UltravoxTAKE THAT’s Gary Barlow is to guest on the new ULTRAVOX album, a source close to the band has revealed.

Barlow flew over to Studio City Sound in Los Angeles, where the quartet are recording together for the first time since 1984, to record his contribution at the end of February as that was the only window available to him before production rehearsals for TAKE THAT’s stadium tour this summer.

While the union may be considered unusual, it has not been entirely unexpected. Barlow has long been an admirer of ULTRAVOX and it was his interpolation of ‘Vienna’ for the track ‘Eight Letters’ on TAKE THAT’s most recent album Progress that resulted in the writing credit of Barlow / Donald / Orange / Owen / Williams / Ure / Cross / Cann / Currie. And of course, it was at his 40th birthday party concert broadcast on BBC Radio2 that Gary Barlow announced to the world that there was to be a new ULTRAVOX album before Midge Ure joined him on stage for a rendition of ‘Eight Letters’ segued with ‘Vienna’.

The source has described the as-yet-untitled track as “a bit like HURTS…” and that “…it wouldn’t sound out of place in The Blitz!”.

YES! This is an April Fool… this means nothing to TEC 😉

No release date has been confirmed for the new ULTRAVOX album which will be issued via Universal Music.

Text by Chi Ming Lai
1st April 2011