Label: Chrysalis - CHR 1296,Chrysalis - CHR-1296 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Spain • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Vienna is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravoxfirst released on Chrysalis Records on 11 July 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 Simonand 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 Romanceand mixed at Plank's studio near CologneGermany. In terms of sales, the album had a slow start, but the release in January of the title track as the third single from the album heralded the band's commercial breakthrough worldwide and led to healthy sales throughout 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 Mr. X - Ultravox - Vienna , much sparser Kraftwerk pastiche. The lyrics to the album's songs were mainly written by Ure and drummer Warren Cannwho also takes a rare lead vocal on "Mr. This release also included a selection of B-sides Mr. X - Ultravox - Vienna 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 and included a second disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks. Writing and rehearsing the songs for the album began in autumnshortly after Mr. X - Ultravox - Vienna Ure had joined the band. Among the first tracks written were "Astradyne", "Mr.
X" and "New Europeans". Cann wrote the bulk of the lyrics to " Sleepwalk ", "Mr. The band decided to concentrate on one song and record it properly with producer Conny Plank. They recorded "Sleepwalk" Mr. X - Ultravox - Vienna was offered a contract by Chrysalis. The song " Vienna ", which had been written quickly in earlywas seen by the band as the musical high point of the album and the song Baby Hold On - Various - Energy Dance Compilaction best represented what they wanted to do, so they Gilbert Laffaille - Lannée Du Rat to make it the title track of the album.
Four singles were released from the album. Reviews for Vienna were mixed, with Ure's introduction and the move Mr. X - Ultravox - Vienna mainstream pop dividing the critics. Sounds gave the album Know By Now - People In Planes - Beyond The Horizon enthusiastic review, and challenged the reader, "I dare you to find another band who can mix Euro systems-rock, electronics, Can 's fairground style and English music with such panache".
This should do the trick. Vienna is full of conventional electronic rock songs which are beautifully executed but never inspiring. The review presciently concluded, "Despite their wanton plagiarism and less clearly defined ideas, Vienna will probably be the album that makes Ultravox because, unfettered of Foxx's commitment, they're free to compromise themselves a touch to suit contemporary tastes.
Reviewing the reissue, Q called Vienna the band's "best album" and stating that "there were fine singles such as 'Sleepwalk' and 'All Stood Still' and the title track which — like a cartoon hippo — remains pompous yet loveable.
Ultimately, Viennawith its winning formula of cold futurism and big rock textures, took Ultravox out of the margins and into the big-haired '80s mainstream. AllMusic said, "There are plenty of pretentious and pompous moments at which Foxx-era purists cringe, but taken as a snooty rebellion against the guitar-heavy climate of the late '70s, they're ignorable Add Anton Corbijn 's photography and Peter Saville 's smart cover design and all the ingredients for an early-'80s classic are there.
A few albums later, it would all seem like a fluke, but on Viennaall the pieces come together. As original album — came with a bonus 7" single of "Sleepwalk" and "All Stood Still" recorded live in rehearsals at The Lyceum, 17 Aug the same two tracks that appear at the end of the second disc of the edition.
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