"Hunting High and Low" - A-ha's Platinum Debut

Hunting High and Low is the debut studio album by the Norwegian band A-ha. It was released in 1985 by Warner Bros. records". The composition of this disc included such hits as "Take On Me", "The Sun Always Shines on TV".

The history of the creation of the record "Hunting High and Low" (1985), tracks, videos, awards

"Hunting High and Low" - the first record of the Norwegian musical group "A-ha"which they released in 1985 based record company Warner Bros.. It would seem that "A-ha" were typical collective of their time, but their debut studio work is pretty compromise, insofar as combines in itself everything beautiful and everything terrible that was normal in that era. This Job became incredible famous in many countries, blew up Show Business, led the world ratings. Longplay was sold out in the amount of hundreds of thousands of copies, he entered the top ten most commercial successful records.

Members of the group "A-ha" in their youth
Members of the group "A-ha" in their youth

Work on the record

The record was written in Eel Pie Studios, London. Longplay produced English songwriters Tony Mansfield and Alan Tarney. One of sentimental compositions became the title "Hunting High and Low". In her tenderness gradually turns into an incredibly loud scream pain. Beautiful and sensual song "The Blue Sky" and slightly childish single "Living a Boy's Adventure Tale" are the last songs on the first reverse of the record.


Everything songsincluded in the LP, incredibly clear combined between themselves. And each of them has its own role, none of them is just "placeholder". Everything members The bands are fully invested in the creation of the album: love Furuholmena does not sound to synth melodies monotonously largely due to powerful guitar and drums parties, created by the musical genius Paul Wactor, and the voice Harket is essentially binding a link between these two opposites.

Cover framed in accordance with their time: blurry frame, ladylike hairstyles Diana, tight clothes on the musicians, Morten Harket located in the center, Voktor and Furuholmen - by sides From him. An American photographer managed to catch such a frame Justu Loomis. "Hunting High And Low" enough dismissively adopted by the representatives of the old rockbut now it stays peculiar, interesting exemplary combination of classical and electronic sound.

"Take On Me"

"Take On Me" - debut composition composed by the group. Above her musicians constantly workedchanged its sound. IN initial as a single was recorded and released at the end 1984 with clip. IN Norwegian charts, he took third place, but in British was not marked at all, so musicians not satisfied with the end result. Harket, Furuholmen and Voctor again worked in the studio for the purpose finalize single and new turn on him in longplay "Hunting High and Low", but the musicians, even changing the composition, were again her dissatisfied.

"Take On Me" single cover by A-ha
"Take On Me" single cover by A-ha

When The song already acquired its final form, the musicians decided release her along with the clip in America. They started joint work with director Steve Barron, which before created popular clip "Billie Jean." for Michael Jackson. But in the video for "A-ha" barron proved to be amazing directorwho is not afraid to sometimes resort to an interesting animations. innovative video for song "Take On Me" first shown on Boston music video channel V-66, a little later it began actively spin on the channel MTV. Now (in February 2022) the clip has been viewed for approximately one and a half billion times. And that's just for Youtube!

results musicians at last satisfied: now single blew up not only their homeland, but also foreign listeners, in particular Americans: he was in the lead in Billboard Hot 100, in other charts and took tenth place among the best tracks from 1985. Also worth mention about what the track was on first location in more than 30 states. The single is considered one of the most commercial successful throughout history. He was sold out circulation of about 10 million copies.

A frame from the video "Take On Me" by the group "A-ha"
A frame from the video "Take On Me" by the group "A-ha"

"The Sun Always Shines on TV"

Next popular track from this album is "The Sun Always Shines on TV", whose results did not yield Take On Me. "The Sun Always Shines on TV" - real masterpiece, which from the first notes makes the heart beat faster, but stunning vocals Harket only adds atmosphere. Song diverse: at its beginning there are features pop directions, but later added more rock sound, and at the end all sounds line up in row harmoniously sounding guitars and stringed instruments.

The single was sold out in quantity 500 thousand copies around the world. Later they made a song remix, thus appeared danceable variant of the song, which entered the top five the best dance tracks on the American charts.

Recognition and merit

"Hunting High and Low" considered the most chart Norwegian record until the duo appeared Royksopp. British journalist John Doran reasoned about this LP and the team in general:

“I admire this Norwegian band as they managed to fit in with the MTV revolution in the 80s. Immediately after the release, the album sold out in a matter of days. This is largely due to the groundbreaking video filmed for the first single from the album "Take On Me". Indeed, before that, the artists practically did not use animation graphics for their videos, so the “A-ha” video blew up the whole world. And the composition itself is good: Harket's vocals are gradually gaining momentum, and the playing of Furuholmen and Voctor is distinguished by special professionalism. Already from the first track it became clear that these young guys would be loved by the whole world. "A-ha" is not the kind of group that is only capable of one hit. They'll blow up show business."

Group "A-ha" in his youth
Group "A-ha" in his youth

In June 1986 "A-ha" started protrude in different countries and cities. They are have traveled the whole world, the tour lasted over of the year. If before they're nowhere did not speak, then after exit musicians first record waited in 16 countries and 113 cities. Moreover, they countless number of times given Interview and participated in television transfers.



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