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All the songs on this cd are excellent, and my favorites are Living A Boys Adventure Tale, The Sun Always Shines On Tv and of course, Take On Me.
But if you live in the U.S., then you must think that Take On Me is the only song ever put out by this misunderstood and mislead band. Well I have learned that the radio is NOT the place to go to if you want to listen to good music.
a-ha's second (Scoundrel Days), and third (Stay On These Roads)albums are also excellent and the band sticks to their previous style and sound as in Hunting High and Low. They are both worthy additions to your library. But read on.
But if you want to understand what a mistake the U.S. has made with this band, Warner Bros. especially, then I would recommend you also pick up East of The Sun, West of the Moon and Memoral Beach. These two albums show just how mature the band has become. The songwriting is excellent and the sound is like none other. These albums are TOTALLY different from Hunting High and Low, but then again, why would you want the same thing? Early Morning on EOSWOM and Cold as Stone on Memorial Beach are two examples of this bands greatness. Both could be hits in the U.S. today, if they could just get a little radio airtime. Yeah, right. Most of what is on the radio today is TRASH! Record companies today are signing one album wonders instead of promoting AND supporting good musicians, which in the long run, is beneficial to both parties involved.Read more ›
In "Hunting High and Low" - one uncovers a-ha's distinctive style. More than straightforward pop-meisters, a-ha wrote and executed some interesting tracks in their debut album. Morten Harket's pristine, sweeping vocals are the highlight of each song. The album veers between bright pop synth ballads ("Blue Sky"; "Love is Reason") to progressive whimsical love songs ("Living A Boy's Adventure Tale"). The band's matinee idol looks didn't hurt either and greatly enhanced their success.
Given their appeal to teens, the image aspect of a-ha did sometimes overshadow their inventiveness as musicians (this was the era where pop bands could play and compose their own music as with predecessors Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode etc), and much of a-ha's later music tried to find new ground - moving away from the bright pop landscape they create in this album, but somehow never quite recapturing the youthful charm.
But the best way to describe this album is: endearing. It's refreshing to hear the guys play with a sense of spontaneous abandon. Compared to today's over-produced boy bands who love covers and lack a distinctive sound - a-ha has held their own. There are some pop gems in here and hats off to Morten, Mags and Pal for pulling it off with oomph.
An unbeatable collection; 'Take On Me', 'Hunting High And Low' and my personal favorite 'The Sun Always Shines On T.V. Definitely one of my All-Time Top Ten CD's!
My Highest Recommendation!!
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An Amazing tribute to an incredible freshman album. The book and multiple CDs and DVD are full of memories and great music and rough drafts of songs that reveal the process of... Read morePublished 14 days ago by UNI89
While the price of this special edition is pretty steep, I think it is quite worth it for those of us that truly love the music of a-ha and are not simply looking for some fun 80s... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fellow consumer
The sound of the 2015 remixed edition is so bad! Please stop this loudness war! Get the older cd edition or the vinyl.Published 3 months ago by LarsDK
I was their biggest fan!!!! So nice to be able to get this all together. .. cassettes are old.... can no longer play the vinyl albums. ... Thank you :-) :-)Published 3 months ago by Sally
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Jun 30, 2010 by asturiaz | See all 2 posts
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I was really impressed by this 'hunting high and low' remaster, I'm a big fan since its release so I'm very familiar with it on LP and CD. it sounds almost like a brand new mix off the board although it isn't, so much clarity... not just boosted up louder and compressed like so many... Read More
Jul 16, 2010 by Cris Miller | See all 11 posts