NEW ALBUM RELEASE 15TH OF JUNE 2009!

“Foot Of The Mountain”

10 NEW GREAT SONGS:

The Bandstand, Riding The Crest, What There Is, Foot Of The Mountain, Real Meaning, Shadowside, Nothing Is Keeping You Here, Mother Nature Goes to Heaven, Sunny Mystery, Start The Simulator.

 

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THE STORY ABOUT A-HA:

Historien om a-ha er en spennende og unik i forhold til norsk populærmusikkhistorie der 3 unge talentfulle norske musikere klarer å gjennomføre det ingen andre norske artister hadde klart tidligere. Toppe verdens mest prestisjefylte hitlister både i USA og England med et salg av formidable ca. 81 millioner album og singler “world wide”.

Historien om a-ha startet allerede i 1981 da Magne Furuholmen og Pål Waaktar Savoy spilte i bandet Bridges med stor inspirasjon fra artister som bl.a. Jimi Hendrix og The Doors.

The musical story about a-ha is a unique historical part of the Norwegian history of popular music. 3 young and talented Norwegian musicians are able to have a breakthrough “world wide” and no 1 hit at the most prestigious charts in US and UK, and to sell around 81 million records including singles “world wide”.

 The story behind a-ha started already back in 1981 when Magne Furuholmen and Paal Waaktar Savoy played in the band Bridges. Both Magne and Paal were inspired of great artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

Bandet Bridges utgav i 1981 albumet:

“Fakkeltog”

The Bridges produce 1 album in 1981

Bandet ble oppløst samme år.

The band was dissolved already the same year.

Pål og Magne hadde store ambisjoner om å leve av musikken på fulltid. I november 1981 bestemte de seg for å reise til “musikkens hjemland”, London, England for å knytte kontakter. Utfordringene var større enn de hadde sett for seg, og sommeren 1982 var det slutt på pengene. De måtte derfor reise tilbake til Norge.

Under oppholdet i London diskiterte de også en felles bekjent, Morten Harket, som var vokalist i bluesbandet Soldier Blue og som spilte på en rekke scener i Oslo. Når de kom hjem fra London tok de kontakt med Morten Harket og fortalte deres ambisiøse planer. Han ble forespurt om å delta, og Morten likte deres planer svært godt og takket ja til invitasjonen.

 Paal and Magne had a big ambitions to make a full time living of their music. On November 1981 they decide to travel to “the hometown of music”, London, UK and to try to get in contact with “the right people”. The challenge was bigger than they thought and hope for. The summer of 1982 they ran out of money, so they had to travel back home to Norway.

During their stay in London they had also discuss their common friend Morten Harket who was the lead vocal at the blues band Soldier Blue, who played at different scenes in Oslo, Norway. Back in Oslo, they contacted Morten and explain about their ambitious plans and invited him to join them. Morten think their plans were very exciting and deciede to join them.

Arbeidet med å utforme bandet a-ha kunne starte og de igangsatte prøveinnspillinger på sitt enkle utstyr. I januar 1983 valgte de å dra tilbake til London for igjen å “prøve lykken”. Etter en stund kom de frem til at det var behov for bedre teknisk prøveinnspilling og trengte derfor mer penger for å kunne få gjennomført dette. De ble enige om at Morten og Magne skulle dra tilbake til Norge for å tjene inn noen kroner. De fikk seg jobb på Dikemark Sykehus og etter en stund hadde de tjent nok penger og reiste tilbake til London. Tilbake i England gjennomførte de nye prøveinnspillinger ved Rendezvous Studio i Sydenham.

The development to create the music concept and the band a-ha started and they create a test recording for their songs, but on very simple recording equipments. In January 1983 they all travel to London. After a while they found out their needs for more professional recording. To be able to do this, they also need more money. They decided that Morten and Magne should travel back to Norway to earn the necessary needs of money. They work at the hospital, Dikemark Sykehus and after a while, they had earned enough money and could travel back to London and join Paal. Back in UK they recording new their songs at the studio, Rendezvous Studio in Sydham

En av drivkreftene bak studioet, John Ratcliff, likte deres musikk og ville hjelpe ved å sende deres prøveinnspilling til sin kontakt Terry Slater. Terry Slater er en anerkjent person innenfor musikkmiljøet som har arbeidet med store artister som bl.a. Queen, Kate Bush, Sex Pistols og Duran Duran. Slater likte svært godt det han fikk høre og bestemte seg for å bli deres manager på fulltid. Etter en stund klarte han å skaffe a-ha platekontrakt ved plateselskapet Warner Brothers Records.

I det berømte platestudio Eel Pie i London og ved hjelp av den anrekjente produsenten Tony Mansfield startet arbeidet med albumet “Hunting High And Low” og singelen “Take On Me” som senere ble utgitt høsten 1984.

Samme høst deltok a-ha på det populære lørdagsunderholdingsprogrammet på NRK, Lørdagssirkus. Morten, Pål og Magne fortalte om sine ambisiøse om å slå igjennom internasjonalt med stor selvsikkerhet. Og som vi alle vet….de fikk rett!

Den første lanseringen av “Take On Me” ble ingen suksess. Warner Brothers Record`s avdeling i USA hadde fortsatt stor tro på lanseringen og tok derfor kontakt med produsenten Alan Tarney for å utvikle en ny vesrjon av “Take On Me” samtidig som de hentet inn et team bestående av Steve Barron og Mike Patterson som da utviklet den senere så berømte og nytenkende vidoeteknikken som vi kjenner fra suksessvideoen fra den endelige versjonen av “Take On Me”.

 

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One of the key persons behind the studio, John Ratcliff liked their music very much and wanted to give his help by sending their test recording to his contact Terry Slater. Terry Slater is a well known person at the music business and have work with major artists like Queen, Kate Bush, Sex Pistols and Duran Duran. Mr. Slater liked very much what he was hearing and decided to become their full time manager. After a while, he was able to give a-ha a contract with the record label, Warner Brothers Records

At the famous record studio Eel Pie in London, they started the work with their first album “Hunting High And Low” with the approved producer Tony Mansfield and later they launch the single “Take On Me” during the autumn in 1984.

The autumn 1984 a-ha was a guest at one of the most popular TV-program, Lørdagssirkuset at the national TV-channel, NRK in Norway. They told about their big plans to have their international breakthrough with high self-confident. And as everyone knows….they succeeds! 

The first launch of the single “Take On me” was not successful. Warner Brothers Record in US still belief in the project and engage the approved producer Alana Tarney to produce a stronger version of “Take On Me”, and at the same time engage a strong team that include Steve Barron and Mike Patterson to develop a new music video, that is later famous for the innovative new video technique as we all know from the final version of “Take On Me”.

 

DISCOGRAPHY STUDIOALBUMS

“Hunting High And Low”

Publish: 6th of October 1985

Total sales figures: 10 million

Songs:

Take on Me, Train Of Thought, Hunting High And Low, The Blue Sky, Living A Boy`s Adventure Tale, The sun Always Shines On T.V., And you Tell Me, Love Is Reason, I Dream Myself Alive, Here I Stand And Face The Train.

“Scoundrel Days”

 Publish: 31th of May 1986

Total sales figures: 6,6 million

Songs:

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

“Stay On These Roads”

Publish: 31th Of May 1988

Total sales figures: 4,2 million

Songs:

Stay on These Roads, The Blood That Moves The Body, Touchy, This Alone Is Love, Hurry Home, The Living Daylights, There Is Never a Forever Thing, Out Of Blue Comes Green, you Are the One, You`ll End Up Crying.

“The Living Daylight”

(single)

I 1987 ble a-ha forespurt det ærefulle oppdraget å skrive tittel låta til James Bond filmen “The Living Daylights”. dermed skriver bandet enda et kapittel i norsk musikkhistorie og plasseres i samme selskap som en rekke store artister som har blitt tildelt det samme oppdraget som Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tina Turner, Sheena Easton og Duran Duran.

In 1987 a-ha get the enquiry for the honorable duty to write and present the headline song for the James Bond movie “The Living Daylights”. Another new chapter was written by a-ha for the Norwegian music history. The same that other famous artists like Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tina Turner, Sheena Easton and Duran Duran.

“East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon”

Publish: 22th Of October 1990

Total sales figures: 3,2 million

Songs:

Crying In The Rain, Early Morning, I Call Your name, Slender Frame, East Of The Sun, Sycamore Leaves, Waiting For her, Cold River, The Way we Talk, Rolling Thunder, (Seemingly) Nonstop July.

“Memorial Beach”

Publish: 14th of june 1993

Total sales figures: 1,2 million

Songs:

Dark Is The Night For All, Move To Memphis, Cold As Stone, Angel in the snow, Locust, Lie Down In Darkness, How Sweet It Was, Lamd to The Slaughter, Between Your Mama And yourself, Memorial Beach.

 

I 1994 valgte Morten, Pål og Magne å ta en pause fra a-ha. Hver og en kunne da utvikle flere sider ved deres kunstneriske talenter. Morten startet sin solokarriere, Pål startet opp et eget band under navnet Savoy og Magne videreutviklet sine kunstneriske evner som bildende kunstner og skulptør i tillegg til å skrive filmusikk.

In 1994 Morten, Paal and Magne decide to take a break from a-ha. Everybody decide to develop their abilities as an independent artist. Morten started his solo career, Paal establish his own band Savoy and Magne develop his abilities in art and to compose soundtracks.

Read more about Morten Harket Click here>Paal Waaktar Savoy Click here>Magne Furuholmen Click here> 

During the periode of 1998 – 2000, the band recorded their next album:

“Minor Earth Major Sky”

Publish: 17th of April 2000

Total sales figures: 2,75 million

Songs:

Minor earth, Major Sky, Little Black Heart, velvet, Summer Moved On, The Sun Never Shone That Day, To Let You Win, The Company Man, Thought That It Was You, I Wish I cared, Barely Hangig On, You`ll Never Get Over Me, I Won`t Forget Her, Mary Ellen Makes The Moment Count.

“Lifelines”

Publish: 2th of april 2002

Total sales figures: 2,5 million

Songs:

Lifelines, You Wanted More, Forever not yours, There`s A Reason For It, Time & Again, Did Anyone Approach You?, Aftermoon High, Oranges On Appletrees, A Little Bit, Less Than Pure, Turn The Lights Down, Cannot Hide, White Canvas, Dragonfly, Solace.

 

  ”Analogue”

Publish: 4th of July 2005

Total sales figures: 2,5 million

Songs:

Celice, don`t do Me Any Favours, Cosy Prisons, Analogue, Brithright, Holyground, Over The Treetops, Halfway Through The Tour, The fine Blue Line, Keeper Of The Flame, Make It Soon, White Dwarf, The Summers Of Our Youth.

 


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