Universal Masters Collection album for sale by Asia was released on the Universal Distribution label. This 17-track compilation neatly summarizes the poppy hard rock of 1980s supergroup Asia, a quartet of progressive rock warhorses simplifying and streamlining their sound on hits like "The Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell." Universal Masters Collection buy CD music Quite a few prog rock veterans got the hint upon the dawn of the '80s – long and winding epics were out; streamlined and focused compositions were in.
This is not your father's Asia. In its beginnings Asia was a band frequently called the first progressive rock supergroup, although that title really belonged to Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The Asia of old actually had an arena rock sort of sound that, while espousing prog elements and textures, was pretty much straightforward rock. At times the band was definitely a bit formulaic. As Asia has continued on, with members coming and going, the tone of the group has changed. The bandmembers seem to struggle a bit with direction, not going completely prog, but certainly not eschewing that direction altogether. This disc reveals one element that could definitely be seen as an improvement over the old days, though: the music has lost much of its slick and almost contrived texture. Sometimes the cuts here come off a bit like they are adrift, but they really seem more real and less contrived than a lot of the classic Asia catalog.
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