U-Vox

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U-Vox
Studio album by Ultravox
Released 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop, rock
Length 42:49
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Conny Plank, Ultravox
Ultravox chronology
Lament
(1984)
U-Vox
(1986)
Revelation
(1993)
Singles from U-Vox
  1. "Same Old Story"
    Released: 1986
  2. "All Fall Down"
    Released: 1986
  3. "All in One Day"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

U-Vox is an album by Ultravox, released in 1986. This was the eighth full album and the fifth of the band's most-recognisable incarnation, fronted by Midge Ure. It was also the last Ultravox album to reach the top 10 in the UK Album Chart.

Background[edit]

Despite achieving a respectable placing in the UK album charts, the album was heavily criticised both by the media and by fans, especially after drummer Warren Cann was unceremoniously dumped by the band before recording the album, being replaced by Mark Brzezicki from Big Country. The sound developed the movement away from electronic rock started by Lament further and some unusual instrumentation was used, such as the Celtic sound of "All Fall Down" with instrumentation by The Chieftains. The album's final track, "All in One Day", was arranged and conducted by George Martin.

U-Vox was the last Ultravox album with Midge Ure before the band split in 1988. Future incarnations of the band after U-Vox would feature keyboardist Billy Currie as the lone original member of the band.

EMI Gold remastered and re-issued the album on CD in 2000, with bonus tracks, alongside the other re-releases of the Ultravox catalogue. However, this version of the album is extremely rare and made U-Vox the only Ultravox album that was not readily available on CD, until a remastered 2-CD version was issued in 2009. This version featured the original 9-track album on CD 1 and several b-sides, mixes and demos on CD 2.

Singles[edit]

  1. "Same Old Story" [#31, UK, 1986]
  2. "All Fall Down" [#30, UK, 1986]
  3. "All in One Day" [#88, UK, 1987]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Cross, Billy Currie, and Midge Ure.

  1. "Same Old Story" – 4:38
  2. "Sweet Surrender" – 4:34
  3. "Dream On" – 4:47
  4. "The Prize" – 5:37
  5. "All Fall Down" – 5:09
  6. "Time to Kill" – 4:26
  7. "Moon Madness" – 3:28
  8. "Follow Your Heart" – 4:53
  9. "All in One Day" – 5:09

Bonus tracks on 2000 CD re-release (7243 5 25611 2 4):

  1. "3" (B-side of Same Old Story) – 4:01
  2. "All in One Day (Instrumental)" (B-side extra of Same Old Story (12" version)) – 6:12
  3. "Dreams?" (B-side of All Fall Down) – 2:32
  4. "All Fall Down (Instrumental)" (B-side extra of All Fall Down (12" version)) – 5:34
  5. "Stateless" (B-side of All in One Day) – 2:51

Tracks on CD 2 of the 2009 re-release (5099996802526):

  1. "Same Old Story (Extended Version)" – 7:00
  2. "3" – 4:01
  3. "All In One Day (Instrumental)" – 6:13
  4. "All Fall Down (Extended Version)" – 7:41
  5. "Dreams?" – 2:31
  6. "All Fall Down (Instrumental)" – 5:36
  7. "Dream On (Recorded Live At Wembley Arena, 06 Nov 1986" – 3:50
  8. "The Prize (Recorded Live At Wembley Arena, 06 Nov 1986" – 4:58
  9. "All Fall Down (Recorded Live At Wembley Arena, 06 Nov 1986" – 5:41
  10. "Stateless" – 2:52
  11. "Same Old Story (Recorded Live At Glasgow Barrowlands, 01 Nov 1986)" – 4:32
  12. "Sweet Surrender (Recorded Live At Glasgow Barrowlands, 01 Nov 1986)" – 3:02
  13. "All In One Day (Recorded Live At Glasgow Barrowlands, 01 Nov 1986)" – 6:46
  14. "Time To Kill (Recorded Live At Glasgow Barrowlands, 01 Nov 1986)" – 2:53
  15. "All In One Day (Work In Progress Mix)" – 6:31

Personnel[edit]

Ultravox
Guest musicians
  • Beggar & Co Horns – brass on "Same Old Story"
  • Carol Kenyon – backing vocals on "Same Old Story" and "The Prize"
  • Kevin Powell – bass on "Sweet Surrender"
  • Derek Watkins, Gary Barnacle, John Thirkell, Pete Thoms – brass on "The Prize"
  • The Chieftains – featured on "All Fall Down"
  • George Martin – arranger and conductor on "All in One Day"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ogg, Alex. U-Vox at AllMusic