2001 Asia – Aura

Aura is the eighth studio album by British rock band Asia, recorded in 2000 at Loco Studios, South Wales and first released in 2001.

The lyrics for “Awake” were adapted from “The Rubaiyat” of Omar Khayyám. Although in the liner notes the lyrics are credited to Geoff Downes and John Payne, it is believed that they have been written mainly or solely by Payne. “Ready to Go Home” was originally recorded by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman of 10cc and appeared on the 1995 album Mirror Mirror. The lyrics for “The Longest Night” were inspired by Wilfred Owen’s poem of 1918.

Tracks

1  Awake (Geoff Downes, John Payne) 6:00
2  Wherever You Are (Andrew Gold, Graham Gouldman, Geoff Downes, John Payne) 4:48
3  Ready To Go Home (Andrew Gold, Graham Gouldman) 4:40
4  The Last Time (Geoff Downes, John Payne) 4:55
5  Forgive Me (Jimmy Santis, Geoff Downes, John Payne, Tancredi) 5:14
6  Kings Of The Day (Geoff Downes, John Payne) 6:29
7  On The Coldest Day In Hell (Geoff Downes, John Payne, Woolfenden) 6:19
8  Free (Geoff Downes, John Payne) 8:13
9  You’re the Stranger (Geoff Downes, John Payne) 5:21
10  The Longest Night (Geoff Downes, John Payne, Woolfenden) 13:52
11  Aura (Geoff Downes, John Payne, Elliott Randall) 4:43

Media

Musicians

1 Awake

BassJohn Payne
DrumsMichael Sturgis
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


2 Wherever You Are

BassJohn Payne
DrumsChris Slade
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
VocalsJohn Payne


3 Ready To Go Home

BassTony Levin
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


4 The Last Time

BassJohn Payne
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarIan Crichton
GuitarSteve Howe
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


5 Forgive Me

BassJohn Payne
DrumsMichael Sturgis
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


6 Kings Of The Day

BassJohn Payne
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


7 On The Coldest Day In Hell

BassJohn Payne
DrumsMichael Sturgis
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
VocalsJohn Payne


8 Free

BassJohn Payne
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarIan Crichton
GuitarPat Thrall
GuitarSteve Howe
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
VocalsJohn Payne


9 You’re the Stranger

BassJohn Payne
DrumsMichael Sturgis
GuitarGuthrie Govan
GuitarElliott Randall
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne


10 The Longest Night

BassJohn Payne
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarGuthrie Govan
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
VocalsJohn Payne


11 Aura

BassJohn Payne
DrumsMichael Sturgis
GuitarElliott Randall
KeyboardsGeoff Downes
PercussionLuis Jardim
VocalsJohn Payne

Liner Notes

Producer – Asia, Simon Hanhart
Engineer – Simon Hanhart
Mastered By – Ray Staff
Mixed By – Simon Hanhart

Design (Logo) – Roger Dean
Painting (Cover) – Roger Dean
Typography – Roger Dean

Manufactured By – Victor Entertainment, Inc.
Distributed By – Victor Entertainment, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Recognition Records
Copyright (c) – Recognition Records
Recorded At – Loco Studios
Mastered At – Whitfield Street Recording Studios