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a-ha to reissue first two albums

    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.

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    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”

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    * = 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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