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Hunting High and Low [30th Anniversary Edition]

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a-ha 9/18/2015

Review

Anyone who dismissed a-ha as a one-hit wonder must have missed out on the band's fine debut, Hunting High and Low. Though the band spawned many further hits across the rest of the world, "Take on Me" exploded in the States and the group never cracked the top of the charts again. It's a shame, because the album contains a handful of songs that nearly match the manic energy and emotional crack of its big hit. Further, 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. The opening kick is a huge one: "Take on Me" is a new wave classic laced with rushing keyboards, made emotionally resonant thanks to Morten Harket's touching vocal delicacy. It didn't hurt in the era of MTV that the song's video was a hyperkinetic blend of mind-warping animation and filmed footage with a romantic thriller's heart. Harket's hunky physique and cheekbones also didn't hurt the video's chances at heavy rotation. Getting past that video, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." is just as thrilling. Starting as a sad ballad, it explodes into something much more, as chugging guitars and operatic synths keep pace with Harket's evocative vocal stylings. If ever a 1980s song qualified as Wall of Sound, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." would be it. The remainder of the album sees a-ha switching deftly back and forth between dramatic overtures and classic new wave keyboard motifs. "Train of Thought" and "Love Is Reason" are reminiscent of early Depeche Mode or Camouflage, but Harket's rich voice and flair make them purely a-ha. The band explores decidedly European terrain in the theatrical "Hunting High and Low" and dances a pop waltz with the sweet "Living a Boy's Adventure Tale," coming across like a marriage between the Blue Nile and Alphaville. Delightful song snippets "The Blue Sky" and "And You Tell Me" act as frosting on the cake or as glue between the theater and the dancefloor. 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 T.V.," and no lows in sight, a-ha's debut is a treat worth relishing. [A 30th Anniversary Edition was released in 2015.] ~ Tim DiGravina
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Take on Me a-ha 3:45
  3. 2 Train of Thought a-ha 4:10
  4. 3 Hunting High and Low a-ha 3:41
  5. 4 The Blue Sky a-ha 2:32
  6. 5 Living a Boy's Adventure Tale a-ha 4:58
  7. 6 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. a-ha 5:3
  8. 7 And You Tell Me a-ha 1:50
  9. 8 Love Is Reason a-ha 3:3
  10. 9 I Dream Myself Alive a-ha 3:1
  11. 10 Here I Stand and Face the Rain a-ha 4:29
  12. 1 Lesson One (Autumn 1982 "Take on Me" Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 2:40
  13. 2 Presenting Lily Mars (Naersnes Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 2:57
  14. 3 Sa Blaser Det Pa Jorden (Naersnes Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 2:32
  15. 4 The Sphinx (Naersnes Demo) a-ha 3:25
  16. 5 Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (Naersnes Demo) a-ha 3:44
  17. 6 Dot the I (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:19
  18. 7 The Love Goodbye (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:21
  19. 8 Nothing to It (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:40
  20. 9 Go to Sleep (2015 Remaster) a-ha 2:10
  21. 10 Train of Thought (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:17
  22. 11 Monday Mourning (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:5
  23. 12 All the Planes That Come in on the Quiet (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:1
  24. 13 The Blue Sky (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:22
  25. 14 You Have Grown Thoughtful Again (2015 Remaster) a-ha 2:28
  26. 15 What's That You're Doing to Yourself in the Pouring Rain (2015 Remaster) a-ha 2:37
  27. 16 Take on Me (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:10
  28. 17 Hunting High and Low (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:6
  29. 18 I Dream Myself Alive (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:2
  30. 19 And You Tell Me (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 1:49
  31. 20 Here I Stand and Face the Rain (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:51
  32. 21 Love Is Reason (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 2:21
  33. 22 The Blue Sky (2nd Demo) a-ha 3:14
  34. 23 Never Never (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:15
  35. 24 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (Demo [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:6
  36. 25 Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo) a-ha 3:27
  37. 1 Take on Me (Original 7" Version 1984 [7" Version - 1984] [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:14
  38. 2 Take on Me (1984 12" Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:45
  39. 3 Stop! and Make Your Mind Up (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:0
  40. 4 Take on Me (1985 12" Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:44
  41. 5 Take on Me (Instrumental Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:44
  42. 6 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (7" Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:40
  43. 7 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (1st Extended Version [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 7:3
  44. 8 Driftwood (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:3
  45. 9 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (2nd Extended Version [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 8:22
  46. 10 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (Instrumental [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 6:34
  47. 11 Train of Thought (7" Remix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:12
  48. 12 Train of Thought (U.S. Remix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 6:58
  49. 13 Train of Thought (Dub Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 8:33
  50. 14 Hunting High and Low (7" Remix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:45
  51. 15 Hunting High and Low (Extended Remix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 6:0
  52. 1 Take on Me (2015 Remaster) a-ha 3:40
  53. 2 Train of Thought (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:9
  54. 3 Hunting High and Low (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:40
  55. 4 The Blue Sky (Alternate Long Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:38
  56. 5 Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:51
  57. 6 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (Alternate Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 5:44
  58. 7 And You Tell Me (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 1:52
  59. 8 Love Is Reason (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 2:57
  60. 9 Dream Myself Alive (Early "NYC" Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 3:3
  61. 10 Here I Stand and Face the Rain (Early Mix [2015 Remaster]) a-ha 4:57

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