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ASIA America - Live In The USA CD/DVD
(Classic Rock Productions CRP1034) (2003)
20th anniversary special from melodic rock heavyweights

Fans will lap this up, a DVD release for Asia's October 2002 USA gig as part of a Classic Rock Festival and to celebrate twenty years. Accompanying it is a double-CD with additional tracks.

This incarnation of the band gels well, founder member Geoff Downes is joined by bass player/vocalist and songwriting partner John Payne with Chris Slade (drums) and the genial Guthrie Govan (guitar). It has to be said that this line-up is a goodie, easily interpreting the earlier material whilst stamping their mark with then current album 'Aura' (evaluated elsewhere). Asia - America - Live in The USA

I can remember that the band got a bit of a drubbing in Classic Rock magazine last autumn which is a shame, there was talk of "cabaret" and going through the motions. With a player like Guthrie Govan adding the biggest musical kick up their corporate backside since Pat Thrall, there is no chance they will become complacent. Indeed Guthrie's solo 'Bad Asteroid' was one of the highlights of their show in 2002. John Payne's vocals are powerful and with Geoff Downes stylish keyboard colourings this is classic Asia. The quality of sound is a treat, too.


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Review by David Randall

Related>>Ultimate Anthology (DVD)

***** 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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