Live in Koln

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A double-disc live set by Asia, this one is a solid album. The performances are very good, as is the recording. The lineup of the band at the time of the recording was Asia mainstay Geoff Downes, John Payne, Aziz Ibrahim, and Michael Sturgis. It was recorded in 1994, and although it touches on their entire catalog to that point, it has a strong emphasis on what at the time were their most recent albums, Aqua and Aria. The only other disc with representation in the same range as those albums is the group's self-titled debut. Of course, when you consider that that album was their most successful, that only makes sense. The second CD of the set is a bit short, but that is most likely to preserve the full concert experience. One has to wonder why they didn't add a couple bonus tracks on to make up the difference, though. It might have been a nice addition. Still, there is no taking away from the fact that this is a faithful recording of a show by a group who has given the music world some interesting material over the years.

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