ASIA


Phoenix

(2008)



1. Never Again 4'54
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
2. Nothing's Forever 5'47
(John Wetton)
3. Heroine 4'54
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
4. Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise 8'10
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
5. Alibis 5'40
(Geoff Downes / Steve Howe / Carl Palmer / John Wetton)
6. I Will Be There For You 5'12
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
7. Shadow Of A Doubt 4'19
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
8. Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya 8'13
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
9. Wish I'd Known All Along 4'07
(Steve Howe)
10. Orchard Of Mines 5'12
(Jeffrey Fayman / Daniel Pursey)
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
11. Over And Over 3'34
(Steve Howe)
12. An Extraordinary 4'58
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)

Total Time: 65:00


  • Geoff Downes - Keyboards
  • Steve Howe - Electric, Acoustic & Steel Guitars
  • John Wetton - Lead Vocals and Bass Guitar
  • Carl Palmer - Drums and Percussion
  • Hugh McDowell - Cello on "An Extraotdinary Life" and "I Will Remember You"

    Produced by Downes / Howe / Palmer / Wetton
    Engineered and Co-Produced by Steve Rispin
    Mastered by John Dent at
    LOUD MASTERING, UK
    Management: Martin Darvill and Phil Carson
    Assisted by Valentina Panezzi
    Marketing and PR: Bruce and Michelle at
    PILATO ENT.
    Tracks 1, 3 and 12 Mixed by Simon Hanhart
    Tracks 8, 9, 11 Mixed by Curtis Schwartz
    Tracks 2, 4, 6, 10 and bonus track Mixed by Steve Rispin
    Cover Logo and Inside Painting by and ©Roger Dean 2008
    www.rogerdean.com
    Computer Work and Cover Design: Martyn Dean
    Agents:
    William MORRIS AGENCY - USA and territories except below.
    Official ASIA WebSite:
    www.originalasia.com
    Webmaster: Dave Gallant
    Photography: Michael Inns
    Artwork: Karen Gladwell
    MIXED IMAGES Ltd.

    All Songs Published by WARNER CHAPPEL MUSIC
    Except Track 5 -
    WARNER CHAPPEL MUSIC / BUG MUSIC / MUSIC SALES
    Tracks 9 and 11 -
    BUG MUSIC PUBLISHING
    Tracks 10 -
    FAYMANA FORTUNA MUSIC (ASCAP) / WEAZAL MUSIC (Prs)

    ASIA Electronics Press Kit Written and Produced by Bruce Pilato
    Edited and Co-Produced by Dave Seiling

    Thanks To Roland Hynes at WORK HARD PR (UK)
    Thanks To Barbara, Jess, Kenny and Akiko, TALENT CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL - Europe
    Thanks To Margo, Chris and Robert, RHINO AGENCY - UK
    Thanks To Don McKay
    Thanks To Serafino, Mario, Gulio, Elio, Lorenzo and all at FRONTIERS, Dax Kimbrough, Mike Ragogna, Rayshon Harris, Mr. Udo, Kai and Spike and all at UDO ARTISTS, Richard, Laurence, Lutty, Steve Grant & Lewis at SRLV, Mark and Michelle at DONENFELD BUSINESS, NY, Legal - John Wilk at PHIPPS ???

    In memoriam Mike Stone 1951-2002

    Recorded at LISCOMBE PARK STUDIOS, Buckinghamshire, LUZ 0GE
    September 2007 to February 2008

    Licensed by ASIA MUSIC Ltd.


    Just as this album, Phoenix marks a renaissance, or re-birth for this band, then for me, on a personal level, the song "An Extraordinary Life" has a very real meaning for me.
    Horace's concept of 'Carpe Diem' ('Seize The Day') has never been more poignantly appropriate to the way I live my life now. After a turbulent year in 2007, I truly savour every day of my life now, and this was crystalised by the arrival or the germ of a new song, a gift from a Muse who happened to be floating around Croatia last year. I stayed in the historic Graeco-Roman town of Trogir ( Tragurium), and was constantly aware of a fellow whose image is seen a lot arount Ithat town - Kairos. He's depicted as a young man, in a hurry, naked, and with a shock of hair darting out from the bach of his head, Although 'Chronos' was the conventional ancient Greek concept of sequential time, Kairos is the one who represents the 'time in beta ŚŚÝ, which is that elusive sliver of time that allows lor a vital opportunity to be grasped. His image comes from a bas-relief taken from the (appropriately enough for a naked young man) Benedictine Convent in Trogir. The Kairos pendant that this detail is taken from represents for me the whole ethos of living lor the moment, and the resulting song "An Extraordinary Life" sums up for me the new-round freed om an d vitality that ASIA displays in its next chapter. I hope you enjoy the new offering from our group that you now hold in your hand. It was made with the same love and care we applied to our first one, 26 years ago, when we, too, were young, with unruly hair, and constantly in a hurry. If you ever get the chance to visit Trogir, I hope, like me, you find your Kairos - If you don't, take a moment to pander your surroundings, wherever you are, and thank your God for what a truly remarkaŘŚ life this really is.



    1. Never Again

      I saw the universe, I held it in my hand
      The planets and the stars, merely grains of sand
      The darkness that I knew is no more
      The sun will shine for me, of that I can be sure

      This is the day, the day of my ascendance
      A time for life, a time for independence

      NEVER AGAIN will I bear arms against my brother
      NEVER AGAIN will I dishonour anyone
      NEVER AGAIN will I wish evil on another
      NEVER AGAIN will I spill blood of any motherís son

      The age of Gemini, a dazzling creation
      A new enlightenment, a great illumination
      Dark acts of history must never be repeated
      I know I must treat you, the way Iíd be treated

      This is the day, the day of liberation
      A time for life, for new regeneration

      NEVER AGAIN will I bear arms against my brother
      NEVER AGAIN will I dishonour anyone
      NEVER AGAIN will I wish evil on another
      NEVER AGAIN will I spill blood of any motherís son

      Iím climbing now, Iím gaining altitude
      And now my hands can feel the grip
      My head is spinning with a synergy
      The power that takes me up and up

      NEVER AGAIN will I bear arms against my brother
      NEVER AGAIN will I dishonour anyone
      NEVER AGAIN will I wish evil on another
      NEVER AGAIN will I spill blood of any motherís son

    2. Nothing's Forever

      Last night t roamed in San Francisco
      Tomorrow Shibuya is my home
      I will be waiting in the dark
      In the pouring rain
      And always I m alone
      Walking the streets of New York City
      Light years away trom where I'm born
      I study the faces of the people
      While I'm standing in the shadows
      Of their final dawn

      You know that NOTHING'S FOREVER
      It's just ror today
      Can't live tor the future, forget yesterday
      And hold on to life, for in moments it can fade away
      Maybe I'm following too closely
      Sometimes you feel you've had enough
      Make the most of what you have today
      Just hope and pray, for those you really love

      You know that NOTHING'S FOREVER
      It's just for today
      Can't live for the future, forget yesterday
      Nothing from nothing is nothing, Amen, so I say
      NOTHING'S FOREVER
      Ashes to ashes

    3. Heroine

      I hold the razor blade up to my face
      I feel the pulse beneath my skin
      The crimson line describes the outer trace
      Of my broken heart within

      I thought I was invincible
      Until the sky fell down on me

      You are my HEROINE, do with me what you will
      This is no time to die, no time to kill
      My heroine, my lover to the end
      You give me life again, you are my heroine

      I turn my mind back not so long ago
      When I was cast upon the ground
      Then utter chaos rained into my life
      What I had lost, could not be found

      I thought Iíd lived forever
      My time on earth had ceased to be

      You are my HEROINE, do with me what you will
      This is no time to die, no time to kill

      The gentle waves of rolling sea
      Washing my demons from me
      You are my HEROINE, all that matters to me.

      I may have loved you for a thousand years
      But then youíve known that all along
      I always saw you as an eagle high in the sky
      So tell me why
      Only you, hold the key to set me freeÖ.

      I thought I saw eternity
      With my own eyes too blind to see
      You are my HEROINE, do with me what you will
      This is no time to die, no time to kill
      My HEROINE, my lover to the end
      You give me life again, with peace you send
      The gentle waves of rolling sea
      To wash all the demons from me

      You are my HEROINE,
      All that matters to meÖ

    4. Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise

      Push foward again, I reach the
      Point of zero return
      No condemnetion remains
      No more bridges to burn

      A hell of a deal, to keep what I feel inside
      There's nowhere to run, there's nowhere to hide
      and there's
      NO WAY BACK, NO WAY BACK
      NO WAY BACK

      A progressive disease
      Take me out of the door
      That's when I grab the keys, and I,
      I slam my foot to the floor

      I'm closing my eyes, cause I don't wanna see, 'cos there's
      NO WAY BACK, NO WAY BACK
      NO WAY BACK

      Keep on working the room
      And the end is in sight
      Something unknown propels me now
      Leading me to the light
      I got to be free it's life on the edge for me
      The harder it gets, the harder I try ... and there's
      NO WAY BACK, NO WAY BACK
      NO WAY BACK

      You going too far, way over the line
      You're raising the bar, no soft landing this time
      We stand on the edge, this time is sink or swim
      We're spreading out wing and we're leaning to fly
      and there's
      NO WAY BACK, NO WAY BACK
      NO WAY BACK
      NO WAY BACK

      It's life on the edge for me

    5. Alibis

      This time, you know just what Iím saying
      But you could never give a damn
      Or so it seems

      Itís a fine line with this game that youíre playing
      And you could always turn around
      Go running for home

      ALIBIS, little lies
      Procrastination
      Secrecy, duplicity
      The end of your ALIBIS

      Goodbye your tiny whispers of comfort
      Newer the victim circumstance
      You had deceived

      Jodie, maybe this is the last time
      That I will ever speak your name
      I'm going home

      Something I could always believe in
      Suddenly just disappeared
      Itís all over now

      ALIBIS, little lies
      Procrastination
      Secrecy, duplicity
      The end of your ALIBIS

    6. I Will Be There For You

      Somewhere I'll see you again
      These words are true
      Inside I carry a flame
      It burns tor you

      Sometimes I reach tor you
      But you're not there
      The place you take me to
      I know not where

      In dreams, you come to me . .:
      I'm never free
      For I know wherever I go, whatever I do,
      I WILL REMEMBER YOU

      Locked in my memory
      Your silhouette
      The only face I see
      I can't forget

      In dreams, you come to me
      I'm never free
      For I know wherever I go, whatever I do,
      I WILL REMEMER YOU

      And if I should light a candle
      For all the others I've known
      No matter how I try
      You're there before my eye
      And the thought will never subside, forever
      I WILL REMEMER YOU

      These streets and these houses
      All of the places I've seen
      If I run irom you, no matter what I do
      The fire will always survive
      The embers are still alive, and
      I WILL REMEMBER YOU

      And if I should light a candle
      For all the others I've known
      No matter how I try
      You're there before my eye
      And the thought will never subside, forever
      I WILL REMEMBER YOU

      These streets and these houses
      All of the places I've been
      If I run from you, no matter what I do
      The fire will always survive
      The embers are still alive, and
      I WILL REMEMBER YOU

    7. Shadow Of A Doubt

      Words trip from my tongue
      Saying ďbe strong, always be strongĒ
      Scenes flash past my eyes
      Telling me here is where we belong

      If you believe, what I believe
      Then we're home,
      Yeah, we're home

      I should have seen it coming
      I could have worked it out
      Your feminine mentality
      Reveals the things I cannot see
      I should have seen it coming
      I could have worked it out
      The danger signs have left my mind,
      Itís way beyond a
      SHADOW OF A DOUBT

      So, it wonít be long
      Stay with me now, this can't be wrong
      Itís our right, to fly to the stars
      Just for one night, this world is ours

      If you believe what I believe
      Then we're home

      I should have seen it coming
      I could have worked it out
      Your feminine mentality
      Reveals the things I cannot see
      I should have seen it coming
      I could have worked it out
      The danger signs have left my mind,
      It's way beyond a
      SHADOW OF A DOUBT

    8. Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya

      There's a vision I see
      A reflection of me
      In a fragment
      That is frozen in time
      On a luminous line
      For a moment

      And somewhere deep in the night
      There's a girl
      And she feels how I feel
      'Cause we're living in PARALLEL WORLDS

      Seems like sheíll never know
      How my solitude grows
      And I shudder
      To think I can't touch
      What I'm craving so much
      For I love her

      Somewhere deep in the night
      There's a girl
      And she feels how I feel
      'Cause we're living in PARALLEL WORLDS

    9. Wish I'd Known All Along

      It was a lie, nothing was real
      Just a disguise youíre using, youíre using still
      When you meet the preacher man
      Remind him of your fear
      Over which you operate, operate control
      When the truth is recalled
      The evidence resound
      Itís the price youíll pay
      On the rebound

      WISH I'D KNOWN ALL ALONG
      What you're running from
      Wish I'd known all along
      You can't choose between weak or strong

      But you're not there, to turn the key
      On your own two feet, two feet on the ground
      Get a grip right on, to the situation
      Try to choose what you choose to ignore

      WISH I'D KNOWN ALL ALONG
      What you're running from
      Wish I'd known all along
      You can't choose between weak or strong
      Your time has come, itís not too late,
      Don't hesitate

      WISH I'D KNOWN ALL ALONG
      What youíre running from
      WISH I'D KNOWN ALL ALONG
      What you're running from
      When the present destroys the past

    10. Orchard Of Mines

      Donít taint this ground
      With the colour of the past
      Are the sounds in bloom with you
      Cos you seem like an ORCHARD OF MINES
      Just take one step at a time

      Oh
      And you seem to break like time
      So fragile on the inside
      You climb these grapevines
      Would you look now
      Unto this pit of me on the ground
      And you wander through these
      To climb these grapevines,
      Vines

      Iíll say it to be proud
      Wonít have my life turned upside down
      Says the man with some gold forged plan
      Of life so incomplete
      Like weights strapped around my feet
      Tread careful one step at a time

      Oh
      And you seem to break like time
      So fragile on the inside
      You climb these grapevines
      Would you look now
      Unto this pit of me on the ground
      And you wander through these
      To climb these grapevines

      To know to feel to play me once again
      Do you denote from what we feel
      Do you not know
      I see youíve played the game
      Do you denote

      Can you feel once again
      You feel
      YOU!

    11. Over And Over

      If our only chance was in today
      Let it lift us, up above someway
      As the evening shadows fall
      I'll confide in you once more

      Over, over, and over again
      We will resolve our true destiny
      Only through Love, our passage guaranteed
      Let it lift me up above

      We are on a journey, to where we can't be sure
      When we are as one, It opens every door
      I don't want to take you, across the great divide
      This horizon's nearer, much easier to find

      Let it lift me up above

    12. An Extraordinary Life

      A perfect day
      Or so I say
      From where
      I'm standing
      This rollercoaster ride
      Fate will decide
      The ending

      Love everlasting
      Or lost on the way
      The smiles
      And the frowns
      The ups and downs
      Of fortune turning
      The twists and turns
      The lessons learned
      The bridges burning

      Nights to remember
      And never forget
      Go, seize the day
      Wake up and say
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE

      Enjoy today
      Come what may
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE

      I gave it all my cards have fallen
      But I'm still alive
      And in the end believe my friend
      I will survive

      Glory and heartache and some of the joy

      All of the good time, and all of the bad
      Responsibility is totally
      Mine I know

      I rightly stand accused

      But I belive that I can change
      Yes I can change my world

      Go, seize the day
      Wake up and say
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
      O-o-oh

      Enjoy today
      Come what may
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
      O-o-oh

      Go, seize the day
      Wake up and say
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
      O-o-oh

      Enjoy today
      Come what may
      This is an
      EXTRAORDINARY LIFE