Ultravox ‎– Love’s Great Adventure (12″)

Hands up Ultravox fans if you actually liked this track! A standalone single to promote “The Collection” album from 1984.

The 12″ is basically the instrumental with the 7″ version at the end. It is certainly as dramatic (and cheesy) as the video. John Hudson engineered with the band producing.

The B-sides are more interesting. “Man Of Two World’s” worked well in an instrumental version, great bass from Cross and it keeps the backing vocals of Mae McKenna.

“White China” was recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon June 1984, very electronic with Midge missing his into cue. An interesting arrangement and how loud are some of those synth effects ?



Chrysalis – UVX3

ALove’s Great Adventure (Extended Version)5:40
B1White China (Live)3:46
B2Man Of Two Worlds (Instrumental)4:34

6 thoughts on “Ultravox ‎– Love’s Great Adventure (12″)”

  1. I’ll raise my hand up immediately. When this came out I loved it. After the rather dodgy rock One Small Day (had more remixes than any other Ultravox single but was their worst chart placing since Vienna) and the OK but rather bland Lament this was back to what they did best, synths with guitar over the top, plus it was loads of fun. After this it was downhill all the way with Midge totally dumping the classic Ultravox sound (and Warren Cann) and resulting in the total demise of the band. So don’t dis Loves Great Adventure until you’ve experienced it 😉

    1. RichardAnvil hit the nail on the head. I had no idea there was any “controversy” from Ultravox fans about this single until I read this post! This was for me where it should have all ended. Had it ended in 1984 with this single and “The Collection.” It would have been perfect. Or as close to it as they could have gone by that point. Now the video was dodgy. No argument there. But let’s spare the single from such aspersions.

      The music of “Love’s Great Adventure” was extrapolated from the music that Ure/Cross had written for the sequel to the “Rivets” ad for Levis but decided to bag after the suits at the advertising agency insisted on meddling with the result. Ure/Cross decided that it wasn’t worth the money [hint: LOTS of things aren’t worth the money…] and took it with them; resulting in this single.

  2. The video was pretty dodgy then and hasn’t aged well at all.
    I don’t mind the song, it’s typical mid-80’s band who made it big cresting and creatively spent stuff. This over “Through the Barricades” any day but 84-86 wasn’t a kind time to bands who were big just a few years before.

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