Ultramarine ‎– United Kingdoms

Sire ‎– 9 24528-2, Giant Records ‎– 9 24528-2, Blanco Y Negro ‎– 9 24528-2
CD, Album


1 Source 5:35
2 Kingdom 4:52
3 Queen Of The Moon 5:45
4 Prince Rock 4:40
5 Happy Land 4:46
6 Urf 4:44
7 English Heritage 8:53
8 Instant Kitten 2:27
9 The Badger 5:59
10 Hooter 4:50
11 Dizzy Fox 8:01
12 No Time 4:30

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Recorded at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa
Additional recording at Chapel Studios, South Thoresby, Lincolnshire

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-24528-2 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992452823
  • Matrix / Runout: [Specialty 'S' Logo] 1 24528-2 SRC##01 M2S2

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4509-93425-2 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(CD, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509-93425-2 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
4509 93425 4, WC 491 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album) Blanco Y Negro, Warner Music Manufacturing Europe 4509 93425 4, WC 491 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none Ultramarine United Kingdoms (Expanded Edition)(21xFile, AAC, Album) Warner Music UK Ltd. none UK 2014
4509-93425-1 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(2xLP, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509-93425-1 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
4509 93425 4 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509 93425 4 UK 1993 Sell This Version


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February 25, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

Fantastic third album by Ultramarine (second album in the electronic-folk style the exemplified on "Every Man And Woman Is A Star"). Like no other electronic of the era. So human, yet so Earthly and somehow above/beyond humanity. Like the reach of humanity's arm, out into dark forested night. Relaxing, but not background music. Energetic, but never hectic, never tense with anything but the pleasant feeling of waiting for what's next.


April 29, 2012

Ultramarine followed up their classic EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IS A STAR with UNITED KINGDOMS, an album that puzzled some and delighted others. And, really, it's a mix of both. They push their folksiness even further, particularly reveling in its British incarnation. This folk tradition is most apparent with the crooning vocals of Robert Wyatt on "Kingdom" and "Happy Land," both of which call into question the classist structure of British society. But elsewhere, the folk merges into with the electronics: the deep bass of "Source" contrasts with its harmonic flutes; the champagne pop of "Queen of the Moon"; the vocal utterances and perky bounce of "Urf." The start of the long "English Heritage" blends digital blipping with little horn stabs, but soon eases into some guitars and bongos, and then, after a fade-out interlude, a quiet piano line. The English heritage of colonialism and assimilation, I suppose. ("Dizzy Fox" is almost as long, but doesn't cover quite as much ground.) The vocal ululations make another appearance on the "The Badger," which manages to bring together fat horns and a string section under one roof. Similarly, "Hooter" lays on a thick bass but verges into near-jazz territory with its drum patterns. "No Time" ends the album on a mellow note, representative of the album as a whole -- strong, but with a different character than their previous album.