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    This is a superb early electronic album that just is such a lovely sound of the time and still is. It's melodies and electronic compositions make it up there as one of my favourite electronic albums. In the top 10 easily. If you like this genre this should be in your library I reckon.

    Here is what some sites said about it;

    'A warmly melodic LP of home-listening electronica produced just before the term was coined, Every Man and Woman Is a Star is a delightful concept album with dub-centric rhythms and a straightahead song structure whose only quibble is what sounds like a need for vocals to accompany the tracks. All in all, the LP deserves to be filed alongside the Orb's U.F.Orb, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Biosphere's Microgravity as an early ambient-techno classic.'

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    'Upon its original release in 1992 Ultramarine's second album was largely ignored by all and sundry as their record label was suffering a financial crisis. The album now having been reissued a couple of years ago, plus 'Companion' which rounded-up outtakes and obscure remixes of the album, is now in the process of being rediscovered. It is, in effect, one of those great lost albums and a surefire classic.

    The duo of Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper took their name from an album by A Primary Industry, who in turn had taken it from a Mexican brand of Mescal and had a diverse array of influences. Not only picking up on the folksy Canterbury scene of Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt they were also heavily into the latest sounds coming from the current dance acts such as Orbital and Massive Attack.

    'Every Man and Woman is a Star' (the name comes from Aleister Crowley's 1904 'Book of the Law') is a beguiling, if unusual mix of club beats, rural sounds and samples - 'Weird Gear' lifts Echo and the Bunnymen's riff from 'The Cutter' - that come together in a luxurious blend of ambient house and wistful, rural, gentle dub melodies that transfix and hypnotise.

    Songs like 'Saratoga', 'Stella' and 'Nova Scotia' flow effortlessly like water in a stream. It was relaxing and undulating: music to relax and dance to at the same time. It recalled hazy summer days in glorious sunshine.

    "It isn't really techno music," stated Ian Cooper to the NME in 1991. "We use the shape and form of dance music but use different acoustic sounds. It's the sort of stuff which seeps into you."

    As the liner notes state, this is music for the body and the mind.'

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    I managed 1 min before hitting the stop , sorry
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    What types of electronic music do you like out of interest?
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    Fabulous album, the track Pansy does amazing things with the soundstage at times.

    I think Simon you have been riffling through my record collection
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    Still put this on and they are a great group. You have to give the album and it's melodies a chance to wash over you. But when you get it, you really do get it! It's a grower album.

    I like the melody of 'honey' which is fabulous and then the rhythms to ultramarine too. I don't think it outdates that much.

    The track happy land on United Kingdom's is fun and schmultz on the album bel aire is good, but 'every man' is easily their best album I reckon.

    Oh ultramarine really does give you 'lights in your brain'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamics View Post
    What types of electronic music do you like out of interest?
    Non that I have tried sadly
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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