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U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton (formerly of King Crimson, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry's band and Uriah Heep), keyboardist/electric violinist Eddie Jobson (formerly of Curved Air, Roxy Music and Frank Zappa's band), guitarist Allan Holdsworth (formerly of Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime and Gong) and drummer Bill Bruford (formerly a full member of Yes and King Crimson, and also a tour drummer for Genesis), who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio (formerly of Frank Zappa's band)

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Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 3

Read "Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 3" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 3: U.K.'s First Album U.K.PrologueIn the second part of this series, I laid out my criteria for what would constitute a fusion of jazz and rock that remained true to both styles, which, in my definition, means that the resultant music would have to appeal ...

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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

U.K.

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

FAT: #awesome

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While the appropriately titled #awesome represents Alex Machacek's third album in six years with his (similarly witty and self-effacingly monikered) FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), this trifecta of virtuosic Austrian musicians goes much further back. Both bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker appeared on roughly half of the expat-Austrian/Los Angeles-based guitarist's acclaimed 2006 Abstract Logix debut, ...

The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991

Read "The Vintage Years 1970 - 1991" reviewed by John Kelman

There are bands that manage to carve out a place for themselves in the music world that lasts for decades; there are others who, while having created a name for themselves during their peak years and, while they continue to tour and, even, make the occasional studio album, are invariably best remembered for their seminal early ...

Ultimate Collectors' Edition

Label: Globe Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1 (U.K. (Remastered CD): In the Dead of Night: 1) In the Dead of Night, 2) By the Light of Day, 3) Presto Vivace and Reprise; Thirty Years; Alaska; Time to Kill; Nevermore; Mental Medication.


Disc 2 (U.K. Extras CD: The band laying down tracks for the U.K. Album. Pre-vocal, guide keyboards, first solos: pre-overdub; pre-mix): In the Dead of Night; By the Light of Day; Presto Vivace and Reprise; Thirty Years; Alaska; Time to Kill; Nevermore; Mental Medication.
Disc 3: (U.K. (Blu Ray Audio, 24/96): In the Dead of Night: 1) In the Dead of Night, 2) By the Light of Day, 3) Presto Vivace and Reprise; Thirty Years; Alaska; Time to Kill; Nevermore; Mental Medication.
Disc 4 (Live in Boston CD, Radio Broadcast, Paradise Theater, July 11, 1978): Alaska; Time to Kill; The Only Thing She Needs; Carrying No Cross; Thirty Years; By the Light of Day - Part 2; Presto Vivace; In the Dead of Night; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 5 (Live in Philadelphia CD, Radio Broadcast, Penn's Landing, August 8, 1978): Alaska; Time to Kill; The Only Thing She Needs; Carrying No Cross; Forever Until Sunday; Thirty Years; By the Light of Day - Part 2; Presto Vivace; In the Dead of Night; The Sahara of Snow; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 6 (Live in Cleveland CD, Radio Broadcast, The Agora, September 18, 1978): Alaska; Time to Kill; The Only Thing She Needs; Carrying No Cross; Thirty Years; By the Light of Day - Part 2; Presto Vivace; In the Dead of Night; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 7 (Danger Money Remastered CD): Danger Money; Rendezvous 6:02; The Only Thing She Needs; Caesar's Palace Blues; Nothing to Lose; Carrying No Cross.
Disc 8 (Danger Money Extras CD): Danger Money (recording drums); Carrying No Cross (recording drums); When Will You Realize (single b-side).
Disc 9 (Danger Money (Blu Ray Audio, 24/96): Danger Money; Rendezvous 6:02; The Only Thing She Needs; Caesar's Palace Blues; Nothing to Lose; Carrying No Cross.
Disc 10 (Night After Night (Extended Version CD, Part 1)): Night After Night; Danger Money; The Only Thing She Needs; Nothing to Lose; Bass Solo; Thirty Years; Carrying No Cross.
Disc 11 (Night After Night (Extended Version CD, Part 2)): Rendezvous 6:02; As Long As You Want Me Here; Alaska; Time to Kill; Violin Solo; Time to Kill; By the Light of Day, Part II; Presto Vivace; Drum Solo; In the Dead of Night; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 12 (Night After Night (Original Version, Remastered CD)): Night After Night; Rendezvous 6:02; Nothing to Lose; As Long As You Want Me Here; Alaska; Time to Kill; Presto Vivace; In the Dead of Night; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 13 (Night After Night (Blu Ray Audio, 24/96, Extended Version)): Night After Night; Danger Money; The Only Thing She Needs; Nothing to Lose; Bass Solo; Thirty Years; Carrying No Cross; Rendezvous 6:02; As Long As You Want Me Here; Alaska; Time to Kill; Violin Solo; Time to Kill; By the Light of Day, Part II; Presto Vivace; Drum Solo; In the Dead of Night; Caesar's Palace Blues.
Disc 14 (Reunion (Part 1) CD): In the Dead of Night; By the Light of Day; Presto Vivace and Reprise; Danger Money; Thirty Years; Alaska; Time to Kill; Starless; Carrying No Cross.
Disc 15 (Reunion (Part 2) CD): Violin Solo; Nevermore; One More Red Nightmare; Caesar's Palace Blues; The Only Thing She Needs; Rendezvous 6:02.
Disc 16: (Reunion (Blu Ray Audio, 24/96): In the Dead of Night; By the Light of Day; Presto Vivace and Reprise; Danger Money; Thirty Years; Alaska; Time to Kill; Starless; Carrying No Cross; Violin Solo; Nevermore; One More Red Nightmare; Caesar's Palace Blues; The Only Thing She Needs; Rendezvous 6:02.
Disc 17 (Bonus Disc (Interviews) CD): Eddie Jobson & John Wetton Interview (1978); John Wetton & Eddie Jobson (1979).
Disc 18 (Live in Nijmegen, December 17, 1979, Concertgebouw de Vereeniging CD): Danger Money; As Long As You Want Me Here; Thirty Years; Drum Solo; Night After Night; Alaska; Nothing to Lose; Bass Solo; Rendezvous 6:02; Nostalgia; Violin Solo; Presto Vivace; In the Dead of Night.

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Ultimate Collectors' Edition

Read "Ultimate Collectors' Edition" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two ...

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U.K., Danger Money and Night After Night Reissues

Read "U.K., Danger Money and Night After Night Reissues" reviewed by John Kelman

With violinist and keyboardist Eddie Jobson out of a self-imposed retirement that lasted over two decades, he's been wasting no time getting his name back out to progressive rock fans. 2008 saw the formation of UKZ, a new group following in the footsteps of late 1970s progressive rock supergroup U.K., which he formed alongside ex-King Crimson ...


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