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An album by Asia (Rock)

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Interesting but not Reverred

  • Jan 25, 2004
There are some interesting comments about the debut Asia record. Some folks praise it as a long lost classic. Others rip to shreds.

However, its the folks who take an even tempered stance are the ones who seem most practical to me. There are many creative instrumental passages on this record particularly from keyboardist Geoffrey Downes. However many of the songs are just a little too radio friendly with cliche laden lyrics. The overplayed singles-Here Comes That Feeling, Only Time Will Tell, and The Heat Of The Moment are mildly creative in small doses and a bit patience trying with the overplay that they did receive.

Soul Survivor is probably the most captivating of the nine album tracks. I enjoy the lyrics, keyboard passages, and the steady drumming. Wildest Dreams has an interesting style and One Step Closer and Cutting It Fine have some memorable moments.

Therefore the impression of this record is a decent one but not a reverred classic that will stand the test of time. Truthfully I prefer Asia's follow up record, Alpha as the atmosphere stands out even more and the lyrics are less cliche driven. Nonetheless, a 3-3 1/2 star rating seems fair.

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review by . September 08, 2000
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Pros: Heat of the Moment , Here Comes the Feeling     Cons: Some weak songs and lyrics     Take a singer/bass player by the name of John Wetton, formally of King Crimson and Uriah Heep, add guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes from the disbanded group Yes, toss in a drummer by the name of Carl Palmer, arguably the best percussionist in the world and you have the group Asia.      With a line-up like that, you can expect that …
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Asia: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Geoff Downes (vocals, keyboards); Carl Palmer (drums). Recorded at Townhouse Studio, London, England. Asia (Rock): Geoffrey Downes, John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer. Prog-rock fans everywhere got very excited when they found out that ex-members of such bands as Yes (guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes), King Crimson (bassist/vocalist John Wetton), and ELP (drummer Carl Palmer) were forming a supergroup, Asia. With its 1982 self-titled debut, the quartet surprisingly crossed over to the more mainstream pop audience with no problem, hitting the top spot on the album charts. Time and again here, each member shows his mastery of his respective instrument. ASIA is chock full of compositions showcasing the quartet's keen pop sensibilities, such as the uptempo Top 10 hit "Heat of the Moment," and the more laid back "Only Time Will Tell."
Song List: Disc 1
1. Heat of the Moment
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. Sole Survivor
4. One Step Closer
5. Time Again
6. Wildest Dreams
7. Without You
8. Cutting It Fine
9. Here Comes the Feeling
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Label: Geffen Records (USA)
Artist: Asia (Rock)
Genre: Rock
Release Date: October 25, 1990

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