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Artist: Asia

Title: Aura

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Category: Prog AOR

Year: 2001

Label: Blue Storm Music

Catalog Number: 670211-3003-2


Geoff Downes keyboards
John Payne lead vocals, bass, guitar
Steve Howe guitars
Elliott Randall guitars
Pat Thrall guitars
Ian Crichton guitars
Guthrie Govan guitars
Tony Levin bass
Vinnie Colaiuta drums
Simon Phillips drums
Chris Slade drums
Michael Sturgis drums

Neil Lockwood additional backing vocals
Gary Liederman additional bass
Luis Jardim additional percussion


1.  Awake  6:00
2.  Wherever You Are  4:48
3.  Ready to Go Home  4:47
4.  The Last Time  4:58
5.  Forgive Me  5:23
6.  Kings of the Day  6:41
7.  On the Coldest Day in Hell  6:25
8.  Free  8:12
9.  You're the Stranger  5:46
10.  The Longest Night  5:21
11.  Aura  4:44
12.  Under the Gun  4:49
13.  Come Make My Day  5:02
14.  Hands of Time  6:30
Total Running Time:  79:26

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Mika Wasserman Date: September 22, 2001 at 5:04
Fantatic album. I'm a old fan of Asia and would never believed that they release a album better than the astra and alpha cd:s. Fantastic!!! BUY!

From: koogles Date: January 2, 2002 at 5:47
Asia's 'Aura' takes the direction hinted at on 'Arena' (the song) and builds an entire album around it. The result is the most mature, enlightened CD of their career. This CD's hooks sink in gently and don't tear into you at first listen. That makes 'Aura' a gradually more and more enjoyable CD. With 'Aura', Asia re-invents itself for a new decade much as they did with 'Aqua' nearly 9 years ago. Like Dare, Asia may be one of the few bands who are still evolving and exploring new directions.

From: BARI BILBAO Date: May 30, 2002 at 18:13

From: ThunderDan Date: June 13, 2002 at 15:26
This is the most diverse Payne'era album yet. An enjoyable listen from start to finish! Personal faves are 'Free', 'Ready to go Home', Wherever You Are', 'Awake', and 'Hands of Time'. Digi-pack is definately worth the extras!! Also, a vast array of musicians here, Go Guthrie!!

From: Gar Date: July 22, 2002 at 19:29
Very good! It's a shame that a lot of people don't consider the band as being Asia without John Wetton. John Payne's work really shines here.

From: Shoemaker Date: April 21, 2003 at 18:31
Yes, a agree with all of you! :}

From: MelodicMan Date: May 20, 2003 at 7:32
Asia's best work. A future classic. Not a bad track. First class AOR.

From: Rycheage Date: August 8, 2003 at 16:20
All things considered, 'Aura' may just be the best AOR album never released in the 80's or 90's. As much pop as rock and - believe it or not - quite danceable in spots, Aura shows that Asia has plenty of inspiration left and I look forward to hearing what they'll do with it.

From: Axelinger Date: August 9, 2003 at 1:50
The Last Time is a real gem; Steve Howe and Ian Crichton really shine on guitars...

From: Rider Date: November 1, 2003 at 7:08
Aura is the AOR music of the future.The best thing in it that they spreaded their horizons again.Geoffrey Downes keyboard themes and the guitar melodies give various moods for us.It has to be heard,my friends!!!

From: Lucie Date: November 26, 2003 at 11:27
Note the ex ACDC Chris Slade participation....

From: Yiannis Date: October 11, 2004 at 4:49
The art of playing in simple forms and proving your highest class! This CD is the epitome of great melodic music, an ideal soundtrack to watch a warm sunset of May with! I could not believe my ears when i first listen to this CD. I couldn't even believe that Asia is the band! And what a group of musicians... Perfect songwriting, magic in the air, etherial sounds and technical - but simple to the core - performances (these keys are still haunting me!). A perfect work. 10 out of 10 for sure!

From: Krister Date: February 25, 2005 at 13:43
Sitting here now, doing first time listening to this album. WOW!!! What more can I say! A true must-have!!!

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From: Jez Date: February 26, 2005 at 9:11
Along with the debut - the perfect Asia album. Love every track on this album, but especially 'Awake', 'Ready To Go Home'(also seen on Mitch Malloy's - Ceiling & Walls album, but a much better version here) & 'Free'. Sensational stuff. One of my most played albums ever, and one of the few that gets the perfect 100 rating.

From: shoemaker Date: August 15, 2007 at 4:16
Best album from the Payne-era.

From: ferstyx Date: April 14, 2008 at 22:33
Check this website guthriegovan.co.uk Wonderful work with 'Erotic Cakes', great guitar player

From: Photochromic Steve Date: February 19, 2009 at 17:53
The best album from any version of Asia - packed with high quality songs all the way through. The first three songs and 'You're the stranger' are my favourites from a very strong collection.

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:01
un diso pra disfrutar de los mas suaves de asia pero maravilloso 8/10

From: MelodicMetal4Ever Date: September 29, 2020 at 17:13
I agree with everyone this is a KILLER cd!! The first three songs WOW!! The rest is melodic bliss. In fact I've decided the song "Ready To Go Home" will be played at my funeral. Rock on!

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