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a-ha to reissue first two albums

on May 07, 2010, 1:00pm

It turns out that a summer of touring won’t be the only way a-ha says farewell to the world. As slicingupeyeballs notes, the legendary Norwegian pop outfit has announced plans to reissue its first two first two albums — 1985’s Hunting High and Low and 1986’s Scoundrel Days — in deluxe two-disc sets.

Both albums will feature a slew of b-sides, mixes, live cuts and unreleased material. Hunting High and Low includes 27 bonus tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased. While Scoundrel Days sports 21 extras with 15 of them being unearthed for the first time yet.  You can find the complete tracklists for both reissues below.

Both releases will be available exclusively through Rhino.com. Pre-orders begin on May 11th and the records will begin shipping in late June.

Meanwhile, a-ha continues traveling the globe as part of its “Ending on a High Note” farewell tour. Last night, the band kicked off the U.S. leg of the endeavor in New York City. They’ll spend the next two weeks playing New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles before heading overseas for many more months of concerts.

Hunting High and Low Tracklist:
DISC 1: ALBUM + BONUS TRACKS
01. “Take On Me”
02. “Train Of Thought”
03. “Hunting High And Low”
04. “The Blue Sky”
05. “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale”
06. “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.”
07. “And You Tell Me”
08. “Love Is Reason”
09. “I Dream Myself Alive”
10. “Here I Stand And Face The Rain”
Bonus Tracks
11. “Take On Me” (Original 7” Version 1984)
12. “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” (Extended Mix)
13. “Train Of Thought” (U.S. Mix)
14. “Hunting High And Low” (Extended Remix)

DISC 2: DEMOS, B-SIDES & RARITIES
01. “Take On Me” (Demo)
02. “Train Of Thought” (Demo) *
03. “Hunting High And Low (Demo) *
04. “The Blue Sky” (Demo)
05. “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale” (Early Version) *
06. “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” (Demo) *
07. “And You Tell Me” (Demo)
08. “Love Is Reason” (Demo) *
09. “I Dream Myself Alive” (Demo) *
10. “Here I Stand And Face The Rain” (Demo) *
11. “Stop And Make Your Mind Up”
12. “Driftwood”
13. “Dot The I” *
14. “The Love Goodbye”
15. “Nothing To It” *
16. “Go To Sleep”
17. “Monday Mourning”
18. “All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet” *
19. “Never Never”
20. “What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself” *
21. “You Have Grown Thoughtful Again” *
22. “Lesson One” (Autumn 1982 “Take On Me” Demo) *
23. “Presenting Lily Mars”

* = Previously Unreleased

Scoundrel Days Tracklist:
DISC 1: ALBUM + BONUS TRACKS
01.  “Scoundrel Days”
02. “The Swing Of Things”
03. “I’ve Been Losing You”
04. “October”
05. “Manhattan Skyline”
06. “Cry Wolf”
07. “We’re Looking For The Whales”
08. “The Weight Of The Wind”
09. “Maybe, Maybe”
10. “Soft Rains Of April”
Bonus Tracks
11. “I’ve Been Losing You” (Extended Version)
12. “Cry Wolf” (Extended Version)
13. “Manhattan Skyline” (Extended Version)

DISC 2: DEMOS, B-SIDES & RARITIES
01. “Scoundrel Days” (Demo)*
02. “The Swing Of Things” (Demo #3)*
03. “I’ve Been Losing You” (Octocon Studio Demo) *
04. “October” (Demo) *
05. “Manhattan Skyline” (Demo) *
06. “Cry Wolf” (Demo) *
07. “We’re Looking For The Whales” (Demo) *
08. “The Weight Of The Wind” (Demo) *
09. “Maybe, Maybe” (Demo) *
10. “Soft Rains Of April” (Guitar Version) *
11. “Scoundrel Days” (Octocon Studio Demo) *
12. “This Alone Is Love” (Original Version)
13. “Days On End” (Demo)
14. “Train of Thought” (Live In Croydon) *
15. “I’ve Been Losing You” (Live In Croydon) *
16. “The Blue Sky” (Live In Croydon)*
17. “Looking for The Whales” (Live In Croydon)
18. “Cry Wolf” (Live In Croydon) *

* = Previously Unreleased

a-ha 2010 Tour Dates:
05/07 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
05/08 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
05/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
05/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/28 РM̦nchengladbach, DE @ Warsteiner HockeyPark
05/29 – Trier, DE @ Arena Trier
05/30 – Hessentag, DE @ Stadtallendorf
06/01 – Kiel, DE @ Sparkassen-Arena-Kiel
07/16 – Linz, AT @ Clam Castle
07/17 – Dolder Eisbahn, CH @ Live at Sunset Festival
07/18 – Salem, DE @ Schloß Salem
07/23 – Emmendingen, DE @ Schlossplatz
07/24 – Halle, DE @ Gerry Weber Stadion
07/25 – Dresden, DE @ Filmnächte am Elbufer
08/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/08 – Osaka, JO @ Summer Sonic
08/21 – Oslo, NO @ Ullevaal Stadium
08/28 – Bergen, NO @ Brann Stadium
09/02 – Stavanger, NO @ RÃ¥tt og RÃ¥de Festival
09/03 – Trosmo, NO @ Dognvill Festival
09/04 – Tronheim, NO @ Lerkendal Stadium
09/11 – Kristiansand, NO @ Sor Arena
10/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
10/11 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/12 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
10/14 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vista Alegre
10/15 – Barcelona, ES @ St. Jordi Club
10/18 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle München
10/19 – Stuttgart, DE @ Porsche-Arena
10/21 – Nurnberg, DE @ Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
10/22 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena Leipzig
10/23 – Rostock, DE @ Stadthalle Rostock
10/25 – Braunschweig, DE @ Volkswagen Halle
10/26 – Mannheim, DE @ SAP Arena
10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Color Line Arena
10/29 – Berlin, DE @ O2 World
11/01 – Riga, LV @ Arena Riga
11/02 – Vilnuis @ LT @ Siemens Arena
11/09 – Moscow, RU @ Olimpiysky Arena
11/11 – St. Petersburg, RU @ The Ice Palace
11/15 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
11/16 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
11/17 – Glasgow, UK @ Clyde Auditorium
11/19 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
11/20 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
11/21 – Nottingham, UK @ Trent FM Arena
11/23 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
11/25 – Cardiff, UK @ CIA
11/26 – Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
11/27 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
12/02 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
12/03 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum
12/04 – Oslo, NO @ Oslo Spektrum

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