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Expanded 2CD Edition of 1988 original album release
First ever “expanded” re-issue for this fabulous and much underrated 1980s pop album
Disc One contains the English language version of the album and Disc Two contains the original German language version. Both CDs feature a comprehensive selection of extended mixes and b-side bonus tracks many which are appearing on CD for the first time
Deluxe booklet containing sleeve-note by Michael Silvester.
Freiheit also achieved some exposure in the USA where the single ‘Keeping The Dream Alive’ was used on TV in the singing talent contest American Idol as a backdrop to video montages featuring contestants on the programme.
Cherry Red are pleased to announce the first ever expanded 2CD re-issue of this fabulous example of 1980s pop by Freiheit. Formed in Germany in the early 1980s, Munchener Freiheit (as the band were known) enjoyed some commercial success in their homeland with their first three albums. They then decided to aim for international success and began recording tracks in English from two of their previous albums. The result was “Romancing in the Dark” which contained English versions of six tracks from their album “Traumziel” plus their three biggest German hits.
In 1988, Münchener Freiheit (or just simply Freiheit as they became known as outside of Germany) released Fantasie in Germany and its English counterpart, Fantasy. Unlike “Romancing in the Dark”, “Fantasy” contained all tracks from its German counterpart. In Germany “Fantasie” was a great success reaching No.4 on the album charts spending eight weeks in the Top 10 and spawning two big hits singles: ‘So lang’ man Träume noch leben kann’ and ‘Bis wir uns wiederseh’n’.
‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ (the English-language version of ‘So lang’ man Träume noch leben kann’) became the band’s sole hit in the UK, reaching number 14 in the UK singles chart in December 1988. Due to its December release and rich orchestral sound, ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ still receives a lot of airplay at Christmas time and can be found included on many Christmas compilation albums.
This expanded 2CD edition of the original album release contains both the English and German language version of the album, a comprehensive selection of extended mixes and b-side bonus tracks many which are appearing on CD for the first time as well as a deluxe 16pp booklet using the fully restored original album artwork.
1. KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE
2. KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN
4. THE LAND OF FANTASY
6. TEARS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
7. SO GOOD
8. FOREVER AND A DAY
9. POOR LITTLE BOY
10.ON THE RUN TO BE FREE
11.KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE (U.S. SHORT INTRO VERSION)
12.KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE (INSTRUMENTAL)
13.KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN (EXTENDED VERSION)
14.BABY IT’S YOU
15.BABY IT’S YOU (EXTENDED VERSION)
16.WHEN LOVERS CRY
17.KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE (EXTENDED VERSION)
FANTASIE (GERMAN LANGUAGE VERSION)
1. BIS WIR UNS WIEDERSEH’N
2. IN DEINEN AUGEN
4. LAND DER FANTASIE
6. SO HEISS
7. ZUM ALLERERSTEN MAL
8. DU BIST DABEI
9. LASS ES EINFACH GESCHEH’N
10.SO LANG’ MAN TRAUME NOCH LEBEN KANN (VERSION 2)
11.BIS WIR UNS WIEDERSEH’N (LANGE VERSION)
12.DIANA (LANGE VERSION)
13.SO HEISS (SINGLE REMIX)
14.SO HEISS (LANGE VERSION)
15.SO LANG’ MAN TRAUME NOCH LEBEN KANN
16.SO LANG’ MAN TRAUME NOCH LEBEN KANN (LANGE VERSION)