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Asia: Asia (1982)

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Artist:

Asia

Title:

Asia

Released: 1982
Label: Geffen
Catalog: GHS 2008
Genre: Progressive Rock / Pop
NOTE: QUIEX II Limited Edition Pressing
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Heat Of The Moment
02 Only Time Will Tell
03 Sole Survivor
04 One Step Closer
05 Time Again
06 Wildest Dreams
07 Without You
08 Cutting It Fine
09 Here Comes The Feeling
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Album Review

by Tom Demalon [allmusic.com]

This marriage of four players with impressive pedigrees proved to be the success story of 1982 when Asia's debut lodged itself at the top of the U.S. album charts for two months. The album spawned a massive number four single in "Heat of the Moment," a follow-up Top 20 hit in the sweeping "Only Time Will Tell," and a handful of other tracks that received heavy radio play despite going against the grain of the new wave styling of the day. Produced by Mike Stone, Asia's strengths were the powerful vocals of John Wetton, the nimble, classically tinged guitar work of Steve Howe, Geoffrey Downes' majestic keyboard playing, and anchoring the band, Carl Palmer's propulsive drumming. The lyrics are overwrought at moments, but there's no denying the epic grandeur of the music, which provided some much-needed muscle to radio at the time, and did so with style.


Asia: Alpha (1983)

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Artist:

Asia

Title:

Alpha

Released: 1983
Label: Geffen
Catalog: GHS 4008
Genre: Progressive Rock / Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Don't Cry
02 The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
03 Never In A Million Years
04 My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)
05 The Heat Goes On
06 Eye To Eye
07 The Last To Know
08 True Colors
09 Midnight Sun
10 Open Your Eyes
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Asia - Alpha [Quiex II Pressing] [Geffen GHS 4008] (1983)

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Asia

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Alpha [Quiex II Pressing]

Released: 1983
Label: Geffen
Catalog: GHS 4008
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Don't Cry
02 The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
03 Never In A Million Years
04 My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)
05 The Heat Goes On
06 Eye To Eye
07 The Last To Know
08 True Colors
09 Midnight Sun
10 Open Your Eyes
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Asia's Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

When they appeared in the early '80s, Asia seemed to be a holdover from the '70s, when supergroups and self-important progressive rockers reigned supreme. Featuring members of such seminal art rock bands as King Crimson (John Wetton), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Carl Palmer), and Yes (Steve Howe), as well as Geoff Downes from the Buggles, Asia did feature stretches of indulgent instrumentals on their records. However, they also could be surprisingly poppy, and that is what brought them to the top of the charts with their debut album, Asia, and its hit single, "Heat of the Moment." Alpha, their second album, also had a couple of hits ("Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes") but its follow-up, Astra, was a flop. The group disbanded in 1985, only to reunite in 1990 without John Wetton; John Payne took his place. After churning out a couple of new songs for a greatest-hits collection, the band hit the road, including two sold-out dates in front of 20,000 fans in Moscow, of all places. Thereafter, they toured sporadically and released Aqua (1992), Aria (1994), Arena (1996), Aura (2001), and Silent Nation (2004). The band's lineup reverted to its original form for Phoenix (2008) and Omega (2010).
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