ASIA - S/T SELF-TITLED 12" Vinyl LP Album

Asia's self-titled debut is a bombastic, melodic journey through prog-rock's arena-sized potential. While purists might scoff, the album's undeniable hooks, courtesy of John Wetton's vocals and Geoffrey Downes' synth wizardry, are infectious. Steve Howe's guitar heroics and Carl Palmer's thunderous drumming ground the album in prog's technical prowess, but radio-ready anthems like "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell" are the true stars. It's a calculated crossover that might not be "true" prog, but it's a hell of a good time nonetheless.


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ASIA's Self-Titled Debut: A Supergroup's Triumphant Arrival in 1982
Album Description:

In the early 1980s, a seismic shift occurred in the rock landscape with the formation of Asia, a supergroup comprised of prog-rock veterans. This wasn't a mere side project; it was a calculated move to fuse progressive rock's intricate musicianship with the radio-friendly hooks of arena rock. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1982, became an instant sensation, a testament to the band's ability to bridge the gap between two seemingly disparate worlds.

Historical Context: A New Era for Progressive Rock

Asia emerged during a time when prog-rock's popularity had waned. Punk and new wave had swept in, leaving little room for the genre's often lengthy compositions and conceptual themes. Yet, Asia saw an opportunity. They stripped away some of prog's excesses, opting for tighter song structures and a more polished production style. This allowed them to tap into a wider audience, one that craved both musical complexity and accessibility.

Musical Exploration: A Fusion of Styles

The album is a masterclass in musical exploration. Songs like "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell" are stadium anthems, driven by infectious melodies and soaring vocals. Yet, tracks like "Wildest Dreams" and "Sole Survivor" delve into prog territory, showcasing intricate instrumental interplay and shifting time signatures. This fusion of styles was a gamble, but it paid off handsomely.

Music Genre: A New Sound is Born

Asia's music defied easy categorization. It wasn't quite prog, but it wasn't quite pop either. Some critics dubbed it "arena rock," while others saw it as a natural evolution of prog. Regardless of labels, the band had crafted a sound that was uniquely their own. They paved the way for a new generation of bands that blended progressive elements with a more commercial sensibility.

Controversies: A Backlash from Prog Purists

Asia's success wasn't without its detractors. Some prog-rock purists accused the band of selling out, of sacrificing artistic integrity for commercial gain. They felt that Asia had diluted the genre's essence, stripping it of its experimental edge. However, these criticisms did little to dampen the band's popularity. Their music resonated with a massive audience, proving that prog could still be relevant in a changing musical landscape.

Production Team and Recording Studio: A Collaborative Effort

The album was a collaborative effort, helmed by renowned producer Mike Stone, known for his work with Journey and Queen. The recording took place at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, a state-of-the-art facility that had hosted artists like Rush and The Police. Stone's meticulous approach and the studio's top-notch equipment ensured that the album's sound was both polished and powerful.

ASIA's star-studded lineup was a prog-rock fan's dream:
Band-memner Description:

Geoffrey Downes (keyboards/vocals): Known for his work in The Buggles ("Video Killed the Radio Star") and Yes, Downes brought a knack for catchy melodies and lush keyboard textures to Asia. His synth work became a defining element of the band's sound.

Steve Howe (guitar/vocals): A guitar legend from Yes , Howe's intricate playing and unique tone were immediately recognizable. He effortlessly blended technical virtuosity with melodic sensibility, adding depth and complexity to Asia's music.

Carl Palmer (drums/percussion): As the powerhouse drummer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Palmer brought a thunderous energy and precision to the band. His drumming was a driving force, propelling the music forward with relentless power.

John Wetton (bass/vocals): Wetton, formerly of King Crimson and UK, was the charismatic frontman of Asia. His powerful vocals and songwriting skills were crucial to the band's success. He penned many of their biggest hits, including "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell."

Together, these four musicians formed a supergroup that transcended their individual achievements. They created a sound that was both familiar and innovative, blending their prog-rock roots with a more accessible approach. Their collective talent and experience resulted in a debut album that became a landmark in rock history.

Album Production Information: 

Produced by Mike Stone.

Mike Stone (Full-name: Michael Richard Seth Stone, 1951-2002) an American record producer and engineer who has worked with a wide range of rock and metal bands. He was born on 21 December 1951, in New York City.

Stone began his career as an engineer at Record Plant Studios in New York, where he worked on albums by artists such as KISS, Blue Öyster Cult, and Aerosmith. He later moved to Los Angeles and worked at Cherokee Studios, where he became known for his work with bands such as Queen, Van Halen, and Journey. He has produced all of Demon's records since 1981, many of Discharge's albums as well as producing several other bands.


Stone is perhaps best known for his work with Queen on their albums "News of the World" and "The Game," which included hits such as "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions," and "Another One Bites the Dust." He also worked with Journey on their album "Escape," which included the hit singles "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Open Arms."

In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Stone has also served as a mixer, remixer, and mastering engineer on numerous albums. He has received several Grammy nominations for his work and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of audio engineering.


Recorded at Townhouse Studio London, England.

Album Cover design Roger Dean.

Roger Dean ( full-name: William Roger Dean ) Roger Dean an English artist and designer who is best known for his work creating album covers for numerous rock bands, including Yes, Uriah Heep, and Asia. He was born on 31 August 1944, in Ashford, Kent, England.


Dean's distinctive style is characterized by his use of fantastical landscapes, surreal imagery, and vivid colors. His album covers often feature otherworldly creatures, floating islands, and intricate patterns. Dean's work has become synonymous with the progressive rock movement of the 1970s, and his iconic designs have become an integral part of the visual language of rock music.

In addition to his album cover work, Dean has also designed stage sets, costumes, and logos for numerous bands. He has also created artwork for book covers, calendars, and video games.

Dean's influence extends beyond the world of music, and his artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Arts University Bournemouth in recognition of his contributions to the fields of art and design.

Photography Brian Griffin  

Music Genre:

Progressive Rock, Arena Rock 

Record Label & Catalognr:

Geffen 902 008 

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 210 gram  

Year & Country:

1982 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Asia self-titled ex- Yes
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Geoffrey Downes
  • Steve Howe (ex-YES)
  • Carl Palmer (ex Emerson Lake and Palmer)
  • John Wetton
Track Listing of: Asia self-titled ex- Yes

The Song/tracks on "Asia self-titled ex- Yes" are

    Side One:
  1. Heat of the Moment
  2. Only Time Will Tell
  3. Sole Survivor
  4. One Step Closer
  5. Time Again
    Side Two:
  1. Wildest Dreams
  2. Without You
  3. Cutting it Fine
  4. Here Comes the Feeling
Album cover photos of : Asia self-titled ex- Yes
Front Cover of the Asia album

Front Cover of the Asia album

Back Cover of the Asia album

Back Cover of the Asia album

Close-up of Geffen Record Label

Close-up of Geffen Record Label  

Index of ASIA band Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

ASIA - Alpha With Steve Howe
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GEFFEN GHS 4008   , 1983 , USA

Asia's second studio album "Alpha" was released in 1983 and featured a more pop-oriented sound compared to their debut album. The album included hit singles such as "Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and featured production by Mike Stone.

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ASIA - Asia ( self-titled )
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Geffen 902 008  , 1982 , Germany

Released in 1982, Asia's self-titled debut album quickly became a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the hit singles "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell" and was produced by Mike Stone.


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ASIA - Astra Promo
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Geffen GEF 26413 , 1985 , The Netherlands

ASTRA is an album that showcases Asia's versatility as a band, with a mix of hard rockers and ballads that showcase their ability to craft catchy melodies and emotionally resonant lyrics. While the album received mixed reviews upon its release, it remains a notable entry in Asia's discography and has influenced many bands in the years since.

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ASIA - Only Time Will Tell
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This 7" vinyl single "Only Time Will Tell" by the British rock band Asia was released in 1982. It was the first single from their self-titled debut album, which was a massive commercial success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

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