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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc one: 67:34
1. Go (5:33)
2. Geoff Introduces The Band (0:59)
3. Lay Down Your Arms (4.53)
4. Rock And Roll Dream (7:34)
5. Love Under Fire (5:56)
6. Little Rich Boy (7:35)
7. Geoff Introduces Steve Howe (1:19)
8. Aqua 1 (2:17)
9. The Heat Goes On (5:49)
10. Don't Cry (4:25)
11. Someday (6:53)
12. Steve Howe - Accoustic Guitar Solo (14:21)

Disc two: 41:20
1. Wildest Dreams (5:14)
2. Back In Town (4:21)
3. Open Your Eyes (7:06)
4. Who Will Stop The Rain? (4:45)
5. Only Time Will Tell (5:30)
6. Sole Survivor (7:23)
7. Heat Of The Moment (7:01)

Total Time: 108:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Vinny Burns / guitars, vocals
- Geoff Downes / keyboards, vocals
- Steve Howe / guitars, vocals
- John Payne / lead vocals, bass, guitars
- Trevor Thornton / drums

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ASIA Asia Live In Philadelphia ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(8%)
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Review by Guillermo
2 stars I saw this live album and other similar "official bootleg" live albums which were released from ASIA in 1997 ("Asia Live in Osaka", "Live in Koln") in some of the record shops of my city, being sold at very expensive prices. I had some curiosity to listen to some of them, but I never bought them then. Fortunately, I found this album in youtube available for listening.

I always have considered that Geoff Downes kept the ASIA name alive between 1991 and 2005 to kept busy with his musical career using an established band`s name. He maybe did not want to start from the beginning with a new band`s name with bassist and lead singer John Payne, so after the ASIA reunion tour of 1990-91 (with John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Pat Thrall) he started recording a new ASIA album ("Aqua") with John Payne as his main musical partner, with some new members and some appearances by Steve Howe (on 6 of the 12 songs from that album) and Carl Palmer. But mainly, that was a new band using an old name from a band from the eighties. And there were some musical differences between the "old" and "new" ASIA line-ups, with Payne having a very different vocals sound and style to John Wetton`s, with Payne being more like a Heavy Metal singer in comparison. So, I don`t like his voice very much, and more when he sang the old songs from ASIA. He sounded better singing the new songs from the band. Anyway, Downes carried on with Payne and several other line-ups of the band until 2006 when he reformed the original ASIA line-up.

After recording the "Aqua" album with Payne and other new musicians plus some help from Howe and Palmer, the band toured for a time with Howe as guest. This "official bootleg" album was recorded during that tour with Howe playing guitar along with Vinny Burns on most songs of the setlist. The styles of both guitarists are very different, with Burns being more like a Heavy Metal guitarist, but with him also playing some very good lead guitar parts. There are also some differences between the old songs from 1982-85 and the new songs from "Aqua", with the original style of the band being more clear in the old songs, of course. The then new songs don`t sound very ASIA in style, but they carried on as band anyway. And it seems that while the new band did not have the same success as the original band, they still have a lot of followers (with Payne still playing without Downes in his "ASIA featuring John Payne" band and still playing some songs from the original band).

It is curious, but none of the songs on which Howe had a co-writter credit during his time with ASIA (1982-83) were played during this 1992 tour, or at least, none of them were included in this album. Instead, they played "Aqua Part 1" from the "Aqua" album, a song co-credited to Howe as songwriter, and he was given a solo section to play four of his acoustic guitar compositions (three of them which were originally recorded with YES: "Mood for a Day", "Clap" and a fragment from "The Ancient").

The playing from all the members of the band is good in this album, but maybe it was not one of their best concerts from that tour, so there are some fails on Payne`s vocals and in some parts of Howe`s guitar playing. The recording of the album is not very good, not being very known if it is an audience recording or a soundboard recording. There are some very typical shouts from some members of the audience which I don`t like, but they are very typical from a lot of recordings done by members of the audience. Anyway, the band sounds clear in this recording and as an "official bootleg" from that point of view it is not a bad recording.

For collectors and fans only.

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