Phoenix (Asia album)

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Phoenix
Studio album by Asia
Released 11 April 2008
(see release history)
Recorded September 2007 – February 2008 at Liscombe Park Studios in Buckinghamshire
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 64:52
Label Frontiers
Producer Asia, Steve Rispin
Asia chronology
Fantasia: Live in Tokyo
(2007)
Phoenix
(2008)
Omega
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Phoenix is a studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 2008. It is the first to feature all four original members (Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton) since 1983's Alpha. The album was released in Europe on 11 April 2008 via Frontiers Records, in North America on 15 April by EMI America Records and in Japan on 23 April via King Records.[3]

The album title means that Asia "has risen from the ashes" like a phoenix and made the first studio album with their original line-up in 25 years.[2] The cover artwork, commissioned to Roger Dean, features an illustration of a phoenix in front of the band's logo on a black background.

Reception[edit]

Phoenix debuted at No. 73 in the US on the Billboard 200 and Top Internet Albums charts.[4] This is the first time since 1985's Astra that a studio album by Asia charted on the Billboard 200. Phoenix reached No. 166 in the UK Albums Chart[5] and No. 10 in the UK Indie Chart.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Wetton and Geoff Downes except when noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Never Again"   04:54
2. "Nothing's Forever" (Wetton) 05:47
3. "Heroine"   04:54
4. "Sleeping Giant (G. Downes) / No Way Back / Reprise (G. Downes)"   08:10
5. "Alibis" (Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Wetton) 05:40
6. "I Will Remember You"   05:12
7. "Shadow of a Doubt"   04:19
8. "Parallel Worlds (J. Wetton) / Vortex (G. Downes) / Déyà (J. Wetton)"   08:13
9. "Wish I'd Known All Along" (Howe) 04:07
10. "Orchard of Mines" (Jeffrey Fayman, Dann Pursey) 05:12
11. "Over and Over" (Howe) 03:34
12. "An Extraordinary Life"   04:59
Total length:
64:52

Credits[edit]

Asia[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Hugh McDowell – cello on "An Extraordinary Life" and "I Will Remember You"

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Asia
  • Engineered and co-produced by Steve Rispin
  • Recorded in September 2007 – February 2008 at Liscombe Park Studios in Buckinghamshire
  • Mastered by John Dent at Loud Mastering, UK
  • Tracks 1, 3 and 12 mixed by Simon Hanhart
  • Tracks 5, 8, 9 and 11 mixed by Curtis Schwartz
  • Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10 mixed by Steve Rispin
  • Cover logo and inside painting – Roger Dean
  • Computer work and cover design – Martyn Dean

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe 11 April 2008 Frontiers Records
North America 15 April 2008 EMI America Records
Japan 23 April 2008 King Records

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak position
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 166
US Billboard 200[4] 73

References[edit]