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re: ASIA & ELO

Posted by:
Scaramouche 05:12 am MST 01/30/07
In reply to: ASIA & ELO - Marvello 05:42 pm MST 01/29/07

This was yet another project for Jim, where nothing actually emerged musically.

From what I understand, Jim worked with ELO 2 for about two weeks in the early 90's, before he left the project, as he couldn't agree a deal with their then manager, the infamous Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne's father).

I think Eric Troyer joined the band AFTER Jim left, but on Jim's recommendation (ELO wanted a singer/songwriter).

I think the Asia connection is John Payne. He was in ELO 2 and then joined Asia; presumably this is one of his songs ??

> Quest For The Key/ELO Part II
> A.L.O.(Asiatic Light Orchestra) ASIA
>
> The ELO project i believe came about as a direct reponse
> to Eric Troyer joining ELO PartII.
> The line up included some original members and was
> augmented by Conductor Louis Clark.
>
> The only reference i can find to any studio/song info is
> the following which can be found in the ASIA ARCHIVA 1 cd,
> it reads as follows
>
> "This song started life as a demo for ELO Part II and was
> called Quest For The Key, Much liked by the then producer
> Jim Steinman.
> It was upgraded and renamed humorously "ALO" and was then
> recorded as a demo for the ARIA album".
>
>
> I am a huge ASIA fan and on listening to ALO, you will
> spot elements of Go Go Guerillas & Wonderful Toys, as the
> former predates the Asia track by many years one must
> assume some credit should go to Jim as you can hear his
> influence.


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