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Forever Young Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 23 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000005J5P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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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Sure, it screams mid-1980s as joyously as any John Hughes teen flick, but this debut--from perhaps the only German export to sound positively gleeful--deserves as long a nostalgic afterlife as Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," Yaz's "Only You" or mid-period Depeche Mode. Forget OMD's "If You Leave," "Forever Young" is the best should-be prom-theme the decade produced. While "Big in Japan" was the KROQ anthem, everything here is deliriously tuneful. Revel in the manic melodies of "The Jet-Set," delight in the guilty synth-pleasure of "Sounds Like a Melody," surrender to the international romantic intrigue of "To Germany with Love," and hope that VH-1 re-discovers them for a reunion tour. --David Daley

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Forever Young is a great album with lots of good tracks. In fact there's only two which I don't like that much. Those are To Germany With Love and In The Mood. The album contains three very good hits from the mid 80's; Big In Japan, Forever Young and Sounds Like A Melody (that is quite many for an album with 10 tracks!). If you like 80's New Wave music or Synth music then I think this can be something for you. Buy this album and I don't think you'll regeret it.
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Great CD, Alphaville at their best.
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Wonderful Band!
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HASH(0xa0aad89c) out of 5 stars The First And Best Feb. 27 2000
By Chris D. - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0xa0aadcc8) out of 5 stars A fun nostalgic 80s album. Jan. 19 2005
By francofemme - Published on Amazon.com
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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HASH(0xa0aadd1c) out of 5 stars A Classic New Wave Album, a Must Have if You Love 80s Music Feb. 9 2002
By Peter G. - Published on Amazon.com
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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HASH(0x9fecee78) out of 5 stars I just can't stop listening to this . . . . Feb. 15 2006
By Arthryn - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc491d4) out of 5 stars High-class Debut May 22 2006
By A guy loving talented guys - Published on Amazon.com
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...a sharp contrast to current fake, insincere and manufactured musical landscape of today. What a pity!

A bit Bowie, a bit Ultravox, a bit Depeche Mode, a bit of everything 80s, you must enjoy this debut album...It is at your peril if you don't...