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Afternoons in Utopia
     

Afternoons in Utopia

by Alphaville
 

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Alphaville's second album, produced for the most part by Peter Walsh, found the group creating something close to a concept record, in overall atmosphere and structure if not in specific storyline. That Alphaville wanted to aim high can be gauged from the credit list -- the three core members "composed" the album, while no less than 30

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Alphaville's second album, produced for the most part by Peter Walsh, found the group creating something close to a concept record, in overall atmosphere and structure if not in specific storyline. That Alphaville wanted to aim high can be gauged from the credit list -- the three core members "composed" the album, while no less than 30 musicians and singers helped perform it. Certainly the opening track, "IAO," a brief a cappella piece with Gold backed by a heavenly children's choir, finds the group reaching just enough and getting away with it. While at the time Afternoons in Utopia got lost in a welter of mid-'80s Euro releases with airbrushing and bad synth playing galore, in retrospect it's actually a successful endeavour, perfectly evocative of a mainstream style long vanished while containing its own artistic worth. "Dance With Me" and "Red Rose" were the much more conventional singles which got released in America, the former benefiting from some great U2-inspired guitar and the latter a reasonably sassy pop number that's one of various chances for Gold to exercise his Bryan Ferry fascination. The true character of the album, though, appears on most of the other songs, such as the sweeping passion of "Fantastic Dream" (Yes goes synth-pop, only this time without Trevor Horn) and the gentle pace and sci-fi scenario of "Carol Masters." "Jerusalem," which was the final single from the album released in Germany, is the secret highlight, with a wonderful chorus and an inspiring, just epic enough atmosphere. Other winners include the sweetly sung title track, which musically sounds like Enya some years before her own big splash with Watermark, and the Pet Shop Boys-reminiscent "Universal Daddy." At points things are just bad yup-funk for wine bars, but a couple of misfires aside, Afternoons in Utopia holds up well.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2002
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0022924094828
catalogNumber:
75824
Rank:
58191

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alphaville   Primary Artist
Judy Cheeks   Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Bob Jenkins   Drums
Michael Barbiero   Background Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Denise Brooks   Background Vocals
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Alan Childs   Drums
Stephanie Cooling   Choir, Chorus
Peter Docherty   Choir, Chorus
Turhan Geza   Percussion
Jayney Klimek   Vocals
Dave Lebolt   Keyboards
Roger Linn   Drums
Wolfgang Loos   Keyboards
Gustl Lutjens   Guitar
Louise McKenna   Choir, Chorus
Victoria Miles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Jimmy Ripp   Guitar
Carmine Rojas   Bass Guitar
William Scott   Background Vocals
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Jocelyn B. Smith   Background Vocals
Robin Smith   Keyboards
Philip Todd   Saxophone
Jenny Troy   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Brown   Bass Guitar
Andy Brown   Bass Guitar
David Walround   Choir, Chorus
Peter Walsh   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Michael Barbiero   Producer
Stephen Chase   Engineer
Wolfgang Loos   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Robin Smith   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Steve Thompson   Producer
Non Cult   Contributor,Costume Design
Karin Danguiller   Contributor,Costume Design
Ulf Meyer Zu Kueingdorf   Cover Design
Inka Schuenemann   Contributor,Costume Design
Andra Levinson   Costume Design
Peter Walsh   Producer,Engineer

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