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2.75 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1:
1. Introduction
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. Wildest Dreams
4. Face On The Bridge
5. Time Again
6. Tomorrow The World
7. Ride Easy
8. Pyramidology
9. The Golden Mean
10. I Know How You Feel
11. Don't Cry
12. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

CD 2:
1. Cutting It Fine
2. Holy War/Drum Solo
3. An Extraordinary Life
4. Here Comes The Feeling
5. Open Your Eyes
6. Sole Survivor
7. Heat Of The Moment

Line-up / Musicians

- John Wetton / lead vocals, bass
- Steve Howe / guitars
- Geoff Downes / keyboards
- Carl Palmer / drums

Releases information

Format: 2CD, Digital, 2CD/DVD (Deluxe Combo), Blu-ray
Label: Frontiers Records
June 23, 2015

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ASIA Axis XXX Live in San Francisco ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
3 stars This is the review of the video and not the audio. I had to watch this to know that if you want to buy this other live album, you don't really need the video. Frontier Records has released many live albums of Asia in the past tours. A band that had a long career despite the inconsistency of their music. Some that don't like this music will say that this Pop, AOR kind of music has never been interesting. But i am sure at the time the band released their first album, the progressive rock community was intrigued to know what quality of music can play those great musicians. At the time, it was a deception, because Progressive Rocks fans were use to hear Progressive Rock music. After some line-up changes, it was worst, not only it was not more Progressive, but the songs were not as good as their first album. But, i think the band has made some better songs in the late 90's and enough good songs in their last albums to make a decent set list on this new live album.

I said that the video portion was not needed to appreciate this live recording, because of the lack of visuals. The picture and the sound are ok, and for those musicians that seemed operating on automatic pilot, you won't hear many mistakes. As you might expect, this is not a essential album for your collection.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Time and time again

Since the original line-up of Asia reunited in 2006 they have flooded the market with live albums. It started in 2007 with Fantasia - Live In Tokyo, an excellent DVD (and double CD), and the only one that you will need. Fantasia was recorded before the release of the studio album Phoenix and featured a very strong set list containing not only every track from the band's self-titled 1982 debut album, but also songs originally recorded by King Crimson, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and The Buggles.

Following 2008's Phoenix, the band then released another live album/video called Spirit Of The Night - The Phoenix Tour Live In Cambridge 2009. This one was still good but it featured a considerably less interesting set list, especially with Fantasia already out there. Gone were most of the songs from the members individual pasts. After the next studio release - 2010's Omega - yet another live album appeared, called Resonance. The track list once again featured almost the same songs from the band's first two albums plus several songs from Phoenix and Omega.

This brings us to the present album which is yet another double disc set with the same line-up recorded on tour in support of the XXX ("triple X") album. Once again we get to hear a very predictable set of songs including standards like Only Time Will Tell, Time Again, Don't Cry, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, Sole Survivor, and the ultra-tedious Heat Of The Moment. These songs have been played so many times and been included on countless live albums. The newer songs are not awful, but also not too exciting. I wish they had done something less predictable and included more rare songs and songs from the members individual pasts.

The inclusion of the early, non-album B-side Ride Easy would have been more interesting had it not already been included on the aforementioned Fantasia. However, the version featured here is somewhat different making it worthy of mention. Something else worthy of mention is Steve Howe's acoustic set, which is always nice.

Like I have said before, Fantasia - Live In Tokyo is the only live release you need from the reunited Asia. The subsequent several live releases are just too similar and offer too few surprises to be of much additional interest even for fans of the band.

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