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Alphaville was one of the best known and most beloved synthpop acts to emerge during the height of the new wave in 1984. Anyone who listened to the radio during the middle of the 1980's will be instantly familiar with their classic singles, "Big in Japan" and "Forever Young." The band began life in late 1982 as an act then called Forever Young, later changing their name ... Read more in Amazon's Alphaville Store

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  • Audio Cassette (July 7, 1987)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000005J5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Victory of Love
2. Summer in Berlin
3. Big in Japan
4. To Germany with Love
5. Fallen Angel
6. Forever Young
7. In the Mood
8. Sounds Like a Melody
9. Lies
10. The Jet Set

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If you like early 80's new wave you will like "Forever Young".
K. Kaplan
There are few albums I can recommend as highly as Forever Young - this is synth-pop at it's absolute best.
Chris D.
The music and lyrics are very consistent; I actually like every song on the CD.
Peter G.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on February 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album remains one of my all-time favorites, and stands as one of the greatest synth-pop albums ever recorded. Many of Alphaville's biggest and best songs are here - "A Victory of Love", "Big In Japan", "Sounds Like A Melody", "The Jet Set" and (of course) the title track. The rest of the album is excellent as well, especially "Summer In Berlin" and "Fallen Angel". Alphaville would not return to an all-synthesizer sound for over 10 years with their "comeback" album Salvation (probably my second favorite AV album) in 1996. I don't think that Alphaville was ever able to top this first effort - despite some other excellent work since then - and they never produced another album as consistent as this one is. From start to finish, it's an extremely satisfying listen. There are few albums I can recommend as highly as Forever Young - this is synth-pop at it's absolute best.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By francofemme on January 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I received this album from a friend in 1989 and could not stop listening to it all summer long. It's full of these fast paced synthesizer songs, and has that cool 80s European new wave sound to it. Big In Japan will always be one of my most favorite songs. Other favorites a include Victory of Love, In the Mood, Sounds Like a Melody, and Lies. My only complaint is that Forever Young is in the slow version. I wish that they had included the faster version instead. Guess I have to get the Singles Collection for that.
If you like A-ha, you'll love Alphaville.
Now each time I put this on it's 1989 again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. on February 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I just bought this album for the first time (Feb 2002). I knew Alphaville's two radio hits, "Big in Japan" and "Forever Young" like everyone else. Although I am a fan of 1980s New Wave having come of age in that period, I was never moved to buy anything from Alphaville before. Now that I've listened to the full CD, I've uncovered a gem of an album! The music and lyrics are very consistent; I actually like every song on the CD. You can really feel alot of heart and soul in this CD, which is what I look for. I am so impressed that I just purchased two more Alphaville CDs and am awaiting delivery. If you are a fan of 1980s New Wave, this is a great CD to own. Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album while in high school in the late 80's. I was living in Japan at the time (an Air Force brat) so naturally Big In Japan hit a cord. Nothing prepared me though for what is a completely awsome album. I love every track but Sounds Like a Melody is my favorite. I could listen to it over and over again.
The other reviewers have it right so I won't repeat their praises. This is one of the seminal 80's albums, much overlooked which is a shame. Their later releases are all great in their own right, but newcomers to Alphaville should get this one first. It will lay the groundwork for what will hopefully be a fanatic love of this German group. It cooled my teen angst with its hopefull melodies and is ear candy to my now mature ear. Get this, get all the Alphaville albums you can, I doubt you'll regret it. They are still around and cranking out the good stuff. Prostitute is the only one I've had trouble getting into, but as with all there stuff after Forever Young, the more you listen to it, the better it gets. This album gets my highest reccomendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A guy loving talented guys on May 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There are very few classic New Wave/ Synth/ Pop/ Pop-Rock bands coming from 80s squeezed through the ever-shape-shifting landspace of 90s reaching to stomach-churningly despisable 2000s...IMHO Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and New Order are the untouchables of those bands, in the very same order of talent and musical genius.

Likewise there are some great debut albums that have a special place in my heart from that magical era. One of them is PSB's Please, a magical journey through the eye of a disappointed but cultured materialistic yuppie. Another is, though much more efervescant pop, is AHA's Hunting High and Low...and there is also Alphaville, the creators of that smash worldwide hit Big In Japan. Their debut, Forever Young is a small-scaled masterpiece.

If you were not living in a cave in 80s, you should have already known about Big In Japan, Sounds Like a Melody and the heaven-like Forever Young. They were on air play, on TV, in discos, almost omnipresent songs that shook the hearts and brains of mid-80 youth and teenages. They are simply gorgeous pop songs and will remain so forever.

Two opening songs of the album are also suberp, Summer in Berlin being the outstanding of them. That said, the album slightly loses steam in the middle, only to raise above the clouds with that saintly Forever Young and then the rest flows like a smooth river until it reaches the sea.

Alphaville's debut once more points out that though 80s music might sound cheesy and date, the best of the New Wave/ Pop bands working in that era were doing the music with their hearts in it, with love and passion, to express their worldly feelings, with sophisticated, highly ambigious, but clever intellectual lyrics backed by grandiose and lush synth arrangements...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthryn on February 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? This is exactly the kind of music I know I've loved my whole life, and now that I've found it, I can't stop playing it.

I'm always looking for more New Wave to add to my collection, and for some reason, I always overlooked Alphaville. Honestly, I never liked 'Forever Young' enough to pick up the whole album. And then Napoleon Dynamite came out, and I couldn't desociate Alphaville from that movie. But then I discovered that one of the primary influences of Alphaville is Ultravox. I was intrigued, because I love Ultravox.

So then I picked up Forever Young and I entered the most fabulous musical high I have ever experienced, and I still haven't come down. Everything I love in music is present, enticing and beautiful melodies, lush synthesizers, gorgeous vocals, and a general sense of absolutely infectious epic melodrama. It's like Ultravox with frosting and then some... It's the kind of music that you want to blast over the stereo when you're alone at home, to sing to as loud as you can when you're driving, to listen to endlessly on your headphones before you go to bed, the kind of music you don't want anyone else to know you love, which makes you love it even more.

As for individual tracks, my personal favorite is 'A Victory of Love,' a hauntingly whimsical New Romantic song. Brilliant. Other favorites include 'Summer in Berlin,' which seems particularly Ultravox-esque to me, smooth and enchanting, another great New Romantic track, then 'Sounds Like Melody,' 'Big in Japan,' . . . Well, there's really no point in naming off every track on the album.

Anyhow, you will not be disappointed. Get this album, and then all the other ones too. All great. It's rather sad that when people remember eighties music, they always overlook Alphaville. It's a shame because they're freaking incredible.
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