Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Only Time Will Tell" by Asia

Song#:  1113
Date:  07/24/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  17
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  This super group consisting of prog-rock icons hit it big with their self-titled debut album that featured the #4 hit "Heat of the Moment." This follow-up single reached #8 on the Mainstream Rock chart while going Top 20 at pop. It helped further promote the LP which became the top selling album of 1982.

ReduxReview:  "Heat of the Moment" was pretty terrific, but I liked this song even better. It's what sold me on the album. I thought for sure this would be an easy Top 10, but it petered out a bit shy. It's a more theatrical song that kind of bleeds into Styx territory, which is totally fine by me. On an album full of rock anthems, I thought this one was at the top of the heap.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  I thought the "Asia" album cover was tha shit. I had zero clue as to what it had to do with Asia or the music, but the image was awesome. I remember having a big poster of it on my bedroom wall. Ends up this was done by artist Roger Dean. An inventor and designer, Dean began to do the artwork for albums in 1967 with The Guns' self-titled debut album. He became more famous when he started an association with the prog-rock band Yes. His first cover for them was for 1971's "Fragile," and he has done almost every Yes cover since. Two members of Yes were in Asia, which lead to Dean working with the band. As with Yes, Dean has done most all of Asia's LP covers.


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