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4 stars "Asia", "Alpha", "Astra" and "Then and now" in one collection

This double CD collection contains all the tracks from Asia's first three official Asia releases ("Asia" ,"Alpha", "Astra") plus the "Then and Now" compilation. It also contains three additional tracks, from the period, "Ride Easy", "Daylight" (which appears unlisted on some CD versions of Alpha), and "Lyin' To Yourself".

The tracks appear in the same order as on the original albums, with the exception of the ones from "Then and now" where they duplicate tracks on the other albums.

There's little point in reviewing the individual albums again here, but the collection as whole offers a convenient way of obtaining all the material on these early albums. The band of course recorded them when they were a "supergroup", of prog rock masters, who for the Asia venture, decided to record straightforward melodic rock.

I've always found the sound quality of the "Astra" album, both on cassette and CD, to be poor, and while there is no evidence of remastering here, the tracks from that album do sound somewhat better, if still a bit "tinny".

Given that the collection tends to sell for around the price of a single full priced CD, it offers excellent value for those who are interested in the early work of this band.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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