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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000000OXH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By A Customer on April 12 2004
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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 18 2002
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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