Asia – Astra (Remastered) (1985/2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Asia – Astra (Remastered) (1985/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 44:38 minutes | 583 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Geffen

Astra is the third studio album by British rock band Asia, released on 30 November 1985 by Geffen Records. It was their last full-length studio album with co-founding vocalist and bassist John Wetton until Phoenix (2008), released after the original line-up reunited in 2006. Astra is the first of two albums from Asia – the other is Then And Now – with Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer, who replaced Steve Howe.

“Released in 1985, Astra is Asia’s third studio album and first without guitarist Steve Howe. While somewhat unfairly regarded in comparison to Asia’s first two albums, Astra is nonetheless a solid prog rock outing that finds bassist/vocalist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Carl Palmer, and replacement guitarist, Krokus’ Mandy Meyer, delivering a set of melodic and driving rock anthems. Admittedly, Astra came on the heels of a tumultuous period for the band that found Wetton unceremoniously booted and replaced by ELP singer Greg Lake right before the highly publicized 1983 live televised concert event Asia in Asia. By 1984, Wetton had been reinstated, but tensions remained and Howe eventually left the band early in the recording process for Astra. Featuring a slightly more arena rock and pop-metal sound, Astra featured two Top Ten singles in the epic “Go” and the dramatic “Too Late.” Elsewhere, there was a handful of similarly radio-ready cuts, including the sparkling George Harrison-sounding “Hard On Me,” the ’50s-influenced synth balladry of “Wishing,” and the grand and symphonic rock theatrics of the very Queen-esque “Rock and Roll Dream.” Certainly, while Asia is at its best with the original lineup, Astra is a truly underrated ’80s rock album and a must-hear for fans.” (Matt Collar, AMG)

Tracklist

1. Asia – Go
2. Asia – Voice Of America
3. Asia – Hard On Me
4. Asia – Wishing
5. Asia – Rock And Roll Dream
6. Asia – Countdown To Zero
7. Asia – Love Now Till Eternity
8. Asia – Too Late
9. Asia – Suspicion
10. Asia – After The War

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