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…
Alphaville has always embraced technology and used it to produce music to show the coldness of the world. For this release, their cold, distant, sometimes frightening music has been remixed to fit into the sound and the vibes of 2001/2002…
Forever Young features melodically inventive, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically alert jazz, composed by Norwegian-American guitarist Jacob Young and played by a spirited team of contemporaries. Young and saxophonist Trygve Seim are friends since school days, and have been heard on the Norwegian jazz scene in numerous combinations and contexts over the years. They are joined on this album by the Polish pianist, bassist and drummer widely known as the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, a group with its own 20 years playing history.
La-La Land Records presents Expanded Archival Collection release, Jerry Goldsmith's (PATTON, THE OMEN, GREMLINS, BAD GIRLS) score to the 1992 Warner Bros. romantic fantasy FOREVER YOUNG starring Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Elijah Wood, and directed by Steve Miner. Lush, adventurous and timelessly romantic, Mr. Goldsmiths soaring orchestral score is among the most notable of the latter half of his astounding career. Produced by MV Gerhard and remastered by James Nelson, this expanded release runs nearly 75 minutes, featuring a wealth of previously unreleased music, along with bonus alternate cues and album version tracks. In-depth liner notes from film music writer Daniel Schweiger features new comments from the director.
Salvation marked the fifth release for the German act, and their first release for Metropolis. Once again, Alphaville created a masterpiece of addictive synthesizer driven music with the intelligent and enigmatic lyrics that propelled the act to stardom. Salvation pleased both fans of 1980's new wave music, and current fans of the new synthpop movement who may be discovering Alphaville for the first time.
The Breathtaking Blue was a somewhat disappointing follow-up to Alphaville's early-1980s records Forever Young and Afternoons in Utopia. It lacked the shimmering standout quality of songs like "Big in Japan," "Forever Young" and "Afternoons in Utopia." The production, by Klaus Schulze and Alphaville, experiments with a somewhat richer instrumentation, adding strings, saxaphone, trumpet, double bass, electric and even acoustic guitars to Bernhard Lloyd's synthesizers. This strategy is met with mixed success. The lush production only serves to muddy "The Mysteries of Love," which might have been one of the album's better tracks had the songwriting been valued above the somewhat ostentatious arrangement. But the slinky bass and restrained sax ornamentation make the mildly jazzy "Heaven or Hell" one of the album's more interesting efforts. And "For a Million" is about as genuine as the band gets, thanks to the attractive minor-key melody and the surprising piano and acoustic guitar solos.
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.