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    Posted: May 13 2013 at 19:17
Originally posted by cstack3

 I don't like it much, except for one song, "Sole Survivor."  That one is a keeper.
 
I like that one and "Cutting It Fine." However, at this point in time, I don't own that album or any Asia album in any format.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2013 at 19:19
P.S. The last song on Astra, "After The War," is definitely one of the best Asia songs. It's overlooked because many people can't get all the way through Side B. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2013 at 22:34
The debut was the first album I ever owned.  My sister got it for me (at my request!) for Christmas 1982; age 13.
Still have a soft spot for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2013 at 01:31
Originally posted by verslibre

P.S. The last song on Astra, "After The War," is definitely one of the best Asia songs. It's overlooked because many people can't get all the way through Side B. LOL

Its such a long time since I listened to that album and I don't even own a copy anymore and can't even remember the song tbh.

Wetton was still performing during his 90 gigs 'Voice Of America' which is a decent song
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Moogtron III Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2013 at 01:36
I love the debut album because it has strong melodies, powerful playing, great lyrics by mr. Wetton, atmospheric keyboard sounds by mr. Downes, the singing is very good...
Like richardh said: as long as you don't see it as a prog record...
I strongly dislike the second album, have tried one out one of the later albums (I think Aria) and didn't like it at all... so I just stopped exploring their later albums. 

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Remember, Wetton had been working his ass off for so many years in bands like:

Wishbone Ash
Family
King Crimson
Roxy Music
Uriah Heep
U.K.

Can you really blame him for wanting to make some money? I sure as hell can't. I really think he's a progger at heart.
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I have a picture disc in the 'Asia' logo shape - it's from the 'Alpha' period, and has the best (well, my favourite) track of the entire album in 'True Colours'.  'Astra' made me puke.  Even the futuristic Roger Dean Sphinx cover-art was lame.  I bought the recent 'XXX' on vinyl - it arrived rather warped so I sent it back and got my refund.  I did, however, get to hear it (surprisingly, it didn't jump) - the opening track 'Tomorrow The World' was rather impressive.  Hit and miss, I think.
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I recall hearing the Asia debut album for the first time in 1982. I was immedately struck with the idea that Howe, Palmer, Wetton, et al, had purposefully mitigated their considerable musical virtuosity for the cynical purpose of constructing a series of MOR songs that would sell a lot of albums. To this day, I have heard nothing that would shake that conviction.


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Originally posted by The Dark Elf

I recall hearing the Asia debut album for the first time in 1982. I was immedately struck with the idea that Howe, Palmer, Wetton, et al, had purposefully mitigated their considerable musical virtuosity for the cynical purpose of constructing a series of MOR songs that would sell a lot of albums. To this day, I have heard nothing that would shake that conviction.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stool Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2013 at 12:51
OK then - what's the most Prog-sounding album that Asia have ever done?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote King Crimson776 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2013 at 00:52
Phoenix (2008)

Check "Parallel Worlds" and "Sleeping Giant / No Way Back", although the latter is basically just an Asia song with an epic intro / outro.
"It's music, and I like it" - Miles Davis on Sketches of Spain
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Post Options Post Options   Quote FLAC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2013 at 04:58
I don't like Asia but I really love their song heat of the moment.
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