U.K. (album)

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Studio album by U.K.
Released March 1978 (1978-03)
Recorded December 1977 – January 1978
Studio Trident Studios, London, England[1]
Genre Progressive rock, Jazz fusion
Length 45:14[2]
Label E.G.
Producer U.K.
U.K. chronology
Danger Money
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Singles from U.K.
  1. "In The Dead of Night"
    Released: 19 May 1978[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
DPRP [4]

U.K. is the self-titled debut album by the progressive rock supergroup U.K., released in May 1978 through E.G. Records and Polydor Records. It features John Wetton, Eddie Jobson, Bill Bruford, and Allan Holdsworth. "In the Dead of Night" and "Mental Medication" were both edited for single release. The album was well received by FM album rock radio and by the public during the summer of 1978. The LP sold just over 250,000 copies by 1 September 1978, with further sales thru the balance of the year. The album was remastered in 2016 and included as part of the box-set "Ultimate Collector's Edition". [5]


All lyrics were written by John Wetton, except "Mental Medication" by Bill Bruford. The first three tracks belong to a suite entitled "In the Dead of Night".


In 2015 Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as the 30th best progressive rock album of all time.

The album has proven to be highly influential, especially on subsequent rock guitarists. In an interview with the TeamRock site in 2016, Ty Tabor of King's X selected the album as his top pick in a "5 Essential Guitar Albums" list, stating, "I had never heard anybody think about playing guitar the way that [Holdsworth] plays on that record."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In The Dead of Night" Eddie Jobson, John Wetton 5:38
2. "By The Light of Day" Jobson, Wetton 4:32
3. "Presto Vivace and Reprise" Jobson, Wetton 2:58
4. "Thirty Years" Wetton, Jobson, Bill Bruford 8:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Alaska" Jobson 4:45
2. "Time To Kill" Jobson, Wetton, Bruford 4:55
3. "Nevermore" Allan Holdsworth, Jobson, Wetton 8:09
4. "Mental Medication" Holdsworth, Bruford, Jobson 7:26[nb 1]




  • "In the Dead of Night" / "Mental Medication"


  1. ^ Duration incorrectly listed as 6:12 on original LP pressings of the album.
  1. ^ a b "allmusic ((( U.K. > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^ "UK (3) - U.K. (LP) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/2001783
  4. ^ "DPRP : Counting Out Time : UK - UK". www.dprp.net. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  5. ^ Kelman, John (25 September 2016). "U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition". All About Jazz. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-11-22/kings-x-ty-tabor-5-essential-guitar-albums