The complete collection of original album recordings from one of the greatest all-star rock bands of all time. Asia's self-titled debut has sold millions of copies, spawned two hit singes, three additional rock radio standards and instigated a legacy that transcended their individual histories by lightyears. Gold collects every track recorded on their three Geffen albums plus rare B-sides.
Includes the complete albums ASIA (1982), ALPHA (1983), and ASTRA (1986), plus bonus tracks.
Asia (Rock): Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Geoffrey Downes (vocals, keyboards); John Payne , John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar); Scott Gorham, Mandy Meyer (guitar); Michael Sturgis, Carl Palmer (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Steve Lukather (guitar).
A re-pressing of 2002's excellent Anthologia: 20th Anniversary Geffen Years Collection, this isn't just a loosely assembled collection of Asia's finest moments -- it's everything but the kitchen sink and bandmember arguments caught on tape. For diehards who missed its initial pressing, this second time around is redemption. This, quite simply, delivers everything fans could ever want (and in some cases need) from the supergroup that was at the top of the arena rock game during the '80s. However, those who aren't die-hard loyalists would be better served by checking out 2003's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Asia as a viable substitute and a filler-free, less intimidating entry point into the group's catalog. ~ Rob Theakston