Salvation (Alphaville album)

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Salvation
Alphaville Salvation.jpeg
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
Prostitute
(1994)Prostitute1994
Salvation
(1997)
Dreamscapes
(1999)Dreamscapes1999
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
USA Edition

Salvation is the fifth album by Alphaville which was released in Europe in 1997, and in the U.S. in 1999 with different artwork and three bonus tracks.[1] Three tracks from the album were released as singles:

  • "Wishful Thinking" (1997)
  • "Flame" (1999)
  • "Soul Messiah" (1999)

However, none of them charted on the german single charts.[2] The German synthpop bands last album at the Warner/metropolis label. Their next major album Catching Rays on Giant(2010) was released at the We Love Music/Universal label.

Overview[edit]

Salvation hit the stores in 1997 and marked a tumultuous time for the band: Ricky Echolette had left Alphaville during the production and Marian Gold and Bernd Lloyd struggled with the way the record label did the promotion, calling it "not very good for us".[3] 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 quite a success for its circumstances. This is mainly due to the band returning to their synthpop-roots and heavily infusing them with dance/techno. There is a stylistic similarity between Forever Young and Salvation.[4] An estimated 200.000 copies of the album have been sold.[5]

Reviews[edit]

A departure from the experimental predecessors, Prostitute and The Breathtaking Blue, the straighter, simpler style appealed to old fans and a younger audience alike.

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Marian Gold (Hartwig Schierbaum): vocals, keyboards
  • Bernhard Lloyd (Bernhard Gößling): keyboards, programming
  • Andy Richards: Keyboards, Programming
  • Guitars by Tim Cransfield
  • Electric Guitar on "New Horizons" by Elliott Randall
  • Percussion on "Monkey in the Moon" by Chris Hughes
  • String Arrangements on "Wishful Thinking" and "Flame" by Anne Dudley, recorded at Angel Studios, London by Steve Price
  • String Arrangement on "Pandora" by John Altman, recorded at Whitfield Studios, London by Mike Ross
  • Leader of the Orchestra: Gavin Wright
  • Additional Rhythm Programs by Andy Gray-Ling, Paul Simm & Henry Jackman
  • Backing Vocals by Carol Kenyon & Tessa Niles
  • Published by BMG Ufa
  • Music written by Bernhard Lloyd, Marian Gold and Rick Echolette
  • Words by Marian Gold
  • Produced by Andy Richards for Sarm Productions

Charts positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Germany Albums Chart[7] 74

References[edit]