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The Gift

The Gift

July 22, 1996
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 22, 1996
  • Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Chrysalis Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1996 Chrysalis Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:03:00
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  • ASIN: B002NFA8M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Sounding pretty much like an Ultravox album with gorgeous melodies and new romantic rhythm guitars, drum sequences and icy synths, this album is filled with some of Ure's finest moments, like If I Was and That Certain Smile. If you already have this on CD, it is worth it for the bonus CD. The original album sounds fine in its mastering here, but I do have one issue--it's in the tracking from That Certain Smile to the next track. The two tracks overlap, but on the original pressing of the CD, That Certain Smile faded out completely while those weird noises at the beginning of The Gift were entering, with track change coming at a clean break in those weird noises, but here, the songs are tracked so that the track changes while That Certain Smile is still fading out!!! I guess that's not major if you're listening to the CD all the way through, but if you put this song on your ipod, it's going to CUT OFF the end of That Certain Smile.

There's also a questionable situation on the awesome lineup of bonus 12" versions and rare tracks on disc 2. It is with the first track, the gorgeous No Regrets. Those little pops in the background--was this track mastered from vinyl, or were those noises there on the original master? Perhaps this is what it means in the fine print in the booklet when it says:

"The recordings on Disc Two of this release have been mastered to the highest possible standard. However, some of the recordings are included for their historical interest and do not represent the usual fidelity of studio recordings."

Ironically, the next track, Mood Music, which was the b-side of No Regrets, does not have any hiss or noise that would indicate it was mastered from vinyl, so what gives? If I Was in its extended form is equally crisp and clear.
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His first solo outing (during a break from Ultravox), this album is simply brilliant, top to bottom, made even better by the inclusion of 4 additional tracks (the last 4, courtesy of Cerise Reed and the official Ultravox Web site ultravox.org.uk).
Not a klinker in the bunch, from the UK #1 "If I Was" to two of the best pop instrumentals "Antilles" and "Chieftan" to a vast improvement on Jethro Tull and David Bowie tunes ("Living in the Past" and the extra track " The Man Who Sold the World") this disc is a winner.
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I bought this cd, thinking for some reason, that it was a decade later release called, "Breathe". I continued in that misapprehension even when I listened to the cd for a few days--that's how timeless it is. This cd could have been recorded today, and it would top the charts.
Musically, it is a mixture of the synthesizer style used by earlier Ultravox; the synthesizer is used as both a drone and a melodic instrument. However, this cd includes some particularly inventive forays into Japanese instrumental music. Like "Little Orphans",..., Edo, and The Chieftains, are brilliant examples of rhythmic wizardry. In short, "The Gift" is a can't-be-missed addition to any fan of this New Wave icon's extensive musical career.
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This was Midge's first solo outing and a successful one it was too. Spawning a number of successful singles including "If I Was", a British number 1. It was written and released whilest Midge Ure was still fronting Ultravox and it is not hard to hear the influences. It came out before Live Aid and after Ultravox's "The Collection". This CD is a fine example of professional pop and even manages to do a good cover of Jethro Tull's "Living In The Past". Worth every cent, a must for Ultravox fans and a rewarding purchase for anyone else.
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It's debateable what Midge Ure is more recognisable for today - solo artist or Ultravox leader. While Ultravox were consistent chart entries in the early to mid-80's, Midge has had a bit of an up and down solo career. This album was the first of a few and was released around the time of Live Aid which he helped organise with (Sir) Bob Geldof. The first single went to # 1 for a single week aided by a video with an executive toy (on of those square things with lots of silver pins that you could leave imprints on by pressing onto it). The rest (She Cried, Wastelands, That Certain Smile) unfortunately didn't fare so well. You can now judge for yourself on this EMI re-issue that had a lot of input from the Extreme Voice (Ultravox) fanzine.
This is quite a strong album and is a more accessible version of Ultravox's music, definitely more poppy and opened up Midge to a wider audience. The one surprise on this album is that it contains three instrumentals (Antilles, Edo & The Chieftain - a glorious track with ferocious percussion and bass-playing), not that they're not good - it's just unusual to see this many on what is obviously an attempt at the mainstream. Some of Midges contemporaries appeared on this album - Mark Brzezicki (Drums - Big Country), Mark King (Bass/Vocals - Level 42), Glenn Gregory (Vocals - Heaven 17) and Mae McKenna who sang the gorgeous Gaelic vocals on Man Of Two Worlds from the previous Ultravox album Lament.
Extra tracks are b-sides and include a brilliant version of the old Bowie track The Man Who Sold The World. Midge best singles fell either side of this album by a couple of years : No Regrets, Yellow Pearl (although this found a home of Phil Lynott's Solo In Soho) and Call Of The Wild. This doesn't detract from this album though, some powerful performances from the Ultravox man.
Fav tracks : If I Was, The Chieftain, That Certain Smile, The Man Who Sold The World.
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