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Hunting High And Low (180 Gram Vinyl)
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Hunting High and Low is the debut studio album by the Norwegian new wave band A-ha. Released on 1 June 1985, the album was a huge commercial success selling more than 10 million units worldwide, peaking at number fifteen on the US Billboard 200 and reaching high positions on charts worldwide. The album was recorded at Eel Pie Studios in Twickenham, produced by Tony Mansfield, John Ratcliff and Alan Tarney.
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There is plenty of info on the story behind the album and group coming together, lyrics, and many, many photos of that era (full hair and tight pants galore!). For the audiophiles who may be wondering what happened with the 192kHz/24bit and 96kHz/24bit files, they will be pleased to know that they are available ...but elsewhere. Check HDtracks for them, and feel free to be annoyed that these are not included on here, as was originally intended (a missed opportunity, especially when there is so much space left on the 5th disc which only features 6 videos). Still, this package is a hit, both the content and packaging do justice to the "30th anniversary super deluxe edition" title. Which only makes the anticipation for the next 2 a-ha supers deluxe reissues grow stronger. With so many pristine repackages (recent Belinda Carlisle, and Bananarama singles box sets), it is refreshing to finally see record labels putting this amount of effort into producing such well-presented sets. Physical media is not dead!
***** for the album
***** for this edition
This is one of my favorite albums of the 80's techno-pop genre that was strong at the time.
For a techno project, it proved that it was possible to be soulful while embracing the
technology of the time, and it also had some great songs to sustain that theory!
I'm sure all of you 40-50 yr old Gen-Xers remember when it's lead single,
the eternally perky "Take On Me", with it's innovative video, was getting major play
on MTV and Friday Night Videos, as well as in the clubs all over the U.S. and Europe!
I was 21 yrs old when this album came out and playing keys & synths for a band who
played top 40 hits in clubs and private functions up and down the eastcoast, so it
was essential for me to learn how to program in order to achieve the sound textures
on this album. A-HA's "Hunting High & Low", DM's "Black Celebration" and Kraftwerk's
"Electric Cafe" definitely put me through my paces as a keyboardist! (-:
Of course, some of these sounds are cheesy & dated by today's standards, but the vibe
of these classic techo-pop albums are eternal!
But much more than "Take On Me", my favorite song from this album was
the epic "The Sun Always Shines On TV"!!--Which had drama to burn!
When I first heard this song, on a monster club system, in a slighty altered state,
I felt as though I had left my body! (-: In fact, that song made me buy this album
on both vinyl (for the house) as well as on cassette for my car!
Every now and then, when waxing nostalgic for the 80's, I'll put this album on (now I have the CD)
and I still find that "Take On Me", "Train Of Thought", "Hunting High & Low", "Blue Sky",
"The Sun Always Shines On TV", "And You Tell Me", "I Dream Myself Alive" and the highly
underrated "Here I Stand & Face The Rain" still make my head bob and a smile comes over
my face some 24 yrs later. This is defintely a classic and a techno-pop masterpiece!
Good news is both these 12" are available in their original glory on the Retro:Active series. Take On Me is available on Volume 1 Rare & Remixed, The Sun Always Shines... is on Volume 2 Retro Active Rare & Remixed 2. These CDs are getting a bit scarse, so happy hunting high & low!