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Ultranite - 1989 I Want My Own Planet

ARTIST: Ultranite
ALBUM: I Want My Own Planet
LABEL: Koch International
SERIAL: 322 319
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2007, Time Warp (Italy), bootleg, unauthorised


LINEUP: Peter Prestel - guitar, vocals * Martin Machwitz - keyboards * Mike Sullivan - bass * Arne Flick - drum

TRACK LISTING: 01 Summerworld * 02 Time Will Tell * 03 Tender Love * 04 Hot As The Summer * 05 Little Angel * 06 Long Live The Night * 07 Streets Of Rome * 08 Thank You * 09 Lost For Ever * 10 Cathedral

Another band from the land of cheese and clocks.. Ultranite appeared on the European scene in 1989. Unfortunately though, they didn't strike the same vein of success that fellow Swiss melodic rockers China did. That doesn't mean they weren't any good. Far from it, this is one of better album releases from 1989, in what was a strong year for melodic rock and AOR in general. The formation of Ultranite was born out of previous associations with other bands. Machwitz had worked with Andy Boulton and Tokyo Blade, and their 'No Remorse' album was released the same year as Ultranite. In fact, Prestrel, Sullivan and Machwitz all had writing credits on that album. In prior years, Machwitz and Sullivan had also played in the band Lucy. So all in all, a veritable breeding ground was the Swiss/German music scene.

The Songs
Musically, Ultranite compare favourably to bands such as Craaft, Douglas, and Finnish boyos Wild Force. Despite the hybrid Swiss/German sound, Ultranite have a very Scandi appeal about them. You can't go wrong with tunes such as 'Tender Love' and the tremendous 'Hot As The Summer'. Without doubt though, the album's primo moment is the super melodic 'Thank You', a tune we've featured previously on our radio channel. Elsewhere, there are a few chop and change moments. The opener 'Summerlove' is a funky fun workout - it's quite different actually, and unusual for an opening cut. Even more diverse is the hi-tech blast of 'Little Angel'. Take a listen and pick the eyes out of it. I heard Billy Idol and Ronnie Montrose fused together! Strange but true. 'Streets Of Rome' and 'Lost For Ever' offer slower moments in the power-ballad mould, and to end the end in bombastic style, the closer 'Cathedral' is a hard rock/pomp masterclass offered by Prestel and Machwitz.

In Summary
There are a few guests on this album. Krokus's Marc Storace sings on 'Long Live The Night', Erdal Kizilcay plays bass on a couple of tracks while another bassist Dave Sale (also from Tokyo Blade) does likewise on two other tracks. As mentioned, this is a pretty good CD, and goes for megabucks on Ebay. If a label like Retrospect Records could grab hold of this for a re-release they'd be doing well. As an aside, the aforementioned Tokyo Blade album 'No Remorse' is also rumored to be music played in a similar style to Ultranite. That one might be worth checking out too!

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#1 | swazi on February 24 2013 22:16:31
Yes, this is a pretty good disc. An interesting mixture of Melodic Rock, Hi-Tech AOR and Pop. I was able to find an original KOCH International release just a few weeks ago. Beware! There a lot of bootlegs out there.
But tracks like "Time will tell", "Thank you" or "Streets of Rome" really make the search worthwhile.
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