a-ha's new album "Lifelines" was released in many European countries on 29th April (24th April in Japan / 26th April in Belgium / 27th April in Norway / 7th May in France / 9th May in Sweden / 10th May in Italy / 24th May in Switzerland / 10th June in UK / 14th May in Canada). It was released on both CD and cassette. The cover of this 15 track album is red with white arch-ways along the bottom which almost look like the claws of a large red animal! The a-ha logo in yellow is printed in the middle of the sleeve with the title in white underneath.
The 10 page booklet features individual black and white shots of the band members and two group shots, one close up (Magne, Paul and Morten), the other of them sitting (separately) in a theatre. The booklet also features abstract shots of a car, small TV on a chair, telegraph pole, telephone, the inside of an underground train, water, a restaurant and a lamp. The lyrics are printed over the top of some of the photographs. The disc is white with a black and white emblem of a flower. The title is printed in white on a black background strip on the left hand side of the disc. Some copies of the album have extremely glossy CD booklets!
Tracks: Lifelines (4:17) / You Wanted More (3:39) / Forever Not Yours (4:06) / There's A Reason For It (4:21) / Time And Again (5:03) / Did Anyone Approach You? (4:10) / Afternoon High (4:30) / Oranges On Appletrees (4:16) // A Little Bit (4:10) / Less Than Pure (4:13) / Turn The Lights Down (4:14) / Cannot Hide (3:19) / White Canvas (3:27) / Dragonfly (3:19) / Solace (4:20)
The album features Per Lindvall on drums (tracks 1,2,3,7,8,9,10,11,13,14 and 15), Sven Lindvall on bass (tracks 1,2,3,7,8,11,13 and 14), Jørun Bøgeberg on bass (tracks 9 and 10), Anneli Drecker on backing vocals (Tracks 1 and 11) plus additional instruments by Martin Landquist (Tracks 2,12 and 13) and Beats by Attila (Track 12). The album was produced by Martin Landquist (tracks 1,2,3,11,12,13), Stephen Hague (tracks 1,2,3,11), Ian Caple (tracks 4,9,10,15) Paul Waaktaar Savoy (track 5), Tore Johansson (track 6), Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (tracks 7,8,14). The following people were involved in the song writing: Magne Furuholmen (tracks 1.2,3,8,11,13,14,15), Morten Harket (tracks 2,3,8,11,12), Paul Waaktaar Savoy (tracks 4,5,67,9,10,), Ole Sverre Olsen (tracks 3,12) and Martin Landquist (track 12). The album was mixed by Michael Brauer except track 8 by Stephen Hague and Bob Kraushaar; track 11 by Stephen Hague; track 12 by Carl Michael Herlofsson and track 14 by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.
A similar promo was available in the UK, but the title is printed incorrectly as "Lifeline", the year as 2000 and the tracks are recorded in a different order. It also features the Hague mix of "You Wanted More" (3:38) which can be found on the "Lifelines" single.Tracks: Lifelines (4:17) / Forever Not Yours (4:03) / There's A Reason For It (4:21) / Time And Again (5:03) / You Wanted More (Hague Mix) (3:38) / White Canvas (3:27) / Afternoon High (4:30) / Did Anyone Approach You? (4:10) / Dragonfly (3:19) / A Little Bit (4:10) / Oranges On Appletrees (4:15) / Less Than Pure (4:13) / Turn The Lights Down (4:14) / Cannot Hide (listed as Noid Mix) (3:19) / Solace (4:20)
The regular German made album of Lifelines was also used as a promo in the UK, it comes with a white rectangular sticker on the front cover of the CD case showing tour information and contact details.
The German made cassette of "Lifelines" has a similar cover to the CD release with fold-out sleeve. Tracks 1 to 8 are one side one of the cassette. The cassette was not widely available across Europe.
There is also a promo cassette of Lifelines which comes in a white paper title sleeve. The tracks are printed in two columns in the middle of the sleeve with the title above. At the bottom of the sleeve the text the following text is printed: "P+C2001 WEA Records Germany / For Promotion Use Only". The WEA logo is printed in the bottom right hand corner. The cassette itself is transparent with white labels on which black text is printed.
Argentina: The Argentina CD release is similar to the European release except for some Warner Music Argentina information on the cover and disc. There is also a small ifpi hologram sticker on the front.
Brazil: The Brazilian CD 1st pressing of "Lifelines" was Manufactured by "Videolar" & Distributed by "Warner Music Brasil Ltda", it is similar to the European release although the booklet includes only 11 of the pages (rather than 19). The lyric pages are present, but some of the band shots have been excluded. There is a silver "ifpi" hologram sticker included on the front cover. The back cover also includes some Brazilian record company information under the bar code which reads "℗ & © 2002 Wea Records /Warner Music Group Germany GmbH & Co Holding Ohg. Warner Music Group, uma empresa AOL Time Warner. "Fabricado no Polo Industrial de Manaus por Videolar S.A. Av, Solimoes, 505 Distrito Industrial CNPJ: 04.229.761/0004-13 Industria Brasileira. Distribuido pela Warner Music Brasil Ltda. CNPJ: 42.470.112/0012-09 www.warnermusic.com br." There is also some additional "compact disc" and "flying Amazon bird" logos. The disc includes some Brazilian text plus Manufacturing and Distribution information around the rim.
There is a second Brazilian "Videolar" made CD release which is very similar to the previous release, including the 11 page lyric booklet, but comes instead with some slightly amended Brazilian Manufacturing and Distributing information on the back sleeve which reads; "℗ & © 2002 Wea Records /Warner Music Group Germany GmbH & Co Holding Ohg. Warner Music Brasil Ltda., uma empresa Warner Music Group. Produzido no Polo Industrial de Manaus por Videolar S.A.-Av. Solimoes, 505 - Distrito Industrial - Manaus-AM - CNPJ 04.229.761/0004-13 - Industria Brasileira. Distribuido pela Warner Music Brasil Ltda. - CNPJ 42.470.112/0012-09 www.warnermusic.com.br". The usual "Compact disc DIGITAL AUDIO" and "flying Amazon bird PRODUZIDO NO POLO INDUSTRIAL DE MANAUS CONHECA A AMAZONIA" logos on the back sleeve are again both included, however the design of the "flying Amazon bird" logo has now been printed in bold white & differs slightly compared to the earlier "Videolar" release. The disc itself is exactly the same as the earlier release with the title "a-ha • lifelines" printed in white on the left hand side and the Manufacturing and Distributing text shown around the outer edge. On the spine of the CD case & around the centre ring of the actual disc, we now have some additional batch issue coding which is AA0001000.
The "Lifelines" CD was re-released a third time in Brazil by "Videolar", it comes again with a similar design & layout to the earlier "Videolar" pressings and contains the same 11 page lyric booklet, the Manufacturing & Distribution text on the back sleeve has again been slightly amended to read "℗ & © 2002 Wea Records /Warner Music Group Germany GmbH & Co Holding Ohg. Warner Music Group, uma empresa AOL Time Warner. Produzido no Polo Industrial CNPJ: 04.229.761/0004-13 Industria Brasileira. Distribuido pela Warner Music Brasil Ltda. CNPJ: 42.470.112/0012-09 sob encomenda da Warner Music Brasil Ltda. CNPJ: 42.470.112/0012-09 www.warnermusic.com br". Like the previous "Videolar" releases, the usual "Compact DISC Digital Audio" and "flying Amazon bird PRODUZIDO NO POLO INDUSTRIAL DE MANAUS CONHECA A AMAZONIA" logos on the back sleeve are again both included, however the design of the "flying Amazon bird" logo is somewhat smaller and not printed in bold on this third pressing. The layout and design of the actual disc remains unchanged and is the same as the earlier "Videolar" pressings. On the spine of the CD case & around the centre ring of the actual disc, we again have some additional batch issue coding which is AB0000500.
There is another Brazilian CD release which was instead Manufactured & Distributed by "Sonopress" under license to "Warner Music Brasil Ltda", it comes with the same front cover artworks, but displays some different Manufacturing & Distributing information on the back cover; "℗ & © 2002 Wea Records / Warner Music Group Germany Gmbh 7 Co Holding Ohg. Warner Music Group Produzido no Polo Industrial de Manaus e distribuido por Sonopress Rimo Ind e Com. Fonog S.A. - Ind Bras. Rua Ica, nº 100-A - Distrito Industrial - Manaus - AM - CNPJ 67.562.884/0004-91. Sob Licenca de Warner Music Brasil Ltda. - CNPJ 42.470.112/0012-09 Todos os direitos reservados. Proibida a reproducao, execucao publica e locacao desautorizadas sob as penas da lei. O Prazo de validade do disco CD ou DVD e indeterminado desde que observado os seguintes cuidados Armazenar em local seco, livre de poeira, nao expor ao sol, nao debrar, nao engordurar, nao manter a uma temperatura superior a 55°C e umidade acima de 60g/m3 e segurar o disco sempre pela lateral e pelo furo central. DISCO E CULTURA. denuncie a pirataria [email protected]". Also included on the back sleeve is the "flying Amazon bird PRODUZIDO NO POLO INDUSTRIAL DE MANAUS CONHECA A AMAZONIA" logo, but the font size displayed is again smaller and the same as the third "Videolar" release, there is also some additional "Warnermusic" Website Addresses & the "COMPACT Disc DIGITAL AUDIO" logo. The disc also comes with the regular artworks displaying the title "a-ha • lifelines" in white on the left hand side, but both the "flying Amazon bird" and "COMPACT disc DIGITAL AUDIO" logos have now been additionally included. The Brazilian Manufacturing and Distributing text around the outer edge of the disc has also been amended compared to the earlier "Videolar" pressings. On the spine of the CD case & around the centre ring of the disc, we have the batch issue coding which is AC0001000.
Bulgaria: The cassette is similar to the German release but comes with a silver hologram sticker on the front and slightly different text on the back sleeve, it was Manufactured by Orpheus Music a Warner Music International licensee. The text on the cassette itself differs slightly and the number 8 is printed before the track "Oranges on Appletrees".
Canada: The Canadian CD edition is very similar to the European edition but with some Canadian manufacturing information on the back cover and disc.
France: There is a French promo CD of "Lifelines" which comes with a text printed front insert and without a back insert. The disc is plain with "a-ha lifelines" printed in black letters at the top. Also, "Dragonfly" is printed incorrectly as "Dragon Fly". It doesn't have a catalogue number.
Germany: There was a German promo album of "Lifelines" which comes with front paper sleeve and back insert. The front-side of the front-sleeve is a black and white copy of the disc itself, on a black background. The reverse of the front-sleeve has the grey outline of a CD as background image. Over the top of this CD, the tracks are printed with a-ha plus title above. The WEA and the compact-disc logos are placed in, respectively, the bottom left and bottom right corners. Dragonfly is printed as "Dragon Fly" in the track list.
The back-insert is almost identical to the back-side of the front-sleeve, except that the grey CD-image is missing and the additional text "WEA Records Germany FOR PROMOTION USE ONLY!" has been printed at the bottom.
The disc is silver with black text. "a-ha" and the title are printed at the top of the disc. The WEA-logo and standard compact-disc logo are respectively on the left and right sides of the disc. The following text is printed at the bottom of the disc: "WEA Records Germany FOR PROMOTION USE ONLY!".
Holland: The promo CD comes with a white Warner Music Benelux back sleeve with track list printed down the middle in black text. It doesn't come with a front sleeve. The disc is white with the title printed in black letters at the top and the track listing at the bottom.
Indonesia: The cassette is similar to the European release, although not printed as clear and sharp. The back cover states that the cassette was "Made in Indonesia by Warner Music Indonesia" and includes the release date W 04 02. The spine has the additional number "HWO 5786" at the top. The text on the cassette itself differs from the German release and there are mistakes in the track listing: The number 8 before "Oranges On Appletrees" plus "Turns the Lights Down" and "White Canvass".
Japan: The Japanese release has 3 bonus tracks compared with the European release: Differences (Original demo) (2:47) / Hunting High And Low (live in Oslo) (7:07) / Manhattan Skyline (live in Oslo) (6:14) plus a Japanese lyric insert with a message to the Japanese fans. It comes with a red obi strip with Japanese titles in yellow and white. The CD booklet is almost identical to the European release, but the paper used is much less glossy!
The first edition comes with a credit card size pocket calendar (April to December only). This album is not available for export.
There is a Japanese promo cassette which comes in a green paper title sleeve. The tracks are printed inside with the title above. The front sleeve features in a-ha and the title printed at the top (the title is printed in English and Japanese) with a printed picture of the album cover underneath. At the bottom of the sleeve the following text is printed: "2002.4.24 ON SALE / Sample Tape For Promotion Only". The WEA logo is printed in the bottom right hand corner. The cassette itself is green with green labels on which black text is printed. The catalogue number of the official release (WPCR-11237) is printed on the cassette.
Korea: The Korean CD is similar to the European release but has made in Korea information on the back cover, booklet and disc. It also comes with a white CD booklet sized double-sided insert with information about a-ha in Korean.
Norway: Selected Norwegian record stores gave away free gifts with the first sold copies of the album. The free 'gifts' included a red a-ha football shirt, a poster and the Homecoming Live at Vallhall DVD. Shops opened at midnight on Friday 26th April to start selling the new album!
There is a promo CD of lifelines which comes in a blue and white wea printed sleeve. The top third of the sleeve is white with small blue "wea"-logos while the bottom section is blue with one large white "wea"-logo in the centre. "a-ha" is printed in black letters inside a white strip with the title in white letters on a black strip directly underneath. The tracks are listed in black in the bottom section of the sleeve while the catalogue number and promo details are in black and white letters on respectively white and black strips.
The disc is of similar design to the cover with the bottom section blue with black text and the top section with small blue wea logos. This promo CD was made in Germany, but is believed to have been produced for the Norwegian market. The album claims to feature the "NY Mix II" of Forever Not Yours (track 3), but it is actually the same mix as the regular edition.
Poland: The German CD pressing was available in Poland, it comes with "Radio Eska", "wprost" and "Codzienna cgm.pl Gazeta Muzyezna" stickers plus a "ZAIKS" compact disc hologram sticker on the case.
Russia: There was a Special Russian Edition CD which features an exclusive "Introduction" track (0:11) plus bonus tracks: Minor Earth, Major Sky (ATB Mix) (5:47) and Velvet (De-Phazz Mix) (3:47).
The CD comes in a special card slipcase. The artwork on the front of the slipcase differs slightly from the front sleeve of the European release; the a-ha logo and title are both printed in light grey and the font size is much larger. There is also a "Europa Plus" sticker on the front listing the bonus material and a pink and light blue "MOCKBA" sticker. The reverse of the slipcase is red with the quote by Oscar Wilde in the centre and printed autographs of the band members in gold around the quote. The track list is printed in white at the bottom of the slipcase. The CD found in the slipcase has front and back inserts which are similar to the European release. The front sleeve is a double sided insert rather than a booklet and includes a tear off coupon allowing 10% discount for the Moscow concert. The disc of the Russian release also differs slightly from the European edition. The title has been printed in much larger, silver letters at the top of the disc. Warner Music and other text is printed in silver towards the bottom of the disc.
There was a cassette available of the Special Russian Tour Edition of "Lifelines". It has a similar sleeve to the European release, but with the "Europa Plus" sticker on the front indicates that it is the Special Russian Edition with intro A-HA for Russia plus bonus tracks: "Minor Earth Major Sky" (Atb Mix), "Velvet" (De-Phazz Mix). The bonus material is also listed on the cassette sleeve. The cassette tape is transparent with white text.
Another special Russian edition cassette comes in a cardboard slipcase with the regular plastic cassette case inside. The sleeve is of very similar design to the special edition CD slipcase and includes the Europa Plus and "MOCKBA" stickers. As with the CD, it includes the bonus tracks "Minor Earth Major Sky" (Atb mix) and "Velvet" (De-Phazz mix).
"Lifelines" was re-issued on CD by Никитин in Russia. In comes with a coloured obi-strip, continuing the cover artwork on the front with white text and Warner Music logo. The back of the obi also includes continuation artwork of the back sleeve (although doesn't match up very well) plus cover shots of "Minor Earth Major Sky" and "Stay On These Roads". There is also a "For sale in Russia" hologram sticker on the front.
South Africa: The South African release is similar to the European release. The album was marketed and distributed by "Gallo Record Company".
Taiwan: The Taiwan CD release is similar to the European release but comes with a large obi-strip covering the whole of the back cover. The back of the obi has the same shot as the back sleeve but has the track listing printed in white down the right hand side, rather than in red down the middle. There is also a are amount of white track information printed in Taiwanese across the middle of the obi. The front is red with text in yellow and white, whilst the spine is black with white text. The back sleeve and disc includes some Made in Taiwan text. The disc appears to have a printing err as there is a black strip on the left hand side, but no "Lifelines" text printed on it!
Thailand: The Thailand CD release was Manufactured and Distributed by "Warner Music Thailand Ltd" and comes with the same front and back cover Artworks as the European release. The promo edition has two holes punched through the back cover sleeve and has "NOT FOR SALE PROMOTION ONLY" printed around the centre ring of the disc in white.
The Thailand cassette comes with a blue and white "WARNER MUSIC THAILAND / ifpi 119 uาn" rectangular sticker on the front of the cassette case. The sleeve folds-out and is similar to the German release displaying the regular album artworks, but on the reverse, it states that it was "MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER MUSIC THAILAND LTD". The cassette itself is transparent/green with a grey centre piece and white printed text. The title; "a-ha LIFELINES" with the track listing to each side underneath is set out differently and comes with a different font size. The "wea records" logo and Catalogue number 0927-44849-4 is displayed on the left hand side but the "wea" logo is larger than on the German release, with "side 1/2" on the right hand side being smaller. Along the bottom of Side 1 is some Manufacturing and Distributing text; "℗ & © 2002 Wea Records/Warner Music Group Germany GmbH & Co Holding Ohg. An AOL Time Warner Company, Manufactured and Distributed by Warner Music Thailand". Whilst along the bottom of Side 2 is instead some Copyright information; "All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work reproduced reserved unauthorized copying, hiring, public performance and broadcasting of this recording prohibited". On the back of the actual cassette case has the "Warner Music" logo engraved into the plastic.
Turkey: The Turkish cassette is similar to the German release but with some Turkish record company and copyright information. There are no lyrics included on the cassette insert. The tape itself is frosted transparent/grey with white text with a slightly different text layout compared to the German release.
Ukraine: There is a Ukranian release by Odyssey. It is similar to the European release with additional white Ukranian text on the back cover plus the round globe Planets of Hits and Odyssey snake logos. There are small blue and yellow rectangles in the bottom right hand corner of the front sleeve containing Ukranian text. There is a silver hologram sticker on the back cover. The disc is similar to the European release but with some Ukranian text around the outer rim. Promo editions come with a Odyssey record company sticker on the front plus a hole punched through the bar code on the back.
There is also a Никитин cassette release, similar to the Russian one. It has the same track listing as the Russian bonus edition with the two bonus tracks. The sleeve is the same as the Russian edition with Russian manufacturing information. The cassette itself is transparent / grey with white text, but the layout of the text differs from the Russian edition and includes some Ukranian production and copyright information.
USA: There is a US Warner-Chappell pre-release 15-track CD-R acetate of Lifelines. The paper front cover is light blue with a large blue "WARNER/CHAPPELL" logo in the centre. The paper back sleeve is also light blue and has a large faded "WARNER/CHAPPELL" logo in the centre. The track list is printed over the logo. Track 3. "Forever Not Yours" is marked as "1st single". The disc has a printed paper label on it with contact information plus "Warner-Chappell" logo.
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