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I had Pandora on while cleaning house today, set to the "John Wetton" station. Suddenly, my work groove is interrupted by a song instantly FAMILIAR; yet unheard to my ears in at least 20 years...

"COLD IS THE NIGHT".

What a great mood and vocal performance!

I first heard it on the KINGS ROAD cassette I bought in 1988; a few months later I located CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE on vinyl. But most of my vinyl has been mothballed (along with my many tapes!) for a long time. Funny how an old song can sound new again sometimes...

It hit me that (at least to me) "Cold Is The Night" really bridges the era of John's work with "U.K." and Crimson quite wonderfully with what was to come in /ASIA\. What a great song.

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Nice.

I just heard the soaring /ASIA\ B-Side "Lying To Yourself" segue into Peter Gabriel's "dark & sticky" single "Digging In The Dirt".

Pandora's hitting like Mickey Mantle today!


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Yes, indeed---'Cold is the Night' is the bridge between KC (mellotron-nod on outro, described as 'knicker-wetting'by Planet Mellotron reviewer) with a UK-esque vocal bridge,to full-blown ASIA.
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a beautiful song indeed! It reminds me the summer of 1986 when "Caught in the crossfire" was constantly on my walkman... great memories!
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Greetings all,

I also bought King's Road, based on my instant liking for John's voice, and I was not let down.  Cold is the Night stands out to me as a mood piece.  I often played it while a soldier in the Army, when I was apart from a girlfriend for long months.  I was based in Eastern Turkey, and she was back in the States.  John has a way of writing from the heart, and there always seems to be a song to fit my mood!

Countdown to /ASIA\ has just begun!  26 days to go!

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Yes, indeed---'Cold is the Night' is the bridge between KC (mellotron-nod on outro, described as 'knicker-wetting'by Planet Mellotron reviewer) with a UK-esque vocal bridge,to full-blown ASIA.


"Knicker-wetting", eh? LOL. Where do they come up with these descriptions? [smile]

I enjoyed the unsolicited "peek" into that track'significance in your career. Its so cerebral, and beautiful. In addition to pointing towards your next record with the ASIA debut, it reminds me of the "feel" of the ROCK OF FAITH record too.

I can't get "Cold Is The Night" out of my head now since I heard it. The "blue is the day" verse just blows me away. Its one of those JW vocal showcases that just leaves nothing on the table, you know... "Valkyrie" does that, too, on the new record.

I know its the first single - but I just REALLY hope we get to hear "Valkyrie" performed live on the upcoming tour. Its one of my wife's favorites along with mine (and she is coming). I think "Valkyrie" live ALONE would make my trip to L.A. worth the airfare...

I absolutely regard this as one of the best songs of John's /ASIA\ repertoire. "I Believe" knocked me out similarly on OMEGA. Those church choir layers of voice, upon voice, upon voice just draw me in like no other artist.

- Douglas
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(CODA: I humbly submit the soul-stirring "Valkyrie" as **#1** for my setlist wish for the /ASIA\ show in Beverly Hills / L.A.!!!)

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Agent A.,

I fully agree that Valkyrie is a winner for the new album set-list.  It seems that with the pedigree that JW and /ASIA\ both possess, that they are limited to 2-3 songs from their new album.  Omega yielded 4-5 songs, based on the Resonance live album (my 42nd birthday present), and I Believe is one of my top sing-along songs.  However, my favorite remains Holy War for obvious reasons!

Being a former semi-pro musician, I can understand why some songs are chosen for live performances, while others are not.  Some of it is band politics, and some of it is feasibility.  Unless JW could make a clone of himself [nono], or Sam and Geoff could chime in, Bury Me in Willow would be hard to pull off live, owing to the vocal arrangements.  Pat Thrall had a good harmony voice, in my opinion.

Fans have been clamoring for Till We Meet Again, and I think it would be a fine closer, but JW might have to double on acoustic guitar and bass pedals for that warm organ-swell effect.  I envy musicians who can play multiple instruments onstage, such as JW and Geddy Lee (I remember his '80s rig with sequencers and pedals).  It was all I could do to walk straight, play bass guitar, and sing in key!

We will compare notes on /ASIA\ and JW once we have both seen them on this tour!  Jennifer is really looking to the show -- she has only been to one concert before, Rush in 2002.  We are having the car serviced as I type, because it will be a 3-hour trip to Atlanta for us.  I know that JW and his friends will put on the very best show possible, and whatever songs they choose, I will be happy!

Take care and God bless!         

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Listened to Jack-Knife last night.  Walk On Heaven's Ground is superb!
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One of my favorites from the Red LP:

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You can click the little YouTube icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the video preview, or just click on the link below and you will be sent to YouTube. 

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