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Founded in London, UK in 1981 - Hiatus between 1986-1989 - Still active as of 2018

ASIA were formed by Steve HOWE (YES), John WETTON (KING CRIMSON, URIAH HEEP, UK ETC.), Geoff DOWNES (YES, BUGGLES) and Carl PALMER (ELP). They were of course immediately dubbed a "supergroup" (in the way as CREAM, EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER etc. were). Over the years the line up has gone through constant changes, with DOWNES being the only founding member still present (although even he has not been ever present). Greg LAKE passed though the ranks briefly in 1983 replacing WETTON, but his voice did not suit the material, and he left before recording any studio albums with the band.

WETTON's return in 1984 resurrected previous conflicts with HOWE, who left to be replaced by Mandy METER (KROKUS). ASIA effectively ceased to exist between 1985 and 1987, when DOWNES and WETTON attempted to rekindle the flame. They recorded a few tracks together, but WETTON soon moved on again, and DOWNES started working with John PAYNE on alternative projects. In 1989, WETTON and PALMER got back together forming yet another line up with John YOUNG and Alan DARBY. The line up changes continued into the 1990's, with DOWNES soon rejoining and bringing in the since long serving John PAYNE. By 1991, the band still only released three studio albums. With the release of "Aqua" in 1992, there started a relatively settled period for ASIA in as much as the band became very much a DOWNES/PAYNE project, with other musicians being brought in for recording or touring as required. A reunion of the original line up appears to have almost happened in the late 1990's, but the momentum was lost, and it never materialised.

With such well known names in the original ASIA , expectations were high that the new band would produce high quality prog rock in it's truest form. ASIA however had different ideas, and went for a far more direct and commercial sound. The quality of the musicianship was undoubted, but many fans of the source bands were left disappointed by the self titled debut album. Commercially, the venture was enormously successful, with the band enjoying both singles and album chart suc...
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The Very Best Of Asia: Heat of the Moment 1982-1990The Very Best Of Asia: Heat of the Moment 1982-1990
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ASIA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.16 | 500 ratings
Asia
1982
2.79 | 310 ratings
Alpha
1983
2.56 | 230 ratings
Astra
1985
2.89 | 181 ratings
Aqua
1992
2.89 | 143 ratings
Aria
1994
3.33 | 151 ratings
Arena
1996
3.27 | 158 ratings
Aura
2000
3.17 | 144 ratings
Silent Nation
2004
3.20 | 185 ratings
Phoenix
2008
3.11 | 153 ratings
Omega
2010
2.91 | 140 ratings
XXX
2012
2.80 | 114 ratings
Gravitas
2014
2.79 | 38 ratings
Asia feat. John Payne: Recollections - A Tribute To British Prog
2014

ASIA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.78 | 57 ratings
Asia Live: 09-XI-90 Mocквa
1990
2.39 | 12 ratings
Now: Live In Nottingham
1997
1.89 | 9 ratings
Asia Live In Osaka
1997
1.14 | 11 ratings
Live In Koln
1997
2.10 | 11 ratings
Asia Live In Philadelphia
1997
3.08 | 6 ratings
Live At The Town & Country Club
1999
2.69 | 7 ratings
Live Acoustic
1999
3.07 | 11 ratings
Ensŏ' Kai (Live in Tokyo 1983)
2001
1.21 | 5 ratings
Alive In Hallowed Halls
2001
3.83 | 12 ratings
America - Live In The Usa
2002
2.00 | 4 ratings
Dragon Attack
2003
2.20 | 7 ratings
Live in Buffalo
2003
2.00 | 3 ratings
Live in Hyogo
2003
1.61 | 6 ratings
Live in Massachusetts '83
2004
2.47 | 6 ratings
Live In Nottingham
2007
3.63 | 53 ratings
Fantasia - Live in Tokyo
2007
3.50 | 6 ratings
Extended Versions
2007
3.20 | 11 ratings
Spirit Of The Night - The Phoenix Tour Live In Cambridge 2009
2010
1.00 | 6 ratings
Live Around the World
2010
2.55 | 14 ratings
Resonance (The Omega Tour 2010)
2012
2.88 | 8 ratings
High Voltage: Live
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live in America
2015
2.71 | 13 ratings
Axis XXX Live in San Francisco
2015
3.12 | 6 ratings
Symfonia - Live in Bulgaria 2013
2017

ASIA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.16 | 24 ratings
Asia In Asia (VHS)
1984
2.31 | 13 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
2.20 | 17 ratings
Live In Moscow 1990 (DVD)
2003
3.15 | 15 ratings
America: Live in the USA (DVD)
2003
3.70 | 38 ratings
Fantasia - Live In Tokyo (DVD)
2007
3.60 | 10 ratings
Spirit Of The Night - The Phoenix Tour - Live in Cambridge 2009
2010

ASIA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 60 ratings
Then & Now
1990
2.16 | 36 ratings
Archiva 1
1996
1.86 | 37 ratings
Archiva 2
1996
2.96 | 6 ratings
Anthology: The Best Of Asia
1997
2.68 | 17 ratings
Rare
1999
3.44 | 19 ratings
Anthology
1999
3.07 | 8 ratings
Axioms
1999
2.33 | 3 ratings
Archives - The Best Of Asia 1988-1997
2000
2.87 | 21 ratings
Heat of the Moment: The Very Best of Asia 1982-1990
2000
3.15 | 4 ratings
The Collection
2000
3.43 | 22 ratings
Asia - Anthologia - 20th Anniversary Geffen Years Collection 1982-1990
2002
3.79 | 18 ratings
Gold
2005
2.44 | 9 ratings
Archiva 1 & 2
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Collection
2016

ASIA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.14 | 6 ratings
Only Time Will Tell
1982
4.05 | 3 ratings
Heat of the Moment
1982
3.50 | 2 ratings
Don't Cry
1983
2.19 | 10 ratings
Aurora (EP)
1986
3.00 | 6 ratings
Long Way From Home
2005
2.32 | 9 ratings
Asia featuring John Payne - Military Man (EP)
2009

ASIA Reviews


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 Alpha by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.79 | 310 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars After a stunningly successful debut album that surpassed the wildest dreams of the 80s supergroup ASIA, the band, made up of the 70s prog heavy weights vocalist and bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, UK), guitarist Steve Howe (Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (Yes, The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (ELP), wasted no time trying to follow up the multi-platinum super smash that created a new form of progressive pop. Having hit #1 on the album charts as well as scoring a #4 Billboard hit with "Heat of the Moment," ASIA proved to be one of the most unexpected success stories in the new wave infatuated early 80s.

Unlike the self-titled debut which weaved in 70s progressive rock elements that were crafted into catchy pop infused melodic ear worms, ALPHA on the other hand left behind many of the pompous grandiosities and focused more on the pop side of the equation with the hopes of an even more lucrative sophomore experience that would keep ASIA relevant as a new force in the 80s music scene. Unfortunately the album failed to even come close to the debut's phenomenal reception however ALPHA still cracked the top 10 on the album charts and two top 40 hits in the form of "Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes."

Despite the album going platinum and keeping the band somewhat relevant in the changing market place, the album is generally seen as a big dud that derailed the momentum generated by the debut and as a result Steve Howe would be the first of the superstar cast to jump ship which proved to be the right choice as the music's quality would plummet to a pathetic low on the following "Astra," an album so utterly devoid of relevance that i scratch my head in amazement that this project was deemed worthy of further exploration.

While ASIA is a group that hardened proggers love to hate, i have a soft spot for these kinds of prog pop projects that focus on irresistible melodies while adding small packets of prog power to give that extra bombast. There's no denying that ALPHA was a step down from its power-packed predecessor but all in all i can't say ALPHA doesn't have many great tracks on it. While side A which was referred to as ALPHA was clearly the stronger of the sides (side B was penned the Beta side), the album contains a wealth of catchy prog infused pop songs that displayed many of the attributes of the debut.

While "Don't Cry" was a suitable first single that barely cracked the top 10, "The Smile That Left Your Eyes" is a power piano driven ballad that i actually love quite a bit. After that the track "The Heat Goes On" is a stellar organ led rocker that displays Wetton's best vocal style, the best guitar work of the album as well as nice keyboard led jams towards the end. The rest of the album starting with "Eye To Eye" seems to be a little more forgettable however as the second side seems to recycle some of the riffs and melodic grooves of the far better ALPHA side of the album. "Never In A Million Years" and "My Own Time" are also both nice tracks.

The track "The Last To Know" initiates the biggest gag reflex as the band was clearly trying to craft the perfect ballad, the sort Celine Dion would make a career out of however "True Colors" exhibits a more memorable keyboard hook with softer verses and more bombastic choruses, however for the most part other than that one track i find it impossible to remember what any of the side B tracks sound like. ASIA had their brief day in the sun and it was apparent that the project was slated to be more of a one hit wonder type project that just happened to get lucky and have slight success on this sophomore unit.

This is probably the time when the band should've just called it a day but to many a progger's chagrin continues to the present day cranking out new products in this style ad nauseum. In conclusion ALPHA is a worthy consideration for roughly half the tracks on board but for only those who don't mind a little 80s pop playing the 70s exploitation game. Personally i pretty give up on ASIA after this album. "Astra" was a major turd in the punch bowl and left me with zero interest in checking out even one album that followed. To me ASIA is a two album band and nothing can convince me otherwise. OK, maybe with Ron "Bumblefoot" That joining the lineup, i'll at least have to consider it.

 Phoenix by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.20 | 185 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Phoenix arose from the ashes and that maybe marks the return of the original lineup to the band. Those who still expect some experimenting or progressive rock from Asia, will be again disappointing. This is a very decent intelligent pop/rock record with mature musicians sitting atop of their instruments and delivering a strong outing that can aspire both commercially and artistically. The album starts almost identically to any of their 80's album - the riff and atmosphere remind of that. The first track is the most catchy and commercial one, but affectious melodies come several times through the record to the surface. Wetton sounds relaxed, confident and so do other members, not content to prove anything but that they can do competent music even in their 60's. Arrangements are good, mood is changed several times, emotions are genuine. The standout tracks are 2 (symphonic feeling), 4(instrumental intermezzos and Yes touches), 5 (great second melancholic part), 8 (most experimantal yet accessible track).

A very solid album that can be recommended even to Asia beginners because it is pleasant and easy to digest, too.

 Alpha by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.79 | 310 ratings

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Review by patrickq

3 stars Ah, what happened here? The sophomore jinx?

Asia's self-titled debut really wasn't that bad, especially as an early-1980s pop/AOR offering from a band clearly aiming more for commercial success than pure artistry. But Asia is rightly viewed as an album with three or four strong songs, filled out with songs that were less remarkable, though not bad. Any songs left over from the Asia sessions were, one would assume, even less remarkable. Plus, how confident could these guys have been that there'd be a follow-up for which to hold songs aside? As I understand it, there wasn't as much time to write and record Alpha; after a longer-than-initially-planned world tour, the members of Asia caught up on their individual lives, then came back together to capitalize as quickly as possible on having had the Billboard #1 album of 1982. Alpha was released about 16 months after Asia.

The result is more of the same. On one hand, that's not bad under the circumstances. On the other, how much more of the same do we need? Wikipedia states that Alpha is less progressive and more pop-oriented than Asia, and in what appears to be a textbook example of an "echo chamber" effect, I've seen this repeated many, times, including on Prog Archives. Whereas this claim may have some merit, the balance between progressive and pop is only slightly different between the two albums. What is definitely true is that Steve Howe is credited as a co-writer on just one Alpha track, where he is listed to having contributed to more than half of Asia. But in my estimation, of the 21 songs between the two albums (I'm including cassette bonus tracks here - - remember them?), only one is really a Steve Howe song anyway ("One Step Closer," which I consider Asia's best song). Put another way, except for this one track, I didn't notice Howe as a composer on Asia, so the absence of his name from the writing credits on Alpha doesn't represent a major change between the two albums.

One song on Alpha, though, really stands out: "Don't Cry" is a beautiful piece of art-pop, nearly as good as "One Step Closer" and by far the best of the songs with the patented Asia vocal sound. The rest of the album hangs together nicely.

A final thought: which is more poorly named, the band or the album? I hope it's clear why I question the band name; meanwhile, the term "alpha" indicates the very first in a series. Just being picky.

 Arena by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.33 | 151 ratings

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Review by stefro
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4 stars Originally a highly-successful supergroup consisting of Yes' Steve Howe, The Buggles' Geoffrey Downes, Carl Palmer of ELP and the redoubtable ex-King Crimson, Roxy Music and Family vocalist/bassist John Wetton, Asia initially enjoyed enormous success following the release of their 1982 self-titled debut, shifting in excess of ten million copies globally and selling out stadiums across North America, Europe and Japan during subsequent promotional tours. It was a golden start for the quartet, the stuff of dreams, yet it wouldn't last. Follow-up album 'Alpha' sold around a quarter of the debut albums total, a huge drop-off, and various tensions between the members quickly surfaced, so much so, that by the time they were ready to tour Japan in support of 'Alpha' circa 1983, Wetton had been hastily replaced by former King Crimson frontman Greg Lake, the first of many changes that would render Asia a very different beast by the end of decade. Asia's success, such as it was, was originally based on a canny mixture of star persona, FM-friendly AOR tunes and clever marketing, and while at first it worked wonderfully well, the formula was soon exposed for what is reallly was - a corporate promotion, the music industry equivalent of a multi-million dollar blockbuster with little actual artistic merit. Therefore, it is no surprise that the group's popularity nose-dived quite spectacularly from around 1984 onwards, and even many a change in personel failed to arrest the slide. By 1996 the only remaining original member was keyboardist Geoffrey Downes, and the group was now led by vocalist-and-bassist John Payne, who, legend has it, gave up a spot working with Jeff Lynne's ELO to take the job with Asia. As a result, the history of Asia can be split into two distinct sections: the early corporately-charged prog-lite supergroup, and, whisper it, the far superior John Payne-led version who, unlike their predecessors, actually produced progressive-style music, which brings us to the 1996 album 'Arena'. Arguably the finest Asia album yet, 'Arena' featured a line-up comprised of Payne, Downes, guitarists Aziz Ibrahim and Elliott Randall, and drummer Michael Sturgis, hardly an all-star line-up and, on paper at least, a far less exciting proposition that the original quartet. But looks can be deceiving. Whilst the early albums sold well, musically they were the wrong side of appalling. Most music ages, yet the early albums of Asia now sound positively awful, making the lesser albums of Journey, Boston and even Survivor look like polished gems. Of course, Asia was never meant to be another Yes or King Crimson, it was a much more commercial project, yet the waste of talent was truly epic. The real irony is that, almost sixteen years later, Asia, with an almost completely-different line-up, were now making much better, much more complex and interesting music, which far less people were taking notice of. From it's catchy, percussion-led title-track intro, 'Arena' bristles with technically prowess. This is how it should have been from the very beginning. Highlights include the chest-thumping 'Into The Arena', with its huge chorus, the carefully-constructed and musically- eclectic 'Two Sides of The Moon', and the nine-minute 'The Day Before The War', which takes Asia beyond their AOR- based soundscapes and into to full prog-rock mode. At the core of Asia's improvement? John Payne. If you buy just one Asia album, then make sure it is 'Arena'.

 Astra by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.56 | 230 ratings

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Astra
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Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars A short-lived new phase for Asia!

After the fiasco of joining forces with the missed Greg Lake and parting ways with Steve Howe, Asia tried to retrieve the right path with Astra, joining with the young and talented guitarist Mandy Meyer. But the result was an uninspired and very foreseeable album with some of the lowest moments in the band's history.

Meyer's heavier approach to prog gave some of the song a litter "heavier" feeling, but that was not enough to recover the energy and strong songwriting that Asia had on their first album. Let's talk about the songs...

Go is a lousy attempt to make another hit, just very predictable. Voice of America lacks some kind of hook, and its chorus is a just shameful. Hard on Me is better, a good AOR song with strong riffs. One of the highlights? of the album. It strangely remembers me of what John Payne would make in this band years later.

Whishing opens with a beautiful keyboard arrangement, but after that it turns into a poppy AOR tune which lacks real interest beyond its beautiful guitar bridge. But while Rock and Roll Dream is an obvious attempt to make something progressive and symphonic, is by far the best track on the album. And the funniest moment despite its repetitive chorus.

But then comes Countdown to Zero, a pitiful ecological song with bad songwriting. And so, the album goes on till the end... Love Now till Eternity is just uninspired, Too Late is another lousy attempt to make a hit, and Suspicion is far from being memorable despite its good keyboard solo.

After the War is another attempt to sound progressive and symphonic, but it's just pompous. But it contains a good guitar solo and good guitar melodies, giving an idea of how good Meyer really was and how wasted he was in this record.

Conclusion: the first Asia album were by no mean great records, but pretty enjoyable nevertheless. But this Astra does not reach the good copositive level of Asia and Alpha, despite its good guitars and lavish production, making hearing this disc a boring and uninteresting experience, despite a pair of good songs. For this reason, I consider this album worthy just for fans of Asia's first era, is there are still some out there.

Best Tracks: Hard on Me, Rock and Roll Dream.

My rating: **

 Only Time Will Tell by ASIA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.14 | 6 ratings

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Only Time Will Tell
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Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A single from 1982 from which I read a review in a newspaper in the same year. If I remember well, the reviewer liked the "Asia" album a lot (the same as me) that he also bought this single because it had in the Side 2 a song ("Ride Easy") which wasn't included in the "Asia" album. I also looked for this single in some record shops in my city...without success because maybe it was an imported copy and it wasn't released in my country! (a thing that I never really knew). Anyway, it was until I bought the "Asia Gold" (2005) 2 CDs compilation in late 2008 that I finally listened to "Ride Easy" in its studio version.

Well. This single has in the Side 1 a song from the "Asia" album called "Only Time Will Tell", composed by John Wetton and Geoff Downes. It is really a Ballad with very good arrangements, particularly with very good guitar arrangements and playing by Steve Howe.This song was successful and had some radio playing in some radio stations in my city. It even was used in a TV ad some time later. It is really a more Pop Rock song with very few Prog Rock influences. That was a thing which made some Prog Rock fans "hate" this band. It wasn't my case.

In the Side 2, there is "Ride Easy", composed by John Wetton and Steve Howe. It is another Pop Rock song from this band with some Prog Rock influences. Maybe the most Prog Rock influences in this band came from Howe's songwriting contributions and guitar playing. Before the band played this song in concert, Wetton introduced the song to the audiences, with him saying that this song was one of his favorites and that it was one of the first songs that Howe and him wrote for the band. I don't know why this song was finally destined to be in the Side 2 of this single. It is a very good song.

If I remember well I bought the "Asia" album on LP in mid June 1982... thirty five years ago. It still brings good memories to me.

 Heat of the Moment by ASIA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Heat of the Moment
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Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I think that it was in late 1981 or in early 1982 that I read in a newspaper or in a Rock magazine about the formation of ASIA. a new band formed by four former members of some Prog Rock bands. John Wetton (ex- member of KING CRIMSON, URIAH HEEP, UK and others) was the main founder of the band, and in late 1980-early 1981 he met Steve Howe (ex-member of YES), and both started planning to form a new band and to write songs together. It seems that ASIA also was put together by a manager and by some record industry executives, and in fact several other musicians auditioned to be members of the band (Trevor Rabin, among them). But the original line-up was ready by 1981 with the addition of Cal Palmer (ex-member of ELP) on drums and Geoff Downes on keyboards (ex-member of THE BUGGLES and YES).

By mid 1982 I remember that I visited one day a record shop in my city (one of the several record shops which were closed in 1982-83 after another economic crisis in my country), and I was seeing the LPs there, when the person who was selling the albums there was playing in a turntable the first ASIA's album. I asked him: "Which album is that?" and he showed me the album cover of ASIA's first album. The song which I was listening to then was to "Heat of the Moment". I don't remember if I stayed in the record shop enough time to listen to the full album or if it was played in full, but I liked a lot "Heat of the Moment". It maybe was until some weeks later that I bought the album in another record shop (maybe the prices of the imported LPs were cheaper in the other record shop, I don't remember well now). But some weeks later I went to the first record shop that I visited to buy a T-shirt which had the cover art of the album printed at the front. Very good memories of that time.

Maybe Wetton and Howe started the band, but in the end the best working songwriting team in the band was by Wetton and Downes, who wrote the main Hit Singles that the band had.

"Heat of the Moment" is a song composed by Wetton and Downes which curiously has Steve Howe playing the main riff of the song. It is mainly a song written for the guitar, and it obviously has a lot of Pop Rock influences with very good arrangements. The lyrics are also very Pop Rock influenced, without having "deep meaning". So it was a song mainly written having Radio playing in mind. But it is a very good song. But I don't like the official video of this song which I watched to in youtube some years ago.

In the Side B of this single there is "Time Again", the only song of the band which was credited to be written by the four original members of the band (Downes-Howe-Palmer-Wetton). It really was a song with a lot of Prog Rock music inlfuences which some songs of their first album still had. It maybe was the most Prog Rock song that their first album had, and it worked very well.

If ASIA was a disappointment for a lot of Prog Rock fans with their albums having a lot of Pop Rock songs, it still had a lot of quality in some songs, with some of them still being influenced by Prog Rock ("Time Again" was one of them). Their first album is very good despite that criticism. And both songs from this single are very good.

John Wetton died in 31-January-2017. The band is going to do a tour with Billy Sherwood replacing Wetton. Even Wetton asked Sherwood to replace him even before his death from cancer. Wetton knew that maybe he couldn't tour with ASIA due to his health problems. Howe was replaced some years ago by a young guitarist called Sam Coulson.

ASIA's first album was released thirty five years ago in 8-March-1982.

 Symfonia - Live in Bulgaria 2013 by ASIA album cover Live, 2017
3.12 | 6 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars We knew what to expect with this new live release from Asia because it's again the Italian Frontiers Music that his behind this like the last Asia and Yes live releases. They choose to presents shorts concerts in stereo only with limited extras. The line-up is about the same with Wetton, Palmer, Downes but this time Sam Coulson is taking the place of Steve Howe. The concert was shot in 2013. The band has added the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra to play some songs. I always have my doubts about the inclusion of an orchestra with a rock band because we can't always capture their sound with the electric guitar. The set list here has no real surprise with their best early tracks from their first albums and another bunch of later tracks. The light show here is minimal and doesn't add much to the professional performance of a band that is used to the live experience after 35 years. I would recommend this for the Asia fans and not to all progressive rock fans since the music of Asia is not the most adventurous thing, but can give you some good entertainment for 80 minutes here.
 Arena by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.33 | 151 ratings

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Arena
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Review by Andre the Aeropagite

5 stars This is definetely one of the best albums Asia ever recorded. It is a mix of rock, pop, latin and a little bit of progressive and the result is awesome. At first I was not impressed with the album, but with time I realised that "Arena" has a stronger tracklist compared to previous albuns with john payne ("Aqua" and "Arena"). The production and song writing are top notch, The selection of musicians is business as usual for Asia, with high level names such as Eliott randall (from Steely dan), aziz ibrahim (from simply red) and Michael sturgis (from Phenomena). Luis jardim in percussion did a very good job too, specially in the opening track, "Into the arena".

It is sad that a very good album like this is so underrrated, especially with quality songs such as "arena" and "turn it around". Anyway, I highly recomend it to anybody who likes rock/pop.

RATINGS:

1. Into The Arena (9/10) - has a latin approach, reminds a lot of Santana. Very nice guitar work by Hotei tomoyasu 2. Arena (9,5/10) - follows with the latin style plus rock. Has a catchy chorus and inspired keyboard solo by geoff downes. 3. Heaven (8/10) 4. Two Sides Of The Moon (8/10) 5. The Day Before The War (9/10) - this can be considered a progressive rock song, definetely a highlight in the album. 6. Never (8/10) 7. Falling (8/10) 8. Words (8/10) 9. U Bring Me Down (9/10) - time to Aziz Ibrahim shine. Very good rocker with arabic influences. 10. Tell Me Why (8,5/10) 11. Turn it Around (9,5/10) probably the best song in the album. Could be a hit if Asia were a mainstream band at the time. 12. Bella Nova (8/10) 13. That Season (7/10)

 Asia by ASIA album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.16 | 500 ratings

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Review by Andre the Aeropagite

5 stars This is a very enjoyable album if you are looking for a classic rock experience, so I based my entire review on this concept. If you are seeking for a progressive rock album you will be desapointed, because Asia is not a progressive rock supergroup, It is a AOR (adult oriented rock) group, despite its members are former musicians from legendary progressive rock groups, such as Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In fact, AOR does not get any better than this: "Asia" shows a strong repertoire, with some highlights that everybody knows, like "heat of the moment", "sole survivor" and "only time will tell". The LP itself was a huge hit all over the world, especially in the USA, staying for 9 weeks in the top of the charts. There are no weak tracks here, folks. The musicianship is at high level, both steve howe and Carl palmer plays basic rock tracks with a characteristic progressive rock touch ( wildest dreams for example) and the John Wetton/Geoff downes duo plays in a more basic way but complement each other very well. I strongely recomends to anyone who is searching for a excellent rock release. But if you are looking for a Progressive rock album, stay away. Individual scores: 1. Heat Of The Moment - 10/10 - almost perfect rock/pop song. It was a huge hit all over the world 2. Only Time Will Tell - 10/10 - steve howe shines even when he does not play many guitar lines. Another huge hit 3. Sole Survivor - 9/10 4. One Step Closer - 8/10 5. Time Again - 8/10 6. Wildest Dreams - 9/10 - Carl Palmerīs moment to shine with a short drum solo. 7. Without You - 8/10 8. Cutting It Fine - 7/10 9. Here Comes The Feeling - 6/10 - perhaps the weakest song in the album, but is not a bad one at all.
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