- A 212968
Vienna is the first of a series of Ultravox re-issues. Pressed on 180g vinyl and with initial copies on white vinyl and with a bonus white vinyl 7inch. The album comes in a heavyweight sleeve and inner bag with full lyrics and the bonus 7 inch single includes live recordings of 'Sleepwalk' and 'All Stood Still' at rehearsals at Londons Lyceum Ballroom on 17th August 1980. When John Foxx left the band in 1979 after their final San Francisco show, to embark on a solo career, it seemed to signal the end for Ultravox. But whilst collaborating on the Blitz Club guru Steve Strange's Visage project , Billy Currie asked Midge Ure to join the band. Midge had been in Slik and Glen Matlocks The Rich Kids with a couple of successful singles to his name. For the recording of the subsequent Vienna album, the band again used Systems Of Romance producer Conny Plank. The German who produced Bowies German trilogy of albums Low, Heroes and Lodger, plus Kraftwerk the pioneers of the sythn sound, brought the sound to life and the resulting title track, inspired by Carol Reeds 1949 film The Third Man gave the band their biggest single success to date.