CAFZ 263 SA
Hybrid Stereo SACD
Also available on:
• SHM Single Layer SACDs
+2 Extra Tracks - Japanese Import
Numbered, limited edition Hybrid SACD
Follow-up to the self-titled debut includes "Don't Cry," "True Colors" and "The Heat Goes On!"
After the success of their highly regarded self-titled debut, the original supergroup, made up of four members of different '70s progressive rock bands, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released Alpha. Their epic first album was difficult to top yet Asia rose to the challenge and came up with a very credible follow-up. Alpha was certified platinum in the U.S. and silver in Britain by the BPI and eventually sold more than 2 million copies. Released in 1983, one year before the departure of guitarist Steve Howe, this would be the last album with the band's original lineup (until a reunion record many years later).
Alpha focused more on mainstream pop/rock sounds, and is less characterized by progressive rock elements than its predecessor. The album reached No. 6 on the Billboard album chart and Top Five in the U.K. Albums Chart. The lead single, "Don't Cry," was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and returned the band to No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and "The Heat Goes On" also received heavy airplay on pop and rock radio stations.
The cover artwork was created by Roger Dean, known for his work with Yes and Uriah Heep.
Numbered, limited edition
Hybrid SACD contains a "Red Book" stereo CD layer playable on most conventional CD players
|1. Don’t Cry|
|2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes|
|3. Never In A Million Years|
|4. My Own Time (I’ll Do What I Want)|
|5. The Heat Goes On|
|6. Eye To Eye|
|7. The Last To Know|
|8. True Colors|
|9. Midnight Sun|
|10. Open Your Eyes|