Aura (Asia Album)
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Aura Asia Album

Asia - Aura (2000) front cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released31 January 2001 (Japan)
StudioLoco, Monmouthshire, Wales
GenreProgressive rock
  • Simon Hanhart
  • Asia
Asia chronology
Singles from Aura
  1. "Wherever You Are"
    Released: 2000 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Daily VaultC+[1]

Aura is the eighth studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 2001.


Aura was recorded during 2000 at Loco Studios located in the village of Llanhennock in Monmouthshire, Wales, and produced by the group themselves in collaboration with Simon Hanhart. As vocalist and bassist John Payne and keyboard player Geoff Downes had remained the only permanent members of Asia before the recording sessions started, they invited an array of guest musicians to perform on the new album. Afterwards, a stable line-up was established, featuring Payne, Downes, guitarist Guthrie Govan and drummer Chris Slade. In 2004, they would release the next album, Silent Nation.

The lyrics for "Awake" were adapted from "The Rubaiyat" of Omar Khayyam. The lyrics for "The Longest Night" were inspired by Wilfred Owen's poem of 1918. "Ready to Go Home" was written by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman of 10cc and appeared on Mirror Mirror (1995).

The cover artwork was designed by Roger Dean, who had collaborated with Asia since their inception.


Aura was released in Europe by Recognition Records as a standard jewel case CD edition, a limited Digipak CD edition, which featured three bonus tracks, and a vinyl edition. In the United States, the album was issued by Windstorm Records, a division of Blue Storm Music, and also included the three bonus tracks. In Japan, the album was released by Victor as an 11-track CD edition. In 2007, Aura was released by Acadia, a label of Evangeline Records, with an addition of bonus CD, featuring Steve Howe's acoustic guitar performance, recorded live at the Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia on 21 November 1992. "Wherever You Are" backed with "Under the Gun" was released as a promotion only single and received some airplay.

Although the sound of Aura can be described as radio-friendly, it did not perform well in charts and remains one of the least sold studio recording in the group's catalog. This may have been partly due to Recognition Records, which went bankrupt within a year after the album was released.[2]

Track listing

1."Awake"Geoff Downes, John Payne6:01
2."Wherever You Are"Andrew Gold, Graham Gouldman, Downes, Payne4:48
3."Ready to Go Home"Gold, Gouldman4:48
4."The Last Time"Downes, Payne4:58
5."Forgive Me"Jimmy Santis, Richard Tancredi, Downes, Payne5:24
6."Kings of the Day"Downes, Payne6:42
7."On the Coldest Day in Hell"Downes, Payne, Ben Woolfenden6:26
8."Free"Downes, Payne8:13
9."You're the Stranger"Downes, Payne5:47
10."The Longest Night"Downes, Payne, Woolfenden5:21
11."Aura"Downes, Payne, Elliott Randall4:45
Total length:63:12



Additional musicians

  • Neil Lockwood - backing vocals
  • Gary Liederman - bass

Technical personnel

  • Simon Hanhart - producer, engineer, mixing engineer
  • Ray Staff - mastering engineer (at Whitfield Studios, London)
  • Roger Dean - painting, lettering
  • Martyn Dean - booklet design


  1. ^ Thelen, Christopher (6 May 2017). "Review: Aura". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Randall, David (2003). "Asia - Aura (2001)". Get Ready to ROCK!. Retrieved 2018.

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