John Wetton – Live Via Satellite (Progressive Rock album review)

John Wetton - Live Via Satellite

John Wetton - Live Via Satellite

John Wetton – Live Via Satellite

Asia’s lead singer, bassist John Wetton recorded the two live recordings found on this two disc set in 1998 and 2002, and everything is done acoustically, which sounds pretty damn good.

There is nothing special about these two live CDs, as they were done for a rock radio station audience in Sweden 1998 (disc 1) and for an XM Satellite rock radio station audience in 2002. However, considering he did all of this with an acoustic guitar and a synthesizer was a challenging feat in itself. It sounded good, despite there was no huge production behind each of the two live performances.

Some of the all time classics played here include “The Circle Of St. Giles”, “Heat Of The Moment”, one of Asia’s biggest top charting AOR radio hits in North America, along with “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”, “Easy Money”, “Emma”, “Hold Me Now”, “Rendezvous 6:02” among others. The second CD also has a similar line up of songs, and I tell you, Wetton is a solid performer as well as a songwriter. His knack for writing emotionally charged vocal driven songs are nothing shy of sheer brilliance, yet the talent to compose guitar and synth driven numbers like “Heat Of The Moment” shows his songwriting diversity.

All in all, it’s a very strong release and shows John Wetton’s other side of performing for a radio audience, behind closed doors.

This should certainly appeal to fans of John Wetton, Asia and other progressive rock groups from the United Kingdom and the world. Primary Purpose   Sarjoo Devani

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