Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary (18.09.15)


Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - jewelcase sticker "Hunting High And Low" was remastered and re-issued by Rhino Records on 18 September 2015. As well as a regular 10 track jewel case release, there was also a special limited edition 30th Anniversary book edition. The jewelcase edition comes with a red sticker on the front with the text "Includes Take On Me, The Sun Always Shines On T.V. and Hunting High And Low" in white and black.

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition cover

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition disc insert The cover of the hardback book features the same artwork as the original release of the album, with the full tracklisting of all 4 discs on the back. A red rectangular sticker on the front of the cellophane states in white font: "a-ha hunting high and low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition 4CD/DVD DELUXE BOX SET loaded With Rare And Unreleased Demos, Mixes and Music Videos!" with the catalogue number in smaller font below. Inside the front and back covers of the book are song notes from the band's time at Rendezvous Studios, written on the studio's headed paper and other notes on R G Jones Studios and Trident Recording Studios headed paper. The 31 page double sided booklet is packed with photos from the band's early career, extracts for their notebooks, some of the story of the early years and song lyrics. At the back of the book are 4 thick cardboard pages which house the four CDs and DVD and feature drawing from the "Take On Me" video plus track information.

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition inside cover   Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition disc insert

All tracks have been remastered for this release and it includes some previously unreleased tracks*. Th first disc is a 2015 remaster of the original album release. The second disc features 25 early demos, some of unreleased tracks, the first five were recorded in Nærsnes, Norway and the next twenty at Rendezvuos Studios. Disc 3 features 15 tracks of singles, extended version and B-sides. The fourth CD features 10 alternative mixes, previously unissued. The DVD features videos of the four singles from the album plus two additional versions of "Take On Me", the 1984 version and an alternative cut of the 1985 version.

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition discs  Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition DVD

CD 1 - 10 tracks: Take On Me (3:48) / Train Of Thought (4:14) / Hunting High And Low (3:44) / The Blue Sky (2:36) / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (5:03) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (5:07) / And You Tell Me (1:52) / Love Is Reason (3:07) / I Dream Myself Alive (3:08) / Here I Stand And Face The Rain (4:33)

CD 2 - 25 tracks: Lesson One (Autumn 1982 "Take On Me" Demo) (2:43) / Presenting Lily Mars (Nærsnes Demo) (2:57) / Nå Blåser Det På Jorden (Nærsnes Demo) (3:27) / The Sphinx (Nærsnes Demo)* (3:27) / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Nærsnes Demo)* (3:46) / Dot The I (3:20) / The Love Goodbye (3:25) / Nothing To It (3:42) / Go To Sleep (2:12) / Train Of Thought (Demo) (4:19) / Monday Mourning (3:06) / All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (3:05) / The Blue Sky (Demo)* (3:28) / You Have Grown Thoughtful Again (2:28) / What's That You're Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (2:39) / Take On Me (Demo) (3:11) / Hunting High And Low (Demo) (3:08) / I Dream Myself Alive (Demo) (3:04) / And You Tell Me (Demo) (1:53) / Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo) (3:53) / Love Is Reason (Demo) (2:22) / The Blue Sky (2nd Demo) (3:16) / Never Never (3:16) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Demo) (4:10) / Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo)* (3:30)

CD 3 - 15 tracks: Take On Me (Original 7" Version 1984) (3:18) / Take On Me (1984 12" Mix) (3:46) / Stop! And Make Your Mind Up (3:03) / Take On Me (1985 12" Mix) (4:48) / Take On Me (Instrumental Mix) (3:49) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (7" Mix) (4:45) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (1st Extended Version) (7:09) / Driftwood (3:05) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (2nd Extended Version) (6:35) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Instrumental) (8:25) / Train Of Thought (7" Remix) (4:17) / Train Of Thought (U.S. Remix) (7:04) / Train Of Thought (Dub Mix) (8:34) / Hunting High And Low (7" Remix) (3:48) / Hunting High And Low (Extended Remix) (6:03)

CD 4 - 10 tracks: Take On Me (Video Version)* (3:44) / Train Of Thought (Early Mix)* (4:12) / Hunting High And Low (Early Mix)* (3:42) / The Blue Sky (Alternate Long Mix)* (3:41) / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Mix)* (4:54) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Alternate Early Mix)* (5:48) / And You Tell Me (Early Mix)* (1:54) / Love Is Reason (Early Mix)* (3:01) / Dream Myself Alive (Early &quo;NYC" Mix)* (3:06) / Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Early Mix)* (5:05)

DVD - 6 tracks: Take On Me (1985 Version) (3:51) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (5:07) / Train Of Thought (4:27) / Hunting High And Low (4:11) / Take On Me (1984 Version) (3:51) / Take On Me (1985 Alternate Cut) (3:51)

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition CDs 1-4

Test pressings for this album come in separare slimline digi paks. The sleeves are white with the following text in black (one for each of the 4 discs): "RHINO ENTERTAINMENT a-ha HUNTING HIGH AND LOW ULTRA-DELUXE CD COPY DISC 1 3/27/2015 REF DISC ONLY, NOT FOR MFG". In the bottom right hand corner of the front sleeve is a large black lower case "d" with a red superscript "2". The tracks and titles are listed on the inside of the digi-pak. The discs are white with "RHINO ENTERTAINMENT" in black at the top and the rest of the text, as printed on the front sleeve, at the bottom. The black "d" with superscript red "2" is printed on the left hand side of the disc. These pressings were limited to 5 copies.

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition CD 1

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition CD 2

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition CD 3

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition CD 4

Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Limited Edition DVD The DVD test pressing come in a jewel case without sleeve. The disc is white with the green and yellow "Craigman Digital" logo on the left hand side. "A-HA HUNTING HIGH AND LOW VIDEOS" is printed in black at the top, the DVD video logo on the right hand side plus "RC 1 5/8/15" at the bottom. US Craigman Digital contact details are printed in black around the outside of the disc.

CD

EU   Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary Universal R2-550656
UK regular Hunting High and Low (30th Anniversary) Rhino Entertainment ?
UK test Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Disc 1 Rhino Entertainment CD COPY DISC 1
UK test Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Disc 2 Rhino Entertainment CD COPY DISC 2
UK test Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Disc 3 Rhino Entertainment CD COPY DISC 3
UK test Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - Disc 4 Rhino Entertainment CD COPY DISC 4
US test Hunting High and Low 30th Anniversary - DVD Craigman Digital RC1

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