Forever Young (Alphaville album)

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Forever Young
Studio album by Alphaville
Released September 27, 1984
Recorded July–August 1984
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 43:12
Label Warner, Atlantic
Producer Andreas Budde, Wolfgang Loos, Colin Pearson
Alphaville chronology
Forever Young
(1984)
Afternoons in Utopia
(1986)
Singles from Forever Young
  1. "Big in Japan"
    Released: January 5, 1984
  2. "Sounds Like a Melody"
    Released: May 14, 1984
  3. "Forever Young"
    Released: September 20, 1984
  4. "(The) Jet Set"
    Released: March 1, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Forever Young is the debut album released by German synthpop/rock group Alphaville on September 27, 1984, by Warner Music Group. It is Alphaville's most critically acclaimed album, with an estimated 2,000,000 copies sold. Reviews are generally positive, with one reviewer calling it "a classic synth pop album" and "a wonderfully fun ride from start to finish."[2] It charted well, hitting the Top 20 in six European countries (and reaching no. 1 in Norway and Sweden), but it failed to make an impact on the US charts, faring no better than no. 180, or in the UK. Alphaville followed up with their second album in 1986 with the release of Afternoons in Utopia.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Alphaville.
No. Title Length
1. "A Victory of Love"   4:14
2. "Summer in Berlin"   4:42
3. "Big in Japan"   4:43
4. "To Germany with Love"   4:15
5. "Fallen Angel"   3:55
6. "Forever Young"   3:45
7. "In the Mood"   4:29
8. "Sounds Like a Melody"   4:42
9. "Lies"   3:32
10. "The Jet Set"   4:52

Personnel[edit]

Alphaville[edit]

  • Marian Gold (Hartwig Schierbaum): Vocals
  • Bernhard Lloyd (Bernhard Gößling): Keyboards, programming
  • Frank Mertens: Keyboards

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Ken Taylor: Bass
  • Curt Cress: Drums, percussion
  • Wednesday, Gulfstream, The Rosie Singers, The Claudias: Backing vocals
  • Deutsche Opera: Strings/string arrangements

Production[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "All Music Guide". answers.com. 
  3. ^ "Austrian albums chart". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ "German chart". Charts-Surfer. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Norwegian albums chart". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Swedish albums chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Swiss albums chart". Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History: Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  9. ^ "French album certifications – Alphaville – Forever Young" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ALPHAVILLE and click OK
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alphaville; 'Forever Young')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  11. ^ a b c d Afternoons in Utopia music book (1986). "The Alphaville Story". Cosmic Meadows. Retrieved 2012-11-15.