Tag Archives: Geoff Downes

Album review: DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – Skyscraper Souls

DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION - Skyscraper Souls

Magical Think Tank Records [Release date 17.11.17] The third album from the Downes Braide Association, which is Geoff Downes (Asia/Yes) and singer/songwriter Chris Braide, who has worked with a whole host of artists including Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Marc Almond, … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBBY KRIEGER – In Session

ROBBY KRIEGER - In Session

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 24.02.17] Like the Cleopatra release before it by Joe Lynn Turner “In Session” collects together some of Robby Krieger’s session work over the years.  The Doors guitarist was always a master of restraint in terms of … Continue reading

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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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Album review: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

Frontiers Records [Release date 06.11.15] Billy Sherwood, man of many talents and currently bassist for Yes, has assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for his “Citizen” album…but the question has to be can it deliver when so many of … 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: 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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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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Album review: CHRIS BRAIDE – Fifty Dollar Planets And Twenty Cent Stars

Chris Braide - Fifty Dollar Planets And Twenty Cent Stars

Cherry Red Records [Release date 05.05.14] Towards the end of 2012 Chris Braide and Geoff Downes released an album that may forever be termed “one that got away”.  DBA’s ‘Pictures Of You’ was arguably one of the best albums of … Continue reading

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Gig review: YES – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 May 2014

YES – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 2 May 2014

I am not the biggest Yes fan in the world. This may seem a strange statement to open a Yes gig review, but as they said on the X Files ‘the truth is out there’. That is not to say … 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: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE – An All-Star Tribute To Steve Miller Band

Cleopatra Records [Release date 30.07.13] Producer, engineer and multi instrumentalist and sometime Yes member Billy Sherwood has carved out his a niche for himself with a number of wide ranging all star tribute albums, and now it’s the turn of … 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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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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PERMISSION TO ROCK book helping Movember

Permission To Rock is a collection of more than thirty interviews with selected classic rock, heavy metal and prog rock bands and artists. These extensive transcriptions and features are taken from the author’s own interviews spanning the period from 2007 … Continue reading

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GEOFF DOWNES on the Thursday GTFM Rock Show

Coming up on this weeks Thursday Rockshow 9-11pm on GTFM 107.9 FM or on the web at www.gtfm.co.uk and on BCFM 93.2 www.bcfm.org.uk This week, we welcome ‘live’ in the studio, Geoff Downes, the keyboard player from Asia and Yes, … Continue reading

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ASIA – XXX

Frontiers 2012 www.frontiers.it The original Asia releases their third album since they reconvened back in 2006. Unlike the last two albums ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Omega’, both of which were enjoyable but had a couple of mid paced fillers, this album is … Continue reading

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ASIA RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM “XXX”

 BRITISH SUPERGROUP CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH UK TOUR AND 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM Thirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where it remained No.1 for nine consecutive … Continue reading

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