Ultravox - Dancing with Tears in My Eyes [Disky]



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Between 1980 and their disbandment in 1987, Ultravox placed 17 singles into the U.K. single charts. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, titled after one of their most popular, but not biggest, hits (that honor belonged to the conquering "Vienna"), rounds up many of them, with some surprising exceptions. The compilation begins at the beginning with "Sleepwalk" and its B-side, "Waiting," the single which debuted the band's new frontman, Midge Ure. That 45 arrived in June 1980; "Passing Strangers" followed that fall, setting the stage for the release of Vienna, the album, and in the new year the single "Vienna" b/w "Passionate Reply." "The Voice" was unleashed in the autumn of 1981, with this set oddly omitting the band's two previous and bigger hits -- "All Stood Still" and "The Thin Wall." "Visions in Blue," "One Small Day," and "Lament," all Top 30 hits from 1983/1984, are also all missing in action, as is 1986's "Same Old Story," although that is no real loss. The nearly as weak "All Fall Down"/"Dreams" (actually "Dream On"), and "All in One Day" complete the set and Ultravox's career, and this collection, ends on a low. "Reap the Wild Wind," which is completely out of chronological order anyway, would have made a more satisfying set closer. The addition of B-sides puts this set above the more typical best-of set, but knocks out far stronger songs in the process. Even so, this is still an excellent introduction to the kings of the New Romantics. ~ Dave Thompson

1) Sleepwalk (03:13)
2) Waiting (03:52)
3) Passing Strangers (03:51)
4) Vienna (04:38)
5) Passionate Reply (04:18)
6) The Voice (04:24)
7) Hymn (04:25)
8) Monument (03:17)
9) We Came to Dance (04:09)
10) Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (04:05)
11) Reap the Wild Wind (03:46)
12) Love's Great Adventure (03:08)
13) White China (03:46)
14) All Fall Down (05:09)
15) Dreams (02:32)
16) All in One Day (04:17)

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes [Disky]
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