Minor Earth, Major Sky Deluxe Edition (Remastered) a-ha

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Album Veröffentlichung:
2000

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
26.09.2019

Label: WM Germany

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Pop Rock

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  • 1Minor Earth Major Sky (2019 Remaster)05:23
  • 2Little Black Heart (2019 Remaster)04:36
  • 3Velvet (2019 Remaster)03:16
  • 4Summer Moved On (2019 Remaster)04:37
  • 5The Sun Never Shone That Day (2019 Remaster)04:38
  • 6To Let You Win (2019 Remaster)04:23
  • 7The Company Man (2019 Remaster)03:14
  • 8Thought That It Was You (2019 Remaster)03:49
  • 9I Wish I Cared (2019 Remaster)04:21
  • 10Barely Hanging On (2019 Remaster)03:55
  • 11You'll Never Get Over Me (2019 Remaster)05:38
  • 12I Won't Forget Her (2019 Remaster)04:44
  • 13Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count (2019 Remaster)04:57
  • 14Summer Moved On (Remix)06:00
  • 15Velvet (Alabaster Mix)05:19
  • 16The Sun Never Shone That Day (Radio Edit)03:31
  • 17Minor Earth Major Sky (Milenia Nova Remix)04:29
  • 18Minor Earth Major Sky (Early Version)05:48
  • 19Little Black Heart (Alternate Mix)04:35
  • 20Velvet (Early Version)05:18
  • 21Summer Moved On (Early Version)04:38
  • 22The Sun Never Shone That Day (Early Version)04:23
  • 23To Let You Win (Early Mix)04:39
  • 24We Will Never Speak Again (Demo)04:19
  • 25The Company Man (Early Version)04:30
  • 26Life's Not Fair (Early Version of "I Wish I Cared")03:31
  • 27Barely Hanging On (Early Version)03:52
  • 28I Won't Forget Her (Early Version)04:52
  • 29Manhattan Skyline (Live Oslo 2001)05:51
  • 30Thought That It Was You (Live Oslo 2001)03:45
  • 31You'll Never Get Over Me (Live Oslo 2001)06:02
  • 32Mary Ellen Makes the Moment Count (Live Oslo 2001)06:06
  • 33Summer Moved On (Demo)03:34
  • Total Runtime02:32:33

Info zu Minor Earth, Major Sky Deluxe Edition (Remastered)

a-ha veröffentlichen das Alben "Minor Earth | Major Sky" (2000) als remasterte Deluxe Editions mit unveröffentlichten Bonus- und Live-Tracks.

Nach ihrem fünften Album "Memorial Beach" (1993) nahmen sich a-ha eine Auszeit von knapp sieben Jahren, in denen sich jedes der Mitglieder, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen und Pål Waaktaar-Savoy, eigenen Projekten und Vorlieben widmeten. Als sie 1998 eingeladen wurden, auf den Feierlichkeiten zur Friedensnobelpreis-Verleihung in Oslo zu performen, sollte dies der Anstoß zu einer neuen Ära werden: a-ha waren wieder da und dies in perfektem Timing zur Jahrtausendwende, als sie im Jahr 2000 ihr spektakuläres Nummer-1-Album "Minor Earth | Major Sky" veröffentlichten. Und sie hielten die Flamme am Brennen und legten 2002 mit "Lifelines" nach.

Warner Music feiert eine der erfolgreichsten und meistgeliebten Popbands Europas mit den Deluxe Editions dieser beiden Millennium-Comeback-Alben, die in neu gemasterten Versionen mit vielen Bonustracks, frühen Demos, unveröffentlichten Live-Aufnahmen und neuen Liner-Notes veröffentlicht werden. Die "Minor Earth | Major Sky" Deluxe Edition präsentiert das remasterte Original-Album mit einer zweiten CD, die 16 Bonus- und Livetracks enthält. Die "Lifelines Deluxe Edition" enthält das remasterte Original-Album und eine zweite Disc mit 19 Demos, frühen Versionen und Songs, die nicht auf das finale Album genommen wurden.

Nach ihrer Performance in Oslo begannen Magne und Pål Anfang 1999 in New York an Demos zu arbeiten, die sie Morten in Norwegen vorspielten und schließlich zu einem neuen Album führen sollten. "Sie waren gar nicht so super durchgeplant", so Pål über die Sessions. "Es kam dazu, weil wir es einfach tun wollten. Wenn wir uns zusammentun, machen wir a-ha-Musik, ganz egal, wie die Umstände sind." Tatsächlich machten a-ha mit "Minor Earth | Major Sky" genau dort weiter, wo sie aufgehört hatten. Die Aufnahmen fanden im New Yorker Alabaster Room, Lydlab und Rainbow in Oslo und im Boogiepark in Hamburg statt, "Minor Earth | Major Sky" wurde von den deutschen Producern Boogieman und Roland Spremberg unter Co-Produktion von a-ha und Kjetil Bjerkestrand statt und erhielten einen letzten Feinschliff durch den britischen Ingenieur und Produzenten Niven Garland.

Bei Veröffentlichung ging "Minor Earth | Major Sky" in Norwegen und in Deutschland umgehend auf die Nummer 1 und wurde mit Platin ausgezeichnet. Gold gab es in Österreich, in Spanien und in der Schweiz. Dem Titeltrack "Minor Earth | Major Sky" folgten als Singles "Velvet" und "Summer Moved On", Letzteres sprang auf Platz 1 in Norwegen und in die Top-10 in Deutschland.

Mit dem Bonusmaterial ist die Deluxe Version von "Minor Earth | Major Sky" wesentlich mehr als nur die Wiederveröffentlichung eines Hit-Albums. CD 2 eröffnet mit den bisher unveröffentlichten Demos, alternativen Mixen und Live-Aufnahmen einen neuen Blick auf das Album: Frühe Versionen des Titeltracks "Minor Earth | Major Sky", "Velvet", "Summer Moved On", die enorm kraftvolle Demo-Version von "The Sun Never Shone That Day" und anderen Songs, die es in der Form nicht auf das Album schafften, lassen das Funkeln des Songwritings hörbar werden und den Prozess, wie eine Idee zu einem Hit wird. Vier Live-Aufnahmen aus dem Jahr 2001 in Oslo beweisen zudem die Größe eine Live-Performance von a-ha.

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“It was about time that we reached out a little more,” says a-ha singer Morten Harket of the group’s new album Foot Of The Mountain. Released on 13 July on Universal Music Record Label (URML), the album marks a return to the classic pop sound that made a-ha one of the biggest acts in the world, selling 36 million albums in the process. As keyboard player Magne Furuholmen explains, “It’s an album that incorporates the key elements that first defined the band: soaring vocals, synth hooks, yearning lyrics and melodic melancholia.” Or as guitarist and principal songwriter Paul Waaktaar-Savoy puts it more simply: “I think we got a great collection of songs this time around.”

Written and recorded in various major cities – from Oslo, where the band formed in 1982, to New York, where Paul now lives – Foot Of The Mountainis, in Morten’s words, “predominantly a synth-based album”. The ten new songs carry echoes of the band’s early signature hits: ‘Take On Me’, ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ and ‘I’ve Been Losing You’. As Magne explains, “This is a potent and vibrant album – it has a vitality. Morten has an incredible voice – one of the very few instantly recognizable voices in pop music. And that voice is most effective in a synth-based musical landscape. For me, this album was about helping Morten come into his own.”

“Each song has its own identity,” the singer adds, “and you try to capture it in the best possible way. The challenge is to figure out what direction to take. A song like ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ is a good example. It’s essentially a ballad but we put a pounding beat to it – it turned into a power track. With this album, we tried different versions of the songs, but in the end we came back to synths. It’s how we started out in the ‘80s before we became more interested in acoustic and analogue instruments. This is a return to synth-based thinking.”

“Making a more technology-based album was easier said than done,” Paul admits. “It’s a long time since we’ve made an album this way and things have changed somewhat since!” In the past, a-ha took an experimental, even eccentric, approach to recording. Paul cites ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ – a UK number one single in 1986 – as a good example of the group’s anything-goes ethos. “Back then, we did all our own programming, often just firing off notes on a synthesizer that you would play for your dear life as the track went down!” He adds with typical understatement, “With the new album, it took some time to get used to current working methods.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is the emotive power of a-ha’s songwriting. “This is an unashamedly passionate album,” Magne says. “It’s uptempo but not exactly upbeat. Upbeat means happier – and I don’t think this is the case.” As Paul explains, “It’s a happy/sad kind of thing. You can change how a song comes across to the listener, as we’ve done many times in the past, by giving a song the opposite arrangement to what you’d expect. But songwriting is by nature introspective, and that’s where I come from. Writing is for me is the hardest part but also the most enjoyable. You might spend months searching for that missing verse or the title that you think defines a song. But when it comes together, there’s no other feeling like it.”

Paul wrote the majority of the new songs: five co-written with Magne, four written alone. He also experimented with some new techniques. ‘Riding The Crest’ – described by Paul as “an electro blues” – was inspired by Arcade Fire’s use of the 12-bar form on their 2007 album Neon Bible. ‘Real Meaning’ was a happy accident: an idea that came spontaneously when Paul called home from Russia and was greeted by his answering machine. “As a joke I started singing away and this song fell out,” he laughs. “I meant every word, though.” And on ‘Start The Simulator’, Paul employed a novel lyrical style, drawing on the technical jargon of the Cold War era’s Space Race. “The basic idea,” he says, “was to make a song using only technical terms and phrases, and still make it very emotional and personal. There is such poetry in the old Apollo manuals: “switch to Omni Bravo” and “the bright ejector blanket”. It was quite a hard song to record as it changes both time signatures and keys as it goes along. What sounded so simple on the piano got very quickly complicated when it was translated to a full arrangement. I think we got there in the end though!”

There are also three songs that reflect Paul’s emotional connection to his natural and adopted homelands. ‘Shadowside’, he says, “feels quite Norwegian – in the melody, the chords and the mood”. ‘The Bandstand’ reminds him of his first trip to New York City in the early ‘80s, before a-ha were famous. “Songs are like a photo-album – they can really send you back. And this one reminds me of arriving at Port Authority with $35 in my pocket, sporting really high, yellow, almost see-through synthesizer-hair, wearing a tiger-shirt and a brown suit, looking like an alien!” And the album’s title track, ‘Foot Of The Mountain’ – fashioned from two previously separate songs, one written by Paul, the other by Magne – examines one of the fundamental conflicts of modern life, the pull between nature and big-city civilization: for Paul, the buzz of New York City versus the beauty and isolation of Norway. “It’s the dilemma of loving a city life, yet secretly wondering if we’d be happier being surrounded by open fields and sweeping mountains.”

“New York has been my home for 15 years now and I still find it thrilling,” Paul says. “We spent five weeks in Hoboken recording the first draft of the album. I was bringing in tons of instruments, arriving every morning with new toys, like old synths and string-machines, omnichord, stylophone, Moog guitar, Mellotron, guitars in every shape and size…” According to Magne, “The time spent in New York was definitely important for this record.” Morten concurs. “It’s always good to get away from everything else and focus on the album. The energy of the city may have had an effect on the music. But we didn’t complete in New York – we had to go back to Norway just to let things cool off a little and then pick it up. And we did – we nailed it.”

Foot Of The Mountain is another landmark in the 25-year recording career of a-ha. “We’ve had a very strong response to all our albums in the later years since 2000,” Morten says. In particular, the group’s rock-oriented 2006 albumAnalogue – their debut for Universal Music – was highly acclaimed in the UK press and led to Q magazine bestowing its Inspiration Award to a-ha. “That was a great feeling,” says Paul. “To have such good response in the country where it all started for us, and to hear kind words coming from critics and colleagues, really gave us a boost.” In addition, a-ha have been named as a key influence by rock superstars Coldplay, whose bassist Guy Berryman is currently working on a new project with Magne. “Coldplay have played an active part in a causing a reappraisal of the band,” Magne says. “Chris Martin is one of a generation of musicians who grew up loving a-ha, not for the image, but for the music.” “The value of the respect is the same no matter where it comes from,” says Morten, “because it means you’re communicating with somebody out there. In this case it was a teenager called Chris Martin. He was reaching out for music and a-ha became part of his story.”

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