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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 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0009NZ3XW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heat of the Moment
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. Sole Survivor
4. One Step Closer
5. Time Again
6. Wildest Dreams
7. Cutting It Fine
8. Here Comes the Feeling
9. Ride Easy
10. Don't Cry
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Go
2. Countdown to Zero
3. Love Now till Eternity
4. Daylight
5. Suspicion
6. Prayin' 4 a Miracle
7. Too Late
8. Wishing
9. After the War
10. Summer (Can't Last Too Long)
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Editorial Reviews

Asia's self-titled debut has sold millions of copies, spawned two hit singles, 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. Geffen. 2005.

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Wow is all I can say.
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This one improves the sound quality immensely and corrects some errors in the original version.
The Footpath Cowboy
Great compilation for Asia fans.
Theodore F. Canty

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Dudley on April 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Asia was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist/vocalist John Whetton, ex-Yes guitarist Steve Howe, ex-Buggles keyboardist(and one time Yes member in 1980) Geoff Downes and ELP drummer Carl Palmer.

They exploded out of the gate in 1982 with their self titled debut that saw huge success due to the huge singles Heat of the Moment & Only Time Will Tell. The album went multi-platinum and a massive tour ensued. Unfortunately, the band would never match that initial success as their 1983 follow-up Alpha would stall after barely going platinum. Band fights followed, John Whetton was for a short time replaced by ELP bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, John was then brought back in 1984 but Steve Howe ended up walking at that point to be replaced by ex-Krokus(!) guitarist Mandy Meyers.

They then released the 1985 commercial disaster Astra and would break up soon thereafter. Keyboardist Geoff Downes would put Asia back together with a revolving lineup of musicians in the 90's after a brief and unsuccessfull attempt at a comeback and the original 4 members would finally get back together for a hugely successful reunion tour in 2006.

This 2 disc Gold anthology comprises their 1980's geffen records output in the form of all the tracks from the 1982 debut, 1983's Alpha and 1985's Astra. Also, all of the B-sides are present as well in addition to the 2 new studio tracks that were on the 1990 retrospective Then & Now.

All of the tracks are remastered in crystal clear sound. Some purists might cry foul over the fact that mainly on disc 1, the engineer faded out the songs a few seconds earlier to cram 18 songs on that disc (disc one is 79 min. 56 seconds long and disc 2 is 79 min. 26 seconds long) but it isn't noticeable at all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ericson on March 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Curse that movie for turning one of my favorite childhood bands into a punchline! Asia's legacy deserves better credit than that.

Oh well.

Anyway, if you ever owned any of their first three albums (Asia, Alpha, Astra, or Then And Now:the first Greatest Hits), and still want to listen to those classic songs, you'll be better off buying this well deserved upgrade. First off, if you own the original CD versions of these albums (especially Alpha), you won't believe how much better the sound is now! Not just in overall volume, but in clarity and separation also. For example, listen for Palmer's cymbal pinging 5 minutes into "Open Your Eyes" here, it really jumps out at you compared to being barely audible on the original CD release. Little bits like that really show the studio prowess these guys had that now with the proper digital mastering can clearly show. All these songs, along with the three B-Sides not on the original CD releases (trivia: even though "Daylight" was a cassette extra back in the 80's, it was NOT included on the original CD version!) have never sounded better, and that's including all the compilations before Gold too..even the recent ones! You want the best sounding classic Asia, this is your greatest choice.

As for any downfalls to this release, it's few. Gold's album cover is by far the least inspired Asia cover (usually we get that great Roger Dean artwork on each, but now they're turned into very tiny pictures inside of Gold's 15 page booklet) and because each of the two CD's are over 79 minutes long, there's a slight crossfading in between some of the Astra songs (no big deal, you'll hardly notice), and ALL the spaces in between EACH track have been shortened to a second to even less.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Olivares on January 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the ultimate Asia collection covering 1982 through 1990. The first nine tracks are their self-titled first album featuring the hits "Heat Of The Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell" along with a third single "Sole Survivor". After a B-side "Ride Easy" comes their second album "Alpha" with the hits "Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes". This is followed by two more B-sides "Daylight" and "Lyin' To Yourself". We then have their entire third and least successful album "Astra" with the minor hit "Go". "Wishing" and "Too Late" were only promotional singles. There's also "Voice Of America" which wasn't released as a single until five years later and only then it was a B-side. The disc is rounded out by four new tracks from the 1990 compilation "Then & Now". Only "Days Like These" was a single but by then their days of commercial success were long gone.

With personnel changes and a little experimentation the band never repeated the success of their first album. But by getting this set you already have their first four albums (basically their entire Geffen catalog) in one package. Considering how much it would be to get those albums seperately and with each of these discs running 79+ minutes this is a collection serious rock fans should consider. It does a good job of providing the listener with a sense of what was and what could have been.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geo on July 26, 2011
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Possibly "preaching to the choir", but for the visitors here who don't know about it, the "original" Asia reunited ... releasing two new "studio" albums: Phoenix (2008) and Omega (2010).

Geoff Downes (keyboard)
Steve Howe (electric, acoustic and steel guitars)
Carl Palmer (drums and percussion)
John Wetton (lead vocal and bass guitar)

You can listen to previews of all the tracks here in Amazon's mp3 section and I believe you will want to download both albums. Some 25 years after separating, Asia got it all back together again and what a treat, they are as great as ever.
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