Hunting High And Low Deluxe Edition / Scoundrel Days Deluxe Edition (05.07.10)
The remastered 2-disc Deluxe Editions of "Hunting High And Low" and "Scoundrel Days" were released in the UK on 5 July, in Japan on 31 July and in Germany on 6 August. They were also released in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and USA.
Disc one of both Deluxe Editions feature the remastered album plus bonus mixes. Disc two of "Hunting High And Low" features demos, early versions and unreleased tracks, some of which are previously unreleased. Disc two of "Scoundrel Days" features demo versions and live tracks, some of which are previously unreleased. There are some additional tracks available only for download for both albums.
The albums are available in jewel cases and also in special digi-paks (from Rhino Records and for purchase in Norway).
The jewel case editions have a flip tray. Unlike the original releases which come with a folded insert, these deluxe releases come with a 10 page, double sided, booklet with history of the band, photos and lyrics for the original album.
The front cover of "Hunting High And Low" is similar to the front of the original release but with darker print. The back cover is similar to the reverse of the insert which comes with the original release but with the track listing in place of the information about compact discs. The discs are white with printed 'pencil horizontal and vertical lines plus the a-ha logo in grey plus the title and disc 1 / 2 in red letters. Disc one has a red ring round the centre of the disc while disc two has a grey ring. Through the tray you can see a cartoon drawing of the band (Paul, Morten, Magne). There is a red sticker with white and black text on the front of the case which reads: "REMASTERED & EXPANDED with rare & unreleased gems including original 7" version of "TAKE ON ME" and demo of b-side "DRIFTWOOD".
The digipak edition is similar to the jewel case edition with the same booklet and discs, but on the outside cover, the a-ha logo is printed in dark gray on gray, and on the booklet, the logo is white on gray. "The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Mix)" is the rare version by Alan Tarney, previously unreleased on CD, not the mix by Steve Thompson. The two-fold digipak opens out to reveal the two discs which sit in transparent trays through which "Take On Me" style black and white drawings can be seen through. The reverse of the pocket which houses the booklet has a 'negative' style black and white shot of the band in front of a mirror. The regular black and white version of this shot is printed on the inside back of the digipak.
Hunting High And Low Deluxe Edition
Disc 1 (14 tracks): Take On Me (3:48) / Train Of Thought (4:14) / Hunting High And Low (3:44) / The Blue Sky (2:37) / 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 (3:06) / Dream Myself Alive (3:06) / Here I Stand And Face The Rain (4:33) /
Disc 2 (23 tracks): Take On Me (Demo) (3:12) / Train Of Thought (Demo) (4:19)* / Hunting High And Low (Demo) (3:08)* / The Blue Sky (Demo) (3:16) / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (Early Version) (5:15)* / The Sun Always Shines on T.V. (Demo) (4:08)* / And You Tell Me (Demo) (1:54) / Love Is Reason (Demo) (2:22)* / I Dream Myself Alive (Demo) (3:04)* / Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo) (3:53)* / Stop And Make Your Mind Up (3:03) / Driftwood (3:05) / Dot The I (3:20)* / The Love Goodbye (3:25) / Nothing To It (3:42)* / Go To Sleep (2:12) / Monday Mourning (3:06) / All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (3:03)* / Never Never (3:16) / What's That You're Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (2:39)* / You Have Grown Thoughtful Again (2:28)* / Lesson One (Autumn 1982 Demo) (2:41)* / Presenting Lily Mars (2:57)
There is a UK promo edition of the album which comes with a folded insert in a PVC wallet. The front of the insert is similar to the cover of the regular edition. The reverse is white with the tracks listed in black. The discs are silver with black text.
The front cover of "Scoundrel Days" is similar to the front of the original release but shown from more of a distance. The back cover is also similar, but is printed in darker colours and has the additional tracks listed. The discs are plain white with the a-ha logo, title and Disc 1 / 2 printed in black crayon. Disc one has a lime green ring round the centre of the disc while disc two has a orange ring.
Through the tray you can see a coffee stain. There is a lime green sticker with black and white text on the front of the case which reads: "REMASTERED & EXPANDED with rare & unreleased gems including demos or alternative versions of each album track plus unreleased live performances of "TRAIN OF THOUGHT", "THE BLUE SKY" and "CRY WOLF".
The digipak edition is very similar to the jewel case edition with the same cover design, booklet and discs (except for catalogue numbers). The two-fold digipak opens out to reveal the two discs which sit in transparent trays through which an ink blotch and a green tone shot of the band silhouetted against the sky. The reverse of the pocket which houses the booklet has a small shot of the band taken from the "Cry Wolf" photo shoot plus an additional long thin cross section of another picture from the same photo shoot. These are over a white background with another ink blotch. Another shot from the same photo shoot is printed on the inside back of the digipak.
Disc 2 features 5 live tracks from the "live in Croydon" show. 4 are previously unreleased. "We're Looking For The Whales" was released before on the 7" (abridged) and 12" (full) singles "Manhattan Skyline", the former also found on "Scoundrel Club". The recording was edited to remove the high-pitched tone (likely a feedback) heard on those releases.
Scoundrel Days Deluxe Edition
Disc 1 (13 tracks): Scoundrel Days (4:01) / The Swing Of Things (4:14) / I've Been Losing You (4:25) / October (3:53) / Manhattan Skyline (4:52) / Cry Wolf (4:06) / We're Looking For The Whales (3:43) / The Weight Of The Wind (4:01) / Maybe, Maybe (2:36) / Soft Rains Of April (3:17)
Disc 2 (18 tracks): Scoundrel Days (Demo) (4:56)* / The Swing Of Things (Demo #3) (4:40)* / I've Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo) (3:16)* / October (Demo) (2:57)* / Manhattan Skyline (Demo) (4:50)* / Cry Wolf (Demo) (3:32)* / We're Looking For The Whales (Demo) (3:17)* / The Weight Of The Wind (Demo) (4:15)* / Maybe, Maybe (Demo) (2:27)* / Soft Rains Of April (Guitar Version) (2:08)* / Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo) (3:58)* / This Alone Is Love (Original Version) (4:33) / Days On End (Demo) (3:06) / Train of Thought (Live In Croydon) (6:38)* / I've Been Losing You (Live In Croydon) (5:07)* / The Blue Sky (Live In Croydon) (5:12)* / We're Looking for The Whales (Live In Croydon) (6:44) / Cry Wolf (Live In Croydon) (5:54)*
There is also a promo edition of "Scoundrel Days" which comes with a folded insert in a PVC wallet. The front of the insert is similar to the cover of the regular edition. The reverse is white with the tracks listed in black. The discs are silver with black text.
The Brazilian deluxe versions of "Hunting High And Low" and "Scoundrel Days" are almost identical to the European release apart from text such as manufactured & Distributed by Warner Music Brazil Ltda and Warner Music Ltda Record Company information at the bottom of the back sleeve. They also have an additional compact disc and flying Amazon bird logos printed on the discs. The number "AA0001000" printed on the spine and discs suggest that 1000 copies were produced for the 1st pressing. They don't come with the stickers on the front cover.
The Japanese deluxe editions of "Hunting High And Low" and "Scoundrel Days" come with an obi-strip plus additional black and white paper booklet with the lyrics in Japanese. Both albums have three stickers on the front of the cellophane, the largest is pink and white with Japanese text and there is a smaller blue "Summer Sonic" one with white text and a white "40 Anniversary Warner Music Japan" one with grey and blue text. The actual discs and covers are very similar to the European editions, except for the catalogue numbers and the bar codes have been excluded.
The "Hunting High And Low" obi strip is grey with black text plus small coloured shots of the album covers of "Scoundrel Days" and "25". The reverse side of the obi is white with black text. The "Scoundrel Days" obi strip is white with green and black text plus an extract of the "Scoundrel Days" scenic artwork across the spine plus coloured shots of the album covers of "Hunting High And Low" and "25".The reverse side is very similar to the reverse of the "Hunting High And Low" obi but has a different catalogue number and a "2" in the bottom right corner, rather than a "1".
The promo deluxe editions of "Hunting High And Low" and "Scoundrel Days" come in jewel cases, rather than PVC wallet sleeves. The back sleeves are similar to the front sleeves but with the tracks list over the top of a semi-transparent box. The discs are silver with black text and "NOT FOR SALE" printed at the bottom. To be confirmed if these are official or not. Both albums have the same number "Komn M'103ik" printed on the spine.
There are U.S. promo acetate copies of the deluxe albums, produced 26 March 2010. They come in a jewelcase with insert. The front of the insert is white with blue text at the top "DigiPrep Mastering" plus contact details in Los Angeles. "Warner Music Group" is printed in black under the blue titles plus the title and "ref disc only, not for mfg 3/26/10". The back insert is white with titles in black at the top and the tracks listed underneath. The disc is white with blue DigiPrep titles at the top plus "Warner Music Group" and album titles underneath.
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