The mighty Midge

John Murray
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John Murray on a collection featuring a Scottish music legend

The memories came flooding back from a misspent youth and the regular band nights at Templehall Community Centre. Midge Ure would play with his pop band Salvation in 1972 and this was even prior to his hit days with Slik who would hit the top in 1974 with Forever And Ever. Midge would gain more rock credibility with his next moves to Rich Kids and Visage before the solid gold years as front man for Ultravox. All his contributions to this classic line-up have been combined for Ultravox/The Albums 1980 – 2012 (Chrysalis). The 1980 Vienna album is a great introduction with the all-time groundbreaking title track plus Sleepwalk and All Stood Still in support. Rage In Eden (1981) and Quartet (1982) followed with Reap The Wild Wind, We Came To Dance and Hymn. Return To Eden from 2009 was a live return after 24 years as they hadn’t been together since Live Aid. The set is complete with the 2012 reunion album Brilliant – which it is. I cannot remember Jethro Tull playing Templehall but they did play the YMCA in Valley Gardens in Kirkcaldy as did many others in the late 1960s. Always fronted by Dunfermline’s Ian Anderson they built up a global following with their folk roots and eccentric flute performances that rocked. Anniversary remasters continue from them and this week Benefit (Chrysalis) becomes available as a 2CD/DVD Collector’s Edition box set again, beautifully presented in time for Christmas and with associated recordings from that period. Reaching No. 3 in 1970 this was their third album but this time it’s completely remastered with bonus unreleased tracks. Rare photos, interviews and an 8000-word essay by Martin Webb complete this festive fans’ feast.