Ultramarine ‎– United Kingdoms

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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
4509-93425-1 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(2xLP, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509-93425-1 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
4509-93425-1, 4509-93425-1Ⓤ Ultramarine United Kingdoms(2xLP, Album) Blanco Y Negro, WEA 4509-93425-1, 4509-93425-1Ⓤ UK 1993 Sell This Version
9 24528-2 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(CD, Album) Sire, Giant Records, Blanco Y Negro 9 24528-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
WMC5-643 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(CD, Album) Warner Music Japan Inc. WMC5-643 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
4509 93425 4 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509 93425 4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
9 24528-4 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire, Giant Records 9 24528-4 US 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

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Dr.Volume

Dr.Volume

July 10, 2018
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 4509-93425-2
I've always liked this record - agree with others who say it's a dry sound - inevitable as it's largely sampled/sequenced but it was hearing this and the previous one that lead me to the Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and the Canterbury scene - and the whole album is a great homage to all that -but mixes in some Cabaret Voltaire / ACR drum loops and Balearic Beats which is a heady concoction indeed. They cleverly joined the dots between late 70s English Art Rock/ Prog/Psychedelia with 90s ambient dance music and if you listen beyond the production values there some decent choons on this- they've further refined this formula of late so check out their more recent releases.
Numanoid

Numanoid

July 6, 2018
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 4509-93425-2
I bought this album around the time of its release, early autumn '93. I really wanted to like it, but there is something about the instrumentation and arrangements that is just too dry, too programmed, too Casio-like, too rigid (ironically that is maybe the quintessence of being British after all!) In the end, the collaborations with Robert Wyatt is what saves the album for further listening.
pyenapple

pyenapple

February 25, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 9 24528-2

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.
scoundrel

scoundrel

April 29, 2012
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 9 24528-2

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.
nickacid

nickacid

February 17, 2011
referencing United Kingdoms, 2xLP, Album, 4509-93425-1, 4509-93425-1Ⓤ

Lush, sublime, completely original and so special; I love this album for so many reasons. It's perfect music for it's pure unadulterated listening pleasure, and also perfect for whatever time on a sunday/monday/tuesday when you get home :) The uplifting joy that fills all the tracks is something I have not heard captured so well by any other album; certainly some artists come close, exceed even, but for what this album represents - folk-electonica-acid house -whatever label you care to add - it is awesome, and still as great 20 years after it's release.

The lyrics to the two tracks which have vocals reprinted in the sleeve ('Kingdom' & 'Happy Land') are a grand nod to English power/class struggles, a really fresh approach to anti-establishment music culture (for me at least.) And there is the downright funk of 'English Heritage', 'The Badger' & 'Dizzy Fox' (with ace weird-out vocal samples.) I have played tracks off this album all over the place and they always get people's feet moving, and played the album as a whole at the party-after-the-after-party and again everyone loves it.

With the current surge in 'electro-swing' (Kormac, Caravan Palace etc.) and artists like Spoonbill making waves, Ultramarine deserve a nod for making this beautiful music when the ideas of such genres where just that; ideas.

5 stars and a big smile!
andregurov

andregurov

March 14, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 4509-93425-2
Criminally neglected - it does sound dated but there are many brilliant pop-ambient moments on this disc. "Hooter" is sublime funk. "Happy Land" is mellow, hummable, and classic pop. But the highlight simply must be "English Heritage" for the last few minutes after the fade-out. Such melodic perfection just runs too brief ...
berb

berb

July 19, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing United Kingdoms, CD, Album, 4509-93425-2
I recently bought Ultramarine's United Kingdoms. 10 years after its initial release the electronic part of this record sounds a bit dated. But in those 10 years nobody ever came near that folky electronic sound that made Ultramarine so special. What does 'dated' really mean then? A forgotten classic.