Alphaville

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Alphaville is a German synth-pop band centered around vocalist Marian Gold (Hartwig Schierbaum), formed in 1982 in Münster. Started out as a trio with Gold backed by synth players Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens.

At the end of '81, Gold and Lloyd (Frank would come in not long afterwards) take part in a concert with 5 other artists, on Nelson Community.
Initially the band name was just Forever Young, however, after a few months they changed the name inspired by Jean-Luc Goddard's film: Alphaville "the city of the future". Which, incidentally, represented even better their whole project.

Mertens left the band in late 1984 and was replaced by Ricky Echolette (Wolfgang Neuhaus), in early 1985.

The band is still active today, playing new concerts and also promoting re-mastered re-releases of their first albums.
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240 481-1 Alphaville - Forever Young album art Alphaville Forever Young (Album) WEA 240 481-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
40948-4 Alphaville - Afternoons In Utopia album art Alphaville Afternoons In Utopia (Album) WEA 40948-4 Malaysia 1986 Sell This Version
244 855-4 Alphaville - The Breathtaking Blue album art Alphaville The Breathtaking Blue (Album) WEA, WEA 244 855-4 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
4509 96836-2 Alphaville - Prostitute album art Alphaville Prostitute (Album) WEA 4509 96836-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
0630-19664-4 Alphaville - Salvation album art Alphaville Salvation (Album) WEA Records 0630-19664-4 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
AV 9001 Alphaville - Dreamscapes album art Alphaville Dreamscapes (Album) Navigator Music AV 9001 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
NAV 0001-CD Alphaville - Stark Naked And Absolutely Live album art Alphaville Stark Naked And Absolutely Live (Album) Navigator Music, Navigator Music NAV 0001-CD Germany 2000 Sell This Version
8573880344 Alphaville - Forever Pop album art Alphaville Forever Pop (Album) Warner Special Marketing 8573880344 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none Alphaville - CrazyShow (Dreamscapes 9 10 11 12) album art Alphaville CrazyShow (Dreamscapes 9 10 11 12)(Box, Ltd, Num + 4xCD) Alphaville none Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none Alphaville - CrazyShow (Excerpts) album art Alphaville CrazyShow (Excerpts)(CD, Promo, Smplr) Navigator Music none Germany 2003 Sell This Version
460502670737 Alphaville - Catching Rays On Giant album art Alphaville Catching Rays On Giant (Album) Universal Music Group, We Love Music (3) 460502670737 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
06025 5740425 8, 5740425 Alphaville - Strange Attractor album art Alphaville Strange Attractor (Album) Polydor, Polydor 06025 5740425 8, 5740425 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
none Alphaville - Live At The Whisky A Go Go album art Alphaville Live At The Whisky A Go Go (Album) LA Concert Group none US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

24-9505-7 N Alphaville - Big In Japan   album art Alphaville Big In Japan (Single, Maxi) WEA, WEA 24-9505-7 N Germany 1983 Sell This Version
229 24-9264-7, 229 24 9264-7 Alphaville - Forever Young   album art Alphaville Forever Young (Single, Maxi) WEA, WEA 229 24-9264-7, 229 24 9264-7 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
249 366-7 Alphaville - Sounds Like A Melody album art Alphaville Sounds Like A Melody (Single, Maxi) WEA, WEA 249 366-7 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
PROMO 193 Alphaville - Jump / Big In Japan album art Van Halen / Alphaville Van Halen / Alphaville - Jump / Big In Japan(7", Jukebox) Warner Bros. Records, WEA PROMO 193 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
PROMO 209 Alphaville - Like To Get To Know You Well / Forever Young album art Howard Jones / Alphaville Howard Jones / Alphaville - Like To Get To Know You Well / Forever Young(7", Jukebox) WEA PROMO 209 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
PROMO 200 Alphaville - I'll Wait / Sounds Like A Melody album art Van Halen / Alphaville Van Halen / Alphaville - I'll Wait / Sounds Like A Melody(7", Jukebox) Warner Bros. Records, WEA PROMO 200 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
DFW 014 Alphaville - Las Cosas Solo Pueden Mejorar / Por Siempre Joven album art Howard Jones / Alphaville Howard Jones / Alphaville - Las Cosas Solo Pueden Mejorar / Por Siempre Joven(7", Single, Promo) WEA DFW 014 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
24 9126-0 Alphaville - Jet Set album art Alphaville Jet Set (Single, Maxi) WEA 24 9126-0 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
PROMO 228 Alphaville - Jet Set / The Heat Is On  album art Alphaville / Glenn Frey Alphaville / Glenn Frey - Jet Set / The Heat Is On (7", Jukebox) WEA, MCA Records PROMO 228 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
DFW 007 Alphaville - One More Night / Big In Japan album art Phil Collins, Alphaville Phil Collins, Alphaville - One More Night / Big In Japan(7", Promo) WEA DFW 007 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
DFW 048 Alphaville - Yeh Yeh (12" Dance Mix) / Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me) album art Matt Bianco / Alphaville Matt Bianco / Alphaville - Yeh Yeh (12" Dance Mix) / Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me)(7", Promo) WEA DFW 048 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
0-86729 Alphaville - Red Rose album art Alphaville Red Rose (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 0-86729 US 1986 Sell This Version

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warrian

warrian

April 10, 2021
Really frustrating that there isn't a decent CD compilation of these guys anywhere in the world. "First Harvest 1984-92" has the track listing, "Forever Young And Other Hits" the sound quality, and "Blank & Jones - So80s (Soeighties) Presents Alphaville" is excellent, but bypasses a decent anthology for a mixes and rarities collection. I would love remastered special editions of all the WB albums, but would settle for a decent 2-disc retrospective. I worry the time may have passed for that. These guy were at the top of the synth-pop game for a time. Their legacy should be treated better IMO.
909_bd

909_bd

September 19, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
One of my definite favourite electronic POP projects of the 1980s. Among sucsessful bands of the time like "Depeche Mode", "Eurhythmics", "Pet Shop Boys", "Frankie goes to Hollywood", they managed to score several Top 10 Hits. All singles were produced at a high studio standard and one can hear the craftmenship of the studio engineers, like on many other releases of that time. It was the time when "digital sound" was all new and revolutionary, people were just about to abandon the analog synths and reel 2 reel tape machines which were back in demand 15-20 years later. Distinctive lead voice of Marian Gold. Always deep-thought lyrics. Get their first album with the essential hits.

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