Astra

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Released in 1985, Astra is Asia's third studio album and first without guitarist Steve Howe. While somewhat unfairly regarded in comparison to Asia's first two albums, Astra is nonetheless a solid prog rock outing that finds bassist/vocalist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Carl Palmer, and replacement guitarist, Krokus' Mandy Meyer, delivering a set of melodic and driving rock anthems. Admittedly, Astra came on the heels of a tumultuous period for the band that found Wetton unceremoniously booted and replaced by ELP singer Greg Lake right before the highly publicized 1983 live televised concert event Asia in Asia. By 1984, Wetton had been reinstated, but ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Released in 1985, Astra is Asia's third studio album and first without guitarist Steve Howe. While somewhat unfairly regarded in comparison to Asia's first two albums, Astra is nonetheless a solid prog rock outing that finds bassist/vocalist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Carl Palmer, and replacement guitarist, Krokus' Mandy Meyer, delivering a set of melodic and driving rock anthems. Admittedly, Astra came on the heels of a tumultuous period for the band that found Wetton unceremoniously booted and replaced by ELP singer Greg Lake right before the highly publicized 1983 live televised concert event Asia in Asia. By 1984, Wetton had been reinstated, but tensions remained and Howe eventually left the band early in the recording process for Astra. Featuring a slightly more arena rock and pop-metal sound, Astra featured two Top Ten singles in the epic "Go" and the dramatic "Too Late." Elsewhere, there was a handful of similarly radio-ready cuts, including the sparkling George Harrison-sounding "Hard On Me," the '50s-influenced synth balladry of "Wishing," and the grand and symphonic rock theatrics of the very Queen-esque "Rock and Roll Dream." Certainly, while Asia is at its best with the original lineup, Astra is a truly underrated '80s rock album and a must-hear for fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/1995
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076742085124
  • Catalog Number: 20851
  • Sales rank: 18,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go (4:08)
  2. 2 Voice of America (4:28)
  3. 3 Hard on Me (3:36)
  4. 4 Wishing (4:16)
  5. 5 Countdown to Zero (4:17)
  6. 6 Love Now til Eternity (4:13)
  7. 7 Too Late (4:14)
  8. 8 Suspicion (3:46)
  9. 9 Rock and Roll Dream (6:52)
  10. 10 After the War (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asia Primary Artist
John Wetton Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Louis Clark Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Geoffrey Downes Keyboards
Mandy Meyer Guitar
Carl Palmer Drums
Technical Credits
Louis Clark Arranger, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Roger Dean Cover Design
Alan Douglas Engineer
Geoffrey Downes Producer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
John Kalodner Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer, Engineer
Willie Christie Cover Photo
Mark Gorlick Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Good, but not great

    I am a big fan of Asia, and consider the first two albums "must own" for those who like prog-influenced rock. Astra is pretty good but doesn't stack up to the first two albums. I think "Go", "Voice of America", "Wishing", and "Rock and Roll Dream" are the best songs on the album. Perhaps it's missing the guitar stylings of Steve Howe more than I originally thought. If you're a collector like me (trying to get all the albums I once owned on cassette) then it's worth getting, but it shouldn't be your first Asia album.

    One thing I was severly disappointed in is that there are no liner notes or artwork in this release. The insert is just a single sheet with only the track listing on the back. No band photos, lyrics, or credits. That's the main reason I'd buy a CD over downloading. So if you like that sort of thing don't look to this release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a big asia fan

    One of their best efforts. Vastly underrated album in their catalog. Every song is great.''Go'' has become a concert staple for the band. ''Dreaming'' and ''Rock and Roll Dream'' are also standouts.

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