Good evening! Your pal the Meista here pairing the self-titled debut album by progressive supergroup U.K. and Pivo Hoppy Pilsner from Firestone Walker Brewing Company!
- Artist: U.K.
- Title: "U.K."
- Recorded: December 1977 through January 1978 at Trident Studios in London, England
- Release date: March 1978 (debut album of U.K.)
- Record company: E.G. Records/Polydor Records
- Production: U.K.
- Album cover art: Nicholas De Ville (famous for his work with Roxy Music)
- Personnel: Bill Bruford (drums and percussion), Allan Holdsworth (guitars), Eddie Jobson (keyboards, electric violin, and electronics), and John Wetton (lead and backing vocals and bass guitar)
- Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock, jazz fusion, art rock, electronic rock
- Sound: With mixed meters, odd-numbered time signatures, jazz harmonies, haunting electronics, and soaring melodies, the sound on "U.K." is a mixture of experimental art rock and poppy prog. With the like of Bruford, Holdsworth, Jobson, and Wetton, the musicianship is top-notch coupled with Wetton's fantastic vocals. Bruford's driving beats make the perfect backdrop for Holdsworth's and Jobson's brilliance!
- Major themes: The themes on "U.K." are somewhat enigmatic, "artsy", and abstract, but there is a certain mood set throughout and themes seem to revolve around state's and degree's of mind, emotion, and sanity.
- "In The Dead Of Night"
- "By The Light Of Day"
- "Presto Vivace and Reprise"
- "Thirty Years"
- "Time To Kill"
- "Mental Medication""
- Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
- Website: http://www.firestonebeer.com/home.php
- Brew: Pivo Hoppy Pilsner
- Style: Pilsner
- Serving: 12 ounce can
- ABV: 5.3%
- IBUs: 40
- Ingredients: Hallertau-grown Magnum hops, Spalter Select hops, and dry-hopped with German Saphir hops
- Pour: Bright, clear straw-gold with a bright, light, billowy 1-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a light film and sparse lacing.
- Nose: The nose of the Pivo Hoppy Pilsner is fairly mellow with subtle aromas of grassy hops, crackery grains, lemon zest, and a hint of fruit.
- Taste: Along with earthy and grassy hops, the Pivo is characterized by flavors of lemongrass, bergamot, stoneground grains, green tea, black tea, and a slightly peppery finish.
- Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, the Pivo's mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing with a rather clean and slightly grassy finish.
Cheers... and goodnight!!