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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2003
After much anticipation A-ha finally release a live CD. This brings back so many memories of their live performances over the years. From the stunning concert opener on the Lifelines tour, and also the opener on this CD, "Forever Not Yours" it is clear that A-ha have taken time to put their heart and soul into this live set. Crystal clear sound, stunning performances and fantastic crowd interaction into the bargain. The last studio album "Lifelines" was a fantastically well produced piece of music with some stunning songs and a lot of studio work and effects, but would this translate well to the live stage ?
This live set provides a fantastic introduction to the catalogue of A-ha with a great mix of older classics, some with a twist,just TRY to deny yourself the experience of the new acoustic version of "Stay On These Roads", and the newer songs like the haunting version of "Minor Earth Major Sky" which comes into it's own in this live version. "Did Anyone Approach You" is a real crowd pleaser and from the way the band performed on this, those that were there the night that this perfomance was recorded were truely blessed with A-ha firing on overdrive and giving it all that they had. However, the real surprise is how the newer material from the last 2 albums fits in so well with the older stuff. One really good example of this is the live version of "Lifelines" slotted in after a rather stunning version of "The Swing Of Things" and the afore mentioned "Stay On These Roads". The classics such as "Take On Me", " Hunting High And Low" and the stunning "Manhattan Skyline" all feel brand new in these new live versions from the Lifelines tour and how could you forget the extended version of " The Sun Always Shines On TV". Even "The Living Daylights" sounds great with the audience singing in key and bouncing along merrily. The exclusion of the live version of "Blood That Moves The Body" is about the only thing I could find at fault about this CD, is that just me being picky ? Perhaps that may be the case, but as a veteran of over 60 live shows with A-ha over the years I would like to think that I have been able to gain an objective viewpoint of the live performance that these guys are able to give on the live stage. In short, lie back, turn up the volume, and prove that "You Can't Sleep With The Sound Of Morten, Magne And Paul In Your Head."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2003
....then this album will bring the memories back for you and remind you of how good A-ha were live. The highlights of this album for me are undoubtedly listening to the crowd singing back "Hunting High and Low" and "The Living Daylights" (and the unexpected reggae backbeat) - sends a shiver up the spine - and, of course, the 8 minute video "Tour BooK" that gives you a glimpse backstage and behind the scenes. The "Happy Birthday Morten" section is great - you get to see 2 of his rather saucy gifts.....
If you didn't get to see A-ha live this time, then buy this CD because it was amazing ! The CDs contain many of the old favourites and some of the new favourites. In "Summer Moved On", Morten held a note for what seems like an hour. Absolutely brilliant. The whole album doesn't disappoint at all. The only gripe (and it's a small one) I have is that I would have liked some more info on the sleeve of where the tracks were recorded. 10 out of 10 for the music though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 September 2005
I'm not a big fan of live CDs in general, but in this case it really adds to some songs. "Take On Me" sounds the best I've ever heard it, and you can feel the audience egging Morten on as he hits the amazingly long note in "Summer Moved On", but saving their applause until he hits the high note straight after it. A sturdy live set, though as other reviewers have said it would be nice to know which concert each of these songs came from. My only other gripe is that some songs I'd like to hear live ("Dragonfly"; "Oranges on Apple Trees") were only on the more expensive box-set. Still, for the casual fan this is good, and encouraging to think they still sound fresh and have so many loyal fans after so long. Not essential then, but fun, it makes you feel you could be there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2003
At last, AT LAST, the latest live A-ha album is available! The live versions of all the favourite songs are there, and you don't have to be a teeny-bopper from the 80s to enjoy it. The album contains songs from their "Take on Me" beginnings right through to their mature stuff, and girls it won't even bore the bloke in your life or cause them to reach for the Prozac! Turn the volume up, close your eyes and imagine you're right there in the concert hall! The revised versions of favourite songs bring interest to the CD as well.
The enhanced video track of the A-ha Tourbook was amusing - check out the love cuffs and latex shorts!!!! (you'll have to buy it to see what I mean!!:-))
The Digibox itself is fairly neat, but I was seriously underwhelmed by the 'poster' - a farty double sided A4 affair with the group on 1 side, taken from behind whilst on stage and taking up about a tenth of the photo, and the other side with Morten on it (a bit better).
Apart from that, I loved it, totally recommend it to you all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2003
I can't accurately convey the excitement caused by this album in the world of a-ha fans. To say it is fever pitch is an understatement. It is the album that fans have been waiting 18 years (yes 18!) for. This strength of feeling is borne out of sheer frustration that these guys have been continuously shunned by UK audiences due to their "boy-band" image created by industry professionals in the 1980s. The fact is, this band is so much more than a boy-band. They can all write songs and play their own instruments for a start!
This album is the final proof that a-ha can rock with the likes of U2, and that their live performances give credit to their undoubted talents. My only quibble is that not enough of the crowd atmosphere, that is part of the live a-ha experience, has been captured in the production. However, all the hits are here, and more! There are some amazing interpretations of older songs - a reggae "Living Daylights", and gorgeous performances by the usually non-vocalist Paul on "Sycamore Leaves" and Magne on "Dragonfly". Some of the real oldies are here too: the title of this album is a line from sublime "The Swing of Things", which is given an up-to-date interpretation in the live arena.
The recent album "Lifelines" is their most mature, accomplished work. But the bonus of this album is the comparison of older work with the new. Each song runs smoothly into another, without revealing any age-gap. Indeed, I would guess that a fully-supported (by their UK record company) release of "I've been losing you" would fare as well now as it did at the height of their fame. Such is the strength of their back catalogue.
The overall feel of the album is that of great satisfaction, the realisation of the band that they are once more enjoying live performing, and indeed, they have been quoted as saying as much. You can tell. This digipak version is outstanding: exquisite design by band member and artist Magne Furuholmen, and there is a poster too. Go out and buy it, if only to remember YOUR 1980s, you'll be pleasantly surprised - I was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have been waiting for this CD for many years now and I can surely say, it was worth the wait. The CD has all the hits of of the band sung live from their 2003 tour. I reckon that the live versions are better than the normal ones because Morten, Mags and Paul add really interesting beats to some somgs that don't appear on the original which make the music a lot more interesting to listen to. The bonus track features a little documentary on the band at the time of this 2003 tour and also when the band sing happy birthday to Morten, who was 44 at the time. The annoying thing about this bonus track is that it says "TO BE CONTINUED" at the end so it makes you wonder what will happen next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
This is far better than the live at Valholl Cd. Forever not Yours here is better than the studio version. Its followed up by Major Sky which sounds far removed from its original incarnation on the 2000 album. Its a powerful rocky version with a fantastic guitar solo by Waaktaar at the end. Manhattan Skyline live also brings something extra to the table with some more great guitar work. The Sun always Shines and take on Me are ok- There's not much more they can do with these songs. They must be sick to death of take on me at this stage. The Swing of Things has a great bridge here with the Keyboards going into overdrive while Harket does his vocal gymnastics. A pity they didn't include The Weight of the Wind instead of Scoundrel Days which just isn't suited to a live performance. Harket just can't soar on the chorus like he did in the studio. Waaktaar sings Sycamore Leaves here and his voice is actually above average. Is there no ends to this guy's talent. Furhuholmen in contrast just doesn't cut it on Dragonfly but he's written plenty of brilliant songs for Harket to sing. Oranges on Appletrees is another highlight with some nice keyboards and backing vocals. You also get a short video clip ( around 8 minutes ) of the band on tour. Highly recommended
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2003
I couldnt wait to get this as I went to see A-ha at Wembley in October 2002. I've got to say it is well worth the wait.
But them I'm biased!! Ive seen them live again and again and my opinion is they only get better.
This Album contains 2 C.d's, with a good mixture of the golden oldies to the current songs from "Lifelines".
The Live remixes are excellent, it gives you a great experience of the concert without actually being there.
On the 2nd C.D. you get a video clip following them around on the tour bus, with screaming fans and a chance to see Pal and Mags singing Happy Birthday to Morten. It is well worth it just for that.
If you have any of their albums, this is a must for your collection, it is a totally different sound but excellent none the less.
I vote it 10 out of 10.
I hope you do to. Any A-ha fans out there MUST by this. You will not be disappointed.
The C.D. ends "To be Continued".......I cant wait!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2003
On receiving this long-awaited live album I was wondering how the producers would capture the live atmosphere of an a-ha concert. I need not have worried. The key aspect of a-ha's recent European success has been a string of sublime live performances across the continent (and even here in the UK!), which have been well-received by critics and fans alike. Having experienced the live a-ha concert, I can say that all of the power and emotion of the crowd has been captured on this album, especially on songs like "Hunting High and Low" and "The Living Daylights". This album can only serve the band well in its fight to receive it's long-awaited critical acclaim outside continental Europe. These guys just seem to get better with age. Maturity is demonstrated here in their presentation of older hits in a new format: a much rockier sound, perfect for the live arena. Having followed the guys for getting on for 20 years now, I can safely say that they are currently creating their best material, and long may they continue to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2003
At last, the live album we have been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. a-ha are in really good form and if you went to any of their concerts last year, this will certainly bring back some happy memories for you. There is a good rocky edge to the album, with some haunting semi-acoustic ballads, beautifully sung and played. Also a really good track selection, with a chance to hear your favourite songs, old and new. This also features a few minutes of tour footage for PC use, an interesting insight to behind the scenes.
Fabulous ablum, not to be missed.
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