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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hypertension
  • ASIN: B001EGGAYO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Midge Ure has had huge musical success with Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous "one off" group in musical history Band Aid. As a solo artist, Midge had No 1 hits, worldwide, with "If I Was" and "Breathe". This album contains Midge's own interpretations of his favourite songs written by other songwriters and was recorded during the time Midge spent in Canada in 2007/2008. "I make no apology for the eclectic choice of songs on this CD. I believe we are all affected by music in our surroundings and that it helps to shape our lives and mould us into the people we become. Whether it's during conception or birth, life or death. Music is there helping us on our way. We are not responsible for the songs we are subjected to when we are young but there is no doubt it puts us on our own individual roads of discovery and leads us all to our own personal musical world. These songs I have chosen to cover have left a profound mark on me throughout my youth and my intention in recording them was as a mark of respect to the writers. The great writers who gave me a fantastic musical education as well as an unatainable benchmark to try to reach as an aspiring songwriter." - Midge Ure, 2008

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"I make no apology for the eclectic choice of songs on this CD. I believe we are all affected by music in our surroundings and that it helps to shape our lives and mould us into the people we become. Whether it's during conception or birth, life or death. Music is there helping us on our way. We are not responsible for the songs we are subjected to when we are young but there is no doubt it puts us on our own individual roads of discovery and leads us all to our own personal musical world. These songs I have chosen to cover have left a profound mark on me throughout my youth and my intention in recording them was as a mark of respect to the writers. The great writers who gave me a fantastic musical education as well as an unatainable benchmark to try to reach as an aspiring songwriter. " Midge Ure 2008.

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You can tell these songs are personal to Midge by the way they have not been done with huge over production. He has kept them simple and by doing so has made one of his most emotional records. Nevermore is the standout for me, the only dissapointment is that 'little girl in bloom' is not included, a Thin Lizzy track he sometime performs live. It took a couple of listens before it grabbed me but now I have to say that ten is an excellent album. Emotional and sometimes raw. Well done Midge
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An album of gentle interpretations of songs that mean a lot to Midge, and after eight years wait for a new studio album there was a lot of expectation.

Sadly a couple of the songs are poor, most disappointing are his versions of Goodbye to Love and Alfie.

Others are a pleasant listening experience but not classics.

Highlights for me are Man of the World, Day after Day, Song for While I'm Away and Nevermore - all classic Midge.

This album needed some more upbeat moments to give it a much needed injection of energy and vigour to make it better than average. Sadly average is what it is overall, inspite of a few gems.
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Midge Ure has been working on his covers album for over 20 years, and frankly the result isn't worth it. From the dubious selection of tracks to the home alone feel of the production, 10 rarely rises above mediocre - the notable exception being "Nevermore" where Ure brings some depth to his singing. Sadly, some of the tracks here have just been overworked by Midge in his solo accoustic tours - where the material sounds much, much better. Here's hoping for better things next time. For a better example of doing cover versions, the new Glen Campbell album is worthy of greater attentions.
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Yikes. 26 years ago Midge Ure scored his first solo hit with a fine reworking of The Walker Brothers `No Regrets'. All moody electronica fired through with a wailing electric guitar it was a fine start to what has been a hesitant, but always interesting solo career.

Anyone who's watched Midge live over the past few years (and this reviewer has - many times) will know that he's made much of the fact that No Regrets was intended to be the first cut from a covers album that he always wanted to do, but never quite got round to completing. Well now he has, and after 26 years the question is: was the wait worth it? The answer is a resounding and depressing no. God, no.

This is an album that sounds like Ure has been locked in solitary confinement for a year with a small casio keyboard and an acoustic guitar. Instrumentally every song is reduced to vague noodlings, and the vocals are astonishingly insipid for someone of Midge's range. This was the voice the roared Vienna, that crooned the beautiful Breathe and that rocked through Dancing With Tears in My Eyes. Yet every song here sounds like he's recorded it after waking up at 3am, bleary eyed and in need of a glass of water.

So what about the selected cuts? Well, it's difficult to be critical when the songs are picked for reasons as personal as these, but it's precisely the fact that they mean so much to him that makes the album so depressing - nothing is raised to a level above elevator music; background noise.

There's the opening track, Alfie, which would never have been a hit if Cilla had done it like this, and there's the Carpenters' Goodbye to Love, which manages to make the original sound like Van Halen in comparison.
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Anyone who is interested in hearing the songs that influenced Midge will like this. Listen to the lyrics....there are some good and very poignant songs there.

My favourites are Midge's covers of 'Day After Day', 'Let the Heartaches Begin' and 'Man of the World' and of course the absolutely amazing 'Nevermore'...the Midge treatment is fantastic! Freddie would love it! Its worth getting the album for that alone.
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