ASIA To Release 10 CD Boxset, The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1, In November

October 12, 2021, 3 days ago

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ASIA To Release 10 CD Boxset, The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1, In November

Multi-platinum selling English supergroup, Asia, are to release a 10 CD boxset, The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1, through BMG Records on November 26. There will also be a digital album (also called The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1) featuring a selection of 24 tracks taken from the full boxset, out on the same day. Pre-order it here.

Asia - Geoff Downes (The Buggles, YES, keyboards), Steve Howe (YES, guitars), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, drums) and John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, bass/vocals), took the world by storm with their eponymous debut album, globally the biggest-selling album of 1982, and the single, "Heat Of The Moment".

The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1 celebrates the huge appeal of the concert tours that followed Asia’s first two albums in 1982 and 1983. The success continued following Asia’s 25th anniversary reunion in 2006 and three more highly acclaimed albums. The slipcase boxset features 5 x 2CD concerts from 1982 (Buffalo, NY, USA), 1983 (Worcester, MA, USA), 2007 (São Paulo, Brazil), 2008 (Tokyo, Japan) and 2010 (London, UK).

“This historical collection represents some of our finest and most defining live moments,” says Geoff Downes, “from the very first Asia tour in 1982 and the Alpha tour the following year through three of our many ‘Reunion’ shows. It was such a privilege to take Asia’s music to these different continents and feel the warmth and support from fans all over the world. We hope this brings back great memories and inspires others to appreciate the music of Asia.”

The sets for Asia’s original 1980s tours featured only the band’s new music. For the ‘Reunion’ years tours, Asia included heritage tracks from each of the band member’s pre-Asia groups. The 2007 and 2008 concerts also feature the Wetton/Howe composition "Ride Easy", a song omitted from the debut album that was issued as the B-side of "Heat Of The Moment", and included in their later live repertoire as a thank you to their fans for their support over a quarter of a century.

This the first time these recordings have been made officially available by Asia and they are presented together in a superb collector’s edition boxset with original artwork by Roger Dean, who created all of Asia’s album artwork.



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