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The Very Best Of Asia: Heat of the Moment 1982-1990 Original recording remastered

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How could a group featuring key members of Yes, King Crimson and ELP possibly fail? It couldn't, and Asia took pop charts around the world by storm. Here are all their U.S. pop hits- Heat of the Moment; Don't Cry; Only Time Will Tell; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes; Go , and Days Like These -plus their best album tracks and the CD debut of several rare B-sides!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00004TKGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Don't be fooled by the boatload of Asia collections. This is the greatest hits package to purchase. There are 3-4 Asia greatest hits CDS that focus on Asia from 1992 onward. The new band doesn't include John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe. This CD includes all the hits that made Asia a huge smash in the eighties. They were all remastered and sound wonderful. As others have stated, it's a shame that the CD contains two edited tracks(Here Comes The Feeling and Sole Survivor). These two tracks are classics and should be heard in their entirety. The CD does include three b-side tracks. These three tracks make the CD a must have, even if you own all of the original albums. To hear Steve Howe's guitar playing along with John Wetton's voice on three tracks that I haven't heard before is great! This CD rocks!
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I'm giving this CD four stars on the strength of the elegant packaging art and robust track listing. But once again Geffen Records shows no respect to this great supergroup by totally messing up the most important part: sound quality. When I saw first saw the track listing and cool sleeve graphics, I thought this would be the perfect compilation. However, these tracks are NOT digitally remastered, and in most cases, sound like fifth-generation 8 track copies simply wrote to disc. There is no excuse for this kind of effort, regardless of how minute an audience Geffen believes Asia to attract. The sound engineer should be fired. Trimming the 5.5 minute track Here Comes the Feeling down by 2 minutes is a horrible decision. Same with Sole Survivor. Basically, this is the only band in my 250+ CD collection where the LPs sound much brighter and crisper than the CDs do. Compare this package to ELP: The Atlantic Collection, a remastered set that highlights mostly early 70s material. The sound quality on that package absolutely shimmers. On the bright side, the long-awaited B-sides are nice to have finally. This one could have been a knockout!
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"The Very Best Of Asia" truly is what it says. This 18-track compilation encompasses over 77 minutes of music from one of the greatest progressive rock bands of the '80s, Asia. Most of the tracks feature the band's original line-up of bassist/lead vocalist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes and drummer Carl Palmer. All of the music is taken from Asia's classic trilogy of original albums, "Asia", "Alpha" and "Astra" along with one track from the "Then and Now" compilation and three rare B-sides.
Classic tracks such as "Only Time Will Tell", "Heat Of The Moment", "Wildest Dreams", "Don't Cry", "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and "Go" are all included here alongside powerful album tracks such as "Sole Survivor", "The Heat Goes On", "Open Your Eyes", "Here Comes The Feeling" and "Days Like These".
The band's strong musical hooks and unprecidented craft shine through in every track on this CD and offers an excellent sampling of Asia during its classic era during the 80s. John Wetton's commanding vocals, Steve Howe's soaring guitar work, Geoff Downes' melodic pop sensibilies rounded out by Carl Palmer's forceful powerhouse percussion gel into an effortless musical blend.
Beginning in the '90s, Asia went through a slew of personnel changes with Geoff Downes being the only original member left in the band. John Wetton left the band in 1991 and was replaced by John Payne who has remained with Asia ever since. Various guitarists and drummers have come and gone with the band over years - its current drummer being the legendary sessionman Chris Slade while the guitar slot is presently being filled by a relative newcomer named Guthrie Govan.
The original Asia band was a special treasure as clearly proven by the music in this compilation.
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Amid the flurry of the Second British Invasion, the intensification of heavy metal, and the synthesis of synthesizers and hard rock, came a group that incorporated power guitars, synths, and powerful harmony choruses derived from church choirs. Add to that, all its members hailed from groups of the 70s. Lead singer John Wetton had been with King Crimson and UK, whereas guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes were former Yes-men, the latter also with the Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer was a third of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Together, they became the supergroup Asia, sporting some of the indulgence of 70s art-rock, but at times sporting the pop rhythms of the new decade.

It is small wonder that one 80s book ranked their debut single, "Heat of the Moment," as #4 of the Top 80 quintessential 80s songs. The crashing drums, power guitars, and fast-paced rhythm incorporated both something majestic, catchy rhythms, and the harmonies on the chorus, provided the blueprint for their awesome sound, exuding the power of Survivor but with a backwash of synths and choruses. This reached #4 on the pop charts and topped the album rock charts. After hearing Howe's guitar here, it makes me think his work on GTR was somewhat watered down.

I remember "Only Time Will Tell" from the video featuring the slow-motion routine of the gymnast. With a majestic synth fanfare that Europe's "The Final Countdown" shared four years later, this song (#17 pop, #8 AR) then sports gentler synths before going uptempo. The chorus, preceded by a crash of guitars and synths, then relaxes, though accompanied by the strident drums. Who would have thought that this song was about a girl who uses someone and dumps them?
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