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U.K.

Featuring members of Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music, and Soft Machine, U.K. was one of the most prominent progressive rock supergroups of the late '70s. Various members of U.K. -- guitarist Allan Holdsworth, keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, bassist/vocalist John Wetton, and drummer Bill Bruford -- had all played together in their previous bands, but when the group formed in 1977, it was the first time all of the musicians had played together. Although the lineup was unstable -- Holdsworth and Bruford left after one album, with former Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio replacing Bruford -- and the group was short-lived, the band maintained a dedicated cult following years after their early-'80s breakup.

Prior to the formation of U.K., Bruford and Wetton had recently played together in King Crimson, and Holdsworth had played guitar on Bruford's debut album, 1978's Feels Good to Me. Shortly after the recording of Feels Good to Me, Bruford, Holdsworth, and Wetton formed U.K., adding former Roxy Music member Eddie Jobson to the lineup.

U.K. released their eponymous debut in 1978 and the album captured the attention of progressive rock and jazz fusion fans, as did the record's supporting tour. At the conclusion of the tour, Holdsworth and Bruford left the group to form Bruford, leaving keyboardist Jobson as the band's leader. U.K. didn't hire another guitarist, but they did have Terry Bozzio replace Bruford. The new lineup of U.K. released Danger Money in 1979 and followed the album with a tour. Once the tour was completed, the group broke up. The posthumous live album Night After Night was released shortly afterward. Following the disbandment of U.K., Eddie Jobson became a member of Jethro Tull, Terry Bozzio formed Missing Persons, and John Wetton formed Asia with fellow progressive rock stars Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and Geoffrey Downes. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Hey pandora...pl e a s e include the album Danger Money. Let everyone hear their best album. Thanks
jim_rh
Saw UK at the Cleveland Agora in the fall of 1978. Original lineup, but they played a few song from the yet to be released Danger Money (Carry No Cross was one of them). Truly the best show I've ever experienced.
adejohn8,I saw that original free show at Penn's Landing, Philly - '78 or '79 I think? Amazing. I wore out my UK cassette, and am in the process of wearting out the CD. Like nothing heard before or since ...
Still a kick a** album!
gerryg4
saw this guys last week in a gig in downtown Miami, amazing concert !!
adejohn9, saw the same concert in Philly. Still remember Eddie Jobson silhouetted on a large black backdrop jamming his violin
Saw UK at Penns Landing in Philadelphia free concert was 3rd person there my brother still has Brufords drum sticks awesome show even though a forklift driver took out the right side of the stage during a sound check at lunchtime they had borrowed Aerosmiths equipment from a show the night before at the Spectrum
Saw Jobson with U.K. opening for Tull 14 November 1979, Long Beach Arena, CA; and then Jobson as part of Tull for the A tour, 4 November 1980, Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque NM. Both shows were excellent! Wish I was going on the Cruise To The Edge trip in March to see him again. Maybe...
Denver 79 U.K. opened for Tull Awesome
swjonesmi, I was at that Milwaukee concert, too, but it was not Asia that opened, it was UK, and, correct, it was Wetton and Jobson, and with drummer Terry Bozzio following the Danger Money album. Great show. As far as the Tull, it was basically their Bursting Out tour, which was pretty good, too.
swjonesmi
Also, when I saw King Crimson with Fripp, John Wetton, and Bill Bruford (the Best Line-up in my opinion), John Wetton was playing keyboards, bass, and vocals (Amazing concert! - Top Ten!). I never saw Eddie Jobson play keyboards in Roxy Music, only electric violin.
swjonesmi
It's funny that I was backstage at a Jethro Tull concert in 1979 in Milwaukee, WI and the opening band was Asia with John Wetton and Eddie Jobson. I even talked to both when they wanted to know where to go for a few cocktails. I had seen John Wetton with King Crimson in Detroit years earlier and had seen Eddie Jobson with Roxy Music many times, in Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee. They were great, but not as good as King Crimson or Roxy Music.
I was fortunate enough to see Eddie Jobson with Jethro Tull on the A tour--Housto n , I think, or possibly Boulder, where I also saw Tull opening for the Who (following John Cougar, before he grew a last name) on the It's Hard tour. Don't remember dates like that so much, but I was so blown away by Eddie Jobson's sheer musicianship , particularly on The Pine Marten's Jig, along with Ian Anderson. Danger Money is one of my favorite albums of that period. Freakin' brilliant.
That was an awesome event at Penn's Landing! Fences toppled from the influx of followers and yes, the city was not prepared for the turnout, but still a rememberable day and fantastic show that summer!
I saw UK in Philadelphia when they first came out. It was a free concert in what was the beginning of the Penn's Landing area, in a small fenced off lot under I-95. Unfortunatel y the city wasn't prepared for 30,000 people that showed up to see them.
I DID SEE THIS BAND IN NEW JERSEY A HALL CALLED THE MORRIS STAGE. THE ORIGINAL LINEUP. SME PLACE I SEEN BRAND X AND JEAN LUC PONTY ALL SEPARATE SHOWS. MY GOOD OLD D
AYS. BUT I MITE ADD I JUST SEEN MUSICAL BOX PERFORM GENESIS LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY AT THE WELLMONT IN MONTCLAIR NJ
U.K. Is one of the best non-Gentle Giant albums out there.
cheshirecatb a n
How fortunate I was to be in Kenmore(Bflo ) NY, influenced by the older musicians at high school in the 80's- I thought I was one (metal head) of few kids who moved right on from that after listening to this stuff & taking music seriously- then I read below:
According to Bruford's autobiograph y , John Wetton wanted the band to be more commercial, while he and Holdsworth wanted the music to reflect craftsmanshi p . Wetton sacked Bruford after a show in Philadelphia ; Bruford took Holdsworth and made One Of A Kind, also a classic. Wetton formed Asia and put out a bunch of teenage pop hits. I know what I'd rather listen to. But they're all great on this one, it's definitely a desert islander as many have said!
Amazing band. A friend who worked in an SLC record shop introduced me to their first offering, when I was bemoaning the lousy status of most late 70s pop. I agree, this album goes on the desert island list! Too bad they didn't stay together--im a g i n e what could've been with this talent. Wow!
stringalingu s
I saw these gentlemen in Indianapolis approximatel y 1979. Hadn't heard the album went on the moment's spur. One of the best concerts I've ever seen. Immediately bought their albums and been listening ever since. Would certainly give an ear to anything by any one of them. Andy in Indy
UK in its original incarnation (with Bruford on drums and Holdsworth on guitar) is a gift not just to prog rock but to modern music as a whole. Each of these guys is a musical dynamo in his own right. Together, they move not just mountains, but whole worlds.
love the comments. i never saw UK, but i have seen each member in preceding times/bands and i have seen them all after UK. now, i proclaim this album, UK, would easily be one of my 10. we all know this one, stranded (or banished in my case) on a deserted island, and you can only bring 10 albums. no box sets, etc. hell this album would be one of my 5! i remain, joejoeswim
U.K And tull were a match I'll remember forever. I seen them at the triangle theater after my second yr at the eastman school. I swear Ill never forget this show. I thank My Brother Mark reat his sole for the introduction .
nicholasruff i n
I'll never forget the haunting,but hypnotic and nasal riffs that Holdsworth so gracefully emits.Brings back memories from my High School years.
yep!
Same here - I saw the "Stormwatch" tour..INCRED I B L E SHOW! Both groups stunned us all!
I saw them in NY at the Paladium with my friends from my senior year of high school. Oh what a night of debauchery that was!
Also saw them opening for Tull-one of the greatest concert experiences ever! Everytime I hear a UK song start up, I smile and crank it. For some reason I just feel good when I hear these guys.
Great music! Turn it up!!!!!
simplevision s 5
Saw UK backing up Jethro Tull on the '79 Stormwatch tour--- Still ranks as one of my favorite live shows ever!!
saw them in concert in PUERTO RICO, my dear home land i think it was 1979. men, i tell u, what an incredible and unforgettabl e night that was !!! terry bozzio's drumkit was humongus as well as his solo, but the whole band was something never seen before or after. how lucky i am to have been there!!! thank you LORD!!!
bruford is a bluefish
ftl61
one of the greatest progrock albums ever, shame the group didnt last long, like the firm, blind faith, and others.
such a sweet number. 30 years
really love this record. seen them at the morris stage. in nj.same place i seen brand x and j. luc ponty. memories faded but i wes there at the altar of rock and fusion gods.
johns430
One of the best Prog-Rock bands ever and hardly anyone knows who they were. The problem as I see it is, Polydor Records wasn't a big enough label to get them enough notoriety. There was lack of patience all around. Holdsworth and Bruford left with a large fan base and that was the beginning of the end.
This album is awesome, although impossible to find
Eddie Jobson is one of the most underrated musicians in rock and its sub-genres.
jorgevalenti n e
DANGER MONEY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Pandora needs to update stuff; where is Danger Money?
I saw them back in the day live at the San Diego Sports Arena-they played outstanding. Too bad they broke up! Great album!
I WISH YOU WOULD PLAY SOME SONGS
FROM DANGER MONEY ALBUM
I'm sure I must have heard this 30 years ago. I certainly recognized Holdsworth as soon as the song came on. Bruford's "Feels Good to Me" is still one of my favourites.
This is wonderful! Some of the coolest stuff I've heard in a while.
I saw UK open for Jethro Tull in 1978 or 1980- only 3 members by that time-in Wichita KS and they blew me away
Maybe the best progressive band ever. Yet no one has ever realized this to be true. Now, 30 years after the fact, they are still unmatched.

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