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.