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 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094632199522
  • Catalog Number: 21995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Was (5:20)
  2. 2 No Regrets (4:02)
  3. 3 Love's Great Adventure (3:08)
  4. 4 Dear God (5:02)
  5. 5 Cold, Cold Heart (4:06)
  6. 6 Vienna (4:38)
  7. 7 Call of the Wild (4:20)
  8. 8 After a Fashion (3:59)
  9. 9 Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (4:10)
  10. 10 All Fall Down (5:09)
  11. 11 Yellow Pearl - Phil Lynott (3:20)
  12. 12 Fade to Grey - Visage (3:47)
  13. 13 Reap the Wild Wind (3:43)
  14. 14 Answers to Nothing (3:40)
  15. 15 Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid (3:47)
  16. 16 That Certain Smile (4:10)
  17. 17 The Man Who Sold the World (5:42)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really has the Band-Aid Christmas song!

    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.

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