Singles Collection

Singles Collection

by Alphaville
     
 

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Saying that the band could have been served better with this compilation is putting it mildly -- then again, considering that the group had only released two albums and four singles before this appeared, arguably not much more could be done. Whatever the rationale behind the release, Collection consists merely of those four singles -See more details below

Overview

Saying that the band could have been served better with this compilation is putting it mildly -- then again, considering that the group had only released two albums and four singles before this appeared, arguably not much more could be done. Whatever the rationale behind the release, Collection consists merely of those four singles -- "Forever Young" and "Big in Japan" from Forever Young, and "Red Rose" and "Dance With Me" from Afternoons in Utopia -- each included in two versions, one short and one long, some new and some old. As a sampling of Alphaville at its best, it's successful if obviously repetitive. Some of the revampings are actually quite fantastic -- the "special extended mix" of "Forever Young" transforms the dramatic angst of the original into a soaring, triumphant anthem, all without changing anything in the lyrics or its performance, while the album version also appears for contrast. "Red Rose" lets Marian Gold pull off his half-successful Bryan Ferry imitation over a not-bad-at-all soul/Eurodisco confection, while "Dance With Me" amps up the synth-pop beat giddily in both incarnations. "Big in Japan" is the other reason to be here, its cryptic tale of prostitution anchored to a slinky, pounding beat (and fretless bass, likely enough an homage to Japan the band) and blessed with a strong chorus. A brief Billboard article from the year of release composes the liner notes -- while initially curious, it does explain how "Forever Young" in particular was a radio staple throughout much of the '80s for modern rock radio regardless of commercial trends, a neat bit of history to keep in mind whenever '80s music is dismissed out of hand.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atlantic / Ada
UPC:
0075678190421
catalogNumber:
81904
Rank:
18794

Tracks

  1. Forever Young  -  Alphaville
  2. Red Rose  -  Alphaville
  3. Big in Japan  -  Alphaville
  4. Dance with Me  -  Alphaville
  5. Forever Young  -  Alphaville
  6. Red Rose  -  Alphaville
  7. Big in Japan  -  Alphaville
  8. Dance with Me  -  Alphaville

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alphaville   Primary Artist
Judy Cheeks   Background Vocals
Curt Cress   Drums
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Michael Barbiero   Background Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Roger Linn   Drums
Wolfgang Loos   Keyboards
Victoria Miles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Jimmy Ripp   Guitar
Rosie Singers   Background Vocals
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Robin Smith   Keyboards
Ken Taylor   Bass
Philip Todd   Saxophone
Wednesday   Background Vocals
Andy Brown   Bass
Frank Rigotti   Percussion

Technical Credits

Klaus Schulze   Remixing
Alphaville   Arranger,Remixing
Michael Barbiero   Producer,Engineer
Andreas Budde   Producer
Stephen Chase   Engineer
Marian Gold   Contributor
Bernhard Lloyd   Contributor
Wolfgang Loos   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
John Morales   Producer,Remixing
Sergio Munzibai   Producer,Remixing
Colin Pearson   Producer
Robin Smith   Horn Arrangements
Steve Thompson   Producer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Ricky Echolette   Contributor
Orlando   Producer
Sean Ross   Liner Notes
Uli Rudolph   Engineer
Peter Walsh   Producer

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