Stay on These Roads

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Stay on These Roads
Stay on These Roads album cover.jpg
Studio album by A-ha
Released May 3, 1988
Recorded 1987–88
Studio RG Jones Studios, Wimbledon
Genre
Length 43:16
Label Warner Bros.
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 studio album by Norwegian band A-ha. It was released on 3 May 1988 by Warner Bros. Records. Six singles were released from the album.

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.The album reached #2 in the European top-100 albums sales chart.

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)

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead and backing vocals: Morten Harket
  • Keyboards, bass and drum programming, backing vocals: Magne Furuholmen
  • Guitars, strings, backing vocals: Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
  • Production: Alan Tarney
  • Recording engineer: Gerry Kitchingham
  • Mixing engineer: John Hudson
  • Contributions to the recording of the album: Steve Sidwell, Ben Robbins, Ann Dudley, Randy Hope-Taylor, Øystein Jevanord, Kick Horns.
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Photographs: Just Loomis
  • Photograph "Still Life": Stuart Watson

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (ABPD)[18] Platinum 250,000*
France (SNEP)[19] Platinum 561,900[19]
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 250,000^
Norway 85,000[21]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Q Review
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992 (Illustrated ed.). Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 13. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  5. ^ "RPM100 Albums". RPM 48 (9). 18 June 1988. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – a-ha – Stay On These Roads" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (select "A-HA" from the drop-down menu and click "OK") (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – a-ha – Stay On These Roads" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Gli album più venduti del 1988" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – a-ha – Stay On These Roads". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – a-ha – Stay On These Roads". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – a-ha – Stay On These Roads". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  14. ^ "a-ha | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  15. ^ "a-ha – Chart history" Billboard 200 for a-ha. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1988" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1988" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Les Albums Platine" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (A-ha; 'Stay on These Roads')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "I en egen Klasse" (in Norwegian). VG. 1998. Retrieved 25 February 2003. 
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (A-ha; 'Stay on These Roads')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads". British Phonographic Industry. 5 May 1988. Retrieved 24 January 2016.  Enter Stay on These Roads in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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