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“Only Time Will Tell” (Live) (Single) by Asia

Artist: Asia
Title: “Only Time Will Tell” (Live)
Label: Frontiers Records
Release Date: 1/27/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Back in 2013, Progressive Hard Rock legends Asia performed in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra for their excited fans on that side of the world. The performance was captured on recording and video and will be released at the end of February on an album called “Symfonia: Live In Bulgaria 2013”. Yesterday, the Frontiers Records people in the press released the first single from the concert with the bands seminal hit “Only Time Will Tell”. Here are a few thoughts about it.
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“British Live Performance Series” by Asia

Artist: Asia
Title: “British Live Performance Series”
Label: Rainman Records
Release Date: 6/24/2016
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

When I think of the band Asia the first thing that comes to mind for me is the level of juggernaut success that their self-titled debut album received back in 1982 when Steve Howe, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes all joined forces to deliver an album that would bring a very radio friendly Progressive Rock into the homes of music fans worldwide. Granted it was a very different sound from their original groups of Yes, ELP, King Crimson and The Buggles and it might had annoyed the more purist of the Progressive Rock faithful but there was no doubt that the band was an Arena Rock staple from the signature track “Heat Of The Moment”. This classic concert from 1990 delivers a band looking back on the previous decade with a smile as they deliver tracks from the debut along with “Alpha”, “Astra” and “Then And Now” which would be the final album that the original members worked on together until their reunion in 2006 some sixteen years later.
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Rocking Out With “Frampton Comes Alive” @ 40 Years

I’ve a question for all of you readers and that begins with a simple “Do You Feel Like I Do”? If you’re confused that’s actually the chorus of the hit song by rock guitarist Peter Frampton from the song that bears the same name and is one of the hits off of his seminal “Frampton Comes Alive” album from 1976. That album is celebrating its 40th anniversary today if you can believe it. It’s long been considered a staple LP to have in one’s Rock collection almost as much as the equally impacting KISS “Alive”. The interesting thing about “Frampton Comes Alive!” is that it also comes to existence as being the offering to his fans after four of his studio albums were not really selling all that well. This was the same deal with KISS who found that their three original studio releases were not reflecting their concerts and hence “Alive” was born.
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“Live At Montreux 1997” [CD] by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title: “Live At Montreux 1997”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 9/11/2015
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

If you’ve owned a video copy of the 1997 concert at Montreux by the legendary Emerson, Lake & Palmer and were wondering when you were going to be able to add these sounds to your music collection, then wonder no more as for the first time ever this concert is being made available on audio CD for all the masses to enjoy. I love the “Live At Montreux” series of audio and video recordings based on their overall diversity and was happy to see this fantastic live set be given a long overdue audio release. Sometimes with Eagle Rock Entertainment releases we find the video part have a companion audio part being released simultaneously but that is not the case here as this CD comes a full eleven years after the standard DVD and five after the Blu-ray edition.

As I am reviewing the audio streaming version of this release I cannot say more than how it features all of the tracks that were initially found on the videos across its two discs which is a very good thing. Sometimes we find a track or two omitted/added when these things hit the shelves. The band sounds on point and one would expect this from the three leaders in Progressive Rock and by the time of this recording in 1997 had already been reunited for a number of years. Sadly as I pen this summation the band seems to have broken up for the final time with its membership actively touring doing sets of these classic numbers. The show starts off with a bang and the classic “Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression, Part 2”, and this is the one you used to hear on the radio all the time. The “Karn Evil” track as a whole is almost fourteen minutes long and worth poking around for if its somehow new to your ears. I grew up on this tune and only wish they had slammed out the whole thing. There are some scattered choices to be found as the group explores their catalog to give you both “Tiger In A Spotlight” and “Hoedown” along with the unexpected “Touch and Go”. This tune was from the short-lived Emerson, Lake and Powell years when they were partnered up with the late great Cozy Powell. Still the tune is relevant as it was played religiously on MTV and not much else from the band ever saw that networks visibility. I liked hearing Carl doing its steady four on the floor drumming but it did make me miss Powell’s presence in music all the more. He was killed in a car crash back in 1998 but I digress.
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“30 Trips Around The Sun: The Definitive Live Story” by Grateful Dead

CD - Grateful Dead - 30 Trips Around The Sun

Amazon.com says “30 Trips Around The Sun: The Definitive Live Story features one unreleased live song from each year of the band’s career plus one special re-released track from the band’s earliest recordings, under the name The Emergency Crew. Every year from 1965 1995 is represented. Also featured is an essay by Dead aficionado Jesse Jarnow dissecting every track in the collection. “. It comes care of Rhino Records.