Aqua (Asia album)

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Aqua
Asia - Aqua.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 June 1992
StudioAdvision, Brighton, England
GenreProgressive rock
Length60:16
LabelMusidisc
ProducerGeoff Downes
Asia chronology
Then & Now
(1990)
Aqua
(1992)
Aria
(1994)
Singles from Aqua
  1. "Who Will Stop the Rain?"
    Released: August 1992
  2. "Little Rich Boy"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Aqua is the fourth studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1992. It was the first album with longtime vocalist and bassist John Payne.

Background[edit]

In April 1991, original vocalist and bassist John Wetton departed from Asia, discouraged by the group's lack of success in the United States. He was replaced by John Payne, who accepted an invitation from keyboard player Geoff Downes to join the group. This duo would eventually lead Asia through to 2006. Although being in an official capacity, two other co-founders, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Carl Palmer, were involved sporadically, as Howe returned during the sessions having just left Yes again, and Palmer would leave soon, committing to a reunion of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The line-up was completed by American guitarist Al Pitrelli, who collaborated with Alice Cooper from 1989 to 1991. Several additional musicians were invited as guests, including drummer Simon Phillips.

Production[edit]

Aqua was recorded at Advision Studios in Brighton, England, and produced by Downes. The cover artwork was designed by Rodney Matthews, known for his work with Eloy and Magnum among others, and featured the group's logotype designed by Roger Dean, who had created the covers of all previous studio recordings.

"Love Under Fire" was composed in summer 1988 by Downes and Greg Lake under the project named Ride the Tiger. The album contains four songs co-written by Johnny Warman.

Release[edit]

Aqua was released on 8 June 1992 in the United Kingdom by Musidisc and 15 September 1992 in the United States by Great Pyramid Records. The U.S. edition features a modified cover and different track listing, in which "Little Rich Boy" is omitted.

Track listing[edit]

European edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Aqua Part 1"Geoff Downes, John Payne, Steve Howe2:27
2."Who Will Stop the Rain?"Downes, Johnny Warman, Jane Woolfenden4:36
3."Back in Town"Downes, Payne4:10
4."Love Under Fire"Downes, Greg Lake5:15
5."Someday"Downes, Warman5:49
6."Little Rich Boy"Downes, Payne4:38
7."The Voice of Reason"Downes, Payne5:37
8."Lay Down Your Arms"Downes, Payne, Greg Hart4:15
9."Crime of the Heart"Downes, Warman5:58
10."A Far Cry"Downes, Payne, Hart, Bob Mitchell5:30
11."Don't Call Me"Downes, Warman4:56
12."Heaven on Earth"Payne, Andy Nye4:55
13."Aqua Part 2"Downes, Payne2:11
Total length:60:16

Personnel[edit]

Asia[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Pete Craigie – engineer
  • John Brand – mixing engineer
  • Rodney Matthews – sleeve illustration
  • Roger Dean – Asia logotype
  • Brian Burrows – sleeve design/typography (European edition)
  • Hugh Syme – design (U.S. edition)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[2] 51
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. Asia: Aqua > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Asia – Aqua" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Asia – Aqua". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 May 2018.