Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Relive an a-ha Moment

One of the biggest hits during the summer of '85 was "Take On Me." Twenty-five years later, the album that spawned the international smash, 'Hunting High and Low,' gets the two-disc deluxe treatment from Rhino on June 28. The original record will be remastered, but the real goodies are the 12" versions of the singles, including the underrated "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." You can also hear demo and instrumental versions of "Take On Me," as well as B-sides, Norwegian-only tracks and many other demos. The set comes in at a whopping 37 songs from the 'Hunting High and Low' era. You can pre-order now.

Not to sell the other new a-ha releases short, but this is the only one of their records I got into. So, in short, you can also pre-order a deluxe edition of a-ha's sophomore effort, 'Scoundrel Days,' as well as a 19-track singles collection that covers 1984-2004. In case you're wondering what's up with the band today, a-ha still has a pretty big following in Europe, but they plan to call it quits after a couple of farewell shows later this year. You probably won't believe this, but I kind of liked a single they released last year. I'll include it below.

a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) (mp3)
a-ha - Foot Of The Mountain (Radio Edit) (mp3)

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