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    Rare Asia - from 1981 rehearsals

    From Wetton's website:

    To celebrate Johnís birthday, we release a never before heard fly-on-the-wall of an early Asia rehearsal, recorded exactly 38 years ago today on June 12, 1981. Ricky Nelson has lovingly nurtured this Holy Grail recording, and has created a collage slide-show of rare photos through the decades to remind you of Johnís genius. The question arises Ė what song did this morph into?


    In 1981, while rehearsing material intended for the first ASIA album, the band recorded their live performances as they worked out arrangements.
    This is a shortened version of the rehearsal for "Dťyŗ," written by John Wetton in 1976.
    Coincidentally, it was recorded on June 12, 1981... John Wetton's 32nd birthday.
    John was never able to finish it as he felt it "didn't go anywhere," and so it was tossed-aside and forgotten.
    It was discovered again in 1997... and 10 years later during writing for "Phoenix" I brought this to John's attention again with a plea to record it just the way it is! He promised me that he would "find it a home" which he did!
    A "fly on the wall" recording, this is one of the most beautiful and haunting melodies you'll ever hear...



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    Fantastic!! oh how I miss this giant talent. ):
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    WOW!!! Better than anything on the first album. And I'm a fan of that album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    WOW!!! Better than anything on the first album. And I'm a fan of that album.
    Same here, although I think it might have fitted on Caught In The Crossfire, next to Woman.

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    Wow...very nice.
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    Very cool!

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    Eventually appeared on Phoenix: http://www.relayer35.com/Yescography/Phoenix.htm

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    ^ISTR it being said that 'No Alibis' was around at the time of the first album too? Might be wrong.

    I did enjoy Phoenix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ88 View Post
    ^ISTR it being said that 'No Alibis' was around at the time of the first album too? Might be wrong.
    Yes, as was "Over and Over". See link for more details.

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    You guys really like this? Wow! It just seems like a half-baked demo to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    You guys really like this? Wow! It just seems like a half-baked demo to me.
    A not unpleasant half-baked demo, nevertheless...& a little bit better than the majority of the bland pop-rock that Asia went on to produce.

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    Well they did use this pretty much verbatim on an Asia album some 25 years later!

    I wouldn't exactly call it 'prog'- if you didn't like the debut you wouldn't like Phoenix either!- but Phoenix does have a few things where they stretch out a bit more musically than was the norm for Asia.

    As for the other two, Omega didn't hold up so well for me, a bit too soft (although there's a few good songs on it like 'Through My Veins', 'Light The Way' and 'Holy War'), but I really enjoyed XXX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ88 View Post
    As for the other two, Omega didn't hold up so well for me, a bit too soft (although there's a few good songs on it like 'Through My Veins', 'Light The Way' and 'Holy War')
    Notably, the first two of those are the two Howe songs on the album.

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    hmm, I'm either hearing bits of the Theme from the film Love Story....or perhaps the Summer of 42

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