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on 12 May 2016
I only heard of Midge Ure after playing Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain and hearing that fantastic cover of David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold The World,' (which is on this collection) and searching like a mad man for the identity of the artist responsible. I knew I had to have a physical copy of that awesome track.
Prior to this I had little to no knowledge of Midge or even Ultravox! I have since learned he was a floating member of one of my favourite old school bands - Thin Lizzy - which has sweetened the deal for me! The only issue with this is I have no idea if there is any other 'essential' or 'classic' Mr. Ure tracks that have been left off this collection (e.g. a Lynyrd Skynyrd collection without 'Freebird,' ...aaaarrrrggghhh!!!).
The style of the songs vary greatly, perhaps more than any other collection I can think of. Ranging from typical synth-driven 80's pop ('If I Was), hard rock instrumentals ('The Chieftain/The Dancer') whatever 'Textures' is, and songs that mix in a bit of everything like 'Call Of The Wild.'
Ure is a guitarist, and whilst the guitar has a pretty heavy presence on these songs, they never really take centre stage and you wouldn't describe the sound as that of a 'riff band' like Metallica, Led Zeppelin etc. Every instrument serves the song and their strong sense of melody first and foremost.
There are some live tracks here as well, how much of it is actually 'live' and not overdubbed I haven't a clue, but if there is no overdubbing, Midge Ure sounds like the finest live act on the planet!
Loses a star as around 5/6 of the 33 tracks are different versions of the songs already on this collection and there are around a trio a quite plodding tracks. Otherwise, a great collection of the Master's Works!
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on 9 June 2013
All midges finest solo work from his chart topping debut album to breathe.

This is such a great collection of midge on fine form not only do you get his single releases but choice tracks from his first four albums plus extended versions of the singles sadly after a fashion 12" version is not here WHY?

There are obviously a lot of tracks from midges first solo outing with the brilliant She Cried and his cover of Jefro Tulls classic Living In The Past his great version of Fade To Grey which when I bought That Certain Smile way back in the 80's this was on the b side I love it and couldn't stop playing it.

Midge over the years has produced and created some well crafted songs which stand the test of time and show what a versatile song writer he is.

This for me is the best collection at such a great price if you love Midge's solo work this is a must have for your cd collection
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on 9 August 2013
Recently caught Midge Ure live & forgot how many great 'solo' songs he had. This is a great collection of his post Ultravox work with some added 12" mixes (remember them). I took a star off rating because the version of "Fade To Grey" is a live version. All in all a great album....
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on 19 August 2013
Having been to see Midge live recently I thought it was time to invest in the back catalogue. All the classics are here, cleaned up and remastered. This is a great selection of his hits across the years with some great and rare live tracks including his contributions to Ultravox and Visage.
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on 5 February 2016
Brilliant - literally. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer. Midge Ure will always be synonymous with Ultravox and wit Bob Geldof, Band and Live Aid. There was so much more to the lad from Cambuslang though. He was in The Rich Kids, toured as a guitarist (albeit briefly) with Thin Lizzy, was a founder member of Visage..
There is a lot here - solo work and collaberations - notably After A Fashion - enjoy...
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on 26 May 2013
This great value collection is a wonderful showcase of the mega talented Ultravox frontman's solo output.
All the hits are many more classic album tracks that highlight just what a remarkable musician this likeable Glaswegian truly is.
Mainly known as a "synth" star of the 80's "The Works" provides undeniable proof that Midge is also one of the finest exponents of an electric guitar...witness the brilliant solo in "Dear God".
Fantastic stuff from a true icon!
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on 6 April 2013
Whilst the quality of the music on these discs is unquestionable, has no-one else noticed the skip after 26 seconds of 'Fields of Fire'? I've returned my initial copy to Amazon and the replacement received today has exactly the same fault.
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on 1 September 2014
A collection of Midge Ure's solo tracks from his solo albums (not Ultravox) as well as his work with Visage and Thin Lizzy.A very good and comprehensive collection of songs on two CD's. I just love it
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on 28 March 2013
I've been a big fan of Midge's music since way back, and after a good 15 years away from it, listening again has been wonderful. He has such a unique voice, and just hearing it again takes me right back to my happy teenage years. I am listening again to all the music he has written, including some new stuff I have missed through out the last few years, and I am not disappointed. (reading his book too...very interesting!) This new collection of his best works is a great mix up of old classics, and live recordings, and a must for any fan. Been singing at the top of my voice on every car journey since this popped through the letterbox yesterday. Go on...treat yourself.
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on 5 April 2013
Anyone wanting to get an idea of just how good Midge is should buy this cd. Outstanding value for money and beats the other "hits" hands down. A few fans have bemoaned the lack of very rare tracks but anyone looking for something a little bit special should give this a whirl!
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