The Breathtaking Blue

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
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: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Wea International
  • UPC: 022924485527
  • Catalog Number: 244855
  • Sales rank: 112,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer Rain (4:10)
  2. 2 Romeos (5:29)
  3. 3 She Fades Away (4:57)
  4. 4 The Mysteries of Love (4:55)
  5. 5 Ariana (3:42)
  6. 6 Heaven or Hell (3:27)
  7. 7 For a Million (6:09)
  8. 8 Middle of the Riddle (3:19)
  9. 9 Patricia's Park (4:12)
  10. 10 Anyway (2:48)
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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
The 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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