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ULTIMATE ZERO TOUR - LIVE

Eddie Jobson

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4 stars A long time went by for Eddie Jobson, since his first Tour with UK in the late seventies! So, by passing through a lot of experiences as a session man and producer as well (here including also three solo albums and a new work regarding a sort of "Reunion" concerning the UK ensemble- entitled UKZ "Radiation"...), such a versatile musician shows his ability to gather some different session men (such as Tony Levin at the stick and Gregg Howe as a guest guitarist), with the collaboration of John Wetton!! Naturally He doesn't make us complain about this live project...in fact, first of all you have to forget the original ensemble, as the sound has been updated in comparison to the original feature characterizing the first two albums (a couple of vynils enriched by means of the analogic keyboards, like the famous polyphonic CS-80); then a lot of nostalgia is able to characterize our first approach to the present live, above all when you can listen to all the classics by UK, even though We miss the sound of A. Holdsworth and especially the versatility/skill by Terry Bozzio (here replaced by Simon Phillips on drums, being very good as a session drummer anyway...). This way, all the tracks by UK are still quite fascinating after 30 years; instead in the experimental tracks by King Crimson (like for instance "Starless" and partially also "One More Red Nightmare") I miss Robert Fripp on guitars and the intelligent drumming by Bill Bruford, despite the good new arrangements...so probably four stars in the evaluation is too much, but your collection regarding the prog live gigs all over the world, can be enriched by means of a modern "Carryng No Cross" within DISC Z (if you love the 70' s analogic synths and appreciate the best style by John Wetton on vocals) plus the best tracks by Eddie as a keyboardplayer, those are "Alaska" and "Presto Vivace", which alone probably are worth the price regarding DISC U!! Then, talking about DISC Z, probably "RED" is the second tune, after the mentioned above "Carrying no Cross", being well worth to be checked out in their particular arrangements!! Besides the tracks taken by Eddie's solo albums are interesting, even though not properly unforgettable, but nevermind...actually I'm so sorry about the fact that the reunion of the original ensemble by UK has never been realized so far, but the session men involved in this strange live project have performed a good job in the recent times anyway and for me that's enough!
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