(*/10) What to say about another Asia live album? If I counted right, Asia has published more live records than studio albums and here comes another one which it's maybe more than just a live recording. It is an Asia release that is the first on after John Wetton lost his fight against cancer on January 31st . Therefor this record became all of a sudden more an homage than anything else.

Two years after having unveiled "Live in San Francisco" it's "Symfonia - Live in Bulgaria" that hits the record shops. It was a show performed in 2013 in the line-up Wetton, Downes, Palmer and Coulson and it includes fourteen songs, reflecting all the classics of the band. As the album title implies, Asia added a symphonic touch to the show that was part of the Sounds of the Ages festival. Joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra for half of the songs, the setlist includes progressive rock pearls like "Sole Survivor", "Don't Cry", "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and of course THE Asia hit "Heat of the Moment". It's the last mentioned ones with the orchestral arrangement that stand for the added value of this longplayer. It gives well known Asia classic a new touch and feel.

"Symfonia - Live in Bulgaria" is an album that will be loved by collectors and as mentioned in the beginning, it got another  meaning than just  capturing of a concert. This album became suddenly a soulful goodbye to an icon in rock music.





  1. Sole Survivor
  2. Time Again
  3. Face On The Bridge
  4. My Own Time
  5. Holy War
  6. An Extraordinary Life
  7. Days Like These
  8. Open Your Eyes
  9. Only Time Will Tell*
  10. Don’t Cry*
  11. Heroine*
  12. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes*
  13. Wildest Dreams*
  14. Heat Of The Moment*.

*Performed with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 24th, 2017

CD review ASIA "Symfonia - Live in Bulgaria"
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