Tag Archives: Asia

Album review: ASIA – Symfonia

ASIA - Symfonia

Frontiers [Release date 24.02.17] Normally you’d think “not another live Asia album” as there have been a fair few to date, however this one is tinged with sadness with the sad passing of John Wetton shortly before the release of … Continue reading

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News: JOHN WETTON 1949-2017

In this interview extract from April 2009 John Wetton tells David Randall about his early influences, and the immediate aftermath of his departure from Asia in 1991 which led to the release of his second, and favourite, solo album ‘Battle … Continue reading

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Interview: ERIK NORLANDER

 Erik Norlander has just released his latest album, ‘Surreal’ and here he talks about the stories behind the music, along with Last In Line who he recently joined… Could you take us through the songs on your new album ‘Surreal’? … Continue reading

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Album review: SAM COULSON – Electric Classical

SAM COULSON - Electric Classical

Self-release  [Release date 20.11.15] This album is probably best described as “economical”.  From the single sheet inlay to the 25 minute playing time.  What is perhaps most surprising is that it is fashioned by young Sam Coulson who evidently feels … Continue reading

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News: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION, Edgar Winter interview features – Sunday 25 October 2015

Downes Braide Association

Pop rock duo Geoff Downes and Chris Braide release their second album as Downes Braide Association (DBA) on 6 November.  Downes is best known as the keyboard maestro with bands like Asia and Yes whilst Chris Braide has written for … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – (DBA) – Suburban Ghosts (Geoff Downes, Chris Braide)

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Suburban Ghosts

David Randall chats to Chris Braide about his music, songwriting, and collaboration with Geoff Downes (59:25) In this hour special, Geoff Downes chats about DBA and his career which has included high profile stints in Yes and Asia.  He also … Continue reading

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Album review: ASIA, JAH WOBBLE, STRAWBS, GONG (Access All Areas)

Asia - Access All Areas

Edsel Records [Release date 08.06.15]  CD/DVD The latest batch of AAA releases run the full gamut from the melodic pop rock of Asia to the weird and wonderful meanderings of Daevid Allen’s Gong. All packages include a CD plus DVD … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN WETTON – Anthology The Studio Recordings Vol.1

JOHN WETTON - Anthology The Studio Recordings

In this interview extract from April 2009 John Wetton tells David Randall about his early influences, and the immediate aftermath of his departure from Asia in 1991 which led to the release of his second, and favourite, solo album ‘Battle … Continue reading

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News: ASIA, EXTREME, BOREALIS – Friday 8th May 2015

Asia release ‘Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII’ as a 2CD/DVD and blu-ray formats on July 3rd on Frontiers. The Darkness have a new drummer, Rufus Taylor, son of Queen drummer Roger. Spotify are rumoured to be planning to … Continue reading

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Gig review: ASIA, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2 November 2014

ASIA, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2 November 2014

For a so-called supergroup Asia have shown remarkable longevity, but their profile is now much lower than it was in the heady days when their 1982 debut went multi-platinum, judging by a disappointing turnout at their first headline London show … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio – June 2014 highlights

Dan McCafferty of Nazareth

June 2014 Highlights More information at the dedicated website Check back here as we add new features throughout the month. All times, BST (GMT+1) Sunday 22 June 2014, 13:00 Dan McCafferty of Nazareth Dan chats about his career and the … Continue reading

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Album review: THREE LIONS – Three Lions

Frontiers [Released 25.04.14] Three Lions is a dream come true for Bradford vocalist and bass player Nigel Bailey. Twenty years of slogging around local pubs and clubs in his spare time suddenly turned into an opportunity to record an album … Continue reading

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Album review: CARL PALMER – Do Ya Wanna Play Carl? The Carl Palmer Anthology

Carl Palmer - Anthology

Wienerworld [Released 24.03.14] This two disc set is a compilation of drummer Carl Palmer’s work (a different version and tracklist was released on the Sanctuary label back in 2001) and it covers his more well known bands like ELP and … Continue reading

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Album review: ASIA – Gravitas

Asia - Gravitas

Frontiers [Release date 24.03.14] Crop rotation is something those of us of a certain age will recall from O level geography – leaving land fallow and rotating crops leading to bigger and better harvests. Certainly over the years there’s been … Continue reading

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Album review: NEW DANCE ORCHESTRA – Electronica (feat. Geoff Downes/Anne-Marie Helder)

New Dance Orchestra - Electronica (feat. Geoff Downes/Anne-Marie Helder)

NDO Records [Release date 04.11.13] This is an intriguing release from the highly-talented Geoffrey Downes, or Geoff Downes as you know him, erstwhile keyboard tinkler from Asia and Yes.  New Dance Orchestra is an ongoing project but to my knowledge … Continue reading

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Album review: ARC ANGEL – Harlequins of Light

  Frontiers www.frontiers.it Arc Angel is Jeff Cannata and Jeff (and Arc Angel) go back a long way. Jeff (going then by the name of Christopher Hawke) was a founding member of Connecticut based progressive rock band Jasper Wrath who … Continue reading

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Album review: DICKEY BETTS – Pattern Disruptive

Retroworld [Release date 29.07.13] Listening to this kick ass record, it’s hard to imagine that the Allman Brothers Band legend Dickey Betts was without a record contract and hadn’t recorded for the best part of 7 years. He came back … Continue reading

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News: ASIA announce new studio album and August festival appearance

ASIA Begins recording album tomorrow, new line-up live shows ‘amazing’ John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer and new recruit guitarist Sam Coulson have certainly hit the ground running.  Following Sam’s debut at a fully sold-out warm up show at … Continue reading

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Album review: RAGE OF ANGELS – Dreamworld

Escape Music         Rage Of Angels is the brainchild of original Ten keyboards player Ged Rylands and he has also worked with Danny Danzi and more recently guested on the enjoyable Love Under Cover album also on … Continue reading

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DBA (Geoff Downes/Chris Braide) – Pictures Of You

DBA - Pictures Of You

X2X Records DBA is a collaboration of Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes) and Chris Braide (producer for Lana Del Rey and David Guetta amongst others).  If it owes something to the duo’s overt pop sensibilites as evidenced by Downes with The … Continue reading

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