Stay on These Roads

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Stay on These Roads
Studio album by A-ha
Released 3 May 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Length 43:16
Label Warner Bros. 925 733-2
Producer Alan Tarney
A-ha chronology
Scoundrel Days
(1986)
Stay on These Roads
(1988)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
(1990)
Singles from Stay on These Roads
  1. "The Living Daylights"
    Released: 22 June 1987
  2. "Stay on These Roads"
    Released: 14 March 1988
  3. "The Blood That Moves the Body"
    Released: 6 June 1988
  4. "Touchy!"
    Released: 15 August 1988
  5. "You Are the One"
    Released: 21 November 1988
  6. "There's Never a Forever Thing"
    Released: 1989 (Brazil Only)

Stay on These Roads is the third full-length album by the pop band A-ha. It was released on 3 May 1988 by Warner Bros. Records. Six singles were also released from this record.

Recording[edit]

A Synclavier, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Yamaha DX-7, Roland D-50, and Roland Juno-60 or Roland Juno-106 synthesizers were used in the recording of this album, as was a Yamaha RX-5 drum machine.

Release and Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Q 2/5 stars [2]

Stay on These Roads was the band's third studio album. The album's peak on the Billboard 200 was 148. The album was another big hit by A-ha internationally, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Stay on These Roads achieved Platinum status in Brazil and Gold in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany and Double Platinum status in France.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic said "in the U.K., the album became the group's third straight to peak at number two, though it charted for a shorter period than the first two albums, and there were four Top 25 hits—the title track, 'The Blood That Moves the Body,' 'Touchy!,' and 'You Are the One'." Also included was A-ha's 1987 theme from the James Bond movie The Living Daylights, a U.K. number five that missed the U.S. charts.

Lead single "Stay on These Roads", number one in Norway, was a hit across Europe, including top-five showings in the UK, France, Austria and Ireland and top-ten chartings in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Stay on These Roads included three more hit singles, "The Blood That Moves The Body", "Touchy!" and "You Are the One", though a final single, "There's Never a Forever Thing", was released only in Brazil. None of the singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy; music composers listed below.

  1. "Stay on These Roads" * — 4:45 (Furuholmen, Harket, Waaktaar)
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" * — 4:06 (Waaktaar)
  3. "Touchy!" * — 4:34 (Furuholmen, Harket, Waaktaar)
  4. "This Alone Is Love" — 5:15 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  5. "Hurry Home" — 4:37 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  6. "The Living Daylights" — 4:47 (Barry, Waaktaar)
  7. "There's Never a Forever Thing" — 2:53 (Waaktaar)
  8. "Out of Blue Comes Green" — 6:42 (Waaktaar)
  9. "You Are the One"* — 3:51 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  10. "You'll End up Crying" — 2:06 (Waaktaar)

* released as singles from this album. Track 2 was re-released in 1992 in a remixed form.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
Switzerland Swiss Album Charts[3] 6
Austria Austrian Album Charts[4] 9
Sweden Swedish Albums Chart[5] 10
Norway Norwegian Album Chart[6] 1
United States Billboard 200[7] 148
France SNEP[8] 6
United Kingdom UK Album Charts[9] 2
Germany German Album Chart[10] 4
Italy Italian Album Chart[11] 2
Canada Canadian Album Chart[12] 55

Certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

Year Name Chart Peak
1988 Stay on These Roads Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 10
British Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 2
French Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 17
Austrian Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 7
Italian Singles Chart 1
The Blood That Moves The Body British Singles Chart 25
Irish Singles Chart 11
Swiss Singles Chart 29
German Singles Chart 23
Touchy! British Singles Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 18
French Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 13
You Are the One British Singles Chart 13
Irish Singles Chart 12
French Singles Chart 21
German Singles Chart 30

Stay on These Roads Tour[edit]

'Stay on These Roads Tour' was a 1988-1989 concert tour by a-ha. They made 87 concerts over 8 countries.

'Tour Dates'

  • 3/19/1988 Shepton Mallet, UK - Showering Pavilion
  • 3/20/1988 St. Austell, UK - Cornwall Coliseum
  • 3/22/1988 Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
  • 3/23/1988 Bournemouth, UK - International Centre
  • 3/25/1988 Birmingham, UK - NEC
  • 3/28/1988 Manchester, UK -Apollo Theatre
  • 3/29/1988 Manchester, UK - Apollo Theatre
  • 3/30/1988 Blackpool, UK - Opera House
  • 3/31/1988 Edinburgh, UK - Playhouse
  • 4/2/1988 Leeds, UK - Queen's Hall
  • 3 April 1988 Liverpool, UK - Empire Theatre
  • 7 April 1988 Naples, Italy - Palasport
  • 8 April 1988 Rome, Italy - Paleur
  • 9 April 1988 Florence, Italy - Palasport
  • 10 April 1988 Genova, Italy - Palasport
  • 12 April 1988 Turin, Italy - Palasport
  • 14 April 1988 Modena, Italy - Palasport
  • 15 April 1988 Milan, Italy - Palatrussardi
  • 16 April 1988 Milan, Italy - Palatrussardi
  • 17 April 1988 Bolzano, Italy - Palasport
  • 19 April 1988 Treviso, Italy - Palasport
  • 28 April 1988 Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
  • 30 April 1988 Basel, Switzerland - Sporthalle
  • 1 May 1988 Lausanne, Switzerland - Patinoire de Malley
  • 3 May 1988 Dijon, France - Palais des Sports
  • 4 May 1988 Lyon, France - Palais des Sports
  • 5 May 1988 Clermont-Ferrand, France - Maison des Sports
  • 6 May 1988 Grenoble, France - Alpexpo
  • 7 May 1988 Mulhouse, France - Palais des Sports
  • 9 May 1988 Istres, Marseille, France - Ice Rink
  • 10 May 1988 Montpellier, France - Zenith
  • 11 May 1988 Nice, France - Theatre de Verdure
  • 13 May 1988 Toulouse, France - Palais des Sports
  • 14 May 1988 Bordeaux, France - Ice Rink
  • 16 May 1988 Tours, France - Structure
  • 17 May 1988 Rennes, France - Omnisport Hall
  • 18 May 1988 Caen, France - Palais des Sports
  • 19 May 1988 Paris, France - Bercy
  • 20 May 1988 Paris, France - Bercy
  • 21 May 1988 Lille, France - Espace Foire
  • 2 June 1988 Cologne, Germany - Sporthalle
  • 3 June 1988 Kassel, Germany - Eissporthalle
  • 4 June 1988 Hannover, Germany - Stadion Sporthalle
  • 5 June 1988 Kiel, Germany - Osteenhalle
  • 7 June 1988 Berlin, Germany - Waldbuhne
  • 8 June 1988 Oldenburg, Germany - Weser-Ems-Halle
  • 10 June 1988 Hamburg, Germany - Sporthalle
  • 11 June 1988 Hamburg, Germany - Sporthalle
  • 12 June 1988 Dortmund, Germany - Wesfalenhalle
  • 13 June 1988 Heidelberg, Germany - Rhein Necker Halle
  • 15 June 1988 Stuttgart, Germany - Martin-Schleyer Halle
  • 16 June 1988 Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
  • 17 June 1988 Offenburg, Germany - Ortenauhalle
  • 18 June 1988 Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
  • 20 June 1988 Saarbrücken, Germany - Saarlandhalle
  • 23 June 1988 Paris, France - Bercy
  • 25 June 1988 Oslo, Norway - Kalvoya Festival
  • 3 September 1988 Fukuoka, - Japan Sun Palace
  • 5 September 1988 Kita-Kyushu, Japan - Koseinenkin Hall
  • 6 September 1988 Chiba, Japan - Kenmin Kaikan
  • 8 September 1988 Nagano, Japan - Kenmin Bunka
  • 9 September 1988 Sendai, Japan - Sports Center
  • 11 September 1988 Sapporo, Japan - Kobeinenkin Hall
  • 13 September 1988 Osaka, Japan - Castle Hall
  • 14 September 1988 Hiroshima, Japan - Yubin Chokin
  • 16 September 1988 Tokyo, Japan - Budokan Hall
  • 17 September 1988 Tokyo, Japan - Budokan Hall
  • 18 September 1988 Kobe, Japan - World Kinen Hall
  • 20 September 1988 Shizuoka Shimin, Japan - Bunka Kaikan
  • 21 September 1988 Niigata, Japan - Kenmin Kaikan
  • 22 September 1988 Yamamashi, Japan - Kenmin Bunka
  • 24 September 1988 Aichi, Japan - Naboya Gymnasium
  • 26 September 1988 Kanazawa, Japan - Kanko Kaikan
  • 27 September 1988 Gunma, Japan - Kenmin Kaikan
  • 28 September 1988 Yokohama, Japan - Bunka Gymnasium
  • 30 September 1988 Tokyo, Japan - Budokan Hall
  • 4 December 1988 Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre
  • 5 December 1988 Bristol, UK - Hippodrome
  • 6 December 1988 London, UK - Wembley Arena
  • 7 December 1988 London, UK - Wembley Arena
  • 10 December 1988 Belfast, UK - King's Hall
  • 12 December 1988 Dublin, Ireland - RDS
  • 10 March 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Place of Apoteose
  • 11 March 1989 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Place of Apoteose
  • 17 March 1989 São Paulo, Brazil Estadio do Palmeiras
  • 18 March 1989 São Paulo, Brazil Estadio do Palmeiras
  • 19 March 1989 São Paulo, Brazil Estadio do Palmeiras

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Q Review
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  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. ^ billboard.com 26 March 2008
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  9. ^ UK Album Chart
  10. ^ German Album Chart
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  14. ^ "Austrian certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Hunting High and Low in the field Titel. Click Suchen
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  16. ^ UNSUPPORTED OR EMPTY REGION: Holland.
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  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Hunting High and Low')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
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  20. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  21. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
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  26. ^ "Swedish Singles Chart". Hitlista. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
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