Asia: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Steve Howe (guitar, background vocals); Mandy Meyer, Steve Lukather (guitar); Geoff Downes (keyboards, background vocals); Carl Palmer (drums).
Producers: Mike Stone, Frank Wolf.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Engineers: Mike Stone, Alan Douglas, Paul Northfield.
Recorded between 1982 & 1991. Includes liner notes by Jeremy Holiday & Dave Gallant.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (Universal Mastering Studios-West).
Personnel: Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Geoffrey Downes (vocals, keyboards); John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar); Steve Lukather (guitar); Carl Palmer (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Le Studio, Quebec, Canada; Manta Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; SarmWest Studios, London, England; Townhouse Studio, London, England; Westside Studio, London, England.
The 18-track Asia best-of compilation, 2000's THE VERY BEST OF ASIA, expands the track listing of their earlier collection, 1990's shorter THEN AND NOW. Only the best tracks from Asia's years on Geffen are spotlighted, such as the pop/prog warhorses "Heat of the Moment," "Only Time Will Tell," "Don't Cry," "Go," "Voice of America," and "Heat Goes On."
Compared to Asia's other collections (1990's THEN AND NOW, 1999's ANTHOLOGY), THE VERY BEST OF ASIA is the best of the bunch, as it also features much clearer sonics than the earlier collections. For fans of prog-rock with pop leanings, THE VERY BEST OF ASIA is definitely recommended.