Albums of the ’80s: Asia by Asia

It may be hard to believe for some of us, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of Asia’s self-titled debut album. This prog-rock supergroup was formed in 1981. The orginal lineup consists of bassist/vocalist John Wetton (formerly in Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, U.K. and Wishbone Ash), guitarist Steve Howe (formerly, and subsequently in Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (formerly in The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

The album Asia was released in March 1982, and was very successful. It spent nine weeks at number one in the U.S. album chart and selling over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album sold over 10 million worldwide.

The band has gone through several lineup changes through the years. Although their debut was the most successful of all their albums, they have remained consistently good.

With that, let’s Return to 1982, and listen to Asia’s classic debut album:

1. Heat of the Moment

“Heat of the Moment” is the first single released from the album. It got tons of airplay on MTV, and I loved this song. It would go on to become the most popular song on the album, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #4 on the Billboard Top Singles chart.

2. Only Time Will Tell

“Only Time Will Tell” is my favorite song on the album. While “Heat of the Moment” got me interested in this new band, “Only Time Will Tell” blew me away. I listened to the song over and over, and never got sick of it. This was the band’s second top ten hit on the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number 8. It also peaked at number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. It reached number 54 On the U.K. Top 100 Singles chart.

3. Sole Survivor

Yet another hit song for Asia! “Sole Survivor” was the third single that reached the Top Ten on the U.S Mainstream Rock Charts. The single also peaked at #75 in Germany and #91 in the UK.

4. One Step Closer

This is a pretty good song that you may not have heard if you don’t own the album. I like the chorus.

5. Time Again

Pretty good fusion here. The guitar is awesome in this song. And there are a couple of small parts that almost sound like Jazz.

6. Wildest Dreams

Another hit song for Asia. It only peaked at #28 on the U.S. charts, which isn’t high compared to their other songs from this album. But it’s still a very good song.

7. Without You

8. Cutting It Fine

I like this song. It actually sounds like it could be a Styx song.

9. Here Comes the Feeling

Great song to close out the album. This song has the classic Asia sound.

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