Memorial Beach

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Memorial Beach
Studio album by A-ha
Released 14 June 1993
Recorded 1991-1993
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 49:33
Label Warner Bros. 9362-45229-2
Producer A-ha, Pål Waaktaar, David Z
A-ha chronology
Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of A-ha
Memorial Beach
Minor Earth Major Sky
Singles from Memorial Beach
  1. "Move to Memphis"
    Released: 14 October 1991
  2. "Dark Is the Night"
    Released: 24 May 1993
  3. "Angel in the Snow"
    Released: 6 September 1993
  4. "Lie Down in Darkness (US promo)"
    Released: 28 September 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars link

Memorial Beach is the fifth album by Norwegian band A-ha, released in 1993.

The album was recorded primarily at Prince's Paisley Park studios outside Minneapolis in the U.S. Featured among the tracks is "Angel in the Snow", a song Paul wrote for his bride, Lauren Savoy, as a wedding gift, and the eight-minute epic "Cold as Stone". Recording the album was, according to Harket, "A rather dark and heavy period for the band", although Magne has said, "I dig Memorial Beach, and 'Dark is the Night for All' is the high point, the best thing on the disc."

Memorial Beach featured three more top 50 singles for the band in the UK, "Move to Memphis", "Dark is the Night" and "Angel in the Snow". While the album did not chart on the Billboard 200 and would be the band's last to be released in the U.S., the single "Dark Is the Night" peaked at #11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart,[1] their last U.S. charting to date.

JD and Jevetta Steele from the American gospel group The Steeles contribute backing vocals on the songs "Move to Memphis" and "Lie Down in Darkness" as does the singer Kathy Wilson. French actress Béatrice Dalle appears in the music video for the song "Move to Memphis". Furthermore, British indie band Memorial Beach named themselves after the album.

Some lyrics from "Locust" were reused on the 2004 Savoy single "Whalebone".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pål Waaktaar unless noted otherwise:

  1. "Dark Is the Night for All" – 3:46
  2. "Move to Memphis" – 4:22 (Pål Waaktaar/Magne Furuholmen)
  3. "Cold as Stone" – 8:19
  4. "Angel in the Snow" – 4:13
  5. "Locust" – 5:09
  6. "Lie Down in Darkness" – 4:32
  7. "How Sweet It Was" – 6:00
  8. "Lamb to the Slaughter" – 4:20 (Magne Furuholmen)
  9. "Between Your Mama and Yourself" – 4:16
  10. "Memorial Beach" – 4:36



Additional Musicians[edit]

  • J.B. Bogeberg - bass
  • Per Hillestad - drums
  • J.D. Steele - backing vocals on (2, 6)
  • Jevetta Steele - backing vocals (2, 6)
  • Kathy Wilson - backing vocals (2, 6)[2]

Chart positions[edit]


Chart Peak
Swiss Albums Chart[3] 39
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 36
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 39
Norwegian Albums Chart[6] 1
UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 17
German Albums Chart[citation needed] 17
Japanese Albums Chart[7] 27


  1. ^ Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles
  2. ^ a-ha – Memorial Beach
  3. ^ Swiss album Chart page on Start Something in various European charts, Cited 26 March 2008
  4. ^ Austrian Album Chart Cited 26 March 2008
  5. ^ Swedish Album Chart , Cited 26 March 2008
  6. ^ Norwegian Albums Chart, Cited 26 March 2008
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference JPN was invoked but never defined (see the help page).