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1) U.K. were a short-lived British progressive rock supergroup active from 1977 through 1980.

In September 1976, singer/bassist John Wetton formerly of the British Psychedelic band Family (with Roger Chapman and Rick Grech) and drummer Bill Bruford, both alumni of King Crimson, worked on forming a band with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The project was stopped by Wakeman’s label. According to Bruford, “A&M Records were unwilling to let their ‘star,’ Wakeman, walk off with a used, slightly soiled King Crimson rhythm section, and the idea failed.”

Determined to work together, Bruford and Wetton next asked guitarist Robert Fripp to reform King Crimson which Fripp had disbanded in 1974. When Fripp declined, Bruford and Wetton decided that each would bring in a musician of his choice to formulate a band. Wetton brought in keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, whom Wetton knew from his work with Roxy Music in 1976 – “stealing” him from Frank Zappa. Bruford recruited guitarist Allan Holdsworth (formerly of Soft Machine and Gong) who had played guitar on Bruford’s 1977 debut solo album, Feels Good to Me.

U.K. released their self-titled début album in 1978 and followed it with a supporting tour.

Following two lengthy American tours (June-October 1978), first Holdsworth and then Bruford departed U.K. over musical differences, going on to form the jazz rock fusion group Bruford. After the departure of Bruford and Holdsworth, U.K. didn’t bring in another guitarist.


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  • Ragaberto7

    The various original bootlegs of what was to be the original band's second album -- now obtainable-- are gems, however. Still, as a long-time prog aficionado, I wish this lineup had lasted for several years longer. Who knows what it could've created. Imagine a 20+ minute composition (such as "Close to the Edge") by this foursome!

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • sl8221958

    The first album U. K. is a prog lover's "must own". 2nd lp Danger Money has it's moments (Rendezvous 6.02 and Danger Money tracks esp.) Live album was a let down, dammit!

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Tricksta_P

    Truly one of the pinnacles of progressive rock.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • redjujufish

    who's that pretty lady in the photo, oh wait it's jobson

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    Bruford is absolute monster on The Only Thing She Needs. The entire band's chemistry is great on both their self-titled and Danger Money, but Bill's masterful drumming is the real highlight for me.

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tsnamm

    Last FM has 2 listings for this band UK and U.K. both the same of course...need some "disambiguation" I think...

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • sed1skinbase

    1st one the best tho

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • hookbags

    Last FM needs to do something about these dumb and ignorant bands who take the names of established artists. This KU album should not be included here it is NOT a UK album.

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ortokineza

    Great music. It's a real pity, that THE name - ironically - makes them so much harder to explore.

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Dasein_60

    Awesome music. What a great short lived prog rock band. Long live Wetton, Holdsworth, and Bruford!

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • danielreisinger

    hey friend, check out our band: and/or!/TheGrandGreenOfficial :) tell me, what you think about it and do not hesitate getting friends of us and mine :) guess you like it if you like UK!

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • waldi62

    sory 3 albums

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • waldi62

    Ошибка, неправильный диск пойман группы Великобритании: группа имеет только 4 альбома (группа) Открыть профиль | Написать waldi62

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • waldi62

    Tłumaczenie (polski > angielski) Error, wrong disc caught the UK band: The group has only 4 albums (band) View Profile | Leave waldi62

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • waldi62

    Blad, zle plyty wciagniete do zespolu UK: Grupa posiada tylko 4 albumy Zobacz profil | Zostaw wiadomość dla waldi62

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • dzyndzla

    Carrying no cross is a masterpiece. EOM

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    @chordual in fact, there is a 70's prog-rock band called Nirvana.

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • nrotolisator

    no Rendezvous 6.02 in the top track, shit

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • newwavelad

    el classico......great band

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Chordual1

    How is there another rock group named UK without a copyright infringement? Does that mean I can start a rock band and call it The Yardbirds or Nirvana and be included on their pages and Wikis as well? I just want the band I'm looking for and not anything else on their page.

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
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