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Scoundrel Days

Scoundrel Days

1 Jan 1986

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1986
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1986
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1986 Warner Bros. Records Inc.for the U.S. & WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 39:05
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  • ASIN: B001F4U2KI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,949 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
Gosh, the memories!
I used to be nuts about these guys when I was 13 - completely obsessed! I had bought Hunting High and Low (and worn a hole in it!) and awaited a new offering with bated breath. This album was released on my 14th birthday, and I can remember traveling home on the bus, gingerly clutching and studying the cover (oh, for the days of vinyl when buying an LP was a REAL event!)
I certainly wasn't disappointed. In fact, I preferred this to the previous album, and it still remains one of my all-time favourites.
I guess if I'm brutally honest, there are a few weak, 80s-lite track (Maybe Maybe, in particular!) but there are some fantastic tunes as well. Unlike HH&L, Scoundrel Days defines a-ha's trademark lush melodic tunes and soaring vocals. It's a far more mature album, and many of the tracks have a timeless quality, that still sounds fresh today.
My own favourite is the incredibly sexy and powerful 'I've Been Losing You'. This is actually my favourite a-ha song ever. But 'Scoundrel Days' and 'The Swing of Things' are also among the best songs they've recorded.
Most people think of this band as a one-hit wonder ('Take on Me) but their career spanned many years and they are still producing some amazing music. Anyone who ever had an interest in the band, or in 80s music in general should defintely give this a listen!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Generic on 11 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
...it wasn't the Deluxe Edition, that makes no difference.

Or does it? Now that anything and everything appears ripe for this kind of special treatment, the appearance of a-ha's second album in a bells-and-whistles two disc format might seem merely routine. After all, what hasn't been either issued or rumoured to be issued in this way?

Well, there are very good reasons for celebration in this particular case.

Ever since its release in October 1986, the only existing Scoundrel Days CD had been based on the original. The 90s and 00s came and went without a reissue or remaster of any kind. So, first up this new edition makes good on that, restoring the beautiful sleeve artwork that adorned the Vinyl LP in the process. These little details matter!

Then there is the extra/bonus material, mostly (and sensibly) confined to the second disc. The demos are presented in a sequence that mirrors the main album (with a further version of the title track for good measure); a nice touch even if, sadly, the audio quality of some (notably The Swing Of Things and Cry Wolf) verges on the distorted. In conjunction with the informative liner notes, it's possible to build up a fascinating picture of how this album evolved from a mixture of discarded songs for their debut album and hastily-written songs on tour, while the demos included here of Scoundrel Days (v.1), I've Been Losing You and Weight Of The Wind give the clearest evidence of how they worked at moving from the Hunting High & Low sound to something darker and deeper. The difference between these early works, and the finished versions, is quite startling. Maybe Maybe, meanwhile - always the album's weakest link - is arguably better in demo form...and listen out for the completely daft "sock it to me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mattyboy on 23 Sep 2005
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A-ha's first album was a classic, this second album is actually an improvement and a huge leap forward for the band.
Take a listen and you will see what A-ha are really capable of, this is A-ha at their very best, most diverse and it all works together on a grander scale than 'Hunting high and low'.
'Scoundrel days' A low key piano and quiet vocals unleash into a monster chorus with mysterious lyrics - a mini epic.
'The swing of things' A great pop song, with heartfelt lyrics about missing a loved one and making choices in life.
'Iv'e been losing you' One of A-ha's best songs - fantastic lyrics, a rockier sound and killer chorus (See also - catchy middle bit and false ending!)
'October' Let this song wash over you, a simple synth ballad.
'Manahattan Skyline' Another mini epic - starting with harpsichord and bursting into a guitar heavy chorus, sounds like a different band have kidnapped A-ha and made them do 'rock'.
'Cry wolf' A catchy synth-driven song with crashing drums and non-stop bass line.
'We're looking for the whales' Another A-ha song that sounds like nothing else they (or anyone else) has done, sort of Motown meets Norwegian sailing song - with lots of hooks!
'The weight of the wind' A relentless, dark, pop song? Yes, A-ha at their best (again) with snarling lyrics, pan pipes and most importantly - a great tune.
'Maybe, maybe' There is much debate about this song and whether it should be on the album at all - it does have a jokey feel - but so did lot's of Beatles' songs! And its something of a relief from the intensity of the last few tracks.
'Soft rains of April' A beautiful ballad, with harps and synths, a good ending to a great record.
This album sounds like no-one else and has not dated at all over the last 20 years, buy it and be inspired by a truly great band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think A-ha fell into the same trap that Duran Duran did - always remembered more for their pretty faces and their videos when it was the music that really set them apart. Like Duran I think A-ha should sometime see a resurgence in their popularity, apparently their record company still gets more phonecalls about them than anyone else.. That is the mark of a band that was more than bubble-gum and even us 14 year olds were able to appreciate it back in 1986. I loved Hunting High & Low because it was more than 'pop', it was a spiritual journey, I loved Mortens vocals, the lyrics, the soaring other-worldly quality to their songs. But when I 1st heard 'I've Been Losing You' I knew I had to have their 2nd album too. It's thumping bass and powerful lyrics really hit me: in fact it still gives me the shivers now. And what a great false ending... But that was not the only surprise, I put the LP on and was hypnotised. One minute you could feel like you were standing on a cliff edge with racing clouds overhead and the sound of the waves crashing below you and then you could be sitting in the dark quietly letting the sound of Mortens voice wash over you and lull you to sleep. His voice just has this amazing quality to it, no-one else comes close.. This album showed such maturity - I don't think the critics knew what to make of it when they considered A-Ha a teeny band. My favourite tracks are I've Been Losing You, Manhattan Skyline (simply for being so different), October, Scoundrel Days and Swing of Things but all have their quirkiness, even Maybe Maybe which to me has a tongue in cheek McCartney-esque quality about it.Read more ›
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