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Alpha

a Studio release
by
Asia

Release Year: 1983

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1983 CD Geffen 2-4008
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/17/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 6/1/2010 9:50:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Don't Cry (3:41)
  2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (3:13)
  3. Never in a Million Years (3:46)
  4. My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want) (4:49)
  5. The Heat Goes On (5:00)
  6. Eye to Eye (3:14)
  7. The Last to Know (4:40)
  8. True Colors (3:53)
  9. Midnight Sun (3:48 )
  10. Open Your Eyes (6:26 )
  11. Daylight (3:29)
Steve Howe
Guitar, Vocals
John Wetton
Bass, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Vocals
Geoffrey Downes
Keyboards
Carl Palmer
Drums

Reviewed by Eric on 08 Jun 2003


I caught Asia on one of the few dates the group played in support of this record before things began to fall apart. It was a good show, but having seen Marillion the previous night on their first tour of North America, I was struck just how calculated Asia were with a relative coolness to it’s audience, as opposed to Fish and company who were hungry, fresh, and interacted with the crowd far more, not to mention Fish’ biting humor!
With this album, Asia failed to deliver the same quality of material as on their excellent debut. The songs here lean far more into the commercial side of things almost verging on straight pop as on The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. There are one or two good tracks here including Open Your Eyes, and Don’t Cry, both of which were FM hits, but over all, the magic was gone replaced with a sticky sweetness that does not hold the attention of the listener . It’s been said perhaps the band tried too hard to match previous success and went back into the studio way too quickly. Whatever. The following album Astra would find a new version of Asia rocking a bit harder with ex -Krokus Mandy Meyer on guitar, but the damage was done. Alpha is a poor album from artists that should have known better.

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