John Payne and Andy Nye – The Passion [1987]

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Style AOR

Rating 88/100

Band Members Andy Nye – Keyboards, Ant Glynne – Guitar, Clive Burr – Drums, John Payne – Vocals

Tracks 01. All We Need Is A Miracle, 02. Break The Chain, 03. Burning The Innocent, 04. Desire, 05. Does It Look Like Love, 06. Don’t Hide Your Feelings, 07. Hearts Of Fire, 08. I Can’t Wait For You, 09. I Won’t Surrender, 10. Running Back To You, 11. Talk To Me, 12. Wasteland

Profile Before replacing John Wetton in Asia, vocalist/bassist John Payne worked on a collaboration with former MSG keyboardist Andy Nye that was to be called The Passion. The two wrote and recorded several songs together, but the Asia opportunity cut the project short. Now Payne has made The Passion recordings available for the first time.

What we have here is essentially a collection of demo recordings Nye and Payne recorded together (along with Clive Burr and Ant Glynne). They’ve been newly remastered, but they still have a definite demo sound to them; some rough edges that are at odds with the otherwise smooth nature of the songs. The overall feel of the music is somewhere between AOR and a slick pop metal, but you can also hear hints of the direction Asia would go with Payne on board. Most of the songs are really good, or would have been really good with further polishing, and a couple of them are pretty forgettable. I did recognize at least one if not two that ended up on later Asia albums.

It’s cool to be able to hear these recordings, especially if you’re a serious John Payne fan. I don’t think the production quality is on par with the songwriting quality, but if the alternative is not hearing the songs at all I’ll take what I can get. I was also less than thrilled that the liner notes consist of just a single panel with minimal info. Lyrics, recording info, credits – any of that would have been helpful. I’m glad I picked the disc up, but it’s not one I’ll listen to all that often.
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