East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Studio album by A-ha
Released October 22, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 42:46
Label Warner Bros. 9 26314-2
Producer Christopher Neil, Ian Stanley
A-ha chronology
Stay on These Roads
(1988)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
(1990)
Headlines and Deadlines – The Hits of A-ha
(1991)
Singles from East of the Sun, West of the Moon
  1. "Crying in the Rain"
    Released: 1 October 1990
  2. "I Call Your Name"
    Released: 3 December 1990
  3. "Early Morning"
    Released: 25 February 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the fourth album, released in 1990 by Norwegian band A-ha. It was seen by many as a departure from their old radio friendly sound to a darker, moodier tone, and is named after a Norwegian fairy tale.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen unless noted otherwise:

  1. "Crying in the Rain" (Howard Greenfield / Carole King) – 4:25
  2. "Early Morning" – 2:59
  3. "I Call Your Name" – 4:54
  4. "Slender Frame" – 3:42
  5. "East of the Sun" (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 4:47
  6. "Sycamore Leaves" (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 5:22
  7. "Waiting for Her" – 4:49
  8. "Cold River" (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy / Lauren Savoy) – 4:40
  9. "The Way We Talk" (Magne Furuholmen) – 1:30
  10. "Rolling Thunder" – 5:43
  11. "(Seemingly) Nonstop July" (Paul Waaktaar-Savoy) – 2:55

"The Way We Talk" features Magne Furuholmen on lead vocals.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
Swiss Albums Chart[1] 16
Austrian Albums Chart[2] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[3] 35
Norwegian Albums Chart[4] 1
UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 12
German Albums Chart[citation needed] 6
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 37

Certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

None of the singles from the album had any exclusive B-sides or remixes. Instead, each contained three tracks; the A-side, another track from the album, and one of the band's past hits.

"Crying in the Rain"
  1. "Crying in the Rain" – 4:25
  2. "(Seemingly) Nonstop July" – 2:55
  3. "Cry Wolf" – 4:05
"I Call Your Name"
  1. "I Call Your Name" – 4:52
  2. "The Way We Talk" – 1:31
  3. "The Blood That Moves the Body" – 4:05
"Early Morning"
  1. "Early Morning" – 2:59
  2. "East of the Sun" – 4:47
  3. "Train of Thought" – 4:11

Personnel[edit]

a-ha[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jørun Bøgeberg – bass guitar
  • Per Hillestad – drums
  • Chris Hughes – drums
  • Phil Todd – saxophone
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
Year Name Chart Peak
1990 "Crying in the Rain" Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 21
UK Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Irish Singles Chart[citation needed] 8
French Singles Chart[16] 11
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
1990 "I Call Your Name" French Singles Chart[16] 45
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 37
1991 "Early Morning" Irish Singles Chart[citation needed] 29
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 52

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swiss album Chart page on Start Something in various European charts, Cited 26 March 2008
  2. ^ Austrian Album Chart Cited 26 March 2008
  3. ^ Swedish Album Chart , Cited 26 March 2008
  4. ^ Norwegian Albums Chart, Cited 26 March 2008
  5. ^ "Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Norwegian certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  7. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('Hunting High and Low')". Hung Medien. 
  8. ^ "Brazilian certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Hunting High and Low')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  10. ^ "French certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  11. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  12. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  13. ^ "Norwegian Singles Chart". VG-lista. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  14. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  16. ^ a b "French Singles Chart". Palmares. Retrieved 2008-03-07.