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Ultravox Vienna

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    Vienna is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravox, first released on Chrysalis Records on 11 July 1980. The album was the first made by Ultravox with their best-known line-up, after Midge Ure had taken over as lead vocalist and guitarist following the departures of John Foxx and Robin Simon, and it was also the group's first release for Chrysalis. Vienna was produced by renowned German producer Conny Plank who had also produced Ultravox's previous album Systems of Romance, and mixed at Plank's studio near Cologne, Germany. The album had a slow start, but the release in January 1981 of the title track as the third single from the album heralded the band's commercial breakthrough worldwide and led to healthy sales throughout 1981. Vienna peaked at number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and reached the top ten in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries.

    Ultravox effectively changed pace, style and audience with the arrival of Ure, who had already participated in the formation of Visage with Currie. Many different styles are in use on the album; "Astradyne" is a long instrumental featuring sweeping, majestic synthesizer arrangements throughout, while "Mr. X" is a simpler, much sparser affair. The lyrics to the album's songs were mainly written by Ure and drummer Warren Cann, who also takes a rare lead vocal on "Mr. X".

    Vienna was remastered and re-issued on CD in 2000 on the EMI Gold label. This release also included a selection of B-sides from the album's singles as bonus tracks as well as the promotional video for the "Vienna" single. The definitive version of the Vienna album was released in 2008 and included a second disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks.
    Track Listings:
    European version

    Side 1
    1. "Astradyne" – 7:07
    2. "New Europeans" – 4:01
    3. "Private Lives" – 4:06
    4. "Passing Strangers" – 3:48
    5. "Sleepwalk" – 3:10

    Side 2
    7. "Mr. X" – 6:33
    8. "Western Promise" – 5:18
    9. "Vienna" – 4:53
    10. "All Stood Still" – 4:21

    North American version

    Side 1
    1. "Sleepwalk" – 3:10
    2. "Passing Strangers" – 3:48
    3. "New Europeans" – 4:01
    4. "Private Lives" – 4:06
    5. "Astradyne" – 7:07

    Side 2
    7. "Mr. X" – 6:33
    8. "Western Promise" – 5:18
    9. "Vienna" – 4:53
    10. "All Stood Still" – 4:21

    2000 Reissue Bonus Tracks

    1. "Waiting" (B-side of "Sleepwalk") – 3:51
    2. "Passionate Reply" (B-side of "Vienna") – 4:17
    3. "Herr X" (German version of "Mr. X" – B-side of "Vienna" 12") – 5:49
    4. "Alles Klar" (B-side of "All Stood Still") – 4:53
    5. "Vienna" (promotional video for single)

    2008 Remastered Definitive Edition

    Disc 1
    1. Same as the original European release/album.

    Disc 2
    1. "Sleepwalk" (early version) – 3:23
    2. "Waiting" – 3:51
    3. "Face to Face" (recorded live at St Albans, 16 Aug 1980 – B-side of "Passing Strangers") – 6:04
    4. "King's Lead Hat" (Brian Eno) (recorded live at The Lyceum[disambiguation needed], 17 Aug 1980 – B-side of "Passing Strangers" 12") – 4:06
    5. "Passionate Reply" – 4:17
    6. "Herr X" – 5:49
    7. "All Stood Still" (12" version) – 5:08
    8. "Alles Klar" – 4:53
    9. "Keep Talking" (cassette recording during rehearsals) – 6:23
    10. "Sleepwalk" (recorded live in rehearsals at The Lyceum, 17 Aug 1980) – 3:43
    11. "All Stood Still" (recorded live in rehearsals at The Lyceum, 17 Aug 1980) – 4:35

    2014 remastered vinyl edition

    As original album – came with a bonus 7" single of "Sleepwalk" and "All Stood Still" recorded live in rehearsals at The Lyceum, 17 Aug 1980 (the same two tracks that appear at the end of the second disc of the 2008 edition).
    Total Time: 43:37
    Artist Name(s):
    Warren Cann – drums, electronic percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Mr. X" and "Herr X"
    Chris Cross – bass, synthesizers, backing vocals
    Billy Currie – piano, synthesizers (ARP Odyssey), viola, violin
    Midge Ure – guitars, synthesizers, lead vocals (except on "Mr. X" and "Herr X")
    Producer(s):
    Ultravox, Conny Plank
    Year:
    1980
    Style:
    Industrial, Progressive, Symphonic
    Album Type:
    Studio
    Formats:
    Cassette, Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Glenn Travis
    Studio Name:
    Recorded at RAK (London) Mixed at Conny's Studio (near Koln)
    Mastering: The Town House
    Engineer(s): Conny Plank
    Liscense:
    Copyright
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Chrysalis
    Catalog Number(s):
    LP: CHR 1296, CS: ZCHR 1296
    Location:
    Cologne, Germany
    Publisher:
    Island Music
    Sources
    Editions / Reissues
    1. 1983 - CD - Chrysalis 0946 3 21296 2 8 - UK
    2. 10 April 2000 - CD - EMI Gold Remastered 7243 5 25523 0 6 - UK & Europe
    3. 22 September 2008 - CD - Chrysalis Remastered Definitive Edition CHRX 1296 - UK & Europe
    4. 15 December 2014 - LP - Weatherbox Remastered 180 gram white vinyl with bonus 7" single VIN180LP080- UK & Europe
    Synthesizers Used
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