Depeche Mode ‎– Ultra

Music On Vinyl ‎– MOVLP945, Mute ‎– STUMM148
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold, 180 Gram

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Barrel Of A Gun
Percussion – Victor Endrizzio*
A2 The Love Thieves
A3 Home
Arranged By [Strings] – Dave ClaytonConductor [Strings], Score [Strings] – Richard NilesCoordinator – Graham Perkins*
A4 It's No Good
Percussion – Victor Endrizzio*
A5 Uselink
Keyboards [System700] – Daniel Miller
A6 Useless
Bass – Doug WimbishDrums – Gota Yashiki, Keith LeBlancPercussion – Danny Cummings
B1 Sister Of Night
B2 Jazz Thieves
B3 Freestate
Percussion – Danny Cummings
B4 The Bottom Line
Pedal Steel Guitar – BJ ColePercussion – Jaki Liebezeit
B5 Insight

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℗ & © 1997 Venusnote Limited / Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Music On Vinyl B.V. / Sony Music Entertainment Netherlands B.V. This version 2014 Music On Vinyl B.V.

Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. assigned by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. except A6 assigned by Grabbing Hands Music Overseas Ltd.

Recorded at Abbey Road, Eastcote, Strongroom and RAK in London, Electric Lady in New York, and Larrabee West in Los Angeles. Remastered at Super Audio Mastering. Cut at The Exchange. A2 additional vocals engineered at RAK Studios.

Released in a garefold sleeve contained in a clear resealable plastic sleeve with info sticker. Includes insert with lyrics, credits, artwork.

Comes in a plain black deluxe paper/plastic inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 718469 534340
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [Etched]): MIKE'S™ THE EXCHANGE 07 REMASTA 97338 1A MOVLP 945
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [Etched]): MOVLP 945 97338 B MIKE'S™ THE EXCHANGE 07 REMASTA

Other Versions (5 of 173) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CD STUMM 148, CD Stumm 148 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album) Mute, Mute CD STUMM 148, CD Stumm 148 UK 1997 Sell This Version
932.855-2 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album) KA Music, ToCo International 932.855-2 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mute (2) none Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 148 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album, Unofficial) Unreal Records Canada Inc. CD STUMM 148 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
07243 863156 2 5 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album) Mute, Labels, Gala Records (5) 07243 863156 2 5 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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August 22, 2017
edited 10 months ago

Just bought it, lower price (probably because of the 2017 release).
Earlier I've been told not to buy the contemporary DM reissues as they were supposed to sound flat and lack in details.
Well, that's not true, with this one at least.
Very nice, full sound, a very quiet record.
I'm really surprised by its quality.
The one and only con is that the record is slightly warped.
It doesn't affect the sound though.


October 25, 2016

Ultra was produced with the help of producer Tim Simeon on the tail end of some pretty severe personal problems for Depeche Mode’s lead vocalist, Dave Gahan. His heavy drug addiction had severely affected his personal life and the band in general. At one point Martin Gore had contemplated breaking up the band and pursuing a solo career. In mid-1996, after a near fatal overdose, Gahan entered a court ordered drug rehabilitation program to battle his severe cocaine-heroin addiction. After completing his rehab, and with the help of Simeon, Ultra was produced. The album debuted at No. 1 in the UK (as well as Germany), and No. 5 in the US. The album was certified gold on August 7th, 1997. The band did not tour in support of the album because the band did not feel fit enough, especially with Gahan was just out of rehab.

Ultra is the ninth studio album by Depeche Mode and was the band's first since the departure of Alan Wilder, who had left the band in 1995 having become disillusioned with life in Depeche Mode. This is their first album as a trio since 1982's A Broken Frame, along with it being their first album where the band themselves were not involved with production. Musically Ultra is a fairly relaxed and laid-back incarnation of Depeche Mode, although there are a couple of more exciting numbers like “Barrel Of A Gun” and “It’s No Good”. Ultra is a solid album; but it lacks the intensity of some of their earlier work—there’s nothing here that makes you really want to tear up the dance floor. Regardless I love anything Depeche Mode produces and this album is no exception.

This Music On Vinyl pressing of Ultra was beautifully produced (Tim Simenon), mastered (Simon Heyworth) and pressed (Recording Industry) on 180g audiophile-grade vinyl. It came in a nice gatefold jacket with a 12” credit & lyric sheet. The record had an average signal level (-6.0 dB) and was dead whisper quiet, with virtually no surface noise, clicks or pops. As other users have noted this release, like most Music On Vinyl releases, does not appear to be plagued by heavy-handed dynamic range compression.

I gave this album 4 out of 5 stars.

//Paul Rolan Perkes



September 5, 2016
Maybe I wasn't so lucky becasue replaced the vinyl twice already with bad pressing and looped - once on side B, now on side A just after half of the first song. Going to replace it again and see if they're able to give me good pressing. Mastering is fine and sound good, but pressing really bad! Stay away.


March 6, 2016
Excellent release, much more dynamic mastering than what's available on the CD or SACD (obvious on "Freestate" drums, for example), It's probably Depeche Mode's most organic record, so the improvement sounds really important to me.

Also, the MOV 2014 doesn't have the noisy pressing issues that my 2007 vinyl has.


February 28, 2016
very high quality, sounds amazing :) Happy to have this album on Vinyl.


April 1, 2015

high quality release