Asia – The Reunion Albums 2007 -2012

Pop-prog supergroup Asia has a boxset available centring on the reunion albums between 2007 and 2012. This 5CD deluxe clamshell box set features the 2CD live recording Fantasia, Live In Tokyo together with the three reunion studio albums Phoenix, Omega and XXX.

The original band, The four original members of ASIA – John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music lead vocal/bass), Steve Howe (Yes, guitars), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, drums) and Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes, keyboards) – reunited to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006 and 2007 with a world tour. A live album from the tour Fantasia, Live In Tokyo was released in 2007 as they returned to the studio together for the first time in a quarter of a century. The reunion would yield three well received, Phoenix (2008), Omega (2010) together with XXX (2012) as they celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Of these later albums Carl Palmer said, “The chemistry and energy that comes out when the four of us are working together, is reflected in the new material.”  For his part, John Wetton marvelled at how far the band had come. “Each one of us is comfortable as a human being, and the sound reflects the collective maturity of these four people who are not only eager to explore but also relaxed enough to luxuriate in the strength of the material.”

Fantasia, Live In Tokyo, the 2CD live show from their 2007 World Tour, features many of the tracks from their first two albums Asia (1982) and Alpha (1983) and includes Heat Of The Moment and Don’t Cry together with heritage tracks from each of the band member’s musical history. The band also performed live, for the first time, an acoustic version of Ride Easy, a B-side from the debut single Heat Of The Moment.

The boxset collection is completed by the three reunion studio albums Phoenix, Omega and XXX. These represent some of Asia’s finest moments and allowed the band to explore fully their rock and progressive roots.

The boxset was released on 11th June 2021 on BMG Records.

Here’s a link to the Unboxing of the boxset:




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