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Artist: Asia

Title: Phoenix

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Category: AOR

Year: 2008

Label: Frontiers (Europe)

Catalog Number: FRCD370


John Wetton vocal, bass
Steve Howe guitar
Geoff Downes keyboards
Carl Palmer drums

First album to feature all four original members since 1983's "Alpha"


1.  Never Again  4:53
2.  Nothing's Forever  5:44
3.  Heroine  4:51
4.  Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise  8:09
5.  Alibis  5:38
6.  I Will Remember You  5:09
7.  Shadow of a Doubt  4:16
8.  Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya  8:09
9.  Wish I'd Known All Along  4:05
10.  Orchard of Mines  5:09
11.  Over and Over  3:31
12.  An Extraordinary Life  4:56
Total Running Time:  64:30

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Existing comments about this CD

From: tentacle Date: June 13, 2008 at 9:55
Major disappointment. First track "Never Again" is the only song I dig. Most of the album is even slower than both Wetton/Downes Icon releases. Maybe, just maybe this will find some growing power over time. Give me John Payne Asia back. Aria and Aura albums are classics compared to this set of schlager.

From: shoemaker Date: June 13, 2008 at 17:00
I´m a big Asiafan, but I have to agree. This SUCKS!!! Never again is good, but even this song sounds like a cover of HEAT OF THE MOMENT stuff. The rest is absolutly uninspiered, boring shit.

From: Jay Brown Date: June 14, 2008 at 5:12
This CD really grew on me. I first listened to it with a buddy that was hoping for high energy. I still wanted to give it a chance, and I am very glad that I did. I would describe it as a late night driving cd, or at least from my standpoint. I can listen to it all day long still, as it has some interesting complexities. Early Asia was easy to like, but became so predictable and boring in a way. This does not have the rhythm difficulties of early Asia, especially for having Carl Palmer. Glad the regular members are back. They sound very good. Too bad that the world won't be in the mood for this type of sound. Genesis did a CD w/o Collins, and this sounds a lot like that project. It was called "Calling all stations", and it got ripped for some unknown reason as well. I guess some people just want something that is simple to sing or vibe with. I get a little deeper, and that is how God made me! Godd job ASIA!

From: Geoff Date: June 26, 2008 at 22:28
Wow, this is amazingly bad. I was never the world's biggest Asia fan, but I do like a few of their discs and did have some hope for this one. But this is terrible beyond what you'd expect would be possible. Slow, dreary, hook-free... actually, shoemaker pretty much hit it on the head - "absolutely uninspired, boring shit."

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From: Jez Date: July 18, 2008 at 9:10
Pretty much a continuation from the Wetton/Downes Icon discs, with some traces of the 'classic' Asia sound thrown in. There are some really nice tracks on here, 'Never Again' is an excellent opener and a really strong track & 'Heroin' is a lovely heartfelt ballad, beautifully sung, as always, by Wetton. The longer more progressive tracks fair pretty well also, with some good arrangements (special mention to Geoff Downes for his excellent Keyboards, especially on these). My one little complaint here is that overall, it is too one paced throughout & does go a little flat in places. I would also have liked to have heard more of Steve Howe in the mix, as well as a bit more 'Ooomph' in the production department. So over all pretty damned good in places, a little uninspiring in others & certainly not terrible by any means. Compared to the Classic debut or the excellent 'Aura' from the John Payne era, this comes nowhere close, but sits somewhere in the middle of the Asia back catologue.

From: PODEROSO YIRO Date: August 13, 2008 at 19:05
Mmmm maybe a little laid back album. Very Soft, there´s no much energy in this album i think. However, I think the opening track, "Never Again" is excellent, in fact, when i first listened to this, i thought that maybe the entire album could keep this level. Unfortunately it didn´t happen this way. Despite all of this, I would rather listened an unispired Asia with Wetton, than Listen to the best Payne´s Asia. Wetton could not be the kind of singer capable of reaching high notes, but, his voice is unique.

From: Kralli Date: August 19, 2008 at 20:04
Never Again is the only song that it possible to listen trough. The rest is really not good at all.

From: Photochromic Steve Date: January 29, 2009 at 14:35
After listening to this album several times, I've come to the conclusion that - well, it's not bad. I think that it suffered from unrealistically high expectations with the reunion of the original line-up, and so a decent album is treated as a big disappointment. My favourite tracks are "Never again", Alibis" and "Extraordinary life". "No way back" works better as a four and half minutes song rather than the middle of an eight minute epic. I though that the Payne/Downes Asia had really hit their stride with their last 3 albums and had been looking forward to another from them. This album probably just edges the alternative "next Asia album" (GPS's Window to the Soul). As I said at the start - it's not bad - so I agree with Jez that it fits somewhere in the middle of their back catalogue.

From: shoemaker Date: January 29, 2009 at 15:26
No, this sucks!

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:03
no me va mucho este disco tiene algunos temazos pero no es por asombro de lo mejor,el disco OMEGA lo da mill vueltas 6/10

From: pibe Date: November 5, 2012 at 17:03
no me va mucho este disco tiene algunos temazos pero no es por asombro de lo mejor,el disco OMEGA lo da mill vueltas 6/10

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