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Lifelines Pt.2 Single, Import

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The Second Single from the "Lifelines" Album which Has Conquered the Charts of Europe. A-ha Are Back and Better Than Ever. Included Here Are Five Various Remixes of One of the Best Tracks from the Album, Essential for Fans.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lifelines (Album Version)
  2. Solace (Tore Johanson Version)
  3. Dragonfly (Magne Furuholmen Solo Version)
  4. Turn The Lights Down (Langer + Winstanley Version)
  5. Lifelines (Demo)
  6. You Wanted More (Stephen Hague Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000067CPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Lifelines" is the second single from the album of the same name. It is available in two versions. The green one contains 4 remixes of "Lifelines". This (red) one contains other mixes of 4 album tracks and "Lifelines" demo version. The songs were given to different producers. In the end, the band had several mixes of the same song to choose from. This is our chance to hear the mixes that they left out of the final album cut and to get some clues about the decision process. I hope they will keep adding the same type of "b-sides" on their next singles because it is valuable material to fans.
The already classic "Lifelines" edit version is shorter than the album version but basically nothing has changed in the orchestration. Track two is "Solace" produced by Tore Johansson, slightly more electronic than the album version. I find it more evocative and melancholic. Track three is the original version of "Dragonfly" as recorded by Magne Furuholmen for the Norwegian movie "Oyenstikker" (which means dragonfly). Magne's voice is weaker and less assured than Morten Harket's, but with the light, stripped down orchestration, which is more folk than pop oriented, it adds to the fragility and tenderness of the song. Magne released it as a solo single in Norway some months ago.
Track four is "Turn the lights down" produced by Langer and Winstanley. The producers pushed in a more country direction. Anneli Drecker's voice is crystal-clear on this version that I like very much. I find it less sugary. Track five is "Lifelines" demo. It has all the defects a demo can have, but you can already feel where the song is going. For fans it is interesting to see how a song sounded like when it was born and compare with the final product...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cam h. on August 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most a-ha singles (particularly stuff before Major Earth, Minor Sky) were, well, disappointing. Not because of the additional material, but because of the lack of additional material. After the single we were just left with other album tracks, or "remixes" that were just the song with the vocals removed. There were exceptions, like the concert recordings on the "Shapes That Go Together" single, the remixes of "Major Earth Minor Sky" and "Summer Moved On," the extras on various Japanese eps, and the interesting demo and amazing live stuff on the single to "Forever Not Yours." But looking at their total output, singles have been a tad boring.
With the Lifelines singles so far, it looks like a-ha have finally gotten around to doing singles the right way. New material gets included, or demos, or rare versions, and quality remixes. This one is a revealing contribution to a-ha's body of work, and I especially like Magne's comments about the tracks. His remarks nicely sum up the tracks, but here are my further contributions.
"Solace" is one of my favourite tracks from Lifelines, and I enjoy the remix well enough, though the original is far better in my opinion and really nails the emotional content of the song. The remixed music is too scattered and divorced from Harket's voice. The "You Wanted More Remix" sounds barely different and so is a bit of a bland listen, but it's interesting to see how things evolved or what decisions were made. That's the point, as Magne writes. Still, the slight differences in the music hint at the possibility of another version. I think Harket could have changed the vocal melody a bit and made the version more interesting and a whole lot catchier. Having an edit of the album version of "Lifelines" is neccessary for the song's single, perhaps, but boring.
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