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Asia

Postby Moose6 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:27 am

I may really be showing my age here, but one of my favorite bands (from a long time ago) has just finished recording a new album. That band is Asia. Asia was, for its time, one of the first "super groups" to come out, combining members of Yes and ELP. Now, 25 years after their first album, they've gotten back together and made a new CD. I can't wait. The info below is posted on Medic Rock.com.

Frontiers Records is honoured to present the European release of Asia's come back studio album Phoenix on April 11.

Geoffrey Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, the four original members reunited in 2006, twenty-three years after all four had last played together. The much publicised reunion resulted in two highly successful world tours in 2006 and 2007; an acclaimed double live LP and DVD, (entitled Fantasia: Live In Tokyo); and an overwhelming response from fans and the media, which continues today.

Starting from the summer 2007, Geoff, Steve, Carl and John have been busy in the studio recording their brand new CD Phoenix, the first studio album from the band's members since 1983. Eagerly anticipated by fans all over the world, "Phoenix" contains an eclectic selection of songs bound by the unique Asia trade mark.

"Decades later, as if by destiny, the four of us are still here doing the one thing we are most passionate about - making music. The result of our latest endeavours is our new album, "Phoenix", says Geoff Downes.
"Phoenix" has been influenced by the same fusion of talents and heritages which so excited the world in 1982 and has a very poignant underlying theme placed at the intersection of love, discovery and reflection, no doubt due, at least partly, to Wetton's unexpected triple by-pass heart surgery which forced the cancellation of Asia's 2007 West Coast North American tour and an eagerly anticipated tour of the United Kingdom. Based on such personal events John was inspired to write "An Extraordinary Life", making the concept of Carpe Diem dramatically pertinent.

"The album is a very adult, deep album both lyrically and musically and shows the development the individuals have gone through during their time apart pursuing other ventures" says Carl Palmer. "With songs like An Extraordinary Life and Alibis one can see the very strong English rock/pop/progressive style the group still retains. Lyrically the album is deep, to the point and highly personal. Coupled with the expertise and musicianship you have the band Asia."

The new record include rockers such as Never Again (the first single) and Nothing's Forever, power ballads such as Heroine and I Will Remember You and two mini-epics too, among a dozen new songs which presents all themes the band is very well known for.

Steve Howe says: "This has been no ordinary reunion, the dates went well, the audiences have been encouraging as we have gone peacefully about our work. This new CD was really an enormous test, a challenge worthy of our intent. All the distractions usually evident vapourised, as we focused on collaborating to select and arrange these new songs, all in the style of "Asia ". Just 3 months later, the recordings demonstrate that professionalism, pleasure and hard work can go hand in hand with musical adventures, long may we revel!".

"We are neither over-confident, nor unsure of our ground. Each one of us is comfortable as a human being, and the sound on the CD "Phoenix" finally reflects the collective maturity of these four people who are not only eager to explore, but also relaxed enough to luxuriate in the strength of the material", adds John Wetton, while Downes concludes "The 12 song collection seeks to transport the listener on a musical journey, sharing our own personal thoughts, emotions and experiences along the way. The CD sleeve is adorned with an exquisite Roger Dean painting depicting the Phoenix in ascendancy. Enjoy the ride!"

The CD will also include an EPK playable on all computers, featuring video footage with interviews and live recordings.

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Re: Asia

Postby mrmetal » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:59 am

I am in the "geezer" club with ya mate because I bought that LP when it first came out after seeing the video of "Heat of the Moment" on Casey Casum's Top 40 countdown on Saturday morning TV.

I begged my dad to give me some chores so I could earn the money to buy the album. He did, and he reluctantly took me to Sound Warehouse to buy the album for me. He hated all rock music... starting with Elvis :lol: But he wanted to teach me that you have to work for things you want, so he had to buy the album for me. :lol:

It is still one of my faves to pull out and remember the old days.
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Re: Asia

Postby Shadow » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:45 am

I like the Classic Hard Rock band ASIA: they have some great melodies in their songs. How fantastic that Frontier Records will present their latest release this year 2008 (as mentioned above) & for sure it will carry the same energy flame of their earlier vintage works w/a new twist here and there. 8)

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Re: Asia

Postby Gutterflower » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:14 pm

I'm geezin' too - cuz I still have their debut album somewhere 8) They were a good band - I'm curious how their new stuff will sound. Hopefully it won't suck lol
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Re: Asia

Postby mrmetal » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:38 pm

That's the thing. The albums after the debut were not that good. Songwriting was weak and not memorable by any means. Hopefully, they have captured some of that early creativity.

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Re: Asia

Postby harddriver » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:20 pm

I really loved Asia and here are my top 5 Asia songs that i love.
1.Owner of a lonely heart
2.Nights in white satin
3.Africa
4.Hold the line
5.Take the long way home

Man il tell ya those tunes bring back all the memories of Crankin some good ol Asian rock back in the day.

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Re: Asia

Postby mrmetal » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:36 am

Speaking of Knights in White Satin,

Am I the only one that has the uncontrollable urge to pull out my molars with a pair of pliers when that song is played?

I hate that song! Worst Asian song ever! :lol:

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Re: Asia

Postby Moose6 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:31 am

Knights in White Satin does suck!

I like harddriver's song #5. What's up with Super Tramp anyway?

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Re: Asia

Postby harddriver » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:29 am

Well moose i was board so i looked into that for ya :wink: Supertramp's last studio release was in 2002 and they just released an anthology in 2007. A summer tour is in the works but no dates have been scheduled or posted at this time.

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Re: Asia

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:47 am

I don't consider myself a "geezer", but I do like some of Asia's stuff. Heat of the Moment always reminded me of a souped up Outfield song. Days Like These is one of my favorites by Asia.

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