"A quality rock collection includes Don't Cry, True Colors and The Heat Goes On!."
Following the success of their highly regarded self-titled debut, the original supergroup, made up of four members of different '70s progressive rock bands, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released Alpha. Their epic first album was difficult to top yet Asia rose to the challenge and came up with a very credible follow up. Alpha was certified platinum in the US and silver in Britain by the BPI and eventually sold over two million copies. Released in 1983, one year before the departure of guitarist Steve Howe, this would be the last album with the band's original line-up (until a reunion record many years later).
Alpha focused more on mainstream pop/rock sounds, and is less characterized by progressive rock elements than its predecessor. The album reached #6 on the Billboard album chart and Top Five in the UK Albums Chart. The lead single, "Don't Cry," was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and returned the band to #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and "The Heat Goes On" also received heavy airplay on pop and rock radio stations.
The cover artwork was created by Roger Dean, known for his work with Yes and Uriah Heep.
Available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only) the album was recorded during a special show on September 21st, 2013 during the Sounds of the Ages Festival at the magnificent Second Century Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On some of the songs during the band’s set, Original Asia was joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Levon Manukian.
The show was then aired on Bulgarian National TV the following December 30th, 2013 and it is now presented in its entirety to the fans as a powerful witness of the line-up featuring original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes along with Sam Coulson on guitar.
Says John Wetton: “The show in the glorious Roman Theater of Plovdiv, with orchestra, along with the massive Sweden Rock Festival and the shows in the UK and the show European tour thereafter, were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA—and in my opinion, the band has never sounded better.”
1. Don’t Cry
2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
3. Never in a Million Years
4. My Own Time (I’ll Do What I Want)
5. The Heat Goes On
6. Eye to Eye
7. The Last to Know
8. True Colors
9. Midnight Sun
10. Open Your Eyes
For Fans Of
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
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