Ultra

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For information on this album's singles, see the Singles section.
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Ultra
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Album Ultra
By Depeche Mode
Catalogue number Stumm148
CDStumm148
CStumm148
PCDStumm148
BX Stumm148
Bong25
Verbong 2
CDstumm148
Verbong 2
VSTUMM148
CDSTUMM148
Release date 14 April 1997
Recorded at Abbey Road
Eastcote
Westside
Strongroom
RAK (London)
Electric Lady (New York City)
Larrabee West (Los Angeles)
Produced by Tim Simenon
Engineered by Q
Number of tracks 11

Ultra is the ninth studio album by Depeche Mode and the first to be produced without Alan Wilder as a member since 1982's A Broken Frame. The album was released on 14 April 1997 by Mute Records. Though not directly supported by a full length tour, it was promoted via a brief series of concerts promoted as Ultra Parties.

Track list

  1. Barrel Of A Gun
  2. The Love Thieves
  3. Home
  4. It's No Good
  5. Uselink
  6. Useless
  7. Sister Of Night
  8. Jazz Thieves
  9. Freestate
  10. The Bottom Line
  11. Insight

For a full list of songs, singles, and B-sides produced for this album, see the list of Ultra songs.

Singles

  1. Barrel Of A Gun - February 3, 1997
  2. It's No Good - March 31, 1997
  3. Home - June 16, 1997
  4. Useless - October 20, 1997

Quotes

Dave Gahan: "Ultra was a very important record to finish in retrospect. You know, we didn't tour with that record. That was probably the best decision that we made. Probably the only studio record that we ever didn't tour with, actually."
Martin Gore: "Did we actually make that decision?"
Dave Gahan: "I don't know."
Andrew Fletcher: "Yeah, we did, didn't we?"
Dave Gahan: "Yeah. I seem to remember sitting in a meeting and everybody's going ..."
Martin Gore: "I think when we couldn't answer. I think they took it as a no."
Dave Gahan: "Yeah. And I might've gotten arrested again or something like that."[1]

Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher - NME, January 1997


I think there was a feeling of us having to prove ourselves, a bit like after when Vince left. It gave us a new challenge and I think in some ways it's spurred on us to do better things.[2]

— Andrew Fletcher - Dotmusic - 4 May 2001

I felt a big part of what we were doing was missing - a leader, musically, and for me Alan was that. The others would say he was too controlling, but he just worked his arse off because he really believed in it and the idea of pushing himself musically, which you can hear on his own records. I find that really inspiring. I miss him.[3]

— Dave Gahan - Time Out - 4 April 2001


I can't hear it in the same way as a record I was involved with, but I certainly don't feel a yearning to be involved again, and I've no regrets about leaving at all. The album is difficult for me to comment on, though I do have something of a stock answer, which is: you can probably work out what I think about it by listening to Unsound Methods and then Ultra, because the two records tell you everything you need to know about what the musical relationship was between myself and Martin. It's almost as if we've gone to the two extremes of what we were when we were together. What the band had before was a combination of those extremes.[4]

Alan Wilder - Sound On Sound - January 1998

Trivia

  • The total number of live song plays from Ultra is 1374. This figure is found by summing the number of individual performances for each album track.
  • Ultra is the first Depeche Mode studio album to not be directly supported by a major tour.

Statistics

Album BPM range by song
83
97
75.5
99
94
94
90
74
95
67
85

Average:
86.68
  • BPM values are plotted from 1 to 184 BPM.
  • In cases where a song features a change in tempo, the tempo at which the majority of the song
    plays takes precedence.
  • Unless noted otherwise, BPMs are estimated values determined by Spotify's Audio Analysis
    algorithm and as such are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Album live plays by song
247
0
540
327
1
122
44
0
0
22
71

Average:
124.91
  • Song live play values are plotted from zero to 1,100.
  • All values are determined by summing the number of times each song has been performed
    live by Depeche Mode per tour.
  • These totals do not reflect live plays performed by individual members of Depeche Mode
    as part of solo projects, solo tours, or known one-off performances.

References

  1. Source: "Synth and Sensibilities" - NME - 25 January 1997
  2. Source: "Andy Fletcher Interview" - Dotmusic - 4 May 2001
  3. Source: "In the Mode for Love" - Time Out - 4 April 2001.
  4. Source: "Unsound Recordings" - Sound On Sound - January 1998.