Asia fans are getting their money's worth these days. Only recently, the group's new studio work "Gravitas" was released. And now ex-member John Payne (voc/b) presents a tribute album to the biggest bands in British prog history. He is supported by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria (both g) as well as Erik Norlander (keys) and Jay Schellen (dr). Payne has meticulously scrutinized the templates and in most cases has not tinkered too much with them. One exception is "The Court Of The Crimson King", where Norlander gets more of a chance and the majestic atmosphere of the original is at least partially reproduced. Thanks to his powerful voice, Payne is largely able to meet the high demands. However, his throaty voice doesn't always fit in perfectly ("Eye In The Sky", "Highways Of The Sun"). Some will be disappointed because of the focus on the pop tracks of the prog grands. Nevertheless, "Recollections" is a solid tribute album that invites you to bring out the original records again.
Top track: The Court Of The Crimson King