Alphaville

Alphaville

Pop group
Country: Germany

Biography of Alphaville

The story of the German synth-pop group Alphaville began in 1981 when Marian Gold and Bernard Lloyd first appeared in public as part of the band "Nelson community" during Christmas. The following year, Lloyd and Gold, along with Frank Mertens, formed the precursor to Alphaville - "Forever Young". In 1983, the trio performed live once, which turned out to be their last concert for the next 10 years. They officially changed their name to "Alphaville" in 1984 and began producing hits. Their first single, "Big in Japan," was followed by two more mini albums, and by the end of the year, their debut album "Forever Young" was released. Shortly after the album's release, Mertens left the group and was replaced by guitarist and keyboardist Ricky Echolette.

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Working with producers Peter Walsh (Simple Minds) and Steve Thompson (A-ha, David Bowie), Alphaville released their second album in 1986. In late 1986, they collaborated with Klaus Schulze, a renowned electronic musician, on their third album. The recording of "The Breathtaking Blue" took two years, and the album was released in March 1989. In addition to the songs, the CD also included graphics, similar to today's DVDs. Alphaville also implemented an interesting idea by creating a short film called "Songlines" based on the album, which involved the collaboration of nine producers.

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In 1992, Alphaville delighted their fans with a compilation of their best songs called "First Harvest," and Marian Gold released a solo album. During this time, they also recorded their new album, "Prostitute," which was delayed for a couple of years due to various reasons. In 1993, Alphaville broke their ten-year silence and performed their first concert in Beirut. Finally, in 1994, the long-awaited "Prostitute" was released, and the following year, the band started working on their fifth album in France. Ricky Echolette left the band during the process, but the sessions continued in London under the guidance of producer Andy Richards. "Salvation" became Alphaville's last release on the WEA label. After the album's release, the band toured in Germany, Eastern Europe, and even made it to Peru.

During their tour in South America, Alphaville worked on an 8-disc box set called "Dreamscapes," which included reworked old tracks, live recordings, and previously unreleased songs. In 2000, they released their first live album, but no new studio material followed. Instead, the band offered remix compilations such as "Forever Pop" (2001) and a sequel to "Dreamscapes" called "Crazyshow" (2003). In March 2003, Bernard Lloyd officially announced his departure from the band, leaving Marian Gold, keyboardist Rainer Bloss, who had been a co-writer of many of the band's songs since the early 90s, and musical director Martin Lister, who contributed to the creation of a couple of tracks.

In 2004, the band performed for the first time accompanied by a string quartet. They also started working on their highly anticipated album, which was planned for release in the following year.

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