Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Asia - America Live in the USA|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
This imported DVD, playable on USA systems, features Asia, in their 20th Anniversary concert, live from New Jersey. In addition to their top material, the DVD features candid interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes foo... more »
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The NEW ASIA
cardinals4ever | 04/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Do not listen to the Nay sayers on this. They either dont know anything about music or need their heads examined. Although not as Great as the Original line up of Howe,Downes,Palmer,& Wetton -the new Asia is pretty good and have put out some good ablbms (check out: Aria, Arena, and Aura) The concert is a good one and the sound is good also. I wish they would have kept the interviews sepreate and included the entire concert (solos and a few acoustic songs missing) Put as a whole Asia is still a good band putting out some soild music a million times better than the Crap that is out there today. If you were an Asia fan you will enjoy this or if you are new to them give em a try they are pretty good. As artists they are exploring new directions not just relying on Past hitts or staying as a greatest hits machine?? after all that what true artists do, explore new directions not relying on old ones to get them thru. The people who gave this a bad reviews -simply dont know what they are talking about-and they probibly enjoy listening to people like William Hong (IDOL REJECT) and they think that is music."
NICE, BUT NOT SO NICE
Joseph E. Barber | Niagara Falls, N.Y. | 04/27/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Great sound and picture. I have two major complaints about this DVD. 1) Kings Of The Day, Keyboard solo, Love Under Fire, Sad Situation, Longest Night & Love Under Fire, which are listed as being on the DVD, are not there, 2) Put the interviews on separatly, instead of between songs. THIS IS A HUGE DITRACTION, when your getting into the concert."
The "new" Asia
cardinals4ever | KY, USA | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of but never having heard the post Wetton Asia lineup live, I wasnt sure what to expect with this DVD. The sound is surprisingly clear. Singer John Payne's vocals are very strong. Geoff Downes keyboard playing is typically great. Highlight's include The Arena, Only Time Will Tell, Go, Free, & Wherever You Are. My only complaint is that the songs Kings of the Day and the Love under Fire/Sad Situation/Longest Night medley listed on the box are not on the DVD."
Low budget, good band
Dr Nick | Sheffield, S Yorks United Kingdom | 01/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a tricky DVD to review, because some people (as previous reviews have shown) consider Asia to be Wetton/Howe/Downes/Palmer, or nothing. In fact, the classic line-up only recorded 2 albums before Steve Howe left, to be replaced by the competent but ordinary Mandy Meyer. And since then, things have changed dramatically. The new "core", if you will, is Downes and Bass player/vocalist John Payne, who has a totally different vocal style to John Wetton. And these two have in fact just released their 5th studio album together, and having gone through a series of guitarists, drummers and assorted guests, seem to have settles on the current line-up at least for now. Drummer Chris Slade is solid, not extraordinary but does everything necessary to hold the songs together.
Guitarist Guthrie Govan is a teacher and column-writer, who can pretty much play any style you'd care to hear. I agree his sound is thin on the DVD (unlike live, where it was great), but his playing is superb, and it gives the songs where he is allowed to solo an extra dimension. "Arena" is one in particular which is significantly superior to the album version.
Apart from that, the picture is OK, not fantastic, and the songs are separated by brief interviews, which can get a bit annoying (should have been a separate section IMHO). The camarawork is also OK, not spectacular. The most charismatic musician is Govan, who pulls faces, throws his hair around, travels around the stage, and generally seems to be throughly enjoying the fact that he gets to be in a band! And Payne has his moments.
You have to accept that the "classic" songs are going to sound different with Payne singing, but he does a good job, and the new material is generally high standard, if less familiar. I'd have liked more off Aria (my Payne favourite), but you can't have everything when a band is promoting a new CD (Aura). And apart from "Awake" - which sends me to sleep - it's good stuff.
And the instrumental "Bad Asteroid", whilst totally off the wall compared to the rest of the material, is a good piece, and shows just how good Govan really is.
A bigger budget and more thought would have earned a star or two more."