The Soundtrack (Reviewed by wavemeister):
'Monument The Soundtrack - Live', released in 1983 by Phonogram / rereleased
in 1996 by EMI, Synthpop
Reap The Wild Wind
Visions In Blue
Mine For Life
were one of the prototypes of the upcoming 'New Romantic' movement at
the beginning of the 80´s, as they had defined this genre with bombastic
vocal and synth arrangements.
They scored a worldwide hit with 'Vienna', while their general success
was mainly focused on Europe.
exception of 'Monument', this concert was recorded at the Hammersmith
Odeon in December 1982, gathering some of their finest tracks.
It must have been awesome to be a visitor of this concert, not only for
the performance but also for the opulent stage decoration which was creating
the perfect background for the sound of Ultravox.
the tracks featured on this CD, 'The Voice' is outstanding with the massive
drum part and an overall length of almost 7 minutes. It can even be said
that 'Monument The Soundtrack' is better than any 'Best Of' although not
featuring all single releases, as it have a special atmosphere which makes
it also one of the best live recordings of this genre.
to this review by Steve
Chase): I've got this album, and can certainly
vouch for the positive comments regarding 'The Voice' - it's simply superb!
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of all is that 'Monument' doesn't seem
to be available on CD..