CMJ - 1/5/04, p.10Ranked #18
in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1982".
Asia: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Geoff Downes (vocals, keyboards); Carl Palmer (drums).
Recorded at Townhouse Studio, London, England.
Asia (Rock): Geoffrey Downes, John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer.
Personnel: Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); John Wetton (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar); Geoffrey Downes (vocals, keyboards); Carl Palmer (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Townhouse Studio, London, England.
Illustrator: Roger Dean .
Photographer: Brian Griffin .
Prog-rock fans everywhere got very excited when they found out that ex-members of such bands as Yes (guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes), King Crimson (bassist/vocalist John Wetton), and ELP (drummer Carl Palmer) were forming a supergroup, Asia. With its 1982 self-titled debut, the quartet surprisingly crossed over to the more mainstream pop audience with no problem, hitting the top spot on the album charts.
Time and again here, each member shows his mastery of his respective instrument. ASIA is chock full of compositions showcasing the quartet's keen pop sensibilities, such as the uptempo Top 10 hit "Heat of the Moment," and the more laid back "Only Time Will Tell."