Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#125 in the Series) is Ultravox, Vienna.
Ultravox was one of my favorite bands in the 80s. Great albums, great live shows.
I was lucky enough to see them at the Aragon Ballroom when they toured a few years after this release. They were out on the road for Quartet when I saw them. A real interesting show. EVERYTHING was gray. The guitars the backdrop, the amplifiers, the guitar chords, the drums, the clothes. I don’t know what they were trying to say, but the music was superb!
Vienna housed some of Ultravox best songs. Quartet had the hottest single, Reap the Wild Wind so it sold the most. But give me Vienna.
Highlight for me included New Europeans, Passing Strangers, Sleepwalk, All Stood Still and of course the classic epic song, the title track, Vienna.
This was the first album that included new lead vocalist, Midge Ure. Almost all the bands success was after Midge joined. He also released a great solo album called The Gift which included the single If I Was.
I’ve read that the band got together for a reunion tour this year. All the shows were overseas so no good for us here in the States.
Vienna peaked at #164 on the Billboard Top 200.
Sleepwalk reached #24 on the Dance Charts.