The Singles 1984|2004 (29.11.04)



The Singles 1984|2004

On 29 November 2004, a-ha released a collection of their singles "The Singles 1984|2004" in Norway and Germany and on 22nd December in Sweden. The album was released in the UK on 11 April 2005 under the slightly different title The Definitive Singles Collection 1984|2004. It includes 19 of their singles (not the complete collection) which have been digitally remastered by Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot.

The cover features a shot of the band (Paul, Morten and Magne) printed in green tones. The a-ha logo is printed in light blue in the top left corner with the title in light green underneath. There is a blue sticker on the front which reads "20 years of hits digitally remastered". The 6 page booklet features text about the band by Jan Omdahl (author of The Swing Of Things) plus a collage for each band member made up of nine close-up shots of parts of their faces. The booklet includes another five pictures of the band / band members plus the track listing over two sides at the back. The reverse of the booklet has a further shot of the band running outdoors. The back cover features a silhouetted shot of the band with the track list printed at the bottom of the picture.

The Singles 1984|2004 - front and back of booklet

The disc is white with the title in grey at the top and an artist impression picture of the band at the bottom. The square around the centre of the disc and other shapes are white. The back sleeve is also printed in green tones and features a silhouetted picture of the band against the sky with the tracklist across the bottom of the picture. Surounding the.picture are some green/grey shapes (triangles and a square) plus some coloured lines. The spine of the CD is greenish grey with white text.

The Singles 1984|2004 - disc   The Singles 1984|2004 - back sleeve

The album includes the "edit" version of "Manhattan Skyline" which was previously only available on vinyl.

Tracks: Take On Me (3:48) / The Sun Always Shine On TV (4:42) / Train Of Thought (Remix) (4:15) / Hunting High And Low (Remix) (3:47) / I've Been Losing You (4:25) / Cry Wolf (4:03) / Manhattan Skyline (Single Edit) (4:17) / The Living Daylights (7" Version) (4:14) / Stay On These Roads (4:46) / Touchy! (Single Mix/Edit) (4:33) / Crying In The Rain (4:22) / Move To Memphis (4:13) / Dark Is The Night For All (3:46) / Shapes That Go Together (4:14) / Summer Moved On (Radio Edit) (4:03) / Minor Earth Major Sky (Niven’s Radio Edit) (4:03) / Velvet (Radio Version) (4:05) / Forever Not Yours (4:03) / Lifelines (Album Version Edit) (3:58)

Track Details:

1. Take On Me [3:48] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy/Magne Furuholmen/Morten Harket) Produced by Alan Tarney April 1985

2. The Sun Always Shines On TV [4:42] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Alan Tarney December 1985

3. Train Of Thought (Remix) [4:15] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Tony Mansfield Remixed by Alan Tarney & John Hudson March 1986

4. Hunting High And Low (Remix) [3:47] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Tony Mansfield Remixed by John Ratcliff with a-ha June 1986

5. I’ve Been Losing You [4:25] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Magne Furuholmen & Paul Waaktaar-Savoy With/Leif Karsten Johansen: bass, Michael Sturgis: drums September 1986

6. Cry Wolf [4:03] (Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Alan Tarney With/Øystein Jevanord: drums November 1986

7. Manhattan Skyline [4:17] (Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Alan Tarney February 1987

8. The Living Daylights [4:14] (John Barry/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Jason Corsaro, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy & John Barry June 1987

9. Stay On These Roads [4:46] (Morten Harket/Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Alan Tarney March 1988

10. Touchy! [4:33] (Morten Harket/Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Alan Tarney August 1988

11. Crying In The Rain [4:22] (Howard Greenfield/Carole King) Produced by Christopher Neil With/Jorun Bøgeberg: bass, Per Hillestad: drums October 1990

12. Move To Memphis [4:13] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy/Magne Furuholmen) Produced by a-ha October 1991

13. Dark Is The Night [3:46] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by David Z & a-ha With/Jorun Bøgeberg: bass, Per Hillestad: drums May 1993

14. Shapes That go Together [4:14] (Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Christopher Neil March 1994

15. Summer Moved On (Radio Edit) [4:03] (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Boogieman & Roland Spremberg With/Elmar Walljasper: drums May 2000

16. Minor Earth, Major Sky (Niven’s Radio Edit) [4:03] (Magne Furuholmen/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Boogieman & Roland Spremberg Remixed by Niven Garland With/Henner Malecha: additional bass, Frode Unneland: drums July 2000

17. Velvet (Radio Version) [4:05] (Lauren Savoy/Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) Produced by Boogieman & Roland Spremberg With/Simone: vocal (From D’Sound courtesy of Virgin Records Norway AS), Jörn Heilbut: additional guitar, Stephan Gade: bass, sitar, Peter Lindvall: drums September 2000

18. Forever Not Yours (Morten Harket/Ole Sverre Olsen/Magne Furuholmen) [4:03] Produced by Stephen Hague & Martin Landquist With/Sven Lindvall: bass, Per Lindvall: drums April 2002

19. Lifelines (Album Version Edit) [3:58] (Magne Furuholmen) Produced by Martin Landquist & Stephen Hague With/Anneli Drecker: female vocals, Sven Lindvall: bass, Per Lindvall: drums July 2002

Variations

Australia: The Australian release is the same as the EU release but says "Manufactured & Distributed by Warner Music Australia" on the back sleeve. The insert booklet is also the same as the EU release except for the catalogue number on the back page. The square around the centre of the disc and other shapes are silver, rather than white.

The Singles 1984|2004 Argentina promo

Argentina: The regular Argentinian CD release comes with the usual front cover artworks but includes a silver 'ifpi' hologram sticker. There are subtle differences between the Argentina release and the European one including slight differences in the colours used in the booklet and on the disc. In addition, the last page of the CD booklet has the catalogue number printed onto it.The Manufacturing & Copyright information on the back cover is printed mainly in Spanish.
The promo Argentinian made CD comes with an additional red promo stamp on the disc which reads "Disco Promocicnal Prohibida Su Venta".

Bulgaria: There is a Bulgarian cassette album release of "The Singles 1984|2004"which comes with similar front cover artworks to the CD release, it includes a fold-out sleeve containing the usual text about the band by Jan Omdahl, plus some of the pictures which were included inside the CD booklet. The same full 19 track listing is also included. it was manufactured by 'ORPHEUS MUSIC, A Warner Music International licensee'.The actual cassette is transparent / grey with white titles.

Brazil: The first pressing of the Brazilian release was produced by Videolar and was Distributed by Warner Music Brasil Ltda, the front cover is of a similar design to the European release. The Manufacturing & Distributing information on the back cover reads "2004 Warner Strategic Marketing Internacional, Warner Music Internacional (P) 2004 Warner Music Brasil Ltda, umo empreso 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 Brasileiro Distribuido pelo Warner Music Brasil Ltda - CNPJ 42 470112/0012-09 www.warnermusic.com.br". The usual "Flying Amazon Bird" Logo is also displayed on the back cover.

At least three copies of this 1st pressing are known to exist, but come with a different batch issue coding on the spine & around the centre ring of the disc;- AB0001000, AC0001000 & AE0001000.

There is also a second pressing which was again produced by Videolar and was distributed by Warner Music Brasil Ltda, the Manufacturing & Distributing information on the back cover is different, more clearer and printed this time in bold, it reads "(C) 2005 Warner Music Brasil Ltda. Uma empressa 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, sobencomenda da Warner Music Brasil Ltda. CNPJ 42.470.112/0012-09. Distribuido pela Warner Music Brasil Ltda. CNPJ 42.470.112/0012-09. www.warnermusic.com.br". The "Flying Amazon Bird" Logo is also again displayed on the back cover. At least four copies of this second pressing exist, but again come with a different batch issue coding;- AG001000, AH0001000, AI0001000 & AN0001000.

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 "(C) 2005 Warner Music Brasil Ltda. - uma empresa Warner Music Group. Produzido no Polo Industrial de Manaus e distribuido por Sonopress Rimo Ind. e Com. Fonog. S.A. - Ind. Bras. Rua lca, 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 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 cover is the "Flying Amazon Bird" logo, plus some additional Warnermusic Website Addresses. At least two copies of this Sonopress 1st pressing exist, again with different batch issue coding;- AT0001000 and AW0001000.

Another second Sonopress pressing was released in Brazil with again the same front cover artworks but showing different Manufacturing & Distributing information on the back cover '(C) 2004 Warner Music Brasil Ltda. Produzido no Polo Industrial de Manaus e distribuido por Sonopress Rimo Ind. e Com. Fonog S.A. - Ind. Bras - CNPJ67.562.884/0004-91. Sob Licenca de Warner Music Brasil Ltda. - CNPJ42.470.112/0001-56. Todos os direitos reservados. Proibida a reproducao, execucao publica e locacao desautorizadas sob as penas da lei.'

The usual 'Flying Amazon Bird' Logo is also on display, but there is No additional Warnermusic Website Addresses on this 2nd Pressing. At least three copies of this Sonopress 2nd pressing exist, again with different batch issue coding;- BB0000500, BC0000500 & BD0000500

Chile: The Chilean 1st pressing comes with a round blue and white sticker on the front cover which reads ";ENVIA LA PALABRA WARNER AL 7276 Y DESCARGA TU MUSICA FAVORITA", a silver "ifpi" hologram sticker is also included. On the back cover, the manufacturing & copyright information is printed mainly in English, apart from "Hecho en Chile". A "Warner Music Chile" logo is also shown.
The second pressing also includes the silver "ifpi" hologram sticker on the front cover, but the manufacturing and copyright information on the back cover is now printed mainly in Spanish, it reads:- "(P) Y (C) 2004 INDUSTRIAS DE RADIO Y TELEVISION S.A. (P) Y (C) 2013 MUSICA & MARKETING CHILE LTDA. RESERVADOS TODOS LOS DERECHOS DEL PRODUCTOR, DE LOS AUTORES Y DE LOS INTERPRETES DE LAS OBRAS REPRODUCIDAS EN ESTE EJEMPLAR, PROHIBIDA LA REPRODUCCION, REGRABACION, ALQUILER, PRESTAMO, CANJE, EJECUCION PUBLICA RADIODIFUSION Y CUALQUIER USO NO AUTORIZADO DE ESTOS FONOGRAMAS. FABRICADO Y DISTRIBUIDO POR MUSICA & MARKETING CHILE LTDA. BAJO LICENCIA DE WARNER MUSIC CHILE S.A.". A different "Music & Marketing Chile S.A." logo is now shown.

Hungarian: The Hungarian release has a different track list: Take On Me / The Sun Always Shines On TV / Hunting High And Low (Remix) / I''ve Been Losing You / Manhattan Skyline / Stay On These Roads (Single Mix) / Living Daylights (7" Version) / Touchy (Single Mix/Edit) / Crying In The Rain (Single Mix) / Train Of Thought (Remix) / Dark Is The Night / Angel (Single Mix/Edit) / Shapes That Go Together / Summer Moved On (Single Edit) / Velvet / Forever Not Yours / Move To Memphis / Lifelines (album Edit) / Minor Earth,Major Sky (Nivens Radio Edit) / Cry Wolf

India: The Indian release comes with an "IMI" silver hologram and "EMI Music India" stickers on the front of the case in addition to the usual "20 years of hits digitally remastered" blue sticker with yellow text. Otherwise, this release is similar to the European edition except for "Marketed in India under exclusive licence from WEA International Inc by Virgin Records (India) Pvt Ltd 203/204" text on the back sleeve. The maximum retail price Rs. 395/- inclusive of all taxes is also printed on the back sleeve.

The Singles 1984|2004 Japanese with ob-strip

Japan: The Japanese CD edition of "The Singles 1984|2004" was released on 8 March 2006. It comes with a white obi-strip with red and black text. Part of the front artwork which the obi covers is also printed on the side of the obi strip. There is a large red circle at the top of the obi with price and other Japanese text in white. The rest of the artwork is similar to the European release except for manufacturing information and catalogue number, but it comes with a white paper lyric insert with lyrics in English and Japanese. Promo editions of the CD have a white promo sticker with red text over the barcode and "SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE" printed in black around the centre of the disc.
There was another Japanese CD reissue of The Singles 1984|2004 which was released on 7 April 2010. It comes instead with a white obi-strip with red, blue & black text. Again, part of the front artwork which the obi covers is also printed on the side of the obi strip. The usual large round circle at the top of the obi with the price and other Japanese text is now coloured red and blue on a white background. The front & back cover artworks is again virtually the same as the previous Japanese release apart from a change to the Catalogue Number WPCR-14025. Also included as usual is a 22 page white paper lyric insert booklet with lyrics in English & Japanese.

The Singles 1984|2004 Korean sticker Korea: The front of the Korean CD album case has a large green sticker with yellow Korean text. It was manufactured and Distributed by Warner Music Korea Limited. Some copies come with a different barcode number "8 809217 572940" on the back cover, compared to the usual pressings which just show the standard catalogue number barcode "5 050467 622524".

Russia: The Russian edition comes in a card slip-case which is similar (front and back) to the regular European album. The insert which comes with the Russian edition folds out (rather than being a booklet). On the inside of the insert, there are two sides of text plus a collage made up of Morten's, Magne's and Paul's faces (rather than one page for each band member). The back of the insert is similar to the reverse of the booklet. The remaining side has the album track list on it. The Russian disc differs from the European one in that the square and triangle have been printed in silver, making them stand out much more.

The Singles 1984|2004 Russia - card slip case and disc

There was also a Russian re-issue which comes in a jewel case with obi strip. The cover is of similar design to the European release. The obi-strip has a mirror image of the picture of Paul from the front sleeve printed on the front plus red and white text and a yellow background rectangle. The back of the obi-strip has part of the back sleeve image on it which illness up with the back sleeve plus there are small shots of the album covers "East Of The Sun West Of The Moon" and "Hunting High And Low". There is a silver hologram sticker, with Warner logo and "Warner Music International For Slae In Russia", stuck on the top right hand corner of the front of the booklet.

The Singles 1984|2004 Russia

Singapore: "The Singles 1984|2004" Singapore release comes with similar artwork to the European release, but has "Marketed & Distributed by Warner Music Singapore Pte Ltd" shown on the back sleeve. The Singapore "Warnermusic.com.sg" website address is also included. On the front cover, we have the usual blue sticker which reads "20 years of hits digitally remastered". There is also a small square blue & silver ""WARNER MUSIC 0688894"" hologram sticker. The actual disc itself is similar to the European release but comes instead with a much larger silver centre ring.

South Africa: "The Singles 1984|2004" was released in South Africa. The artwork is virtually the same as the European release, but has "Marketed & Distributed by Gallo Record Company" information on the back sleeve plus the Gallo record company logo. Similar information is printed on the disc plus both the Gallo and Risa logos. The square around the centre of the disc and other shapes are silver, rather than white.

Spain: There is a Spanish 6-track album sampler featuring the following tracks: The Singles 1984|2004 Spain album sampler
Take On Me / Hunting High And Low / The Sun Always Shines On TV / Summer Moved On / Minor Earth Major Sky / Forever Not Yours.
The disc is light blue with "A-HA Sampler" printed in black at the top. The track list is printed on the right hand side and the copyright information on the left. At the bottom of the disc, the following The Singles 1984|2004 Taiwan text is printed "Termas extraidos de su nevo album The Singles 1.984-2.004 A la venta el 8 de Febrero".

Taiwan: The Taiwan edition comes with a green and blue obi strip plus a booklet which features all of the lyrics.

The Singles 1984|2004 Thailand Thailand: The Thailand realise of the album is almost identical to the European release but claims it was Manufactured and distributed in Thailand rather than the EU. The promo edition has a hole punched in the barcode on the back sleeve and the text "PROMOTION ONLY NOT FOR SALE" is printed around the centre of the disc.

Ukraine: The Ukraine release is by Odyssey. The artwork is similar to the European release but with additional black Ukrainian at the top of the back cover. It also has a silver hologram sticker on the back cover with the text "A-HA THE SINGLES: 1984-2004" in black plus "KOHTPONBHA MAPKA" in silver. The back cover also includes a globe "Planet of Hits" and "Odyssey" snake logos in the top left hand corner. The front cover includes the two small double blue and yellow rectangle with Ukranian text in the bottom right. The square around the centre of the disc and other shapes are silver, rather than white.

The Singles 1984|2004 USA   The Singles 1984|2004 USA sticker

U.S.: On 4 May 2010, a-ha released the singles collection in the U.S. on Rhino Records. The artwork is similar to the European release but the text and barcode layout differs slightly on the back sleeve and there is the addition of the Rhino and WB logos. It comes with a blue sticker which reads "Features the Classic Take On Me" in yellow plus catalogue number underneath. The square around the centre of the disc and other shapes are silver, rather than white.

CD

Australia   The Singles 1984|2004 5046762252
Argentina   The Singles 1984|2004 5046-76225-2
Argentina promo The Singles 1984|2004 5046-76225-2
Brazil Videolar - 1st press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467622b524
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/AC0001000
/AE0001000
Brazil Videolar - 2nd press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467622b524
/AG001000
/AH0001000
/AI0001000
/AN0001000
Brazil Sonopress - 1st press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467622524
/AT0001000
/AW0001000
Brazil Sonopress - 2nd press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467622524
/BB0000500
/BC0000500
/BD0000500
Chile 1st press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4
Chile 2nd press The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4
Europe   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4
Hungary   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4?
India   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4 PKD. 06/2005
Japan   The Singles 1984|2004 WPCR-13038
Japan promo The Singles 1984|2004 WPCR-13038
Japan   The Singles 1984|2004 WPCR-14025
Korea   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4
Russia   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4 cn-006/04
Russia re-issue The Singles 1984|2004 4607173157812
Singapore   The Singles 1984|2004 50 5046 76225-2 4
South Africa   The Singles 1984|2004 CDESP 194
Spain Sampler The Singles 1984|2004 SPI026W
Taiwan   The Singles 1984|2004 50 5046 76225-2 4
Thailand   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4
Ukraine   The Singles 1984|2004 5050467-6225-2-4 / OD 000777
U.S.   The Singles 1984|2004 R2 524528

Cassette

Bulgaria   The Singles 1984|2004 50-50467-6225-4-8

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