John Payne, former head of the progressive melodic rock flagship Asia, did magic with albums such as Aqua and Aria, both of which are considered milestones in the world of sophisticated rock music. Now, with Window To The Soul, Payne celebrates and enjoys a stunning kick-off with the GPS debut, leaving no questions unsaid with regard to song writing and production. Payne recruited the talents of SpockÂ's BeardÂ's keyboard wizard Ryo Okumoto to ensure the fullest from this new and exciting project. Window To The Soul is classic melodic prog rock with influences from the 70Â's and contemporary sounds; real ear candy for music lovers!
I don't think anyone was really surprised when Geoff Downes, unable to resist the lure of an easy payday and the chance to play some bigger venues again, announced plans to reunite the original Asia lineup. We all knew it was coming; it was just a matter of when. Of course this meant that longtime vocalist John Payne, who was a key member of Asia for more than a decade, was essentially kicked to the curb. This was a real shame, considering Payne had a large role in a string of terrific studio albums that he..
I am so pleased to be one of the first here to review GPS.I've been a HUGE fan of all the John Payne era ASIA music. (Never really a fan of the Wetton era ASIA music.) Imagine my surprise and disgust when it appeared on the Asia website several months ago that ARCHITECT OF TIME had been shelved. Seemed the original Asia had been reformed. Maybe that's good for so many Asia fans, but it was not good for me. I feel in love with John Payne's voice on AQUA and have been in love with it ever since. Mr. Payne's s..
Asia's John Payne, Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen decided after Geoff Downes decided to reunite the original band lineup for a 25th anniversary tour, to release their own album as GPS.The disc, Window to the Soul is a great CD. Joined by Spock Beard's keyboardist Ryo Okumoto, the new band steps into the spotlight without the Asia name and creates an identity of its own.The disc comes right at you with the rocking, opening title track and continues throughout with amazing vocals and great musicianship.If you..