MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice / Acoustic Hits MTV Unplugged (06.10.17)
On 6 October, a-ha released an acoustic album "MTV Unplugged Summer Solistice" in Europe. The album was recorded across two nights, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 June 2017 on the tiny island of Giske close to the city of Ålesund in Norway. The shows were performed in front of an audience of 250 people. On the same date, the album "Acoustic Hits MTV Unplugged" was also released which includes a subset of individual tracks from the Summer Solistice show.
The cover of the albums are white with cut out shots of the head and shoulders of Paul, Magne and Morten. Across the overlap of the bodies, you can see a live shot of the band taken from one of the shows. The title is printed in black letters in the bottom right hand corner of the sleeve. The booklet has eight double sided pages with lots of information about the shows printed in black on the white pages plus eight coloured shots of the band performing and one shot of the band standing with Alison Moyet, one of the artists performing with a-ha.
The jewelcase CD release comes with a red sticker rectangular sticker with white text: "FIRST TIME ACOUSTIC ALBUM 2CD WITH ALL HITS INCLUDING: TAKE ON ME THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV SUMMER MOVED ON HUNTING HIGH AND LOW + TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS AND MANY MORE! 00602557929508".
The sticker on the blu-ray digipak release reads "FIRST TIME ACOUSTIC ALBUM 2CD+BLU-RAY WITH ALL HITS INCLUDING: TAKE ON ME THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV SUMMER MOVED ON HUNTING HIGH AND LOW + TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS AND MANY MORE! 00602557929584". The DVD digipak has similar wording on the sticker with the obvious slight wording and catalogue number amends. The sticker for the 1 CD Acoustic Hits release reads: "INCLUDING THE HITS: TAKE ON ME THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS HUNTING HIGH AND LOW + TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS 00602557994926"
The CD features 21 tracks split across two discs including two brand new tracks (tracks 1 and 6 on disc 1). Five artist joined a-ha on stage to sing with the band, a-ha also did two cover versions, a cover of the Bridges track "Sox Of The Fox" and "The Killing Moon" with Ian McCulloch from Echo & The Bunneymen. Alison Moyet joined a-ha for "Summer Moved On" which was recorded during the daytime as Alison was unavailable in the evening.
MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice:
CD1 Tracks: This Is Our Home / Lifelines / I've Been Losing You (feat. Lissie) / Anaalogue (All I Want) / The Sun Always Shines On TV (feat. Ingrid Helene Håvik) / A Break In The Clouds / Foot Of The Mountain / Stay On These Roads / This Alone Is Love / Over The Treetops / Forever Not Yours
CD2 Tracks: Sox Of The Fox / Scoundrel Days (feat. Ian McCulloch) / The Killing Moon (feat. Ian McCulloch) / Summer Moved On (feat. Alison Moyet) / Memorial Beach / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale / Manhattan Skyline / The Living Daylights / Hunting High And Low / Take On Me
Acoustic Hits MTV Unplugged:
Tracks: Take On Me / The Living Daylights / The Sun Always Shines On TV (feat. Ingrid Helene Håvik) / Stay On These Roads / Manhattan Skyline / Hunting High And Low / Summer Move On (feat. Alison Moyet) / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale / The Killing Moon (feat. Ian McCulloch) / I've Been Losing You (feat. Lissie) / Foot Of The Mountain / Analogue (All I Want) / This Is Our Home / A Break In The Clouds / Lifelines
The album was also released on a 3 LP set. The artwork is similar to the CD release. The LP also comes with a red sticker with white text: "FIRST TIME ACOUSTIC ALBUM 3LP WITH ALL HITS INCLUDING: TAKE ON ME THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV SUMMER MOVED ON HUNTING HIGH AND LOW + TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS AND MANY MORE! 00602557929553"
LP1 Tracks: This Is Our Home / Lifelines / I've Been Losing You (feat. Lissie) / Anaalogue (All I Want) // The Sun Always Shines On TV (feat. Ingrid Helene Håvik) / A Break In The Clouds / Foot Of The Mountain
LP2 Tracks: Stay On These Roads / This Alone Is Love / Over The Treetops / Forever Not Yours // Sox Of The Fox / Scoundrel Days (feat. Ian McCulloch) / The Killing Moon (feat. Ian McCulloch)
LP3 Tracks: Summer Moved On (feat. Alison Moyet) / Memorial Beach / Living A Boy's Adventure Tale / Manhattan Skyline // The Living Daylights / Hunting High And Low / Take On Me
Brazil: There is a Brazilian 2 CD set of the "MTV Unplugged Summer Solistice" which was manufactured by "NovaDisc Midia Digital Ltda.". It comes with the same front cover as the European edition displaying the head & shoulder shots of Paul, Magne and Morten with the overlapping of bodies, the live shot of the band taken from one of the shows is also included. At the bottom right hand corner, the usual title "a-ha MTV UNPLUGGED SUMMER SOLSTICE" is shown in bold black letters. The front cover also includes a red rectangular sticker with black & white text, but the information is now displayed in Portuguese to read; "PRIMEIRO ALBUM ACUSTICO DA CARREIRA 2CD COM TODOS OS HITS, INCLUINDO: TAKE ON ME THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV SUMMER MOVED ON HUNTING HIGH AND LOW + DUAS FAIXAS INEDITAS E MUITO MAIS! 060255792950". The inside of the album includes the same colour booklet as the European edition apart from the Brazilian Catalogue number being included on the back cover. The discs themselves like the European edition are white with silver text, the a-ha logo is printed across the centre, but in a slightly larger font with the title "MTV UNPLUGGED SUMMER SOLSTICE" underneath. CD1/CD2 is shown at the top with the usual "polydor", "UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP" and "WE LOVE MUSIC" logos at the bottom. An additional "COMPACT disc DIGITAL AUDIO" logo has also been added, plus some Catalogue number and "LC" coding information for each disc is shown. Disc 1 reads; "060255792948 SET 060255792950 LC-19045", whilst Disc 2 reads; "060255792949 SET 060255792950 LC-19045". Displayed around the outer rim of each disc is some Brazilian Production & Copyright text; "℗ @ © 2017 Swinglong Ltd. / We Love Music, under exclusive license to Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH. Produzido por NovoDisc Midia Digital Ltda. CNPJ: 02.073.507/0001-09, sob licence da Universal Music International Ltda. CNPJ: 08.975.642/0001-18. Todos os direitos reservados. Prohibida a reproducao, execucao publica e locacao desautorizadas sob as penas da lei.". On the back sleeve, the layout including the track listing is the same as the European edition showing the standard Production & Copyright text in English. At the bottom of the black sleeve, the standard European barcode "6 02557 92950 8" with the usual "polydor", "UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP" and "WE LOVE MUSIC" logos are also displayed. An additional "COMPACT disc DIGITAL AUDIO" logo has again been added, along with some additional Brazilian manufacturing information and two website addresses; "Produzido por NovoDisc Midia Digital Ltda. Av. Guarapiranga, 1671 – Sto. Amaro – Sao Paulo – SP – CNPJ: 02.073.507/0001-09, sob licence de Universal Music International Ltda. – CNPJ: 08.975.642/0001-18. www.universalmusic.com.br • denuncie a pirataria: [email protected]". The Catalogue number on both the spine and back sleeve has also been changed to 060255792950, plus there is also some additional batch issue coding displayed on the back sleeve and around the actual centre rim of each disc. There are at least two different copies known to exist AA000400 & AB0001000.
Gernany: A limited edition "a-ha MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice" fan box set was released in Germany. It comes in white box 15 x 20 x 4 cm. The front of the box is printed with similar design to the CD art work. The back of the box has production, copyright information, company logos and bar code printed at the bottom. Over the top of this is a paper sheet, stuck to the box only in the centre. It includes the CD track listing and the same production and copyright information.
The box is hinged down the left hand side. Inside is a hardback book which fits snuggly inside the box. In the front of the book are the two CD discs of the same design as the two CD set but with different catalogue number. The DCD and Blu-ray are housed in the back of the book, again similar to the European release, although the text on the Blu-ray is more of a metallic blue colour. The book has 26 double sided pages with lots of photos from t he rehearsals and the MTV show plus text similar to that in the CD booklet, The front of the book features a shot of the inside of a wooden boat shed with lots of wood spread across the floor. The title is printed in white at the top.
The box also includes a large folded poster of the band, a circular white patch with a-ha in black, a rubber wristband with "a-ha MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice" printed in white, plus a black circular pin badge, again with the title printed in white.
On the front of the box is a red sticker with the text "LIMITIERTE FANBOX 2CD + DVD + BLU-RAY INCLUSIVE POSTER, FANBOOK, PATCH, BUTTON & ARMBAND ALLE HITS INKL. TAKE ON ME, THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV, SUMMER MOVED ON, HUNTING HIGH AND LOW U.V.M. + ZWEI BRANDNEUE SONGS 0602557929676". The is also a small white stickers with the text "FSK ab 0 freigegeben" inside a black circular ring.
UK: The UK promo edition of "a-ha ACOUSTIC HITS MTV UNPLUGGED" comes in a PVC sleeve with a folded paper insert. The front of the sleeve is similar to the regular album. The back sleeve is white and displays the full 15 track listing down the centre. On the lower left hand side, there is a unique marketing number for each copy. Along the bottom, there is a "UNIVERSAL MUSIC CATALOGUE" logo plus some Promotional and Watermark text; "℗ & © 2017 Swinglong Ltd. /We Love Music, under exclusive licence to Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY - NOT FOR SALE. THIS CD CONTAINS A UNIQUE WATERMARK TRACEABLE TO THE RECIPIENT". On the front of the clear PVC wallet, there is a white "nonstop promotions" rectangular sticker which advertises the release date of the album, special guests and where the album was recorded. There is also some "non-stop" promotions contact names, telephone numbers and email addresses; "nonstop promotions a-ha ALBUM: ACOUSTIC HITS - MTV UNPLUGGED - 6 OCTOBER • 'Acoustic Hits - MTV Unplugged', October 6 • The band's first ever acoustic album in their 35 year history • Guests on the album include Alison Moyet, Ian McCulloch and Lissie • Recorded in Norway at Ocean Sound Recordings Studio during the band's most intimate performance ever Niki Sanderson | Stuart Kenning | Nonstop Promotions 020 8334 9994 | [email protected] | @NonStopTV". The promo comes with a silver disc with black printed text, the a-ha logo is displayed at the top with the title "ACOUSTIC HITS MTV UNPLUGGED" underneath. At the lower half of the disc, it shows the same Promotional and Watermark text as on the back sleeve, plus the same unique marketing number and "UNIVERSAL MUSIC CATALOGUE" logo. The release appears to come without a Catalogue number.
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