Visage ‎– Visage

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A1 Visage
A2 Blocks On Blocks
A3 The Dancer
Written-By – Ure*, Egan*
A4 Tar
A5 Fade To Grey
Voice [Woman's] – BrigitteWritten-By – Currie*, Payne*, Ure*
B1 Malpaso Man
B2 Mind Of A Toy
B3 Moon Over Moscow
B4 Visa-Age
B5 The Steps

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Recorded at Genetic Sound, Reading, England. Mixed at Mayfair Sound, London.

Issued with a printed photo / credit inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 1): 2490157 A // 2 ∇ E UT 1 3 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 1): 2490157 B // 2 ∇ E UT 1 2 2 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 2): 1 2 2490157 A // 2 ∇ E U T 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 2): 1 2490157 B // 2 ∇ E U T 13 10
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A & B-side, etched variant 2): Harp symbol
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 3): 1 2490157 A // 2 ∇ E U T 1 3 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 3): 1 2490157 B // 2 ∇ E U T 1 2 2 1

Other Versions (5 of 56) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3177 494 Visage Visage(LP, Album, TP) Polydor 3177 494 UK 1980 Sell This Version
800 029-2 Visage Visage(CD, Album) Polydor 800 029-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
POLY 5529 Visage Visage(LP, Album) Polydor POLY 5529 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
3184 157 Visage Visage(Cass, Album) Polydor 3184 157 UK 1980 Sell This Version
PD-1-6304 Visage Visage(LP, Album) Polydor PD-1-6304 US 1980 Sell This Version

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terrysuki

terrysuki

April 2, 2016
Visage...basically a combination of Magazine and Ultravox! With Steve Strange thrown in for good measure!
Crijevo

Crijevo

December 11, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Neglected in favour of "Fade To Grey", Visage's work in general remains somewhat overlooked - of the first batch of group's studio records, the 1980 s/t debut album and its follower "The Anvil" remain the most stunning, now deserved timeless classics that cemented Visage's status of a supergroup.

Hedonistic lifestyle, the arrogance and mental crisis that sadly followed aside, Visage wasn't just session work done for Steve Strange pushed upfront at the New Romantics' heyday as "the face" of the band (literally though, but it also turned out a bit of a curse).

Each member contributed - while the trademark sound remains as if Ultravox made "Vienna pt. II" (Billy Currie and Midge Ure respectively), Rusty Egan, Steve Strange, Dave Formula, John McGeoch and Barry Adamson all contributed with their own ideas, paying inmost attention to detail. For the year 1980, the resulting album still sounds amazingly fresh - from a 2015 time distance, it kept the aroma of a fine old wine and now may singlehandedly be considered the ultimate 80s sound blueprint tailored, not just in terms of - or for - fashion victims of the time.

"New size, new shapes" is a daring opening line, directing a trend and a flavour, a sort-of "innocent" vision of the future that is forever lost in decadence and self-indulgent lifestyle theatrics. The albatross around Visage's neck is undoubtedly the aforementioned metahit - a strong chart-topping champion to be sure, but the remaining part of the album holds far bigger surprises. Considering the perverse impact of "Fade To Grey" alone, it seems as if the other 9 songs all form the actual "b-side", patiently waiting in the shadows until being discovered a "Pandora's Box".

Think of it as a diary - that kicks off enthusiastically (with "Visage"), taking upon a road without knowing where the day (or night, in this case) will take you and then throughout the record, you find yourself going through the shifts - desolation ("Blocks On Blocks"), nightlife ("The Dancer"), cheap thrills ("Tar"), heroics ("Malpaso Man", a funny ode to Clint Eastwood), decline ("Mind of a Toy"), escapism ("Moon Over Moscow"), travel ("Visa-Age")... In between, some of the tracks feature hidden rotating synthdrum-fuelled snippets that add to uncertainty and tension, giving the entire album a bit more experimental feel.

The record alone depicts the ultimate rise and fall of the New Romantics - exposing some of the movements' darker secrets, which are given a perfect reflection in the closing number, "The Steps". With its simplistic pounding beat, howling sounds and dramatic crescendos on top, the instrumental piece depicts an ending scene in which the masks have fallen off, revealing the sheer grotesque of party over.

Hence, "Visage" may be the 80s' real-life answer to "Phantom of the Opera" or "Dorian Gray"... A perfect pop-study on narcissism, the image that tends to last forever but is all too fragile to keep up with the temptations that creep up around it. And it ain't like in the movies at all. Never was. Only legends. R. I. P. Steve.

Jarren

Jarren

May 19, 2014

One of the highlights on this masterpiece of New Romanticism is Visa-Age.

Combining the best of Midge Ure's songwriting & production with an awesome electro vocodered-vocal backing, the track is a great testament to the New Romantic sound.

So many good songs on this album, of course.

A stone-cold classic!
moogacid

moogacid

April 5, 2012
Incredible production/sound design on this LP.
Shame 'Frequency 7' didn't make the cut...
Great vocoder on 'Blocks on Blocks' : )
StupydBoyz

StupydBoyz

February 20, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
No one has written a review about this album yet, how strange is it ! I'll be the first one, and I'll take it as an honor.
Is there something more to say about the megahit "Fade to grey" ? (used by plenty of poor sharks to reach fame).
But about the rest of the album ?

All the tracks are inspired, marked by the talent of Ultravox.
Visage was the first "super group" of the new wave current. The real cream of the synthetic new wave musicians was involved in it : a part of Magazine, a part of Ultravox, a part of Gary Numan, a part of Siouxsie and the banshees, plus a show-boy, Steve Strange. This reunion of strong personalities could have given a terrible brew, but it was anything else : the result is a reference album with ten catchy pop songs, often danceable (listen to the ultra groovy "Malpaso man" or "Moon over Moscow") and sometimes more romantic ("Mind of a toy" or "The steps" [in a Ultravox' Vienna mood])).

If you love new wave, this one is a must-have, even 30 years later.