John Wetton – Caught In The Crossfire – Vinyl Record
Caught in the Crossfire is a solo album by the British musician John Wetton. John Wetton was known for his work as a singer, bassist, and songwriter in various rock bands, including King Crimson, UK, and Asia.
This album, “Caught in the Crossfire,” was released in 1980. It features a blend of rock, progressive rock, and pop elements, showcasing Wetton’s versatile musical abilities. The album includes tracks like “Turn On the Radio,” “Cold is the Night,” and “Woman.”
John Wetton’s solo work allowed him to explore his songwriting and musical style beyond his contributions to bands. “Caught in the Crossfire” is an example of his solo work and is appreciated for its melodic and well-crafted songs.
Born in Derbyshire, Wetton grew up in Bournemouth, Dorset. He has been a professional singer/songwriter/musician since the late 1960s as a member of such progressive rock bands as Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson (working with childhood friend Robert Fripp), Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry band, Uriah Heep, UK and Wishbone Ash.
Wetton found worldwide fame in 1982 with the explosion of the band, Asia, whose self-titled debut album sold millions and became Billboard Magazine’s #1 album of 1982. This album remains one of only four albums ever to stay at the #1 position of the Billboard album chart for nine consecutive weeks.
Wetton has achieved an original bass guitar sound utilizing a 1961 Fender Precision Bass amplified through tubes. The sound is overdriven, powerful and very aggressive. This style and approach is particularly evident during his stint with King Crimson from 1972 until 1974. Known initially for his powerful bass guitar sound, Wetton’s vocal and songwriting abilities garnered attention with his work in the band Asia in the early 1980s. Early recorded highlights of Wetton’s career include King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), Red (1974), UK’s self-titled album (1978) and Asia’s self-titled album (1982), the last being the biggest seller of his career.
In 1986 he contributed also to Phenomena II and had a number 1 hit with the single “Did it all for Love” in South America. Since the early 1990s, Wetton has released four solo albums (Voice Mail/Battle Lines, Arkangel, Sinister/Welcome to Heaven, and Rock of Faith), and a number of live recordings from his solo tours around the world. Wetton also created the ICON project with fellow Asia bandmate Geoff Downes. The duo recorded two studio albums of original material (ICON and ICON II/Rubicon) and one live album (Never in a Million Years) from their ICON European tour.
Wetton rejoined the other original members of Asia (Downes, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer) in early 2006 to announce a 25th anniversary world tour. This line-up performed a series of dates in the United States in September 2006, and in the United Kingdom in November/December 2006. The band will also spend much of 2007 on the road, with shows already scheduled for North and South America, Europe and, of course, Asia. A new Asia studio album, the original band’s first since 1983’s Alpha, is currently being recorded.
John Wetton had a significant impact on the progressive and rock music scenes, and his solo albums like “Caught in the Crossfire” provide a glimpse into his individual musical expression and talent as a songwriter and performer.
Wetton has done extensive work as a session musician, especially notable is his work with Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and Phil Manzanera.
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal
EG Records 1980, 1985 marketed by Jem
This album has a burgundy cover with a gold silhouette of the artist
1. Turn on the Radio
2. Baby Come Back
3. When Will You Realize?
4. Cold Is the Night
5. Paper Talk
6. Get Away
7. Caught in the Crossfire
8. Get What You Want
9. I’ll Be There