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3.72 | 325 ratings

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4 stars UK deliver a sensational prog album with musical innovation and odd time signatures.

True prog album from super group of the late 70s, featuring Wetton always great on vocals and bass, Jobson on keyboards and electric violin, and Bozzio, accomplished drummer. Bruford and Holdsworth were gone but it is great that the band continued relentlessly producing this excellent album.

This is UK, one of the most revered acts of the Symphonic prog scene, presenting an album full of creativity and full blown prog classics. Here are the tracks and all have highlights:

The violin work on this album is astounding, listen to Caesar Palace Blues for a prime example. Jobson is one of the most dynamic violinists, hard to beat this effort.

Danger Money is the title track with a slow paced off beat signature, it never hits the beat where it is meant to, and it sounds so majestic with those huge keyboard flourishes. The ambient atmosphere is strong, eventually releasing for Wetton's vocals; "3000 miles from home, it was a hell of a lifestyle, I take the job again, danger money."

Rendezvous 602 is a beautiful piece replete with soft keyboards and gentle vocals. This takes a while to get going but has a wonderful keyboard solo and accomplished piano.

The Only Thing She Needs has wonderful percussion and Emerson like organ staccato hammering. The time sig is off kilter and competes with Wetton's great vocals.

Nothing To Lose is a moderate rocking track with sustained synthesizer chords. The harmonies remind me of The Sweet, but the time sig changes often enough to give it that unique UK flavour. Jobson shows real flair on this with upbeat organ sounds, and Wetton sings very well throughout. The violin solo is fabulous, almost like a lead guitar in places. A definitive highlight.

Carrying No Cross ends it with some peculiar guitar playing and wailing singing. It builds to a rocking riff and pounding drums. The time sigs change suddenly without warning and return again to the main sig. it is astounding how tight UK is on this track. The keyboard solo is a furious triggerfingering style with elongated chords and the bass guitar keeps a sporadic rhythm.

It ends the album on a high note, and unfortunately this was the last studio album for the band as they parted their separate ways. They left behind two scintillating studio releases that showed the rest how it is done. Genuine prog from virtuoso musicians who knew the genre.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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