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Nice box of their phase one albums,
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
This is another in the on-going 5 cd releases from Rhino, boxing old albums in nice but basic packaging with miniature album sleeves. Those who have purchased any of the series will know that they represent great value and are a good way to get an instant libary of an artists work, but they have not been especially re-mastered for these releases so the sound quality can vary. I found the sound on these discs to be good enough.
As for the music, these are A-ha's 5 albums recorded up to 1993 before they took a career gap. The first three albums are loaded with hits, but the album tracks are decent as well and overall are the albums are very consistent. Their fourth album was an attempt to get away from their synth pop and is softer and more guitar based than previously. The first half is very endearing, althouigh some weaker songs in the second half prevent the album from being a total success. Nevertheless, after listening to the bombasitc pop of the earlier albums, its a nice change. The final album here, "Memorial Beach", sees them moving towards U2 territory, again with mixed results. Overall, three solid albums, and two more which have their moments and are still worth having. If you only know A-ha from their singles, these albums are certainly worth checking out.