Asia – Asia (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9041]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:07 minutes | Scans included | 1,78 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 942 MB
Features the 2010 DSD mastering based on US original analog tape. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Ellen Fitton.
This marriage of four players with impressive pedigrees proved to be the success story of 1982 when Asia’s debut lodged itself at the top of the U.S. album charts for two months. The album spawned a massive number four single in “Heat of the Moment,” a follow-up Top 20 hit in the sweeping “Only Time Will Tell,” and a handful of other tracks that received heavy radio play despite going against the grain of the new wave styling of the day. Produced by Mike Stone, Asia’s strengths were the powerful vocals of John Wetton, the nimble, classically tinged guitar work of Steve Howe, Geoffrey Downes’ majestic keyboard playing, and anchoring the band, Carl Palmer’s propulsive drumming. The lyrics are overwrought at moments, but there’s no denying the epic grandeur of the music, which provided some much-needed muscle to radio at the time, and did so with style.
01 – Heat Of The Moment
02 – Only Time Will Tell
03 – Sole Survivor
04 – One Step Closer
05 – Time Again
06 – Wildest Dreams
07 – Without You
08 – Cutting It Fine
09 – Here Comes The Feeling
DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Ellen Fitton at Universal Studio Mastering.