Hunting High and Low

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Anyone who dismissed a-ha as a one-hit wonder must have missed out on the band's fine debut, Hunting High and Low. Though the band spawned many further hits across the rest of the world, "Take on Me" exploded in the States and the group never cracked the top of the charts again. It's a shame, because the album contains a handful of songs that nearly match the manic energy and emotional crack of its big hit. Further, it's a cohesive album with smart pace changeups, and it rarely fails to delight or satisfy a listener's need for a synth pop fix. The opening kick is a huge one: "Take on Me" is a new wave classic laced with rushing keyboards, made emotionally resonant thanks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Anyone who dismissed a-ha as a one-hit wonder must have missed out on the band's fine debut, Hunting High and Low. Though the band spawned many further hits across the rest of the world, "Take on Me" exploded in the States and the group never cracked the top of the charts again. It's a shame, because the album contains a handful of songs that nearly match the manic energy and emotional crack of its big hit. Further, it's a cohesive album with smart pace changeups, and it rarely fails to delight or satisfy a listener's need for a synth pop fix. The opening kick is a huge one: "Take on Me" is a new wave classic laced with rushing keyboards, made emotionally resonant thanks to Morten Harket's touching vocal delicacy. It didn't hurt in the era of MTV that the song's video was a hyperkinetic blend of mind-warping animation and filmed footage with a romantic thriller's heart. Harket's hunky physique and cheekbones also didn't hurt the video's chances at heavy rotation. Getting past that video, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." is just as thrilling. Starting as a sad ballad, it explodes into something much more, as chugging guitars and operatic synths keep pace with Harket's evocative vocal stylings. If ever a 1980s song qualified as Wall of Sound, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." would be it. The remainder of the album sees a-ha switching deftly back and forth between dramatic overtures and classic new wave keyboard motifs. "Train of Thought" and "Love Is Reason" are reminiscent of early Depeche Mode or Camouflage, but Harket's rich voice and flair make them purely a-ha. The band explores decidedly European terrain in the theatrical "Hunting High and Low" and dances a pop waltz with the sweet "Living a Boy's Adventure Tale," coming across like a marriage between the Blue Nile and Alphaville. Delightful song snippets "The Blue Sky" and "And You Tell Me" act as frosting on the cake or as glue between the theater and the dancefloor. One can't escape the feeling that Hunting High and Low is a product of the 1980s, but with highs like "Take on Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.," and no lows in sight, a-ha's debut is a treat worth relishing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992530026
  • Catalog Number: 25300
  • Sales rank: 52,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take on Me (3:48)
  2. 2 Train of Thought (4:14)
  3. 3 Hunting High and Low (3:45)
  4. 4 The Blue Sky (2:36)
  5. 5 Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (5:02)
  6. 6 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (5:08)
  7. 7 And You Tell Me (1:52)
  8. 8 Love Is Reason (3:07)
  9. 9 I Dream Myself Alive (3:10)
  10. 10 Here I Stand and Face the Rain (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
a-ha Primary Artist
Morten Harket Vocals
Pål Waaktaar Guitar, Vocals
Magne Furuholmen Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
a-ha Producer, Remixing
Morten Harket Composer
Neill King Engineer
Tony Mansfield Producer
John Ratcliff Producer, Remixing
Alan Tarney Producer
Pål Waaktaar Composer
Magne Furuholmen Composer
Bobby Hata Mastering
Jeri McManus Art Direction, Cover Design
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best 80's music buy

    I've heard lots of 80's music over the years, and they were okay. But A-Ha is the best 80's false setto synth pop group that I've heard. I'd highly recommend them if you like 80's rock pop. I'd have to say that they're my number one group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A-Ha Rules!!!!

    I love 80's music and A-Ha is my favourite. "Hunting High and Low" was a wonderful album. Pal Waaktar did a wonderful writing job on the songs along with Magne and Morten. The music video "Take On Me" was nothing short of awesome. That is the greatest music video of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    only the best

    This album is awsome. it has the power to get you hooked. This was the second album i have heard of there's the first was stay on these roads, but hunting high a low had a fun loving beat that just wanted to make me sing. Morten displays great vocals in this album as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Time Classic

    With ''Take On Me'' A-ha became a memorable classic. This collection is great for A-ha fans as well as fans of the 80's style of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this band is great

    i live in canada and on much music there was a 80's weekend that i happend to tune into, and I saw the video that brouht back the memories, Later that day went out and bought it and loved the entire album within weeks had them all. second best album SCOUNDREL DAYS I recomend this one too thanks nathan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A-HA Fan through every album including

    A-HA's legendary to me, There are few cd's I own that I could listen to 24/7 this is one of them. I own all albums from A-HA. The synths on this album are spectacular, and Morten Harket is at his best on vocals. This is a must for anyone who enjoys the New Wave rush of the 80's, or just plain good ol' 80's pop

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