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Aura [Original recording remastered]

Asia Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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 (8 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Acadia
  • ASIN: B000VM0JP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Awake
2. Wherever You Are
3. Ready To Come Home
4. The Last Time
5. Forgive Me
6. Kings Of The Day
7. On The Coldest Day In Hell
8. Free
9. You're The Stranger
10. The Longest Night
11. Aura
12. Under The Gun
13. Come Make My Day
14. Hands Of Time

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asia return with an outstanding album. 25 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Present day Asia have always lived somewhat in the shadow of the 'super group' conception they were originally considered as when John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe started in the early 1980's. At that time they were truly a 'big' band. With so many egos in one group it was difficult to see a long term future and it started to come apart after the the second album 'Alpha'. When John Wetton eventually departed in the early 1990's it was left to Geoff Downes to reconstruct the band and in came John Payne as his main partner and frontman for Asia. Three excellent stuidio albums followed together with a fair share of live offerings, all culminating in the splendid Aura album today. Asia have matured into a band free of all the hype of the early years into a band that delivers superb panoramic rock music, textured by Downes' keyboard prowess and John Payne's superb vocal range. Add Steve Howe's occasional contributions to the album and the emergence of Guthrie Govan as a name to watch out for on guitar then you have an album deserving of attention and hopefully worldwide recognition. There are many tracks that could be considered as 'stand out' so check it out for yourself. Welcome back Asia!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An aura of brilliance 21 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Words cannot express what a treat this album is and what a crying shame that it will probably slip away without gaining the mass success that Geoff, John and the other superb musicans deserve. Asia have evolved from the supergroup formed in 1982 through to this new exciting version. From the opening track 'Awake' with its choral background through to the instrumental title track climax every song is a treat. A couple of tracks are written by Andrew Gold (of 'Lonely Boy' and 'Never let her slip away' fame) and Graham Gouldman (of Hotlegs and 10CC fame)and even guitarist Elliot Randall gets a writing credit on one track. Steve Howe plays his unmistakeable guitar on three tracks and Simon Phillips hits the sticks on one track. So it's very much a pot pouri of famous musicans throughout. The eye catching sleeve is the work of Roger Dean and indeed the whole presentation is pure Yes.
May I recommend this special version as it contains three extra tracks which are certainly not throwaways, taking the running time to over 79 minutes. The sleeve is gatefold rather than the standard plastic so is easy to spot. Well worth paying a couple of extra quid for.
So in summary, if you like Asia or AOR this is for you and spread the word !!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album 23 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
THis is another good album from Asia.Great sound quality as with all there albums.I kinda wish Asia would adopt a more guitar driven sound,feel there is too much emphasis on Geoff Downes keyboards and would like to here more up temo songs by these very talented muicians.all in all another good album.If you enjoy the new style Asia this album wont dissapoint you.These guys are really talented and Aura is a welcomed album to my Asia collection,dont be put off by some reviewers saying John Wetton is no longer in the band so they cant be any good.Not True the new Asia sound is great and these guys put a lot of work into there music,off course best judge will be yourself,great Asia albums to start with Archiva 1&2 double cd package remastered superb album and will introduce you to the :new sound of Asia: and its great.I also recommend Aqua, Arena,Aria and Silent Nation all of the same ilk.You will really enjoy.Im glad Asia are still going and making quality music.Really good stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow but good. 31 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those who don't know, John Payne has a voice totally unlike John Wetton - he's more in the "Rick Astley" school (remember '80's pop?), although he's got a bit more rawness, and has occasionally been accused of "hystrionics" (most unfair!).
There are only 3 uptempo songs on this CD, one of which is an instrumental.
The songwriting quality is overall very good. Some of it is excellent - Kings of the Day gives me goosebumps - I just wish there had been more rockers, like on the first 2 or 3 releases. But never mind, it's still a good listen. The musicianship is, as usual, high standard, although I'm not sure why they need all the guest bass players and drummers - having said that, Vinnie Colaiuta is excellent, and so is Simon Phillips. The others are solid, if unimaginative.
The real discovery, for me, is guitarist Guthrie Govan, who has now joined full time, and whom I saw on tour with them last month.
The man is a phenomenon. He can tap, sweep, shred, and all with a bid grin on his face. He gets to play solos on several songs, and I can guarantee that if you like fast guitar you'll struggle to find anything better this side of Dream Theater. And he can play the blues too.
Not to diminish Steve Howe's contributions, he's good as well. The other guys aren't bad. The three bonus tracks are left from early sessions with Ian Crichton on guitar (Saga), and they aren't bad, especially Hands of Time (not Tim!), which is perhaps the most "prog" of the songs.
Now if Guthrie had got to play on the uptempo numbers as well, WOW!!!!!
And apparently there's a DVD due in January 2003 of the latest US tour. Where do I sign up?!?!?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AWAKE!!! 3 Mar 2009
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Asia fans had to wait a fair few years for 'Aura' to hit the shelves but it was well worth the wait. It had been a good four or five years since the last studio album, the slightly experimental 'Arena' so a new album was long overdue.
'Aura' offers a few lineup changes too. Guitarist Aziz Ibrahim is gone, paving the way for the talented Guthrie Govan who plays on the majority of the record. He is supplemented by Elliot Randall, Pat Thrall, Ian Crichton and Steve Howe no less, who make some effective cameos, Howe's as you would expect the most satisfying.
Drummer Michael Sturgis shares the stool with Vinnie Colaiuta, and more familiar names Simon Phillips and Chris Slade. Indeed, Slade would become the full time drummer after the album's release.
As for the music, it's a nice blend of melodic and progressive rock which tries to encapsulate everything that Asia have delivered over the years.
'Wherever You Are', 'Ready To Go Home' and 'The Longest Night' could be written by John Wetton, and are instantly memorable tunes.
'Awake' and the instrumental title track are lively, bouncy tracks full of energy and both 'Free' and the quite excellent 'Kings Of The Day' are outstanding epics with some top, top individual playing.
My favourite track is 'You're The Stranger', which is a classic example of the way that Payne era Asia can be poppy, rocky and proggy, all at the same time, with good musicianship and accessible melodies.
Every song on offer is a gem, perhaps with the exception of 'Forgive Me' which is a bit of a duffer. Even the three bonus tracks are good value.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Asia-aura
Very good album! The large number, the invited musicians, yields excellent result. Asia, is super group, and each album is unique. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kayas
5.0 out of 5 stars back in time
The recent Release of the second new album by the original Asia (which is absolutely excellent by the way! Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by goldbook
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Nesbitt
I have been an Asia Fan since the self titled Asia (1982) album. I think this is an excellant album and one of the best with John Payne on lead vocals. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Mr. S. B. Nesbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form
A return to form. A shame John Payne left a few years later.Up there with the best Asia albums.Great sound and musicianship.A must have.
Published on 17 Jan 2009 by Mr. R. E. Aird
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not THAT Good
Come on people, if you think this is worth 5 stars, how on earth many do you think the first 2 or three albums rate - 6? 7? 10? Read more
Published on 4 July 2008 by D. Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice songs
For those who don't know, John Payne has a voice totally unlike John Wetton - he's more in the "Rick Astley" school (remember '80's pop? Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2002 by Dr Nick
3.0 out of 5 stars ASIA Goes MOR
There's a lot to recommend Aura: John Payne has never sounded better, "Free" is one of the best numbers the current incarnation has done, and the bonus tracks are actually better... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Asia albums
This is for sure the best production of Downes and Payne. The compositions as well as the musicians are superb. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2001 by Mr. Jean-paul Tabja-odria
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On
I've been a fan of Asia for quite some time now and I own every official album they have issued until today. I have to say that this new album is very, very good. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could've been
Geoff Downes and John Payne follow up the excellent "Arena" with this disappointingly mellow outing. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2001
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