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    Posted: December 01 2009 at 09:40
The band is pleased to announce that they are currently recording their second reunion studio album and the follow-up to 2008's acclaimed "Phoenix" album. The legendary Roger Dean is onboard to design the cover artwork, while the renowned Mike Paxman is in the producer's chair. The album is due for completion in mid-February, so keep an eye on the official Asia website for more details!
http://www.originalasia.com/


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2009 at 15:23
Cool, Phoenix was a solid release.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2009 at 16:20
Asia, Alpha and Phoneix were nice albums .... I am hoping that this new album is going to be more progressive (maybe another Drama, Going for the One or...just maybe ... Tarkus, Tales From Topographic Oceans or Red)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2009 at 05:26
 
Phoenix was a quite good album... But I was much more impressed by the live DVD 'Fantasia - Live In Tokyo'. I would love to see them live IRL.
 
I also hope that they release another live DVD with a set list that is radically different from Fantasia. Hopefully with some of the new songs (from Phoenix and from this upcoming album) as well as different Yes (something from Drama maybe?), King Crimson (a song John Wetton actually wrote this time?) and ELP (preferably one with vocals!) songs. I would also like to hear them play songs from UK and GTR and perhaps a song or two from the John Payne-era albums.
 
As for instrumentals I would love to hear Steve play Aqua Part 1 and Geoff the instrumental piano version of Video Killed The Radio Star (which is much better than the vocal version IMO).
 
Looking forward to future projects (studio and live) from Asia Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2009 at 17:37
Originally posted by SouthSideoftheSky SouthSideoftheSky wrote:

 
Phoenix was a quite good album... But I was much more impressed by the live DVD 'Fantasia - Live In Tokyo'. I would love to see them live IRL.
 
I also hope that they release another live DVD with a set list that is radically different from Fantasia. Hopefully with some of the new songs (from Phoenix and from this upcoming album) as well as different Yes (something from Drama maybe?), King Crimson (a song John Wetton actually wrote this time?) and ELP (preferably one with vocals!) songs. I would also like to hear them play songs from UK and GTR and perhaps a song or two from the John Payne-era albums.
 
As for instrumentals I would love to hear Steve play Aqua Part 1 and Geoff the instrumental piano version of Video Killed The Radio Star (which is much better than the vocal version IMO).
 
Looking forward to future projects (studio and live) from Asia Smile
I agree with everything here, although I'm not expecting significant departures from the setlist regarding their past band associations (as much as I really enjoyed "Book Of Saturday" from the Russia tour live album). But surely it must include more recent material this time, plus "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and another title from Alpha.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2009 at 18:05
I'm just really thankful that John Wetton has come through his heart problems well enough to tackle the stress of recording and touring!    

Did anyone really think that Asia would turn out to be such a long-lived prog monster when they first came out?  Kind of blows my mind!  

I like your ideas of select material including GTR, Drama (little-noticed gem!), and Wetton-era Crimson.  

These guys have a vast catalog to play with!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2009 at 18:49
Clap I thought Pheonix was great! Hope it turns out just as good.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2009 at 19:08
Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic ProgressiveAttic wrote:

Asia, Alpha and Phoneix were nice albums .... I am hoping that this new album is going to be more progressive (maybe another Drama, Going for the One or...just maybe ... Tarkus, Tales From Topographic Oceans or Red)


This would seem unlikely. Contrary to the musicians backgrounds, ASIA (self admittedly) was never really a progressive band but more of a pop/rock band. However, it is fun to fantasize about what they could sound like if they slide over to the dark side.   Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2009 at 19:55
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2009 at 02:55
Phoenix was a decent album, and I hope they go down the more progressive route that was hinted at on that. They no longer get the hit singles or mainstream AOR airplay of the 80s, so the original rationale of needing to be 'more commercial' doesn't apply any more. With the partial rehabilitation of prog they might actually sell more albums being ambitious than by sticking to the 80s cheese!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2009 at 14:05
Agree with Cactus; in other words who exactly is their audience now, if not us, who are mostly interested in them because of their pedigrees? Do they really need the marginally more commercial success, at the expense of all that talent?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2009 at 15:13
Originally posted by JD JD wrote:


Originally posted by ProgressiveAttic ProgressiveAttic wrote:

Asia, Alpha and Phoneix were nice albums .... I am hoping that this new album is going to be more progressive (maybe another Drama, Going for the One or...just maybe ... Tarkus, Tales From Topographic Oceans or Red)
This would seem unlikely. Contrary to the musicians backgrounds, ASIA (self admittedly) was never really a progressive band but more of a pop/rock band. However, it is fun to fantasize about what they could sound like if they slide over to the dark side.   Thumbs Up

We still have some hope....have you noticed that songs get longer each album? (Asia's longest song was Here Comes the Feeling - 5:40, Alpha's was Open Your Eyes - 6:26 and Phoenix's longest was Parallel Worlds - 8:12 ... the next step is an epic!!!... I am just dreaming awake)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2010 at 17:25
The new cd from Asia "Omega" is due in April
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2010 at 21:52
Big deal.....
Asia is pop NOT progWink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2010 at 22:33
Duh! Dead Listen to all the prog elements in their music
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2010 at 22:35
They suck! Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2010 at 03:56
Thanks for the constructive contribution Clepsydra. Confused
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2010 at 14:53
Absolutely cannot wait. Phoenix was very solid reunion album, and they were excellent live last year.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2010 at 14:06

This song is actually not really new. It was released already on one of Wetton/Downs Icon albums some years ago. Not a very good song either Cry
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