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Tracklist

Alpha
Don't Cry
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Never In A Million Years
My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)
The Heat Goes On
Beta
Eye To Eye
The Last To Know
True Colors
Midnight Sun
Open Your Eyes

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Notes

Asia's second album, released in July of 1983. Alpha refines the formula found on its predecessor, including more music hooks and de-emphasizing its progressive rock elements. Alpha was very successful, reaching #6 on the Billboard charts and charting similarly in the UK, as well as spawning a Top 10 single (Don't Cry) and another Top 40 single (The Smile Has Left Your Eyes). "The Heat Goes On" was released as a single in Japan, but reached #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart as an album track: "True Colors" and the non-album b-side "Daylight" reached #20 and #24 on the same chart, respectively. Music videos were created for both singles.

"Daylight", the b-side to "Don't Cry", was included on the original cassette pressings of the album, but not on the vinyl or compact disc pressings: a 2014 Japanese re-issue added "Daylight" and "Lying To Yourself", the b-side to "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" as bonus tracks.

John Wetton's early demo of "Eye To Eye" with different music but similar lyrics created when he was a member of Atoll can be found on the CD re-issue of Rock Puzzle.

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    CBS – 60433Argentina1983Argentina1983
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    Reviews

    • BarnyardOrbit's avatar
      BarnyardOrbit
      Lent for promotional use only, QUIEX II Limited Edition Pressing, same promo release much like https://www.discogs.com/release/4442762-Asia-Asia
      • haas1969's avatar
        haas1969
        MUSIC WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME…
        This is absolutely one of the best neo progpoprock albums ever. This may sound too strong, but after a couple of listenings you will see why. It is not just the fact that you have one of the best musicians around, gatehered in a supergroup (John Wetton/King Crimson, UK, Steve Howe/Yes, Geoffrey Downes/Buggles, Yes and Carl Palmer/Emerson, Lake & Palmer) but that the album is also superbly Mike Stone Wall of Sound produced, and as it was done in 1983, it sounds ahead of it's time even today. Powerfull vocals from one of the best voices in the bussines - J. Wetton, fantastic guitars from S. Howe, Keyboard magic from G. Downes and some of the best drumming in the world by C. Palmer. Although their first album ASIA received higher acclamation and succes, for me personally this one was more stronger vocaly and musicaly. Album that takes you to places in your past, present and future. Very strong but also very romantic. It is still music that nobody is able to copy or reproduce, nor these days, come even close! Simfo/Melodic Rock at it's best. Favorites are: Don't Cry, The Smile has left your eyes, Eye to Eye, Heat Goes on and Open Your Eyes. It's a pity some tracks were left out, like Daylight. The strenght of this album was never repeated on the follow-ups...nor any group or musician was able to emulate this superb eternal musical soundscape craftmanship. Album also carries one of the best rock covers of all times done by the master painter Roger Dean…
        • SamuelMac's avatar
          SamuelMac
          Variant
          Label Side A: ALPHA
          Label Side B: BETA
          Runout Side 1: Ɋ B-18378-SH4 GHS-1-4008-SH4 #2 (Artisan Sound Recorders logo - a drum and two sticks) GF SLM △4940 1-11 (1 crossed out)
          Runout Side 2: GHS-2-4008-SH10 (Artisan Sound Recorders logo - a drum and two sticks) Ɋ B-18379(over written with 9)-SH10 SLM △4940-X 1-4
          • mattsank's avatar
            mattsank
            The songs are great but the sound on this press is bad quality almost no bass at all
            pity on such a good record
            • maxfehu's avatar
              maxfehu
              The misspelled True Colors should be edited to True Colours.
              • donkeybucket's avatar
                donkeybucket
                Edited 2 years ago
                I have a soft spot for this record, always have. I own three original pressings, but this Quiex pressing sounds the best.
                • cacozambra66's avatar
                  cacozambra66
                  Nice to have in SACD, but being one of favourite records couldn't resist. Would not recommend the upgrade unless you're a fanatic; the sound is only slightly better than regular CD, and both SACD and reg. CD inferior to LP. IMHO anyway.
                  • mancavemike's avatar
                    mancavemike
                    My copy clearly has the Artisan symbol (Stamped picture of two circles with 2 sticks or a drum with 2 drumstick) = Mastered at Artisan Studios in LCCN

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