Asia: “Don’t Cry” (1983)

[Kronomyth 2.01]
Owners of a Lonely Ark.

The first single from Asia’s second album was the disappointing “Don’t Cry.” I write “disappointing” because it doesn’t stand up to the standards of their first record, which was itself an artistic compromise compared to Yes, U.K. and ELP. A cute video was released to support the single, featuring the band in a Raiders of the Lost Ark setting. Although the run time for this single is listed at about 15 seconds under the album version, it actually runs about eight seconds longer by my watch (3:38 versus the album’s 3:30 length). The difference in time can be explained by a longer fadeout at the end; otherwise, the two versions are identical. In the US, the B side was the nonalbum “Daylight,” which appeared only on cassette versions of Alpha. It’s actually better than most of the material on Alpha, with an ELO-styled chorus and a return to the verses of “Sole Survivor” in the middle.

Original 7-inch Single Version (US/Australia/Canada/Japan)
A1. Don’t Cry (John Wetton/Geoff Downes) (3:25)
B1. Daylight (John Wetton/Geoff Downes) (3:50)

Original 7-inch Single Version (Europe)
A1. Don’t Cry (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)
B1. True Colors (John Wetton/Geoff Downes)

Original 12-inch Single Version
A1. Don’t Cry
B1. Daylight
B2. True Colors

“Back-to-Back Hits” 7-inch Reissue
A1. Don’t Cry (John Wetton/Geoff Downes) (3:25)
B1. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (John Wetton) (3:13)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch, 7-inch shaped picture disc and 12-inch in July 1983 in the UK (Geffen, A/WA/TA 3580), the US (Geffen, 29571-7), Australia (Geffen, GEF29571), Canada (Geffen, 92 95717), Germany and the Netherlands (Geffen, A/A12 3580) and Japan (Geffen, 07SP-710) with picture sleeve; reached #10 on the US charts (charted on July 30, 1983 for 13 weeks) and #33 on the UK charts.

  1. Re-released on back-to-back hits 7-inch single in the US (Geffen, GGEF 0484) with “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.”

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