Artists (U)

U.D.O.

– Animal House (1987) 3.50 stars
– Mean Machine (1989) 3.50 stars
– Faceless World (1990) 3.50 stars
– Timebomb (1991) 3.50 stars
– Solid (1997) 3.50 stars
– No Limits (1998) 3.50 stars
– Holy (1999) 3.50 stars
– Man and Machine (2002) 3.50 stars
– Mastercutor (2007) 3.50 stars
– Dominator (2009) 4.00 stars
– Burningtracker (2010) 4.00 stars
– Rev-Raptor (2011) 3.50 stars
– Celebrator: Rare Tracks (2012) 3.50 stars


U.K.

– U.K. (1978) 4.50 stars
– Danger Money (1979) 4.50 stars

Truth be told, I was never a huge fan of John Wetton (as a vocalist, not as a bassist, where he was always excellent), so I was wary when this band popped onto the scene with him acting as the frontman. But to my surprise, I actually enjoyed Wetton’s voice on these albums, which I find creative, exciting, and fine slabs of Prog-Rock at its finest. A true “supergroup” of the era. Too band the band folded so quickly. Hearing Eddie Jobson play on these albums, one has to wonder why he wasn’t snapped up by Yes as a keyboardist prior to the Drama album.


Ubi Maior

– Incanti Bio Meccanici (2015) 3.50 stars


UFO

– Phenomenon (1974) 4.00 stars
– Force It (1975) 4.00 stars
– No Heavy Petting (1976) 4.00 stars
– Lights Out (1977) 4.00 stars
– Obsession (1978) 4.00 stars
– Strangers in the Night (1979) 5.00 stars
– No Place to Run (1980) 4.00 stars
– The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent (1981) 4.00 stars
– Mechanix (1982) 4.00 stars
– Making Contact (1983) 4.00 stars
Misdemeanor (1985) 4.50 stars
– Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1988) 4.00 stars
– High Stakes & Dangerous Men (1992) 3.50 stars
– Walk on Water (1995) 3.50 stars
– Covenant (2000) 3.50 stars
– Sharks (2002) 3.50 stars
– You Are Here (2004) 4.00 stars
– The Monkey Puzzle (2006) 3.50 stars
– The Visitor (2009) 3.50 stars
– Seven Deadly (2012) 3.50 stars
– A Conspiracy of Stars (2015) 3.50 stars


Ultimatium

– New Dawn (2004) 2.50 stars
– Hwainoo (2008) 2.50 stars


Ulysses

– Eclectic (2001) NOT RATED
– The Gift Of Tears (2008) NOT RATED


Umphrey’s McGee

– Similar Skin (2014) 3.50 stars


The Underground Railroad

– Through and Through (2000) 3.50 stars
– The Origin of Consciousness (2005) 4.00 stars


Under the Sun

– Under the Sun (2000) 3.50 stars
– Schematism (2005) 3.50 stars


Ungava

– Ungava (1977) 4.00 stars


Unicorn

– Emotional Wasteland (1995) 3.50 stars


Unifaun

Unifaun (2008) 4.50 stars


Unified Past

– From The Splintered Present Surfaces (1999) NOT RATED
– Observations (2011) NOT RATED
– Spots (2013) NOT RATED
Shifting the Equilibrium (2015) 4.50 stars


Union

– Union (1998) 4.50 stars
– The Blue Room (1999) 4.50 stars


Unisonic

– Ignition (2012) 4.00 stars
– Unisonic (2012) 4.00 stars
– Light of Dawn (2014) 4.50 stars


United Progressive Fraternity

Fall in Love With the World (2014) 4.50 stars

After the sad demise of Unitopia, one of the more promising Prog-Rock bands of the past few decades, several members formed a new band with Guy Manning (The Tangent). And I must say, this band is equally as enjoyable as Unitopia. I’m praying UPF stays together and releases more material in the near future.


Unitopia

– More Than a Dream (2006) 4.00 stars
– The Garden (2008) 4.50 stars
– Artificial (2010) 4.50 stars
– Covered Mirror Vol 1 Smooth as Silk (2012) 4.50 stars

This band popped onto the scene with impressive material and delivered high-quality Prog-Rock on every subsequent release. For some reason, the group reminds me of The Flower Kings, but there are so many styles tossed into each release that it’s difficult to pinpoint any specific/major influences regarding the sound. The album Covered Mirror, Vol. 1 – Smooth As Silk, which features nothing but terrific covers of Prog-Rock classics, gives a clue as to the variety of the band’s influences all the while placing its unique stamp on them, making each track Unitopia’s own. The band, unfortunately, called it a day after the aforementioned cover album.


Unreal City

– La crudeltà di Aprile (2013) 4.00 stars
– Il paese del tramonto (2015) 4.00 stars
– Frammenti Notturni (2017) NOT RATED


Unruly Child

– Unruly Child (1992) 4.00 stars
– Waiting for the Sun (1998) 4.00 stars
– The Basement Demos (2002) 4.00 stars
– UC III (2003) 4.00 stars
– Worlds Collide (2010) 4.00 stars


Until Rain

– The Reign of Dreams (2009) 3.50 stars


Unto Us

The Human Landscape (2014) 4.00 stars


Unwritten Pages

– Noah (2010) 4.00 stars
– Fringe Kitchen (2012) 3.50 stars


Urban Tale

Urban Tale (2001) 4.00 stars
– Signs of Times (2003) 4.00 stars


Urgent

– Cast the First Stone (1984) 4.00 stars
– Thinking Out Loud (1987) 4.00 stars


Uriah Heep

– Very ‘eavy…Very ‘umble (1970) 3.50 stars
– Salisbury (1971) 3.00 stars
– Look at Yourself (1971) 5.00 stars
– Demons and Wizards (1972) 4.50 stars
– The Magician’s Birthday (1972) 4.50 stars
– Live (1973) 5.00 stars
– Sweet Freedom (1973) 4.50 stars
Wonderworld (1974) 4.00 stars
– Return to Fantasy (1975) 4.50 stars
High and Mighty (1976) 2.50 stars
– Firefly (1977) 4.00 stars
– Innocent Victim (1977) 3.00 stars
– Fallen Angel (1978) 3.50 stars
– Conquest (1980) 1.50 stars
– Abominog (1982) 4.50 stars
– Head First (1983) 4.00 stars
– Equator (1985) 3.50 stars
– Raging Silence (1989) 3.00 stars
– Rarities From the Bronze Age (1991) 4.00 stars
– Different World (1991) 3.00 stars
– The Lansdowne Tapes (1994) 4.00 stars
Sea of Light (1995) 4.50 stars
– A Time of Revelation (1996) 4.50 stars
– Sonic Origami (1998) 4.50 stars
– Wake the Sleeper (2008) 4.50 stars
– Celebration: Forty Years of Rock (2009) 4.00 stars
– Into the Wild (2011) 4.50 stars
– Outsider (2014) 4.50 stars

One of the first albums I ever purchased was Uriah Heep’s Look At Yourself, and promptly fell in love with the band. Although the group has had several frontmen through the decades, David Byron’s tenure in the group (from its debut through 1976’s slightly disappointing High and Mighty) still remains my favorite period. Nevertheless, I also fairly enjoyed the John Lawton albums (from 1977-1978), the Pete Goalby releases (1982-1985), while the Bernie Shaw period of the band (the longest) from 1989 through the present day is now my second favorite period, with Heep releasing stellar material since 1996. Best forgotten, however, is the lone album with singer John Sloman (1980’s Conquest), which is pretty dreadful overall, with Sloman not fitting at all with Heep’s famous style, and displays the group at its low point.


Ursa Major

Ursa Major (1972) 4.00 stars


US

– A Sorrow in Our Hearts (2002) 4.00 stars
The Young and Restless (2006) 3.50 stars
– Feeding The Crocodile (2010) NOT RATED
– The Road Less Travelled (2011) NOT RATED
– Lindisfarne (2017) NOT RATED


Utopia

– Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974) 4.50 stars
– Another Live (1975) 4.00 stars
Ra (1977) 4.00 stars
– Adventures in Utopia (1980) 3.50 stars