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Alphaville "Forever Young" (1984)

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View Poll Results: What is your favorite song from this Alphaville album?

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  • A Victory Of Love

    1 2.38%
  • Summer In Berlin

    0 0%
  • Big In Japan

    8 19.05%
  • To Germany With Love

    1 2.38%
  • Fallen Angel

    4 9.52%
  • Forever Young

    18 42.86%
  • In The Mood

    1 2.38%
  • Sounds Like A Melody

    7 16.67%
  • Lies

    1 2.38%
  • The Jet Set

    1 2.38%
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    Alphaville "Forever Young" (1984)

    My favorite it "To Germany With Love" because the bass & beat makes it feel like a true disco song!
    2nd choice is "A Victory Of Love".

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    I voted for "Forever Young" as I was just listening to this song earlier today. I also enjoyed "Big In Japan" and I actually have the 45 single that I bought back in the day!
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    The Jet Set. This is one of my favorite albums of the 80s. Where is that stinkin' cassette?
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    "Big In Japan" all the way! I just saw the video last night on VH1 Classics, and it's really a good song! The video on the other hand.....
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    I love the song "Forever Young". It has a lot of memories for me.
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    Cool

    'Forever Young' for sure. Haven't heard too many of the others up there

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    "Forever Young" is my favorite.
    I have to admit I got a little sick of this album in college 'tho. I had a roommate who was a music minor and this was the only popular music she owned, and she played it constantly. Actually, when we complained, she'd alternate between this one and Handel's Messiah.
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    I have the album and to echo everyone else "Forever Young".

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    I only know the two songs but out of them "forever young" is better. Not to say "Big in Japan" Isn't good, because it is

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    Excellent Poll Steve Savicki!

    I loved every song on this album with the exception of 'Germany With Love'.

    Voted for 'Fallen Angel' - it's a synthpop classic, although Forever Young, Big In Japan and Sounds Like A Melody are all classics.

    Alphaville only had the one hit in England, that being Big In Japan. The album went curiously unnoticed over here, but it's now one of those underground favourites you often find in peoples collections.
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    Originally posted by Chopper
    Excellent Poll Steve Savicki!
    Thanks Chopper & thanks for the history.
    Considering you live in the UK, I assumed you would know more about Alpha than us here in the states.

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    Thanks, Steve

    Actually, time to come clean...the only reason I knew a little about the 'Ville was because of my close German friend who resides in Munich. Now I've got 4 albums by them!

    He introduced me to the album and the group in 1989. Previously I had no idea they even had an album, as the only single I had heard had been 'Big In Japan'.
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    Forever Young definately gets the vote. I agree with alot of others on here that Big In Japan was great too though!
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    The whole album is great but the best song on it is definatley "Sounds like a Melody" for me. Best with the volume turned loud! I love the instrumental part with the violens! On the last concert (I've seen them 2 weeks ago) they played that song about 10 minutes with blinking lights, it was an incredible feeling.

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    I've voted for "Sounds like a melody". Together with "forever young" and "big in Japan" were the most played on the radio in the 80s; however I'm a little bit tired of these other two songs (just because I've listen to it again and again and again). This album was one of the first Long Plays I bought, together with Talk Talk "It's my life" and China Crisis "Working with fire and steel". If I'm not wrong, this was a "goodbye album" (that's what I can remember about it). Was the last album of the band before dissolving, and the general comment was "how unjust it was that the bigger success came just when they had gave it up".
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    Alphaville went on to release three more albums, albeit with a different line up. Frank Mertens departed the band after the success of 'Forever Young' and was replaced by Ricky Echolette before the next album, 1986's 'Afternoons In Utopia' which contained the hit single 'Jerusalem'.

    'Afternoons In Utopia' was kind of similar to 'Forever Young', but after 1986 Alphaville's sound changed along with the times.

    The album list goes something like this:

    1986 - Afternoons In Utopia
    1990 - The Breathtaking Blue
    1992 - First Harvest (Best of 1984-1992)
    1994 - Prostitute
    1997 - Salvation

    I have all these albums, and all are very enjoyable and contain some very memorable tracks. For a good cross selection I recommend getting the First Harvest compilation. It contains all the single mixes of the Forever Young album, as well as there more mature later works. The myth is that it all ended after Forever Young, so for those Alphaville fans out there I urge you to hop along to AudioGalaxy and WinMX now!

    Alphaville are one of the greats and form a very important part of my musical collection....
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    Question

    Chopper, what's your opinion of "1986 - Afternoons In Utopia"?
    Is it worth buying/finding if it's in a budget bin?

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    Well worth buying Steve, it was the last of their true 'Synthpop' albums. It is very quirky, but has some really decent melodies and is lyrically possibly their best effort.

    I highly recommend it.
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    Sounds Like A Melody - This song was not played much that i remember but it is my favorite of theirs.

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    I liked this whole cd, but I had to vote for Big In Japan. It is a very good dancefloor song.

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