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I saw this in Gary Davis' "Artist Shop" Newsletter (http://www.artist-shop.com).  Some exciting news for us fans of U.K. and Wetton!  Read on:

Before we get into the new and forthcoming releases, I want to address a couple inquiries that a lot of people have recently sent me, both on the band U.K. First, in the last newsletter was the following entry for a forthcoming Japanese mini:

U.K. - LIVE IN BOSTON (JPN LP SLEEVE) $32.95

Japanese limited edition issue in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve.

A lot of people have inquired into what exactly this was as U.K. never had a release titled "Live in Boston" and their "Night After Night" live album was recorded in Japan. Some of you may recall, though, that in 1999 there was another live U.K. album that was put out on the Renaissance label that was titled "Concert Classics Volume 4." This was a live recording of the original quartet - Eddie Jobson, John Wetton, Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth - performing songs not only from their debut album, but also three songs - The Only Thing She Needs, Carrying No Cross and Caesars Palace Blues - that would later end up on Danger Money. The significance was that Bruford and Holdsworth departed the group before recording that album and so aren't on those tracks, but here were live recordings featuring them performing those songs! Sadly that album went out of print within a couple weeks of its release and became an instant collectors item. But it so happens it was recorded in Boston in 1978! My suspicion was that Live in Boston was this recording. I had my import distributor look into it to get some more information. They were able to confirm it as being on the Universal label from Japan with the following track listing:

01. ALASKA 02. TIME TO KILL 03. ONLY THING SHE NEEDS 04. CARRYING NO CROSS 05. THIRTY YEARS 06. PRESTO VIVACE - IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT 07.

CAESAR'S PALACE BLUES

And wouldn't you know it, that's the precise track listing for UK/Concert Classics Volume 4. Hopefully this will have a longer life in release than it's predecessor. As of this writing I have no information on a release outside of Japan. Anyone interested should definitely pre-order this title.

 

The other UK inquiries had to do with remasterings of their three albums - UK, Danger Money, Night After Night - being released in September. I can confirm that all three of these albums are being remastered. Mark Powell is involved in this project. Many progressive fans will recognize his name for his involvement in remasters of the catalogs of Caravan, Camel, Van der Graaf Generator, Peter Hammill, Steve Hillage, Nektar, Steve Hackett and many more as well as his involvement in the Eclectic Discs label and now Esoteric Recordings. These remasters not only have had great sonic quality, but have often had lots of great bonus tracks and extensive liner notes on artist histories in the booklets. In general fans of those artists have praised Mark's work. So his involvement in the UK catalog is welcome news.

However, someone at EMI jumped the gun in spreading word of a September release. Mark's wife, Vicky, informs me that work is not yet complete, so a September release would be impossible. My rep at Caroline looked into it and said a release in 2008 was more likely. So, excellent news on the remasters, but patience is required on these. It'll certainly be in the newsletter when a solid date is available.

 

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Just one stereo radio simulcast, and it will be there for eternity. It's from the Paradise Theater/Ballroom, UK first tour. If you hear me say 'So,this is paradise?' after one of the songs,that will confirm it. Just like the Crimson Amsterdam radio from Concertgebouw , it just won't go away.Of course,with both of those shows--at the time,we didn't know.
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Well I hope that the members of U.K. see some pay with this upcoming Live in Boston release!  Not right for a company to keep profiting off that show w/o the artists getting what is due... if that is what is happening or has happened in the past. 


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Are you at all involved in these remasters?? In other words do they have your stamp of approval in any way??

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a remastered 'Nothing To Lose'......WOW! i'll crank that song up big time!


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Well I have been looking at CD Japan's website,and just about every album John has been on is being released on this cardboard series.

I guess it's good if you don't already have these cds or if you just like collecting these limited edition deals.

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wow, a remastered Danger Money would be awesome, it's one of my "desert island discs"! Gotta keep an eye on that release date...

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I'm not consulted on live UK releases.They apparently have been licensed through a legit source.
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Whoa!  How coincidental that you brought U.K. up.

I saw 3 ALLAN HOLDSWORTH shows over the weekend!  He did his jazz/fusion thing with drummer Chad Wackerman & bassist Jimmy Johnson at a local jazz club/restaurant in Oakland (yet again). 

If you ever get a chance to see 'em perform live, do so!  Awesome musicianship, to say the least!!  And Allan is very easy to talk to, so down-to-earth.  I've been checking out his shows over the years...the first Holdworth album I got was I.O.U., then I got the rest.  I think he is how I initially stumbled across U.K., if memory serves...then I immediately found out about Johan & Bruf being in that same band. *blushes*

And in case you are wondering, no, Allan does not play any U.K. songs at his shows!! 


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The Johnson/Wacker potential must be awesome.
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Do NOT sit in the first few rows of a Johnson/Wacker concert.......
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I just hope the musicians all get their Holds Worth.

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Well I wouldn't get TOO excited about mastering. Does everyone know what mastering is?? All mastering really is, is they run the mix tape---which the 2" Ampex was originally mixed down onto---which may be the orig. analog, or was changed to digital at this point, and they basically just re-EQ the stuff. Mastering is like a big EQ job. It may sound better, yes, but it wouldn't be like re-mixing the original 2", 24-track tapes from scratch---which, due to age might have to be transfered to digital immediately. I hope this helps, but if I am somehow wrong along the way---shoot me.


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Well .... in my opinion, this is so oversimplified that it's basically wrong, because the whole point of what mastering is is lost.  My brother does this for a living (and we're both musicians), and I've watched and worked with him on occasion for 15 years.  The detail with which he has to listen, sample, overdub, re-tune, correct, mix and balance is amazing, regardless of the quality of the master he gets.   Even the most pristine masters usually need some fine tuning.  There are also endless ways you can re-EQ something.  You have to know what to fix and what to leave alone.  

He also is careful not to compress the high ends -- crucial in getting a true acoustic (and by acoustic, I don't just mean non-electric) 'feel' (not just the audio) to the final recording.  Not many do that, or even know they should.  Ever wonder why your old vinyl FEELS different -- and often better?  That's one big reason why -- at least that's what I've learned from him.  When mastering, you need somebody with that kind of detail.   When the difference was shown to me side-by-side, I was (and still am) flabbergasted.




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Well I wouldn't get TOO excited about mastering. Does everyone know what mastering is?? All mastering really is, is they run the mix tape---which the 2" Ampex was originally mixed down onto---which may be the orig. analog, or was changed to digital at this point, and they basically just re-EQ the stuff. Mastering is like a big EQ job. It may sound better, yes, but it wouldn't be like re-mixing the original 2", 24-track tapes from scratch---which, due to age might have to be transfered to digital immediately. I hope this helps, but if I am somehow wrong along the way---shoot me.


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