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Hunting High and Low

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 16 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002L7Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
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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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Take on this! The Norwegian trio's 1985 debut album containing the new-wave classic Take On Me (which was also one of the most memorable music videos of the '80s!) plus more iconic synth pop: The Sun Always Shines on T.V.; Train of Thought; Love is Reason , and 6 more!


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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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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By Jennifer K. TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2010
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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 fan of great rock music, this CD is a necessary addition to any personal library.

I didn't realize until I listened to the CD just how many familiar songs were on this album... many of which I hadn't even realized until now were the work of Aha.

The music, the lyrics, plays on words, and many of their videos (sadly the videos are not included on the CD) show Aha were indeed ahead of their time. Many things about their music and lyrics I appreciated as a youngster have a new meaning for me as an adult, and I can't recommend this album strongly enough. Music for the soul!

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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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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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