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British prog rock group UK, who issued two albums at the tail end of the 1970s, are celebrated in Ultimate Collectors’ Edition, a forthcoming 16-disc box set compiled and curated by original band member Eddie Jobson…

Formed in England in 1977, the acclaimed supergroup was made up of keyboardist and electric-violinist Jobson (Roxy Music, Frank Zappa); vocalist and bassist John Wetton (King Crimson); guitarist Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine); and drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis).

This new box set boasts a wealth of material, the cornerstone of which is the two studio long-players, 1978’s UK and Danger Money from 1979 (the latter recorded as a trio with drummer Terry Bozzio) which are newly remastered at Abbey Road and presented on CD and 24/96 hi-res blu-ray audio.

Likewise, the other release of the original era, live album Night After Night, gets the same treatment and is expanded to include an additional 50 minutes of music newly mixed from the multitrack tapes. This new version now represents the full concert and therefore is issued on two-CDs and one blu-ray audio disc.

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Night After Night is expanded with 50 mins of additional live performance

The 2011 Jobson-Wetton Reunion Tokyo concert, is previously unreleased outside of Japan but is presented in the new box set across two CDs and another hi-res Blu-ray audio.

That’s ten discs, so far but a further four CDs are included which feature full concert recordings (from newly discovered master tapes) of  Boston – Paradise Theater, Cleveland – Agora Ballroom and the last concert of 1979 with the trio, which was Nijmegen – Concertgebouw De Vereeniging. The Philadelphia – Penn’s Landing concert from 1978 is the fourth and final CD in this additional batch.

And there’s more! A bonus CD of interviews is included but then there’s the small matter of an ‘outtakes and extras‘ CD, which will feature audio such as Jobson and Terry Bozzio recording the drum parts for Danger Money, the whole UK album without vocals and the 3-minute version of In the Dead of Night and B-side When Will You Realize.

So if you’re keeping count, that’s 12 CDs and four blu-ray audio discs in this package. A 64-page book, UK – 1977-2015, completes this enormous box set with plenty of unseen photos and the story and history of the band.

UK: Ultimate Collectors’ Edition is released on 15 April 2016.

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44 responses to UK / Ultimate Collectors' Edition box

  1. Zongadude says:

    What the….. !
    I just can’t believe this. 16 disc ?
    What an incredibly pleasant surprise. Bring it on !
    Thanks for the news.

  2. MiG says:

    Superb! A little much maybe, but I’m guessing Eddie thinks this will sell to the King Crimson crowd…

    • england says:

      If only all box sets were curated this this (or King Crimson) collecting absolutely everything together in one place – so no fretting about “January 2017 super duper box set” and then yet another one the following year.
      Although the price is pretty steep (compared to the KC boxes) but when you are fairly certain that there wouldn’t be more variants to be issued it’s not too bad.

      • Tim McDonnell says:

        Hello – Actually it is about the same as the Crims; it’s less expensive than the recent Starless or Road to Red boxes, about the same as THRAK and maybe a little more than the Lark Tongues In Aspic box.

        The only thing missing is surround mixes of these classic albums. Eddie says (to me in person May 2015 Philadelphia UK show) this is about money and time, so maybe down the road. I did namedrop Steven Wilson in a hopeful manner…

        I was one of the faithful Zealots who blindly put up $75 last year to “get a box set at a future date.” Just learned that my reward is that I won’t have to pay anything additional to get this expanded package! Psyched, stoked and gratified….

  3. Chris Squires says:

    This is the dream isn’t it. There is a 16 disc set coming out from a group I have never, ever heard of. It gives us all hope that our slightly better known groups whom we love might get around to giving something similar. It’s not for me but I applaud the effort and guess the “UK” fans will lap it up. A 16 CD / DVD / Blu-Ray set of the Lilac Time would send me into an immediate coma.

    • Nicholas Love says:

      Wait, someone named Chris Squires prefers Lilac Time to UK? In all seriousness The Lilac Time is an excellent band and I would lap that up too – I was just thinking when I saw your name “Progressive Bass Virtuoso from Yes —> John Wetton Progressive Rock Virtuoso from King Crimson/ UK”

    • Tim McDonnell says:

      NEVER heard of? I had to Google who The Lilac Time was so I suppose that evens things up.

      • Chris Squires says:

        I know, I am punishing myself as I type. It’s when you are talking to someone and you say you are “A big fan of David Sylvian” and they go “Who?”. What do you mean WHO? I know (now) there is even a link through Fripp to UK, but still never heard of ’em until this. I am saddened by my ignorance.

        • Dave James says:

          Even more of a link to Zappa, with Jobson & Bozzio, who had been in his band the previous year. Also, Holdsworth was one of the few guitarists Zappa praised, along with Jeff Beck

  4. Runicen says:

    Wow.. I am VERY on board for this! Great news all around!

  5. Galley says:

    Overkill for me. I’d be happy with just the two studio albums and the live album.

  6. Adam shaw says:

    Although a 16 cd box is great its not for me , but would like the new version of Night After Night to be released on its own .

  7. Marcel says:

    Rendez-vous 6:02 was a great track. But I won’t be buying this for one track… ;-)

  8. I was in on this when it was part of EJ’s crowd funding campaign at the end of last year. Then the price was $75, which was fixed whatever the size of the box. That is now a very good deal indeed!

  9. Michel D. says:

    Really happy with this, the two studio albums are now difficult to find at reasonable prices; I saw them live a couple of years ago and they were sold out of those albums at the merch table!!

  10. Jake says:

    Wow… this is overkill… and I pre-ordered it on the spot. :)

    I’m becoming an easy target for these prog reissue boxes.

  11. Vince says:

    Very excited about this, especially the extended Night After Night! Any mention who did the remastering this time? I don’t remember anyone being happy with the job Eddie did a few years back.

    • Nicholas Love says:

      Yes please let me know if you find out about who is remastering. I held off buying the last remasters because of the horrible reviews they were getting and I’ve been hanging on to the original EG CD’s that are just “ok” hoping for a better mastering to come out someday.

  12. CHARLIE says:

    My oldest working cassette has been U.K. live at PENN’s Landing, Philadelphia – August, 1978. Philly rock radio station WIOQ broadcast that concert over the air that day. WIOQ also did a live feed for MARCH 24,1979 UK live at the Spectrum Philadelphia,Pa., with Irish rockers HORSLIPS, who were also broadcast. Thar concert, and especially U.K. ‘s performance, was spectacular !!

  13. Paul says:

    They missed a trick with the spelling of the title there: Ultimate Kollector’s Edition

  14. Philip says:

    Had mine ordered for an age at the $75, so really happy when it kept getting bigger!!!

    For information on mastering, and a few video updates from Eddie, try :

    http://www.zealotslounge.com/ejs-notes

    Philip

    • Vince says:

      Thanks for the link to the video – very informative. However, there is no mention of the remastering process, so still unsure who is handling that. If Eddie (again), hope he gets it right this time, it would be heartbreaking for a fantastic set like this to suffer from inferior mastering. Would also be great if he handed the first album masters to Steven Wilson for 5.1!

  15. peter chrisp says:

    Hmm ouch at the moment although it’s a few weeks off yet will the price decrease before it’s due date @ Amazon UK i do apologize if the UK stands out in more ways than one @ 167 pounds.
    Hmmm i am glad there is plenty of time before it’s available.

  16. MiG says:

    Right, we’ve established there’s a small but rabid market for these, including me. So, how about it, National Health? Hatfield And The North? Darryl Way’s Wolf? C’mon guys.

  17. dave says:

    is this the same guy who played on tulls A album ?

  18. Philip says:

    “Is this the same guy who played on Tulls A album ?”

    Yes it is. Also played for Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and (very briefly) Yes.

  19. Damn!! I hope that the Night After Night Blu-Ray is in 5.1

  20. Wayne Klein says:

    If this is as badly mastered as the reissues of the studio albums that Jobson worked on, I’m not interested.

  21. Mike Ostrich says:

    As someone who just spent $35 a year ago for the 3 Platinum remasters from Japan, as much as I want, unless I can find someone to buy those, this seems to be slightly out of reach…

  22. Chudbeagle says:

    Great news, but overkill and too much for me.

    Isn’t this missing their last single “When Will You Realize”?

    Also, single edits are absent, although that’s not a huge issue. Still, this isn’t complete, and why not the Philly show from the Spectrum which, as mentioned above was a radio broadcast?

  23. Mental Medication says:

    A live set from the original four-piece would be nice.

  24. Patrick H says:

    Hi. Here is the info I found on Burning Shed (Not that different from what you posted on SDE – But no info on who did the remastering):

    16 disc box set – 12 CDs, and 4 blu-rays – including:

    * U.K. remastered at Abbey Road from original analog masters. CD and lossless 24/96 high resolution audio Blu-ray.

    * Danger Money remastered at Abbey Road from original analog masters. CD and lossless 24/96 high resolution audio Blu-ray.

    * Night After Night complete 1979 concert remastered at Abbey Road from original analogmasters. 50 minutes of newly mixed material available only in the box-set collection. 2 x CDs and lossless 24/96 high resolution audio Blu-ray.

    * Reunion, Jobson-Wetton 2011 reunion concert remastered from digital master. 2 x CDs and lossless 24/96 high resolution audio Blu-ray.

    * Four CDs of ‘enhanced bootleg’ live recordings from both the original band and the trio, including concerts in Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and UK’s final 1979 performance in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

    * Versions of Wetton-era King Crimson classics, Starless and One More Red Nightmare.

    * New packaging and extensive notes including a 64-page book, UK – 1977-2015.

  25. Patrick H says:

    I would love to know how many concerts will be with the original line-up…

  26. Patrick H says:

    Got my answer!!!

    Eddie Jobson stated: “I am also including four radio broadcasts – three of the original band performances with Bruford and Holdsworth, plus the final 1979 concert of the Jobson-Wetton-Bozzio trio performing in Holland; “

  27. curtis j. newell says:

    Does anybody know if either, or any of the studio albums are in 5.1 surround?

  28. fan says:

    fingers crossed that the complete Night After Night will get a vinyl print !

    same for a gig in the bonus discs that would feature drummer god Bill Bruford

  29. Philip says:

    Juts found this on Eddie’s site. News on Night After Night (sorry fan, no vinyl mentioned), and a delay on release.

    “NIGHT AFTER NIGHT REMIX
    I am pleased to announce the completion of the new Night After Night mixes; the entire concert-length recordings have been mixed from scratch by legendary mix engineer Bob Clearmountain. The newly extended 1979 live album is more than twice as long as the original release, coming in at 1 hour and 35 minutes, and will only be available in the Ultimate Collectors’ Edition box set as both a double CD and as a high-resolution Blu-ray audio disc in both stereo and 5.1 surround-sound.
    Unfortunately, we have experienced a few delays, mostly with manufacturing issues, so I have moved the box set release date to May 20th, although we still hope to ship out the Zealots Lounge and Z-Funder orders before the Amazon street date.
    I think you will enjoy Bob’s mixes of the Jobson, Wetton, Bozzio trio performing Thirty Years, Carrying No Cross, The Only Thing She Needs, Danger Money and more, along with new high-resolution remixes of the original Night After Night live tracks.”

    Philip

  30. Philip says:

    The Latest :

    “THREE-WEEK DELAY

    Of all of the different challenges in producing the massive UK box set – retrieving the masters; remixing; remastering; funding; designing; manufacturing… the last area that I expected a delay was from the inner workings of the licensing department of Universal in London. Being one of the three music industry behemoths, Universal now “own” most of the original UK masters, after acquiring Virgin/EMI, and I must license my own albums and songs back from them. Unfortunately, after eight months of their bureaucratic machinery grinding away, we still don’t have all of the legal clearances to begin manufacturing.

    This issue should be resolved this week, but has caused a three-week delay in the release. The new release date is June 17th, though I hope to ship Zealots Lounge orders by June 10th, barring no further delays.”

  31. Mark Penny says:

    We’re getting very close to the Zealot’s June 10 mailing, but still no word if the box actually exists at this point. I’ve tried to leave messages on the EJ forum, but no one is responding to that question. Total silence; it doesn’t bode well at all. Universal London must be giving EJ a very hard time; I hope it’s not going to be cancelled.

  32. Mark says:

    Well, it appears that another delay has happened; the UK Amazon site lists the box as available July 15th. However Amazon US have yet to update that info but it seems logical that they will fall in line as well shortly.

  33. Philip Birtwistle says:

    Latest news, more delays, BUT two discs more music in there………

    “Continuing legal delays have caused the June 17th U.S. release date to come and go. This is a shame, because the box set is spectacular; the recordings sound great, the book came out really nicely, and the packaging is beautiful. I would love to have been able to ship them out to you sooner; but music business bureaucracies are tough to deal with sometimes. Ironically, the success of the project has also caused some funding difficulties, as we have had to manufacture more than twice as many box sets as originally planned, due to extremely strong pre-sales.

    The good news is that the issues have almost all been resolved and the box sets are finally being compiled and made ready for shipment as I write this. The first shipments will go out to the Z-Funders and Zealots Lounge purchasers, hopefully in the next 10 days or so, then to U.S. and overseas distributors; so I am confident that the Japanese release date of July 8th will be met. I will write a new post when the first boxes are shipped out.

    It is hard to believe, but it has taken an entire year to put the Ultimate Collectors’ Edition together. When I started the project, I planned to include just six CD discs; now, however, though the set is advertised as now containing 16 discs, I am actually including 18 discs, as I have recently added two additional bonus CDs. I will list the final contents in my next post.

    Thanks for your continued patience, we’re almost there.”

  34. Philip Birtwistle says:

    Disc are :

    DISC 1 – U.K. (CD) – Remastered

    DISC 2 – U.K. (CD Extras)

    DISC 3 – U.K. (Blu-ray Audio) – High fidelity 24-bit/96k

    DISC 4 – Live in Boston CD – Radio Broadcast

    DISC 5 – Live in Philadelphia CD – Radio Broadcast

    DISC 6 – Live in Cleveland CD – Radio Broadcast

    DISC 7 – Danger Money (CD) – Remastered

    DISC 8 – Danger Money (CD Extras)

    DISC 9 – Danger Money (Blu-ray Audio) – High fidelity 24-bit/96k

    DISC 10 – Night After Night – Part 1 (CD) – Extended version

    DISC 11 – Night After Night – Part 2 (CD) – Extended version

    DISC 12 – Night After Night (CD) Original version – Remastered

    DISC 13 – Night After Night ext. (Blu-ray). 24-bit/96k stereo and 5.1 surround

    DISC 14 – Reunion part 1 (CD) – Remixed and Remastered

    DISC 15 – Reunion part 2 (CD) – Remixed and Remastered

    DISC 16 – Reunion (Blu-ray Audio) 24-bit/96k – Remixed and Remastered

    DISC 17 – Interviews (CD) 1978 and 1979

    DISC 18 – Live in Nijmegen (CD) – Final 1979 concert – Radio Broadcast

  35. Edgar says:

    Does anyone know when this box will be available?

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