Asia - Asia In Asia: Live At The Budokan, Tokyo 1983


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180 Gram Vinyl Record

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180-gram gatefold double LP

Multi-platinum-selling English supergroup ASIA are releasing ASIA In Asia - Live At The Budokan, Tokyo, 1983, here as a gatefold double LP set.

ASIA — Geoff Downes (The Buggles & YES, keyboards & backing vocals), Steve Howe (YES, guitars & backing vocals) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, drums) with special guest Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, bass & lead vocals) — visited Japan at the end of two years of touring to promote their phenomenally successful eponymous debut album (1982) and the follow-up Alpha (1983).

The second of three shows at the historic Budokan arena in Tokyo, on December 6, 1983, would make history as first live broadcast between Japan and MTV in America, an amazing achievement for its time. This performance has previously only been available on VHS. The concert featured some of ASIA's biggest and most memorable tracks including, "Time Again," "Only Time Will Tell," "Sole Survivor," "Wildest Dreams" and the global hit single "Heat Of The Moment."

Greg Lake stepped in, at short notice, following the sudden departure of ASIA's founder member John Wetton ahead of the Japanese dates. Despite a short period for Lake to learn the songs, and some changes to the arrangements to accommodate Lake's different vocal range, the Japanese shows were hailed a great success.

Carl Palmer was proud of his former ELP bandmate for performing exceptionally in the situation. "Greg Lake did a great job jumping into John's shoes. So many songs to sing, he did it so well. It was impressive."

Geoff Downes, too, was pleased with the event, especially given the massive undertaking. "It was a grand and sumptuous affair. The stage was the iconic ‘A-frame' shape we had for the U.S. 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."

"The show was an important global commitment," says Steve Howe, "so we had to rise to the occasion, which we did, with Greg's help. We couldn't have done it without him, for sure."

For Downes, the release stands as a testament to the band's resilience. "It deserves its place in the Asia catalogue. Aside from its musical strengths, it demonstrates the level of professionalism that we have always striven to bring to the ASIA name."

Asia's debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982, featuring Billboard top 10 classics among six radio hits. It became the best-selling album in the world in 1982. Featuring Geoff Downes on keyboards, Steve Howe on guitar, Carl Palmer on drums and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, Asia was the logical successor to their collective bands of the '70s — Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.


Side A
1. Time Again (Mono)
2. The Heat Goes On
3. Here Comes the Feeling

Side B
1. Eye to Eye
2. Steve Howe Solo (Sketches in the Sun)
3. Only Time Will Tell

Side C
1. Open Your Eyes
2. Geoffrey Downes Solo (Ihiri - The Setting Sun / Bolero)
3. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

Side D
1. Wildest Dreams (feat. Carl Palmer)
2. Heat of the Moment
3. Sole Survivor

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