12 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

TJSkierka ,

A Natural Brilliant Idea

For those with knowledge... Music is music and these timeless classics deserve a symphony. When I first heard Ultravox and Midge Ure...I had visions of seeing him on a full scale concert. Instead of having to go to an orchestra and listening to centuries old music...I like the idea of hearing what it should sound in its total requiem. I always considered their music to be on full scale. The first songs released are pure joy to hear and makes me wish for more. Breathe is beautiful... and If I Was .... makes want to put on my top hat and recite poetry loudly to a window.... Ultravox has always been a full-scale orchestra plugged in...it's refreshing to hear what Midge must have heard when he first composed these songs...I have waited forever to hear Vienna in this format. Truly hoping for a second set with more selections as I would love to hear White China, One Small Day and Answers To Nothing... Well done Midge and it's about time...

The book coach ,

Re-inventing Classics

What a great surprise this album is. I have been a fan of Ultravox for many years and to hear this music refreshed with an orchestra is just perfect. Each song has some familiar elements and yet some new depths to the music that just makes you want to turn up the volume. For any true Ultravox or Midge Ure fan, this album is a must for your collection. I hope that this is the first of more to come.

JoeDancer4 ,

Not just a plain replay of old songs

Artists are often criticized when they do not release new material, but release a best of with one new song or a rerecording of older songs. While that criticism is sometimes justified, I think it would be deeply unfair in the case of “Orchestrated”. This is not just a plain replaying of the most popular songs from Midge Ure and Ultravox with an orchestra. Similar to Midge’s last release “Breathe Again: Live and extended”, he has obviously put a lot of thought into each song to turn it into something new and interesting while still maintaining the originality of the song.
Admittedly, some songs are so good in their original arrangement with synthesizer that the new version does not offer any real enhancement in my opinion, but they had to be on the album because they are among the greatest hits (Vienna, The Voice, Reap the Wild Wind). They are very well performed though! However, all others are a very valuable addition for any fan. Hymn has a fantastic climax. Dancing, while played with the same tempo, is turned into a beautiful ballad. Man of Two Worlds sounds much better than the original. The climax of Fragile is simply superb and the orchestra and Midge on guitar sound outstanding together. Great choice to put it at the end and end the album with a bang! Plus there is one great new song - Ordinary Man, which I also like a lot. Overall, I add this album happily to my Midge Ure collection and think it well deserves 5 stars.

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