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Live in Massachussettes '83

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Although advertised as being issued "From the Asia Archives," you should get the hint of what's about to follow by the misspelling in the album title, 2004's Live in Massachussettes '83. Yes, this is a release that reeks of "bootleg" -- from the spelling typo to the fact that the recording itself is an audience recording. Granted, Asia were still flying pretty high at the time of the recording -- on the strength of two hit albums -- and respectable renditions of such hits as "Only Time Will Tell," "Don't Cry," and "Heat of the Moment" (the latter of which is strangely included as an unlisted bonus track that closes the album) are featured here. But by not clearly stating that Live in Massachussettes '83 is not even a soundboard recording, it's a pretty sneaky maneuver sprung on unsuspecting Asia fans.

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