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A-HA The Swing Of Things – Twenty Years With A-Ha (2004 Norwegian published 408-page Hardback Book by Jan Omdahl with Photo Editor Guri Dahl. Translated to English by Donald Tumasonis. Arguably one of the most extensive biographies of the band looking back in detail over their twenty year strong success in pop from their break-through with Take On Me and scrutinising the band’s releases that followed, writing approach, tours and live performance, lyrics, media coverage, controversy stories and profiles plus their comeback! Also features demo-tape listings, official and special releases discography and a great concert summary. Includes an exclusive 12-track picture CD specially mounted in the inside back cover featuring demos versions of their hits including Take On Me and The Swing Of Things, a track in Norwegian and more classics like Hunting High And Low! – Superb, comprehensive book with a great hardback picture cover matching the disc artwork. The outer sleeve is showing some very light negligible signs of sheflwear/storage but otherwise this great package remains near mint throughout!) THE DEMO CD ALSO HERE:

a-ha: The Swing of Things 1985–2010 is the definitive book about Norway’s greatest pop band.
In the autumn of 1985, a-ha shot to the top of Billboard’s US list with its first single, Take on Me, which was accompanied by a groundbreaking video. An unknown band from Norway had accomplished something nobody thought possible.
In the autumn of 2010, a-ha is finishing up its farewell tour, “Ending on a High Note”. After 25 years, more than 550 concerts, nine studio albums, three compilation albums and one live album, almost forty singles, 63 number-one records in 27 countries and more than 35 million albums sold, it’s definitely over. An era has ended. a-ha: The Swing of Things 1985–2010 is the ultimate summation of a fairy-tale career.
For this edition, Jan Omdahl, who has followed a-ha for many years, has updated the text of his classic band biography The Swing of Things. The book also contains an abundance of unique visual materials, many of them previously unpublished: record covers, PR material, and assorted items collected over the course of the band’s career; the band members’ personal photos, sketches, and notes; and several series of classic pictures taken by the photographers who have followed a-ha most closely over the past 25 years – among them Just Loomis, who took the pictures for the three of the first five albums.
This book amounts to a unique documentation of a-ha’s history – and of all the strange and magical machinery that makes up a pop band’s biography.


demo 2004


1 Take On Me (Demo) 3:19
2 Presenting Lily Mars 3:19
3 Dot The I 3:49
4 Days On End 3:29
5 The Love Goodbye 3:24
6 Monday Mourning 3:11
7 Never Never 3:20
8 Så Blåser Det På Jorden 2:39
9 Go To Sleep 2:28
10 Hunting High And Low 3:26
11 I’ve Been Losing You 4:36
12 The Swing Of Things (Demo) / Living A Boy’s Adventures Tale (Demo) 10:01


Compilation of unreleased songs and early demos which was included with Jan Omdahl’s biography The Swing of Things 2004. The review of the books here…gs-biographies/

Track 12: “The Swing of Things” stops at 4:10, “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale” (not stated in the tracklist) starts at 4:53.