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  • Audio CD (3 May 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000026GL5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Presto Vivace And Reprise 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Thirty Years 8:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Alaska 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Time To Kill 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nevermore 8:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mental Medication 7:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the last great progressive rock album from the golden era. UK were a prog supergroup. Bruford and Wetton, ex King Crimson, Jobson, ex Roxy Music and Holdsworth, ex Soft Machine and Gong. Bruford has made it known that he was not happy at the dissolution of Crimson after the "Red" album. He thought there was still mileage in the beast, though Fripp had other ideas. UK was an opportunity to continue the legacy. With Holdsorth filling the guitarists role, this is a very different band than Crimson. Bruford was keen to develop a more jazzy style which was exemplified in his excellent first solo album, "Feels Good to Me" which Holdsworth appeared on. Jobson and particularly Wetton wanted a more commercial sound. It was those opposing views which eventually led to the band splitting in two after their eponymous album. But for now the gel worked admirably. The soloing by both Holdsworth and Jobson, on electric violin is excellent. Jobsons synth work on the polyphonic CS80 adds an incredibly rich, sumptuous feel to the album. Wettons crunching bass is toned down, which suits the material and arrangements. Brufords drumming is as usual crisp and precise.
With such a distinguished cast, the material is surprisingly not overtly showy or indulgent. The songs are expertly crafted and arranged. "Thirty Years" and the multi-part "In the Dead of Night" are excellent vehicles for Jobson and Holdsworth. The coupling of "Alaska" and "Time to Kill" is brilliant. Jobsons glacial synths on "Alaska" builds to a crescendo for Holdsworth to add his trademark flourishes. "Time to Kill" has one of Jobsons best violin solos.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
As hinted in one of the reviews below, the previously announced idea in 1977 of whizz-kid Jobson teaming up with the defunct King Crimson rhythm section and Guitar God Allan Holdsworth seemed auspicious but potentially too-good-to-be-true, and perhaps a little anachronistic taking on board the general sea change that music was already going through in so many different ways in those times.

How quickly we were silenced, how devilishly good this album was ... how dare they be that good ! Holdsworth departed, denouncing UK's music as too 'frilly' and hooked up with Bruford to graze jazzier pastures for a while. Fine as UK's follow up 'Danger Money' is, I think this one is the better of the two. All the ingredients are there - great melodies, breathtaking interaction of musicians, Wetton in very fine voice, bold exciting runs contrasting with quieter contemplative passages.

Throwing down the gauntlet here, but might I suggest that this was the last truly great British progressive rock album ? Whatever, essential stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zomby Woof on 28 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yes I have to agree with 'The Wolf' that 'Mental Medication' & 'Time to Kill' are a bit duff but the rest of this album is so brilliantly original that I had to give it five stars. All the other tracks have a fantastic blend of power and subtlety and although John Wetton does have limited vocal ability his voice nonetheless sounds perfectly suited to this bands music. This album could be used as a standard hi-fi demonstration recording much as Floyds' Dark Side of the Moon has over the years (though unlikely to be as popular!). I recently bought the 30th anniversary CD to replace my worn out vinyl. The price was a little more than I would want to pay for a CD (around £15) but I just had to have it as there is an annoying scratch on my LP right in the middle of 'Nevermore', my favourite track. Saw this band a couple of years after this album was first released and they were superb but I think destined to be short-lived. Of course John Wetton then went on to form 'supergroup' Asia. Oh dear how sad never mind!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Garrie on 13 Aug 2009
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The début UK album remains one of the best progressive rock albums of all time, whose appeal extends beyond the normal 'prog set' and into the worlds of jazz/fusion and even new wave. My original vinyl sounds so good I used to use it all the time to demo speakers when I was in the sound business. After many years without any reissue on CD I was excited at this new release which was anticipated greatly by fans.
When I put it on it sounded as though the worst A-to-D conversion equipment in the history of sound was used to master it. Gone was the driving bass and the crystal clear treble. This cd is thin, muddy, and frankly awful. Shame on who ever did the mastering of this cd. I cannot think of a greater missed opportunity.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
A stunning release from the shortlived supergroup UK. Containing a mini classic 'In The Dead Of Night' [covered by Yngwie Malmsteen on his 'Inspiration' album] which see all manner of slippery sliding guitar work from virtuoso Allan Holdsworth. This album takes a few spins to really appreciate but then it rewards in fine style. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William G. Mclernon on 27 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
This was a remaster I wasn't expecting. It's not often that you get one where the sound has genuine new depth and a case of, "Gee, I've never heard that bit before." It does have some failings; The lyrics for 'Mental Medication' must have been written on the bus on the way to the studio and no one bothered to check them over before John Wetton opened his mouth to sing them.
A minor irritation in an otherwise terrific album. I can still remember being blown away when Phil Collins played 'In the Dead of Night' when he was Guest D.J. On BBC Radio 1. It was my first introduction to the album. I knew of all the players but the result was sublime.
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