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Ultramega Ok

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  • Audio CD (April 15 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sst Records
  • ASIN: B000000M4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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1. Flower
2. All Your Lies
3. 665
4. Beyond The Wheel
5. 667
6. Mood For Trouble
7. Circle Of Power
8. He Didn't
9. Smokestack Lightning
10. Nazi Driver
11. Head Injury
12. Incessant Mace
13. One Minute Of Silence

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Format: Audio CD
I admit, this first full album from "Soundgarden" may not be as mindblowing as some of their others, but it's still pretty killer. It's a great mix of styles: metal, stoner-rock, punk, and I suppose grunge overall. "Chris Cornell" may not have mastered his voice yet, but he still lets loose on "Beyond The Wheel" and "Circle Of Power". The opener and single "Flower", is a great early "Soundgarden" song. I really like the cover of "Smokestack Lightning", which is an old blues song, and they also end with John Lennon's "One Minute Of Silence", which is just what it says it is. "Ultramega OK" needs remastering, but it still rocks, and is a must for any real fan. The best thing is, each album after this one gets better and better.
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soundgarden went on to become one of the greatest bands ever in rock. they combine wailing vocals with distorted guitar to support dark lyrics. a meld of many most notably, zepplin and sabbath with some melvins thrown in, soundgarden do not really shine yet on this album. it is good but not great. this album is not very ear friendly as the production is raw and under produced.
chris cornell had not yet grown to his true brilliance of vocal mayhem while kim thayil was still growing as a guitar player. hiro yamamato and matt cameron were, also, growing as a rhythm section. the songs are good but not great. they are gritty with an understated sound that makes this one cd to check out. i agree with the idea that if all you own is the "great" loud love and up then you are missing out
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Compared to Soundgarden's later albums like louder than love, Ultramega OK doesn't really stand out. The songwriting isn't as great as badmoterfinger or superunknown. The sound quality of the album isn't perfect, probbaly due to the shoe string budget.
However, the album does provide a usefeul introduction into what would become one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever. Defenitely worth listening to.
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Mood for Trouble, All Your Lies, Flower, Far Beyoind the Wheel,He Didn't, and Incessant Mace make this the best Soundgarden album in my opinion.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c94d14) out of 5 stars Quite the CD. Rock out or feel the pain, it's got it all. Dec 14 1998
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Ultramega OK was Soundgarden's first full-length release, coming out on SST Records. Chris, Kim, Matt, and Hiro definitely entered with a splash. Two previous EPs (Screaming Life and Fopp) were a good indication of what was in the works for this Seattle band. This CD does have it's share of filler (i.e. a cover of Smokestack Lightning, and a cover? of Two Minutes of Silence by John Lennon and Yoko Ono..called One Minute of Silence (Soundgarden cut out Yoko Ono's half)). What it has in filler it makes up with an awesome set of songs. Flower has a wonderful power riff and touches of psychadelia. Beyond the Wheel is probably one of Soundgarden's best performances, although most people have never even heard of it. The whole thing is truly frightening. The lyrics, the dark, heavy, grinding guitars, and the vocals work together in an almost god-like fashion. I love the weird industrial sounding guitar noises that Kim makes during this song. They also flow amazingly well with the rest of the piece. Soundgarden also shows the first signs of their odd sense of humor on this CD. In the song 665, you can hear Chris singing backwards in the background of the song. A satanic message? If you can play the song backwards, you'll find that Chris is saying "Hey Santa, you're my Christmas king, Santa is king! Santa is king! Hey Santa, I love you baby! You got what I neeeeed," and so on. All in all, this album is an awesome full-length debut.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af7b2c4) out of 5 stars Soundgarden's raw, dark masterpiece of an album Jan. 30 1999
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After two very good EP's on Sub Pop Records-Screaming Life and Fopp-Soundgarden moved to SST Records to record their first full-lenght LP. And what a smashing debut it was. Ultramega OK offers a faint glimpse into what would become Soundgarden's signature sound:an intense,brooding mixture of wailing vocals, dark,noisy riffs, crunching rhythyms,steady but powerful drumming and intelligent,thought-provoking lyrics channeled through gloomy metal,punk fury,and surrealistic pschyedelia. This album opens with the chunky chords of the very heavy,very trippy ''Flower.'' Other highlights include the fiery,punkish ''All Your Lies''and the speed-changing,mood-changing brilliance of ''Mood For Trouble.'' But the record's centerpiece is ''Beyond The Wheel,'' a song with earth-shattering vocals and mind-blowing guitar sounds. Buy this cd, as well as all of Soundgarden's other cd's.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99584c48) out of 5 stars UltrmegaOK is more than okay April 23 2007
By Lee A. Barnard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In 1988 I walked into Tower Records on South Street in Philadelphia sporting a mohawk, a leather, and Doc's. I was looking for the latest Charged GBH album. As I strolled the isles I heard this album playing in the background. I stopped dead in my tracks. I listened to three songs and then asked the dude at the register who was playing. He smiled, reached under the counter, and pulled out this record. I immediately bought it and life changed forever.

Disregard reviews that compare this album with Superunknown or Badmotorfinger. You simply can't compare this (or "Louder than Love" for that matter) with their later works. It's like comparing Dark Side of the Moon with The Wall and declaring one inferior.

Listen to the samples and judge for yourself. In my humble opinion this is one black, hard, and raw album and also happens to be one the best rock-n-roll records of the 1980s.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Frank Booth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this is one of the heaviest and most original records of all time. listen to the song "beyond the wheel" and tell me those lyrics are not haunting and incredible.

you can really hear the ungodly amazingly excellent guitar playing of kim thayil on their cover of "smokestack lightning." tracks like "nazi driver" will make you want to kill someone or break something.

i would reccomend this album to anyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996684f8) out of 5 stars As Unique and Great as it Needs to Be Dec 31 2010
By Private Quentin Tarantino Fan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the two albums before their big break Badmotorfinger and their international renown Superunknown, Ultramega OK is a dark and smashing melange of old school fried, Black-Sabbath meets Led Zeppelin melange of Punk rock, or something of that nature (it's hard to say, to be honest). Lacking the strained and lame attempts at classic heavy metal and progression of their average follow up (which in my opinion, is rather forgettable. Flame away if you want), Ultramega OK is a dark but grinding, infectious and awesome slab of GRUNGE (before it was a dirty word) that you would expect from Rock Gods Soundgarden. Cheesy to say so, but this album is great, much more than OK.

The production values are a bit noticeable here, as they lack a full bodied hit that their later albums had (remaster?). Despite this, don't let this get you down, because through songwriting they make these go away. The band here flogs through songs with speed and the wailing vocals of Chris Cornell, with pounding drums, dark guitar riffs, and an overall dark mood. Yes, it's much different from their other work, but then again, if you really know Soundgarden, you know that no work they do is alike, as it shows that they were willing to try new things and keep on progressing and expanding their own sound. So really, it's a new experience either way.

1. Flower-First single off the album. After an ethereal intro, the song has a very low, chunky, and sometimes gurgling groove drawn by the guitar. A great opener and a prime example how they can turn a basic set up into a four man orchestra of sound.

2. All Your Lies-A rather exhilarating track, filled with punk speed and soaring guitar riffs. After charging into it's wailing verses, It crawls along with menace, and roars into it's wailing, catchy chorus. It's got a wicked guitar solo too.

3. 665-The first of these backwards tracks aren't nothing too spectacular, but I have to admit they are pretty funny. Nothing too musical, but hey, backward tracks are great sonic novelty.

4. Beyond the Wheel-Such is the way of Soundgarden. When I first heard it, I thought it was awful. But it then creeped up on me again, and now I consider the song to be one of the best early SOundgarden songs you'll find, with a lumbering, grungy sea of guitars, and Cornell's Robert Plant on a brooding day vocals in top form. However, the production of the record does kind of bog it down, so it's not as powerful as it can be, considering how crushing the song can be played. (hint to record labels: Remaster!!!)

5. 667-See 665

6. Mood for Trouble-A moody, ever changing track, that goes from beautiful, yearning and slightly dark, gentle guitars, and melds into a chiming, psychedelic, and lightly acoustic passage. It has a melancholy, sunset type of feeling to it, which is all the more beautiful.

7. Circle of Power-The only song to feature somewhat else but Cornell on the vocals, and I have to admit, it's great! It's somewhat short, but it's an energetic and blasting punk song, and the vocals by (former) bassist Hiro Yamamoto are funny and sneering. The guitar solo here is absolutely killer, and the riffs churn through menacing melodies and mean riffs. A punk song that could have only been done by Soundgarden (also see: Ty Cobb, Face Pollution, Drawing Flies).

8. He Didn't-Of an absolute note here are the drums by Matt Cameron, which seem to drive the whole orchestra of guitars and bass along with it. Chris Cornell's vocals spew venomous and menacing vocals. I also like the passage in the near middle of it where the guitars take a life of their own and the instruments seem to sound confused.

9. Smokestack Lightning-One of the most underrated songs that Soundgarden has ever done, proving that they can pen some awesome covers. A raw, searing, soulful, and electric version of the master song by Howlin' Wolf (legend, by the way). The mid section bridge is raw blues, with an ascending riff and rad, psychedelic tinged blues-classic-metal guitar solo. Cornell gives off a soulful and searing performance.

10. Nazi Driver-Another song that uses the drum to drive the whole orchestra, apparently about cutting up Nazi's and putting them into stew. Well, it certainly sounds threatening at the least. Perhaps not too unique sounding, but a strong, kick @$$, and sometimes jazzy (!) melange of punk and classic rock.

11. Head Injury-AN early classic, here, another classic GRUNGE song with a wild vocal performance by Cornell. Great metallic guitar riffs and all, but I think the is the vocals, which are wild yet infectious.

12. Incessant Mace-Despite the tinny production values, this song kicks major @$$, an early composition that successfully blends enough minimalism and stripped down sound, while being a guitar mine filled with Led Zeppelin-Black Sabbath riffs, and searing off the wall guitar solos that only Kim could do. Cornell is great, but the music is the real star here. This one needs production touch up, because the music is so good.

13. One Minute of Silence-Alright, it's kind of filler, but it's pretty amusing at the least. Not much else to say, but it's just basically one minute of static.

I'll admit, it's not as strong as their other works, but it's still Soundgarden, and that pretty much means it's going to kick major @$$. Soundgarden are MY Rock Gods, so Understandably, the tracks here that are great are REALLY GOOD. the people who are fans of their later work (to you idiots complaining that it was selling out, it's called ARTISTIC PROGRESSION) may not like this. It's a different Soundgarden for sure, but for those who can't get enough, you will find that this diversion from their later sound to be quite refreshing. Rest assured, it's very, very good. Now that Soundgarden is back together I surely hope that they have some creative talent and great music left in their body. After Cornell's godawful Scream, I'm all the more ready.