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« on: November 10, 2015, 04:30:56 PM »
Rising out of the ashes of the mid seventies most revered lineup of King Crimson ( upon Robert Fripp's poorly timed disbanding of that lineup) came U.K. a progressive rock super group if ever there was one, featuring John Wetton, and Bill Bruford straight from King Crimson and joined by Alan Holdsworth on guitar and Eddie Jobson on keyboards and electric violin. The band released the self titled U.K. album in 1978, after two lengthy tours the band fired Holdsworth (oh, what could have been) much like King Crimson it seems all these prog veterans can't seem to get along musically. Bruford decided to split as well taking a lot of the material that was to be the second U.K. album with him. Wetton and Jobson recruited Terry Bozzio from Frank Zappa's band and continued on as a trio without replacing Holdsworth making the second album "Danger Money" and a Live album "Night After Night". Following this the band would split as Jobson wanted to go in a more extended instrumental type direction and Wetton wanted shorter songs. wetton would go on shortly after to form ASIA with Carl Palmer, Steve Howe and Geoffrey Downes and get that wish. As much as I loved Asia's first two records, I think I would have gladly traded them for U.K. to continue on into the 80's. With a small output of music unfortunately left to enjoy. This band was absolutely fantastic, both of the aforementioned lineups.

Reunions: Reunions have been sparse by this band, but Wetton and Jobson teamed up for a short three date tour in 2009 as part of Jobson's U-Z Ultimate Zero project augmented by Tony Levin (bass), Marco Minneman (drums) and Greg Howe (guitar) playing UK and King Crimson. A cd of these recordings was released called Ultimate Zero: the best of the U-Z project Live.

Wetton/ Jobson also resurrected the band in 2011 (with Minneman on drums, and Alex Machacek on guitar) A dvd Reunion live in Tokyo was made from this reunion.

There is a new live cd Curtain Call on amazon for pre order at a pricey ($39.73) I'll but it none the less. This is of the 2013 reunion show Featuring Wetton/ Jobson/Minneman/and Machacek performing the first UK album and danger Money both in their entirety. It is scheduled for release Dec 25 ,2015.

I have searched an amassed every UK recording and video I have been able to find, Some are hard to get or out of print.

My collection includes the following:
U.K.
Danger Money
Night after Night : LIVE
Alaska by Night (live 78) 2 disc bootleg: 2 Original lineup complete shows recorded in Toronto (6/27/78) and Philly (8/8/78)
Danger after night (live 79) Wetton/Jobson/Bozzio lineup (Japan 5/31/79
UK: Live in America: original lineup live in Boston 1978
Reunion: Live in Tokyo CD/DVD set (Wetton/Jobson/Machacek/Minneman lineup)

If anyone's aware of any others, let me know.

In the dead of night (studio track 1978)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMu7XUc9OcI

The quality isn't the greatest but here's Wetton/Jobson/Bozzio together again on the Cruise To The Edge 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHMHNLifDpw

In the dead of night: Live Cleveland 1978: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7zo7-KIr_A

Alaska (studio 78) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkD-j_1eoSY
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 07:28:04 PM »
One of the prog "Cruise To The Edge"tours on a ocean liner did have the Wetton/Jobson/Bozzio lineup for a few shows on the high seas...

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2016, 10:44:39 PM »
They've bounced around the last five or six years, once with Wetton, Jobson, Bozzio, then with just Wetton and Jobson. There's a dvd and a couple live records out there from a few of these. One has Wetton and Jobson doin all of the first album and Danger Money in their entirety called Curtain Call.

Danger Money:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEKARbhoRbk

Nothing To Lose: 79 tv- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E1-TsfaeMA

Rendezvous 602: video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ5RgSPU3B4

definitely a prelude to where Asia would pick up shortly after when UK broke up, Wetton definitely brought a lot of this into the songwriting of Asia. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 04:59:44 PM »
The Only Thing She Needs: Live in Montreal 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89O0H_E5PAM
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 06:40:15 PM »
Maybe the best version of this king crimson song covered by UK....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlcgIle1DiI

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 08:45:55 PM »
AWESOME version, Wetton sounds great there and the band nails it. Great to see Jobson on that violin. I still can't believe that tour snuck through here at the World Café and I missed it and didn't hear about it till after the fact  >:(
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2016, 07:46:18 PM »
Did not hear of it either...would have killed to go see that show!!!! DAMMITT!!!

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2016, 03:38:50 PM »
In The Dead Of Night with some good rare spliced footage. Great job to the person that put this together  :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74GBPl2FaK0

Caesar's Palace Blues Live 79:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VAzkN_qJig
Footage of this great band is scarce to come by.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 01:48:55 PM »
This is a pricey set but Eddie Jobson has done massive UK collector's box set with re-mastered stuff, extras, and live shows, all audio, unfortunately no video material. Going to run you $150 but this is a must have for me and is a limited production and I'm sure won't be available for long.

https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Collectors-Uk/dp/B01BHFPUT2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1485542399&sr=1-1&keywords=uk+ultimate+collectors+edition

Here is one of those cheesy unboxing videos from you tube but it shows and goes over the contents of the box very well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUefdsEi5PE
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 01:54:30 PM »
While I'm at it, here is a full audio show from 11/18/79 at Oakland Coliseum
Wetton/Jobson/Bozzio lineup.

These guys were fantastic. One of the bands I regret I wasn't old enough to get to see live  >:(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFoSyKxkLc8
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 11:56:24 PM »
Well we lost Wetton recently, now Allan Holdsworth has passed away. He was still playing live as recently as a few weeks ago right up to the end.

A great talent
Carrying No Cross live 1978
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBWJto48dYo

Thirty Years live 1978
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIwDhR4c94

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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 06:47:15 PM »
Eddie Jobson was a beast during his time with UK also it should be noted. He jammed on that glass electric violin like nobody's business and his keyboards were stellar.

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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
Maybe the best probolan 50 review site of this king crimson song covered by UK....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlcgIle1DiI

That's a great version Marty.
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 07:20:37 PM »
UK's Debut Album To Be Released On Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl

Exclusively To Record Store Day Participating Retailers

Los Angeles - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of UK's critically acclaimed self-titled debut record released on Polydor in 1978, Eddie Jobson is making this seminal album available on vinyl for the first time since its original release. It will be released on April 21st, and available exclusively to Record Store Day participating retailers worldwide. The record is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and includes an 8 page full color booklet designed exclusively for this release. The album is remastered from the original tapes located at Abbey Road Studios in London, which is the same master that was used in the now out of print “Ultimate Collector's Edition” box set that compiled all the works of UK's 3 albums, along with rarities, live material and 5.1 versions across 18 discs.

“I'm pleased to recognize the 40th Anniversary of this seminal album with this carefully remastered vinyl release. This is now a legacy recording, made even more significant with the recent passing of both Wetton and Holdsworth, that I hope will represent a benchmark for future musicians.” - Eddie Jobson

The Music
 In October 1977 the new supergroup featuring Eddie Jobson, Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Allan Holdsworth entered the rehearsal room, each armed with a panoply of musical ideas. Each song, theme, part or riff was logged in, like a jigsaw piece, and so the organizing and arranging of the individual pieces began. External expectations were high, not just for what these four individual innovators might create together, but because Trident Studios in Soho was already booked to record the results of their highly anticipated collaboration.

 The music of UK would be developed over several weeks. Wetton would reintroduce “Thirty Years,” a song first tried out with the Wakeman trio; Bruford brought in some harmonic, but mostly rhythmic ideas. Holdsworth's contributions revolved around his distinctive chord voicings, forming the foundation of such tracks as “Nevermore” and “Mental Medication.” Meanwhile, Jobson - the more formal composer of the group - brought in pages of musical notation that included the entire “In The Dead of Night” suite, minus vocal melody lines, but including “By The Light of Day” and the Zappa-influenced “Presto Vivace,” along with a complete version of “Alaska,” the verse of “Time To Kill” and half of “Nevermore.” The myriad musical ideas were painstakingly stitched together, mainly by Bruford and Jobson, but it would be Wetton's melodic and lyrical sense that would ultimately glue the disparate stylings into something resembling cohesive songs. Notwithstanding the considerable stylistic contributions of Holdsworth and Bruford, with a full sixty percent of the new album material emanating from Jobson's compositions, and with the addition of Wetton's vocal melodies and lyrics, the first UK album truly marked an auspicious beginning to the highly symbiotic Jobson-Wetton writing partnership.

Trident Studios, December 1977
 The “U.K.” album was recorded over a six-week period. Holdsworth's classic guitar solo on “In The Dead of Night” was created on the fly. Wetton's dense harmonies were carefully overdubbed over the course of many hours. Jobson created the entire electronic section of “Nevermore” on the studio's massive ARP 2500 modular synthesizer. An amalgam of classical, jazz, rock and electronic, the first UK album was considered truly groundbreaking; Rolling Stone magazine called it “The great white hope of progressive music.”

In 2016 Rolling Stone selected the “U.K.” album as one of the Top 30 “best progressive-rock albums of all time.” Though, in a burst of collaborative brilliance, this towering lineup recorded only one album together, the pioneering musicians known as UK have still carved their place in rock history as one of the greatest progressive-rock bands of all time, and have left this classic recording as an exemplary standard for future musicians.

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