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John, I just wanted to thank you for coming back to Asia and making such wonderful music in the last 5 years.  Of course, I loved the first album and was an 18 yr. old living in Philadelphia when you guys played at the Spectrum in the summer of 1982.  I loved the next two albums as well.

This music you've put out with Phoenix, Omega and XXX is just brilliant stuff.  I can't stop listening and enjoying. By the way, "Bury Me in Willow" is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Honestly, I've been listening to all kinds of music since the mid 70's.  You and the band are one of my ALL TIME TOP 3 EVER. I now have about 55 Asia songs (all with you) on my IPOD that I listen to constantly.  Your voice is brilliant and as incredible as ever in your early 60's now. 

I recently saw you guys at the Keswick.  I hope you come back soon.  Anyway, just brilliant melodies and harmonies.  Wonderful lyrics.  Great creativity, energy, passion, honesty, musical arrangement...I can go on and on and on.  I never thought I'd love this recent comeback work of yours as much as I do.  It's probably the BEST music put out by anybody in the last decade.  Thanks and keep it up!  As always, "Light the World."--Tom G.

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Thankyou,and welcome jwfan.
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So many new fans signing up here recently - its wonderful, isn't it?

JWfan, your enthusiasm is shared by ALL of us here. The more you tune in, the more warmth you will find among like-minded people like yourself. ("Bury Me In Willow" just knocked me out too, the very first listen. In a reunion era that has bounced like Tigger from strength-to-strength-to-strength - "Bury Me In Willow" hit me on my virgin taste of "X X X" as worth the entire reunion...)

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By the way, "Bury Me in Willow" is one of my favorite songs of all time.


"Bury Me In Willow" is such a great tune.  My anchor song for "XXX", meaning the one I immediately latched onto and would go back to while getting to know the rest of the album.
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Thanks. Other gems are "I Believe", "Light the Way"', ""Holy War", "Ever Yours", "I'm Still the Same", "Listen Children", "Emily", "Tomorrow the World", "Face on a Bridge", "Extraordinary Life", "Nothing's Forever", "Alibis", "Finger on the Trigger" and a bunch more. Wonderful music.

I need to get John's solo stuff and his other work with Geoff.

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While you're doing that, start with JW's Arkangel, largely co-written with John Young. Fantastic album. Then check out JY & Lifesigns.

Welcome aboard JWF...

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The first two ICON albums brought back the magic of the Wetton/Downes partnership.

However, when I heard "Never Again" for the first time, I realized that the power of Asia was back!


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I think everything that John and others have said about a reconvened Asia is reflected in the music. Things have changed for each man, there's none of the same pushing and pulling of competing egos. The years of self-abuse and its resulting issues are in the past. Some bands can thrive on interpersonal tensions and produce great music, but they invariably don't last long as an active unit. It's tremendous to have seen Asia return without the baggage from the past and make such vital, moving music.
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Was just wondering how John came to write "Light the Way"?  What inspired it and how long did it take to put together?  What a brilliant song.  I also really enjoy Still the Same.  It feels a little "60's" to me.


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Was just wondering how John came to write "Light the Way"?  What inspired it and how long did it take to put together?  What a brilliant song.  I also really enjoy Still the Same.  It feels a little "60's" to me.



Still the same is a great song....My beloved mother really liked it...and used to ask me to play it for her sometimes in my car.  It's almost a fusion of Jeff Lynne meets George Harrison.  Brilliant IMHO!

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