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1985 – Hunting High and Low (Warner Bros)

  1. Take on Me – 3:47 – (Furuholmen, Harket, Waaktaar)
  2. Train Of Thought – 4:15 – (Waaktaar)
  3. Hunting High And Low – 3:45 – (Waaktaar)
  4. The Blue Sky – 2:32 – (Waaktaar)
  5. Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale – 5:01 – (Harket, Waaktaar)
  6. The Sun Always Shines on T.V. – 5:04 – (Waaktaar)
  7. And You Tell Me – 1:50 – (Waaktaar)
  8. Love is Reason – 3:05 – (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  9. I Dream Myself Alive – 3:07 – (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  10. Here I Stand and Face the Rain – 4:30 – (Waaktaar)

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This is the debut album by Norwegian band A-ha. Released on 1 June 1985 through Warner Bros. Records, the album was a huge commercial success selling more than 10 million units worldwide, peaking at #15 in the United States Billboard 200 and reaching high positions on charts worldwide. The album was recorded at Eel Pie Studios in Twickenham, produced by Tony Mansfield, John Ratcliff and Alan Tarney. In all, five singles from the album were released, though not all were released internationally: “Take On Me“, “Love Is Reason”, “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.“, “Train of Thought” and “Hunting High and Low“. The group was nominated for best new artist at the Grammy Awards in 1986, making A-ha the first Norwegian band to be nominated for a Grammy. As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Hunting High and Low was expanded and remastered in 2010.
Take On Me” was the first single released by the band. An early version was recorded and released in late 1984 with an early music video. The song became a #3 hit in A-ha’s native Norway but failed to chart in the United Kingdom. The band went back into the studio to re-record the song for the Hunting High and Low album, but a second UK release in early 1985 was again ignored. Before releasing their single in the United States, the band undertook the production of a new music video for the song, working with director Steve Barron. Barron had previously created hit videos for Toto, Thomas Dolby, Culture Club and Michael Jackson, but the A-ha video was unlike any of his earlier work. A plot-driven amalgamation of live-action and rotoscope-style animation by husband-and-wife team Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger, it drew inspiration from Patterson’s animated film Commuter and the film Altered States. The innovative video for “Take On Me” was first broadcast on local Boston music video station V-66, and soon after given heavy rotation on MTV.
The single debuted in Billboard the week of July 13, 1985, and was heading into the U.S. top twenty when it was given an international release, including a second release in Norway and a third shot at the UK market. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, spending 27 weeks on the charts and becoming the tenth-biggest single of 1985,and this time going to number two in the United Kingdom and number one in Norway. In all, the song reached number one in 36 countries, becoming one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time with nearly 9 million copies sold. The second single for most of the world was “The Sun Always Shines on TV” (“Love is Reason” had failed to hit the Norwegian Top 40 earlier in the year), and the band followed its massively successful music video with another critically acclaimed clip for the song. Starting off as a sequel of sorts, Harket breaks away from his happy ending to join his band in performance amidst mannequins at a rural church, Saint Albans in Teddington, which has since become an art gallery. “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” improved upon the first single’s success in the United Kingdom, hitting number one and remaining there for two weeks in January 1986. It was a top-10 hit nearly everywhere it was released except in the United States, where it peaked at #20 and would be the band’s last major hit to date in that country. The single sold 5 million copies around the world. The track was remixed as a dance version, which was a top-5 hit on the U.S. Dance chart, and B-side to the single and remix was the otherwise unreleased “Driftwood.”
Train of Thought” saw limited release as the third single in Europe. It was not released as a 7″ in the United States but received rock radio play and a set of remixes again made the dance charts. Waaktaar based the lyrics for this song on existentialist authors and poets Gunvor Hofmo, Knut Hamsun and Fyodor Dostoevsky, his favourites at the time. It was A-ha’s third consecutive Top 10 single in the United Kingdom and Ireland, reaching #8 and #5 respectively, and charting well in Germany and Sweden. World sales hit 500,000 copies.
The last single from the album was “Hunting High and Low“, released in June 1986. The single saw its highest chartings in France, where it peaked at number four, and the United Kingdom, where it was number five.The single was released in the United States but did not make the Hot 100. An extended version was available on 12″ vinyl, but the midtempo track did not see dance chart success. Coldplay, a band influenced by A-ha, has been known to perform “Hunting High and Low” in concert. The “Take On Me” video was nominated for eight 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, and at the third annual ceremony September 5, 1986, the video won six awards, including Best New Artist and Viewer’s Choice. “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” was nominated for an additional three awards, winning two, for a total of eight wins. Even as the total number of categories has nearly doubled, only one other artist to date has won as many MTV Awards in a single year. Peter Gabriel won nine the following year for “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time,” two videos which progressed further down the roads A-ha ventured in groundbreaking use of animation in music video. In 2002, “Take On Me” was ranked at number eight on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders, although this status is slightly misleading as it reflects A-ha’s lack of mainstream success in the United States; the group was by no means a one-hit wonder elsewhere or in career terms. In 2006, “Take On Me” was ranked number 24 on VH1‘s Greatest Songs of the 1980s.The cover photograph was taken by Just Loomis and was nominated in 1986 for a Grammy as “Album Cover of the Year.” The band released a live version of “The Sun Always Shines on TV” in 2003. Hunting High and Low was a-ha’s breakout album. Upon its release in May 1985, Hunting High and Low peaked at number 15 on the Billboards Top 200 album chart. The album granted A-ha international recognition. Hunting High and Low got 3x platinum status in the UK and Platinum status in the United States and Germany, and Gold status in Brazil, and the Netherlands. The album peaked at 15 in the U.S., according to Billboard music charts and has sold about 1.8 million copies in the U.S. It peaked at 2 on the UK charts, and hit 1 in Norway. The album has been certified platinum in the United States and 3x platinum in UK. On the Billboard 200, Hunting High and Low held the record for the highest-charting album by a Norwegian artist until Do It Again by Norwegian duo Röyksopp and Swedish singer Robyn (which peaked at number 14).Beginning with the single “Take On Me”, A-ha’s debut album sold more than eight million copies worldwide and spawned two number one hits. In the fall of 1986, “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines on TV” were nominated for 11 MTV Video Awards combined, and A-ha won eight of these. Tim DiGravina of AllMusic Guide said “It’s a cohesive album with smart pace changeups, and it rarely fails to delight or satisfy a listener’s need for a synth pop fix… One can’t escape the feeling that Hunting High and Low is a product of the 1980s, but with highs like ‘Take On Me’ and ‘The Sun Always Shines on TV,’ and no lows in sight, A-ha’s debut is a treat worth relishing.” The album has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Hunting High and Low Tour In June 1986, A-ha began a world tour which went through August 1987. The band had never played a single concert when “Take On Me” shot to #1 in America; soon it could boast a 16-country, 113-city tour under its belt along with countless interviews and television appearances.

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Album

Chart Peak
position
Australian Album Charts 15
Swiss Album Charts 10
Austrian Album Charts 1
Swedish Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Album Chart 1
Norwegian Album Chart 1
German Album Chart 10
US Billboard 200 15
UK Albums Chart 2
Italian Album Chart 17
Canadian Album Chart 12
French Album Chart 7

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Norway 4x Platinum 230,000
Austria Gold 30,000
Switzerland Gold 30,000
Holland Gold 60,000
Brazil Gold 150,000
Germany 3x Gold 830,000
France Platinum 860,000
UK 3x Platinum 1,090,000
USA Platinum 1,800,000

1986 – Scoundrel Days (Warner Bros)

  1. “Scoundrel Days” – 3:56
  2. “The Swing of Things” – 4:14 (Waaktaar)
  3. “I’ve Been Losing You” – 4:24 (Waaktaar)
  4. “October” – 3:48 (Waaktaar)
  5. “Manhattan Skyline” – 4:52
  6. “Cry Wolf” – 4:05
  7. “We’re Looking for the Whales” – 3:39
  8. “The Weight of the Wind” – 3:57 (Waaktaar)
  9. “Maybe, Maybe” – 2:34 (Furuholmen)
  10. “Soft Rains of April” – 3:12

Produced by Alan Tarney, except tracks 3, 9 and 10 produced by Furuholmen and Waaktaar. All songs written by Furuholmen/Waaktaar unless noted otherwise.

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Scoundrel Days is the second full-length album by the new wave pop/rock band A-ha. It was released on 6 October 1986 through Warner Bros. Records. A deluxe/expanded edition with additional tracks was released in 2010. Yamaha DX7 and Roland Juno-60/106 synths used in the recording of this album—Roland Juno used on intro of the song “Manhattan Skyline ” and Yamaha DX7 drum sound used on the intro of song called “October”. “Scoundrel Days” and “Swing of Things” signature sounds are PPG. The drums and several other sounds are from the Fairlight. I’ve Been Losing You” was the first single from the album. It reached #1 in Norway, and #8 in the UK. “I’ve Been Losing You” became the biggest hit from the album in Europe.”Cry Wolf” was the second single from the album. It was the most successful single from the Scoundrel Days album in the U.S., where it peaked at #14 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and went to #50 on the Hot 100. While it would be their last entry on that chart, the band would continue to have major pop hits from each album release throughout the rest of the world through to the present day. The single went Top 40 nearly everywhere else it was released, including Top 5 chartings in the UK, Poland and Ireland, going #2 in Norway and to the top spot in Japan. The lyrics “Night I left the city I dreamt of a Wolf…” are credited to Lauren Savoy whom Pål later married. “Maybe, Maybe” is the third single released from the album and was only released in Bolivia. “Manhattan Skyline” reached #13 in the UK charts. The song was co-written by keyboardist Magne Furuholmen and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. The song starts with a calm verse in F major, before kicking into a hard rock-style chorus with a guitar riff in D minor. In the official A-ha biography, The Swing of Things, Furuholmen said it was “perhaps one of the most inspired cut and paste-projects that Paul and I did. I wrote the quiet part. Paul wrote the rock part.” Scoundrel Days was the band’s second studio album. The album’s peak on the Billboard 200 was 74. The album was another big hit by A-ha and sold over 6 million copies worldwide which gave the band international recognition. Scoundrel Days achieved Platinum status in the UK and Switzerland and Gold in Germany and Brazil. Ned Raggett of AllMusic Guide said, “The opening two songs alone make for one of the best one-two opening punches around: the tense edge of the title track, featuring one of Morten Harket’s soaring vocals during the chorus and a crisp, pristine punch in the music, and “The Swing of Things,” a moody, elegant number with a beautiful synth/guitar arrangement (plus some fine drumming courtesy of studio pro Michael Sturgis) and utterly lovelorn lyrical sentiments that balance on the edge of being overheated without quite going over…The ’80s may be long gone, but Scoundrel Days makes clear that not everything was bad back then.”Scoundrel Days included the singles “I’ve Been Losing You“, “Cry Wolf“, “Maybe, Maybe”, and “Manhattan Skyline“. All the singles with the exception of “Maybe, Maybe” charted on the UK Singles Chart. “I’ve Been Losing You” and “Cry Wolf” were the most successful singles from the album, “Cry Wolf” became a minor hit in America and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #50, while “I’ve Been Losing You” was the most successful single in Europe. As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Scoundrel Days was expanded and remastered in 2010. On July 6, 2010 the albums Hunting High and Low and Scoundrel Days was released as deluxe editions in the USA through Rhino Records and both albums debuted in the top 40 Billboard Top Internet Sales Chart. Hunting High and Low at # 34 and Scoundrel Days at # 36.

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Album

Chart Peak
Switzerland Swiss Album Charts 6
Austria Austrian Album Charts 9
Sweden Swedish Albums Chart 11
Norway Norwegian Album Chart 1
United States Billboard 200 74
United Kingdom UK Album Charts 2
Germany German Album Chart 4
Italy Italian Album Chart 11
Canada Canadian Album Chart 33

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Norway 3x Platinum 180,000
Switzerland platinum 50,000
Brazil platinum 300,000
Germany platinum 660,000
France Platinum 570,000
UK Platinum 500,000
USA 340,000

1988 – Stay on These Roads (Warner Bros)

  1. “Stay on These Roads” * — 4:45 (Furuholmen, Harket, Waaktaar)
  2. “The Blood That Moves the Body” * — 4:06 (Waaktaar)
  3. “Touchy!” * — 4:34 (Furuholmen, Harket, Waaktaar)
  4. “This Alone Is Love” — 5:15 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  5. “Hurry Home” — 4:37 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  6. The Living Daylights” — 4:47 (Barry, Waaktaar)
  7. “There’s Never a Forever Thing” — 2:53 (Waaktaar)
  8. “Out of Blue Comes Green” — 6:42 (Waaktaar)
  9. “You Are the One”* — 3:51 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  10. “You’ll End up Crying” — 2:06 (Waaktaar)
  • released as singles from this album. Track 2 was re-released in 1992 in a remixed form.

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Stay on These Roads is the third full-length album by the pop band A-ha. It was released on 3 May 1988 by Warner Bros. Records. Six singles were also released from this record. Produced by Alan Tarney. A Synclavier, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Yamaha DX-7, Roland D-50, and Roland Juno-60 or Roland Juno-106 synthesizers were used in the recording of this album, as was a Yamaha RX-5 drum machine.Stay on These Roads was the band’s third studio album. The album’s peak on the Billboard 200 was 148. The album was another big hit by A-ha internationally, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Stay on These Roads achieved Platinum status in Brazil and Gold in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany and Double Platinum status in France. William Ruhlmann of Allmusic said “in the U.K., the album became the group’s third straight to peak at number two, though it charted for a shorter period than the first two albums, and there were four Top 25 hits—the title track, ‘The Blood That Moves the Body,’ ‘Touchy!,’ and ‘You Are the One’.” Also included was A-ha’s 1987 theme from the James Bond movie The Living Daylights, a U.K. number five that missed the U.S. charts. Lead single “Stay on These Roads“, number one in Norway, was a hit across Europe, including top-five showings in the UK, France, Austria and Ireland and top-ten chartings in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Stay on These Roads included three more hit singles, “The Blood That Moves The Body“, “Touchy!” and “You Are the One”, though a final single, “There’s Never a Forever Thing”, was released only in Brazil. None of the singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Stay on These Roads Tour’ was a 1988-1989 concert tour by a-ha. They made 87 concerts over 8 countries (the one and the only they come to Italy)

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Album

Chart Peak
Switzerland Swiss Album Charts 6
Austria Austrian Album Charts 9
Sweden Swedish Albums Chart 10
Norway Norwegian Album Chart 1
United States Billboard 200 148
France SNEP 6
United Kingdom UK Album Charts 2
Germany German Album Chart 4
Italy Italian Album Chart 2
Canada Canadian Album Chart 55

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Norway 2x Platinum 130,000
Italy Multi Platinum 850,000
Switzerland Gold 40,000
Holland Gold 70,000
Brazil 2x Platinum 600,000
Germany Gold 360,000
France 2x Platinum 750,000
UK Gold 220,000
USA 120,000

1990 – East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Warner Bros)

All tracks written by Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen unless noted otherwise:

  1. Crying in the Rain” (Howard Greenfield / Carole King) – 4:25
  2. “Early Morning” – 2:59
  3. “I Call Your Name” – 4:54
  4. “Slender Frame” – 3:42
  5. “East of the Sun” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 4:47
  6. “Sycamore Leaves” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 5:22
  7. “Waiting for Her” – 4:49
  8. “Cold River” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy / Lauren Savoy) – 4:40
  9. “The Way We Talk” (Magne Furuholmen) – 1:30
  10. “Rolling Thunder” – 5:43
  11. “(Seemingly) Nonstop July” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 2:55

“The Way We Talk” features Magne Furuholmen on lead vocals.

EOTSAWOTM

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the fourth album, released in 1990 by Norwegian band A-ha. It was seen by many as a departure from their old radio friendly sound to a darker, moodier tone, and is named after a Norwegian fairy tale. Producers Christopher Neil, Ian Stanley.

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Album

Chart Peak
Swiss Albums Chart 16
Austrian Albums Chart 23
Swedish Albums Chart 35
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 12
German Albums Chart 6
Canadian Albums Chart 37

Certifications

Country Certification Sales/shipments
Norway 2x Platinum 100,000
Switzerland Gold 30,000
Brazil Gold 150,000
Germany Gold 300,000
France Gold 240,000
UK Silver 80,000
USA 80,000

1993 – Memorial Beach (Warner bros)

All tracks written by Pål Waaktaar unless noted otherwise:

  1. “Dark Is the Night for All” – 3:46
  2. “Move to Memphis” – 4:22 (Pål Waaktaar/Magne Furuholmen)
  3. “Cold as Stone” – 8:19
  4. “Angel in the Snow” – 4:13
  5. “Locust” – 5:09
  6. “Lie Down in Darkness” – 4:32
  7. “How Sweet It Was” – 6:00
  8. “Lamb to the Slaughter” – 4:20 (Magne Furuholmen)
  9. “Between Your Mama and Yourself” – 4:16
  10. “Memorial Beach” – 4:36 (link to Baywatch)

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Memorial beach  is the fifth album, released in 1993 by Norwegian band A-ha. The song named “Angel in the snow” is a poem written by Paal for his wife Lauren during the marriage. Producers Paal Waaktaar, a-ha, David Z.

MEMORIAL BEACH SONG WAS USED AS SOUNDTRACK FOR AN EPISODE OF BAYWATCH TELEFILM WITH DAVID HASSELHOFF IN 1993

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2000 – Minor Earth Major Sky (wea International)

  1. “Minor Earth Major Sky” – 5:25 (Furuholmen/Waaktaar-Savoy)
  2. “Little Black Heart” – 4:35 (Furuholmen/Waaktaar-Savoy)
  3. Velvet” – 4:21 (Waaktaar-Savoy/Lauren Savoy)
  4. “Summer Moved On” – 4:38 (Waaktaar-Savoy)
  5. “The Sun Never Shone That Day” – 4:40 (Waaktaar-Savoy/Lauren Savoy)
  6. “To Let You Win” – 4:24 (Harket/Havard Rem)
  7. “The Company Man” – 3:15 (Furuholmen/Waaktaar-Savoy)
  8. “Thought That It Was You” – 3:50 (Harket/Ole Sverre-Olsen)
  9. I Wish I Cared” – 4:23 (Furuholmen)
  10. “Barely Hanging On” – 3:56 (Waaktaar-Savoy)
  11. “You’ll Never Get Over Me” – 5:40 (Waaktaar-Savoy)
  12. “I Won’t Forget Her” – 4:44 (Waaktaar-Savoy)
  13. “Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count” – 4:51 (Waaktaar-Savoy)

MEMS

Minor Earth | Major Sky is the sixth album by Norwegian band a-ha, released in 2000 as a return of the band on the scene. It sold 2 million copies worldwide. Producers a-ha, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Millenia Nova, Ras, Roland Spremberg, Andre Tanneberger, Păl Waaktaar. Almost the entire album was remixed by producer Niven Garland at the record company’s insistence to make it more radio-friendly for the band’s German market. “Summer Moved On” (edit), “Minor Earth Major Sky” (remix) and “Velvet” (edit) were commercially released as singles. “I Wish I Cared” was an Internet download single, accompanied by an internet-only music video—one of the first of its kind. Arranged By – a-ha
Arranged By [Strings] – Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
Co-producer – Kjetil Bjerkestrand, a-ha
Engineer – Jan-Erik Kongshaug*, Jon Marius Aareskjold, Ulf Holand
Mixed By – Boogieman (tracks: 4, 6), Niven Garland (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 7 to 13)
Producer – Boogieman (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 12), Kjetil Bjerkestrand (tracks: 8), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (tracks: 13), Roland Spremberg (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11)
Strings – Norwegian Radio Orchestra*, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra*
Technician [Pro Tools Operator] – Jon Marius Aareskjold, Kjetil Bjerkestrand
Written-By – Håvard Rem (tracks: 6), Lauren Savoy (tracks: 3, 5), Magne Furuholmen (tracks: 1, 2, 7, 9), Morten Harket (tracks: 6, 8), Ole Sverre Olsen (tracks: 8), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 10 to 13)

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2002 – Lifelines (Wea Records)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Lifelines” Furuholmen 4:17
2. “You Wanted More” Furuholmen, Morten Harket (lyrics) / Furuholmen (music) 3:39
3. “Forever Not Yours” Harket, Ole Sverre-Olsen (lyrics) / Furuholmen, Harket (music) 4:06
4. “There’s a Reason for It” Paul Waaktaar-Savoy 4:21
5. “Time & Again” Waaktaar-Savoy 5:03
6. “Did Anyone Approach You?” Waaktaar-Savoy 4:10
7. “Afternoon High” Waaktaar-Savoy 4:30
8. “Oranges on Appletrees” Furuholmen, Harket (lyrics) / Furuholmen (music) 4:16
9. “A Little Bit” Waaktaar-Savoy 4:10
10. “Less Than Pure” Waaktaar-Savoy 4:13
11. “Turn the Lights Down” Furuholmen, Harket 4:14
12. “Cannot Hide” Harket, Sverre-Olsen (lyrics) / Harket, Martin Landquist (music) 3:19
13. “White Canvas” Furuholmen 3:27
14. “Dragonfly” Furuholmen 3:19
15. “Solace” Furuholmen 4:20

The Russian version of the album contains intro spoken by M. Harket in Russian plus 2 bonus remixes:

  1. Minor Earth – Major Sky” (ATB mix) – 5:47
  2. Velvet” (De-PHAZZ mix) – 3:47

LIFELINES

Lifelines is the seventh album released in 2002 by the Norwegian band A-ha. This album entered to top 10 album charts in 9 countries and 4 of those in top, selling over 1.5 million copies. The “Forever Not Yours” video was shot in Havana, Cuba. The video was directed by Harald Zwart (who also directed the “Velvet” video) and the storyline is based on the story of Noah’s Arkand today’s celebrities. Look-alikes of Desmond Tutu, Madonna, and Queen Elizabeth are included, among others. The “Lifelines” video features segments from the 1991 short film Året gjennom Børfjord, also known as A Year Along the Abandoned Road. In the short film a camera moves through a small village in Finnmark while the seasons change. Producers Stephen Hague, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Martin Landquist.

AVAILABLE IN THIS FORMAT : CD

Album

Chart Peak
Switzerland Swiss Albums Chart 6
Austria Austrian Albums Chart 2
Sweden Swedish Albums Chart 21
Norway Norwegian Albums Chart 1
France French Albums Chart 30
United Kingdom UK Albums Chart 67
Germany German Albums Chart 1
Spain Spanish Albums Chart 32
Denmark Danish Albums Chart 9
Greece Greek Albums Chart 9
Poland Polish Albums Chart 8
Hungary Hungarian Albums Chart 29
Netherlands Dutch Albums Chart 92
Japan Japanese Albums Chart 99
Estonia Estonian Albums Chart 1
Latvia Latvian Albums Chart 1
Canada Canadian Albums Chart 28

2005 – Analogue (Universal International, Polydor Records)

  1. “Celice” (Magne Furuholmen/Martin Terefe) – 3:41
  2. “Don’t Do Me Any Favours” (Magne Furuholmen) – 3:51
  3. “Cosy Prisons” (Magne Furuholmen) – 4:08
  4. “Analogue (All I Want)” (Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy/Max Martin) – 3:48
  5. “Birthright” (Magne Furuholmen/Martin Terefe) – 3:45
  6. “Holy Ground” (Morten Harket/Nick Whitecross/Ole Sverre Olsen) – 4:00
  7. “Over The Treetops” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 4:24
  8. “Halfway Through The Tour” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 7:26
  9. “A Fine Blue Line” (Magne Furuholmen) – 4:09
  10. “Keeper of the Flame” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 3:58
  11. “Make It Soon” (Morten Harket/Ole Sverre Olsen) – 3:21
  12. “White Dwarf” (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 4:24
  13. “The Summers of Our Youth” (Magne Furuholmen) – 3:56

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Analogue is the eighth studio album by the Norwegian band A-ha, released in 2005. Four singles were also released from this record. The song “Analogue (All I Want)” was originally a song called “Minor Key Sonata (Analogue)”, which (like the rest of the album) was produced by Martin Terefe and mixed by Flood. Max Martin was then brought in to turn “Minor Key Sonata (Analogue)” into a more radio-friendly song, with a less surreal lyric and catchier chorus. The song was then re-written as “Analogue (All I Want)” and re-recorded, and is the only track on the album not produced by Terefe. Upon its release as a single, it became the band’s first top 10 hit in the UK since 1988. The B-side “Case Closed on Silver Shore” was also produced during the Analogue sessions, produced by Terefe, and mixed by Flood. It was written by Pal Waaktaar-Savoy. The lead vocal on “The Summers of Our Youth” is by Furuholmen (the second time on an A-ha release), with Harket joining him on the chorus.
In their live version of “Holyground”, Waaktaar-Savoy plays an omnichord.
The songs “Cosy Prisons” and “Over the Treetops” includes backing vocals by Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Producers Martin Terefe, with Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Michael Ilbert, Max Martin

AVAILABLE IN THESE FORMATS : CD, DIGIPACK (cd+dvd)

Bonus DVD
DVD-1 Celice

Mixed By – Michael Ilbert

DVD-2 Analogue

Mixed By – Michael Ilbert

DVD-3 Cosy Prisons

Mixed By – Michael Ilbert

DVD-4 Video Celice (Thomas Shumacher Edit)

Remix [Additional Production] – Stephan Bodzin, Thomas Schumacher

DVD-5 Inteview & Making Of “Celice”

2009 – Foot of the Mountain (We love music)

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “The Bandstand” Paul Waaktaar-Savoy Magne Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy 4:03
2. “Riding the Crest” Waaktaar-Savoy Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy 4:18
3. “What There Is” Waaktaar-Savoy Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy 3:46
4. “Foot of the Mountain” Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy, Martin Terefe 3:59
5. “Real Meaning” Waaktaar-Savoy Furuholmen, Waaktaar-Savoy 3:42
6. “Shadowside” Waaktaar-Savoy Waaktaar-Savoy 4:57
7. “Nothing Is Keeping You Here” Waaktaar-Savoy Waaktaar-Savoy 3:20
8. “Mother Nature Goes To Heaven” Waaktaar-Savoy Waaktaar-Savoy 4:11
9. “Sunny Mystery” Furuholmen Furuholmen 3:32
10. “Start the Simulator” Waaktaar-Savoy Waaktaar-Savoy 5:12

foot of the mountain album

Foot of the Mountain is the ninth and final studio album by the Norwegian pop rock band A-ha. It was released on 19 June 2009 and reached No. 1 on the German Albums Chartand No. 2 on the Norwegian Albums Chart. In its first week in the UK, the album debuted at No. 5, the group’s highest chart placing in that country since Stay on These Roads in 1988.The overall sound of the record marks a return to the synthpop style the band became famous for in the mid-1980s.Keyboardist Magne Furuholmen describes the album thus: “It’s an album that incorporates the key elements that first defined the band: soaring vocals, synth hooks, yearning lyrics and melodic melancholia.”Foot of the Mountain was A-ha’s last full length album before their split in 2010. However, they did release a further compilation album 25 with their last single “Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)“. In a 2007 interview with the Norwegian TV channel TVTromsø, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy expressed frustration over the time it took to produce new material with the band: “The trouble with us is that we’re never in sync. Right now, I’m eager to get going on the new album. I’m telling everybody that the new album is coming out next year and that it’s going to be great. But the other two are of course just starting to get into their solo projects again and want to prioritize those for the time being.” Getting around to recording the follow-up to Analogue took four years due to the individual projects of the band members. Paul’s band Savoy released Savoy Songbook Vol. 1, Magne released his second solo album A Dot of Black in the Blue of Your Bliss and Morten Harket released his second English-language solo album Letter from Egypt. Despite touring quite extensively between 2005–08, the focus of the group was not directed towards recording. The album ended up being recorded in a relatively short period of time (between January – May 2009) with Steve Osborne, Mark Saunders and Roland Spremberg producing. The recording session took place in several studios around the world. In the US sessions were held at Water Music, Beat 360 and The Alabaster Room in New York City. In Norway recordings were made at Yoga Studio, Alabaster Cottage, Malabar Studio and Rainbow Studio. In the UK the band recorded at Real World Studios, whilst in Germany they used Gaga Studios and Boogie Park Studios.The track “Riding the Crest”, named by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy as “an electro-blues”, is heavily inspired by Arcade Fire and their album Neon Bible. Being the principal songwriter on the album, Waaktaar-Savoy also got inspired by his changing surroundings, dividing his time between New York City and Oslo. ““Shadowside“ feels quite Norwegian in the melody, the chords and the mood. “The Bandstand” reminds me of my first trip to New York City in the early ’80s, before A-ha were famous. Songs are like a photo-album – they can really send you back. And this one reminds me of arriving at Port Authority with $35 in my pocket, sporting really high, yellow, almost see-through synthesizer-hair, wearing a tiger-shirt and a brown suit, looking like an alien!”The title track, “Foot of the Mountain” – examines one of the fundamental conflicts of modern life, the pull between nature and big-city civilization: for Paul, the buzz of New York City versus the beauty and isolation of Norway: “It’s the dilemma of loving a city life, yet secretly wondering if we’d be happier being surrounded by open fields and sweeping mountains.” “Real Meaning” is inspired by Waaktaar-Savoy calling home only to be greeted by his answering machine. The idea behind “Start the Simulator” was to make a heartfelt song using technical language: “The basic idea was to make a song using only technical terms and phrases, and still make it very emotional and personal. There is such poetry in the old Apollo manuals: “switch to Omni Bravo” and “the bright ejector blanket.”The latter should probably be “ejecta blanket.” Magne’s solo work has been sampled extensively, with the song “Foot of the Mountain” originally appeared as a solo track, on Magne’s last solo album and two tracks from the A-ha album, have borrowed parts from Magne’s album.The album’s artwork is designed by Martin Kvamme, who has worked with A-ha on previous occasions, both as a band and on solo projects. Stian Andersen, Guy Berryman, Istockphoto and Helge Kvamme supplied photographs for the inner sleeve.Martin Kvamme said the following about the inspiration behind the cover art: “In this case the title helped quite a lot. I know that this is a somehow poetic quote and that they are not necessarily talking about a mountain, but we wanted something majestic and simple. That’s also why we made it quite abstract. It’s a picture of the mountain Kyrkja (the church) in Jotunheimen, Norway. Inside we have more images of Norwegian nature (in a collage style). But in general I guess the inspiration comes from the overall idea (production and songwriting/lyrics), rather than the album title.” The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang gave the album 4 out of 6 stars, calling the band: “Coldplay‘s half-potent uncles.”Dagbladet also gave it 4 out of 6, stating: “This is one of A-ha’s best records, but it could have been a classic.” Aftenposten was also very positive, giving it 4 out of 6, whilst Dagsavisen had slight reservations giving it 3 out of 6. Nettavisen also gave it 3 out of 6. Swedish newspaper Norra Västerbotten gave the album a glowing review and the mark 4 out of 5 stating that the album contained: “Melodic synthpop in the vein of The Killers.”Göteborgs-Posten gave the album 4 out of 6, calling the album: “A late peak in the bands career, perfectly placed between the soundscapes of Keane, Coldplay and Depeche Mode.” Östgöta Correspondenten gave a favourable review stating: “It is clear to see where Coldplay get their inspiration from.” Kristianstadsbladet were less favorable, stating that the album was a: “Sleeping pill.”The album Foot of the Mountain reached platinum status in Russia and in January 2010, it was certified platinum in Germany. In February it reached silver status in the UK. Producers A-ha, Steve Osborne, Mark Saunders, Roland Spremberg, Erik Ljunggren.

AVAILABLE IN THESE FORMATS : CD, DIGIPACK (cd+dvd)

Bonus DVD
DVD-1 Foot Of The Mountain (SWR3 Hautnah Live-Version) 4:15
DVD-2 Riding The Crest (SWR3 Hautnah Live-Version) 4:25
DVD-3 Foot Of The Mountain (Video)

Film Director – Olaf HeineFilm Producer – Ponyfilm

3:37
DVD-4 Shadowside (Video)

Film Director – Uwe FladeFilm Producer – Q Film

3:32
DVD-5 Nothing Is Keeping You Here (Video)

Film Director – Uwe FladeFilm Producer – Q Film

3:02

Chart positions

  • No. 1 – Germany
  • No. 1 – Luxembourg
  • No. 2 – Norway
  • No. 3 – Russia
  • No. 5 – France
  • No. 5 – UK
  • No. 8 – Europe
  • No. 11 – Austria
  • No. 12 – Switzerland
  • No. 17 – Poland
  • No. 31 – World
  • No. 40 – Czech Rep
  • No. 45 – Sweden
  • No. 72 – Ireland
  • No. 83 – Netherlands
  • No. 85 – Italy
  • No. 134 – Japan
Chart (2009) Rank
German Albums Chart 22

Certifications

Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Sales
Germany Platinum 200,000
Russia Platinum 20,000
France Platinum 100,000
Norway Platinum 45,000
U.K. Silver 65,000
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