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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Waterfall (5:60)
2. The Journey Begins (1:43)
3. The Seasons (2:12)
4. The Gods (1:28)
5. The Whales (2:16)
6. The Journey Continues (1:21)
7. The Reservation (2:58)
8. The Bears (2:13)
9. Under The Seas (1:54)
10. At The Graveyard (1:14)
11. Downstream (2:17)
12. The Ghosts (2:56)
13. The Sun (0:34)
14. The Moon (1:08)
15. The Skarks (2:34)
16. The Journey Ends (0:33)
17. The Indians (2:55)
18. The Angels (2:52)
19. The Horizons (3:13)
20. To The Deep (3:27)
21. The Game (3:52)
22. The Exodus (4:25)

Total Time: 53:58

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Line-up / Musicians

- Geoff Downes / keyboards
- David Payne / bass

Releases information

The material is music that Geoff Downes and David Payne composed for soundtracks (part for a documentary film and part for a video game).

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ASIA Rare ratings distribution


2.70
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(15%)
15%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(0%)
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Good, but non-essential (46%)
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Collectors/fans only (38%)
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Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Asia in prog album shock!

Beware, this is not a true Asia album. Although released under that name, only Geoff Downes and John Payne performed on it. It is thus "rare" only because it did not sell well, not because it contains long sought after gems by Asia.

The music was created to provide music for a documentary film and video game, and as such is entirely instrumental musak. The tracks, of which there are many, tend to be short or very short, and therefore the album requires to be heard as a complete piece rather than Individually.

Taken on that basis, it's actually quite pleasant, if undemanding. Downes keyboards dominate throughout, moving through piano, synths, etc.

Ironically, given that there is nothing of the true Asia style or sound here, the album is probably the most prog release to bear the band's name!

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Amoeba

I've seen this album listed as a proper studio album by Asia rather than as a compilation, but it is probably best left out when listing Asia's "regular" studio output in virtue of the radically different nature of the music found here. Even though this was released as under the Asia name it actually has a lot more to do musically with Geoffrey Downes' solo career and his New Dance Orchestra releases in particular. Like Downes' The World Service album which was released in the same year, Rare is an all instrumental album. It consists of many brief instrumentals, some of which were originally intended for a nature documentary and the others for a computer game. I'm guessing that the two tracks The Journey Begins and The Journey Ends mark the start and the finish of the nature documentary material and the rest of the tracks are the computer game tracks, but I'm not sure about this.

The only two musicians credited are Geoff Downes and John Payne. There are no lead vocals at all but Payne does add some choir vocals. There are some occasional drums and guitars.

While I do find some value in at least some of these compositions, the fact that this music was intended to be accompanied by pictures is evident and it rarely stands on its own feet. It is not bad as background music, but it does sound somewhat incomplete and even unfinished at times. Some of Geoff Downes' solo albums are much better examples of his instrumental side. Rare is for fans only.

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3 stars An enjoyable album consisting of instrumentals only. Not a real Asia album - more a Downes/Payne album. Not easy to highlight any track here - tracks 1-16 have been written for a documentary and are more like one big instrumental track, tracks 17-22 have been written for a game (and probably ... (read more)

Report this review (#71115) | Posted by zaxx | Saturday, March 04, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This IS an Asia release, and John Payne is performing on it, along with of course Geoff Downes. Some people mistakenly refer to this as a non-Asia release because it only features the two artists and obviously, being mainly short instrumental pieces, sounds nothing like anything else Asia has ... (read more)

Report this review (#37228) | Posted by | Wednesday, June 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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