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4 stars UK - Danger Money (1979)

Late symphonic prog of early neo-progressive rock?

This must have been the bright spot of the year 1979, a technical yet catchy key-focussed prog album with great compositions. Of course the band-members were all known prog musicians. John Wetton played bass in Roxy Music and King Crimson, in the latter he was also the vocalist during KC's progressive metal period. Terry Bozzio is a known drummer from the jazz-rock scene and Frand Zappa. Eddy Jobson also played in Roxy Music, but yet had to become a famous keyboardist with his central role in UK.

Now the cast has been discussed, the style of the music becomes self-evident. We get to listen to modern sound progressive rock with a focus on keyboards and a lot of technical jazz-rock influences. The chord progressions of Jobson are spectacular at times and his synthesizers sound surprisingly acceptable with the eighties in sight. His electric violin is also a reason to get interested in this record. His skills are amazing and the amplification makes it fit into the modern music. The drums sound a bit to polished for my tastes, but the contribution to the music is quite big because of the small line-up. The bass-playing of Wetton is also polished and I would have loved to have seen some King Crimson influences in his style. His vocals are gentle and catchy throughout.

Danger Money, The Only Thing She Needs, Carrying no cross are focussed on the progressive side of the music with interesting compositions, lot's of ideas, harmonic inventiveness and an intelligent rhythmical approach. The music is a bit too up-tempo to call it neo-prog, but the sound of UK can at least be seen as a big leap to it.

Nothing to Loose and Rendez-Vous are the reason this lp can be found for cheap prices on a lot of different places. The 'hit' potential of these songs was big. Still the songs are full of inventiveness and nice catchy (but intelligently harmonic) vocals of Wetton. They are just 'good' songs on the albums, though Rendez-Vous has some really sticky melodies that can be enjoyed even after the record is finished (in your own head that is).

Conclusion. We've found ourselves another nice record for the shelves. Known musicians playing great symphonic/neo progressive music with both technical and emotional elements. My one complaint is the polished production that has little fantasy and their are few atmospheric parts. Four stars for this one!

friso | 4/5 |


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