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a-ha – Take On Me (German 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 30th March 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

“Take On Me” is a 1984 synth-pop song by Norwegian band a-ha.

a-ha wrote and recorded the first version of this song in 1982 with the title “Lesson One” – it had different lyrics but contained the basic keyboard riff. In 1983, the song got the attention of industry veteran Terry Slater, who becomes their manager and helps them secure a contract with Warner Bros. Records later that year.

In early 1984, they re-wrote the song as “Take On Me” and recorded it with producer Tony Mansfield. Released as a single only in Europe, it went to #3 in their native Norway, but didn’t chart anywhere else, flopping particularly hard in the UK. A video was made for this version that was remarkably undistinguished compared with the one that came after.

This is the original 1984 version of “Take On Me” released in Europe before the song became an international hit in 1985.

SIDE A:
Take On Me (Long Version) 3:46
Remix – John Ratcliff

SIDE B:
And You Tell Me 1:49
Remix – John Ratcliff

Stop! And Make Your Mind Up 2:58

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– 920 268-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Germany
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Aha* (tracks: B2), John Ratcliff (tracks: B2), Tony Mansfield (tracks: A, B1)

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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a-ha – The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 6th February 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” is a song by Norwegian pop band A-ha. It was released as the third single from the band’s debut album, Hunting High and Low. In many countries the single was not as successful as the band’s previous, “Take on Me”, which hit #1 in the U.S. and several countries around the world. In the UK and Ireland, however, “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” actually improved upon the #2 charting of their debut, remaining at the top spot on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1986, having been released there on 16 December 1985.

This is the first edition of the UK 12″ single release.
The shorter extended version which is the rarer one, features a slow piano intro, before the steady drum beat commences.
Comes with a limited edition poster featuring a multicolour group-shot (Morten, Magne and Pål from left to right pictured in full length) by Robert Erdmann.

The 24″x36″ poster promotes the “hunting high and low”-album in white letters and larger a-ha logo in red.
The ‘Extended Version’ featured is NOT the same ‘Extended Version’ that was featured on subsequent pressings – these later pressings all featured the ‘US Dance Mix’ which was remixed by Steve Thompson.

SIDE A:
The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) 7:06
Producer – Alan Tarney

SIDE B:
Driftwood 3:04
Producer – A-Ha

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
Poster: Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 The Sun Always Shines On T.V. U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #20
1985 The Sun Always Shines On T.V. U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #5

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– W8846(T)
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Poster
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography – Jonathan Lennard
Written-By – Pål Waaktaar

NOTES:
From the a-ha album “hunting high and low”

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B. back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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a-ha – The Living Daylights (German 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 26th March 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

“The Living Daylights” is the song performed by A-ha for the James Bond film of the same name. It was co-written by guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Bond composer John Barry.

Barry was listed on the credits as co-writer and producer, and the initial release of the song was his version. A second version of the song, re-worked by A-ha in 1988, later appeared on their third album, Stay on These Roads. Not surprisingly, the band prefers their version of the song to Barry’s.

When interviewed on a late-night show in 1987, Barry said that he found working with the band exhausting secondary to the band’s insistence on using their own version of the song for release. In an interview with Hotrod Magazine, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen said that “[the band’s] fight with Barry left a rather unpleasant aftertaste. Apparently he compared us to Hitlerjugend in a newspaper interview.” Waaktaar-Savoy claims that Barry never contributed to the creative process, and should not have his name on the credits.

“The Living Daylights” was released in the summer of 1987 and has become one of the most successful singles ever to be released by a-ha on the rock charts. The song didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it charted in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number five. It also remains a favourite with Bond fans.

The song remains one of a-ha ‘s most played songs in live concerts and has often been extended into a sing-along with the audience, as featured on the live album How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head. In live performances, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy often included the James Bond Theme in his guitar solo.

Evan Cater of Allmusic said the song was “a strong sample of Seven and the Ragged Tiger-influenced Europop, enhanced by Morten Harket’s powerhouse falsetto vocals.”

The single sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

SIDE A:
The Living Daylights (Extended Version) 6:50

SIDE B:
The Living Daylights (7 Inch Version) 4:15
The Living Daylights (Instrumental) 4:41

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 The Living Daylights U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Did Not Chart

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#: 920 736-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: Germany
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Artwork By – Bill Smith Studio
Photography – Paul Rider
Producer – Jason Corsaro , Mags (2)
Written-By, Producer – John Barry , Pal Waaktaar*

NOTES:
From the Warner Bros. album “The Living Daylights/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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