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4 stars An American in UK

The line up of UK that made their excellent self-titled debut album consisted of four people. Only John Wetton and Eddie Jobson stayed for this follow up while Allan Holdsworth and Bill Bruford left. Bruford was replaced with Terry Bozzio on drums but Holdsworth was not replaced, reducing the band to a trio. Bozzio's presence is a bit ironic considering the band's name since he is an American.

The loss of Allan Holdsworth on guitars made it necessary to fill the void with more keyboards and violin. This put the sound of UK a bit closer that of Emerson Lake & Palmer, but Danger Money is in my opinion as strong as the self-titled debut and also up to par with most of the better albums by Emerson Lake & Palmer. The keyboards are very Keith Emerson-like on many parts. While this is quite different from the debut, it is still very much UK partly due to Wetton's very distinctive vocals and bass guitar play and Jobson's violin work. These were some of the things that made UK special.

Wetton once again wrote some great songs for Danger Money and there are hardly any weak moments. The album has only six tracks and all are very good. I would even say that Wetton's career was at its peak when he was in UK. This is even more true of Eddie Jobson. Despite having played with many prominent Prog groups, Jobson's best work was right here with UK in my opinion.

As I said, the two UK albums are quite dissimilar but both are excellent additions to your Prog collection. And since they are different from each other you need both of them!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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