Label: Geffen Records - GEF 25508 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Israel • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Symphonic Rock
Guitarist Steve Howe left the band in Thus, Alpha was the last album to feature the band's original line-up until Phoenix which was released in The original line-up re-formed two years earlier in The cover artwork was designed by Roger Deanknown for his work with Yesof which Howe and keyboard player Geoff Downes had previously Eye To Eye - Asia - Alpha members.
Alpha has been From Darkness Come - Deicide - Scars Of The Crucifix numerous times, especially in Japan. In comparison with the enormously successful debut album, Alpha focuses more on mainstream pop rock sounds and is less characterized by progressive rock elements.
It failed to meet record company expectations, which was reflected by performance that did not match that of the first recording, angering management. The album did reach number 6 on the Billboard chart  and has been certified platinum for over Øverste Lakaj - Kis Og Hans Holm - Giv Mig En Dag million copies sold in the United States.
Alpha spawned two singles. The lead-off single, " Don't Cry ", reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot  and climbed to the top of the Mainstream Rock chart.
The album has received lukewarm reception from music critics. Considine in his review for Rolling Stone described Alpha as "a sort of sonic confection, a concoction of tasty melodies, sweet harmonies and goopy lyrics intended more for greedy consumption than for artistic appreciation".
He has compared the album with Asia and has summarized that "nothing on Alpha packs the sheer sonic force of the band's debut". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Progressive rock pop rock. Retrieved 22 April Audio Fidelity. Retrieved 27 April Recording Industry Association of America. Eye To Eye - Asia - Alpha Albums Chart. British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field.
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