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Ultravox’s 1980 album ‘Vienna’ album is reissued for its 40th anniversary as a massive 5CD+DVD box set with plenty of unreleased material and Steven Wilson 5.1 and stereo mixes! Vinyl formats also available Ultravox‘s 1980 album ’s Vienna album is to be reissued for its 40th anniversary as an extensive 5CD+DVD box set that includes a plethora of unreleased material and Steven Wilson stereo and 5.1 mixes. Vinyl formats also available. The album contains 4 UK Top 40 singles; All Stood Still, Passing Strangers and Sleepwalk (which is being issued on 12” for the first time as part of Record Store Day 2020) and the title track ‘Vienna’ which reached No.2 in the UK and Top 10 in seven countries around the world. The single went on to sell over half a million copies in the UK.

Produced by Conny Plank, the album was the band’s first for Chrysalis and the first to feature Midge Ure on lead vocals. It originally peaked at number three in the UK album chart, with its title track famously thwarted from reaching the top of the singles chart by that song by Joe Dolce. ‘All Stood Still’, the final of four singles followed ‘Vienna’ into the top ten in June 1981.

The six-disc box set features 66 tracks, 44 of which are previously unreleased recordings or mixes. It comprises the following

  • CD 1 – Original 1980 album (newly mastered from production tapes)
  • CD 2 – New Steven Wilson stereo mix of album and B-sides
  • CD 3 – A-sides, B-sides, 12-inch mixes and live tracks
  • CD 4 – Cassette rehearsals
  • CD 5 – Live from St. Albans 1980 (newly mixed)
  • DVD – 5.1 Steven Wilson mix (+ 24/96 hi-res stereo of new mixes) + B-sides. Also hi-res stereo of original album and original mixes of B-sides!

This 5CD+DVD comes packaged in a 12″ x 12″ rigid slipcase and includes a 20-page large format booklet featuring notes from the band, unseen photos from Midge Ure’s and Chris Cross’ personal collection, four A4 art prints.

There is also a half-speed mastered 2LP vinyl set that features the original album on the first LP and a bonus LP that includes a pick ‘n’ mix selection of single versions, B-sides and live cuts. It also features a US promo edit of ‘Vienna’, never commercially released, which is exclusive to this vinyl (i.e. not on the CD box).

The official Ultravox store also features an exclusive 4LP clear vinyl box set, which is the 2LP package plus ‘Live from St. Albans’ across two further LPs.

Vienna is reissued across all formats on 9th October 2020. The 5CD+DVD box and the 2LP are available via the SDE shop using this link or the buttons below. Other purchasing options in the widgets.

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“Vienna”, taken from the fourth album by Ultravox, was released on this day (11th July) in 1980.

It was released as the third single from the band’s album Vienna. It also won “Single of the Year” at the 1981 Brit Awards.

The music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, is particularly evocative of The Third Man. It was Ultravox’s second video, after “Passing Strangers” (also with Mulcahy), and cost £6000–£7000, footed by the band after Chrysalis refused to fund it.

“It may come as a surprise to know that approximately half of it was shot on locations in central London, mainly at Covent Garden and also in the old Kilburn Gaumont Theatre in North London (now a Bingo hall). The embassy party scene was in some house we’d rented in town. Can’t remember where, but I do remember that it took the crew a long time to set up the lights to prepare for filming. So long that we all got impatient with waiting and dipped into the many cases of wine we’d laid on for refreshment after the shoot. By the time the crew was ready to film, we were all well partying for real.”

“The other half was in Vienna. We did it on the cheap. There was just us and Nick, our trusty camera man. We took an early morning flight to Vienna, ran round like loonies in and out of taxis as we filmed, and soon discovered that, due to it being the winter off-season, many of the splendid places we’d been counting upon filming were either shut for redecorating or covered with webs of scaffolding. “What do you mean it’s ‘closed for repairs’?!” We finished up in the cemetery for the shots with the statue which had been used for the single’s cover (a gentleman who made pianos for the rich and famous of his time, I believe), did the sunset shot, and then dashed back to London to start editing.”
Warren Cann, Explaining the location details to Jonas Wårstad

The gravestone that is shown in the video and on the single cover is part of the grave of Carl Schweighofer and is located on the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna. Schweighofer was a famous Austrian piano manufacturer.