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28 Sep 2016

UK “Night After Night”1979 UK Prog Rock

UK  “Night After Night”1979 UK Prog Rock
The third and final record by the progressive rock trio U.K. was recorded during a 1979 concert in Japan, although it was not released until after the group disbanded; by this time the group featured bassist and lead vocalist John Wetton with ex-Zappa sidemen Eddie Jobson (keyboards and electric violin) and drummer Terry Bozzio. “Night After Night” serves a driving opener, followed by “Rendezvous 6:02,” primarily a feature for Jobson’s keyboard wizardry. The instrumental “Alaska” is a bit bombastic on the scale of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, though the hard-rocking “In the Dead of Night” makes up for it. Jobson switches to violin for the high-energy closer, “Caesar’s Palace Blues” (which is not actually a blues). This is easily the best of U.K.’s rather small discography….by allmusic…. 
This album was their last album.It shows even more the diferent ideas that Jobson and Wetton had for U.K. This album also has two new songs: “Night After Night” and “As Long as You Want Me Here”, which sound more in Wetton`s Pop Rock style which he developed more in the band Asia. The song “Night After Night” has very good keyboards by Jobson and poweful vocals by Wetton. “Rendezvous 6.02” is played better than the studio version, with more energy and very good drums and percussion by Bozzio and a very good synthesizer solo. “Nothing to Lose” shows the limitations of a trio playing a song which originally had keyboards plus an electric violin solo played simultaneously in the studio version. As both instruments were played by Jobson in the studio, the band played a longer version of this song in concert, with some seconds only played by Wetton and Bozzio while Jobson takes his electric violin for playing the solo.The same happens as Jobson goes back to the keyboards to finish the song. Anyway, this live version is better than the studio version as it has more energy. In general, Wetton sang with more feeling in concerts, I think. “As Long as You Want Me Here” has very good keyboards, and Bozzio, apart from his drum kit, also plays a triangle, a percussion instrument that he also played in “Rendezvous 6.02”. He and Jobson sing backing vocals in this song and in most of the other songs in this album. The song is finished with a fade out in the album. Side Two of this album has 4 songs from their first album. Bozzio plays very good these songs which originally were played by Bill Bruford in their first album. The styles of the two drummers are different, but Bozzio adds his style and energy to these songs. In “Alaska” Jobson plays in one synthesizer the melody that Allan Holdsworth playerd in his guitar in the studio version. For “Time to Kill” , Jobson also leaves the keyboards to play a very good Electric Violin solo. The song is shorter than the studio version, which has a chorus sung at the end of the song, played in the keyboards by Jobson. In this live version, they couldn`t do the “trick” that they did in “Nothing to Lose”, so Jobson finishes the song with his Electric Violin solo without returning to the keyboards for the last chorus of the song. “Presto Vivace” has very good keyboards by Jobson. This song is followed without pause by “In the Dead of Night”, with Jobson playing a very good synthesizer solo, replacing Holdsworth`s lead guitar in the same section of the song which appears in the studio version.The last song in this album is an almost “Heavy Prog Metal” version of “Caesar`s Palace Blues”, played by Jobson on the electric violin, with energetic solos, showing how good he could fill the sound of the band in concert with his playing. In general, this is a very good album, with a very good recording and mixing. This album was recorded in Japan in June 1979, being mixed in the same month in England, and it was released in September 1979. The band carried on tour until December 1979. After the tour, Jobson and Wetton agreed to take a six months break, after which they were going to decide which musical style was better for the band. During that time, Wetton recorded his first solo album, titled “Caught in a Crossfire”, while Jobson joined Jethro Tull as guest for their “A” album, and he was on tour with them until early 1981. U.K. never played together again.They split. In early 1981, John Wetton formed the band Asia. In the mid 90s, Jobson and Wetton planned to record a new U.K. album, with Bruford, Holdsworth and others as guests. But Wetton left the project, called “Legacy”. Jobson said that he was going to finish the album as a solo album, without including Wetton`s contributions. Until now, the album has not been released. …by progarchives…..
I knew this album at the first time when I had a recorded cassette of Bruford Tapes where the leftover space of C-60 cassette was filled with “Alaska” - “Time To Kill” of this album. Yes, “Alaska” really blew me away at first spin especially in creating curiosity “what’s next after this (segment)” during the keyboard-drone music by Eddie Jobson. When I was in Bandung during my study I once saw a multi purpose car with sizeable (I can see it from 20 meter distance) sticker of this album cover posted at rear body. Wow man! What a rocking car! It stimulated my adrenalin to race rapidly because the car looked really awesome with that sticker. I talked to myself how this guy got this beautiful and rocking sticker? Well, it’s not my business but the spirit was that I envy on him having that rare sticker posted in his car. Why? Because I knew that UK is a great band and I had listened to two tracks of this live set.
When the digital era arrived in our age, I saw the CD of this album displayed in Jakarta’s CD stores but I did not buy it until such a long time because the price is not friendly at all. But finally, I purchased it because I have no choice man. And, I have no regret at all having this CD in my collection even though with high price. Value for money. Yes, the live set features UK Mark II as three-piece band: John Wetton (bass, vocals), Eddie Jobson (keyboards, electric violin) and Terry Bozzio (drums). It’s basically the Danger Money line-up.
Opened with “Night after Night” (5:21) - a song that I have no idea where is it coming from because it was not part of any two albums the band recorded - the band puts their effort heating-up the show as the music here is quiet empty with a song style as a bit poppy one. But it’s OK as I enjoy Wetton’s voice. In fact this song reminds me to the music of Asia where Wetton joined later. “Rendez-vous 6:02” (5:17) is really a memorable track for me personally. This track was once a hit in Bandung circa eighties when Radio OZ frequently aired this song regularly. Mainly composed with inventive keyboard work combined with Wetton power vocal, this song characterized the late seventies / eighties music scene at that time. In “Nothing to Lose” (5:25) Eddie Jobson performs his electric violin solo wonderfully. I really love the violin solo part of this song.
“Alaska” - “Time to Kill” (4:17) is performed energetically with great keyboard / electric violin work combined with dynamic drum work by Terry Bozio and excellent vocal / bass of John Wetton. The show continues with the pperformance of two songs from debut album: “Presto Vivace” (1:12) - I like this track very much - and “In the Dead of Night” (6:22) which has become the band’s legendary track. Wow man . It stirs my emotion when I listen to this hard-driving track with great violin and bass lines. The live set concludes with a song from Danger Money album: “Caesar’s Palace Blues” (4:58).
Overall, it’s an excellent live set with excellent live vibes - not through the crowd but through the energy that spark from the music the band plays. Really cool. If you love violin in rock music, this album is definitely for you. Keep on proggin’ ..!
Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW….  by progarchives…..
Drums – Terry Bozzio 
Engineer – Michael Braunstein 
Engineer [Second] – Mitch Gibson 
Producer, Bass, Vocals – John Wetton 
Producer, Violin [Electric], Keyboards – Eddie Jobson 
Recorded live at Sun Plaza and Seinen Kan. Tokyo, June 1979. 
Original release on EG Records Ltd 
A1 Night After Night 5:21 
A2 Rendezvous 6:02 5:17 
A3 Nothing To Lose 5:25 
A4 As Long As You Want Me Here 5:00 
B1 Alaska 4:21 
B2 Time To Kill 4:17 
B3 Presto Vivace 1:12 
B4 In The Dead Of Night 6:22 
B5 Caesar’s Palace Blues 4:58 

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