a-ha ‎– Take On Me

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Take On Me - 1st release (19.10.84)

This single was only released in Europe and flopped everywhere except for in Norway, where it peaked at number 3.

The record features the original (3:10) and a quite different version of the song produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff with a-ha.
The B-side is "And You Tell Me" (1:48).

The 12" is identical to the 7" release except for the additional information concerning the tracks.
On the front sleeve "Long Version" is printed in silver under the title and on the reverse, the tracks are listed as "Take On Me" (long version) (3:44) and "Stop! And Make Your Mind Up" (2:57).

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Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
W9146, W 9146, 929146-7 a-ha Take On Me(7") Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W9146, W 9146, 929146-7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
W9146T, W 9146 (T), 920268-0 a-ha Take On Me (Long Version)(12") Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W9146T, W 9146 (T), 920268-0 UK 1984 Sell This Version
920 268-0, W 9146 T a-ha Take On Me (Long Version)(12") Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 920 268-0, W 9146 T Europe 1984 Sell This Version
92 0268-0 a-ha Take On Me (Long Version)(12", Promo) Warner Bros. Records 92 0268-0 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
920268-0 a-ha Take On Me (Long Version)(12", Single) Warner Bros. Records 920268-0 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
7-29011, 9 29011-7, 920 268-0 a-ha Take On Me(12", Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Inc. 7-29011, 9 29011-7, 920 268-0 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
92 9146-7 a~ha* Take On Me(7") Warner Bros. Records 92 9146-7 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
92 9146-7 a-ha Take On Me(7") Warner Bros. Records 92 9146-7 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
92 9146-7 a~ha* Take On Me(7", Promo) Warner Bros. Records 92 9146-7 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
1560007 a-ha Take On Me(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records 1560007 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
7929146 Aha* Take On Me(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records 7929146 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
929 146-7, 929 146-7Ⓝ a-ha Take On Me(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 929 146-7, 929 146-7Ⓝ Europe 1984 Sell This Version
W9146, W 9146, 929146-7 a-ha Take On Me(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W9146, W 9146, 929146-7 US 1984 Sell This Version
W 9146, W9146 a-ha Take On Me(7", Single, Sil) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W 9146, W9146 UK 1984 Sell This Version

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brianwould

brianwould

May 31, 2018
referencing Take On Me, 7", W9146, W 9146, 929146-7
the 7 inch and 12 inch versions are completely different ! the description is wrong ! I own both and the 12 inch is a more minimal version.
Crijevo

Crijevo

April 9, 2018
edited 6 months ago
referencing Take On Me, 7", W9146, W 9146, 929146-7
Without the internet, people would wish for the magic wand, in order to hear any of the song's earlier versions/demos/mixes - hoping for something that could have been rawer, darker and edgier, considering the electro-pop appeal of A-ha's music.

Well, for our own information, especially now that we're totally spoiled by the internet's offerings on a plate - it is interesting to explore the origins of the song; the idea for it was conceived years earlier in a power-rock band called Bridges, whose "The Juicy Fruit Song" (and oh dear, it does sound like a late 70s song made for the chewing gum commercial), played with bits that are audible as "Take On Me" in the making. After Bridges split, A-ha were born and something more potent was on the rise due to the group's clever use of synthesizers. A number of rough demos that followed, were pushing the idea further - one of these exists under the title "Lesson One", which might appeal to the fans of the minimal wave genre, but something about the very "Lesson One" also sounds like a bandwagon jumpers' song.

Finally the first proper single version appeared on the market. However, despite Morten Harket's ever so impressive multi-octave range, this early commercial version is downright dull, insecure and to an extent even clumsy - the problem is this earlier electro-pop formula for the song sounds calculated, with the word "cliché" screaming along Harket's high notes. The "long version" mix sounds especially dull, making one wonder whether the producer had a hearing problem because the song sounds like rid of most of its main ingredients.

Thanks to the far superior Alan Tarney version (and the amazing video), "Take On Me" gained its deserved megahit status ever after, doing the original idea true justice.
alaskastars

alaskastars

January 10, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Take On Me (Long Version), 12", Promo, 92 0268-0
Another promo label 12" edition exists with "Disco promocional Prohibida su venta" printed only on A side. (*comes with the same picture sleeve as for the regular edition)
So this 12" is not Promo, nor Limited Edition 150 copies.
visions_of_music

visions_of_music

October 30, 2015
referencing Take On Me, 12", Single, 7-29011, 9 29011-7, 920 268-0
This Version is incorrect, The Cat.-No is from the 7" Single. It's identical to the other 12" Relase from Germany that is already listed. Please cancel this release.
rickywsf

rickywsf

December 11, 2011
referencing Take On Me (Long Version), 12", Single, 920268-0
My 12" is 920 336-0 with a circled D...
deathpunk79

deathpunk79

July 20, 2011
referencing Take On Me (Long Version), 12", Single, 920268-0
my 7" is made in the USA in 1985....