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Concert Classics Live

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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ranch Life
  • ASIN: B00000IN4E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alaska
  2. Time to Kill
  3. The Only Thing She Needs
  4. Carrying No Cross
  5. Thirty Years
  6. In the Dead of Night
  7. Caesar's Palace Blues

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Format: Audio CD
Recorded after the release of the first album, but with Bruford and Holdsworth still on board, this CD contains live recordings of "Carrying No Cross" & "Caesars Palace Blues" from "Danger Money" as well as stand out tracks from their eponymous first album.
Wetton introduces these tracks as from "the first album, sorry, our only album" - by the time the band made it into the studio to record the second album Bruford & Holdsworth had moved on, to be replaced by Terry Bozio.
Fun to compare the original four man line-up's performances of songs from the second album with the trio's studio versions, but essentially this CD will mainly be of interest to the band's fan base. Newcomers who want to hear UK at their best should invest in the first album ( q.v. )
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If you are a UK fan you will want to add this to your collection. Great musicians, but not as dynamic but easier on the ears as when the rhythm section ie Bruford & Wetton played in Crimson. However, as always Holdsworth adds brilliant guitar work, where he was developing a more distinct style, not just the ultra-speed & perpetual solo work heard whilst in Soft Machine.

I remember seeing them playing in Manchester, Jobson was the only guy I wasnt familiar with but he was a revelation on keyboards & violin, & JW had nearly lost his voice. This recording isnt the highest quality (compare to the excellent Crimson releases of gigs a few years earlier) although its acceptable. Maybe it was the mixing?

The band dont always appear totally cohesive on this so the magical moments heard on the first studio album arent recreated. JW's voice does sound a bit worse for wear although he still has a great voice & he his bass playing stepped back from the inventiveness & excitement of Crimson here playing with a rasping, low-end as I believe he had invested in some electronic gizmos (someone with more knowledge will undoubtedly explain them).

The potential of this band was stupendous & its great to hear this & listen to each musician rather than the interplay. I would love to hear more of these 4 guys live, but I will have to content myself with regular playing of this as I drive around the country.

I agree with the other reviewer, if you want an intro, get the first album. Some of the interplay between EJ & AH still sends shivers down my spine.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting addition to the U.K. catalog 9 Jan. 2006
By Squire Jaco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Similar to other "Concert Classics" recordings near the end of the 1970's, this one starts out with some mix problems on the first track, that are soon fixed for the rest of the cd. This should in no way deter you from purchasing this cd; it's VERY enjoyable.

This is the only place where you'll find a legal recording of all four original members of U.K. live in concert, and they sound just superb. The best thing about it is being able to hear three songs (with slightly different arrangements) from the yet-to-be-recorded "Danger Money" album being performed live with Bruford's drumming, and Holdsworth's guitar touches - neither performer was still with the band when that studio album was recorded, so this is special stuff.

You know how a lot of prog acts tend to sound derivative of other prog acts? Well, U.K. ain't one of 'em! With Wetton's strong, rich voice (and melodic bass guitar), Jobson's frenetic keys and violin, the one-of-a-kind sound of Holdsworth's guitar, and Bruford's unique jazz-rock drumming style, this band was an authentic original, forging new and beautiful music in the progressive/jazz fusion genre.

A true supergoup from the 70's that lived up to its expectations, U.K. unfortunately had only a very small catalogue of recorded material (non-bootleg, that is). So a gem like this is hard to pass up. If you can find it, be sure to snatch it up! ESSENTIAL album from one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time.

I value interesting music that is played and recorded well. This cd's rating was based on:
Music quality = 8.6/10; Performance = 9.5/10; Production = 8/10; CD length = 9/10.
Overall score weighted on my proprietary scale = 8.8 ("4-1/2 stars")
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historic value for Bruford/UK/Wetton fans 20 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THis is my humble opinion after hearing the live UK CD
1. This recording finally reveals to me the disintegration between the Holdsworth/Bruford versus the Wetton/Jobson camps. It is clearly indicated that Bruford wanted to maintain the high 'Crimson' spontaneity and free-form spirit, while on the other hand Jobson sticks closely to the studio arrangements. The same goes for Holdsworth. 'In The Dead Of Night' is clearly a disaster.
2. Interesting blueprints of 'The Only Thing She Needs' and 'Carrying No Cross'. I wonder how much influence Bruford gave to Bozzio to finalize the grooves. 'Carrying No Cross' showed how the basic song was intended to be (song-dramatic instrumental-song). Many parts seems to turn out to be blueprints for Bruford's 'Sahara Of Snow' and 'Five G'.
3. This live recording offers much more 'raw flesh' compared to the sterile Night After Night (which I personally suspect of containing studio keyboard overdubs).
The official announcement recently is that Eddie Jobson requested Renaissance Records to halt this CD's production (due legal disputes between U.K. members and EG Records who sold this tape to Renaissance). However, be lucky if you still can get a copy of it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance but Mediocre Recording 13 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just received this. The performances are excellent, however, the sound quality does leave a little to be desired. The notes also are WRONG, the neglect of "The Only Things She Needs", which is the third song on the disc, and the incorrect times of "Alaska" and "Time To Kill" also cries out for Renaissance Records to hire a proofreader. I also feel that the crowd is too noisy at the beginning (damn American audiences and their hooting) and it sounds as if the sound board was not properly checked at the beginning of the set. For example, Wetton's vocals are mixed down at the beginning of "Time To Kill". There also is a noticeable tape hiss during the first songs. The quality picks up noticeably during "Carrying No Cross" and I can't make those same points in the later songs, particularly "In The Dead Of Night". I really liked "Caesar Palace Blues", with the guitar - violin interplay. All in all, a very good representation of a too short-lived band.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent live album from U.K. 2 Mar. 2008
By Johnny Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This 1999 release in Caroline's ongoing 'Concert Classics' features the progressive supergroup U.K. from a concert in Boston during their 1978 tour.

John Wetton, Eddie Jobson, Allan Holdsworth and Bill Bruford are all performing on this one. Unlike 'Night After Night,' these are the original members at their finest.

As a previous reviewer stated, this CD has it's highlights, but the group does have their fair share of errors. 'In The Dead Of Night' is a fine example. Wetton and Bruford go freeform, while Jobson and Holdsworth stick to the studio arrangements, which led to some 'accidents.'

It's nice to hear 'Caesar's Palace Blues,' 'The Only Thing She Needs,' and 'Carrying No Cross' with the original members. They all appeared on 1979's 'Danger Money' record, which was released after Holdsworth and Bruford departed and the band signed to Polydor Records.

Another previous reviewer pointed out that a Japanese import titled 'Live In Japan' has been released with apparently much better sound quality and comes in a mini sleeve as well. The sound quality on this set is okay, but compared to 'Night After Night' is just average.

I don't own the Japanese version, but I do own the 'Concert Classics' version. The group pulled the release in early 2000 because of financial disagreements between Caroline and Jobson. But if you can get your hands on a copy, do buy it for the historical value.

Highly recommended for U.K. and progressive rock fans. ENJOY!!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Addition for U.K. Fans 5 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with previous reviewer on sound quality - once you get past "Time to Kill", the rest sounds great and is mixed well. Great instrumental performances throughout! Jobson and Holdsworth are not in limelight (much) anymore, but their talents are well-represented here. But it's the "group" performance, arrangements, and inter-play that makes this an outstanding recording (and there's enough variation from the studio originals to keep it interesting).
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