Happily, my good friend, Thad Wert, just agreed to become a Progarchist.
He just published a wonderful examination of U.K. on his own excellent website.
Here’s an appetizer:
In England in 1978, when Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Buzzcocks were riding high, you could not go more against the grain of musical tastes than to record a prog-rock album featuring veterans of Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music, and a fusion jazz guitarist. Yet that is what John Wetton (bass & vocals), Bill Bruford (percussion), Eddie Jobson (keyboards & violin), and Alan Holdsworth (guitar) did. Released on the EG label, the eponymous lp was pretty much ignored in the U.S. Bruford was a former member of Yes, and he had played with Wetton in King Crimson during their “Lark’s Tongues In Aspic” through “Red” period. Eddie Jobson had played keyboards and violin in Roxy Music, and Alan Holdsworth had been a member of the jazz drummer Tony William’s fusion group Lifetime as well as Soft Machine.
To read the full thing, go here–http://fractad.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/1978s-u-k-an-overlooked-prog-masterpiece/