12 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings
The Bradleyss

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These "orchestrated" albums should all be flushed and forgotten. Like MTV's "unplugged" fad, the current trend of adding Classical elements to Pop, Rock and R&B records became real tired, real fast. They're novelty records on a par with "Flying Purple People Eater" and Weird Al. It just makes littlebrains imagine that they're sophisticated. Prostituting your art doesn't improve it.


A Natural Brilliant Idea

For those with knowledge... Music is music and these timeless classics deserve a symphony. When I first heard Ultravox and Midge Ure...I had visions of seeing him on a full scale concert. Instead of having to go to an orchestra and listening to centuries old music...I like the idea of hearing what it should sound in its total requiem. I always considered their music to be on full scale. The first songs released are pure joy to hear and makes me wish for more. Breathe is beautiful... and If I Was .... makes want to put on my top hat and recite poetry loudly to a window.... Ultravox has always been a full-scale orchestra plugged in...it's refreshing to hear what Midge must have heard when he first composed these songs...I have waited forever to hear Vienna in this format. Truly hoping for a second set with more selections as I would love to hear White China, One Small Day and Answers To Nothing... Well done Midge and it's about time...

The book coach

Re-inventing Classics

What a great surprise this album is. I have been a fan of Ultravox for many years and to hear this music refreshed with an orchestra is just perfect. Each song has some familiar elements and yet some new depths to the music that just makes you want to turn up the volume. For any true Ultravox or Midge Ure fan, this album is a must for your collection. I hope that this is the first of more to come.

About Midge Ure

One of the key members of the new wave band Ultravox, guitarist/vocalist Midge Ure began his professional music career with Salvation, a Glasgow-based group that became the bubblegum band Slik in 1974. Upset in the change of direction, Ure left the band to join the Rich Kids, a punk-pop group led by former Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock. The Rich Kids only released one album, 1978's Ghosts of Princes in Towers, before breaking up later that year. Ure spent a brief time with the Misfits (not the American band) before forming Visage with drummer Rusty Egan and vocalist Steve Strange; he left the group to replace Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy, who had left in the middle of an American tour. After the tour was finished, Ure fulfilled an agreement to join Ultravox as the replacement for John Foxx.

Once he joined the band in 1980, Ure helped make Ultravox a mainstream success; during this time he also worked as a producer, making records with Steve Harley and Modern Man. In 1982, Ure released a solo single, a cover of the Walker Brothers' hit "No Regrets"; it climbed into the U.K. Top Ten. Ure and Bob Geldof formed Band Aid, a special project to aid famine relief efforts in Ethiopia, in 1984. The two wrote the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and assembled an all-star band of British musicians to record the single; it sold millions of copies over the 1984 holiday season and prompted Geldof to organize the benefit concert Live Aid in 1985.

In 1985, Ultravox was put on hiatus and Ure began to pursue a full-time solo career. Recorded entirely by Ure, his 1985 solo debut, The Gift, launched the number one single "If I Was," as well as the minor hits "That Certain Smile" and "Call of the Wild." The following year, he recorded the final Ultravox album; in 1987, the band broke up and he began recording his second solo album. The resulting record, 1988's Answers to Nothing, was less successful than The Gift in the U.K., yet it charted in the U.S., which is something Ure's previous album failed to do. Three years later, Ure released his third album, Pure; while it didn't do any business in America, the album featured the Top 20 British hit "Cold, Cold Heart." He attempted a comeback in 1996 with Breathe, which went ignored by both the American and British markets. Four years later, his score for the Jon Cryer drama-comedy Went to Coney Island was issued by the Evenmore label.

Ure's recording activity during the 2000s began with Move Me (2001), which featured some surprisingly hard rocking material. A few years later, he published an autobiography, If I Was, and then, with Geldof, arranged the Live 8 concerts, after which he was recognized as an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). Following the release of the covers-oriented 10 (2008), Ure participated in an Ultravox reunion and continued to record as a solo artist. Fragile was issued in 2014, and featured the Moby collaboration "Dark, Dark Night." In 2017, he collaborated with composer Ty Unwin on the album Orchestrated, which featured orchestral reworkings of Ultravox songs, as well as songs from his solo career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Glasgow, Scotland
October 10, 1953