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ASIA (featuring John Payne) Scandinavia
Voiceprint (2008)

Asia feat. John Payne

You can't have avoided the original line-up reformation of Asia, but the band has recorded and toured in various guises over the last 20+ years. If you want to explore their history, you'll need a detailed road map and a Pete Frame consultation too!

This live set, recorded in 2005 in Scandinavia, features longtime bassist/vocalist John Payne alongside pianist Geoff Downes, drummer Jay Schellen and guitarist Guthrie Govan, and the material mixes old and new well.

A couple of cuts from the then current Silent Nation opus, including the title track, sit well next to "Sole Survivor" and "Here Comes The Feeling". But you'd expect that, as Asia haven't changed that much musically over the years, in terms of both musical style and professionalism in performance.

Payne fits well into the Wetton/Lake bassist-singer mould, and Asia's brand of pomp/AOR/hard rock has changed little in 25 years.

A good collection well received, tightly performed, with some very well written songs and neat guitar solos along the way.

Sadly a very light booklet, but a definite if unadventurous fan pleaser.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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