This section includes descriptions and pictures of the Savoy albums including promo releases.
Mary Is Coming (26.02.96)
This 12-track album was the debut album by Savoy and was released in Norway, England, Germany, Sweden, Japan and the USA. It was released in Norway on 19th February, in the UK a week later and in Sweden on 1st March. All tracks were written by Lauren and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, produced and recorded by Savoy and mixed by Simon Vinestock (except * mixed by Rod Hui and ** mixed by Roberth Opsahl-Engen). The musicians featured on the album are Paul Waaktaar-Savoy on guitar, bass and vocal, Lauren Savoy on guitar and vocal, Frode Unneland on drums and Simone Larsen guest vocals on "Velvet". The album was released on "Warner Brothers" label. The twelth track on the album is not actually listed on the packaging, but was listed on the promo edition as "Fade".
This album was also available on cassette in Norway. The sleeve is similar to the CD cover and the actual cassette is transparent. The insert does not feature the song lyrics.
Japan: The Japanese release comes with a yellow and orange obi-strip with Japanese text in black and dark purple plus the title in light blue. Otherwise the album sleeve is similar to the European release. The promo release has a white sticker on the reverse with the Japanese symbols for "promo" in red. The promo disc as the Japanese promo symbol etched around the centre of the disc.
USA: The USA edition of the CD is the same as that released in Europe, except for the absence of lyrics underneath the black CD tray.
The US promo release is the same as the regular release, but has the text "For Promotional use only. Sale or other transfer is prohibited. Must be returned on demand of recording company." stamped in gold capital letters on the front of the sleeve.
There is also a US advanced promo CD of "Mary Is Coming". It doesn't come with a front insert and the back insert is white with black text. The disc is plain with black printed text. Unlike the regular release, the hidden track "Fade" is not included on this promo.
Tracks: Daylight's Wasting* (2:57) / Tears From A Stone (4:36) / Velvet (4:35) / Foolish* (4:35) / Half An Hour's Worth** (3:13) / Underground (3:50) / Get Up Now (5:17) / Still I'm On Your Side* (4:05) / We Will Never Forget (3:11) / Raise Your Sleepy Head (3:27) / Mary Is Coming (4:42) / Fade (2:50).
Lackluster Me (06.10.97)
The second Savoy album was released in Norway and Sweden only (NB: The Swedish release came more than 3 years after the Norwegian one, on 4th January 2001). It was written and produced by Paul and Lauren Waaktaar Savoy, mixed by Jason Corsaro (except * mixed by Simon Vinestock). The album features Paul Waaktaar Savoy on lead vocal, guitar, keyboard (and bass on +), Lauren Savoy on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Frode Unneland on drums and backing vocals plus Greg Calvert on bass.
Tracks: Lackluster Me* (4:30) / Unsound+* (5:02) / You Should've Told Me+* (4:32) / Foreign Film+* (3:55) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:10) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:35) / Rain* (5:14) / Butt Out+ (2:53) / This, That & The Other* (4:19) / Hey Luchie (2:35) / Easy+ (3:23) / If You Tell (4:20)
The EMI inhouse promo CD-R comes in album case with inhouse inlay, but no backing insert. The disc is a regular
Lackluster Me (4:30) / Unsound (5:02) / You should�ve Told Me (4:32) / Easy (3:23) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:36) / Rain (4:20) [Note: The track time is actually 5:14) / Butt Out (2:53) / This That & The Other (4:19) / Hey Luchie (2:35) / Foreign Film (3:58) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:11) / If You Tell (4:21) [Version on the disc is actually 4:47, i.e. longer than on the regular release]
Another EMI inhouse promo comes in an album case with inhouse front inlay, but with a hand written track list. These copies were issued to some of the most important Press contacts as the printing of the regular release was slightly delayed. Again the discs are just white topped CD-Rs (KODAK and Maxoptix editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand. The font used in the title on the front sleeve again differs from the regular release. The hand written list has inaccuracies regarding spelling and length of songs, but the disc is identical to the other EMI inhouse album:
Lackluster Me (4:30) / Unsound (5:02) / You Should�ve Told Me (4:32) / Foreign Film (3:55) / Flowers For Sylvia (2:10) / I Still Cry (4:44) / Sycamore Leaves (3:35) / Rain (5:14) / Butt Out (2:53) / This That & The Other (4:13) / Hey Luchioe (2:35) / Easy (3:23) / If You Tell (4:20) [Track length is actually 4:47]
There is a 4-track inhouse promo album sampler (Maxoptix CD-R) which comes with a green front label. It features a different version of "Foreign Film" (4:59). More details to follow.
Mountains of Time (23.08.99)
Savoy's third album "Mountains Of Time" was released in Norway on 23rd August '99 and in Sweden on 15th November 1999 (regular edition only). In addition to the regular CD release there was also a limited `boxed' edition which contains the CD album plus a bonus 5 track CD.
This 12 track album features was written and produced by Lauren and Paul Waaktaar Savoy. The album was mixed by Ulf W.O. Holand at Lydlab Studios, Oslo (tracks 2,3,6,8,9,11 and 12) and by Jason Corsaro at Sorcerer Sound, NYC (tracks 1,4,5,7 and 10) and was mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Studios, NYC. It features the additional musicians: Bjørg Vørnes, Henning Båtnes, Elise Båtnes, Andre Orvik, Frode Larsen, Harvey de Souza, Sølve Sigerland, Berit Værnes and Atle Sponberg on strings (tracks 1,3,8 and 12); Lasse Rossing on trumpet (tracks 1 and 3); Jørun Bøgeberg on bass (tracks 2 and 3); Sven Lindvall on bass (track 1); Per Lindvall on drums (track 1); Magne Furuholmen on Clavicord (track 6) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen on keyboard and programming (tracks 4, 7 and 12). All strings and brass scores by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.
The reverse of the 6 page booklet features a picture of Paul sitting in front of some trees and a mountain. Outlines of tweleve boxes, arranged in the same manner as on the cover of the booklet have been printed over the bottom part of the picture. Inside the booklet there are two more purple-tone shots of Paul and Lauren, a colour shot of the band (centre pages), a scenic shot of the mountains plus the lyrics which have been printed in white text on dark blue and dark green pages. The box outlines have been used throughout the booklet, always printed in the bottom section of the page.
The tray of the jewel case is clear, through which you can see a picture of Lauren, photographed in a similar location to the picture of Paul found on the reverse of the booklet. Next to the picture are blue outlines of 3 rectangles which can be seen even when the case is closed.
The disc is identical to that of the regular release, even down to the catalogue number printed on it. The reverse insert of the jewel case is almost identical to that of the regular release, but the correct catalogue number has been printed alongside the barcode.
Tracks: Man In The Park (5:15) / Star (4:41) / End Of The Line (4:24) / Any Other Way (4:34) / Grind You Down (3:44) / Bottomless Pit (2:55) / Mountains (4:23) / Ocean floor (4:11) / Everyone (4:44) / See What Becomes (4:28) / Break It Gently (2:54) / Tounge Tied (5:37)
Tracks - Bonus CD: The Bovarnick Twins (4:58) / This, That & The Other (4:19) / Feels Good (To Be This Way) (3:35) / Rain (Unplugged) (4:19) / Foreign Film (Rock Version) (3:30)
The EMI inhouse promo comes in an album case with front and back inlays. The front insert is black with the artist, title and release date (23.09.1999) printed in white. The reverse of the front insert is black with the EMI logo and "24.06.99 EMI Norsk A/S" printed in white at the bottom. The back insert is black with the track list printed in white which differs slightly from the final list and includes spelling mistakes:
The discs are regular CD-Rs (MITSUI editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand.
Another EMI inhouse promo has an identical track list to the final release, although track 5 is listed as "When They Grind You Down" and track 9 as "Everyone Can Say They're Sorry". Recorded on a Kodak CD-R GOLD edition, this disc has a white top with "Savoy Mountains Of Time" plus track list printed in black. The red EMI logo is printed on the right side of the disc with "Promotion only. Not for sale. Release 23.08.1999" printed on the left.
A master reference CD of the album's bonus disc "The Bovarnick Twins" was produced by Master Huset AS. It comes in a generic Master Huset AS simple folded inlay which is white with purple and pink printed text. Details of the Savoy release have been handwritten on. The disc is a plain white CD-R with the title handwritten. The tracks found on the bonus disc are the same as on the regular release.
There was also a 5-track EMI inhouse promo sampler CD-R. Savoy "Mountains Of Time", track listing plus release date are printed in white text on the front of the otherwise black sleeve.The reverse of the sleeve is plain black except for the text "EMI 02.07.1999 EMI NORSK A/S" printed in white at the bottom. This CD-R hasn't been given a catalogue number.
Tracks: Man In The Park (5:15) / Star (4:41) / Grind You Down (3:44) / See What Becomes (4:28) / Tongue Tied (5:37)
Another 5-track promo sample CD was available in Sweden. The front cover is similar to the regular album release, but "album sampler" has been printed underneath the title.
Tracks: Star (4:42) / End Of The Line (4:24) / Man In The Park (5:15) / Grind You Down (3:44) / Mountains (4:23)
"Mountains Of Time" was released in Germany on 20th November 2000. It is packaged identically to the Norwegian release, but features a red sticker on the front which reads ""a-ha - songwriter and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy - www.savoywebsite.com".
To coincide with the German release (??), there was a VIP promo acetate "Very Important Products 30.10.2000" advertising Savoy's album and releases by other artists. It features 3 tracks by Savoy (tracks 3-5) and tracks by other artists including Kraftwerk and Anneli Drecker (total of 18 tracks). The cover includes a picture of the album "Mountains of Time" with "VIP 44.KW Very Important Products 30.10.2000" printed above on a dark grey background. The reverse features the track listing printed over the top of a faded logo of the dog looking into a gramophone. VIP is printed in large black letters in the top right hand corner. The disc is plain without any text.
Reasons To Stay Indoors (08.10.01)
Savoy's fourth album "Reasons To Stay Indoors" was released in Norway on Monday 8th October 2001 and in Sweden on 25th February 2002 (regular edition only). This 12 track album is available as a limited edition double pack containing a bonus 5 track CD.
The cover of the album shows a sihouetted shot of the band standing on a jetty in front of bright yellow sunset which is reflecting on the water below. The title and Savoy logo is printed in dark red letters at the top of the sleeve. The 6 page CD booklet includes lyrics to the songs on the album, track information, two band shots and some of the artwork used on the single "You Won't Come To The Party".
The reverse of the booklet has a shot of the empty jetty in front of the yellow sunset. On the back sleeve there is another shot of the yellow sunset over the sea, taken from the end of the jetty. A mirror image of this pictue is printed underneath the CD tray and includes a track listing of the bonus disc.
The disc features a brown-tone black and white picture of the band sitting on rocks in front of the water. Copyright information is printed at the top of the disc with the title and Savoy logo printed at 90 degrees up the right hand side. The bonus disc features a picture of the rocks where the band were sitting with titles printed in a similar manner.
Tracks: Reasons To Stay Indoors (5:29) / If You Won't Come To The Party (4:26) / Face (4:47) / Half Of The Time (4:19) / Once Upon A Year (4:53) / Fearlist (4:51) / I Would Not Change A Thing (4:54) / Paramount (3:34) / The One That Got Away (4:00) / Against The Sun (3:52) / Five Million Years (4:05) / Overgrown (4:48)
Bonus Disc: You Should Have Told Me (Acoustic Version) / I Wouldn't Change A Thing (Acoustic Version) / Totally Hide / Once Upon A Year (Acoustic Version) / D.A.R. (Instrumental)
A regular edition of the album was also available. It doesn't contain the bonus disc, but otherwise the packaging is very similar to the limited edition.
A third version of the album was available exclusively through www.a-ha.com. It has a slightly different cover compared to the regular release. The album title and Savoy logo have been moved from the top centre of the sleeve to the top right. Apart from that, the sleeve and booklet are almost identical to the regular release. It does not include the bonus disc and does not have a catalogue number as it was not released under the EMI label. The disc is also similar, but is more brown in colour compared to the regular edition.
The EMI inhouse 7 track sampler comes in an album case with front and back inlays. The front insert is black with the artist, title and release date (8.10.2001) printed in white. The reverse of the front insert is black with "09.08.2001 EMI Norsk A/S" printed in white at the bottom. The back insert is black with the artist, title, track list plus "mixed, not mastered" printed in white. There is a rougher sound throughout plus longer versions of "Reasons To Stay Indoors", "Half Of The Time" and "Fearlist". The last track is a notably different mix as well as being 45 seconds longer. There are variations in the track names compared to the regular release:
The discs are regular CD-Rs (KODAK and TDK editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand.
There exists a test pressing CD-R of "Reasons To Stay Indoors" which comes with a white text printed sleeve. The front of the insert has Savoy, the title, release date (8.10.01) and the EMI logo printed in black text, while the back of the insert has the track list and EMI logo down the centre. Track 6 is listed as "The Fear List" rather than "Fearlist" as it is on the regular release. The disc is plain silver with black text.
Another test pressing has a similar cover, but the front sleeve does not mention the release date. In the back of the case, there is a promo sticker which reads «Savoy "Reasons To Stay Indoors" Sperrefrist, anmeldeleser: 28. sept.! Album slippes: 8. oktober Albumet inneholder 12 låter, er produsert av sevenske Michael Ilbert of følger opp 50.000-selgeren "Mountains Of Time". Aktuell single: You Won't Come To The Party». The release date 24.09.2001 and EMI logo are printed at the bottom.
Savoy's fifth studio album "Savoy" was released in Norway on 30th August 2004 on the record label "Eleventeen Records". The album was available in two different versions; a regular version and a limited edition digipak (3000 copies) which comes with a bonus DVD. The bonus DVD includes a short film around the song Isotope.
The cover of the album is light brown with old fashion style borders and the Savoy logo printed in large letters across the middle. In addition there are some flower designs in the bottom corners and flying birds at the top. A red and white sticker can be found on the outside wrapping of some copies of the CD, it reads "includes the hit single Whalebone from the movie Hawaii Oslo + bonus DVD". The reverse of the digi-pak is of similar design to the front cover with the track list printed down the middle. Inside the digi-pak are some pictures taken from the Isotope film found on the DVD, a larger drawing of one of the flower patterns from the front sleeve and a patterned strip.
The CD itself is dark grey with a matt finish. The Savoy logo is printed across the top of the disc with a small flying bird at the bottom. The DVD disc is white with the Savoy logo across the top and a flower pattern down each side of the disc.
The back cover of the regular edition is similar to the inside cover of the digi-pak with the flower drawing and pattern strip on the right hand side and the track list on the left.
All songs were written by Waaktaar-Savoy. All tracks except 1, 4, 5 and 9 were produced by Savoy, the others were produced by Savoy and Frode Jacobsen. The album was mixed by John Agnello (Tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8), Rod Hui (Tracks 3, 7 & 10), Michael Brauer (Track 4 & 9), Michael Ilbert (Track 11), Head (Track 12). "Savoy" was recorded and edited by George Tanderø, Mike Hartung, Rod Hui, and Paul and was mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Studios, NYC.
The album features Paul Waaktaar-Savoy on lead vocal, guitar, keyboards and percussion; Lauren Waaktaar-Savoy on lead vocal and Frode Unneland on vocals and drums. Other musicians featured on this album include: Jimmy Gnecco (vocals - Tracks 5 & 11), Geir Sundstøl (pedal steel - Track 4 & 9), Sølvguttene Boys Choir (vocals - Track 5), Jørun Bøgeberg (bass - Tracks 5, 6 & 11), Hågen Rørmark (harmonica - Track 8), Robert Burås (wild guitar - Track 9), Per Lindvall (drum fills - Track 11), James and Timothy Roven (strings - Track 11).
There are some 12-track CD-R album samplers in circulation.
Tracks: Empty Of Feeling / Girl One / Bovine / Whalebone / Shooting Spree / Melanie Lied To Me / Watertowers / Is My Confidence Reeling? / Rain On Your Parade / Cyna / The Breakers / Isotope
Savoy Songbook Vol. 1 (06.08.07)
This album was released in Norway on 6 August 2007 in a double jewelcase and released in the UK in a gatefold sleeve on 5 May 2008. The album includes a selection of previously released tracks, some re-worked versions and brand new songs. The cover features a drawing of a young boy looking closely into the eyes of a bird and another bird flying by. The Savoy logo is printed in large white letters with the title in black underneath.
DISC 1: Rain / Karma Boomerang / Best Western Beauty / Star / Tears From A Stone / Grind You Down / Reasons To Stay Indoors / Whalebone / Barefoot In A Denim Jacket / Lackluster Me
DISC 2: Velvet / Man In The Park (single version) / End Of The Line / Star (single edit) / Daylights Wasting / Empty Of Feeling / Foolish / Unsound / Fearlist / Bottomless Pit / You Won't Come To The Party / The Breakers / You Should've Told Me / Face
There are two different promotional editions of the album which come with a 6-page colour 7" sized booklet which has a similar cover to the regular CD. Both discs in the set are blue, similar to disc 1 of the regular release, but with slightly different centre hole design. The Norwegian edition includes transparent CD holders in the front and back which house the discs plus Norwegian info text by Sindre Kartvedt. The English edition has white "felt" like CD holders and English text by Sindre Kartvedt.
There is a variation of the Norwegian edition, as above, but comes with two CD-Rs which are white with a picture of the regular album cover on the right hand side. The titles "Savoy Mastered Album 2007" and "Savoy Mastered Album 1994-2004" respectively are printed in black at the top of the discs with the track listings at the bottom.
There is a 5-track promotional album sampler which features the tracks Rain, Karma Boomerang, Best Western Beauty, Star and Velvet. The disc comes in a transparent vinyl sleeve with a copy of the regular 6 page CD booklet. The disc is white with the title, track information, release data and "Promotion only - not for sale" printed in black.
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