|Studio album by Asia|
|Released||18 March 1982|
|Recorded||June – November 1981|
|Studio||Townhouse Studios, London|
|Genre||Progressive rock, pop rock, AOR|
|Singles from Asia|
Asia is the self-titled debut studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1982. It contains their biggest hit and signature song, "Heat of the Moment", which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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. According to both Billboard and Cash Box, it was the #1 album in the United States for the year 1982. Asia was certified 4x-platinum in the US by the RIAA on 10 February 1995.
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. The record received a gold status in Britain on 18 October 1982. "Heat of the Moment" climbed to No. 46.
Asia's total worldwide sales are estimated at over ten million copies.
Asia's debut album was met with mixed reviews. Robert Christgau panned the record 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". 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".
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 which depicts a leviathan gazing into a crystal orb.
2010 Audio Fidelity remastered edition
In 2010, Audio Fidelity released a 24 Karat Gold CD (AFZ 068) remaster of the album, mastered by Kevin Gray.
|1.||"Heat of the Moment"||3:50|
|2.||"Only Time Will Tell"||4:44|
|4.||"One Step Closer" (Wetton, Steve Howe)||4:16|
|5.||"Time Again" (Downes, Howe, Carl Palmer, Wetton)||4:45|
|7.||"Without You" (Wetton, Howe)||5:04|
|8.||"Cutting It Fine" (Wetton, Downes, Howe)||5:35|
|9.||"Here Comes the Feeling"||5:42|
|US||18 March 1982|
|UK||2 April 1982|
Chart procession and succession
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
Tug of War by Paul McCartney
Mirage by Fleetwood Mac
- Demalon, Tom. "Asia review". AllMusic.
- Christgau, Robert. "Asia consumer guide reviews". www.robertchristgau.com.
- "Asia chart positions in the US". Billboard.
- "The Billboard 200 – Year-end albums – 1982". Billboard.
- "RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program searchable database". RIAA.
- "Asia chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company.
- "BPI's certified awards search". BPI.
- "Asia::Asia". Audio Fidelity.