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Midge Ure Audio CD
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1. If I Was
2. When The Winds Blow
3. Living In The Past
4. That Certain Smile
5. The Gift
6. Antilles
7. Wastelands
8. Edo
9. The Chieftain
10. She Cried
11. The Gift (Reprise)
12. Mood Music
13. Piano
14. The Man Who Sold The World
15. The Gift (Instrumental)

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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the 1985 solo album from the Ultravox frontman features a bonus disc containing 15 tracks including remixes, non album singles and live recordings. EMI. 2010

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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive solo effort July 22 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The album opens with If I Was, an elegant love song which is followed by When The Winds Blows, a great rock ballad with a complex arrangement and soaring chorus, and Living In The Past, a mid tempo rock song with powerful synth sections and impressive guitars.

The tuneful That Certain Smile is a flowing pop song, whilst The Gift has an impressive instrumental intro with disembodied vocals and industrial sounds, then turning into a grand orchestral ballad like those of the great Scott Walker and ending with an industrial outro.

The evocative instrumental Antilles is followed by Wastelands, another great song with poetic lyrics and rousing vocals. Found sounds and atmospherics return on the instrumental Edo, whilst The Chieftain is another instrumental, an atmospheric piece with soaring synths and bubbling rhythms.

The graceful She Cried is a moving slice of synth-pop that sticks in the mind. This CD reissue has been enhanced by four extra tracks of which the cover of Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is by far the most impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 6 stars, I would July 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
His first solo outing (during a break from Ultravox), this album is simply brilliant, top to bottom, made even better by the inclusion of 4 additional tracks (the last 4, courtesy of Cerise Reed and the official Ultravox Web site ultravox.org.uk).
Not a klinker in the bunch, from the UK #1 "If I Was" to two of the best pop instrumentals "Antilles" and "Chieftan" to a vast improvement on Jethro Tull and David Bowie tunes ("Living in the Past" and the extra track " The Man Who Sold the World") this disc is a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midge Ure - The Gift June 24 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was Midge's first solo outing and a successful one it was too. Spawning a number of successful singles including "If I Was", a British number 1. It was written and released whilest Midge Ure was still fronting Ultravox and it is not hard to hear the influences. It came out before Live Aid and after Ultravox's "The Collection". This CD is a fine example of professional pop and even manages to do a good cover of Jethro Tull's "Living In The Past". Worth every cent, a must for Ultravox fans and a rewarding purchase for anyone else.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful extension of his Ultravox sound in 2-disc reissue with necessary bonus tracks--and a few issues Oct. 25 2010
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sounding pretty much like an Ultravox album with gorgeous melodies and new romantic rhythm guitars, drum sequences and icy synths, this album is filled with some of Ure's finest moments, like If I Was and That Certain Smile. If you already have this on CD, it is worth it for the bonus CD. The original album sounds fine in its mastering here, but I do have one issue--it's in the tracking from That Certain Smile to the next track. The two tracks overlap, but on the original pressing of the CD, That Certain Smile faded out completely while those weird noises at the beginning of The Gift were entering, with track change coming at a clean break in those weird noises, but here, the songs are tracked so that the track changes while That Certain Smile is still fading out!!! I guess that's not major if you're listening to the CD all the way through, but if you put this song on your ipod, it's going to CUT OFF the end of That Certain Smile.

There's also a questionable situation on the awesome lineup of bonus 12" versions and rare tracks on disc 2. It is with the first track, the gorgeous No Regrets. Those little pops in the background--was this track mastered from vinyl, or were those noises there on the original master? Perhaps this is what it means in the fine print in the booklet when it says:

"The recordings on Disc Two of this release have been mastered to the highest possible standard. However, some of the recordings are included for their historical interest and do not represent the usual fidelity of studio recordings."

Ironically, the next track, Mood Music, which was the b-side of No Regrets, does not have any hiss or noise that would indicate it was mastered from vinyl, so what gives? If I Was in its extended form is equally crisp and clear. The Man Who Sold the World is just as clean. But the biggest bonuses are the super rare 12" versions of That Certain Smile, Wastelands, and non-LP single Call of the Wild, none of which has ever appeared on CD as far as I know. These tracks, all pristine sounding, are reason enough to invest in this reissue. As for all the live tracks, I personally don't have much interest in that stuff, so it just feels like filler to me.

Track listing:

CD1

1-1 If I Was 5:21
1-2 When The Winds Blow 4:08
1-3 Living In The Past 4:36
1-4 That Certain Smile 4:08
1-5 The Gift 5:00
1-6 Antilles 4:09
1-7 Wastelands 4:41
1-8 Edo 3:24
1-9 The Chieftain 4:46
1-10 She Cried 4:13
1-11 The Gift (Reprise) 1:45

CD2

2-1 No Regrets 4:03
2-2 Mood Music 3:30
2-3 If I Was (Extended Mix) 6:42
2-4 Piano 2:27
2-5 The Man Who Sold The World 5:44
2-6 That Certain Smile (Extended Mix) 6:36
2-7 The Gift (Instrumental) 5:09
2-8 Fade To Grey (Live) 4:47
2-9 Wastelands (Extended Mix) 6:13
2-10 When The Wind Blows (Live) 4:00
2-11 After A Fashion (Live) 4:37
2-12 The Chieftan / The Dancer (Live) 5:51
2-13 Call Of The Wild (Extended Mix) 8:03
2-14 That Certain Smile (Live) 4:01
2-15 The Gift (Live) 5:09
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 6 stars, I would July 2 2004
By Craig L. Nicholls - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
His first solo outing (during a break from Ultravox), this album is simply brilliant, top to bottom, made even better by the inclusion of 4 additional tracks (the last 4, courtesy of Cerise Reed and the official Ultravox Web site ultravox.org.uk).
Not a klinker in the bunch, from the UK #1 "If I Was" to two of the best pop instrumentals "Antilles" and "Chieftan" to a vast improvement on Jethro Tull and David Bowie tunes ("Living in the Past" and the extra track " The Man Who Sold the World") this disc is a winner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very rare talent July 23 2005
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of all the singer/songwriters/musicians in the world (and how many do all three?), Midge Ure is nearly unrivaled, and my personal all-time favorite. Many rank him equally with Peter Gabriel in terms of talent, and is not as well known only because he always remains true to his music and does not write for the sake of popularity. Anyone who doubts the depth of his talent need only to see him perform live to understand. I was once honored to see him play in San Francisco, along with 4 other guitarists - he blew them all away, just a man and his guitar, and a talent far surpassing anyone on his class. If there are others in his class. From the first note that left his mouth, it became a joke among the other performers that no one was really there to see them at all. Midge Ure's skill, talent, and sincerity as a composer are worlds above the rest. His voice is flawless and full of heart. Why he is not more well known isn't a mystery; he puts his energy into his music instead of into marketing. And we are all the luckier for that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midge Ure is an angel brought to earth. March 6 2002
By Poppyx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this cd, thinking for some reason, that it was a decade later release called, "Breathe". I continued in that misapprehension even when I listened to the cd for a few days--that's how timeless it is. This cd could have been recorded today, and it would top the charts.
Musically, it is a mixture of the synthesizer style used by earlier Ultravox; the synthesizer is used as both a drone and a melodic instrument. However, this cd includes some particularly inventive forays into Japanese instrumental music. Like "Little Orphans",..., Edo, and The Chieftains, are brilliant examples of rhythmic wizardry. In short, "The Gift" is a can't-be-missed addition to any fan of this New Wave icon's extensive musical career.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midge Ure - The Gift June 24 2000
By rhu1@cableol.co.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was Midge's first solo outing and a successful one it was too. Spawning a number of successful singles including "If I Was", a British number 1. It was written and released whilest Midge Ure was still fronting Ultravox and it is not hard to hear the influences. It came out before Live Aid and after Ultravox's "The Collection". This CD is a fine example of professional pop and even manages to do a good cover of Jethro Tull's "Living In The Past". Worth every cent, a must for Ultravox fans and a rewarding purchase for anyone else.
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