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Midge Ure Reimagines Ultravox, Solo Songs In Orchestrated

The late ’70s and early ‘8os were a rich fertile ground for Rock and Roll when its greatest level of evolution occurred. Sounds were simplified, music was crafted in different ways than they were previously. And for fans, there were a wealth of great bands like Talking Heads, Buzzcocks, OMD, Joy Division, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, Skafish, The Police, Elvis Costello, and hundreds more. One of the bands of the late ’70s was Ultravox!

Ultravox! released their first album for Island Records. For vocals, there was John Foxx. That incarnation was a post-punk styled sound that was exciting and quite listenable. This lineup lasted through the first three albums before Island dropped them for poor sales. (Yeah, it surprises me, too!). But after Foxx, along with Robin Simon, went on to other things, the remaining members refused to die. Instead, they brought in Midge Ure, the singer from Rich Kids, and Visage. Drawing interest from Chrysalis Records, Ultravox released Vienna, essentially remaking the band into something more powerful. And for five magnificent albums (Vienna – 1980, Rage In Eden – 1981, Quartet – 1982, Lament – 1984, U-Vox – 1986), the band thrived.

On December 1, Midge Ure will revisit some classic Ultravox songs – including “Vienna”, “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes”, “Hymn”, and “Lament”, and reimagine those songs in a uniquely orchestrated way. In addition, Midge Ure also revisits songs from his own solo works, songs that include “Breathe”, “If I Was”, “Fragile”, along with a brand new Midge Ure tune, “Ordinary Man”.

The new album is being called Orchestrated. It’s promised to be different than you might expect. Listen below to the provided track (“Breathe” for your personal assessment.

Thus far, this is a UK issue only.

OrchestratedMidge Ure

01. Hymn
02. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
03. Breathe
04. Man of Two Worlds
05. If I Was
06. Vienna
07. The Voice
08. Ordinary Man
09. Death in the Afternoon
10. Lament
11. Reap the Wild Wind
12. Fragile


New Midge Ure Album, Fragile, Slated For July (UK), August (US) Releases

MidgeUre FragileIn the late ’70s, a band by the name of Ultravox created their stage space by releasing several Island Records albums (Ultravox! – 1977, Ha!-Ha!-Ha! – 1977, Systems of Romance – 1978). With little success, the band seemed to be put to bed. Midge Ure, however, took an interest, and helped to reform the band with Warren Cann, Chris Cross, and Billy Currie. The reforming band’s first album, Vienna, released in 1980 via a new record label (Chrysalis), exploded on the charts. Vienna was helped along by well-crafted songs released as singles that included “Vienna”, “Sleepwalk”, “Passing Strangers”, and “All Stood Still”. But it was easily “Vienna” that put the gas into the engines.

Through 1986, and four albums later (Rage In Eden – 1981, Quartet – 1982, Lament – 1984, U-Vox – 1986), Midge Ure and Ultravox kept fans in quality material.

In 1985, Midge Ure stepped out into the solo experience by releasing his best-selling The Gift, which went to the top in the UK. The Gift produced the hit, “If I Was”. He followed The Gift up with Answers To Nothing (1988), Pure (1991), and Breathe (1996), among a few others leading up to the upcoming new album, Fragile.

Fragile is the new Midge Ure album containing ten tracks. Being released via Hypertension Records on both the US and the UK, Fragile is slated for different dates in both markets. Fragile will be released in the UK on July 7, and issued in the US on August 19.

The samples found on the US Amazon page reveal a classic sound of Midge Ure.