Scoundrel Days
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Scoundrel Days

1 Jan 1986

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  Song Title
Scoundrel Days
The Swing Of Things
I've Been Losing You
Manhattan Skyline
Cry Wolf
We're Looking For The Whales
The Weight Of The Wind
Maybe Maybe
Soft Rains Of April

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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,538 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of the best of 80s pop 8 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The album where everything works 23 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop genius 13 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Along with ABC's Lexicon of Love and Propaganda's A Secret Wish, this is one of the key 1980s pop masterpieces. It's a shame that slack, lazy retrospectives have distilled A-ha down to just "Take on Me" (and even that is overshadowed by it's own pioneering video!) and nothing else. The song-writing and production on this polished jewel stand comparison with the very best albums ever made. Combining an instictive pop sensibility with complex song structures and mature lyrics give this album an appeal to anyone with ears!
Your life is poorer if you do not own a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's well never date.
This album is absolutely fantastic. I cannot stop playing it, not one bad track well done A-Ha it's a winner. It may be an 80s album but it's still fresh as a day it was released.
Published 28 days ago by Christof11
5.0 out of 5 stars Morton Harket clear and sharp
great 80s album with all the favs here. what a troop these Norwegians were. Stand our track is The Weight of the Wind, any was this never a single?
Published 1 month ago by Stephen McCartney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD...
Was a nostalgic buy...loving the trip down the 80's memory lane.
Would recommend to all 80's fans. Great value for money.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel-Leia
5.0 out of 5 stars scoundrels
second offering from AHA after hunting high and low and a great offering it is too some great songs on this deluxe edition well woth it for the outtakes demo,s execetra the songs... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Quite simply a work of unparalleled genius. For 'The Swing of Things' and 'October' alone, this album is worth buying; as a whole it's like a going on a journey to a strange and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt G
5.0 out of 5 stars Scoundrel Days
This was the first a-ha Album I listened to all those years ago on tape. I searched all the music stores in South Africa to no avail. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Nuno Miguel Da Graca
4.0 out of 5 stars scoundral days deluxe edition
to any true a-ha fans getting the second of an extended edition was great and really enjoyable to hear some of the most famous tracks in a much more raw stage and sound with some... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by gary carr
5.0 out of 5 stars No '2nd album syndrome' from a-ha
Many bands suffer from 2nd album syndrome - as they often rush release an inferior product to their cutting edge first album that originally broke them into the limelight. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by LXIX
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic!
Their best and most introspective album.Excellent remastering job by RHINO...Morten never sounded more aggressive than on this album.Fantastic songs.Brilliant arrangements. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by J. P. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST WE GET TO HEAR MORE OF A-HA.
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Mrs. M. B. Lawson
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