The Singles: 1984 - 2004
 
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The Singles: 1984 - 2004

4 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2004 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company, for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All rights reserved.
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  • Total Length: 1:19:36
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  • ASIN: B003IOHW6U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty on 12 Nov 2014
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Originally dismissed as a boy band, a-ha has defied all expectations by forging a successful career spanning over 25 years and selling 36 million records all over the world. This album demonstrates their powerful range from their world smashing hits like 'Take on Me', to their soul-touching ballads like 'Crying in the Rain' and my personal favorite 'Velvet' ( from the 'One Night at McCools' film soundtrack). A special mention has to go to rockier songs like 'Dark is the Night For All', and 'Move to Memphis' - the latter featuring a superb keyboard solo from Magne Furuholmen, slightly reminiscent of the Doors maestro Ray Manzarek. Guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy adds his lyrical poetry to most of the songs, bringing them to life with a visual panache, that helps tell a cinematic story on songs such as the haunting 'Hunting High and Low' .Of course, star of the whole enterprise is the lead singer Morten Harket - in my view the greatest voice to have emerged on the modern pop scene since the late Freddie Mercury. Harket is a remarkable singer - a falsetto force of nature that is a wonder to listen to. His biggest claim to fame is that influential video - Take on Me - something that will go down in pop history as a truly defining moment. However, few know that he holds a world record for holding a single note during a song - an amazing 20.2 seconds on the sublime 'Summer Moved On.' (2:50 - 3:10) Wow! All the songs I've mentioned are on this brilliant collection; crisply re-mastered to perfection. Just listen to the wonderful 'The Sun Always Shines on T.V',for example. This is true pop at it's best. One of the best songs ever written.. A-Ha - why retire when you have all this ?
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By tarran on 6 Nov 2014
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ground breaking video when it come out some really good tracks well worth listening too
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr M R Stevens on 10 Oct 2014
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I can only give it one star as I haven't been able to download the album. What used to be so easy has now become seemingly unworkable. Come on Amazon, make things easy for us.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An A-Ha Moment! 9 Sep 2011
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a shame that A-Ha never fully realized their star potential with American audiences. Other then the still charming "Take On Me" and the follow-up "The Sun Always Shines On TV" from their "Hunting High And Low" debut, their chart success stateside never matched the band's international superstardom. Which means that - as far as American audiences were concerned - their best-of's had not been issued here until 2010 (thanks, Rhino). I actually picked my copy of this up while on vacation in London. It was well worth it.

A-Ha were far more than their pretty faces on the MTV videos. (But to be the band that could lay credit to the "Take On Me" - or even the lesser known "Cry Wolf" - video.) Seven studio albums and world-wide sales of more than 60-thousand albums certainly vindicates that point. What most of us Yanks missed was the frequently inventive pop-music this trio turned out. They were masters of the confectionary ballad, with songs like "Manhattan Skyline," "Velvet" and "Stay On These Roads" masterworks of melodrama.

In their later albums, A-Ha was finding conflict within their group and the albums began to reflect the turmoil. (The CD also contains an honest recollection of the band's history.) The synths began to take a lower profile and more live (and livelier) recording began to unfold. While A-Ha was still making some cutting edge pop, a song like "Minor Earth Major Sky" is particularly dark. There is even a relatively faithful version of the Everly Brothers' "Crying In The Rain."

And then there is the matter of that voice. Morten Harket had a falsetto that rivaled Freddie Mercury's and certainly influenced singers like The Darkness' Justin Hawkins. It hit that impossibly high note in "Take On Me" but could also add to the drama of the band's shot at a James Bond theme, "The Living Daylights." Obviously hoping Bond would do for them what "A View To A Kill" did for Duran Duran, A-ha rocks it in a cinematic way, and it could possibly be both Harket's best vocal and the most under appreciated of all the James Bond movie themes.

Which about sums up this collection. There is some of the finest pop you've never heard here, new wave of otherwise. Terrifically re-mastered for this CD, A-Ha "The Singles - 1984/2004" showcases an under appreciated band who created some perfectly realized music, even without the sun shining on them in the US.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Still in love with this group after all these years... 4 April 2013
By Hott Mommy - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased their first album in 1984, therefore I wanted to hear there latest songs. Back in 84, I listened to each song over and over again. I did the same this time around and I am in love with A-ha all over again. Many of the old songs for the 84 album have been digitally remastered, you can actually tell the difference especially in quality.

Some of the songs are still stuck in my head such as "Minor Earth Major Sky" and "lifelines". I fell in love with the song "Velvet" after watching the movie "One night at McCools". The video to "Velvet" is on that DVD and it is amazing. So innovative as this group has always been in my opinion. They were ahead of their time with the video "Take on Me"; I had never seen anything like it back then. This Group in my opinion is timeless, and I will always love them!

All I can say is More please!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great music 24 Mar 2013
By annas-mom - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a child of the 80's and still a big fan of the music, especially the new romantic genre and synth-pop, I thoroughly enjoy this CD. I own the A-ha albums (yes, vinyl) Hunting High and Low and Scoundrel Days from way back when, but haven't listened to them in ages as I don't have a turntable set up, and really, who can be bothered? I love my albums, but in all honesty, their sound quality is not very good. Probably because I didn't have a top of the line stereo system when I was a kid, so the albums haven't held up well. All that being said, I must say this greatest hits compilation is such a treat! Not only does it have some of my favorites from the aforementioned albums, but it also has many other songs that are completely new to me. They are in the same style, so if you are a fan of their earliest album or two like I am, you will not be disappointed! I have been listening to this CD over and over and it makes me feel like a teenager again. It has very quickly become one of my very favorite CD's. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 20 years 23 Feb 2013
By Jimmy Cowboy Texmex - Published on Amazon.com
Is a good recopilation albums and with the best quality sound ,its remastered most songs,love it ,im 24 ,but like my parents music . :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great pickup! 23 Feb 2013
By Todd Strauss - Published on Amazon.com
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The CD arrived quicker than expected, and I was surprised at the price for a brand new album. Would listen to it again, and absolutely would work with this seller again. Great CD, great deal.
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