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Hunting High and Low

A-Ha Audio CD
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1. Take On Me
2. Train Of Thought
3. Hunting High And Low
4. The Blue Sky
5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale
6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
7. And You Tell Me
8. Love Is Reason
9. I Dream Myself Alive
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

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Hunting High & Low, A-ha's first and biggest selling album, contains four UK top ten hits, including "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines On TV", their only number one hit, which sold 500,000 copies in the UK alone. Arguably the last in a generation of instrument playing and songwriting teen bands, A-ha--like Wham! and Duran Duran--were always far better than they were given credit for, although their lack of enduring crossover success has meant that, unlike, say, George Michael, there has been no widespread re-appraisal of their work. This is unfortunate, because Hunting High & Low is a great album: most definitely not four singles and a bunch of fillers. "Here I Stand And Face The Rain" and "And You Tell Me" in particular are at least as good as the hits. If you liked the singles but had never investigated any further, Hunting High & Low--like the rest of the band's back catalogue--is an undiscovered and underrated gem. --Ronita Dutta

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Beyond a Teen Pop Group April 20 2004
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A-ha might be a victim of the success they had on MTV. This group has so much more to offer than the overplayed hit "Take On Me". A-ha's debut album is a complete effort and are by no means a "one hit wonder" as they branded by VH1. I do believe the vocals are what set a-ha and in particular this album from the others and it is lead vocalist Morten Harket that shines and makes this an album woth having in your collection. Another thing to note - Pål Waaktaar is one heck of a songwriter. This group was so mis-categorized as a teen act. Perhaps that is why they never found the commerical success in the U.S. following this effort.
"Take on Me" might be your classic 80s song, but there are other songs that have a lot of depth on this CD. The songs that follow "Take On Me" are even better. The second song "Train of Thought" has a definite European feel. It is a nice catchy song with and Harket leads the way.. "Hunting and High and Low" is the title song and is definitely one that is as enjoyable as any.
The 2 best songs on the album are "The Sun Always Shines on TV" and "Here I Stand and Face the Rain". "Sun" got a lot of airplay in the U.S. following "Take On Me", but surprisingly didn't crack in the Top 10. The song was arranged beautifully as well as outstanding vocals. "Here I Stand and Face the Rain" starts out with some simple almost 'spanish-like' guitar chords and then moves into some intense instrumentation, followed by more great Harket vocals. I believe you here some background vocals going "aaaaaahaaaaaa" in it.
I bought this CD back in 1985. It was pretty thin in terms of lyrics and liner notes. I don't know if any re-releases have changed this.
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Everybody and their mom has seen the awesome video for "Take On Me," which is deservedly always on many of those "Top 100 Music Video" countdowns, and that's probably the extent of most people's knowledge of A-Ha. However, their debut album had much more to offer than a throw-away pop song with a great video (which is good since "Take On Me" loses a lot of its coolness when you listen to it without getting to see the video). "Train of Thought" is brilliantly catchy, and the title track is hauntingly beautiful. And then there's the masterpiece: "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." Despite being a US top 20 hit and having a video almost as stunning as "Take On Me," this song has seemingly disappeared from our collective memory of the '80s. Which is too bad since it's the perfect pop song and deserved to be a major hit.
After this album, A-Ha never again had success in the US, so you might want to get their greatest hits collection instead (which includes all four of the aforementioned songs).
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4.0 out of 5 stars a-ha took on me, and won me over Feb. 20 2004
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One of the songs I had copied for me (at the time, tape-to-tape was the best way to go) by my high school colleague Howard Narvaez was by the Norwegian trio who joined in the 80's synth-pop bandwagon and became best known for their #1 US and #2 UK hit single, "Take On Me" What made a-ha's single a hit from nowhere was Magne Furuholmen's (best known as Mags for short) keyboards running at a dizzying express train's pace, and Morton Harket's Tony (Spandau Ballet) Hadley-like voice rising to a keening falsetto in the last line of the chorus. Oh, and their revolutionary animated hand-drawn video on MTV made sure my peers heard of them.
So, what of the attendant album, Hunting High And Low? The third single, "Train Of Thought" treads more on an industrial line, though still entrenched in pop, with Harket's non-falsetto voice sounding close to Jim Kerr's but with pop sensibilities.
The title track and fourth single is a haunting ballad, where I finally hear Pal Waaktaar's guitars and piano. Some eagle keening sound effects and soaring synths sound before the drums kick in to make the bridge and final chorus more intense.
"The Blue Sky" is harmless pedestrian New Wave pop while the five minute mid-paced ballad "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale" veers more toward Spandau Ballet territory. There's a nice touch with airy synths and a clarinet (I believe).
The second single, "The Sun Always Shines on TV" reached #1 on the UK charts but stalled in the US Top 20. A Top 5 hit in my book. The piano-synths, and Harket's falsetto spouting romantic lyrics, lead to an explosion of guitar and keyboards and an intensity that rivals its predecessor single. The blossoming synths in the chorus must've done it for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An 80's synthpop masterpiece! Jan. 18 2004
By H. Yu
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard a-ha was when I saw the then-groundbreaking music video for "Take On Me" on MTV (when they were playing music videos). This was months before "Take On Me" went to #1 in the USA and when the band was just starting out. After "Take On Me" (fast-paced and melodic in nature) came "The Sun Always Shines On TV" (which was a bit heavy on the guitars and abrasive, but still catchy and melodic). I decided to get the album just on those two singles alone. Every song on the album is a winner. "Train Of Thought" and the title track stand out especially. Since their debut album, the trio have gone from synthpop to a kind of music that I would consider to be far more adult contemporary, which isn't bad to say the least. The follow-up, "Scoundrel Days", has a couple good songs, but that's about it. The follow-up to THAT album, "Stay On These Roads", also has a couple good songs, but that's about it too. In my humble opinion, none of their follow-up albums are as good as their debut. I guess that's what happens when bands start to change their style. Anyway, if you like "Take On Me", you won't be disappointed with the rest of the songs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of their time
Whether you're trying to re-live your youth by purchasing 80's music you were too young to buy at the time and heard on every radio everywhere you went (like me), or if you're a... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2010 by R3aLiTY_bYt3s
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 years later and still a blast!
What better way to start off an album than with quite possibly the best song of all-time "Take on Me". Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by Matthew McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a first try
Don't the opening beats of "Take On Me" get you every time? I know it did me. This album is quite listenable from start to finish with nary a lagging moment. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003 by Brian Kious
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time pop classic
When I first heard "Take on me" back in the 80's when I was 11-12 years old, I thought it was a cool new sound defining the growing new wave movement. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by kozmikrokker
5.0 out of 5 stars Right from the start.....
When Aha arrived on the scene back in the mid 80's on the
wave of their animated hit maker "TAKE ON ME", many listens like myself
rode out the single and for the most... Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by J. Bilby
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful synth pop classic..
I Adored this album in the 80's and lately I have been finding myself listening to it and it still hasn't lost it's appeal and I still find it refreshing,it's a work of art. Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Cassandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Going back in time
This particular CD has a great climate, it takes you back in time to relive special events that happened back then... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Kamila K. Zrebiec
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...
This and the follow-up,Scoundrel Days,are as close to perfect pop as is humanly possible.Although Scoundrel Days edges it for me,this is still a tremendous LP and if you have one... Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars A POP MASTERPIECE-AWESOME!
This album is what music from the 1980s is all about, its all right here. This album is actually perfect, each song is well crafted and synthesized to perfection. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by K. M. Morris
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