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19 Jul 2010

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Total Length: 2:35:52
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  • ASIN: B0043RJ0KM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,877 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The_Dread_Council on 29 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
On the 4th of December 2010, on the third of 3 sell-out shows at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, the curtain will finally fall on a-ha's glittering 25-year career.

Undoubtedly a sad day in the calendar, but this hugely talented trio will be bowing out on a high note. Last year, in "Foot of the Mountain", they released one of their finest albums, proving it was possible to be both contemporary and retro. This year, fans have been rather spoilt: Comprehensive 2-CD remasters of their first two albums ("Hunting High and Low" and "Scoundrel Days"), an updated version of Jan Omdahl's insightful book "The Swing of Things", a brand new single, and now this compilation album.

"25" is actually a-ha's third compilation album, following 1991's "Headlines and Deadlines" and "The Definitive Singles 1984-2004", but this is easily the most comprehensive, and it has been lovingly put together by reissue specialists Rhino Records. The only gripe I have is the band's chunky new logo on the aquatic cover, but this doesn't detract from what is a highly recommended retrospective.

Across the two discs, every remastered track (including some rare radio edits and mixes of singles) has been presented in chronological order, with the exception of "The Blood that Moves the Body" - this remix was used to further promote "Headlines and Deadlines" in 1992, and appears here for the first time in album format. Fan (and band) favourites "The Blue Sky", "The Swing of Things", "There's Never a Forever Thing" and "Slender Frame" have also been added, giving further weight to the claim that a-ha were more than just a singles act.

Each of a-ha's nine studio albums are well represented here, allowing listeners to trace their musical development.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Blossom on 31 July 2010
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Got this album on import; it really brought it home to me just how great a band A-ha really are. This is their first complete retrospective and has ALL their singles and cherry-picks the best album tracks too. There's hardly a duff track on it - it really is that good. And the sleeve artwork is classy too.
If you love catchy but adult widescreen pop with a melancholic slant and some epic, haunting melodies, then this really is highly recommended. Non a-ha fans too will be surprised at the depth, range and quality of the songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael O. Byrd on 12 Oct 2010
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The cd's are excellent, but what I was happiest with is the DVD. It's apparently region free. I wish more of the videos were on there, but most of the best ones are there and it play fine in my Regions 1 player. Every version of Headlines and Deadlines I've ever purchased has locked up my region free player for some reason. Overall an excellent release for the guys. Spans their full career with some of there best hits as well as some of their best non-single tracks. A must for fans and a good idea for anyone wanting to get a good idea of their full career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Davies on 11 Oct 2010
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A superb compilation of the best songs off their studio albums (except for Blue Sky when Here I stand and face the rain was the more obvious choice from Hunting High and Low).

Whilst a nostalgia trip for the casual fan the great thing is how well the songs have aged. Besides the obvious Take on me and Sun always shines on TV, Manhattan Skyline, I call your Name and the swing of things are perfect melancholic pop.

The first cd is all killer no filler, the second part covering 91-10 is not quite as good but the highlights are dark is the night for all, major earth minor sky and foot of the mountain.

Finally if anybody wishes to purchase further a-ha albums then I would recommend Scoundrel days and foot of the mountain.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Troubadour on 4 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
When you listen to their latest (and final) single Butterfly, Butterfly it's hard to believe that a-ha have been around for 25 years as tehy still sound as fresh and current as ever. And when you look at the tracklisting on this Best Of you will be amazed at how many classic tracks they had and what an outstanding body of work they produced. To existing fans this will not come of any surprise but to those that only know Take On Me and a couple of their other hits i really can't recommend this album enough. The BBC recently reviewed the album and called them 'The Coldplay of their generation' which is a fantastic comparison - they were not only musically and stylistically innovative but also produced the most catchy and brilliant pop tunes!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By djrigby1969 on 15 Oct 2010
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Not much more can be said about the 2 CD's in this deluxe package that hasn't been said already - an excellent summation of 25 years of quality music from A-ha, with all the singles and choice album tracks compiled and remastered superbly. Essential purchase. However the DVD is a mixed bag...

Whoever remastered the videos has made "odd" edits to the music tracks so for example, the video of "The Sun Always Shines On TV" which always used the 7" single version now uses an odd edit of the album version as it's soundtrack. Your average punter wouldn't notice but to a fan it sticks out a mile. Also Rhino have carelessly inserted a video of the "Star Spangled Banner" after the aforementioned track, a video which has NOTHING to do with A-ha at all - the quality control department must have been asleep that day. You can skip it but why on Earth is it on there? Also whilst it's nice to see the original 1984 version of "Take On Me" it's disappointing that quality videos like "Cry Wolf", "The Living Daylights" and even the inane "Touchy" are conspicuous by their absence. Even "Hunting High And Low" is missing. So it's a missed opportunity by Rhino to provide a complete one-stop package for fans and anybody who may be curious about the band's work. Still it's only another two quid so you may as well go for the deluxe version.
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