Daily Dose: ‘Heat Of The Moment’ by Asia

Bit of John Wetton appreciation moment, since younger folks might not be as aware of him and he sadly died at the end of January this year, aged only 67. But boy, did he have a heck of a career, playing in a bunch of bands you may have heard of, including Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heap, and Wishbone Ash, and that’s not counting a bunch of others and the countless times he did session work. His two most noted stints, however, were as the front-man and primary lyricist for the band Asia, and his preceding stint in King Crimson. He in fact played with the icons that are Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp on one of my favourite King Crimson albums (more on that next week, however). This was the opening song on Asia’s debut album of the same name, which came out in 1982 and was an instant hit, and it’s easy to see why with the named talent it had on it. Steve Howe and Geoff Downes of Yes (and the Buggles for the latter) and Carl Palmer of, y’know, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, formed what must have been one of the premier progressive supergroups of the era. The result was some sort of prog/power/arena rock mesh, but predominately, it is very, very eighties. And it’s great! That verse design is sick, and Wetton’s voice is absolutely ace for it. You’d have to be pretty boring to not like it even a little bit, in my opinion. Congratulations on being a true legend, John Wetton.

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