Salvation (Alphaville album)

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Studio album by Alphaville
Released September 1, 1997 (Original)
June 1999 (US bonus tracks)
Recorded 1995–1997
Genre Synthpop
Length 53:51 (Original)
70:18 (US Release)
Label Warner / Metropolis
Producer Andy Richards
Alphaville chronology
Singles from Salvation
  1. "Wishful Thinking"
    Released: February 1997
  2. "Flame"
    Released: June 1997 (promo)
    January, 1999 (USA)
  3. "Soul Messiah"
    Released: 1999 (USA)
Alternative cover
USA Edition

Salvation is the fifth album by Alphaville, released in 1997 in Europe, and – with different artwork and three bonus tracks – in the U.S. in 1999. Produced by Andy Richards, Salvation marked a tumultuous time for the band: Ricky Echolette had left Alphaville during the production and Marian Gold and Bernd Lloyd were in a constant struggle with their record label which resulted in virtually no promotion for this album, and the subsequent split that led Alphaville to establishing their own, concert- and online-focused communication, promotion, and distribution platform.

Even though the circumstances for Salvation were not favorable, the album became a success – the first one for Alphaville since their 1986 release Afternoons in Utopia. This is mainly due to the band returning to their synthpop-roots and heavily infusing them with dance/techno, a departure from their experimental predecessors, Prostitute and The Breathtaking Blue. 200,000 copies of the album have been sold.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Inside Out"   5:17
2. "Monkey in the Moon"   3:53
3. "Guardian Angel"   4:14
4. "Wishful Thinking"   3:48
5. "Flame"   3:49
6. "Point of Know Return"   5:52
7. "Control"   3:31
8. "Dangerous Places"   3:58
9. "Spirit of the Age"   4:31
10. "Soul Messiah"   4:53
11. "New Horizons"   5:35
12. "Pandora's Lullaby"   4:30
USA Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Life is King"   6:10
14. "Wishful Thinking Physical" (Physical Mix) 5:54
15. "Monkey in the Moon" (Demo) 4:23