Asia has been one of my favorite bands since their self-titled debut album came out in 1982. The group was often labeled as a “super group” because of the bands that its members had previously been with. Guitarist Steve Howe had been in Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes had been in both The Buggles and Yes, lead vocalist and bass player John Wetton had been in King Crimson, and drummer Carl Palmer had been in Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
The ASIA album was fantastic and one of the biggest hit albums of the 1980’s. It contained two of their biggest hit songs: “Heat Of The Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell.”
They’ve had some other very popular songs since then, but here are three fantastic songs by them that you may not know.
“Wishing” is from their great third album, ASTRA. By this time, guitarist Steve Howe had left the band and was briefly replaced by guitarist Mandy Meyer. As far as I know, this song wasn’t ever released as a single, but I really wish it had been. I think it could have been a big hit for them.
After the above mentioned ASTRA album, Asia broke up for awhile . They later reformed and went through a lot of lineup changes over the years. None of those lineups included all four of the original members until 2006 when the originals reformed and released the awesome album, PHOENIX.
PHOENIX is loaded with fantastic songs, but “Alibis” has always been my favorite from it. Here’s why:
The music in it is FANTASTIC! (Warning: I’m about to get incredibly geeky.) At the 1:12 time mark in the song, you hear Geoff Downes do a great keyboard solo, then the song switches back to vocals. Then comes my favorite part from 1:45 – 2:12: Steve Howe doing an amazing guitar solo while Carl Palmer does incredible drumming.
I’m not kidding here. The music from 1:12 – 2:12 totally gives me an eargasm! The whole song is great, but that one single minute is one of my favorite minutes ever in music.
“An Extraordinary Life” is also from the PHOENIX album. Very inspirational lyrics in this one. This song always leave me feeling not only optimistic about the future, but also happier about the present.
Life throws a lot of bad things our way, but no matter what, it’s good for us to try to remember that life truly is extraordinary.
So, my friends, I hope you enjoy these songs and I hope you have a fantastic day…and an extraordinary life! 🙂
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