The Discovery Of Asia

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On June 10, 1981, a new rock supergroup officially came into being when former King Crimson bassist John Wetton, ex-Yes guitarist Steve Howe, his latter-day Yes colleague Geoff Downes and ELP drummer Carl Palmer announced the formation of Asia.

Wetton and Howe had been brought together by Geffen Records’ celebrated A&R head John Kalodner, the man who’d signed Foreigner, AC/DC and others to Atlantic. After Downes and Palmer joined them, the band started recording their debut album for Geffen at London’s Townhouse in the second half of 1981.

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When it came out in March the following year, ‘Asia,’ produced by Mike Stone, was an astonishing success, spending nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, going quadruple platinum there and selling an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. As a reminder, here’s the Wetton/Downes song that was its lead single and became a top five US pop hit.

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  1. IOANNIS

    February 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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