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ASIA (Featuring John Payne) - Recollections: A Tribute To British Prog

(Code: 17249)
ASIA (Featuring John Payne) - Recollections: A Tribute To British ProgFormat: CD / Cat No: PWWMR536 / Released: 12/05/2014

Track Listing: 1. SIRIUS originally by the Alan Parsons Project (2:11) / 2. EYE IN THE SKY originally by the Alan Parsons Project (5:03) / 3. COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING originally by King Crimson (9:20) / 4. HIGHWAYS OF THE SUN originally by Camel (4:42) / 5. I KNOW YOURE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE originally by the Moody Blues (6:55) / 6. IT CAN HAPPEN originally by Yes (5:36) / 7. LAND OF CONFUSION originally by Genesis (5:52) / 8. LOCOMOTIVE BREATH originally by Jethro Tull (3:37) / 9. ROCK AND ROLL STAR originally by Barclay James Harvest (6:18) / 10. NOTHING TO LOSE originally by UK (4:25) / 11. LUCKY MAN originally by Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) (4:23)

More information: While sitting in Southern California John Payne heard the Yes song "It Can Happen" and instantly felt inspired. "I thought it would be a really cool song to record a cover of," he says. "Shortly after, I heard a Jethro Tull track driving home. I thought it would be really exciting to put together a collection of these songs. It's something I never thought I'd do in the past. They're such influential songs for me". Recollections sees the group - Payne (lead vocals, bass, keys), Jay Schellen (drums), Erik Norlander (keys), Jeff Kollman (guitar), and Moni Scaria (guitar]) - imbue each track with its own distinct stamp.

For a band like Asia Featuring John Payne who doesn't normally do covers, it was an interesting spin. One by one, his band mates contributed to the project as they tackled classics from the likes of King Crimson. Throughout the sessions, they managed to infuse their signature styles into the originals, while reverentially paying homage to the respective artists.