Asia (Rock): Steve Howe (vocals, guitar); Geoffrey Downes (vocals, keyboards); John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar); Mandy Meyer (guitars); Carl Palmer (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Luis Jardim (percussion).
Issued in 2006, Asia's 16-track DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is essentially an expanded version of the progy British pop-rock supergroup's 20TH CENTURY MASTERS installment. Culling material from the ensemble's 1980s heyday, this set features all the songs on the earlier compilation, but bolsters them with lesser-known album tracks such as the rousing "Wildest Dreams" and the plaintive "Here Comes the Feeling." While the disc showcases the group's art-rock/New Wave pedigree (with roots in Yes, King Crimson, the Buggles, etc.), it also reveals how adept Asia was at penning catchy, radio-friendly tunes, as exemplified by the buoyant hit single "Heat of the Moment."
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