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ASIA: ALPHA

Following the success of their excellent debut, the original lineup (Wetton, Howe, Downes & Palmer) released their second album ALPHA in 1983. Asia concentrated so hard on trying to retain the commercial hit audience earned from their monster debut album that they began to rely too heavily on a pop formula and abandoned many of the progressive traits that had made Asia (the LP) such a durable listen for a variety of rock fans.

Tracklist:

1.Don't Cry 2.The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 3.Never In A Million Years 4.My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want) 5.The Heat Goes On 6.Eye To Eye 7.The Last To Know 8.True Colors 9.Midnight Sun 10.Open Your Eyes

Lineup:

Geoff Downes - keyboards, Steve Howe - guitars, Carl Palmer - drums, John Wetton - vocals and bass guitars

Release date: July 26, 1983