MIDGE URE "IF I WAS" (1985)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Released in September 1985, "If I Was" was Midge Ure's first
release as a solo artist during a break from his band Ultravox. The song was released as the lead single from the album The Gift, and the track features Mark King from Level 42 playing bass guitar.
on both the 7" and 12" features an instrumental track
entitled Piano, with the 12 inch including a cover of David Bowie's "The
Man Who Sold The World".
Midge Ure had become a well-known musician after his work with Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and Live Aid. No doubt, this helped If I Was to top the charts and enable his debut solo album to reach #2 in the British album charts. My favourite is the title track itself, which starts off sounding almost industrial before metamorphosing into a lush, orchestral extravaganza. There are plenty of atmospheric tracks and instrumentals on the album and the synths are used to great effect. Some of the tracks also feature impressive guitar work and the lyrics are pretty poetic. The majority of tracks were written and produced by Midge himself.
Until I wrote this brief review, it had been quite a while since I had listened to the album, and I'm very glad to have rediscovered it.
See video clips from Live Aid 1985