Mountains Of Time (23.08.99)
Savoy's third album "Mountains Of Time" was released in Norway on 23rd August '99 and in Sweden on 15th November 1999 (regular edition only). In addition to the regular CD release there was also a limited `boxed' edition which contains the CD album plus a bonus 5 track CD.
This 12 track album features was written and produced by Lauren and Paul Waaktaar Savoy. The album was mixed by Ulf W.O. Holand at Lydlab Studios, Oslo (tracks 2,3,6,8,9,11 and 12) and by Jason Corsaro at Sorcerer Sound, NYC (tracks 1,4,5,7 and 10) and was mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Studios, NYC. It features the additional musicians: Bjørg Vørnes, Henning Båtnes, Elise Båtnes, Andre Orvik, Frode Larsen, Harvey de Souza, Sølve Sigerland, Berit Værnes and Atle Sponberg on strings (tracks 1,3,8 and 12); Lasse Rossing on trumpet (tracks 1 and 3); Jørun Bøgeberg on bass (tracks 2 and 3); Sven Lindvall on bass (track 1); Per Lindvall on drums (track 1); Magne Furuholmen on Clavicord (track 6) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen on keyboard and programming (tracks 4, 7 and 12). All strings and brass scores by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.
The reverse of the 6 page booklet features a picture of Paul sitting in front of some trees and a mountain. Outlines of tweleve boxes, arranged in the same manner as on the cover of the booklet have been printed over the bottom part of the picture. Inside the booklet there are two more purple-tone shots of Paul and Lauren, a colour shot of the band (centre pages), a scenic shot of the mountains plus the lyrics which have been printed in white text on dark blue and dark green pages. The box outlines have been used throughout the booklet, always printed in the bottom section of the page.
The tray of the jewel case is clear, through which you can see a picture of Lauren, photographed in a similar location to the picture of Paul found on the reverse of the booklet. Next to the picture are blue outlines of 3 rectangles which can be seen even when the case is closed.
The disc is identical to that of the regular release, even down to the catalogue number printed on it. The reverse insert of the jewel case is almost identical to that of the regular release, but the correct catalogue number has been printed alongside the barcode.
Tracks: Man In The Park (5:15) / Star (4:41) / End Of The Line (4:24) / Any Other Way (4:34) / Grind You Down (3:44) / Bottomless Pit (2:55) / Mountains (4:23) / Ocean floor (4:11) / Everyone (4:44) / See What Becomes (4:28) / Break It Gently (2:54) / Tounge Tied (5:37)
Tracks - Bonus CD: The Bovarnick Twins (4:58) / This, That & The Other (4:19) / Feels Good (To Be This Way) (3:35) / Rain (Unplugged) (4:19) / Foreign Film (Rock Version) (3:30)
The EMI inhouse promo comes in an album case with front and back inlays. The front insert is black with the artist, title and release date (23.09.1999) printed in white. The reverse of the front insert is black with the EMI logo and "24.06.99 EMI Norsk A/S" printed in white at the bottom. The back insert is black with the track list printed in white which differs slightly from the final list and includes spelling mistakes:
The discs are regular CD-Rs (MITSUI editions exist), some of which have been written on by hand.
Another EMI inhouse promo has an identical track list to the final release, although track 5 is listed as "When They Grind You Down" and track 9 as "Everyone Can Say They're Sorry". Recorded on a Kodak CD-R GOLD edition, this disc has a white top with "Savoy Mountains Of Time" plus track list printed in black. The red EMI logo is printed on the right side of the disc with "Promotion only. Not for sale. Release 23.08.1999" printed on the left.
A master reference CD of the album's bonus disc "The Bovarnick Twins" was produced by Master Huset AS. It comes in a generic Master Huset AS simple folded inlay which is white with purple and pink printed text. Details of the Savoy release have been handwritten on. The disc is a plain white CD-R with the title handwritten. The tracks found on the bonus disc are the same as on the regular release.
There was also a 5-track EMI inhouse promo sampler CD-R. Savoy "Mountains Of Time", track listing plus release date are printed in white text on the front of the otherwise black sleeve.The reverse of the sleeve is plain black except for the text "EMI 02.07.1999 EMI NORSK A/S" printed in white at the bottom. This CD-R hasn't been given a catalogue number.
Tracks: Man In The Park (5:15) / Star (4:41) / Grind You Down (3:44) / See What Becomes (4:28) / Tongue Tied (5:37)
Another 5-track promo sample CD was available in Sweden. The front cover is similar to the regular album release, but "album sampler" has been printed underneath the title.
Tracks: Star (4:42) / End Of The Line (4:24) / Man In The Park (5:15) / Grind You Down (3:44) / Mountains (4:23)
"Mountains Of Time" was released in Germany on 20th November 2000. It is packaged identically to the Norwegian release, but features a red sticker on the front which reads ""a-ha - songwriter and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy - www.savoywebsite.com".
To coincide with the German release (??), there was a VIP promo acetate "Very Important Products 30.10.2000" advertising Savoy's album and releases by other artists. It features 3 tracks by Savoy (tracks 3-5) and tracks by other artists including Kraftwerk and Anneli Drecker (total of 18 tracks). The cover includes a picture of the album "Mountains of Time" with "VIP 44.KW Very Important Products 30.10.2000" printed above on a dark grey background. The reverse features the track listing printed over the top of a faded logo of the dog looking into a gramophone. VIP is printed in large black letters in the top right hand corner. The disc is plain without any text.
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