This section lists some of the albums released world-wide which feature cover versions of songs written by a-ha or their individual members. If you know of any additional releases which are not mentioned here or you can give more details of any of the items listed please e-mail suzie @ btinternet .com
Check out Wesley Myers' Beyond The Band web site to hear clips of some of the cover versions.
Squawker's Band / Falling From Mars / Phase Generator / MxPx / Diva / Aqua Luna / Spectrum / Hymn / Savoy / Sigurd Køhn / Killer Shadows / Penthouse Playboys / Interactive / Captain Jack / London Symphony Orchestra / Double X / Reel Big Fish / Roar Engelberg / Poor Rich Ones / Pearl / Edyta Górniak / Dark Voices / Ellen Lu Trelle / Janez Detd / Multicyde / A1 / Kings Of Convenience / Spin-Up / Reel Big Fish / The Supers /Milk Inc. /Susperia /Rainstorm Project /Gardar Thór Cortes /Emou / Jonteknik feat. Martyn Bailey / Other
In Brazil there was an LP by "Squawker's Band featuring 10 cover versions of a-ha songs. The cover shows a live shot of Tracks: Take On Me (3:41) / Hunting High And Low (3:46) / Touchy! (4:28) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (4:36) / Manhattan Skyline (4:10) // The Living Daylights (4:04) / The Blood That Moves The Body (4:07) / Train Of Thought (3:59) / Stay On These Roads (4:52) / You Are The One (3:43) The cover album "Os Grandes Sucessos Do A-HA" was released on CD with the title "a tribute to a-ha" and under the band name "falling from mars". It features a slightly different track listing compared to "Os Grandes Sucessos Do A-HA". See below for details.
In Brazil there was an LP by "Squawker's Band featuring 10 cover versions of a-ha songs. The cover shows a live shot of
Tracks: Take On Me (3:41) / Hunting High And Low (3:46) / Touchy! (4:28) / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (4:36) / Manhattan Skyline (4:10) // The Living Daylights (4:04) / The Blood That Moves The Body (4:07) / Train Of Thought (3:59) / Stay On These Roads (4:52) / You Are The One (3:43)
The cover album "Os Grandes Sucessos Do A-HA" was released on CD with the title "a tribute to a-ha" and under the band name "falling from mars". It features a slightly different track listing compared to "Os Grandes Sucessos Do A-HA". See below for details.
Falling From Mars - a tribute to a-ha (1991?)
A CD of 10 a-ha cover versions "a tribute to a-ha" was released in Brazil by the band "Falling From Mars". Some of the tracks included on this album are the same as those on the album "Os Grandes Sucessos Do A-HA" by Squawker's Band. See above for details.
There are two slightly different covers for this album. Both show a blue/green shot of a-ha (Pål, Magne, Morten) with band information printed on the reverse of the front insert. The difference is in the titles. The first release has "a tribute to a-ha by falling from mars" printed on the front and reverse of the insert, the other just has "a tribute to by falling from mars". The back inserts and discs are similar to the front covers except that the colours vary slightly and the second release has "a tribute to a- by falling from mars" on the reverse! The second release was the one available in the shops.
Tracks: Hunting High And Low / Take On Me / Crying In The Rain / I Call Your Name / Stay On These Roads / Touchy! / You Are The One / I've Been Losing You / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Train Of Thought
Phase Generator - Loving You (1994)
This two track CD-single by the German(?) techno group "Phase Generator" is a cover version of "Take On Me" with a different title.
The cover of the CD features a pink abstract design with orange titles. It includes the "Station Edit" (3:55) and "Club Mix" (6:00).
There is also a four track 12" which has "Loving You" in big red letters with white hearts printed across the sleeve. It features the "Sequencer Impact Mix" (5:06), "Peace Version Mix" (3:55), "Ethno Voice Mix" (4:39) and "Club Mix" (6:00).
MxPx - On The Cover (02.95)
Tracks: Summer Of 69 (2:21) / Oh Boy (2:03) / Drum Machine Joy (3:35) / You Found Me (2:32) / Take On Me (3:36) / Marie,Marie (1:51) / You Put This Love In My Heart (1:47) / No Brain (2:37)
Diva - The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (25.07.95)
The Norwegian duo Diva released this cover version on CD-single and 12" in the UK and on two different CD singles in Norway. There was a further CD single released in Germany and a double 12" promo.
There is also a UK cassette single which features the "Original Version" (4:54) and the "Perfecto Mix" (8:05). The front cover is similar to the CD single, the inside of the insert is blue with a large yellow Diva logo, the tracks listed in dark blue and additional information in yellow. The spine is blue with dark blue title and eastwest logo plus catalogue number in yellow. The cassette itself is transparent and black with white text. It plays the same on both sides.
The reverse of the sleeve also differs from the UK release, instead of being greeny blue with coloured titles, the reverse of the sleeve of the Norwegian release is white with a picture of a can of "Diva" tomatoes and a can of "Diva" baked beans! The titles are printed in coloured letters above. The discs also differ being light grey with "Diva" printed in light blue on the right hand side rather than bright pink.
The cover of the German release is similar to the UK release but features the following seven remixes of "The Sun Always Shines On TV": "Radio Edit" (3:23), "Crucial Club Mix" (5:18), "Perfecto Mix" (8:05), "Sunshine Mix" (6:24), "Crucial Hard Dub Mix" (5:53), "Original Version" (4:54) and "Crucial Club Edit" (3:42).
There was also a special edition 4-sided German made 12" maxi release. It comes in a plain white sleeve without any information, just a small WB-logo pressed into the back of the sleeve in the lower right corner. The discs feature the following 7 versions of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.":
Aqua Luna - Take On Me ('95)
The CD-single and 12" both feature the following mixes of "Take On Me" - "Radio version" (3:47), "Esoteric Mix" (6:14) and "Nuhpop Mix" (7:37).
Spectrum - Take On Me ('95?)
This four track CD-single was released by the Spanish band "Spectrum".
Hymn - Har en Drøm (1996)
This album of instrumental ballards was released in Norway. It features versions of "A Kind Of Christmas Card" and "Hunting High And Low". The album doesn't have a front sleeve (to be confirmed), but the CD is a picture disc featuring a shot of a white dove coming into land. The title is in white and pink letters at the top of the disc. The back sleeve also features the picture of the dove with the tracks and song writers listed in white and pink text.
Savoy - Velvet (13.05.96)
Sigurd Køhn - More Pepper, Please (08.96)
Saxophonist Sigurd Køhn who played in the a-ha live band from 1990-1994, released his own solo album "More Pepper, Please" on "Real Records" label. The album features a saxophone instrumental cover version of a-ha's song "October" on track 5.
Euro Traxx (01.10.96)
Penthouse Playboys - Sånn Skall Det Gjøres (09.96)
Penthouse Playboys - A Kind Of Christmas Card (1996)
There is a radio promo 1-track CD single of the cover track "A Kind Of Christmas Card" (3:33) by Penthouse Playboys released in Norway. The CD-single does not have a picture sleeve but a photo of the vocalist Jens Pikenes (where he poses just like Morten used to do back in the old days!) on the CD itself. "Penthouse Playboys" is printed in large dark purple letters over a pink heart at the top of the disc with the rest of the titles in pink underneath. It was released on "Sonet" record label and comes in a black Sonet sleeve.
Interactive - The Sun Always Shines On TV (96)
A cover version by German dance band "Interactive".
Tracks: Sun always Shines On TV (Radio Version) (3:21) / Sun Always Shines On TV (Extended Club Mix) (5:42) / Interactive (5:04) / Come Over (4:42)
Captain Jack - Mission ('96)
Tracks: Mission / Sir yes sir / Captain jack / Soldier soldier / Little boy / Drill instructor / Take on me / Captains dream / Jack in da house / Back home / Shes a lady / Captain jack remix / Drill instructor remix / Jack in da house / Final countdown
London Symphony Orchestra Presenterer Norske Popklassikere (97)
Tracks: Har en Drøm (3:55) / Kjærlighet (4:48) / Lys og varme (3:52) / Waiting For The Morning (4:54) / Vinsjan På Kaia (4:01) / Long December Nights (5:20) / Cries Like A Baby (4:54) / Cheerio (3:21) / Det Vakreste Som Finns (4:59) / Just Missed The Train (3:46) / Hunting High And Low (3:42) / Se Ilden Lyse (3:37)
Double X - Hunting High And Low (??)
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