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Released Jul 06, 2010

Hunting High and Low Deluxe Edition (2010)

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The deluxe remastered edition of a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low uncovers several unreleased gems such as an instrumental version of "Take On Me" and an early version of the same song called "Lesson One"; demos for "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." and "Train Of Thought"; fan-favorite B-side "Driftwood," plus tracks released exclusively in Norway like "Never Never" and "Dot The I."

In a fan review of Hunting High and Low, Emily May writes, "It is a breathtaking debut album of enchanting, melancholic, electro-orchestral songs beautifully sung by one of the world’s finest vocalists, Morten Harket. The infamous "Take on Me" and majestic "The Sun Always Shines on TV" jostle for space with several other sublime tracks including "Living a Boy's Adventure Tale", which is painfully poignant and the gothic, lamenting "Here I Stand and Face the Rain"."

J.D. Gilliam also shares his thoughts about the album in a review:

"Take On Me" was a tour-de-force, a debut of such brilliance that it refused to be ignored. At the time, the band were seen as pin-ups, a position forced upon them that they were never totally comfortable with, but if you look beyond the posters and videos and actually listen to the lyrics, there is a lot more going on than three Norwegian men playing pop stars."

J.D. continues, "Twenty-five years on, and after numerous changes in musical direction, the debut album stands proudly alongside the last, Foot Of The Mountain, as a companion piece. Hunting High and Low is a classic album that highlights all that was brilliant about the 1980's as well as foretelling of a quarter century of creative genius that is finally coming to an end."

Liner Notes

PRODUCED BY TONY MANSFIELD.
REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA EXCEPT "HUNTING HIGH AND LOW" AND "LIVING A BOY'S ADVENTURE TALE," REMIXED BY JOHN RATCLIFF.
"TAKE ON ME" AND "THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V." PRODUCED BY ALAN TARNEY; "LOVE IS REASON" PRODUCED BY JOHN RATCLIFF WITH A-HA.

All songs by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy except as indicated.

Produced by Tony Mansfield.
Remixed by John Ratcliff with a-ha, except “Hunting High And Low,” and “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale” remixed by John Ratcliff.
“Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.”Produced by Alan Tarney.
“Love Is Reason” Produced by John Ratcliff with a-ha.
All selections on disc 2 Produced by a-ha, except “Stop! And Make Your Mind Up” Produced by a-ha with John Ratcliff.

Claire Jarvis: oboe on “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale”
Photography: Just Loomis
Art Direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff with Jeri McManus
Design: Jeri McManus

Management:
Harald Wiik / a-ha network

Reissue Credits:
Reissue Produced for Release by Bill Inglot
Art Direction & Design: Jeri Heiden for Smog Design
Remastering: Dan Hersch, Dave Schultz & Bill Inglot at DigiPrep

Project Assistance:
Steve Woolard, Casey Estevez, Kris Ahrend, Amanda Smith, Julie Brunnick, David Gorman, Aleeta Mayo, William Barker, Steven Chean, Lyn Fey, Julee Stover, Julie Temkin

With more than special thanks to Christopher Hopkins, P.A. Stenersen, and Svein Erichsen & Andy Popplewell

​'Hunting High and Low' Cover Image: Just Loomis

Track List

Disc 1 Hunting High and Low Deluxe Edition (2010)

  • 1: Take On Me
  • 2: Take On Me (Version 1)
  • 3: Train Of Thought
  • 4: Hunting High And Low
  • 5: The Blue Sky
  • 6: Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale
  • 7: The Sun Always Shines On TV
  • 8: And You Tell Me
  • 9: Love Is Reason
  • 10: I Dream Myself Alive
  • 11: Here I Stand And Face The Rain
  • 12: Take On Me (Original 7" Version)
  • 13: The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended)
  • 14: Train Of Thought (U.S. Mix)
  • 15: Hunting High And Low (Extended)
  • 16: Take On Me (Demo)
  • 17: Train Of Thought (Demo)
  • 18: Hunting High And Low (Demo)
  • 19: Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Early Version)
  • 20: The Blue Sky (Demo)
  • 21: The Sun Always Shines On TV (Demo)
  • 22: And You Tell Me (Demo)
  • 23: Love Is Reason (Demo)
  • 24: I Dream Myself Alive (Demo)
  • 25: Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo)
  • 26: Stop And Make Your Mind Up
  • 27: Driftwood
  • 28: Dot The I
  • 29: The Love Goodbye
  • 30: Nothing To It
  • 31: Go To Sleep
  • 32: Monday Mourning
  • 33: All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet
  • 34: Never Never
  • 35: What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself
  • 36: You Have Grown Thoughtful Again
  • 37: Lesson One (Autumn 1982 Demo)
  • 38: Presenting Lily Mars

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