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Song of the Day - Asia - Valkrie

Song of the Day - Asia - Valkrie

I just have to close the loop on this little Asia kick I've been on. So Wetton/Downes/Palmer/Howe started Asia and eventually came back together for the reunion album Phoenix in 2008. That was an absolutely *stunning* album. I loved it right away. Up to that point I'd enjoyed the John Payne version of Asia but hearing John Wetton back at the helm made me realise what I'd really loved in the original Asia albums. So I would be picking something off Phoenix right now but Ruth has forbidden me from doing that for a couple of weeks at least. So instead here's the lead single of their 2014 album Gravitas. It's also a kick-ass album and was the first to feature Sam Coulson on lead guitar after Steve Howe retired from the band due to heavy work pressure from being in both Yes and Asia and that being a bit too much for a chap who's getting on a bit. Fair play I guess.