Asia: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Steve Howe (guitar); Geoff Downes (keyboards); Carl Palmer (drums).
Recorded at Le Studio, Quebec City, Canada and Manta Sound, Toronto, Canada between February and May 1983.
With Asia's sophomore effort, 1983's ALPHA, the prog-rock supergroup scored another sizeable hit, though it wasn't as big as the band's hit self-titled debut one year earlier. A bit more polished and not as rough around the edges as its predecessor, ALPHA contains such standouts as the anthemic "Don't Cry," and the melodic rockers "The Heat Goes On," "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes," and "Open Your Eyes."
ALPHA would prove to be the last album to feature Asia's original line-up, as guitarist Steve Howe was replaced by Mandy Meyer for its third release, ASTRA, in 1985. Singer John Wetton also quit, but returned in time for Asia's third album.