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A weighty 2CD/DVD tome which captures the band in full glorious flow on their world tour back in 2010.

The first genuine ‘supergroup’ of the 1980s, Asia brought together some of the biggest and most influential names from the 70s and cast them adrift together in a wonderfully addictive maelstrom of sound, bursting at the seams with unforgettable hooks and erudite melodies.

The classic line-up of Asia – John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer – lasted a mere two studio albums before fragmenting, but a constantly evolving roster of new (and old) members coming and going has kept the band name alive for more than three decades. Thing is, good as all these subsequent incarnations of the band were in their own right (I was particularly fond of the John Payne/Guthrie Govan era), in terms of the commercial reality of putting bums on seats, none could hold a candle to that original band.

Predictably, behind the scenes circumstances conspired to bring the four original Asia members back together again, and in 2006 Geoff Downes dissolved his partnership with John Payne and jumped ship for a full blown ‘classic’ Asia reunion. Lawsuits and recriminations have been slung to-and-fro ever since, but none of that should overly concern us here. So, having already released the fantastic new studio album ‘XXX’ earlier this year, Asia now round out a very successful 2012 with ‘Resonance – Live In Basel, Switzerland’, a weighty 2CD/DVD tome which captures the band in full glorious flow on their ‘Omega’ world tour back in 2010.

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Seamlessly grafting together a selection of songs from both ‘Omega’ and its immediate predecessor ‘Phoenix’ with many of those timeless Asia classics we’ve all come to love and respect, it captures the essence and magic of the band as they deftly deliver a set that has the audience eating out of their hands from the opening intro of ‘I Believe’. Hard to pick highlights from a set rammed full of some of the greatest rock tracks of the last three decades, but I was particularly drawn to the vocal/piano interpretation of ‘Don’t Cry’, the evergreen ‘Sole Survivor’ (a track I never tire of no matter how many times I hear it) and of course the rousing encore ‘Heat Of The Moment’.

Authentically capturing the performance as it happened on the night (it was apparently shot in HD with no less than 18 cameras), this is a thoroughly fascinating and absorbing live set that fans of the band will find themselves returning to again and again!

Dave Cockett

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