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Aura

AsiaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)


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When they appeared in the early '80s, Asia seemed to be a holdover from the '70s, when supergroups and self-important progressive rockers reigned supreme. Featuring members of such seminal art rock bands as King Crimson (John Wetton), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Carl Palmer), and Yes (Steve Howe), as well as Geoff Downes from the Buggles, Asia did feature stretches of indulgent ... Read more in Amazon's Asia Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windstorm Records/Blue Storm Music
  • ASIN: B00005K2C9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Awake
2. Wherever You Are
3. Ready To Go Home
4. The Last Time
5. Forgive Me
6. Kings Of The Day
7. On The Coldest Day In Hell
8. Free
9. You're The Stranger
10. The Longest Night
11. Aura
12. Under The Gun
13. Come Make My Day
14. Hands Of Time

Editorial Reviews

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It's been a very long time coming, but well worth the wait -- Wondrous Stories, June 2001

Songs from the very top drawer -- Classic Rock, June 2001

Product Description

Asia's seventh album, Aura was released on June 5, 2001. The album was produced bny the legendary Roger Dean and includes a host of guest musicians.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the Best of the Payne/Downes Era October 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As an ASIA fan since the beginning, I had become increasingly unimpressed with the Payne/Downes releases after AQUA. I bought this album more out of obligation but expected the same occasional hooks from ARIA and ARENA. Boy, was I glad to be wrong! AURA - 14 songs long - is full of excellent songs, more hook than usual, excellent keyboards and guitar work. Probably their strongest studio album since AQUA (which is even more amazing when OBSESSION is included), with their trademark blend of ballads and uptempt songs on love and war. This album just SOUNDS better, more tightly constructed. AWAKE kicks off the album with inspiring lyrics (albeit a simple, but catchy, keyboard riff). Standouts include WHEREVER YOU ARE (reminds me of the message of 1981's ONE STEP CLOSER a bit), KINGS OF THE DAY (you might even THINK it's John Wetton!), FREE (a nearly-9-minute concert staple that really does ROCK), READY TO GO HOME (a mellow and spiritual ballad with excellent moody guitars) and UNDER THE GUN (on the "extra tracks"... why are they extra if every CD has them) with keyboard sounds that harken back to ALPHA. There is the standard album-ending instrumental, AURA, that is not as good as, say, AQUA II or BELLA NOVA, but sums up the mood well. I was very impressed with this album and it grows on you immensely each time you listen to it again. This makes me hope that there will be a 5th studio release from Downes & Payne. No, it's not as good as the first two Wetton albums - nothing ever will be - but well worth the purchase!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle sensory stimulus... February 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Amongst the floods of mass-produced music of mediocre or very low quality the genre of AOR/Sympho/Art/Melodic/Progressive (or whatever you want to call it) Rock became almost drowned by it. Fortunately brilliant attempts by new artists and bands like The Storm, Two Fires, Transatlantic, 101 South, Alliance, Arena, Ten, etc., and solo acts like Kip Winger, Bob Catley, Hugo and others saved the day. Giants like Journey, Yes, Saga and others made and are making new stuff and survive rather well in the process. Asia was then but it also became 'now'. And 'now' happened with the appearance of the 4th studio album in the new Asia era - the brilliant and sophisticated product called "AURA". The long awaited album proved that the phrase "Worth waiting for..." is definitely true. "Aura" is a magnificent and highly progressive attempt by the Supergroup Giants of the 80's - Asia! This is a new Asia. One shouldn't expect a powerful and striking entré and momentous thread throughout, as the first 3 albums of the old Asia had. It is not so much about dynamics, power, anthemic velocity and over perfection. It is much more about subtle sensory stimulation (as the name of album indicates - AURA), melancholy, mellowness, warmness, appeal and thematic soundness. There is a theme, a place, a moment in time, a special feeling, a story to be told, very intimate and personal music to be listened to. Aura requires your full attention. It is not a simple album and that is what it gives its greatest quality. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good piece of work November 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Aura--Asia's seventh full-length album--was released in 2001. Clocking in at almost eighty minutes, it is comprised of 14 tracks--the last three are extra tracks ("Under the Gun," "Come Make My Day," "Hands of Time"). There is also an instrumental, the energetic "Aura." Altogether, I find the songwriting to be solid, the musicianship to be skilled, and the sound quality to be gratifying. Geoff Downes, my favorite keyboardist, performs with proficiency throughout. In comparison with the guitar playing, Downes' keyboard work takes a more primary role. John Payne does an efficient job with the vocals. It is obvious that a lot of work was put into the making of Aura; the material is refined, stately, and layered. It is not easy to categorize this album into a specific musical direction. I would have to say that it is a combination of pop rock, adult contemporary, and New Age. Even though I think that all of the tracks are worthy, the two that I consider to be favorites are "Awake" and "Ready to Go Home." The majestic confection "Awake" presents ambient, serene keyboard atmospherics from Downes and also a flowing, pretty keyboard solo from him. "Ready to Go Home" is a touching, special song that displays impressive, determined singing from Payne and a pleasing, emotional refrain. Examples of other compositions that I enjoy are "Wherever You Are," "Kings of the Day," "Free," and "Under the Gun." "Wherever You Are" sports a nice intro keyboard melody from Downes, a well-crafted, noteworthy guitar solo, and a pleasant refrain. "Kings of the Day" features attractive keyboard playing from Downes and an engaging refrain. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album. Clearly the best Payne era CD- his ...
Excellent album. Clearly the best Payne era CD- his voice is pitch perfect, and Downes' playing is majestic. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Douglas Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music
Published 1 month ago by Tim Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Payne-era Asia releases - 4.6 out of 5
I can hardly believe I am giving a Payne album a 5-star rating, but this album is convincing to the point of overwhelming. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PsAustrinus
1.0 out of 5 stars EMBARRASSING
I clenched my teeth and somehow managed to endure the enternity of what was 79 minutes of horrible music. I can't imagine the band is proud of too much here!!!
Published 21 months ago by hectorpascal
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of musical Aura
The post Wetton or John Payne era is very much underrated. JP is a good composer his addition to the Asia sound is beyond commendation. Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by shadowmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired - powerful
A deeply spiritual direction. John Payne is almost Jon Anderson inspired on this perticular album
The song Free is still a fan favorite
Published on March 27, 2010 by Scott Alberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Asia in the 21st century
Happening to stuble accors this cd in a store once at the time I picked this up this was one of the few Asia albums I hadn't heard anything from. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Stephen B. Sumemrlin
5.0 out of 5 stars precious melodies
well if the first two songs on Aura don`t move you...perhaps you deserve your cd collection to be centered around pearl jam and alice in chain... Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by LBL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Record Everyone Must Have!
Hello everybody. As a musician (piano/drums) and home studio owner I cant tell that this CD is musically amazing. Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Marcelo Kunstmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting Light Rock, Great CD
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting Light Rock, Great CD , June 28, 2008
By Ray Bradshaw (Not "A Kid's review") {shame on you}

Yet Again John Payne turns in a powerful &... Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by Raymond Bradshaw
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