Ultravox!: Live At The Rainbow 1977 – UK – STREAM 
- I Came Back Here To Meet You
- Modern Love
- T.V. Orphans
- I Won’t Play Your Game
- Wide Boys
- Satday Night In The City of the Dead
- The Wild, The Beautiful, And The Damned
- Dangerous Rhythm
Against all odds, the recent news of this live Ultravox! recording from 1977 has emerged of late to bamboozle This Monk with its bounty of vintage ‘Vox goodness. There are three titles here that are new to my eyes. “I Came Back Here To Meet You” and “I Won’t Play Your Game” are undoubtedly unheard material. The remaining one, “TV Orphans,” would not surprise me if it were an early live recording of the abrasive “Fear In The Western World.” A song that featured the lyric “TV orphans laugh at the confusion.”
The fact that UMG has, after 44 years of sitting on this asset, decided to release it, seemingly at a random point, is astonishing to me. The gig was one where the band were opening for their higher profile lablemates Eddie + The Hot Rods. Universal says that the “digital audio only” EP will be released on Friday, March 19th. And that’s not the least of it. Seven of the nine songs here were filmed as well and HD restored video tracks will also be available. Presumably on Y** T*b*. UMG stated that the first of these will premiere on February 15th with “I Came Back Here To Meet You.” And a different track will be released on a weekly basis.
Color me astonished.
While there’s a mountain of such performances in the UMG archives, awaiting care and attention, somehow this one, with a Foxx era gig has managed to get the nod in spite of no great commercial shakes from this phase of the band’s career. Ultravox! must have an angel at UMG watching over them for such things to happen!
So we’re on board with how wonderful this all is. On the face of it. What causes vexation is the various whispers of its availability of format. At first, the UMG webpage for this release had links to actually buy as well as listen to it on Sp*t*fy.
But any links on that page to purchase are now strictly 404. So maybe the DL option was first mooted and has now been tabled? I’m crestfallen that this will be a streaming only release, since we don’t stream. It’s bad enough that the videos will probably only be available on the onerous Y** T*b*. If this had happened 15 years ago a sweet CD + DVD surely would have been the end of it all. But now it looks like a case of watch/listen now while we let you and then withdraw it. Sigh.
But don’t be shocked at the red vinyl LP that gets the nod on some Record Store Day or Black Friday event! Whose a betting person here?