DSB 3097-5 I Am Alive
Produced by Ultravox and Rod Gammons
Released on December 1992
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DSB 3097-5 cover  

E h, the world is a better place with Ultravox in it, even if the only thing being kept alive here is the brand. The single “I Am Alive” is overwrought synth pop, guitarist/vocalist Tony Fenelle (who with original keyboardist Billy Currie pretty much constitutes all of the reconstituted Ultravox) effecting a kind of Michael Hutchence/Midge Ure hybrid with his voice. Still, it’s nice to hear the band warrant the warm touches of strings (especially on the extended version) and the stellar production normally associated with big acts like U2. The single also includes “Systems of Love,” which would seem to nod back to their earlier work (surely you remember Systems of Romance?), including a little Vienna-era synth line from Currie and a colder delivery from Fenelle. That the same song had been used to flesh out the “Vienna ‘92” single didn’t bode well for the new disc (Revelation), which included both “I Am Alive” and “Systems of Love.” The extended version of “I Am Alive” is unique to the CD single, but I’d spend the money on the Vienna remix or Revelation first.

TRACK LISTING

  1. I AM ALIVE
  2. SYSTEMS OF LOVE

    CD single track listing
  3. I AM ALIVE    (Billy Currie/Tony Fenelle/Rod Gammons)    4:13
  4. SYSTEMS OF LOVE    (Billy Currie/Tony Fenelle/Rod Gammons)    4:31
  5. I AM ALIVE (EXTENDED VERSION)    (Billy Currie/Tony Fenelle/Rod Gammons)    6:29

CREDITS

BILLY CURRIE -- keyboards
TONY FENELLE -- vocals, guitars
Gerry Laffy -- additional guitar (1,3)
Richard Niles -- string arranger and conductor (1,3)
Neal Wilkinson -- drums (1,3,)
Jackie Williams - backing vocals (2)
Rod Gammons -- engineer
Graham Bonnet -- mix engineer (1,3)
Paul Cox -- cover photo
Red Cloud & Gunnar Riemelt -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER December 1992 Deutsche Schallplatten 7"/7CLR/CSS DSB 3097-7/1/3 picture sleeve, avail. in clear vinyl
GER December 1992 Deutsche Schallplatten CDS DSB 3097-5 picture sleeve

 

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