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Charted: April 3, 1982

Rating: 3.815 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: mainstream progressive rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Heat of the Moment
  2. Only Time Will Tell
  3. Sole Survivor
  4. One Step Closer
  5. Time Again
  6. Wildest Dreams
  7. Without You
  8. Cutting It Fine
  9. Here Comes the Feeling

The Players:

  • Geoff Downes (keyboards)
  • Steve Howe (guitar)
  • Carl Palmer (drums)
  • John Wetton (vocals/ bass)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.1
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 9
peak on U.K. album chart 11

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heat of the Moment (4/3/82) #4 US, #46 UK, #1 AR
  • Sole Survivor (4/3/82) #10 AR
  • Wildest Dreams (4/10/82) #28 AR
  • Only Time Will Tell (5/1/82) #17 US, #54 UK, #8 AR
  • Here Comes the Feeling (7/3/82) #40 AR
  • Time Again (7/31/82) #43 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year

“This marriage of four players with impressive pedigrees proved to be the success story of 1982 when Asia’s debut lodged itself at the top of the U.S. album charts for two months. The album spawned a massive number four single in Heat of the Moment, a follow-up Top 20 hit in the sweeping Only Time Will Tell, and a handful of other tracks that received heavy radio play” TD – most notably Sole Survivor – “despite going against the grain of the new wave styling of the day. Produced by Mike Stone, Asia’s strengths were the powerful vocals of John Wetton, the nimble, classically tinged guitar work of Steve Howe, Geoffrey Downes’ majestic keyboard playing, and anchoring the band, Carl Palmer’s propulsive drumming.” TD

As successful as they were, Asia certainly had its detractors. The group’s formula was “a precarious balance between arty rock ambition and bombastic pop appeal” GG and “the lyrics are overwrought at moments, but there’s no denying the epic grandeur of the music, which provided some much-needed muscle to radio at the time, and did so with style.” TD

Review Source(s):
  • TD Tom Demalon, All Music Guide
  • GG Gary Graff et al. (1999). Music Hound – Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press: Farmington Hills, MI.

Related DMDB Link(s):

Asia’s DMDB page next album: Alpha (1983)

Heat of the Moment (video)

Only Time Will Tell (video)

Sole Survivor (video)

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Last updated July 12, 2010.