East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A-ha East of the Sun West of the Moon.jpg
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)
Memorial Beach
(1993)
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
Austrian Albums Chart[1] 23
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 37
Dutch Albums Chart 20
Finnish Albums Chart 40
French Albums Chart 15
German Albums Chart[citation needed] 6
Hungarian Albums Chart 19
Italian Albums Chart 18
Japanese Albums Chart 20
Norwegian Albums Chart[3] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 35
Swiss Albums Chart[5] 16
UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 12

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[12] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 21
UK Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Irish Singles Chart[citation needed] 8
French Singles Chart[15] 11
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
1990 "I Call Your Name" French Singles Chart[15] 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. ^ Austrian Album Chart Cited 26 March 2008
  2. ^ "Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  3. ^ Norwegian Albums Chart, Cited 26 March 2008
  4. ^ Swedish Album Chart , Cited 26 March 2008
  5. ^ Swiss album Chart page on Start Something in various European charts, Cited 26 March 2008
  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. ^ "Norwegian Singles Chart". VG-lista. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  13. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  14. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  15. ^ a b "French Singles Chart". Palmares. Retrieved 2008-03-07.