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Ultravox

Post by AnalogKid » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:11 pm

Is there any artist/band that sounds somewhat like Midge Ure era Ultravox? Back in the day, Gary Numan and Ultravox were the artists that got me interested in synthesizers. Over the years, I have played the five Ultravox albums with Midge Ure (Vienna, Rage In Eden, Quartet, Lament, and Brilliant*) to death. I am looking for something similar to listen to.

Not surprisingly, about the closest thing that I have found is some of Billy Currie's instrumental solo stuff and some tracks from the albums Revelation and Ingenuity by Billy Currie's later, short-lived version of Ultravox.

Much of the synth based music out there is less emotive and doesn't combine synths with other instruments (guitar, bass guitar, piano, violin, etc.) and sounds nothing like Ultravox with Midge Ure. Is there anything similar?



*Although it does have some good songs, I am not counting the U-Vox album. :facepalm:

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Re: Ultravox

Post by Jabberwalky » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:10 pm

Maybe some Simple Minds. The first 4-5 albums have a lot of good synth and post-punk instrumentation.

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Re: Ultravox

Post by Nundination » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:13 am

Hmmm.

The Foxx-era was never really one particular sound. They were a little bit this and a little bit that. A bit prog and a bit punk (a lot punk as we get into Ha!-Ha!-Ha!) for the first two albums, gradually heading more into electronics by the time of Systems Of Romance. But as much as I adore their more punk sound, I would have to pick the one song that has my favourite lyric ever which describes the Ultravox experience exactly: "Just For A Moment" for the line Listening to the music the machines make. I always get a lump in my throat when I hear that.

As for the Ure-era...they got a bit more poppy over time. So the song that would describe my typical Ure-era Ultravox sound that I like most would be "Sleepwalk" and "The Voice" that I got from FB2Mate, I think.

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Re: Ultravox

Post by AnalogKid » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:40 pm

Nundination wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:13 am
As for the Ure-era...they got a bit more poppy over time. So the song that would describe my typical Ure-era Ultravox sound that I like most would be "Sleepwalk" and "The Voice" that I got from FB2Mate, I think.
In my opinion, the best Ultravox albums were those that were produced/engineered by Conny Plank, Systems of Romance, Vienna, and Rage in Eden. I wish that they would have continued to work with Conny Plank instead of going with George Martin for their next album Quartet. To use poor grammar, although famous for his work with the Beatles, George Martin ain't no Conny Plank.

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Re: Ultravox

Post by synthroom » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:14 pm

Check out the song "Fade to Grey" and the album "Visage" by Visage.

Visage was fronted by "Blitz Kid" Steve Strange, but much of the music is by Midge and Billie. The first album could be an Ultravox album if Midge did the singing.
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Re: Ultravox

Post by JMP » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:55 pm

Other than maybe some Visage stuff, don't think there's much out there to compare to that Ultravox sound. Latter I think was heavily created by their use of the Yamaha SS30 (and other) stringers, the Odyssey for solos, PPG on Lament etc.

One of my earliest influences too and still not bored of listening to those albums 35 years later.

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