Something Different: Asia

Dipping back into music again an album that I listen to quiet often and in fact had on in the car the other day is:

Asia (1982)

Asia are regarded as a progressive rock band and included John Wetton who had been in King Crimson, Steve Howe formally of YES, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Geoff Downes of YES. All highly regarded bands in their own right they came together to make their signature album in 1982. I remember the first time I heard them, it was in the Hard Rock Cafe on a school trip to Majorca (I know lol) and the first song I heard was Only Time Will Tell and when I got home I asked my brother about it as he was a huge rock fan, low and behold he had just bought the album. Of course being brothers, I was allowed to look at the album, hear through the wall in my bedroom/ but under no circumstances touch the album, play on his stereo or in fact look at where he kept it lol. He later bought me a copy of my own as a gift if I remember correctly.

The album got really mixed reviews and I think it got a bit of a slating in Kerrang but I loved it. I can’t think of a weak song on it really, Heat of the Moment being the biggest hit but Sole Survivor, Wildest Dreams, Here Comes the Feeling and as noted Only Time will Tell being excellent. The remainder of tracks on the album being One Step Closer, Time Again, Without You and Cutting It Fine all being good tracks also. The band would go on to make another 12 albums and the ones I had were Alph, Astra, Aria but I moved on from the band as time went on but the first album remains a firm favourite and I would recommend that anyone have a wee listen and enjoy.

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Doug Hepburn

    One of my favorite albums of all time. From a band that I only got to see play live once, and I’m so glad that I had the chance. RIP John Wetton. In addition to Asias own material, the show included songs from the band members previous acts. It was a treat and a privilege to hear In the Court of the Crimson King, Roundabout, Fanfare for the Common Man, and Video Killed the Radio Star played live.

    • Anonymous

      Doug
      I wish I had seen them as they have made some brilliant music, I have a few albums on the iPod.

      Thanks for commenting.
      Bruce

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