Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#143 in the Series) is 801, Listen Now
Some times you have to pull one out that I bet no one has listened to in years! I’m guessing that’s true for 801.
When was the last time you pulled this one off the shelf? There even a good chance that you never even heard of this one.
801 is a band put together by Phil Manzanera, Phil is best known as lead guitarist for one of my favorite bands, Roxy Music.
Roxy would take time off now and then and like most bands, many members would work on solo projects. This was Phil’s
It took two years to record. He started in 1975 and finished in 1977. Oddly enough, while working on putting this together, 801 released a live album in 1976 called Listen Live.
Phil recruited a ton of great players for Listen Now. When I put this together, I was shocked to see that one of my favorite vocalists Tim Finn! Who knew!!
Here’s a list of some of the others. Brian Eno, Rhett Davies, Mel Collins, Simon Phillips, Eddie Rayner(!!!!), Eddie Jobson, Lol Crème and Kevin Godley.
The two songs that received the most airplay were the first two tracks on the disc.
Listen Now and Flight 19.
One of the best ‘supergroups’ of their day.
U.K was of: John Wetton, (King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music) bass, vocals; Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis) drums and percussion; Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa) violin, keyboards and electronics and Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine, Gong) guitars.
The some was as big as the parts on this 1978 release.
The best known track was the single ‘In The Dead of Night.’ ‘Alaska’ and ‘Time to Kill’ also got some play.
U.K. was produced by U.K and reached #65 on the Billboard US Charts.
Check this out. Instead of my adding the standard video. This is a cover by three young men aged 11-15 playing In the Dead of Night. And to think that this band, Mindwalk is a trio and UK was a four piece.