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ASIA: ARENA

Arena is a novelty in the history of Asia. From the beginning to the very end, the music, the lyrics, and the story are stunning. In typical Asia fashion, we are taken into a world filled with magical riffs, melodically mystical keyboard sounds, and emotionally powerful reflective lyrics and words. Geoff Downes and John Payne used some influences from South American and oriental music and created a fresh and modern rock sound.

Tracklist:

1.Into The Arena 2.Arena 3.Heaven 4.Two Sides Of The Moon 5.The Day Before The War 6.Never 7.Falling 8.Words 9.U Bring Me Down 10.Tell Me Why 11.Turn It Around 12.Bella Nova

Lineup:

Geoffrey Downes - keyboards, drum programming (13), John Payne - bass guitar (2,8,10-11,13), lead vocals (2-11), solo guitar (3,8,10), acoustic guitar (5,13), Michael Sturgis - drums (2-11), Elliott Randall - lead guitar (4-6,10-11,13), guitar (2,7), acoustic guitar (1,3), Aziz Ibrahim - lead guitar (5,9), guitar (9), acoustic guitar (8), rhythm guitar (3-6,8,10-11). Additional musicians: Tomoyasu Hotei - lead guitar (1), Luis Jardim - percussion (1,2,4,13)

Release date: February 10, 1996