Geoff Downes

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Geoffrey "Geoff" Downes (born 25 August 1952) is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his tenures as keyboardist in the new wave group The Buggles with Trevor Horn, the progressive rock band Yes, and the supergroup Asia.

Born in Stockport, Downes moved to London to pursue a music career. In 1977, he formed The Buggles with Horn and enjoyed success with their first album The Age of Plastic (1980) which contained the worldwide hit single "Video Killed the Radio Star". In May 1980, Downes joined Yes with Horn and recorded Drama (1980). After Yes disbanded in 1981, Downes helped Trevor Horn to produce a second Buggles album, Adventures in Modern Recording (1981) even if he doesn't really play on it, he only was involved in some sound effects on a few tracks. And he co-founded Asia with ex-Yes fellow musician Steve Howe, ex-King Crimson bassist and singer John Wetton and ex-ELP drummer Carl Palmer. He left Asia in 1986, rejoined in 1990, and released several solo albums and produced for several artists, including Mike Oldfield and the Thompson Twins.

In 2006, Downes reunited the original Asia line-up and rejoined Yes in 2011; he is currently a member of both groups. Since 1998, he has reunited with Horn on special occasions to perform songs from The Buggles. Downes entered the Guinness Book of Records for performing with a record 28 keyboards on stage in a single performance.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Light Program Geoff Downes 2
1992 Vox Humana Geoff Downes 2
1998 The Work Tapes Glenn Hughes / Geoff Downes 1
1999 The World Service Geoff Downes 1
2001 Wetton/Downes John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2005 Icon John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2006 Shadows and Reflections Geoff Downes 1
2006 Icon II: Rubicon John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2009 Icon 3 John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1
2015 Ride the Tiger Greg Lake & Geoff Downes 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Icon Live – Never in a Million Years John Wetton & Geoff Downes 1
2012 Icon: Heat of the Rising Sun John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Icon / Heat of the Moment - 05 John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes 1

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