Asia (Asia album)

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Asia
Asia - Asia (1982) front cover.jpg
Studio album by Asia
Released March 1982
Recorded June – November 1981
Studio Townhouse Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, pop rock
Length 44:22
Label Geffen
Producer Mike Stone
Asia chronology
Asia
(1982)
Alpha
(1983)Alpha1983
Singles from Asia
  1. "Heat of the Moment"
    Released: April 1982
  2. "Only Time Will Tell"
    Released: July 1982
  3. "Sole Survivor"
    Released: October 1982

Asia is the self-titled debut studio album by English rock band Asia, released in 1982. According to both Billboard and Cash Box, it was the #1 album in the United States for the year 1982.[1] It contains their biggest hit "Heat of the Moment", which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2]

Artwork

Asia's logo and cover artwork were created by Roger Dean, known for his work with Yes (of which guitarist Steve Howe and keyboard player Geoff Downes had previously been members) and Uriah Heep (of which bassist/vocalist John Wetton had previously been a member) which depicts a leviathan gazing into a crystal orb.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C−[4]

Since its release, Asia has received highly mixed reception, largely due to a more commercial and pop-oriented sound as opposed to progressive rock, given the past of the group's members. Robert Christgau blasted the album, and particularly its lyrics. He stated that it had been a rare occasion that "a big new group is bad enough to sink your teeth into any more" and called the album "pompous – schlock in the grand manner".[4] On the other side, in a Billboard review, it was favourably noted that "the caliber of the [band's] playing is superb and the music sounds fresh and perfect fare for AOR".[5] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Tom Demalon awarded Asia four-and-a-half out of five, saying that "there's no denying the epic grandeur of the music, which provided some much-needed muscle to radio at the time, and did so with style".[3]

Commercial performance

Upon its release in March 1982, Asia reached #1 in the US and spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart.[2] Asia was certified 4x-platinum in the US by the RIAA on 10 February 1995.[6]

In the band's native UK, Asia did not perform as well as in the US, peaking only at #11 and spent a total of 38 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[7] The record received a gold status in Britain on 18 October 1982.[8] "Heat of the Moment" climbed to No. 46.[7]

Asia's total worldwide sales are estimated at over ten million copies.[9]

2010 Audio Fidelity remastered edition

In 2010, Audio Fidelity released a 24 Karat Gold CD (AFZ 068) remaster of the album, mastered by Kevin Gray.[9]

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heat of the Moment" John Wetton, Geoff Downes 3:50
2. "Only Time Will Tell" Wetton, Downes 4:44
3. "Sole Survivor" Wetton, Downes 4:48
4. "One Step Closer" Wetton, Steve Howe 4:16
5. "Time Again" Downes, Howe, Carl Palmer, Wetton 4:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Wildest Dreams" Wetton, Downes 5:10
7. "Without You" Wetton, Howe 5:04
8. "Cutting It Fine" Wetton, Downes, Howe 5:35
9. "Here Comes the Feeling" Wetton, Howe 5:42
Total length: 44:22
Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Ride Easy" Wetton, Howe 4:35

Personnel

Asia

Technical personnel

  • Mike Stone – producer, engineer
  • George Marino-mastering
  • Kevin Gray – 2010 Audio Fidelity remastering
  • Roger Dean – cover design
  • Brian Griffin – inner sleeve photography

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "The Billboard 200 – Year-end albums – 1982". Billboard. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Asia chart positions in the US". Billboard. 
  3. ^ a b Demalon, Tom. Asia: Asia > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Review: Asia". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top Album Picks: Asia – Asia". Billboard. Vol. 94 no. 12. 27 March 1982. p. 98. 
  6. ^ "RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program searchable database". RIAA. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "Asia chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company. 
  8. ^ "BPI's certified awards search". BPI. 
  9. ^ a b "Asia::Asia". Audio Fidelity. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Asia – Asia" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6528". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Asia – Asia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Asia – Asia" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Asia – Asia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Asia – Asia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Asia – Asia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Asia Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  19. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Jones, Alan (1983). "The Top 100 UK Albums". Chart File, Volume 2. London: Virgin Books. pp. 82–83. ISBN 0-907080-73-1. 
  20. ^ "Top Pop Albums". Billboard. Vol. 94 no. 51. 25 December 1982. 
  21. ^ "Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Asia – Asia". Music Canada. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Asia – Asia". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 October 2016.  Enter Asia in the search field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Asia – Asia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 28 October 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links

  • The official Asia web site
Preceded by
Chariots of Fire by Vangelis
Tug of War by Paul McCartney
US Billboard 200 number-one album
15–22 May 1982
19 June – 31 July 1982
Succeeded by
Tug of War by Paul McCartney
Mirage by Fleetwood Mac
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