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a-ha: Japan box with hi-res audio?

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The much anticipated super deluxe edition box set of a-ha‘s 1985 album Hunting High and Low is released in September and some eagle-eyed fans have noted that the Japan edition of this box appears to offer something extra over and above the European set.

Listings for the Japanese version of this 4CD+DVD box on Amazon UK and CDJapan both quite clearly list “high-resolution audio track(s) (24bit / 96kHz)” as appearing on the DVD element, in addition to the six promo videos.

SDE sought clarification from Warners and was told unequivocally that the audio and video content for these boxes is identical for Japan and Europe/US and so there is no exclusive hi-res audio on the Japanese box after all. Quite why this is in the listings is anyone’s guess.

It’s not all bad news though. The Japanese box will exclusively include an additional photo book, so there is a difference after all, just not anything to do with audio or video content.

The Hunting High and Low super deluxe edition is released on 18 September 2015.


Japanese version with extra photobook


Disc: 1
1. Take On Me (2015 Remastered)
2. Train Of Thought (2015 Remastered)
3. Hunting High And Low (2015 Remastered)
4. The Blue Sky (2015 Remastered)
5. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (2015 Remastered) – a-Ha
6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (2015 Remastered)
7. And You Tell Me (2015 Remastered)
8. Love Is Reason (2015 Remastered)
9. I Dream Myself Alive
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (2015 Remastered)

Disc: 2
1. Lesson One (Autumn 1982 “Take On Me” Demo) (2015 Remastered)
2. Presenting Lily Mars Naersnes Demo) (2015 Remastered)
3. Sa Blaser Det Pa Jorden (Naersnes Demo) [2015 Remastered]
4. The Sphinx(Naersnes Demo)
5. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Naersnes Demo)
6. Dot The I (2015 Remastered)
7. The Love Goodbye (2015 Remastered)
8. Nothing To It (2015 Remastered)
9. Go To Sleep (2015 Remastered)
10. Train Of Thought (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
11. Monday Mourning (2015 Remastered)
12. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet (2015 Remastered)
13. The Blue Sky (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
14. You Have Grown Thoughtful Again (2015 Remastered)
15. What’s That You’re Doing To Yourself In The Pouring Rain (2015 Remastered)
16. Take On Me (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
17. Hunting High And Low (Demo)
18. I Dream Myself Alive (Demo) [2015 Remastered]
19. And You Tell Me (Demo) [2015 Remastered]
20. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
21. Love Is Reason (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
22. The Blue Sky (2nd Demo)
23. Never Never (2015 Remastered)
24. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Demo) (2015 Remastered)
25. Presenting Lily Mars (Rendezvous Demo)

Disc: 3
1. Take On Me (Original 7″ Version 1984) (2015 Remastered)
2. Take On Me (1984 12″ Mix) (2015 Remastered)
3. Stop! And Make Your Mind Up (2015 Remastered)
4. Take On Me (1985 12″ Mix) (2015 Remastered)
5. Take On Me (Instrumental Mix) (2015 Remastered)
6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (7′ Mix) (2015 Remastered)
7. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) (2015 Remastered)
8. Driftwood (2015 Remastered)
9. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) [2015 Remastered]
10. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Instrumental) [2015 Remastered]
11. Train Of Thought (7″ Remix) (2015 Remastered)
12. Train Of Thought (U.S. Remix) (2015 Remastered)
13. Train Of Thought (Dub Mix) (2015 Remastered)
14. Hunting High And Low(7″ Remix) (2015 Remastered)
15. Hunting High And Low(Extended Remix) [2015 Remastered]

Disc: 4
1. Take On Me (Video Version) (2015 Remastered)
2. Train Of Thought (Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
3. Hunting High And Low (Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
4. The Blue Sky (Alternate Long Mix) (2015 Remastered)
5. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Alternate Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
7. And You Tell Me (Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
8. Love Is Reason (Early Mix) (2015 Remastered)
9. Dream Myself Alive (Early “NYC” Mix) (2015 Remastered)
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain (Early Mix (2015 Remastered)

Disc: 5 (DVD)
1. Take On Me (1985 Version)
2. The Sun Always Shines On TV
3. Train Of Thought
4. Hunting High And Low
5. Take On Me (1984 Version)
6. Take On Me (1985 Alternate Cut)

 



 

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15 responses to a-ha: Japan box with hi-res audio?

  1. Stefano says:

    Thanks for the investigation Paul.

    SDE has become THE site to obtain reliable and detailed information about upcoming releases. And it’s professionally written too! What a treat.

  2. Andy says:

    Hope Amazon review the price of the Japanese box…currently listed at £190.00!

  3. Don says:

    Thanks for clearing this up! The early Japanese track list also listed one of the demos on Disc 2 as a “bonus track” (presumably for Japan only), but I’m glad that’s not the case.

  4. Darren says:

    Whether to spend an extra £152 to get an “additional photo book”…. Hmmmm…. Why is life so full of tough decisions?

  5. Paul says:

    Anyone able to pre order Cast In steel in the UK? Can’t see it on amazon

    • Don says:

      I, too, am dismayed at the fact that “Cast in Steel” is still not available outside of German sites… not on amazon.uk (aside from the digital version), not on amazon.com, etc. And the release date is two weeks sooner than the box set! Is Cast in Steel a Germany-only release?

  6. Neil says:

    I just bought the double CD from HMV for 12.99.

  7. Daniel Lalla says:

    The Japanese price is insane on CDJapan too! Too bad. There is a Canadian listing but I suspect it’s the Japan product as it’s at $286 dollars right now!

  8. Griffin says:

    @Paul/Don, I’m not ordering the Cast In Steel, but I see A-Ha Cast In Steel Fan Box GBP26.77/Euro37.69 @ grooves inc com worldwide free delivery & Euro34.99 @ jpc de (normally Euro2.99 shipping now untill Sunday free shipping to a couple of European countries)!

  9. J says:

    Warners may want to have a word with Warners Japan since the latter’s website still has a reference to the high res version (http://wmg.jp/artist/a-ha/WPZR000030651.html). Japanese list price is Y15,000 so about US$120.

  10. Don says:

    So far the cheapest price I’ve seen for the “regular deluxe” (ie not the fan box) is $22 US on grooves-inc.

  11. J says:

    Having posted the link to the Warners Japan site yesterday, I looked it again today and the reference to the high res version has gone so maybe someone did have a word with them.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I pointed it out to Warners yesterday, so as you say, someone has acted on the information. Thanks!

  12. J T says:

    Any more word on this second Japanese book? The band’s website doesn’t say anything about Japanese extras, but it does state of the standard SuperDeluxe anniversary versions of the release that, “The packaging will be a 10″ x 10″ hard backed book format, including a 60 page glossy, bound booklet packed full of never before seen photos and new liner notes,” and reiterates later in the press release that, “The set boasts…a 60-page hardback book filled with rare photos and stories about the making of the album.” Is it possible translations into and back out of Japanese confuse two mentions of the same book as being two books?

    Before I order any version, I’d like to have a clearer picture of what exactly justifies an extra $245 for the Japanese version atop the U.S. price of $48.99. What are a-ha doing in those photos, anyway—detailing the cure for cancer? Brokering arms sales to Saddam? Four-ways with Madonna?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I doubt the book/let is worth the $200 extra. I’m certainly not buying it, but if someone else is maybe they can send pictures!

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