Breathtaking Blue

Breathtaking Blue

by Alphaville
     
 

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The Breathtaking Blue was a somewhat disappointing follow-up to Alphaville's early-1980s records Forever Young and Afternoons in Utopia. It lacked the shimmering standout quality of songs like "Big in Japan," "Forever Young" and "Afternoons in Utopia." The production, by See more details below

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The Breathtaking Blue was a somewhat disappointing follow-up to Alphaville's early-1980s records Forever Young and Afternoons in Utopia. It lacked the shimmering standout quality of songs like "Big in Japan," "Forever Young" and "Afternoons in Utopia." The production, by Klaus Schulze and Alphaville, experiments with a somewhat richer instrumentation, adding strings, saxaphone, trumpet, double bass, electric and even acoustic guitars to Bernhard Lloyd's synthesizers. This strategy is met with mixed success. The lush production only serves to muddy "The Mysteries of Love," which might have been one of the album's better tracks had the songwriting been valued above the somewhat ostentatious arrangement. But the slinky bass and restrained sax ornamentation make the mildly jazzy "Heaven or Hell" one of the album's more interesting efforts. And "For a Million" is about as genuine as the band gets, thanks to the attractive minor-key melody and the surprising piano and acoustic guitar solos. But all things considered, Alpahville seems most in its element when sticking to simple synthesizer arrangements, as on the pretty "She Fades Away" and the clever "Middle of the Riddle" ("It's the middle of the riddle/It's not very serious/It's nothing but a big surprise/And the president's horse/is a rabbit of course/that is living in a big boy's mind"). Marian Gold's rich baritone vocals, with their classic Europop excesses, hold the record's diverging strands together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Wea International
UPC:
0022924485527
catalogNumber:
244855
Rank:
181033

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alphaville   Primary Artist
Klaus Schulze   Strings
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Manuel Göttsching   Guitar
Gabi Becker   Background Vocals
Hans-Joachim Behrendt   Percussion,Drums
Patti Calore   Background Vocals
Marian Gold   Voices
Friedemann Graef   Saxophone
Michael Junker   Trumpet
Thomas Keller   Saxophone
Eff Jott Krueger   Guitar
Bernhard Lloyd   Machines
Lunapark Office Choir   Background Vocals
Mac McKenna   Background Vocals
Julie Ocean   Voices
Blacky Schwarz Ruszczynski   Guitar
Michael Ryan   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Kenneth Ward   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ernst Ulrich Deuker   Electric Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Klaus Schulze   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Alphaville   Arranger,Producer
Rainer Bloss   Arranger,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Bernhard Lloyd   Engineer
Pieter Bruegel the Elder   Paintings
Meyer Zu Kuingdorf   Art Direction
Michelangelo   Paintings

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