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20th Anniversary Tour 2004












Limited edition, 5 CD set of
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German Music:

Alphaville

Music style: Early on New Wave, then a blend of pop, rock, jazz and classical music.
Band members: Marian Gold, Bernd Lloyd (until 2003), Frank Mertens (until 1985), Ricky Echolette (1985-1997), Rainer Bloss, Martin Lister



The New Wave band from Münster, consisting of Marian Gold, Bernd Lloyd and Frank Mertens, made it big internationally with their very first single "Big in Japan" in 1984. The fact that Ricky Echolette replaced Mertens shortly thereafter did nothing to hinder their further success. Hit singles from the same Forever Young LP as well as from their second album Afternoons in Utopia followed "Big in Japan" into the charts.

The band's third LP The Breathtaking Blue (1989) marked a change in their musical style to include a blend of styles from the rock, classical, and blues traditions. Five years later, they once again diversified their musical sound with Prostitute, whose songs show more sophistication and maturity than their earlier works.

After several studio successes, the band went on their first world tour in 1995. By 1997, the band was down to two members, Gold and Lloyd, but they continued to release remixes, remakes, and previously unreleased titles, producing both the music and cover artwork themselves.

In 2000, Alphaville began publishing a new song on their website each month that would later appear in their multi-volume colossal work Dreamscapes. In 2003, Lloyd left the band to work on his solo career. Rainer Bloss, who had been co-composing the band's music since the early 90s, and musical director Martin Lister joined Gold in carrying on the band's work. The new group performed with a string string quartet on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in 2004. Upcoming projects include a new album and a musical play.


Alphaville CDs



Crazyshow (2003)
Once available exclusively at Alphaville website, now also at amazon.de and alibris.



Forever Pop (2001) || LISTEN | DESCRIPTION: Collection of remixes of their best tracks, including reworkings from Paul Van Dyk, Roland Spremberg, De-Phazz, Eiffel 65 and more.
TRACKS: 1. Forever Young - F.A.F. Mix | 2. Dance With Me - Paul Van Dyk Mix | 3. Big In Japan - Roland Spremberg Mix | 4. Romeos - Rewarped Mix | 5. Summer Rain - De-Phazz Mix | 6. Jerusalem - Georg Kaleve Mix | 7. Summer in Berlin - Christian Fleps Mix | 8. Sounds Like A Melody - Staggman Mix | 9. Lassie Come Home - @Home-Mix | 10. Jet Set - Saunaclub-Mix | 11. A Victory Of Love - Jab Mix | 12. Red Rose - Mark Plati Mix | 13. Big In Japan - Eiffel 65 Mix
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Stark naked & absolutely live (2000) || LISTEN
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  Dreamscapes (1999) BOX SET: DESCRIPTION: A set of 8 CDs covering the band's complete history from the late 70s to the late 90s, including 9 1/2 hours of live recordings and unreleased songs and mixes. All of the songs featured on "Dreamscapes" are in a previously unreleased format.
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Salvation (1997 / US: 1999) || LISTEN
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Prostitute (1994) || LISTEN
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First Harvest: 1986-1992 (1992) || LISTEN
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Breathtaking Blue (1989) || LISTEN
TRACKS: 1. Summer Rain | 2. Romeos | 3. She Fades Away | 4. The Mysteries Of Love | 5. Ariana | 6. Heaven or Hell | 7. For a Million | 8. Middle of the Riddle |
9. Patricia's Park | 10. Anyway
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Singles Collection (1988) || LISTEN
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Afternoons Utopia (1986) || LISTEN | REVIEW: Alphaville's second album, produced for the most part by Peter Walsh, found the group creating something close to a concept record, in overall atmosphere and structure if not in specific storyline. That Alphaville wanted to aim high can be gauged from the credit list -- the three core members "composed" the album, while no less than 30 musicians and singers helped perform it. Certainly the opening track, "IAO," a brief a cappella piece with Gold backed by a heavenly children's choir, finds the group reaching just enough and getting away with it. While at the time Afternoons in Utopia got lost in a welter of mid-'80s Euro releases with airbrushing and bad synth playing galore, in retrospect it's actually a successful endeavour, perfectly evocative of a mainstream style long vanished while containing its own artistic worth. "Dance With Me" and "Red Rose" were the much more conventional singles which got released in America, the former benefiting from some great U2-inspired guitar and the latter a reasonably sassy pop number that's one of various chances for Gold to exercise his Bryan Ferry fascination. The true character of the album, though, appears on most of the other songs, such as the sweeping passion of "Fantastic Dream" (Yes goes synth-pop, only this time without Trevor Horn) and the gentle pace and sci-fi scenario of "Carol Masters." "Jerusalem," which was the final single from the album released in Germany, is the secret highlight, with a wonderful chorus and an inspiring, just epic enough atmosphere. Other winners include the sweetly sung title track, which musically sounds like Enya some years before her own big splash with Watermark, and the Pet Shop Boys-reminiscent "Universal Daddy." At points things are just bad yup-funk for wine bars, but a couple of misfires aside, Afternoons in Utopia holds up well. - Review by Ned Raggett, All Music Guide
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Forever Young (1984) || LISTEN | REVIEW: Alphaville's 1984 debut, Forever Young, deserves to be viewed as a classic synth pop album. There's no doubting that Germans are behind the crystalline Teutonic textures and massive beats that permeate the album, but vocalist Marian Gold's impressive ability to handle a Bryan Ferry croon and many impassioned high passages meant the album would have worldwide appeal. Indeed both "Big in Japan" and the touching, sad change-of-pace "Forever Young" raced up the charts in multiple continents. Borrowing inspiration from Roxy Music's detached theatricality and Kraftwerk's beats and rhythms, Gold and company hit upon a magic formula that produced here an album's worth of impossibly catchy tunes that could almost serve as pure definitions for the synth pop genre. The hits race straight for one's cranium and embed themselves upon impact. "Big in Japan" feels like a more serious cousin to Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok," as a slow-pounding beat spars with Gold's desperate voice. "Forever Young," a stark, epic song that would become essential for every post-1984 high school graduation, drips sadness and never fails to cause a listener to nostalgically reflect on life and loss. Outside of these hits, the remainder of the songs rarely falter, mixing emotion, theater, and of course electronics into a potent, addictive wave of synth euphoria. It's likely every fan could pick his own favorite of the other should-have-been-hits, but "Fallen Angel" deserves special mention. It begins with spooky, funny warbling and icy keyboards, and then explodes and transforms into a startling, romantic epiphany at the chorus. If its lyrics are a bit goofy or juvenile, it only adds to the heartfelt love the song expresses. Alphaville stick firmly to their synths and sequencers on Forever Young, but they keep things interesting by incorporating motifs from funk, Broadway, Brazilian jazz, and even hip-hop. Even when the band takes itself too seriously, the songs' catchy drive and consistently smart production cover any thematic holes. Forever Young is a technically perfect and emotionally compelling slice of 1980s electronic pop/rock music. It's also a wonderfully fun ride from start to finish. - Review by Tim DiGravina, All Music Guide
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Interesting Alphaville Facts
• The band Alphaville originally called itself Forever Young. In 1984, the group renamed itself after the 1965 Jean Luc Goddard film Alphaville.

• Rather than produce a music video for their third album, the band hired nine producers to make a full-length film called The Breathtaking Blue Songlinesicon.

• Alphaville was among the first bands to post their recordings on an Internet website, allowing fans to follow and comment on the production. The results of the project are documented in the 4-CD release CrazyShowicon (2003).


Alphaville Weblinks

Alphaville [English] - Official band webpage with band news, history, discography, selected song lyrics and free music downloads, and more.
 Alphaville Fanbase - [In German] A website for and by Alphaville fans.


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