069 490 554-2 The Very Best of Asia:
Heat of the Moment (1982-1990)
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Released on June 6, 2000
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K ronomyth 9.0: THEN & NOW & THEN AGAIN. Then & Now wasn’t a proper compilation of Asia’s classic hits; for that, fans had to wait until The Very Best of Asia. (Geffen didn’t make fans wait nearly so long for subsequent compilations, but that’s another story.) Despite its dubious timing (no one was clamoring for an Asia compilation in 2000), there are several things working in The Very Best’s favor: digital remastering, a generous selection that includes every hit from their first four albums, and bonus treats for non-45 collectors (the nonalbum B sides “Lying to Yourself” and “Ride Easy”). Working against it is that horrible cover, the omission of “One Step Closer,” and the fact that the selection technically spans only a few years (“Days Like These” is the lone entry from 1990). It would be nice to reconcile the Geffen recordings with the band’s subsequent minor-label work one of these days, or at least have a Very Best of Payne in the Asia to go along with this. Now, reading my reviews of Alpha and Astra, you would expect I had nothing nice to say about a compilation that regurgitates a good half of Alpha (a figure of speech, there isn’t a good half). But I honestly enjoyed them this time around. Maybe it’s the digital remastering or the fact that I haven’t listened to Alpha in a really long while, but I didn’t have any problems with “Never in a Million Years,” “The Heat Goes On” or “Open Your Eyes.” As for “Don’t Cry,” you can remaster that turkey all you like and it still won’t fly. Mostly it’s the material from the first album that keeps this compilation afloat, but the remainder doesn’t sag as much as I expected, making this (certainly at the time and probably still today) the very best way to get Asia’s essential early work on a single disc.


  1. HEAT OF THE MOMENT    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    3:50
  2. ONLY TIME WILL TELL    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    4:44
  3. SOLE SURVIVOR    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    3:40
  4. TIME AGAIN    (Geoff Downes/Steve Howe/Carl Palmer/John Wetton)    4:45
  5. WILDEST DREAMS    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    5:10
  6. HERE COMES THE FEELING    (John Wetton/Steve Howe)    3:30
  7. DON'T CRY    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    3:32
  8. DAYLIGHT    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    3:29
  9. THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES    (John Wetton)    3:13
  10. LYING TO YOURSELF    (JOhn Wetton/Steve Howe)    4:13
  11. THE HEAT GOES ON    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    4:55
  12. NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    3:46
  13. OPEN YOUR EYES    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    6:26
  14. GO    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    4:06
  15. VOICE OF AMERICA    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)    4:26
  16. TOO LATE    (John Wetton/Geoff Downes/Carl Palmer)    4:11
  17. DAYS LIKE THESE    (Steve Jones)    4:01
  18. RIDE EASY    (John Wetton/Steve Howe)    4:35


GEOFF DOWNES -- keyboards and vocals
STEVE HOWE -- guitars and vocals
CARL PALMER -- drums and percussion
JOHN WETTON -- lead vocal and bass guitars
Steve Lukather -- guitars (17)
Mandy Meyer -- guitars
Mike Ragogna -- compilation producer
Vartan -- art direction
Drew FitzGerald for FACET Creative NY/LA -- design
Duff Everton -- panoramic photography

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US June 6, 2000 Geffen CD 069 490 554-2  


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