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 - Astra - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.20, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2022 15:04)on September 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm
ASIA Astra (1985 UK 10-track LP, housed in a great sc-fi picture sleeve designed by Roger Dean with lyric insert. The sleeve shows some minor edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played GEF26413)
- Asia - Alpha - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $10.80, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2022 15:01)on September 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm
ASIA Alpha (1983 UK 10-track vinyl LP, the second studio album from the prog supergroup featuring Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer & John Wetton. The Roger Dean artwork picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear but comes with the illustrated lyric insert and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play GEF25508)
- Asia - Asia - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.20, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 10:56)on September 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm
ASIA Asia (1982 UK 9-track debut LP, which topped the US Billboard Chart upon its release and was the best-selling album in America for that year, the line-up including John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes, complete with illustrated credits insert, Roger Dean design picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl shows very little sign of play GEF85577)
- Asia - Only Time Will Tell - UK - 7" picture disc - £20.00, $21.60, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 15-Sep-2022 09:11)on September 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm
ASIA Only Time Will Tell (1982 UK limited edition 7" Picture Disc single featuring the great sea dragon artwork, also including Ride Easy, clear PVC sleeve GEFA11-2228)
- Asia - Asia - UK - picture disc LP - £40.00, $43.20, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 12-Sep-2022 09:58)on September 26, 2022 at 8:55 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, clear PVC sleeve GEF-11-85577)