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Asia's first rarities collection, ARCHIVES is comprised of 12 leftovers from the '90s version of prog-rockers Asia, where founding Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes was joined by other, non-original members. Many songs prove to be surprisingly durable compositions.

Such tracks as the ethereal "Heart of Gold," the rocker "Boys from Diamond City," and the epic "Armenia" are just as effective as songs that were officially issued on albums by the band during the '90s. A second collection of rarities, ARCHIVA VOL. 2, was issued shortly after ARCHIVES.

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