Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative business for two companies – one headed by a feisty young woman. Then she falls in love with the captain of a wrecked ship while he recuperates at her home. She travels to Charleston and is charming to the man most likely to be head of the captain's company, thinking she will be able to get the captain the position he wants on the company's first steam ship.
Ultravox are a British New Wave rock band. They were one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. The band was particularly associated with the New Romantic and New Wave movements…
Review by Si Wooldridge
Oddly enough Ultravox are lumped in with the synthpop artists of this era and that is pretty misleading. Ultravox were always a rock band who liked and used electronics to enhance their sound to great effect. Midge and the boys were my personal favourites for a long time and this collection just brings the singles together. They were never huge in the UK but consistently hit the Top 30 with their singles, bar I think Sleepwalk - the first single. The change was Vienna and life was never the same after this. The singles here show how diverse Ultravox really were and how tight a band they were, the muscianship and maturity of sound is fantastic. As I said, not typical 80's synthpop (although I've nothing against that, and bought a lot of it at the time). Standout tracks: Vienna - all-time classic; Reap The Wild Wind - fantastic song, brilliant video; Love's Great Adventure - same as RTWW. The rest aren't too far behind - trust me...Amazon.com
With the departure of vocalist John Foxx and guitarist Robin Simon behind them, Vienna kicked off Ultravox's second phase with former Rich Kids vocalist Midge Ure at the helm. Trading Foxx's glam rock stance for Ure's aristocratic delivery, Vienna recasts the band as a melodramatic synth pop chamber ensemble with most of the group doubling on traditional string quartet instruments and the synthesizers often serving to emulate an orchestra. It was a bold move that took awhile to pay off (the first two singles, "Sleepwalk" and "Passing Strangers," went unnoticed), but when the monolithic title track was released, the Ure lineup became the band's most identifiable one almost overnight.