begin (Extended Version)
- Reap The Wild Wind (Extended Version)
- We Came To Dance (Extended Version)
- One Small Day (Special Re-Mix)
- One Small Day (Special Re-Mix Extra)
- White China (Special Re-Mix)
- Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Special Re-Mix)
- Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (US Extended Re-Mix)
- One Small Day (US Club Version)
- Lament (Extended Version)
- Heart of The Country (Special Re-Mix)
- Love’s Great Adventure (Extended Version)
- One Small Day (Final Mix)
- Serenade (Special Re-Mix)
- Same Old Story (Extended Version)
- All Fall Down (Extended Version)
- Brilliant (Blank & Jones Extended Remix)
- Brilliant (Blank & Jones Club Mix)
- Brilliant (Blank & Jones US Club Mix)
With Ultravox finally relegated to the history books buy this point, the label has sought to work that reissue action where likely in the last few years. I recently got the nice 2017 newly created “definitive edition” of “Lament,” the only one of the 2009 2xCD reissues with “O” card that I had not eventually bought. I was happy to find it in Amoeba Hollywood, and would have bought it even without the deluxe black on black, thermographically printed digipak that replicated the original limited edition UK LP. After that campaign, what else was there to turn the eye towards?
Well, when EMI were having their first crack at expanding the Ultravox catalog on CD back in the late 90s, twenty years ago they reached the end of the line with “Extended Ultravox,” [see left] a single disc wrapping up any loose vinyl-only mixes that Chrysalis UK had issued for the CD era completist. They had already stuffed a few remixes onto the “Rare Vol. 2″ B-side compilation a few years earlier. This ostensibly finished the job. It was a nice valedictory gesture, but as an American who had bought the only commercial 12” single that Chrysalis America had ever issued from the band, I knew it to be an ultimately failed one. There were two mixes missing from this disc.
Ultravox: Dancing With Tears In My Eyes US 12″
- Dancing With Tears In My Eyes [extended]
- One Small Day [club version]
In 1984, US Chrysalis did the unthinkable and commissioned exclusive US remixes for the “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” b/w “One Small Day” US 12″ from “Lament” from Steve Thompson for the A-side, and François Kevorkian + John Potoker on the B-side. The A-side benefitted much by topping out at a more healthy 7:45 length as opposed to the 10:00 UK mix, and Thompson packed more dynamics into that shorter time to boot. The B-side was a 7:48 remix of “One Small Day” that remains my second favorite mix of this, the most remixed Ultravox song. I bought this as soon as it was released because I sensed that it would feature new American mixes, and wasn’t disappointed. Due to the nature of the beast, these two remixes remained the only Ultravox tracks never re-issued on CD ever, probably due to those pesky licensing issues. Until now.
So hats off to Chrysalis for making this finally happen. They tout these as new masters from original analog production masters by Alchemy Mastering. So the vinyl rips I was wondering about for the US mixes are a non-event. And because someone had their thinking cap on tightly, they have also added the 2012 remixes [previously DL only] of the title track to “Brilliant” by Blank + Jones. Our intrepid crew made three mixes; duly accounted for on this CD and they also provided two 7″ edit mixes in that same DL bundle which buyers of this new “Extended” CD will also get as DL premiums so that they can have every remix in a neat and tidy bundle. The asking price for all of this on CD? A pleasing $16.99. Available here.
These being the end times, there’s also no shortage of fan-squeezing bundles going all the way to $127.99, and even higher if you want the WLP test pressing on 4xLP! These antics are passé for me. Hell, the whole point was that I already have the mystical first pressings of this stuff on 12″… what I needed was this material on CD, and that’s taken care of so I’ll probably get one of these packages somewhere down the road. Honestly, I never thought that I’d ever see these mixes make it to the shiny silver disc without doing it first myself. Which I actually did, many years ago.
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