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Tue
26
Aug

ASIA - High Voltage Live (Review)

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40%
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Asia
Running Time: 
63
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
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40
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Frontiers Records
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The world does not need another live Asia album. Not even the most hardened Asia lovers need another live album. But, if we must….as least make it one that’s half listenable.
 
This is not the best live recording, which at times sounds like an audience recorded bootleg. The vocals are hollow and the bass thumps along above the guitars and drums. A dreadful mix.
The band sadly sounds its age here. John Wetton’s once silky smooth vocals are pretty raspy in places.
 
The band has some incredible songs – several from the debut album here and mixed with a few from recent years, but this is not an advert for the band at its best.
The accompanying DVD adds a little more value, but this is not the most visually active band around. Drummer Carl Palmer is the most animated on stage throughout the show. Guitarist Steve Howe continues to give Stones drummer Charlie Watts a run for his money in the ‘awkward skinny old white dudes in rock’ race.
 
I can’t be sure, but I think the guys are having fun on stage…I think I saw a smile during Heat Of The Moment.
 
Avoid unless you desperately need to make up your CD quota for the month or you are a card carrying member of the Asia-Forever fan club.
 
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Tue
05
Aug

ASIA - High Voltage Live (Showcase)

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High Voltage Live
Produced By: 
Asia
Running Time: 
63
Release Date: 
August 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
Recorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up, performing classic material from the 80s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, “Phoenix” and “Omega”.
 
The show was performed to an enthusiastic festival crowd ready to hear the world’s biggest selling album of 1982 performed in its entirety for the first time in Europe.  In fact, this remains the only video document of the original line-up performing the debut album in full.
 
This live CD / DVD is an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album and the reunion that saw the original members of ASIA return to and stay at the top of their game, this time in front of a ‘home audience’.
 
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Geoff Downes: keyboards
Steve Howe: guitars
Carl Palmer: drums
John Wetton: lead vocal and bass
 
Track listing: 
CD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment
 
DVD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment
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Tue
17
Jun

ASIA RELEASE HIGH VOLTAGE LIVE SET ON FRONTIERS

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ASIA to release a unique live document of the original line-up’s performance of the debut album in full - Out in August on Frontiers!

World Tour announced in support of the new Gravitas album!

 

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ASIA newest live CD/DVD package entitled “High Voltage” on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America.

Recorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up (featuring Steve Howe on guitar), performing classic material from the 80’s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, “Phoenix” and “Omega”.

The show was performed to an enthusiastic festival crowd, ready to hear ASIA’s eponymous debut album - the world’s biggest selling album of 1982 - performed in its entirety for the first time in Europe.  In fact, this remains the only video document of the original line-up performing the debut album in full.

This live CD / DVD is an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album and the reunion that saw the original members of ASIA return to and stay at the top of their game, this time in front of a ‘home audience’.

High Voltage” will be released in a glossy digi-pack CD / DVD digi-pack format with Roger Dean artwork and the track listing includes:

CD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment.

DVD: Only Time Will Tell, Wildest Dreams, One Step Closer, An Extraordinary Life, Time Again, Cutting it Fine, Without You, I Believe, Here Comes the Feeling, Sole Survivor, Heat of the Moment.

               

In related news ASIA has also announced a world tour in support of the release of the brand new album GRAVITAS, introducing its newest member, guitarist Sam Coulson.

 

ASIA 2014 GRAVITAS WORLD TOUR

 

UK

Wed 6/11 Malvern UK Malvern Theatre

Thu 6/12 Holmfirth, UK Picturedrome

 

JAPAN

Tue 6/17 Nagoya, Japan Zepp

Wed 6/18 Osaka, Japan Sankei Hall Breeze

Thu 6/19 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Kokaido

Fri 6/20 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Kokaido

 

NORTH AMERICA

Thu 9/11 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall

Fri 9/12 Shirley, MA Bull Run

Sat 9/13 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino

Sun 9/14 Hartford, CT Infinity Hall

Wed 9/17 York, PA Pullo Center

Thu 9/18 State College, PA State Theater

Fri 9/19 Akron, NY Brauns Concert Cove

Sat 9/20 New York, NY BB Kings

Mon 9/22 Warrendale, PA Jergel's

Wed 9/24 Newark, OH Midland Theater

Thu 9/25 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center

Fri 9/26 New Hope, PA (Phil) Havana (Rosh Hashanah)

Sat 9/27 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center

Sun 9/28 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Casino - Poconos

Tue 9/30 Annapolis, MD Rams Head

Wed 10/1 Annapolis, MD Rams Head

Fri 10/3 Atlanta, GA Variety Theater

Sat 10/4 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino

Sun 10/5 Franklin TN Franklin Theater

Tue 10/7 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater

Wed 10/8 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater

Thu 10/9 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre

Sat 10/11 Dallas, TX Granada Theater

Mon 10/13 Tucson, AZ Fox Theater

Tue 10/14 Phoenix, AZ The Press Room

Thu 10/16 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon

Fri 10/17 Las Vegas, NV Red Rock Casino - Rocks

Sat 10/18 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater

Sun 10/19 San Juan Capistrano Coach House

Mon 10/20 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern

 

UK

Tue 10/28 Gateshead, Sage H2

Wed 10/29 Manchester, RNCM,

Thu 10/30 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

Fri 10/31 Christchurch The Regent Centre

Sun 11/2 London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

 

For all things ASIA, please visit: www.originalasia.com

Follow ASIA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/asiatheband

 

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Mon
16
Jun

ASIA - Gravitas (Review)

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This is a really painfully slow album to get through. I spoke of the occasional joys of a nice mellow album, but in this case, the songs are simply frightfully dull and lacking any enthusiasm by those performing them. The production and style of the album is as close to classic 80s Asia as you could imagine, but it's wasted on some tepid pacing and dull songs. 

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70%

 

Produced By: 
Asia
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
AOR, Classic Rock
Score: 
70
Label: 
Frontiers Records
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Asia delivers another new album in pretty quick time following their acclaimed XXX album in 2012. Gone is guitarist Steve Howe and in his place is young gun Sam Coulson.
The band has stuck to its mantra of slick, polished AOR, staying true to their original early 80s style.
Unfortunately the band seems to have slipped back into the slow to mid-tempo slumber that has been an issue in recent albums. The brief sojourn into a more uptempo realm on XXX is once again abandoned in favor of a moped in first gear here.
The production of course is super smooth and multi-layered, but the songs….dull I'm afraid.
Kicking off with what is possible the most annoying chorus in at least a decade, Valkyrie has a nice laid back verse reminiscent of the band's debut album, but that chorus makes you want to stick cacti in your ear.
Then comes 8 minute title track, where there's no sign of life until near the 3 minute mark. Followed of course by an ultra-slow ballad, a painfully slow song followed by the mid-tempo quirk of Nyctophobia which is kind of annoying also.
Russian Dolls is then another slow song before Heaven Help Me Now finally hits second gear.
That's followed by the album's best track – the slightly anthemic (in a mellow way) I Would Die For You.
That's followed by the horribly slow and dull Joe Di Maggio's Glove and the slightly more dramatic Till We Meet Again to close the album.
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