Ending on a High Note: Final Concert [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Recorded at the Oslo Spektrum in December 2010, Ending on a High Note: The Final Concert is a chance for those a-ha fans who couldn't get a ticket for the Norwegian synth pop trio's last ever live performance to bask in the glory of their triumphant swan song. Their third live album, following 2001's Live at Valhall and 2003's's How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head, features 16 of the 21 tracks that were played on the globe-conquering tour's emotional finale, which wisely celebrates the entirety of their career, with every one of their nine studio albums represented (although songs from 1990's East of the Sun, West of the Moon and 1993's Memorial Beach are only ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Recorded at the Oslo Spektrum in December 2010, Ending on a High Note: The Final Concert is a chance for those a-ha fans who couldn't get a ticket for the Norwegian synth pop trio's last ever live performance to bask in the glory of their triumphant swan song. Their third live album, following 2001's Live at Valhall and 2003's's How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head, features 16 of the 21 tracks that were played on the globe-conquering tour's emotional finale, which wisely celebrates the entirety of their career, with every one of their nine studio albums represented (although songs from 1990's East of the Sun, West of the Moon and 1993's Memorial Beach are only included in the CD/DVD edition). Opening with 90 seconds of minimal spacy synths, the audience's anticipation is palpable until Morten Harket's trademark brooding vocals kick-start an anthemic rendition of their only U.K. chart-topper, "The Sun Always Shines on TV," setting the tone for the rest of the set, which races through urgent and impassioned performances of material from both their '80s heyday (James Bond theme "The Living Daylights," "Hunting High and Low," "The Swing of Things") and their noughties' critically acclaimed comeback efforts (their last U.K. Top Ten single "Analogue," "Summer Moved On," "Foot of the Mountain"). By the time Harket hits the astonishing falsetto vocal on their signature hit and obvious encore closer, "Take on Me," you're left in no doubt that the band's split will be a huge loss, not only to the sold-out crowd whose audible appreciation can be heard throughout, but also to their millions of fans across the world. It's a shame that the entirety of their set list couldn't have been included, particularly their cover of the Everly Brothers' "Bowling Green" and final official single, the appropriately titled "Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)," but overall, Ending on a High Note is an impressive and representative live career overview, which ensures that a-ha did just that. [A 2011 released added a bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602527687230
  • Catalog Number: 2768723
  • Sales rank: 37,717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sun Always Shines On TV (6:32)
  2. 2 Move To Memphis (4:06)
  3. 3 The Blood That Moves The Body (4:17)
  4. 4 Scoundrel Days (4:19)
  5. 5 The Swing Of Things (4:29)
  6. 6 Forever Not Yours (4:03)
  7. 7 Stay On These Roads (4:55)
  8. 8 Manhattan Skyline (5:06)
  9. 9 Hunting High And Low (4:36)
  10. 10 We're Looking For The Whales (5:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) (4:33)
  2. 2 Crying In The Rain (3:35)
  3. 3 Minor Earth Major Sky (3:22)
  4. 4 Summer Moved On (4:56)
  5. 5 I've Been Losing You (3:43)
  6. 6 Foot Of The Mountain (4:11)
  7. 7 Cry Wolf (4:37)
  8. 8 Analogue (4:36)
  9. 9 The Living Daylights (5:10)
  10. 10 Take On Me (4:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Sun Always Shines On TV
  2. 2 Move To Memphis
  3. 3 The Blood That Moves The Body
  4. 4 Scoundrel Days
  5. 5 The Swing Of Things
  6. 6 Forever Not Yours
  7. 7 Stay On These Roads
  8. 8 Manhattan Skyline
  9. 9 Hunting High And Low
  10. 10 We're Looking For The Whales
  11. 11 Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
  12. 12 Crying In The Rain
  13. 13 Minor Earth Major Sky
  14. 14 Summer Moved On
  15. 15 I've Been Losing You
  16. 16 Foot Of The Mountain
  17. 17 Cry Wolf
  18. 18 Analogue
  19. 19 The Living Daylights
  20. 20 Take On Me
  21. 21 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
a-ha Primary Artist
Morten Harket Group Member
Magne Furuholmen Group Member
Karl Oluf Wennerberg Drums
Erik Ljunggren Bass, Keyboards
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy Group Member
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
John Barry Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Morten Harket Composer, Lyricist
Tom Knowles Colorist
Roy Speer Guitar Techician
Magne Furuholmen Composer, Lyricist
Toby Alington Engineer
Frank Van Der Kooij Video Engineer
Martin Terefe Composer
Radu Simon Engineer
Kieron Tyler Liner Notes
Martin Kvamme Cover Design
Ahmet Bekir Camera Operator
Curtis Dunne Camera Operator
Emma Ramsay Script Supervisor
Niels VanBrakel Camera Operator
Joeri Fransen Engineer
Dave Evans Camera Operator
Dione Orrom Executive Producer
Jeroen Lelieveld Engineer
Bart Van Rijn Camera Operator
Pim Janssen Video Engineer
Martin Sandberg Composer, Lyricist
Darren Vega Engineer
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy Composer, Lyricist
Ole Sverre Olsen Composer, Lyricist
Alex Dodd Camera Operator
Celia Moore Producer
Thomas Krautscheid Programming, Operation
Stuart Metcalf Director
Shaun Barnett Special Effects
Rob Mansfield Camera Operator
Phil Maggs Special Effects
Nils Olov Persson Special Effects
Max Mainitz Video Technician
Matzo Konrad Guitar Techician
Matt Asken Director
Kursten Smith Monitor Engineer
Jørn Ryen Sound Recording
Jools Hogg Camera Operator
John Brekelmans Video Engineer
Wouter Van Heuningen Engineer
Jan Inge Berentsen Anvik Programming
Charlie Charlesworth Drum Technician
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