Ultramarine ‎– United Kingdoms

Blanco Y Negro ‎– 4509-93425-2
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1 Source 5:37
2 Kingdom
Written-By – Cooper*, Hammond*, Wyatt*
3 Queen Of The Moon 5:45
4 Prince Rock 4:40
5 Happy Land
Written-By – Cooper*, Hammond*, Wyatt*
6 Urf 4:44
7 English Heritage 8:53
8 Instant Kitten
Written-By – Wyatt*
9 The Badger 6:03
10 Hooter 4:48
11 Dizzy Fox 8:02
12 No Time 4:32

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

The booklet features the lyrics to tracks 2 and 5. The lyrics to "Kingdom" were adapted from "The Song Of The Lower Classes" by Ernest Jones (c. 1848)
while the lyrics to "Happy Land" were adapted from a parody of a popular patriotic Victorian song of the same name.

Remixes of tracks 5, 6, 9 and 10 were released on the Barefoot EP.

Track 8, "Instant Kitten", is a cover version of the Matching Mole track, written by Robert Wyatt, from the album Matching Mole.

Licensed by Gema

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 4509-93425-2 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 745099342524
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 450993425-2 WME
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 450993425-2 WME
  • Other (Variant 2, in mould on CD face): [Warner 'W' logo] 37
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Price Code (France): WE833
  • Rights Society: GEMA / Biem

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WMC5-643 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(CD, Album) Warner Music Japan Inc. WMC5-643 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
9 24528-4, 4-24528 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album, SR,) Sire, Giant Records 9 24528-4, 4-24528 US 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 4 Ultramarine United Kingdoms(Cass, Album) Blanco Y Negro 4509 93425 4 UK 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


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November 11, 2020
Guy below said it perfectly; " the champagne pop of "Queen of the Moon"...In me 'umble opinion "Queen of the Moon" could have stolen, if not at least supported Wyatt's contribution; all it need was some sugar and spice and Sarah Cracknell from Saint Etienne. I have to admit it didn't touch me in the same way as "every man and every woman..." it feels less sure of its direction and lacks the playfullness, but still it has it's moments and don't forget to check the Carl Craig remixes of Hooter!


July 10, 2018
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.


July 6, 2018
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.


March 14, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
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 ...


July 19, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
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.