MusicTAP covered this ‘new’ Midge Ure release back in early November of 2017 when it was only planned as a UK release. Things have changed and now this Orchestrated album is now also planned for the US.
On June 8, via BMG Records, Midge Ure’s reimagined collection of Ultravox and Midge Ure tunes will release on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP sets.
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.
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.
Orchestrated – Midge Ure
02. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
04. Man of Two Worlds
05. If I Was
07. The Voice
08. Ordinary Man
09. Death in the Afternoon
11. Reap the Wild Wind