- Time Again
- Wildest Dreams
- One Step Closer
- Without You
- Cutting It Fine
- Intersection Blues
- Fanfare for the Common Man
- The Smiles Has Left Your Eyes
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As a band Asia were able to do what few from the prog rock era were able to do: combine streamlined pop hooks into very sophisticated songs that included varying instrumental passages where individual members could stretch a bit. Their chart success -- especially early on -- was formidable. Fantasia: Live in Tokyo is an anniversary concert performed with all the original members: Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer, Steve Howe and John Wetton. Eagle Rock has issued the entire concert, on both on a double-CD as well as DVD. There are 18 cuts here, including the hits as well as tracks by the members' other bands such as "Roundabout" by Yes (that contains guitarist Howe) Downes' "Video Killed the Radio Star" from his stint with the Buggles, and Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," (which was recorded by Emerson, Lake & Palmer). The bookends for this rather indulgent but exciting live show are "Time Again," and, of course, "Heat of the Moment," a live version that 25 years later seems to top the original! For Asia fans, this is a rather indispensable document.
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This album was recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, and it's awesome from start to finish, and they perform some of their songs from their 1982 debut self titled album, and all of the other albums with John Wetton as the lead vocalists, but they also perform their take on Aaron Copland's "Fanfare For The Common Man", which was Emerson Lake & Palmer's arrangement of it, and they also peformed Yes' "Roundabout" which is written by Steve Howe and Jon Anderson, which is no stranger to Geoffrey Downes, because he joined Yes in 1980, replacing Rick Wakeman with Trevor Horn whom replacing Jon Anderson for the Drama album and tour, but before Geoffrey Downes and Trevor Horn joined Yes as replacements, they had a hit song called "Video Killed The Radio Star", which is featured on this album. John Wetton meanwhile, performs "In The Court of the Crimson King", which he was the bassist of King Crimson before forming Asia.
This double disc has all the Asia hits plus some great ELP and Yes songs. Performance is clean and of a quality usually found in many of the Yes live recordings. If you are standing in front of your prog rock cd collection and you can't decide between Yes, ELP, or Asia, pull out Fantasia and enjoya long lively show with tunes from all of those bands. You'll be satisfied.