Asia – Alpha (1983)
Asia are a British progressive rock band. The band was formed in 1981 as a supergroup of four members from different progressive rock bands: John Wetton (former bassist/vocalist of bands including King Crimson, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK and Wishbone Ash), Steve Howe (guitarist of Yes), Geoff Downes (keyboardist of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster).
Label: Geffen Records
Catalog# GEF 25508
Alpha is the second studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 1983. Released one year before the departure of guitarist Steve Howe, Alpha was the last album with the band’s original line-up until 2008’s Phoenix.
Alpha was written by the songwriting tandem of John Wetton and Geoff Downes, with the exception of “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes”, which was written by Wetton alone. Alpha was recorded during the spring of 1983 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and Manta Sound in Toronto.
Alpha focused more on mainstream Pop/Rock sounds, and is less characterized by progressive rock elements than its predecessor. Alpha which is the follow up to their classic debut, is a album filled with bittersweet romantic rock songs.
Songwriters bassist/singer John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes and producer Mike Stone really create a vibrant Rock/pop album. Don’t Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes were the big hits from this album. Never In A Million Years, My Own Time, Midnight Sun and Open Your Eyes are the other standout songs.
Songs from the likes of The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and the producing qualities of Phil Spector seem to be a big influences on this album. Producer Mike Stone really creates a lush “wall of sound” quality that incorporates Geoff Downes’ diverse and richly textured keyboards, Steve Howe’s peerless guitar work, Carl Palmer’s powerful drumming and John Wetton’s impassioned vocals into a superb melodic Rock/pop album.
Call it Power Pop, Melodic Rock, either way if you’re a fan of classic 80’s rock then Alpha is a must have.
1. Don’t Cry (3:41)
2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (3:13)
3. Never in a Million Years (3:46)
4. My Own Time (I’ll Do What I Want) (4:49)
5. The Heat Goes On (5:00)
1. Eye to Eye (3:14)
2. The Last to Know (4:40)
3. True Colors (3:56)
4. Midnight Sun (3:48)
5. Open Your Eyes (6:26)