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#84358 - Sat, 09 Jan 2010 01:12:00 Visage the album
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I recently got this on CD and it's been a long time since I heard it so it's been an interesting listen. I've been struck by some of the clear Bowie influences on the album, eg the track The Dancer. There are some stonking tracks on this album though. It's far better than any of their subsequent albums. Very much underrated I feel.

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#84359 - Sat, 09 Jan 2010 01:23:00 Re: Visage the album
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Also, the verses and music on Visa-Age make it sound like a Foxx-era Vox track.

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#84360 - Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:41:00 Re: Visage the album
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Yes, I feel it's a bit better that the follow-up, being more rawer in sound and more varied. With lots of instrumentals, too, which is always a good thing smile

Also I think it sounds more like a group effort that the second one (I won't mention the third as it doesn't merit any favourable mention).

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#84361 - Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:36:00 Re: Visage the album
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Yup, I've always thought the first one was a "classic" of that era and sound and the tracks had an overall sound to them. More so than the second (had totally lost interest by the time the third came out!).

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#84362 - Mon, 11 Jan 2010 04:49:00 Re: Visage the album
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I always felt that the first album was a tighter, more coherant affair than The Anvil partly because they were all working as a team on the first and not so much on the second: Billy and Midge were working flat out on Rage In Eden (three months on a German farm, lengthy touring etc) and Magazine were busy as well.

That Midge had become disenchanted with Visage towards the end of recording The Anvil (which has some stonking songs on nevertheless, The Damned Don't Cry being one) had an effect and, to paraphrase Foxx, their velocity began to sag when Currie and Ure departed IMHO.

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#84363 - Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:17:00 Re: Visage the album
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I can't really remember what The Anvil was like although I remember quite liking it at the time. I loved The Damned Don't Cry (and still do). I also lost touch with Visage completely after that. I did by a 'best of' type thing at some point after than but I wasn't impressed at all with the post Anvil stuff...

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#84364 - Tue, 12 Jan 2010 05:29:00 Re: Visage the album
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I kinda like both of them, but they´re not close to any of the Ultravox albums from 1980-1984. The first one is the classic one, but a song like "Tar" is awful. But who can argue with the title track and "Fade to grey" and a couple of humouristic tracks like "Moon over Moscow" or "Malpaso man".

The anvil doesn´t have smash track like FTG, but the title track, "The damned don´t cry", "Look what they´ve done to me", Again we love" and "The horseman" are very strong songs in my opinion. A special guitar honour for the funky playing in "The horseman" to Midge.

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#84365 - Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:19:00 Re: Visage the album
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I will buy The Anvil one of these days. I'm not a fan of Tar either. I liked it as a 13 year old but I seem to have outgrown it... I don't particularly like the so-called humorous tracks either to be honest.

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#84366 - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:32:00 Re: Visage the album
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Since both The Anvil and Beat Boy have now been reissued by Cherry Red as remastered versions with bonus tracks,anyone heard of the first Visage album getting a similar treatment?

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