Progrography

Asia
I didn't know what to make of Asia when they first came out. Were they a blessing or a curse? Time has answered that question for me ("Curio," it yawns), but I'm still nagged by it. In 1982, I was pretty sure that Asia signalled the end of progressive rock. Here was 40% of Yes, one-third of ELP and a floating decimal point of distinction (John Wetton), and surely that added up to more than "Heat of the Moment," didn't it? But they didn't call it "arena rock" for nothing, and the thought that these veterans could create rock music this vital suggested that prog had an afterlife after all. As I said, time rendered it a moot point. Their self-titled debut was far beta than Alpha or Astra, and the group disbanded. But the prog landscape had changed after Asia, as heard in the rejuvenated Yes and (briefly) ELP. Asia re-formed in the '90s under Geoff Downes and released new works that restored some credibility to the brand.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1982 April ASIA
1982 April Heat of the Moment
1982 July Only Time Will Tell
1982 October Sole Survivor
1983 July Don't Cry
1983 August ALPHA
1983 October The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
1983 The Heat Goes On
1985 November Go
1985 November ASTRA
1986 January Wishing
1990 August 14 THEN & NOW
1990 September Days Like These
1990 November ASIA LIVE: 09-XI-90 MOCKBA
1992 March AQUA
1992 August Who Will Stop The Rain
1993 February Heaven On Earth
1994 May ARIA
1996 ARENA
1996 September 24 ARCHIVA I
1996 September ARCHIVA II
1997 April ASIA NOW: NOTTINGHAM LIVE
1997 September 23 ASIA LIVE: OSAKA
1997 October ASIA LIVE: KOLN, GERMANY
1997 November 4 ASIA LIVE: PHILADELPHIA
1999 February ANTHOLOGY
1999 April 20 AXIOMS
2000 RARE
2000 February 8 LIVE AT THE TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB
2000 June 6 THE VERY BEST OF ASIA: HEAT OF THE MOMENT (1982-1990)
2001 June 5 AURA
2002 June 25 ANTHOLOGIA: 20TH ANNIVERSARY/GEFFEN COLLECTION 1982-1990 (a/k/a GOLD)
2003 August 12 DRAGON ATTACK
2003 September 23 THE BEST OF ASIA: THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
2003 December 2 QUADRA
2004 January 27 LIVE IN BUFFALO
2004 March 9 LIVE IN HYOGO
2004 July 20 SILENT NATION
2004 October 5 LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS - 83
2005 August 23 DIFFERENT WORLDS LIVE
2006 September 12 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
2007 March 26 FANTASIA LIVE IN TOKYO
2007 September 25 EXTENDED VERSIONS
2007 October 1 LIVE IN JAPAN
2008 March 11 SCANDINAVIA
2008 March 31 LIVE IN THE USA
2008 April 8 ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC
2008 April 15 PHOENIX
2009 October 27 MILITARY MAN (EP)
2010 May 4 OMEGA
2010 July 13 LIVE AROUND THE WORLD

SEE ALSO...
GEOFFREY DOWNES discography
STEVE HOWE discography
CARL PALMER discography
JOHN WETTON discography
YES discography

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