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a-ha / MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice issued across multiple formats

a-ha‘s long promised MTV Unplugged album – subtitled Summer Solstice – will be released next month in no less than seven physical formats.

The concert was filmed in Norway in June and features 21 tracks, including two new songs (This Is Our Home and A Break In The Clouds) and guest performances from the likes of Alison Moyet, Ian McCulloch and Lissie.

This is not a release where fans can complain about lack of choice, since this is available as a 2CD audio set, 2CD+Blu-ray or 2CD+DVD combo packs, 3LP vinyl, individual DVD and blu-ray and a ‘fanbox’ which includes a hardcover book, poster, badge, wristband and what SDE is pretty sure is 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD. This may or may not be available only in Germany.


a-ha / MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice: four-disc ‘fanbox’ (click image to enlarge)

This release is a springboard for the newly titled MTV Unplugged Tour 2018 which kicks off in January in Germany and ends in London’s O2 on 14 February.

MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice will be released on 6 October 2017.

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2CD+ Blu-ray (or 2CD+DVD) Edition

Disc: 1
1. This Is Our Home (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Lifelines (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. I’ve Been Losing You (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
5. The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
6. A Break In The Clouds (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Foot Of The Mountain (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
8. Stay On These Roads (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
9. This Alone Is Love (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
10. Over The Treetops (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
11. Forever Not Yours (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

Disc: 2
1. Sox Of The Fox (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Scoundrel Days (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. The Killing Moon (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Summer Moved On (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
5. Memorial Beach (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
6. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Manhattan Skyline (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
8. The Living Daylights (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
9. Hunting High And Low (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
10. Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

Disc: 3
1. This Is Our Home (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Lifelines (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. I’ve Been Losing You (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
5. The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
6. A Break In The Clouds (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Foot Of The Mountain (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
8. Stay On These Roads (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
9. This Alone Is Love (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
10. Over The Treetops (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
11. Forever Not Yours (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
12. Sox Of The Fox (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
13. Scoundrel Days (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
14. The Killing Moon (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
15. Summer Moved On (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
16. Memorial Beach (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
17. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
18. Manhattan Skyline (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
19. The Living Daylights (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
20. Hunting High And Low (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
21. Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
22. Menu / a-ha / MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice
23. Friendship
24. Songs
25. Project

2CD Edition

Disc: 1
1. This Is Our Home (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Lifelines (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. I’ve Been Losing You (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
5. The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
6. A Break In The Clouds (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Foot Of The Mountain (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
8. Stay On These Roads (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
9. This Alone Is Love (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
10. Over The Treetops (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
11. Forever Not Yours (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

Disc: 2
1. Sox Of The Fox (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Scoundrel Days (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. The Killing Moon (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Summer Moved On (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
5. Memorial Beach (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
6. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Manhattan Skyline (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
8. The Living Daylights (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
9. Hunting High And Low (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
10. Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

3LP vinyl edition

LP 1
1. This Is Our Home (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Lifelines (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. I’ve Been Losing You (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. A Break In The Clouds (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Foot Of The Mountain (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)

LP 2
1. Stay On These Roads (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
2. This Alone Is Love (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. Over The Treetops (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Forever Not Yours (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. Sox Of The Fox (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. Scoundrel Days (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. The Killing Moon (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)

LP 3
1. Summer Moved On (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
2. Memorial Beach (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
3. Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Manhattan Skyline (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. The Living Daylights (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. Hunting High And Low (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

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66 responses to a-ha / MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice issued across multiple formats

  1. Steven Robertson says:

    As an a-ha fan going to see them perform this in Berlin, I’ve ordered the 2CD and Blu-ray plus the fan pack. I am sad lol

  2. gwynogue says:

    I don’t care for a badge or wristband, but seeing as Amazon UK is normally my regular Amazon (I live in Australia), I might as well just stump up an extra couple quid and get the fanbox from Germany. A bonus book, poster, dvd, badge and wristband for only £2 more than the UK CD/CD/Bluray? It’s a no-brainer!

    • Andrea Oakes says:

      I’m thinking the round a-ha at the front must be a car window sticker too although it’s not mentioned in the blurb
      I’ve pre-ordered from Amazon.de … roll on October!!!!

  3. Steve Burke says:

    The last a-ha Blu-ray had reference quality picture and audio, preordered the 2CD+BD for now but will consider the box if it shows up on other sites.

    Looking forward to this one immensely.

  4. jackson says:

    I have to assume some of these prices will drop closer to release date. The 2 CD + BLU-Ray is $5 more on Amazon USA than the big fan box on Amazon Germany!

  5. Stevie B says:

    This is how you release new material! Pet Shop Boys take note… ordered the Fanbox from Amazon Germany as it looks Amazing. though last time they did a ‘Fan’ edition it came out on Amazon UK as an import with Special Access Lanyard.

    • probablyrustin says:

      I’m not personally interested in bells and whistles (trinkets). But a bonus disc or DVD and more deluxe package (notes, format) is always welcome.

    • J T says:

      I agree with Stevie B, I like the choice they’re giving us, which means if we don’t want trinkets we don’t have to pay for them to get the full music and video experience.

      To the lanyard/trinkets and considering this wristband (and thinking of the U2 “Fly” glasses), I was a little disappointed the Super-Deluxe Hunting High and Low didn’t come with those bands Morten was always wearing in the early years. I remember trying in vain to replicate that look! A convincing facsimile of that I’d probably still pay for and might even wear!

  6. Lemmin says:

    All over this, A-ha have had one of the most productive ‘break ups’ in recent music history!

  7. Mike says:

    Is the Blu-ray going to be Region free?

  8. Todd R. says:

    As always, on my want list – but will wait months, or years to get so the price will go down slightly….!

  9. Mike Williams says:

    Any word on which tracks feature “the likes of Alison Moyet, Ian McCulloch and Lissie”? I assume “The Killing Moon” features Ian McCulloch from Echo & The Bunnymen, but what about the girls?

  10. CJ says:

    Definitely all in on this one, but thinking I’m going to be ordering it from the UK site, because the current US price seems a bit outrageous. Even with shipping, I’d come out ahead.

    I know that the music releases tend to be region free, but do we have confirmation on that? I have a region free DVD player but my Blu Ray does region A only.

  11. T T says:

    Lissie sings on I’ve Been Losing You

  12. Michael G says:

    Ordered the box from Germany for the accompanying book it really is a no brainer.

  13. negative1 says:

    i’m a huge a-ha fan, so i’ll probably get one of the formats.

    however, since it’s acoustic, i’m not expecting much.
    as their music loses all it’s sound, and power without the
    keyboards, electric guitars and other instruments.

    it will probably be worth listening to at least one

    later
    -1

    • J T says:

      A great many of their songs really do stand up without the keyboards, and in several of their songs that aspect was primarily synthesized strings and/or brass which although I’m unfamiliar with this show I would presume are replaced by an actual orchestra, but I have to agree that the synths, alternately powerful and bubbly (and for that matter the electric guitars and amped or synthesized drums/percussion and atmospheric samples), were a central part of what drew me to them in the first place and keeps me going back to them to this day.

  14. LD says:

    The fan box link says DVD / Blueray but site says DVD with no mention of Blueray, is it DVD only?

  15. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Mike Williams, T T and Mr Sinclair

    I’ve Been Losing You with Lissie
    The Sun Always Shines On TV with Ingrid Helene Håvik
    The Killing Moon (Echo & The Bunnymen cover with Ian McCulloch)
    Summer Moved On (w/Allison Moyet on the second night only)

    http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=296072

  16. NeilKelly says:

    Ordered the Germany ‘Fanbox’ edition yesterday too – like a number of others it seems. If it becomes available in the U.K. on pre order I guess I could change to that or keep both until the day before and cancel one to obtain the cheapest I guess!! Love
    Blu ray and I can play the DVD in the car! Been playing their BBC red button Live to death since I recorded it onto my Blu ray recorder hard drive. Shame that’s only SD though not HD

  17. Shawn says:

    Also ordered the box from Germany. Not clear on what anything said on the site, but pretty sure I’m getting it lol.

  18. Pete {in Australia} says:

    THANKS Paul no brainer for me, Grabbed the FanBox.

    Bonus for Moi, is got around 6euros knocked off.

    Now all i can wish is that one day they return to Australia, as part of the announced world tour. Just a personal niggle, when Bands announce a World Tour, and they only do one continent, or miss Australia completely…..we are apart of this wonderful wide world, even if we are to far far far far, to travel to. :)

  19. Arjav Rawal says:

    I’m really pissed at how the MP3 of the album is available for pre-order and download on the German amazon website, yet in the USA we’re asked to shell out 55 bucks for a physical copy. Absolutely unbelievable and disgusting money-hogs, the lot of Harald Wilk and a-ha management.

    • J T says:

      I gotta say, huge a-ha fan as I am (looking at my Cast In Steel tin with lanyard and listening as I write to one of five versions of the Hunting High and Low album I’ve purchased over the past 32 years), that really was a smack in the face to see just the Blu-ray/CD version costs more than the whole shebang in Germany, and TWICE as much as the same set elsewhere.

      We don’t even have a VAT in the U.S. (yet—who knows what Trump and the Goldman Girls are brewing up), you’d think it would wind up costing less here.

      Then I have to forego instant MP3 downloads and all other bonuses/card rewards/charitable donations my domestic Amazon purchases might occasion, and I have to pay for shipping to boot despite what I pay to be a Prime member. (Particularly offensive when more than once an international Amazon-site purchase has shipped from a warehouse in the states anyway.)

      IS that an a-ha management decision or is this a broader label/industry conspiracy or even something peculiar to Amazon itself?

      Designed to fluff the debut in Germany, no? And maybe a little bit to get back at my countrymen for their general lack of support post-’85? It wasn’t on account of me, I bought everything released here and then hunted down all the imports back in the day, paying magnitudes of what they went for in their countries of origin or what domestic releases cost here.

      Which is why paying multiples of what everybody else does even now when label politics and brick-and-mortar supply/demand issues don’t enter into it is getting really old.

      And really, I’d like to know, when I was purchasing a Japanese 12″ or if I wind up getting the German box set, that’s not counted as a U.S. purchase for charting/certification purposes, right? Their reception elsewhere is being inflated by, and their fanbase elsewhere are being credited with, my purchases.

      At least back in the ’80s a middleman was being paid for the trouble of personally flying a set number of those things from the other side of the world and distributing them to random mom-and-pop retail nooks all over America, where a second middleman had to pay rent and utilities and salaries and insurance… Now the markup and/or numerous hurdles for my pre-order is for what? A grudge?

      I think that for once, I’m not going to pay up for an a-ha title nearly the moment it’s available to me. I’ll look for it on Black Friday. Still love a-ha, it’s not just them—not hatin’ the players, just hating the games.

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  22. WOW says:

    Does anyone know if the book that is included in the fanbox will have the texts in English or German?

  23. Tom says:

    I’m uge fan since 30 years but this new song… it’s lacklustre.

  24. Thomas says:

    I have tried expanding the photo of the fanbox to see if I could see whether the book is in English or German. All I could make out was in the bottom paragraph ‘MTV unplugged’

    I read on a another site, that this is intended for the German/Austrian market, so my hunch would be the book is in German.

    Maybe Paul has his contacts and confirm whether its English or German. Or Someone with a better screen or eyesight than me could work out whether it is indeed the book is in German

  25. Neil says:

    If it is intended for the German market it can stay there especially with the prices Amazon UK+US are asking for the 2CD+Blu-ray.

  26. Auntie Sabrina says:

    The press conference regarding this release is on Tuesday so we might find out if the fanbox is a German exclusive…

  27. Larry Davis says:

    To be honest, I don’t understand the complaining at all!! I’m in the US, the fanbox is German exclusive, no biggie unless it wasn’t able to be shipped to the US but it is…the VAT is wiped off…with shipping it’s $47 US with 4 discs (DVD AND Blu Ray so u don’t have to choose) and a book and a trinket!? No brainer…and the book no doubt will be in English…worldwide common language and a-ha are Norwegian, not German, soooo English!! The music is in English!! My one quibble is I am a Prime member and free shipping only applies on the US site not the others. Lastly, buying imports from foreign sites works out better many times than just buying from US ones…just saying…excited about this release…maybe they will bring this tour to America, unlike the Cast in Steel one!?

  28. Neil says:

    I couldn’t care less about the fanbox and why exactly would people need both a Blu-ray and DVD of the same concert ? What i was complaining about was the price of the 2CD+Blu-ray and with Amazon stating that This item can be delivered to UK – Mainland that implies this is going to be a German import and if that’s the case they can stuff it.

    • Larry Davis says:

      Why both?? Because, say all you have is a DVD player, so you have a DVD…then you upgrade to the superior BluRay format… Having both means you don’t have to rebuy it if you want it now on BluRay…that’s why having both is great… Many movies on video have multiple formats…for multiple needs…for US fans, this works out great…sorry not so great for you…

      • Neil says:

        I just hope people aren’t silly enough to try and play the Blu-ray in their DVD player. Then again reading some reviews on Amazon it wouldn’t surprise me lol.

  29. Terry says:

    So £23-£24 for the 2 CD and blu-ray package unless you’re in the UK or USA, in which case you can pretty much double it. Thanks amazon. I’d like to know how that pricing is justified.

  30. Narve Nico says:

    BD/DVD tracklisting: “23. Friedship”. Error from press sheet, Paul?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I think “23. Friedship, 24. Songs, 25. Project” are bonus interviews/features on the DVD / Blu-ray.

      • Narve Nico says:

        Without a doubt, Paul. But I think it should be “friendship” – not “friedship”… ;-)

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Oh yeah… must have been an error on the PR. Fixed, anyway.

          • Narve Nico says:

            Thanks, Paul. I reckon it was on the PR. Let`s just hope the BD/DVD-cover(s) also will be corrected before release. Hate little bugs like that… The funny thing is that their friendship has been discussed a lot over the years, and now that they seem to be closer than they have been in a long, long time (according to recent interviews) the record company just HAVE to call it by another name, don`t they? ;-) Maybe they believe “tension” between the bandmembers sell more units than a true friendship (thus friedship, or even worse; fried ship)? Just a (Train of) thought… ;-)

  31. Chad says:

    Blu-ray is available as a standalone here. https://store.udiscovermusic.com/*/*/MTV-Unplugged-Summer-Solstice/5N9K0000000

    $25 shipped US.

  32. Don says:

    I just got the “fan box” version from amazon Germany, shipped to the US, for $40. The 2CD/blu-ray on amazon US alone is $49. What a deal. Thanks Paul!!!!

  33. MusicFan says:

    For those still asking, the Fan Box booklet is in English.

    I’m surprised it would be anything other than English.

    However, to avoid confusion, English was confirmed on their Twitter feed.

  34. memoryboy says:

    This looks good and I’m definitely going to be buying it, but in response to one of the comments earlier on here, I would much prefer the Pet Shop Boys latest reissues over this any day. I’m just not a big fan of acoustic stuff.

  35. jim says:

    has anyone had their deluxe fanbox edition ship from amazon Germany? I ordered mine day one and it hasn’t been charged yet… beginning to worry since it’s no longer available to order from them…

  36. Dave says:

    Hi .just listened on Spotify . absolute tripe !!!! Some female intro on songs ? Crap !! To be fair shit performance full stop ?

  37. John says:

    Unless I’ve misread the comments so far, has anyone confirmed if the DVD and/or Blu-Ray are Region-free? Are they NTSC, or PAL? Anyone?

  38. Kauwgompie says:

    I just received this and it is absolutely amazing. I’m a casual fan and not a real “unplugged” fan so I took a leap of faith after Paul’s deal alert for this. Most “unplugged” albums bore me after 3 songs but this is not like that at all. To keep it fresh they also played newer songs and many songs sound completely different, in a better way! I was stunned by the beauty of “Manhattan Skyline”. Always thought this was an average song but unplugged, they turned it into a gem. I feel the same about many other songs. So glad I got this. the only annoying thing is the talking between the songs. They could have edited that out as far as I’m concerned but understand they kept that in. Sounds more authentic I guess. Highly recommend this.

  39. Just received my vinyl and there are some nice versions of old classics. BUT!! NO DOWNLOAD CODE?! Or is it so hidden in the small writing and Ive not bothered to fetch my specs that I am mistaken…

  40. AndyB says:

    I didn’t want my first post to be a moan, especially as I’m a fan of the band’s work, but I’m a little disappointed that the Blu-ray disc included in the fan box edition only includes a PCM stereo soundtrack and has no surround sound or hi res options. I assume the stand alone Blu-ray is the same?

  41. multivit says:

    I am with AndyB here – I like the Music, but How on earth can you put out a BD with just a Stereo Audio Option in 2017?
    (it is LPCM Stereo 96k 24b, though, so this might be considered hih(er) res?)

  42. Neil says:

    Glad i never bought this now.

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