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NIGHT AFTER NIGHT

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Eclectic Prog

3.41 | 106 ratings

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Guillermo
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4 stars 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.
Guillermo | 4/5 |

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