Vinyl Review – Asia

Access All Areas – Asia (Vinyl Picture Disc)
Demon Records & Access All Areas have released a special range of limited edition Picture Discs – and we’re lucky enough to review some of the titles here.  Time for Asia…


Rock history records Asia as the first supergroup of the Eighties, a leviathan that sold more than six million copies of its eponymous first album in little more than a year thanks to a combination of classic radio-friendly pop songs and virtuoso musicianship. Founder members John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes link with guitarist Pat Thrall to present a live greatest hits, from the three major singles – ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ‘Only Time Will Tell’ and ‘Sole Survivor’ – from their first album through to later highlights ‘Go’ and ‘Voice Of America’.
We’ve hand-picked some of the hardest rocking and most sort after performances and cut them to limited edition heavyweight picture discs. Each record will be limited to 500 copies worldwide and feature the hits and soaring moments from the live recordings in these very special collectors items.
Track Listing:
Sole Survivor
Voice Of America
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Only Time Will Tell
Don’t Cry
Days Like These
The Heat Goes On
Heat Of The Moment

The album is also available on Spotify and also in a CD/DVD set, both have four tracks not featured on the vinyl – Wildest Dreams, Time Again, Prayin’ For a Miracle, and Open Your Eyes – it’s a shame, Wildest Dreams has not been included, it’s a good track.
The full Central Television concert has been uploaded to You Tube by Demon Records, click here to watch.
‘Sole Survivor’ pops up first – and it’s an loud and upbeat start to the record – a catchy track and for me, probably the best out of the eight you can hear. ‘Don’t Cry’ was Asia’s biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 33 in August 1983, spending five weeks in the charts. It’s memorable, and a chorus that stays with you, this live version is good too.
Speaking of Asia UK chart singles (there were only four of them), ‘Only Time Will Tell’ only reached number 54 in the UK charts back in 1982 – which seems a little harsh, but the charts back then were so competitive. In the same week ‘Only Time Will Tell’ reached 54, Billy Idol was at number 58 with ‘Hot in the City’… a brilliant song which didn’t get any higher in the charts.
‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ is a slower affair, as is ‘Voice of America’.
‘Go’ is another song full of life – which ends Side 2 and our flashback 25 years or so in time. Another interesting addition to the ‘Access All Areas’ series – if you’re an ‘Asia’ fan already, then you don’t need me to tell you this is a release well worth picking up.
Asia – Access All Areas has been released by Demon Records and is available from all good record stockists.


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