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Alpha

Asia Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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1. Don't Cry
2. Smile Has Left Your Eyes
3. Never in a Million Years
4. My Own Time (I'll Do What I Want)
5. Heat Goes On
6. Eye to Eye
7. Last to Know
8. True Colors
9. Midnight Sun
10. Open Your Eyes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever April 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Alpha was the first cassette I ever bought with my own money (and, later, the first CD). It must have spoiled me, because some 20 years and roughly 300 CDs later, I still have never heard its equal, top-to-bottom. (In fact, only Asia's first album and Midnight Oil's Blue Sky Mining even come close).
One of the raps on early Asia was that they sounded too commercial, too much like other early/mid 80's bands. I've always found this incredible; I've never heard any other band that sounded like Asia. They bridge the gap from progressive to pop in a unique way, with rich instrumentation and accessible lyrics, intricate vocal harmonies and amazing, soaring music. This album, in particular, seems to perfectly balance the keyboard sorcery of Geoff Downes and the penetrating riffs from Steve Howe. Howe morphs from subtle, complex supporting lines to jaw-dropping "how can a guitar do that?" scalar ballet. Combined with John Wetton's clear vocals and Carl Palmer's precise drumming, the resulting combination produces panoramic-sounding songs that reach near perfection, to this listener's ears.
No weak songs here. I always felt like "Eye to Eye" was my least favorite, but the older I get, the more I appreciate it. Every song has something different to offer: "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" is Wetton's vocal tour de force; "The Heat Goes On" showcases Palmer's versatile work with the sticks; "Midnight Sun" features incredible fingerwork from Howe (and a symphonic overlay); "Don't Cry", in addition to being the most pop-sounding track, is rich with Downes' layered keyboards; and "Open Your Eyes" brings it all together for a finale that leaves you gasping for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Asia Album Ever March 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
While the debut album was brilliant, it had a real clunker of a song (One Step Closer) which sounded like Steve Howe (a great guitarist, but at best a background singer) tried to sing it, but was overdubbed by John Wetton. ALPHA is more consistent. Every song is a keeper. The best tracks are: Midnight Sun, My Own Time, The Heat Goes On and best of all, Open Your Eyes - an art-rock tear-jerker that would make Justin Hayward proud!
While the opening track (Don't Cry) is an upbeat pop-song the album becomes angrier and sadder with each song except for Midnight Sun.
What's even sadder is the fact that just a few months after ALPHA was released, singer/ bassist John Wetton was fired from the group by manager Brian Lane. Apparently, guitarist Steve Howe (like Lane, a YES-man) resented the fact that while Asia was at first considered Howe's band, it was John Wetton who was the star of the show: Wetton, not Howe was invited to host on MTV, radio interviews, etc. Even when Wetton returned in 1984 (and repaid Howe by sacking him), the magic was gone. A textbook example of "Jumping the shark".
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Alpha is my favorite album from one of my favorite bands. It will always rank in my top 10 albums of all time. It is just about as perfect as an album can be. It is not appreciated as much as Asia's debut smash album; but, in my opinion, it is more solid than their self-titled release. The eponymous debut had a tendency of overdoing songs, especially "Wildest Dreams." Alpha does not do that. The tracks are wonderful without an superfluous orchestration. "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes," one of the singles, is actually the weakest track on Alpha. The rest are simply amazing. "My Own Time," "Eye to Eye," "Midnight Sun," and the other single "Don't Cry" are some of the best songs I've ever heard. It is one album I can play straight through and never be disappointed. And John Wetton has one of the best voices in music. If you like their hits "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell," this album is definitely for you, as these songs are just as accessible and catchy. Try to find a copy with the extra track, "Daylight," as it is great too. I cannot praise this album enough so Buy It Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant step forward.. Sept. 18 2002
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Format:Audio CD
It became very difficult for me to wait from the time the first Asia album appeared to the release of 'Alpha' as Asia's first album created an emotional impact on me that I still feel today when I replay it. Forget the one sided reviews of 'Alpha'which continually compare it to the first Asia album; there is no reason to compare these albums as both represent a progression of emotion and passion from four multi-talented musicians.
I cannot explain the voice of John Wetton..it can be joyful and forceful at one moment while the next brings an element of sorrow and despair as in 'The Smile Has Left Your Eyes'. Listening to 'My Own Time', I also find my spirit searching for the days of my youth as the music remains lively and symphonic.
I found myself being absorbed into each track on this wonderful album; Geoff Downes' keyboard arrangements are atmospheric, energetic, and full of unique pleasures that I rarely find in 'today's' music.
{Keith Emerson, Andre Andersen, and Steve Walsh also reign in this territory.) 'Eye To Eye' is the ultimate example of this..one of my favorites.
If you are still not taken in by this album after listening to it, listen to it again. The majestic compositions and passionate combinations of John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, and Carl Palmer will have you wondering why this album never achieved a well-deserved higher level of success.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as their first one.
I was actually introduced to this record live. They stared their tour for this album in Canada. I don't know if the show I saw at Canada's Wonderland (just outside Toronto) was the... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2011 by Stephen Bieth
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough for me
after reading recent reviews of this album, i am appalled at the cut downs and put downs. this album was one of the first i had ever bought when i was young and just starting my... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Eca!
Annoying. Unbearable. That's the only words that come into my mind when thinking about the second album from ASIA. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Gergellor
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague!!!
"Forgotten masterpiece"??!! Are you kidding? I wish all "forgotten masterpieces" cost only US$ 6,98 like this album!
This album is a disaster. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by M. Fonseca
4.0 out of 5 stars Grade B+
Asia's 2nd cd, is nearly as good as the 1st. Were the debut cd, every song was great, here on this one, there are a couple that are below average, NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS &... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by Eric J. Weik
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't I just hear that song?
Although I'm a big fan of most of the band members, this was a particularly disappointing album. I give it three stars because there is definitely some very nice material in... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Ryan E. Meltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Asia's Second Is the Work of Art
With this second album Asia super band made up of progressive masters take the shape of its own. It is less glossy previous progressive form but more into melodic rock, which has... Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by susumu-5
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe in AMG's review!
When I first time listened to this album, I didn't like it a lot because it sounded boring. Later, I listened Alpha again but still it didn't sound any better than last time. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Juha Ylinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Ears And Listen to This Album!
Very good tracks! This is almost better than the first one. The tracks like "Open Your Eyes", "The Heat Goes On", "Don't Cry", "Never in a Million Years", and especially "The Smile... Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Reijo Piippula
5.0 out of 5 stars Best...album...ever...period.
This is the best album ever recorded by the best band ever...Don't really have much else to say. The songs are all perfect. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by "hawkman317"
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