Qango: Live In The Hood

As its title implies, this is a live album, Qango didn’t stay together long enough to record a studio album. Qango is more or less of a “classic Asia” formation. With original members, John Wetton (UK, King Crimson) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), are added John Young (read our exclusive interview) and guitar wizard Dave Kilminster.

Young (JY) had already performed a few shows with Asia in the early 90’s and Kilminster has been playing with Wetton for a while. The band was actually formed following the demise of the Asia reunion project.

On this album, you’ll find some Asia tracks (Time Again, Sole Survivor and Heat of the Moment (original version)), as well as some ELP (Bitches Crystal, Hoedown and Fanfare for the Common Man). Three solo pieces are also there, one by JY and another by Dave Kilminster. Remember that name. He’s probably the best guitarist this side of Hendrix. He demonstrates it too, in All along the Watchtower. Finally, a great Carl Palmer solo; always a treat!

A great feature is The Last One Home. It starts off with a riff from Wetton’s Arkangel, to go into a two-theme piece. By itself, it is worth buying the album.

Too bad they only played in Europe.