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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC CD REMASTERED TO PERFECTION, 12 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Hunting High And Low (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
When I first heard that this classic cd was getting the royal treatment on its 25th anniversary, I was ecstatic since this is indeed what this masterpiece truly deserves. Sound quality has been
improved tremendously to be at par with recordings nowadays and is louder compared to the original cd which came out in the 80s. Hearing these beautiful songs once again made me relive the 80s when my late brother who loved a-Ha was still with us and we would listen to a-Ha songs together.

The extras are really worth it because after hearing the demos, you get to appreciate even more the final versions which made it to the classic cd. For example, "Take on Me" didn't exactly sound awesome in it's original or demo versions. The melody was there and the vocals but the brilliant arrangement was missing then. Which is why when they finally came out with THE version which made it all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Pop chart, we know why it did.

Hearing the other songs in the cd, I now wonder why they were not released in America because they could have become big hits. Like "Hunting High and Low" with its beautiful melody and arrangement could have been a-Ha's answer to "Save a Prayer". I also like "Love is Reason" and wonder too why this did not become a hit in the US.

This is a must own for any a-Ha fan. So lovingly put together in time for its 25th anniversary!
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2013 20:42:23 BDT
My friend, it's called typical egomanical snobbiness. America is the only place to rate its own naff artists over any other country, despite the fact that they're many moons behind the UK and other places in actual worthwile talent. The US are simplistic, and don't really understand the unique complexities and multi-faceted musical arrangements and lyrical approaches of UK and European talent, which is why they tend to shrug off anything decent beyone one so-called hit. It was always that way, not that it matters now if it does change, as the commercial scene in many countries is as destitute as the wretched US. Worse, UK and all elsewhere charts now remain awash with every vile and puerile yank pretending to be worthwhile. I blame Madonna for much-ever since theat talentless troll appeared, decency, imagination and the marketing of style over substance, fame-hungry celebrity over artistry has billowed into the huge cloud of nothingess polluting the world today.

Says it all that Americans can only understand music if it's a power ballad or insipid disco, and all that non-musical c/rap bilge. They even show their pitifulness with something like the All Media Guide when they try and pair of box non-US acts into having only two types of song-power ballads and club tat, and have the nerve to review non-US artists like they know them, calling out song tempos inaccurately and rudely tasking them for copying "their" artists, when usually it's the other way round. A-ha aren't the only sufferers here-the very best artists came from the 80s-Kim Wilde, OMD, Alphaville, Sandra Cretu, Duran Duran, China Crisis, Crowded House, Shakespears Sister, Kirsty MacColl etc. and they cared about none of them, beyond a few hits, for no other reason than they weren't American and/or wouldn't spend enough time killing themselves over there to get recognised, something not a problem in the digital age now, but a bit late. Even the rare times they had some decent artists of their own-and usually women-Bangles, Voice Of The Beehive, Belinda Carlisle, Til Tuesday, they acted like they weren't theirs and treated them like ours-i.e badly. Oh they took the overrated like U2 and Depeche Mode and Eurythmics typically. Duran are the exception to have done pretty well over there for almost all their career, but even then they're silly.

So I feel your pain, as all the artists I love feel it. But I do include A-ha in this as they are part of this excellent and unappreciated non-US artist group.
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