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Artist: Asia

Title: Aria

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Asia Aria Album Cover


Category: AOR/Prog

Year: 1994

Label: Bullet Proof (U.K.)

Catalog Number: CDVEST 8


Geoff Downes keyboards
John Payne lead and backing vocals, bass, guitar
Michael Sturgis drums
Al Pitrelli guitars


1.  Anytime  4:57
2.  Are You Big Enough?  4:07
3.  Desire  5:20
4.  Summer  4:06
5.  Sad Situation  3:59
6.  Don't Cut the Wire (Brother)  5:19
7.  Feels Like Love  4:49
8.  Remembrance Day  4:18
9.  Enough's Enough  4:37
10.  Military Man  4:10
11.  Aria  2:26
Total Running Time:  48:08

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Existing comments about this CD

From: The Scarab Date: March 14, 2002 at 15:26
Asia was Asia with The voice of John Wetton.The music is still there but John Payne does not have the voice for this band(or should I say The Geoff Downes Project).I find it highly irratating to listen to , with his operatic wannabe warblings.lose this guy or change the name of the band .......PLEASE!

From: West Of Sunset Date: March 31, 2002 at 4:18
i´m completely disagree with you because Jomh Wetton is a bad and ridiculous singer, john Payne is a real singer and this is the most AOR album from ASIA, for me is the best cd. Idon´t believe in fanatism and i judge the music with sincere ideas, and i say that this is the best album of ASIA BY FARRRRR!!(listen to the track "Desire". for

From: Jezzer Date: March 31, 2002 at 16:29
John Wetton a bad voice, i don't think so old boy, Both Wetton & Payne both r superb vocalists and don't forget their bass playing also. Both deserve the credit - Wetton for then, Payne for now

From: Richard H. Date: May 11, 2002 at 20:28
Obviously "the scarab" & "west of sunset" are completely biased in both of their opinions however with good reason.Asia made their mark in the early eighties(1981 I think)with an outstanding debut that has stood the test of time an will remain a classic for eons to come.I can relate to "the scarab's " thoughts on John Payne's offerings,it's a bit hard to swallow.However I don't think he's a bad vocalist I just feel that the band no longer has the trademark Asia harmonies and melodic tenor.

From: BARI BILBAO Date: May 30, 2002 at 18:06

From: ThunderDan Date: June 13, 2002 at 15:20
I love this album! Payne's vocals are great. Get over it,people. Wetton is 'then' and Payne is 'now'. The album is what we are all reviewing here, not the singers. Since 'Aqua', every Payne-era CD is different from the last, and I like that and I'm not bored by monotony. Damn good album, great players, Pitrelli Rocks!

From: koogles Date: June 28, 2002 at 16:36
ASIA's last real "rock" album & a fine one it is. Now settled into their new sound & approach, "Aria" is another well-crafted album. Anyone who thinks that Asia died with John Wetton needs to jam a crowbar between their frontal & temporal lobes & use as much torque as necessary in order to achieve a state of openness. Stop looking at Asia as Wetton's band. Asia belongs to Geoffery Downes & thank F-ing god he had the good sense to keep it going & uphold the high standard on which it was founded.

From: Baris Date: November 1, 2002 at 5:20
Although AOR is not my kinda music ASIA has always been a band I'm interested in maybe because they introduce many talented musicians nearly in every album. I bought this with great curiousity. Totally amazed by the intro song "Anytime". My hope for the rest of the album increased. The second song "Are U Big En.." sounded also OK. But then came the horrible minutes. It turned into a boring stuff with a bothering low tempo and some unnecessary keyboard tunes (Despite I'm not a keyboard enemy)

From: Baris Date: November 1, 2002 at 5:29
It's obvious that Geoff Downes is the leader but he doesn't need to jump in the front everytime. Anyway this album should be so much better when you look at the personnel. Can't believe that the guitarist is the same man in Widowmaker. May be I need a few more listening to get used to but how can it be possible while it's an extremely deep AOR stuff.

From: Ray Date: November 19, 2002 at 16:33
Not as good as "Aqua", a little more laid-back but worth buying...

From: manos Date: December 29, 2002 at 14:41
Its really sad to see people being so close-minded. Wetton is a great singer, BUT ASIA WITH PAYNE APPROACHED NEW MUSICAL STANDARDS. I have seen both Payne and Wetton performing live and I can say that Payne has a fantastic techinique. He is more of a musician...Concerning the album, this is my all-time favorite, and the only thing I can say is a big ''thank you'' to the band for releasing this masterpiece that will always stay in my heart!!! THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

From: giorgos-greece Date: December 31, 2002 at 1:36
this is an album that establishes Asia as one of the greatest rock bands of alltime.John Payne added so much class and quality to their music that sometimes i forget about the early days (80's).In fact ,their 90's "new" sound justifies the label "progressive" given to the band in a much more convenient way that their old predictable aor tunes.Either way ,Asia rules!

From: Melodiker Date: January 6, 2003 at 14:26
Sehr eingängige CD,mit einem Sänger,der keine Wünsche offen lässt.Auch hier gilt : Unbedibgt kaufen ! 9\10

From: ROBERT Date: August 20, 2003 at 11:26
Q MARAVILLA!! q pedazo d Banda, q fantastica voz, y q geniales canciones, para mi junto al AQUA mi disco favorito d ASI. y lo demuestran con creces en temas como: ANYTIME, SAD SITUATION...

From: Nortum Date: September 5, 2003 at 19:37
El mejor disco con Payne en la voz. Un poco mejor que el Aqua. Excelente sonido y excelentes temas 9/10

From: toño chile Date: November 10, 2003 at 18:22
the era John Payne is the best time for ASIA..Aria and Arena terrific albums,amaizing is the words,John Wetton era was only for Asia are a regular band, but the trilogy since 1992 (aqua aria and arena)break with all

From: Gar Date: November 14, 2003 at 3:51
A good followup to "Aqua"(which is my favorite Payne-era Asia cd). The songs on "Aria" are a bit more epic in nature as opposed to the more straightfoward rock on "Aqua", though "Anytime" is about as catchy a tune as they've ever written. In regards to the Wetton vs. Payne debate, I really like both singers. Wetton is my favorite, but Payne has proved himself to be a more than suitable replacement.

From: Mallorca´s Rock Date: January 2, 2004 at 12:43
Una de los mejores cd's que me he comprado en mi vida, Aor sinfonico de muchos quilates... INCREIBLE, temazo tras temazo... 9'5/10

From: bdrums1971 Date: January 18, 2004 at 2:46
I love the old Asia stuff. I grew up listening to it. To me what made Asia's trademark sound was the keyboards. John Wetton is a fine singer, but I was blown away by John Payne. I am not comparing this cd to early Asia, I love it for what it is. I DIG Sad Situation. So f@#*ing awesome! John's voice has a Michael McDonald edge to it that I like. He is obviously very talented. Also, the production and the songwriting are great(IMO)! I dare you naysayers to try and play this stuff! Great Aor/rock!!

From: Wotty Date: August 17, 2004 at 20:37
What a vocal John Payne delivered on this CD.My favourite Payne-era ASIA album by some distance.

From: Geoff Date: October 1, 2005 at 2:48
Well, I never thought I'd be saying this about an Asia album, but this is a bloody good melodic rock album! I like every track except 2, 6 and 11. The rest is all very enjoyable melodic rock. Easily the best Asia album I have heard thus far.

From: AlbertoFR Date: May 26, 2006 at 17:19
Te gustó el fenomenal 'Aqua'? Pues esperate a oir esta joya llamada 'Aria'. Ese temazo llamado 'Anytime' abre el disco, qué coros! 'Desire' es simplemente impresionante. 'Are you big enough' es el tema rockero, que no falte. Mi favorito en este album es 'Sad Situation', te dejará boquiabierto. En la lista le sigue otros dos temazos 'Feels like love' y 'Military man', sin descartar el resto del disco que es sencillamente excelente. No te lo pierdas, ni como fan del AOR y menos como fan de Asia.9

From: Lovedrive Date: May 30, 2006 at 15:55
Poco que añadir, el mejor de Asia (en mi opinión bastante mejor que Aqua). "Sad Situation" es la joya del disco, pero tiene muchos más temas guapos por ahí... Desire, Anytime, etc...

From: Carlos A. Date: June 26, 2006 at 12:52
El mejor disco de la Era Payne,y con produccion estupenda a mi parecer es mejor que el AQUA el cual estaba orientado mas al progre. Ese album es una esquisitez mas AOR mas contundencia pero con coros de inconfundible estilo sinfonico de ASIA, cortes grandiosos: Anytime,Are You Big Enough,Desire,Sad Situation,etc.Hace un año fui a un concierto que ofrecieron en Lima-Peru fue realmente espectacular(con el bateria Chris Slade ex AC-DC).Se dieron el lujo de NO TOCAR NINGUN TEMA DE ESTA JOYA!! 9.5/10

From: shoemaker Date: August 14, 2007 at 13:57
This album is ok,but the worst asia album so far. A bit to pathetic!

From: Figge Date: August 14, 2007 at 15:30
Probably the best Asia album. Really good consistent melodic rock album. I really like the power of Payne's voice and some of the choruses are sheer bliss to listen to. I love "Silent Nation" too, but this one get my vote. Anytime, Summer, Sad Situation, Military Man and Don't Cut the Wire are the best songs, IMO.

From: Magnus Date: August 16, 2009 at 9:34
I think this is a great cd! Not far from a masterpiece! Very similar to the best stuff from the band Magnum. John Payne sounds alot like Tony Martin or Bob Catley. A sure buy!!

From: Heavy.AOR Date: March 24, 2010 at 1:50
Brilliant album.100/100

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: April 12, 2010 at 23:35
GREAT album,Sad Situation,Feels like love,Summer,are AOR masterpieces,Songs like these drives you crazy,AOR at it´s finest,ASIA forever...

From: DanDare Date: October 16, 2010 at 19:12
Very enjoyable, but I still prefer the earlier stuff. Melody and hooks-a-plenty. I've never really heard the prog in Asia's music and this sits firmly in the melodic rock pile. Good guitar work, by the way.

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:04
para mi el mejor disco de la era j.payne grandisimo9/10

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 13, 2017 at 22:19
Pleasant,elegant & subtle Prog/AOR album...tracks 8,9 & 10 are the ones for me.85/100

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