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Asia

Live Koln

Review by Gary Hill

This double disc set is a very strong chronicle of a live performance by Asia. The repertoire includes material from every phase of their career, and they do a great job of performing it.

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Track by Track Review
Disc 1
Go
Coming in hard edged, this is a rather different arrangement of the old Asia track. It is a fairly stripped down and straightforward take on the piece.
Back In Town
Starting with a fairly progish riff, this cut rips out in a pretty basic hard rocking mode after a time.
Sad Situation
Bluesy and balladic in the beginning, this one becomes a pretty straightforward rocker.
Remembrance Day
This is another unusual textured metal number in the intro. It drops to be a pretty standard mellow rock number.
Someday
Another that comes in very metallic and hard, this one becomes a basic arena rock number.
The Heat Goes On
One of the proggier cuts on the disc, this up-tempo rocker comes across quite well in this performance.
Anytime
A slow building, considerably progish intro sets the tone for this strong number.
Sole Survivor
Another strong cut, this one from the Steve Howe era of the band, this progish rocker really kicks out well here.
Summer
A powerful prog ballad, this one is quite effective and includes a lot of singing along by the audience.
Feels Like Love
This is a mellow ballad.
Little Rich Boy
This one is a pretty solid and quite progish rocker that has a great texture to it.
Disc 2
Desire
This is a dramatic and quirky song in a rather balladic mode. It is a strong cut, although a bit pop oriented at times.
Who Will Stop The Rain
This pop oriented rocker is quite strong and quirky. It is a solid performance of a rather strong cut.
Military Man
This cut is a very strong hard-edged prog oriented piece that works quite well in this live performance.
Only TIme Will Tell
One of Asia's best-known and beloved tunes, this group does a great job of this pop rock oriented prog number.
Heat of the Moment
Another that comes in very metallic and hard, this one becomes a basic arena rock number.
The Heat Goes On
The other biggie from the Howe era, this one has a weird teaser first, then this really jumps into it. The group makes their way through the cut in fine fashion, ending a strong live album.
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