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Hi Everyone,
Like Sean I have been reading the message board for a while but finally decided to register.!!

Anyway, what can I say about ASIA!

I remember hearing Heat of the moment back in '82 and thinking how totally amazing it was...melodic rock with a real edge to it. I then bought the album and was blown away by every track..most notably Sole Survivor and Only time will tell. I had been aware of the band members as individuals as I had heard John Wetton in Uriah Heep, Carl Palmer in ELP, Geoff in Buggles and Steve Howe in Yes. This was so different...

Anyway, I bought Alpha and then in '86 Astra. The first 2 albums were definitely the best with GO the only song i really liked on Astra. It seems such a long time ago but I remember seeing an incarnation of ASIA at the Marquee Club in London, in I think '87?? It was John an Carl, but on keys was Don Airey (I think) plus a guitarist I cant remember..

I did see ASIA on the AQUA tour and it was OK ..however ever since then every ASIA album has been a bit of a disappointment. Not sure if it was because my musical tasted were changing but I found John Payne's voice annoying. At about this time I was getting into bands like Dream Theater.

However, when I heard the original line-up was reforming I went and bought on CD ASIA Gold...it was incredible..every track reminded me of when I was a student in my late teens..I found that the music hadn't dated at all.

OK..I have seen the threads regarding the best ASIA song. Well for me they change..but I do love Sole Survivor and Open your Eyes. The best bit of Open your Eyes is Steve Howe's guitar solo at the end. On the Alpha album this solo is faded out at the end of the song, but crank up the volume and you can hear Steve Howe really going for it!

Anyway ..it would be good to hear from fellow Asia fans out there.

Jon

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Hey Jon, welcome!
You're in the right place.
How I envy you for having attended that Marquee concert...
If I'm not wrong the lineup was Wetton/Palmer/Airey/Manzanera/Robin "Heartline" George.
Sometimes I wish I had a time machine.

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By the way,Roger---I´m in Tossa de Mar, down your way,gaucho.

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1 h from where I live...every day I believe more in energies and synergies  and less in meaningless coincidences. During this week I have had more JW related chat with barmates than ever. Life will never stop surprising me.

And you're lucky man: We don't usually have this shiny sunny T-shirty weather mid-October every year in Catalonia. The best of all is that means you're doing better.
A pity you'll have to swallow continental breakfast for a while.

Fes bondat!

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Hola marinero,
Catalan weather was perfect today--sunny,with just enough of a breeze from sea.Despite its name,Tossa is rather pretty--my third year here, breakfast is good coffee,toast,and a muesli that tastes like cardboard--none of the fabulous chorizo,bacon or cheese omelette for me--but maybe that´s not a bad thing.The little bay here is beautiful and very serene,with its castle and island---I´m finishing some lyrics to the ASIA CD this week, so watch out for some references to the local flavour in the imagery. Ben noches,nou camp,etc.
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Bringing back nice memories....my first hols abroad with girlfriend.I remember the lovely fortress on the headland and a small resort along the coast..tamariu.thanks john


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I cannot wait to see Europe again...


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Newfish, is that your Newfie? What a handsom beast! He or she...and if it wouldn't be personal, what is the name? They are such sweet gentle giants...



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I'll bet you are proud! Is Buck solid black? I've always wanted one but they have so much coat it would be cruel to try to keep one here. A hundred and thirty pounds is a LOT of princess. What does The Buck weigh?


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They have webbed feet don't they? My Golden did...such a water dog she was. I kept a kiddie pool in the back yard so she could "swim" on hot days. That dog loved to stand out in the rain until she was saturated....but she could not stand for it to thunder on her. She would try to dig her way through the back door with those big feet...and she was a mere 68 pounds.

Do Newfies have the chow tongue?

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That's interesting. Were the Great Pyrenees an offshoot of the breed or a different breed entirely? They are lovely dogs too.


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Hola marinero

Sorry to interrupt the canine chat, ladies, but I was catching up on some reading and noticed this quote.  And I can't help myself - I have to say it:

Yo no soy marinero.  Yo no soy marinero - soy capitan! (It ain't "American Pie", but it worked for Ritchie Valens...) 

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That,Goddess,is followed--nay segued--by:
'Caramba,soy la Reina con bolas picantes esta noche ' from G. Michael's 'Live at the Alhambra'.
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...I think I hear "Bailamos" playing in the background. If the doc says the timing is right...dance.


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In the words of Bart Simpson, "Ay Caramba!" indeed!!  Bolas picantes??  That sounds downright painful, Capitane!


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