Arena (Asia album)

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Arena
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Studio album by Asia
Released February 1996
Recorded 1995
Studio Electric Palace, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 63:54
Label Bullet Proof
Producer
Asia chronology
Aria
(1994)
Arena
(1996)
Archiva 1
(1996)
Singles from Arena
  1. "Turn It Around"
    Released: 1996 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Arena is the sixth studio album by British rock band Asia, released in February 1996 by Bullet Proof Records. Recorded at Electric Palace Studios in London during 1995, it was produced by vocalist John Payne and keyboard player Geoff Downes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Payne and Geoff Downes, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Into the Arena" Downes, Payne, Elliott Randall, Hotei Tomoyasu 2:59
2. "Arena"   5:16
3. "Heaven"   5:17
4. "Two Sides of the Moon"   5:22
5. "The Day Before the War"   9:09
6. "Never"   5:32
7. "Falling"   4:58
8. "Words"   5:19
9. "U Bring Me Down" Payne, Downes, Aziz Ibrahim 7:07
10. "Tell Me Why"   5:14
11. "Turn It Around" Downes, Payne, Michael Sturgis 4:29
12. "Bella Nova"   3:11
Total length: 63:54

Personnel[edit]

Asia[edit]

  • John Payne – vocals (tracks 2-11), solo guitar (tracks 3, 8, 10), acoustic guitar (track 5), bass (tracks 2-8, 10-11); producer, engineer
  • Geoff Downes – keyboards; producer
  • Aziz Ibrahim – rhythm guitar (tracks 3-6, 8, 10-11), lead guitar (track 5), acoustic guitar (track 8), guitar (track 9)
  • Elliott Randall – acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 3), guitar (tracks 2, 7), lead guitar (tracks 4-6, 10-11)
  • Michael Sturgis – drums (tracks 2-11)

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • John Brough – engineer
  • Rodney Matthews – cover artwork
  • Roger Dean – Asia logotype
  • Brian Burrows – sleeve layout/design

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Gary. Asia: Arena > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Asia – Arena". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2018.