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Live: Chasing the Dragon

John WettonAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mesa
  • ASIN: B000002JUH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Heat Of The Moment
2. Don't Cry
3. Rendez-vous
4. Crime Of Passion
5. Caught In The Crossfire
6. Easy Money
7. In The Dead Of Night
8. Thirty Years
9. Only Time Will Tell
10. Hold Me Now
11. Starless
12. Book Of Saturday
13. Battle Lines
14. Open Your Eyes
15. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

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King Crimson, Asia member.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A live album that is just OK January 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
John Wetton, former lead vocalist/bassist with the bands King Crimson, UK and Asia, performs live with his own band in Japan. Positives: he picks good selections from across his history, from the three above-mentioned groups as well as songs from his solo albums. And his vocal power seems to be, unlike many of his peers, be fully intact.

However, for the most part, he and his group don't do anything interesting with the songs. Wetton is a good musician, but he is better when he interacts with musicians of equal or greater caliber, such as Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer, even Geoff Downes -- in other words, his former band mates. His group here, while solid musicians, don't do anything special. This gives the performances a generic, ordinary pop/rock sound, even the King Crimson songs. And some of his later solo tracks, like "Battle Lines" and "Hold Me Now", sound like overwrought power ballads, his worst tendency. The most unusual selections are the opening and closing Asia hits "Heat of the Moment" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes", which Wetton rearranges for acoustic guitar. "Heat.." is even turned into a ballad, adding a new emotional resonance to the song.

If you're a Wetton fan, you might enjoy it for his voice. But the performances are decent, but not remarkable, so others might want to seek out the tracks in their original versions instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The voice and the... snare drum December 14, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
It's a must for every John Wetton fan. His voice is in good shape and the selection of songs is good. However the recording suffers from a "recording bug": the drum set and especially the snare drum are recorded too loud, ruining in part the acoustic experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Wetton - A Nice Career Overview June 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wetton has a long pedigree in the progressive rock world serving stints as a member of Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep and UK among others. On this single disc live CD Wetton touches on these as well as several solo tunes. Wetton's voice is in fine form and his band, though nothing mind blowing, is competent throughout. He does not do a lot of re-arranging for most of the tunes outside of an acoustic version of "Heat Of The Moment", but there is something to be said for being to re-create his studio sound. Asia is represented with "Heat", "Don't Cry", "Only Time Will Tell", and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes". King Crimson is represented by ""Easy Money", "Starless" and "Book Of Saturday". UK is represented by "Rendezvous 6:02" and "In The Dead Of Night". Several of John's better solo tracks are here too including "Battle Lines", "Crime Of Passion", and "Thirty Years". Overall this is a very nice overview of Wetton's career up through the mid 90's and is worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voice as great as ever. June 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've seen john Wetton in 6 of his finest bands. As a Wetton fanatic I completely disagree with anyone who says he more or less phones this one in. His vocals on Starless alone is chilling. Keep in mind this was 1995. His voice was perfect during that period. Just because he's not with his superstar buddies doesn't mean he's not even trying. This is GREAT WETTON. His fans in Japan love him. His voice these days is just finally showing a little ware. He was terrific this last March in UK. I saw 2 shows and he was fantastic...STILL.
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