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German synth pop group Alphaville enjoyed major success in the United States with their early hits "Forever Young" and "Big in Japan," and went on to a lasting career in Europe, South America, and Asia. Alphaville were formed by vocalist and lyricist Marian Gold and keyboard player Bernhard Lloyd, both of whom were members of the Nelson Community, a multimedia art collective based in Berlin. Gold and Lloyd were part of a short-lived band called Chinchilla Green (other members went on to form the groups Melody Nelson and Girl Next Door), and when Lloyd began putting together a new act with fellow keyboardist Frank Mertens in 1982, they invited Gold to be their lead singer. Originally known as Forever Young, the band borrowed the name Alphaville from the acclaimed 1965 film by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1983, Alphaville landed an international record deal with WEA, and the following year they released their debut single, "Big in Japan." The song soon became a major worldwide hit, and Alphaville's first album, Forever Young, quickly followed. Despite Alphaville's sudden success, Frank Mertens opted to leave the band by the end of 1984, and the group added former Chinchilla Green member Ricky Echolette on guitar and keyboards. In 1986, Alphaville released their second album, Afternoons in Utopia, which introduced a more lush and ambitious sound for the trio, with dozens of studio musicians contributing to the project, and for their third LP, The Breathtaking Blue, the trio collaborated with producer Klaus Schulze, a former member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. The group invited several noted filmmakers to create videos for each of the album's nine songs, which were released under the collective title Songlines; one of the videos, Balance, went on to win the 1990 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. In 1992, Marian Gold released a solo album and Alphaville began work on their fourth album; sessions took place over the course of two years, and in 1993, the previously studio-only group took a break and gave its first public live performances, in Lebanon and Finland. The album Prostitute was finally issued in 1994, in 1996 Ricky Echolette left Alphaville as the group prepared for a world tour in London. (Some of Echolette's songs and performances would appear on the next Alphaville album, 1997's Salvation.) Alphaville performed regularly in Europe and South America and celebrated their first 15 years in 1999 with Dreamscapes, an ambitious eight-disc retrospective release, and soon after began releasing their music in Europe through their own label. That same year, Salvation received a belated release in the United States, and the group celebrated by playing its first American dates, a pair of concerts in Salt Lake City that were filmed and released on the DVD Little America. In 2003, Bernhard Lloyd announced his departure from Alphaville; the group's official lineup was now Gold on vocals, Martin Lister (their live musical director) on keyboards and electronics, Dave Goodes on guitar, and Jakob Kiersch on drums. In 2010, after several years of steady touring, live and remix releases, and various solo projects, Alphaville returned with the album Catching Rays on Giant. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Forever Young
  3.   Big in Japan
  4.   Sounds Like a Melody
  5.   A Victory of Love
  6.   Forever Young 2001
  7.   Summer in Berlin
  8.   Lassie Come Home
  9.   Dance With Me
  10.   Oh Patti
  11.   Ivory Tower
  12.   Fallen Angel
  13.   Jerusalem
  14.   Around The Universe
  15.   Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers
  16.   Gravitation Breakdown
  17.   Ariana
  18.   New Horizons
  19.   In the Mood
  20.   20th Century
  21.   Afternoons in Utopia
  22.   The Jet Set
  23.   For a Million
  24.   Fantastic Dream
  25.   The Voyager
  26.   Concrete Soundtraxx For Imaginary Films I
  27.   The Paradigm Shift
  28.   Anyway
  29.   Universal Daddy
  30.   Beyond The Laughing Sky
  31.   Heartbreak City
  32.   Nevermore
  33.   Sexyland
  34.   Mafia Island
  35.   Enigma
  36.   House Of Ghosts
  37.   Paisajes Nocturnos
  38.   La Escalera
  39.   De Mascaras y Enigmas
  40.   The Nelson Highrise (Sector One: the Elevator)
  41.   Phantoms
  42.   I Die for You Today
  43.   Call Me
  44.   Giants
  45.   Patricia's Park
  46.   Middle of the Riddle
  47.   Apollo
  48.   Spirit of the Age
  49.   Point of Know Return
  50.   Guardian Angel
  51.   Soul Messiah
  52.   Monkey in the Moon
  53.   Flame
  54.   She Fades Away
  55.   Cosmopolitician
  56.   Carry Your Flag
  57.   Pandora's Lullaby
  58.   Sister Sun
  59.   Welcome To the Sun
  60.   Seeds
  61.   Wishful Thinking
  62.   Lies
  63.   To Germany With Love
  64.   Euphoria
  65.   Some People
  66.   The One Thing
  67.   Faith
  68.   All in the Golden Afternoon
  69.   Ain't It Strange
  70.   The Impossible Dream
  71.   Ascension Day
  72.   Beethoven
  73.   Lady Bright
  74.   Carol Masters
  75.   Romeos
  76.   Sensations
  77.   The Mysteries of Love
  78.   Red Rose
  79.   Summer Rain
  80.   Fools
  81.   Control
  82.   Parade
  83.   IAO
  84.   A Handful Of Darkness
  85.   Marionettes With Halos
  86.   The Things I Didn't Do
  87.   The Deep
  88.   Song for No One
  89.   Call Me Down
  90.   Heaven on Earth (The Things We've Got to Do)
  91.   End of the World
  92.   Heaven or Hell
  93.   Dangerous Places
  94.   Inside Out
  95.   Iron John
  96.   Apolla
  97.   Fever!
  98.   The Nelson Highrise Sector 2: The Mirror incl. The Other Side Of U / Airlines / T.O.S.O.U. (Reprise)
  99.   Rendezvoyeur
  100.   Miracle Healing

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