Archiva, Vol. 1 really is a very pop-oriented album. Asia was an intriguing band when it began, always based solidly in pop traditions, but also with a good deal of progressive rock leanings.
This album shows little of that prog flair, except in brief moments. However, the inclusion of the Steve Howe solo "Ginger" -- a definite gem -- is one good reason to own this album. Geoff Downes and John Payne are featured on all tracks; there are several other musicians present here as well, most notably Howe.
|Heart of Gold / Geoffrey Downes / John Payne||Asia||4:46|
|Tears / Geoffrey Downes / Johnny Warman||Asia||4:58|
|Fight Against the Tide / Andy Nye / John Payne||Asia||5:30|
|We Fall Apart / Geoffrey Downes / John Payne||Asia||4:57|
|The Marimer's Dream / John Payne||Asia||1:27|
|Boys from Diamond City / Geoffrey Downes / Johnny Warman||Asia||5:43|
|A.L.O. / Andy Nye / John Payne||Asia||3:40|
|Reality / Geoffrey Downes / John Payne||Asia||4:29|
|I Can't Wait a Lifetime / Andy Nye / John Payne||Asia||3:34|
|Dusty Road / Max Bacon / Geoffrey Downes||Asia||4:30|
|I Believe / Andy Nye / John Payne||Asia||3:42|
|Ginger / Geoffrey Downes / Steve Howe / John Payne||Asia||2:03|