Review: a-ha – Hunting High And Low (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (Warner Music Canada)

AhaHaving grown up on 80’s pop music, I can, for better or worse, admit that a-ha was one of my favourite bands back in the day. Like many others, I had become intrigued with their video for their massive hit “Take On Me,” and convinced my ever-patient parents that I needed the Hunting High And Low cassette added to my growing collection of music. Fast-forward 30 years and, for better or worse, here I am once again indulging in Hunting High And Low. A handful of tracks, namely the singles – “Take On Me,” “The Sun Always Shines On TV,” the title track and “Train Of Thought” – have aged extremely well, while other songs on the record aren’t necessarily met with the same fate. It’s not all bad, however. This Super Deluxe Edition box set takes an immersive look at the record, including four CDs and one DVD, all encased in a beautiful hardcover book. In addition to the original album, a total of 50 tracks are spread over the remaining three CDs, including remixes, extended versions, demos and previously unreleased songs. Do you need this much a-ha in your life? I don’t know about you, but 10-year-old me is loving it.