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Astra


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002QMB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go
2. Voice Of America
3. Hard On Me
4. Wishing
5. Countdown To Zero
6. Love Now Til Eternity
7. Too Late
8. Suspicion
9. Rock And Roll Dream
10. After The War


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Format: Audio CD
Astra is an often overlooked gem. It was the last in a trio of brilliant Asia albums featuring one of the best vocalists of all time, John Wetton. Astra is not as solid as Alpha and does not have the super hits like their self-titled debut, but it is still an excellent album with plenty to offer. It starts with the driving "Go." I did not like "Voice of America" at first because I thought it was a bit sappy but, upon further listens, it is one of my favorites on the album. It is very pleasant. Curiously, it is on the Then and Now 1990 compilation as a "Now" song even though, as far as I can hear, it is the same 1985 version. "Hard on Me" is a very catchy rocker. The verses just makes me want to move my feet, but the chorus is a little awkward. "Wishing" is not very memorable. "Rock and Roll Dream" is a slow, calm song during the verses and then bursts out in tempo during the chorus.
"Countdown to Zero" is a powerful track and is very 1980s Cold War with the spoken verses "Do you realise what's happening in Western Europe? Norway, Finland, Scotland, England. We'll be the first to go." The last spoken lines are kind of silly though: "Don't do it, Don't start the countdown to zero. We want to live. You've got your finger on the trigger. Take it off." "Love Now Till Eternity" is a little sappy and, unlike "Voice of America," I still think it is sappy, but there is nice acoustic guitar at the end. "Too Late" has an addictive rhythm like "Hard on Me." "Suspicion" has a spooky sound and then bursts out with a cool keyboard/guitar piece. It is also very 1980s-sounding (that is a good thing). "After the War" starts out like it is going to be an overdone track like "Wildest Dreams" but then settles down to a very pleasant melody. This album is closer to Alpha than Asia's debut as it keeps the excesses of progressive rock in check. Any fan of Asia's hit singles will enjoy this album, as it is just as accessible and catchy.
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By Eric J. Weik on Dec 18 2003
Format: Audio CD
ASTRA could have been a classic cd from Asia. As a matter of fact it has some songs that could almost pass for the classic Asia. GO, ROCK & ROLL DREAM, COUNTDOWN TO ETERNITY, TOO LATE, & AFTER THE WAR, but without axeman Steve Howe, they come off a little bit hollow. Only GO, captures the old Asia feel completely. The above before mentioned songs rock, but at the same time, they really don't rock too. The feel of this cd is wrong for the group, production is good, maybe too good. the other songs fair a little better, WISHING, which does not sound like a Asia song, is actually one the better three. VOICE OF AMERICA is a slower song, that Wetton does a very good vocally on, shows a lot of emotion. and SUSPICION, is very haunting, but neither really sound like an Asia song. GO, WISHING, VOICE OF.., and SUSPICION, hold this cd together, and keep it form being pretty lame. Maybe if the cd sounded more like Asia, it would be better, but it would be a good cd for someone else. Just after two really good cds, ASIA & ALPHA, you expect more.
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I bought ASTRA back in November of 1985 when it came out and I was very happy with the results. I loved all of side one: GO, VOICE OF AMERICA, HARD ON ME, WISHING, ROCK AND ROLL DREAM. But I didn't love side two...though I liked it.
Over the years the songs on side two that hold up are TOO LATE, LOVE NOW TILL ETERNITY and AFTER THE WAR. The sound quality is a little eighties washy, but good enough if you let your ears adjust to it. I would love to hear the first three ASIA albums remixed and remastered to sound more twenty first century. It is some of the finest music ever recorded in eighties (or any decade), along with the great Deep Purple.
P.S. I love reading all the reviews and seeing all the different favorite (or highlight) songs,
I think this proves that overall it is a great record with ten solid tracks.
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By Reijo Piippula on Dec 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
At first when I listened to this album with my dear friend Juha, I was shocked. This is something terrible, they have become too
commercial. They just make music to get some money. It was very hard on me to listen to the tracks from "Hard on Me" to "After the War". Only "Go" and "Voice of America" sounded good material but even they were so far away from the level of "Asia" and "Alpha". Well, the melodies were horrible and I was worried.
But then after month, my friend gave me this CD for listening to again...and I was surpised. Now the songs sounded better. Then I listened to it again. Very good, the keyboards were excellent and melodies were as good Asia as the two first albums. My favourite songs are nowadays "Go", "Too Late", "Wishing", "Love Now Till Eternity", and "Voice on America". This is an album that needs some time to be good.
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By Reijo Piippula on Dec 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
At first when I listened to this album with my dear friend Juha, I was shocked. This is something terrible, they have become too
commercial. They just make music to get some money. It was very hard on me to listen to the tracks from "Hard on Me" to "After the War". Only "Go" and "Voice of America" sounded good material but even they were so far away from the level of "Asia" and "Alpha". Well, the melodies were horrible and I was worried.
But then after month, my friend gave me this CD for listening to again...and I was surpised. Now the songs sounded better. Then I listened to it again. Very good, the keyboards were excellent and melodies were as good Asia as the two first albums. My favourite songs are nowadays "Go", "Too Late", "Wishing", "Love Now Till Eternity", and "Voice on America". This is an album that needs time to be good.
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