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    a-haScoundrel Days

    Label:Warner Bros. Records – 8122797951, Rhino Records (2) – 8122797951
    Format:
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    CD, Compilation, Remastered
    Country:Europe
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic, Rock, Pop
    Style:Synth-pop

    Tracklist

    The Original Album
    1-1Scoundrel Days
    StringsGraham Prescott*
    Words ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    4:00
    1-2The Swing Of Things
    DrumsMichael Sturgis
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    4:14
    1-3I've Been Losing You
    DrumsMichael Sturgis
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    4:25
    1-4October
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    3:53
    1-5Manhattan Skyline4:52
    1-6Cry Wolf
    Music ByMags (2)
    4:06
    1-7We're Looking For The Whales
    Music ByMags (2)
    Words ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    3:43
    1-8The Weight Of The Wind
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    4:01
    1-9Maybe Maybe
    Words By, Music ByMags (2)
    2:36
    1-10Soft Rains Of April3:16
    Bonus Tracks
    1-11I've Been Losing You (Extended Version)
    Producer [Additional Production], RemixJellybean*
    7:03
    1-12Cry Wolf (Extended Version)8:12
    1-13Manhattan Skyline (Extended Remix)
    Producer [Additional Production]Mags (2), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
    6:49
    Disc 2 - Demos, B-Sides & Rarities
    2-1Scoundrel Days (Demo)4:57
    2-2The Swing Of Things (Demo #3)4:42
    2-3I've Been Losing You (Octocon Studio Demo)3:16
    2-4October (Demo)2:59
    2-5Manhattan Skyline (Demo)4:51
    2-6Cry Wolf (Demo)3:33
    2-7We're Looking For The Whales (Demo)3:19
    2-8The Weight Of The Wind (Demo)4:16
    2-9Maybe, Maybe (Demo)2:28
    2-10Soft Rains Of April (Guitar Version)2:09
    2-11Scoundrel Days (Octocon Studio Demo)3:59
    2-12This Alone Is Love (Original Version)4:33
    2-13Days On End3:08
    2-14Train Of Thought (Live In Croydon)
    Mixed ByChristopher Hopkins
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    6:38
    2-15I've Been Losing You (Live In Croydon)
    Mixed ByChristopher Hopkins
    5:07
    2-16The Blue Sky (Live In Croydon)
    Mixed ByChristopher Hopkins
    Words By, Music ByPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
    5:13
    2-17We're Looking For The Whales (Live In Croydon)
    Mixed ByChristopher Hopkins
    6:44
    2-18Cry Wolf (Live In Croydon)
    Mixed ByChristopher Hopkins
    5:55
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    Comes also as Digipak version with different Catalog# and barcode.

    Tracks 2-1 to 2-11, 2-14 to 2-16 and 2-18: Previously unissued
    Track 2-12: First issued as the B-side of I've Been Losing You
    Track 2-13: First released on a companion disc with the book The Swing Of Things (2004)
    Track 2-17: First issued as the B-side of Manhattan Skyline
    Tracks 2-3 and 2-11 Recorded at Octocon Octocon studio, Oslo, Norway before they landed a contract with Warner Music Group.
    Tracks 2-14 to 2-18: Recorded at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England (January 19, 1987)

    Remastering at Digiprep.
    Art direction and design at Smog Design Inc.

    This reissue ℗ & © 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
    All rights reserved. Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company.
    Made in E.U.
    Printed in E.U.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode (Printed): 0 8122 79795 1 5
    • Barcode (Scanned): 081227979515
    • Label Code: LC02982
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 1, Variant 1): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/1 V01 IKD
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 1, Variant 1): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 1, Variant 1): IFPI 05R1
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 2, Variant 1): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/2 V01 HSM
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 2, Variant 1): IFPI 05R1
    • Mould SID Code (CD 2, Variant 1): IFPI 05R1
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 1, Variant 2): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/1 V01 IKD
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 1, Variant 2): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 1, Variant 2): IFPI 05P3
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 2, Variant 2): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/2 V01 HSM
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 2, Variant 2): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 2, Variant 2): IFPI 05P3
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 1, Variant 3): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/1 V01 IKD
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 1, Variant 3): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 1, Variant 3): IFPI 05R7
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 2, Variant 3): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/2 V01 HSM
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 2, Variant 3): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 2, Variant 3): IFPI 055S
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 1, Variant 4): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/1 V01 IKD
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 1, Variant 4): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 1, Variant 4): IFPI 05L3
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 2, Variant 4): [Warner Music logo] 812279800-0/2 V01 HSM
    • Mastering SID Code (CD 2, Variant 4): IFPI L016
    • Mould SID Code (CD 2, Variant 4): IFPI 05R1

    Other Versions (5 of 128)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Scoundrel Days (LP, Album, Stereo, Embossed Sleeve)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records925 501-1, WX 62Europe1986
    Scoundrel Days (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records1590941Portugal1986
    Scoundrel Days (LP, Album, Specialty Records, Embossed)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records9 25501-1, 1-25501US1986
    Scoundrel Days (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records92 5501-1Italy1986
    Scoundrel Days (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsWARNER 3152Venezuela1986

    Reviews

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    marks
    Edited 10 years ago
    Ah the dreaded sophomore effort. An era most bands shy away from or just flat out fall apart during; this was not the case with Norway's A-ha. To a lot of people, this record is the last they heard from the band due to so many tuning out after it's release (here in the States, anyway, big surprise.) For me this is A-ha's finest hour. They came close to equaling it with last year's superb 'Foot of the Mountain.'

    The pressure upon the band at the time of Scoundrel Days was beyond intense, it was absolutely insane. Imagine if you will, a band who had just topped the charts around the world and been catapulted into the rarefied atmosphere of pop music's uppermost ether. To say that Warner Brothers was intent on a high level of success from the boys is an understatement of the highest order. Magne, Morten and Pal got down to cases, forging ahead with their most brilliant work: the stark, moody and subtle Scoundrel Days.

    This re-issue expands the scope of the album considerably, it includes a complete digital re-master of the original, also including the entire record in demo form. Also stuffed onto the second disc are a fistful of b-sides and outtakes. For myself, the greatest pleasure comes at the very end with some live versions I have waited over 20 years to hear properly (their earlier airings came only at the hands of second or even third-rate bootlegs).

    You will find the more you listen to Scoundrel Days that although their debut got the lion's share of attention in the press and most people's rosy 80s memories are that goddamned pencil sketch video, this is the album where A-ha showed what they were all about. This was not some trio of pop flashes in the pan. The musicality and maturity of Scoundrel Days is something which was to set the tone for their future works, and in fact, if you put this on right before their 2000 comeback Minor Earth, Major Sky it fits in perfectly.

    I generally don't have a lot of use for major record labels but the re-mastering and overall product design is top rate for this outing, so kudos to you Warner Brothers. Even though wmg are nothing but a bunch of residual chasing whores who have effectively maimed you tube, we're in truce for the duration of Scoundrel Days.

    I really must thank the band at this point for going into the musty chambers to dig up so many many lost gems. This was when A-ha grew up, as did I. You cannot buy that level of experience with any amount of glitzy promotion or payola pyramid schemes. The work itself is what must stand the test of time, it's content is what will define the times. Scoundrel Days comes up aces on both counts.

    Unlike Hunting High and Low, this one has not aged at all. From the ebullient well of synthie pop, they evolved quickly into a nuanced, articulate form. This is a palpable tome of the aching, longing suadade existence gifts some of us who can perceive it. They are incredibly talented to have channeled it.