THE DELUXE EDITION DEMOES

Hunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition) 2010

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1. Take On Me
2. Train Of Thought
3. Hunting High And Low
4. The Blue Sky
5. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale
6. The Sun Always Shines On TV
7. And You Tell Me
8. Love Is Reason
9. I Dream Myself Alive
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain
11. Take On Me (Original 7″ Version)
12. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended)
13. Train Of Thought (U.S. Mix)
14. Hunting High And Low (Extended)
15. Take On Me (Demo)*
16. Train Of Thought (Demo)*
17. Hunting High And Low (Demo)*
18. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Early Version)*
19. The Blue Sky (Demo)*
20. The Sun Always Shines On TV (Demo)*
21. And You Tell Me
22. Love Is Reason (Demo)*
23. I Dream Myself Alive (Demo)*
24. Here I Stand And Face The Rain
25. Stop And Make Your Mind Up
26. Driftwood
27. Dot The I*
28. The Love Goodbye
29. Nothing To It*
30. Go To Sleep
31. Monday Mourning
32. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet*
33. Never Never
34. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself*
35. You Have Grown Thoughtful Again*
36. Lesson One (Autumn 1982 Demo)*
37. Presenting Lily Mars

The deluxe remastered edition of a-ha’s debut album Hunting High and Low uncovers several unreleased gems such as an instrumental version of “Take On Me” and an early version of the same song called “Lesson One”; demos for “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” and “Train Of Thought”; fan-favorite B-side “Driftwood,” plus tracks released exclusively in Norway like “Never Never” and “Dot The I.”

In this review of Hunting High and Low, Emily May writes, “It is a breathtaking debut album of enchanting, melancholic, electro-orchestral songs beautifully sung by one of the world’s finest vocalists, Morten Harket. The infamous “Take on Me” and majestic “The Sun Always Shines on TV” jostle for space with several other sublime tracks including “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale”, which is painfully poignant and the gothic, lamenting “Here I Stand and Face the Rain”.”

J.D. Gilliam shares his thoughts about the album in this review:

“”Take On Me” was a tour-de-force, a debut of such brilliance that it refused to be ignored […] At the time, the band were seen as pin-ups, a position forced upon them that they were never totally comfortable with, but if you look beyond the posters and videos and actually listen to the lyrics, there is a lot more going on than three Norwegian men playing pop stars.”

J.D. continues, “Twenty-five years on, and after numerous changes in musical direction, the debut album stands proudly alongside the last, Foot Of The Mountain, as a companion piece. Hunting High and Low is a classic album that highlights all that was brilliant about the 1980′s as well as foretelling of a quarter century of creative genius that is finally coming to an end.”

PRODUCED BY TONY MANSFIELD.
REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA EXCEPT “HUNTING HIGH AND LOW” AND “LIVING A BOY’S ADVENTURE TALE,” REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF.
“TAKE ON ME” AND “THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V.” PRODUCED BY ALAN TARNEY; “LOVE IS REASON” PRODUCED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA.

All songs by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy except as indicated.

Produced by Tony Mansfield
Remixed by John Ratcliff with a-ha, except “Hunting High And Low,” and “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale” remixed by John Ratcliff
“Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” Produced by Alan Tarney
“Love Is Reason” Produced by John Ratcliff with a-ha
All selections on disc 2 Produced by a-ha, except “Stop! And Make Your Mind Up” Produced by a-ha with John Ratcliff

Claire Jarvis: oboe on “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale”
Photography: Just Loomis
Art Direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff with Jeri McManus
Design: Jeri McManus

Management:
Harald Wiik / a-ha network

Reissue Credits:
Reissue Produced for Release by Bill Inglot
Art Direction & Design: Jeri Heiden for Smog Design
Remastering: Dan Hersch, Dave Schultz & Bill Inglot at DigiPrep

Project Assistance:
Steve Woolard, Casey Estevez, Kris Ahrend, Amanda Smith, Julie Brunnick, David Gorman, Aleeta Mayo, William Barker, Steven Chean, Lyn Fey, Julee Stover, Julie Temkin

With more than special thanks to Christopher Hopkins, P.A. Stenersen, and Svein Erichsen & Andy Popplewell

 

Scoundrel Days (Deluxe Edition) 2010

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1. Scoundrel Days
2. The Swing Of Things
3. I’ve Been Losing You
4. October
5. Manhattan Skyline
6. Cry Wolf
7. We’re Looking For The Whales
8. The Weight Of The Wind
9. Maybe, Maybe
10. Soft Rains Of April
11. I’ve Been Losing You (Extended)
12. Cry Wolf (Extended)
13. Manhattan Skyline (Extended)
14. Scoundrel Days (Demo)*
15. The Swing Of Things (Demo #3)*
16. October (Demo)*
17. I’ve Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo)*
18. Manhattan Skyline (Demo)*
19. Cry Wolf (Demo)*
20. We’re Looking For The Whales (Demo)*
21. The Weight Of The Wind (Demo)*
22. Maybe, Maybe (Demo)*
23. Soft Rains Of April (Guitar Version)*
24. Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo)
25. This Alone Is Love (Original Version)
26. Days On End (Demo)
27. Train Of Thought (Live In Croydon)*
28. I’ve Been Losing You (Live In Croydon)*
29. The Blue Sky (Live In Croydon)*
30. We’re Looking For The Whales (Live In Croydon)
31. Cry Wolf (Live In Croydon)*

The deluxe version of the remastered edition of a-ha’s sophomore release Scoundrel Days has been expanded with demos for each album track; the B-side “This Alone Is Love” as well as unreleased live performances of “Train Of Thought,” “I’ve Been Losing You,” “Blue Sky,” and “Cry Wolf” recorded in England.

Angela Clow wrote about Scoundrel Days, “The eagerly awaited second album gave us all a taste of the versatility that defined a-ha in later years. This potent collection of atmospheric and melancholic melodies blew the lid off the misconception that a-ha were just a synth-pop band with each song perfectly capturing the essence of emotions that we all deal with at different stages of our lives. Scoundrel Days heralded a more mature and rock-based sound whilst still retaining the charm of their earlier work. The songs are all written by either Paul or Magne (or both) with Morten taking a backseat to the song writing focussing on his vocals to stunning effect, in perfect harmony with the emotional intensity of each song.” Read her full album review here.

“From the opening bars of “Scoundrel Days” to the closing lyrics of “Soft Rains of April” it is obvious that the band had departed from the ‘pop’ sound of their first album. Scoundrel Days is not as ‘easy listening’ as Hunting High and Low, the tracks are more thought provoking and highlight the growing maturity of a-ha’s sound at the time of its release,” says Fiona Bingham in her album review. “Scoundrel Days is a perfect example of a-ha at their best.”

PRODUCED BY ALAN TARNEY EXCEPT “I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU,” “MAYBE MAYBE” AND “SOFT RAINS OF APRIL,” PRODUCED BY MAGNE FURUHOLMEN AND PAUL WAAKTAAR.

All selections on disc 2 Produced by a-ha

Photography by Knut Bry
Art Direction: Jeri McManus Heiden
Design: Jeri McManus Heiden, Kim Champagne

Management:
Harald Wiik / a-ha network

Reissue Credits:
Reissue Produced for Release by Bill Inglot
Art Direction & Design: Jeri Heiden for Smog Design
Remastering: Dan Hersch, Dave Schultz & Bill Inglot at DigiPrep

Project Assistance:
Steve Woolard, Casey Estevez, Kris Ahrend, Amanda Smith, Julie Brunnick, David Gorman, Aleeta Mayo, William Barker, Steven Chean, Lyn Fey, Julee Stover, Julie Temkin

With more than special thanks to Christopher Hopkins, P.A. Stenersen, and Svein Erichsen & Andy Popplewell

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