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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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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Frontier Records
  • ASIN: B007ZBWJXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tomorrow The World;
2. Bury Me In Willow;
3. No Religion;
4. Faithful;
5. I Know How You Feel;
6. Face On The Bridge
7. Al Gatto Nero; Judas
8. Reno(Silver and Gold) (bonus track)
9. Ghost Of A Chance
10. I Know How You Feel(Midnight Mix) (Bonus Track)
Disc: 2
1. Face on the Bridge(videoclip),(DVD)
2. Faithful (videoclip), (DVD)
3. The Making of XXX Featurette(DVD)

Editorial Reviews

ASIA s debut album exploded onto the worldwide music scene in April of 1982. It was the best selling album of the year around the globe.
Featuring John Wetton (bass, lead vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums), and Geoff Downes (keyboards), ASIA was the
logical successor to the member s collective bands of the 70s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.
Thirty years after their eponymous debut ascended to the top of the BILLBOARD TOP 100 chart (where it remained number one for nine
consecutive weeks), the legendary British rock band returns with a brand new studio album aptly titled "XXX".
The new album, which is being hailed as ASIA s best album since its classic early 80s releases, will be released as a CD and collector s
edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos, including one for first single Face On The Bridge , and behind the scenes footage).
Original artwork for XXX album courtesy of famed artist Roger Dean.

Customer Reviews

A must buy for anyone that likes really great melodic music.
RFlowers
What really makes "XXX" work is that Asia does not sound like a supergroup, they sound like a band of friends who enjoy performing together.
Thom Jennings
The music has that unmistakable ASIA sound with fresh musical ideas and great lyrics.
DTM

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Thom Jennings on July 3, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
This comes from my review on Backstage Axxess

It was thirty years ago when four of progressive rock's most accomplished musicians came together to form Asia. Even before the band's self-titled debut arrived in record bins, there was a great deal of anticipation, and while some prog rock purists dismissed Asia as overly commercial, fans embraced the band's spectacular debut.

In July the quintessential lineup of Asia; Wetton, Howe, Downes and Palmer, will release XXX. The title acknowledges the bands thirtieth anniversary, and is this lineups third album of original material since they reformed in 2006.

Their last album, "Omega," was tremendous and somehow the band has managed to outdo themselves with "XXX." Fans of Asia have come to expect catchy songs, but this collection really exceeds all expectations.

What is unusual about "XXX," is that the truly great songs are on the second half of the album. If this were a two sided album the second side would be the better of the two. The opening songs, like "Tomorrow the World," and "Faithful," are great songs, but the album's set is constructed in a way that each song keeps getting better until the closing song, "Ghost of a Chance," which is the best song this lineup has ever recorded. I say that as a fan who saw this band on their first US tour and also as the owner of the entire Wetton era catalog.

One other thing that seems different is the tandem of Wetton and Palmer on bass and drums. They just seem to be playing together better than they ever have, this is especially noticeable on "Al Gatto Nero," a song that is incredibly catchy.

What really makes "XXX" work is that Asia does not sound like a supergroup, they sound like a band of friends who enjoy performing together.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arlo.TDM on August 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There is nary a duff song on this album, the eleven-track import. A few of them, however, could have used some editing with regards to some repetitive choruses and some of the lyrics come off as being a little trite in places-- hence, the slight deduction for my part.

There are great instrumental sections in every song-- 'poppier-seeming' productions, courtesy of Mike Paxman, in relation to the previous two 'reunion' albums-- especially the outros to Bury Me In Willow and Face On The Bridge ... reminding everyone one of the four individual talents comprising this band. John Wetton's voice sounds as strong as ever and his bass-playing seems to be a little more prominent these days-- I like his work on Astra the most though, being the most active. Steve Howe also seems a little more engaged in the mix this time around as well--still not as strong as on the debut album-- and all of his solos are top notch, absolutely delightful. Carl Palmer only has a few places to really showcase his chops-- Tomorrow The World, Bury Me In Willow and Faithful-- in keeping tradition with the recent past, but his sensibilities are in tune with this 'poppier' direction of 2012. Geoff Downes' keys are still the mainstay in every song-- driving the melodies to and fro, AND home-- and his parts dovetail very seamlessly with those of the guitar-- again, check out Bury Me In Willow!

Highly recommended ... and second in the pantheon of Wetton-fronted albums, IMO, trailing the debut by only by a few points and slightly ahead of Astra, Alpha, Omega, and Phoenix-- in that order. Enjoy!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 1. on July 30, 2012
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After re-viewing ASIA album covers, it seems that this is the first one since their debut which features a dragon ...

'XXX' is usually the label used for hard core porn -- but there's none of that here. XXX is also Roman numerals for 30; as in ASIA has been around for 30 years. True, but still hard to believe, since this album sounds as fresh and energetic as their first two (Self-titled 'ASIA', and the follow up 'ALPHA').

In terms of song writing, XXX is a good balance of what was on 'Phoenix' (a progressive-sounding 'come-back' album) or 'Omega' (a strong rock album, which many fans feared was their last, given the title). All four ASIA members boast impressive progressive rock reumes (Yes, King Crimson, U.K., Emerson Lake & Palmer, and ... The Buggles), so maybe it's not all that surprising that they can improve with age.

Several aspects of XXX stick to ASIA's 'formula': the early 1980's 'sound', flawless engineering & production, sophisticated musical compositions, and Roger Dean cover art -- a reason to get the LP version in additon to the CD/DVD. In other words, all the things fans like about ASIA are still present -- and none of it seems 'dated'.

John Wetton and Geoff Downes are still the main song-writers, but with Steve Howe and Carl Palmer there to collaborate, pop-songs are transformed into strong, memrorable compositions. After 30 years, John Wetton has lost none of his vocal strength and agility. Songs like the "No Religion" (a classic ASIA rocker) and "Faithful" (a Dramatic prog-rock foray) may spark some discussions -- they seem respectful and contemptuous of religion and faith at the same time -- a masterful ambiguity for listrners.
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No list like this is complete without "Free" from the Aura album; it's one of their best songs in the Payne era. "Kings of the Day" is very noteworthy too. "U Bring Me Down" (Arena), "Love Under Fire" (Aqua) and "Feels Like Love" (Aria) are a few...
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asia rocks. can't wait. thanks for keeping this great reunion rolling along with this 3rd release since the boys got back together. will go see them (AGAIN) when the tour. ASIA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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