Asia (album)

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Asia
Studio album by Asia
Released 18 March 1982
Recorded June – November 1981 at Townhouse Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 44:22
Label Geffen
Producer Mike Stone
Asia chronology
Asia
(1982)
Alpha
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C–[2]

Asia is the self-titled debut studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1982. It was Billboard's #1 Album Of Year for 1982. The album contains their biggest hit and signature song, "Heat of the Moment", which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]

Commercial success[edit]

Upon its release in March 1982, Asia enjoyed massive commercial success, reaching #1 in the US and spending nine weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart.[3] According to both Billboard and Cash Box, it was the #1 album in the United States for the year 1982.[4] Asia was certified 4x-platinum in the US by the RIAA on 10 February 1995.[5]

In the band's native UK, Asia did not perform as well as in the US, peaking only at #11. At the same time, it spent a total of 38 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[6] The record received a gold status in Britain on 18 October 1982.[7] "Heat of the Moment" climbed to No. 46.[6]

Asia's total worldwide sales are estimated at over ten million copies.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Christgau panned the album and gave it a rating of "C–". In his Consumer Guide Review the critic stated that "rare that a big new group is bad enough to sink your teeth into any more" and called Asia "pompous – schlock in the grand manner".[2] On the other side, Tom Demalon of Allmusic, in a four-and-a-half-star review, praised the album saying that "there's no denying the epic grandeur of the music, which provided some much-needed muscle to radio at the time, and did so with style".[1]

Cover artwork[edit]

Asia's logo and cover artwork were created by Roger Dean, known for his work with Yes (of which guitarist Steve Howe and keyboard player Geoff Downes had previously been members) and Uriah Heep.

2010 Audio Fidelity remastered edition[edit]

In 2010, Audio Fidelity released a 24 Karat Gold CD (AFZ 068) remaster of the album, mastered by Kevin Gray.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heat of the Moment"   John Wetton/Geoff Downes 3:50
2. "Only Time Will Tell"   Wetton/Downes 4:44
3. "Sole Survivor"   Wetton/Downes 4:48
4. "One Step Closer"   Wetton/Steve Howe 4:16
5. "Time Again"   Downes/Howe/Carl Palmer/Wetton 4:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Wildest Dreams"   Wetton/Downes 5:10
7. "Without You"   Wetton/Howe 5:04
8. "Cutting It Fine"   Wetton/Downes/Howe 5:35
9. "Here Comes the Feeling"   Wetton/Howe 5:42
Total length:
44:22

Credits[edit]

Production[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
US 18 March 1982[5]
UK 2 April 1982[7]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 UK Albums Chart 11[6]
Billboard 200 1[3]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Heat of the Moment" UK Singles Chart[6] 46
"Only Time Will Tell" 54
"Heat of the Moment" Billboard Hot 100[3] 4
"Only Time Will Tell" 17
"Heat of the Moment" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 1
"Here Comes the Feeling" 40
"Only Time Will Tell" 8
"Sole Survivor" 10
"Time Again" 43
"Wildest Dreams" 28

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
UK BPI Gold[7]
US RIAA 4x-Platinum[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chariots of Fire by Vangelis
Tug of War by Paul McCartney
Billboard 200 number-one album
15–22 May 1982
19 June – 31 July 1982
Succeeded by
Tug of War by Paul McCartney
Mirage by Fleetwood Mac