While a-ha has been among the biggest rock bands in their native Norway for decades, they’re known best in the U.S. for their 1985 chart-topping debut single “Take On Me.” Now you can get to know them again with their just-released first acoustic album, MTV Unplugged — Summer Solstice, a two-CD set recorded before an intimate audience at Ocean Sound Recordings studio on the Norwegian island of Giske.
The album gathers highlights from two shows that coincided with the summer solstice. a-ha played a career-spanning set of songs that including two brand-new tunes and a couple of covers. A number of guest artists took part in the concerts, including Yaz‘s Alison Moyet and Echo and the Bunnymen‘s Ian McCulloch. McCulloch joined a-ha for a rendition of his band’s New Wave classic “The Killing Moon.” The shows also were filmed for the MTV Unplugged series.
“Time has a way of coloring recordings, also ours, so we see MTV Unplugged as a chance to restore some of our catalogue, both for the audience and ourselves,” said a-ha frontman Magne Furuholmen in advance of the shows. “It will be a stripped-down version of a-ha, where hopefully the qualities of the songs will come even closer to the fore.”
A three-LP vinyl version of MTV Unplugged — Summer Solstice will be released this Friday, November 10.
Here’s the full track list:
“This Is Our Home”
“I’ve Been Losing You” — featuring Lissie
“Analogue (All I Want)”
“The Sun Always Shines on TV” — featuring Ingrid Helene Håvik
“A Break in the Clouds”
“Foot of the Mountain”
“Stay on These Roads”
“This Alone Is Love”
“Over the Treetops”
“Forever Not Yours”
“Sox of the Fox”
“Scoundrel Days” — featuring Ian McCulloch
“The Killing Moon” — featuring Ian McCulloch
“Summer Moved On” — featuring Alison Moyet
“Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale”
“The Living Daylights”
“Hunting High and Low”
“Take On Me”
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