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John Wetton


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Artur Pokojski
1 stars John Wetton's career is a history of artistical degradation. John is - or rather was - talented bassist player and characteristic voice of the most memorable King Crimson version (Fripp, Cross, he and Bruford made three pure gems in the rock history: "Larks Tongues in Aspic" (also with Muir), "Starless and Bible Black", and "Red"). Moeover, Wetton made good impression playing his parts at the famous improvisations during the shows (we can hear it on "Great deceiver box", "Night watch" double CD, and some KCCC stuff). At the end of the seventies John was a part of an interesting project called U.K. (with Jobson, Bruford, Holdsworth, later with Bozzio). Two studio albums - "U.K.", "Danger money" and the live one "Night after night" were an ambitious positions, much better, than albums recorded by the prog giants - Yes or Genesis in these years. Everything changed when the Asia was born. Pop songs played by the well known members of the biggest prog bands (Palmer - ELP, Howe - Yes and Downes) were accepted by the MTV and radio stations. Asia was the machine to making money, but the quality of the band's songs was dramatically low. This trashy pop maneer will be the way of John Wetton's musical career from that time. Crucifying, tame pop with a naive lyrics - it is how the Wetton's solo albums sounds. There is nothing interesting there for anybody, who loves his KC/U.K. works. The only track, which is valuable on "Sinister" is according to I, an instrumental "E-scape" (with original KC members - Fripp, and McDonald) - it is a tasteful musical landscape played on soundscape guitar, flute and keyboards. Unfortunately, few minutes of good music is in my opinion a little too less, to feel satisfaction. Better stay away.
Artur Pokojski | 1/5 |


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