A 2LP/2CD box set, Asia In Asia – Live At The Budokan, Tokyo, 1983 is due out via BMG on June 10. The bumper package includes a 40-page book and memorabilia from the multi-platinum selling band’s historic shows. The album will also be available in standard double LP, 1CD and digital formats.
Asia’s Japanese shows came at the end of two years of touring to promote their 1982 self-titled debut and 1983 follow-up, Alpha. They were significant in that they included special guest Greg Lake, who stepped in at short notice to replace founder member John Wetton, who unexpectedly quit just before the shows.
Keyboard player Geoff Downes remembers, “It was a grand and sumptuous affair. The stage was the iconic ‘A-frame’ shape we had for the US tour. I think we pulled it off admirably in the end. There were some good people behind us: crew, lighting designers, cameramen and backing singers, it was quite a production.”
He adds that the live recording, “deserves its place in the Asia catalogue. Aside from its musical strengths, it demonstrates the level of professionalism that we have always striven [sic] to bring to the Asia name.”
Asia played three shows at Budokan Arena in Tokyo in December 1983 – the second of which made history as the first live broadcast between Japan and MTV in America. This release marks the first time that the performance has been available on CD and vinyl.
The new box set includes: exclusive new artwork by Roger Dean; colour vinyl of the original MTV Telecast concert audio, remixed 2022 from the master tapes, with two previously unreleased, post broadcast encore tracks; audio CDs comprising the MTV satellite telecast concert (December 6, 1983, USA time) and the previous night’s show (December 6, 1983, Japanese time); audio-visual Blu-ray of the restored original broadcast concert with 2022 remixed audio plus restored original concert laserdisc featuring alternate camera angles; 40-page 12” book with rare and unseen band photos, memorabilia and new sleeve notes; and a bespoke metal and enamel Asia logo pin badge.
Watch the live video for Here Comes The Feeling below.
Meanwhile, Asia are currently preparing for their upcoming 2022 tour.
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- Asia - Omega - 1st - Italian - CD album - £14.99, $18.74, €17.54 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2022 14:44)on May 25, 2022 at 6:10 pm
ASIA Omega (Original 2010 Italian first pressing 12-track CD album, the eleventh studio release by British rock supergroup including the bonus recording 'Emily'. The disc comes issued in the glossy hype-stickered digipak picture sleeve complete with the picture / lyric booklet)
- Asia - Asia - Dutch - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 06-May-2022 13:16)on May 25, 2022 at 6:10 pm
ASIA Asia (1982 Dutch 9-track LP featuring John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer & Geoffrey Downes, glossy picture sleeve with album credits inner. The cover is Excellent with a small corner crease & the vinyl appears Excellent with light signsofplay over the years GEF85577)
- Asia - Astra - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.00, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 16-Apr-2022 12:32)on May 25, 2022 at 6:10 pm
ASIA Astra (1985 UK 10-track LP, glossy picture sleeve with lyric insert. The sleeve has a slight sticker mark in the top right corner with light scuffing to edges and the vinyl shows only a few signs of play GEF26413)
- Asia - The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1 - Autographed - UK - cd album box set - £75.00, $93.75, €87.75 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2022 11:28)on May 25, 2022 at 6:10 pm
ASIA The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1 (2021 UK limited edition TEN CD set comprising official live bootleg recordings of FIVE concerts in Buffalo & Worcester [USA], Sao Paulo [Brazil], Tokyo [Japan] and London [UK]. The ten discs all look unplayed issued within five gatefold card sleeve, all housed inside the hype-stickered 5.5" x 5" x 1.5" card picture slipcase complete with the booklet containing rare band photos & sleevenotes. Additionally, this is one of the copies obtained directly from Burning Shed complete with lovely cover art card signed by Roger Dean!)
- Asia - Asia - UK - picture disc LP - £40.00, $50.00, €46.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-Apr-2022 09:42)on May 25, 2022 at 6:10 pm
ASIA Asia (Scarce 1982 UK limited edition 9-track Picture Disc LP - a wonderful copy of the band's debut album, displaying Roger Dean's stunning artwork GEF-11-85577)