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Import edition of the Norwegian adult alternative act's fifth album, originally released in 1993 on Warner Brothers.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1999)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B00004SALH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is probably A-HA's most over-looked album. Unfairly so. Maybe their listeners weren't expecting a "rock" album from them. And this is definitly their "rock" album. A very good rock album at that! It sounds very much influenced by "60's classic rock & psychedelia". Several of the tunes remind's one of "THE DOORS". Especially "LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER" & "LOCUST"(the spoken word part towards the end echos the poetry of 'Jim Morrison'. The beautiful & mesmerizing title track("MEMORIAL BEACH"),sounds like a relative of "The Door's" "Riders On The Storm". Other songs have strong elements of 60's rock influences. "COLD AS STONE" is one. What a great song! At over 8 minutes they really get into every corner of it for us; the guitar work is great. A couple of the songs sound a little like "U2" however; namely "DARK IS THE NIGHT FOR ALL" & the pretty "ANGEL IN THE SNOW". Still, all the songs flow together nicely. A-HA seems to put out a great CD no matter what style they choose to cover. This one just happened to 'rock'. If you like good music,great melody, you'll like any one of their CD's. MEMORIAL BEACH is a must have if you like 'rock'; or just like good music.
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I was a young teen in 1993, grunge was in full force, I would listen to bands like Screaming Trees, Tad, Paw and ofcourse the mighty Nirvana. Then I fell in love with a girl from Norway and she was into this band A-HA. This album came out and what I thought I would hate became an album that has stayed in my collection since 1993 and that always brings out a melancholic side to a day. Even as I sit here in this beautifull warm day in summer, as Memorial Beach comes out of the speakers I am taken back to a time when everything was so much more simple and innocent. Be it "Memorial beach" haunting piano and chorus, or "Angel in the Snow", with its hearfelt lyrics and romantic guitar, this album is all around solid. Not being an old school A-HA fan or anything, I cant compare it to other albums or anything, but as a lover of good music I strongly recomend this album. It just has all the elements that make an album great such as amazing lyrics, in that the music actually reaches inside and touches you. Anyway, once again I recomend this album, you wont regret it.
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If you are looking for teenie-bopper dance music, you won't find it here. Memorial Beach is a dark, melancholic album full of intense music and beautiful singing--what a-ha has always been about--from the haunting guitar in "Cold as Stone" to the lovely melodic "Angel in the Snow." Although the album never got the recognition or airplay that it deserved here in the U.S., that does not lessen the talent behind its making one bit. Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is probably one of the greatest songwriters in the world and it shows in everything he does. That, combined with Morten Harket's perfectly executed vocals, prove that a-ha's international fame is still duly deserved.
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Though I have been a A-Ha fan for over ten years, I havent been able to keep in touch with the happening in their world largely due to the long sabbatical the band had taken, until they released Minor Earth...When my brother gave excellent reviews for that album, I heard it. I could not believe what I heard. Then I went back and heard Memorial Beach. Again, I just could not believe what I heard. This is one of the best A-ha albums ever released. The album begins with the incredible "Dark is the Night". Its slow and is painfully melodious. The sweetness of the song is followed in "Angel" and "Cold as Stone". Again, A-ha hit the sad and superb melody notes only they can hit. "Locust" and "Memorial Beach" are my personal favourite songs from the album. Locust is not something you might like immediatly, it will grow into you. and the same with the tittle track. I think "Lamb" is another masterpeice, and the rest of all songs are good. Rest assured there isnt a single bad song in the CD. So your money is well well well spent. Its worth it, in case you do not have this CD, you will not regret buying it, it will appeal to all A-ha fans. The band has not tried anything new or innovative here, its pure old melody...and this is what makes A-ha one of the finest talents available in music.
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Haven't heard this album, a-ha's 5th studio record from 1992/1993, in over 10 years, but always a hardcore fan since 1985. I'm currently in the process of rebuilding my a-ha catalogue collection and I know this album is getting the deluxe expanded remaster treatment, coming out as a 2CD set on 10/23, along with 1988's "Stay On These Roads" (2CD) and my one of my favourites, 1990's "East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon" (25th anniversary 2CD/1DVD of the previously VHS-only film "Live In South America"). Last night, a friend of mine brought along those 3 albums, as Japanese pressings, which sound great, and I told him about the deluxes coming out, and he hadn't heard em in full, so we popped em on...new to him, renewed thoughts for me...it all came rushing back, and I think I dig this more now than when I had it!!

One thing I picked up was the sound and influence. It was recorded at Prince's Paisley Park studio (with Prince actually recording next studio over, which must have been unnerving) by Prince cohort David Z. Thing is, this album doesn't sound like it came from Prince or David Z or Minneapolis at all. There is definitely a-ha's musical stamp but not in a way you expect. Morten's voice is obvious but subdued, and more like a soul singer, the way Soundgarden's Chris Cornell does it, and it makes sense because before joining a-ha, Morten shows his roots as he was the singer for this Norwegian band Souldier Blue in 1980/1981, a soul/blues-influenced rock band, and on "Memorial Beach", a-ha does that sound!! The album is guitar heavy, showcasing Paul, and the band said they wanted a mix of groove and Americana, and they achieved it.
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