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Asia Heat Of The Moment Asia 1982; Debut album & first single. Written by Jon Wetton & keyboardist Geoff Downes. formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. THIS SHOW IS A TRIBUTE TO VOCALIST, BASSIST & SONG-WRITER JOHN WETTON OF KING CRIMSON, U.K., ASIA, ICON, ROXY MUSIC, URIAH HEEP & MORE, WHO PASSED AWAY THIS TUESDAY, JAN.31st, 2017, AT THE AGE OF 67.
U.K. In The Dead Of Night U.K. E.G. 1978; Debut; The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton (formerly of King Crimson, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry's band and Uriah Heep), keyboardist/electric violinist Eddie Jobson (formerly of Curved Air, Roxy Music and Frank Zappa's band), guitarist Allan Holdsworth (formerly of Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime and Gong) and drummer Bill Bruford (formerly a full member of Yes and King Crimson, and also a tour drummer for Genesis), who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio (formerly of Frank Zappa's band). UK reformed with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio for a world tour in 2012. I saw the reunion at NEARfest in Bethlehem, PA.
U.K. By The Light Of Day U.K. E.G. 1978; Debut;
U.K. Presto Vivace and Reprise U.K. E.G. 1978
U.K. Rendezvous 6:02 Danger Money E.G. 1979; 2nd & final album
King Crimson Book Of Saturday Larks' Tongues In Aspic Island 1973; 5th studio album; 1st album with John Wetton on vocals and bass; Writers on this track: Fripp, Wetton, Richard Palmer-James
King Crimson Starless Red Island 1974; 7th studio album, final with Wetton on vocals & bass; The original lyrics and melody for "Starless" were written by John Wetton. He intended the song to be the title track of the group's previous album Starless and Bible Black. Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford initially disliked the song and declined to record it for that album. Instead the group chose an instrumental improvisation as the title track. However, "Starless" was later revived, its lyrics altered and a long instrumental section (based on a bass riff written by Bruford) added to it, and performed live between March and June 1974. For the Red recording sessions, the lyrics were again altered (with contributions by Richard Palmer-James). The haunting introductory theme, originally played by David Cross, was taken over by the guitar, with Fripp making minor alterations to the melody. As the title "Starless and Bible Black" had already been used, the original title was shortened to "Starless". As the last track on the last King Crimson album of the 1970s, it features several moments which recall earlier releases. It starts with mellotron strings, electric guitar and a saxophone, playing in a style recalling "Epitaph" from In the Court of the Crimson King. These introduce a vocal segment in conventional verse-chorus structure. The middle section of the song is a build-up of dynamics and tone in 13/4 which recalls "The Talking Drum" from Larks' Tongues in Aspic. Starting with John Wetton's bass, then shortly after joined by Bill Bruford on woodblocks and cymbals which gradually progress and increase until the entire drum kit is utilized, and Robert Fripp's guitar repeating a two note theme in a repetitive rhythm, the playing of each member gradually becomes louder, more distorted and much wilder in each verse, though the tempo stays constant. All the while Fripp's guitar plays only two different notes in each verse, gradually ascending the musical scale of the piece while increasing the loudness and distortion in line with the increasingly louder playing of the bass, and the more frenetic playing of the drums. The unusual 13/4 time signature allows for a lot of creative rhythmic playing by Bruford, which rhythms mirror the increasing tensions building in both the ascension of Fripp's tonal scale and the gradually more distorted and menacing bass and guitar playing. The song's final section begins with an abrupt transition to a fast, jazzy saxophone solo with distorted guitars and bass, expressive tribal drumming by Bruford, and the tempo doubling up to a time signature of 13/8. The solo ends and the song drives now at its peak in 13/8 time, with Wetton's original bass line repeated at the double time speed at full volume and distortion, Fripp also at full volume distortion at the highest note of the musical scale of the piece and Bruford pounding the drums at full intensity. With all of the players hitting full out power at top speed, the song reaches its climax. This recalls the wilder section of "21st Century Schizoid Man", the band's signature piece from that era (and also from In the Court of the Crimson King). Finally, the sax once more enters, and the song ends with a reprise of the opening melody.
Brian Eno Baby's On Fire Here Come The Warm Jets Island 1974; Debut solo album by Eno; Wetton plays bass on this track and on "Driving Me Backwards"
King Crimson Easy Money Larks' Tongues In Aspic Island 1973; 5th studio album; Song heavily features wildy free-ranging experimental percussionist Jamie Muir, whose percussion rig featured exotic, eccentric instrumentation including chimes, bells, thumb piano/mbiras, a musical saw, shakers, rattles, found objects (such as sheet metal, toys and baking trays), plus miscellaneous drums and chains.
King Crimson Lament Starless and Bible Black Island 1974; 6th studio; The phrase "Starless and Bible Black" is a quotation from the first two lines of Welsh poet & playwright Dylan Thomas's play, Under Milk Wood." The phrase appears in "Starless," the final song on the K.C. album "Red," and Wetton intended for "Starless" the song to be titled "Starless and Bible Black" and to appear on this album, but Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford initially disliked the song and declined to record it for that album. Instead the group chose an instrumental improvisation as the title track. However, "Starless" was later revived, its lyrics altered and a long instrumental section (based on a bass riff written by Bruford) added to it, and performed live between March and June 1974. For the Red recording sessions, the lyrics were again altered (with contributions by Richard Palmer-James). The haunting introductory theme, originally played by David Cross, was taken over by the guitar, with Fripp making minor alterations to the melody. As the title "Starless and Bible Black" had already been used, the original title was shortened to "Starless".
Asia Sole Survivor Asia 1982; Debut; 4th single. In 2000, the song was referenced in satirical newspaper The Onion with a brief article titled "Sole Survivor Of Air Crash Has Asia's 'Sole Survivor' Stuck In Head."
U.K. Carrying No Cross Danger Money E.G. 1979; 2nd & final album; John Wetton – bass, lead and backing vocals, guitar, Eddie Jobson – keyboards, electric violin; Terry Bozzio – drums, percussion
King Crimson One More Red Nightmare Red Island 1974; 7th studio album
King Crimson Great Deceiver [radio edit] Starless and Bible Black Island 1974; 6th studio
Uriah Heep Shout It Out Return to Fantasy Bronze 1975; 8th studio; first Uriah Heep album with John Wetton as bassist
U.K. Nothing To Lose Danger Money E.G. 1979; 2nd & final album
Roxy Music Out Of The Blue (Live At The Apollo, Glasgow) Viva! Island November, 1973; Live album
Roxy Music If There Is Something (Live At The Apollo, Glasgow) Viva!
Asia Don't Cry Alpha Geffen 1983; 2nd studio album; 1st single
King Crimson Fallen Angel Red Island 1974; 7th studio album
Brian Eno Driving Me Backwards Here Come The Warm Jets Island 1974; Debut solo album by Eno; Wetton plays bass on this track and on "Baby's On Fire" as well.
King Crimson Fracture Starless and Bible Black Island 1974; 6th studio
U.K. Time To Kill U.K. E.G. 1978; Debut
U.K. Danger Money Danger Money E.G. 1979; 2nd & final album
King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part I Larks' Tongues In Aspic Island 1973