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US UPDATE – Midge Ure Reimagines Ultravox, Solo Songs In Orchestrated

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.

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

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

 

TAPSheet: Vinyl Release Notes – 05/05/2015

Vinyl reissues continue to be the upsurge in new releases. Even if there are no expectations laid out for a CD update of any given title, it seems that a vinyl issue can be had regardless. (Do NOT take bad heart, CD fans, it’s just hard to ignore the cool titles coming to vinyl these days.) And so:

On July 17, Rhino and Parlophone will meet to re-release three great titles that include Vienna (1980) by Ultravox, Space Ritual (1973) by Hawkwind, and Room To Roam (1990) by The Waterboys. All LPs are cut at the 180g weight. Space Ritual will be a 2LP set.

Ultravox Vienna

Curb Records will re-release the soundtrack to the Peter Fonda/Susan Strasberg film from 1968, The Trip, which contained music from The Electric Flag. It’s scheduled for July 10. This issue will contain a download card for the digital files, as well as an insert.

Electric Flag The Trip ST

On June 23, Friday Music will surprise us with a remastered LP of Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds. It joins their previously reissued vinyl sets for Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Byrds’ Greatest Hits, and The Ballad Of Easy Rider. And like those previous LP reissues, Mr Tambourine Man will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. The real cool thing about this one i that it will be issued on clear vinyl.

Byrds Mr Tambourine Man

Friday Music will also reissue a remastered LP set for Heathen, the 2002 David Bowie release. In addition to the usual 180-weight vinyl, the title will be pressed on translucent blue vinyl, and will be housed in a tri-fold jacket. It is set for release on June 23.

David Bowie Heathen

And, as if that wasn’t enough goodness from Friday Music, they plan a reissue of Chicago Transit Authority (1969) by Chicago, scheduling for the same busy June 23 issue date.

On June 16, Partisan Records will release an “Indie Exclusive” issue of the upcoming Restless Ones by Heartless Bastards. It is restricted to only 1000 copies worldwide. My guess is that this will sport only the Partisan Records label without any indication of a Warner Music afiliation. Needless to say, if that is what you want, there will only be 1000. And while that may sound like a lot, you have to remember that Heartless Bastards is now a big name as a band.

Heartless Bastards Restless Ones

One of my all-time favorite sound tracks is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Jack Nitzsche. The re-released vinyl is coming from its original label, Fantasy Records, planned for June 23.

One-Flew-Over-the-Cuckoos-Nest Nitzsche

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.