| English, German|
8 April 1984
| 8 April 1984 (1984-04-08)|
1983-1984 at Spliff Studio, Berlin
Reinhold Heil, Manfred Praeker
Feuer und Flamme
Neue Deutsche Welle, New wave
Nena albums, Neue Deutsche Welle albums
99 Luftballons (German: "99 Balloons") is a compilation album by German pop band Nena, released in 1984. It was their first album released worldwide following the success of "99 Luftballons" and also the first with English lyrics. The album had moderate success in America.
The most widely known cover of this album is identical to the one used for most versions of the single "99 Luftballons" or "99 Red Balloons". The album was also released as Nena or International Album; this version used the same cover, but with "99 Luftballons" removed, and sometimes with additional sticker at upper left that says "International Album incl. Club-Mix ›99 Red Balloons‹". The Japanese version was released as 99 Luftballons: First America. The alternate cover features the band pictured on a white background, which photo in various releases is the same or similar to the one on the single "Rette mich".
The album is composed of tracks released on the band's two previous albums, Nena (1983) and ? (Fragezeichen) (1984), five of which are English-translated versions. "99 Red Balloons" ("99 Luftballons"), "Just a Dream" ("Nur geträumt"), "Kino", "Leuchtturm" and "99 Luftballons" were taken from Nena (1983), while "? (Question Mark)" ("? (Fragezeichen)"), "Hangin' on You" ("Ich häng' an dir"), "Let Me Be Your Pirate" ("Lass mich dein Pirat sein"), "Das Land der Elefanten", "Rette mich" and "Unerkannt durch's Märchenland" were taken from ? (Fragezeichen) (1984).
The lead single, "99 Luftballons", is the band's or even Nena's most successful song to date. It reached number one in several countries worldwide, but is considered a one-hit wonder as other singles and albums performed poorly outside of Europe. "Just a Dream" reached number 70 on the UK Singles Chart. "Kino" was initially released on the album in German, but was translated into English titled as "Kino (At the Movies)". Like its predecessor, "? (Question Mark)", the single failed to chart. The song was later included as a bonus track on a re-release of the band's second English album It's All in the Game (1985).
Side A contains tracks 1 to 5 and side B contains tracks 6 to 11.
NotesSome releases erroneously printed "Das Land der Elefanten" as "Das Lang der Elefanten" and "Unerkannt durch's Märchenland" as "Unerkannt durch's Marchenland"
The spelling of "durch's" instead of "durchs" in title that should be "Unerkannt durchs Märchenland" is an obvious error, too
The track list of the Spanish version is translated into Spanish
The track list of the Japanese version is partially written in katakana
Credits adapted from Allmusic and Discogs.Nena Kerner – main vocals, arrangement
Jörn-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen – main vocals (on "Das Land der Elefanten"), backup vocals (on "? (Question Mark)" and "Kino"), keyboard
Carlo Karges – guitar, backup vocals (on "Kino")
Jürgen Dehmel – bass
Rolf Brendel – drums, percussion
David Sanborn – saxophone (on "? (Question Mark)")
Manfred "Manne" Praeker – production
Reinhold Heil – production
After Hours Studio - cover design
Jim Rakete - photography
199 Red Balloons4:4599 Luftballons (album) Wikipedia
3Hangin' on You4:16