If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox

If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox

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Midge Ure's career, as fans well know, did not begin or end with Ultravox, and so If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox attempts to give an overview of one of '80s' Britain's most popular singers. As a career retrospective goes, however, it's pretty spotty. The Scottish vocalist first found fame with the pop band

Overview

Midge Ure's career, as fans well know, did not begin or end with Ultravox, and so If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox attempts to give an overview of one of '80s' Britain's most popular singers. As a career retrospective goes, however, it's pretty spotty. The Scottish vocalist first found fame with the pop band Slik, who scored a chart topper with "Forever and Ever" in 1976. Unfortunately, you won't find that here, nor its hit follow-up, scored just as a car accident took the band out of the charts. Once recovered, Ure moved on. His first port of call, in 1978, was ex-Pistol Glen Matlock's punk/post-punk supergroup the Rich Kids, who released a single and album, although this compilation draws nothing from this period, either. The following year, with the Kids in disarray, Ure helped form the even more illustrious Visage. Joining him there was Ultravox's Billy Currie and, before the year was out, Ure was fronting two hit-bound bands. Visage gets short shrift here, with Ultravox invariably, if unfairly, better represented. But even this wasn't enough to keep the singer busy. In 1981, as both bands' albums and singles swept up the charts, Ure linked up with Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott for yet another hit, "Yellow Pearl." The following year, the New Romantic hero launched his solo career with the Top Ten single "No Regrets." By the end of 1982, Ure had departed Visage, but in the new year he joined forces with Japan's Mick Karn for the "After a Fashion" single, another hit. And then, of course, there's "Do They Know It's Christmas," co-written by Ure and Bob Geldof, to raise millions for Ethiopia's starving population. 1984 was to be Ultravox's swan song, but Ure re-emerged the next year as a solo artist, with hit following hit into the beginning of the new decade. All of them are here, even if the law of diminishing returns had really begun to set in early. For fans, this is a solid set, but much of the best of this artist lies elsewhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/1996
Label:
Indent Series
UPC:
0762185126523
catalogNumber:
21995

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Midge Ure   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Barry Adamson   Bass
Kate Bush   Vocals
Mick Karn   Bass
Ultravox   Track Performer
Derek Watkins   Brass
Mark King   Bass
Phil Lynott   Track Performer
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Ian McLagan   Piano
Simon Phillips   Drums
Visage   Track Performer
Craig Armstrong   Piano
Chris Ballin   Background Vocals
Gary Barnacle   Horn,Brass
Angela Brown   Background Vocals
Mark Brzezicki   Drums
Steve Brzezicki   Bass
Robin Campbell   Vocals
Warren Cann   Drums
Jackie Challenor   Background Vocals
Sheilah Cuffy   Background Vocals
Gwen Depree   Background Vocals
Carol Douet   Background Vocals
Yona Dunsford   Background Vocals
Gwen Dupree   Background Vocals
Rusty Egan   Drums
Lindsey Elliott   Drums
Dave Formula   Keyboards
Phil Gannon   Background Vocals
Josh Phillips-Gorse   Keyboards,Mellophonium,Mellotron
Glenn Gregory   Background Vocals
Kenny Hyslop   Percussion,Drums
Lorenza Johnson   Background Vocals
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Robbie Kilgore   Keyboards
Maxwell Langdown   Voices,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Paddy Moloney   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes,tin whistle
Glen Matlock   Bass,Vocals
Michael McCloud   Background Vocals
John McGeoch   Guitar
Jim McGinlay   Bass
Billy McIsaac   Keyboards,Vocals
Jeremy Meehan   Bass
Paul Mosby   Synthesizer,Mizmar
Steve New   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Powell   Bass
Nigel Ross-Scott   Bass
Jackie Sheridan   Background Vocals
Vicki St. James   Background Vocals
Kate Stephenson   Background Vocals
Steve Strange   Vocals
John Thirkell   Brass
Peter Thoms   Brass
Ricci P. Washington   Background Vocals
Angie Brown   Background Vocals
Ali Campbell   Vocals
Chris Cross   Bass
Billy Burrie   Violin,Keyboards
Steve Williams   Percussion,electronic percussion
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Karn   Producer
Ultravox   Producer
Midge Ure   Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Phil Lynott   Producer
Visage   Producer
George Martin   Producer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Bruce Harris   Producer,Executive Producer
John Hudson   Producer,Engineer
Konrad Plank   Producer
Kit Woolven   Producer
Rick Walton   Producer,Engineer

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If I Was: The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox [Extra Track] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If you're looking for a CD with the quintessential Christmas song, ''Do They Know It's Christmas?'' by Band-Aid, it's really on this album!!!! The 1985 hit is on here, and it's by the original artists. Midge Ure evidently co-wrote the hit and performed with Band-Aid (????????). The rest of the tracks by Ure are pretty decent, if you like 80's music like I do. Some songs sound like David Bowie, while others sound like Howard Jones or Tears For Fears.