John Wetton

Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999

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Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999 was recorded on August 5, 1999, with Martin Orford on keyboards, David Kilminster on guitars, and Steve Christey on drums. The sound quality is very average, as if the show had been recorded with two microphones above the crowd; the musicians are heard from a distance, drums and voices echo, audience noises crawl on top of the music at times, and there are occasionally noticeable changes in the volume level. So this is either a poor official recording or a decent bootleg. The other problem with Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999 is that John Wetton's set list had remained very much the same throughout the late '90s: his solo songs (some from Arkangel, his latest studio release at the time) beside the usual King Crimson, UK, and Asia classics. There is not much difference between this live album and Live Tokyo 1997 or Sub Rosa (Live in Milan). The performance is decent enough with strong renditions of "Easy Money" and "Sole Survivor," although Wetton has difficulties pushing his voice to reach the higher notes. Due to its sound quality, this album would be recommendable only to fans, but since they probably already have the previous live recordings, one wonders what more can Live at the Sun Plaza Tokyo 1999 bring. A superfluous release.

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