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A-ha – Scoundrel Days (1986)

A-ha – Scoundrel Days (1986)




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  • Scoundrel Days
  • The Swing Of Things
  • I've Been Losing You
  • October
  • Manhattan Skyline
  • Cry Wolf
  • We're Looking For The Whales
  • The Weight Of The Wind
  • Maybe Maybe
  • Soft Rains Of April

Scoundrel Days is the second studio album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha. It was released on 6 October 1986 by Warner Bros. Records. A remastered edition with additional tracks was released in 2010.

Scoundrel Days was the band’s second studio album. The album’s peak on the Billboard 200 was 74. The album was another big hit by A-ha and sold over 6 million copies worldwide which gave the band international recognition. Scoundrel Days achieved Platinum status in the UK and Switzerland as well as Germany and Brazil. The album reached #2 in the European top-100 albums sales chart.

Ned Raggett of AllMusic Guide said, “The opening two songs alone make for one of the best one-two opening punches around: the tense edge of the title track, featuring one of Morten Harket’s soaring vocals during the chorus and a crisp, pristine punch in the music, and “The Swing of Things,”a moody, elegant number with a beautiful synth/guitar arrangement (plus some fine drumming courtesy of studio pro Michael Sturgis) and utterly lovelorn lyrical sentiments that balance on the edge of being overheated without quite going over…The ’80s may be long gone, but Scoundrel Days makes clear that not everything was bad back then.”

Scoundrel Days included the singles “I’ve Been Losing You”, “Cry Wolf”, “Maybe, Maybe”, and “Manhattan Skyline”. All the singles with the exception of “Maybe, Maybe”charted on the UK Singles Chart. “I’ve Been Losing You”and “Cry Wolf”were the most successful singles from the album, “Cry Wolf”became a minor hit in the US and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #50, while “I’ve Been Losing You”was the most successful single in Europe.

As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Scoundrel Days was expanded and remastered in 2010.

On 6 July 2010 the A-ha albums Hunting High and Low and Scoundrel Days were released as deluxe editions in the US through Rhino Records and both albums debuted in the top 40 Billboard Top Internet Sales Chart; Hunting High and Low at #34 and Scoundrel Days at #36.

The remaster of Scoundrel Days reached #52 in Germany, #27 in Norway, #190 in the UK.

A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. Founded by Morten Harket (vocals, guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars) and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), the band rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and more...

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