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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Asia Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OXH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Never In A Million Years 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. The Heat Goes On (Album Version) 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Eye To Eye 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Last To Know 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. True Colors 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Midnight Sun 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Open Your Eyes (Album Version) 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1. Don't Cry
2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
3. Never In A Million Years
4. My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)
5. The Heat Goes On
6. Eye To Eye
7. The Last To Know
8. True Colors
9. Midnight Sun
10. Open Your Eyes

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Asia for many years, and this is still my favourite album.
A lot of prople felt that Asia should have developed the "prog" aspect of their music on this album, but instead they penned the radio-friendly monster hit "Don't Cry", and despite the immediate success, lost some of their fan-base.
However, I think it's an excellent track. The lead guitar melody that starts off the song is great (apparently played by John Wetton after Steve Howe thought it was too cheesy!), the chorus memorable, the whole structure is a joy to hear.
The next song, "The Smile Has Left...", is another wonderful song, with a bucketload of emotion and superb singing from John W. After that, the songs do become a bit more "prog", with an increased use of instrumental sections.
Standout tracks for me are The Heat Goes On, which is still a concert opener for the band today, and boasts an excellent keyboard solo, Eye to Eye, full of big vocal harmonies, True Colours (great rock chorus), Midnight Sun (Steve Howe solos his head off), and to finish perhaps the most prog song on the album, Open Your Eyes, which ends in a glorious fanfare, and I imagine was a live highlight in the '80's.
Asia have moved on, changed most of their personnel, and remain a good band, both live and in the studio. Their later material is worth checking out.
But I have yet to hear anything to top this for me.
PS: I also love their debut.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 17 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
'Alpha' was Asia's follow up to the hugely successful, utterly excellent self-titled debut. One may have thought that the first album would be something of a millstone, but for me, 'Alpha' proves that the band could make a slightly different record to the first and still sound great.

'Alpha' is certainly not as robust or as in your face as the debut. In fact, it is a much more laid back record and actually quite relaxing to listen to. Whereas 'Asia' was a musicians album, 'Alpha' is primarily, a songwriters record.

'Don't Cry' was never one of my favourites and although it was a big hit single, it's value is nothing more than that of commercial viability. In contrast, 'The Smile Has Left Your Eyes' is a tear-jerker that, despite being the second single, is too personal and bleeding-hearted to sell out. 'Never In A Million Years', 'The Heat Goes On' and the closer 'Open Your Eyes' show the band blowing off some cobwebs and returning briefly to the more powerful sound showcased on the debut, but for me the more delicate 'My Own Time', 'The Last To Know' and 'Midnight Sun' are the more effective numbers as they reveal something new with each listen, such is the quality of songwriting and playing on those tracks. 'Eye To Eye' and 'True Colours' remain good album fillers.

'Alpha' drops a point for Mike Stone's fluffy, overblown production, and the fact that Carl Palmer doesn't seem to let rip on the drums as much as he did on 'Asia' is a bit of a disappointment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes you come across a really "nice" album that you just want to listen to over and over again. You find yourself humming the tunes to yourself all day without even realising it. I really like this album. I liked it immediately, but it definitely grows on you after the fact. "Don't Cry", "Open Your Eyes" and "Smile Has Left Your Eyes" are all brilliant. They're smooth and easy to listen to. The only reason I didn't give the album 5 stars is because it begins to sound the same after a while and you have to switch to something else to "refresh". It doesn't take long though till you want to put it back on again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tigran Haas on 4 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is absolutely one of the best rock albums ever. This may sound too strong, but after a couple of listenings you will see why. It is not just the fact that you have one of the best musicians around, gatehered in a supergroup (John Wetton/King Crimson, UK, Steve Howe/Yes, Geoffrey Downes/Buggles, Yes and Carl Palmer/Emerson, Lake & Palmer) but that the album is also superbly produced, and as it was done in 1983, it sounds ahead of it's time even today. Powerfull vocals from one of the best voices in the bussines - J. Wetton, fantastic guitars from S. Howe, Keyboard magic from G. Downes and some of the best drumming in the world by C. Palmer. Although their first album ASIA received higher acclamation and succes, for me personally this one was more stronger vocaly and musicaly. Album that takes you to places in your past, present and future. Very strong but also very romantic. It is still music that nobody is able to copy or reproduce, nor these days, come even close! Simfo/Melodic Rock at it's best. Favorites are: Don't Cry, The Smile has left your eyes, Eye to Eye, Heat Goes on and Open Your Eyes. It's a pity some tracks were left out, like Daylight. The strenght of thid album was never repeated on the follow-ups.
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