Berlin go orchestral on new album
More than 34 years after the release of the classic Take My Breath Away, Berlin are set to return with an album of their most famous and popular tracks… with strings attached. Working with a full philharmonic orchestra, Strings Attached sees the band revisit some of their classic tracks, from their formation in the early 1980s through to today, including, of course, the iconic Take My Breath Away.
Founded by bassist John Crawford, singer Terri Nunn and keyboard player David Diamond, Berlin made their first impression with the provocative single Sex (I’m A…) from the gold-selling debut EP, Pleasure Victim in 1982. The group was later filled out by guitarist Rick Olsen, keyboard player Matt Reid and drummer Rob Brill. In 1985, the group was pared down to a trio of Crawford, Nunn and Brill. Berlin topped the charts around the world in 1986 with the single Take My Breath Away, the love theme from the Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun, a track which scooped the band an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Nunn left for a solo career in 1987, and Crawford and Brill teamed up in The Big F. In 1999, the band reunited to record some new studio material and also performed a concert, which, along with the new songs, was released as 2000’s Berlin Live: Sacred And Profane. This was followed a year later by a flurry of recording sessions that included co-writing tracks with Smashing Pumkins’ Billy Corgan, among others. The end result, Voyeur, was their first full-length studio release in over 15 years and was followed up by three further albums – 4Play (2005); Animal (2013) and Transcendance (2019).
Strings Attached is released on 27 November.