Monday, February 04, 2008
ASIA'S ORIGINAL LINE-UP RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN 25 YEARS:
Phoenix to be issued by Frontiers Records label / Release Will Coincide With Asia's 2008 World Tour
Frontiers Records, the Italian-based record label, announced today acclaimed British progressive rock group Asia, will release Phoenix, its first studio album since 1983. The new album, recorded by all four original members following singer/bassist John Wetton's emergency heart surgery last August, marks a return to the classic Asia sound, with some surprising contemporary twists.
"Everything that was there 25 years ago is still there, and quite simply if you liked it then, you'll love it now," says Wetton. "It does exactly what it says on the tin." "The recording has gone very well, especially since John is writing, singing and playing great," adds guitarist Steve Howe. "I believe we've all found the team work creatively rewarding and we look forward to playing some new songs, on stage."
Phoenix is a collection of songs that speak to the millions of core Asia fans who, like the group, have come a long way since the dawn of the MTV age in 1982. "We're older now, and our audience has grown up with us," says drummer Carl Palmer. "I think the lyrical themes on this record are some of the best John has ever developed. One track in particular, 'Extraordinary Life,' is among the best tracks we've ever recorded, and I believe could go on to be another Asia classic."
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