Genre: Progressive Rock
Title: In The Dead Of Night
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth – guitar, Eddie Jobson – keyboards, electric violin, electronics, John Wetton – bass, lead and backing vocals, Bill Bruford – drums, percussion
Engineer: Stephen W Tayler
Mixing Engineer:Stephen W Tayler
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 a tour drummer for Genesis), who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio (formerly of Frank Zappa’s band). UK reformed with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio for a world tour in 2012.
Throughout their brief existence, U.K.’s music was characterised by skilled musicianship, jazzy harmonies, close harmony vocals, odd-numbered time signatures, mixed meters, electric violin solos, and unusually varied synthesiser (Yamaha CS-80) sonorities. Relative to specific styles, the band spans various genres ranging from progressive rock to jazz fusion.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.K._(band) *Editor’s note: In my opinion, what is off to me is the claim of close vocal harmonies of which there was none and the claimed “various genre range of Prog Rock to Jazz Fuzion”. This was a Prog Rock band with Classical based styling, there was no “range”. What is also surprising to me is that I thought this LP would be better than it turned out to be in a musical sense in my opinion.
U.K. is the self-titled debut album by the progressive rock supergroup U.K., released in May 1978 through E.G. Records and Polydor Records.
1. “In The Dead of Night” – This is the title track. This song introduces terrible lead vocals that stay throughout the LP. This song is somewhat avant-garde Prog Rock. It fades with synth into track 2.
2. “By The Light of Day” – This song not only has uninspired lyrics, but the song on the whole sounds uninspired, like it is just there to take up space.
3. “Presto Vivace and Reprise” – This sounds like a continuation of track 2 and is really awful except for the drums.
4. “Thirty Years” – Here is where we get into “prog rock length tunes” clocking in around 8 minutes. This song starts out with keyboards and acoustic guitar in classical form, but after the first four measures it is ruined by bad vocals. I question what made this guy think he could sing. About a quarter way into the song the drums kick in, but don’t improve things much. There are some interesting time signature changes going into more of a Jazz influence.
1. “Alaska” Jobson – This track starts with a synth solo and at about the half-way mark the band kicks in. This song has a jazz influenced prog sound. It is mostly an instrumental and got me thinking “good, something I can listen to”, but towards the end the lead singer comes in and ruins it.
2. “Time To Kill” Jobson, Wetton, Bruford – This comes in as a segue from the first track on this side. This song has good instrumentation and an interesting bridge to it too.
3. “Nevermore” Allan Holdsworth, Jobson, Wetton – This song starts with a solo acoustic jazz guitar as keyboards come in and then drums a few measures later, but once again it is ruined by terrible vocals.
4. “Mental Medication” – The title of this track says how I feel. The vocals sound like a really bad lounge singer.