The Heat of the Moment: The Very Best of Asiaby Asia
Why Asia was the recipient of so much venomous criticism from the so-called hip music press is baffling. Okay, the original supergroup's members, vocalist/bassist John Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Carl Palmer, were veterans of reviled progressive rock acts like Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and perhaps the formation seemed cooked up by dollar-blinded record-company brass and even the musicians themselves. But the fact is that Asia expertly combined stellar instrumental prowess with killer hooks and choruses -- and, yeah, more than a little bombast -- particularly on 1982's self-titled debut. What more could critics who allegedly value virtuoso musicianship and pop craftsmanship want? The Very Best of Asia: Heat of the Moment (1982-1990), while not perfect, is superior to 1990's wretched, poorly conceived compilation Then & Now (which somehow considered 1985's "Voice of America" a "now" selection). It's a fine collection for casual fans of splendid hits like "Heat of the Moment," "Only Time Will Tell," "Don't Cry," and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes." For diehards, it's essential for the three rare B-sides "Daylight," "Lying to Yourself," and "Ride Easy" and the detailed liner notes. Unfortunately, stellar Asia tracks "Sole Survivor" and "Here Comes the Feeling" are the choppily edited single versions. The powerful "The Heat Goes On" from 1983's Alpha showed the original quartet still had some magic, even if some other material on the album didn't. Krokus' Mandy Meyer replaced Howe on 1985's unjustly ignored Astra, which is best represented by the explosive rocker "Go." The oddly enjoyable Then & Now cut "Days Like These" features Toto guitarist Steve Lukather.
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- Interscope Records
Performance CreditsAsia Primary Artist
Steve Howe Guitar,Vocals
John Wetton Bass Guitar,Vocals
Geoffrey Downes Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Carl Palmer Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsAlan Douglas Engineer
Geoffrey Downes Composer
Paul Northfield Engineer
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer,Engineer
Frank Wolf Producer,Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Steve Jones Composer
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How could this not be great! All their best with 3 songs never on CD before. They are awesome. PS Starry Eyes was the original title to Only Time Will Tell.
As I write this, the album's not even released yet, but I already know all the tracks! This is the compilation that simply blows away their 1990 release 'Then & Now'. You get all the HITS, the standout tracks that could have been hits, and as an added bonus, the three b-sides that appear on a CD for the first time! Expect extensive liner notes, additional artwork and a digitally remastered sound. A must have for all ASIA fans who remember the good old days when MTV was cool. P.S. I heard a rumor 17 years ago that a never heard b-side was recorded, titled 'Starry Eyes'. Can anyone confirm? Maybe it was a sequel to 'Only Time Will Tell'??? P.S.S. There is nothing wrong with having HIT singles!