Stay on These Roads

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Stay on These Roads
Stay on These Roads album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 May 1988
Recorded1987–88
StudioRG Jones Studios, Wimbledon
Genre
Length43:16
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerAlan 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.[citation needed]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Q2/5 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.

Side one
  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)
Side two
  1. "The Living Daylights" – 4:47 (Barry, Waaktaar)
  2. "There's Never a Forever Thing" – 2:53 (Waaktaar)
  3. "Out of Blue Comes Green" – 6:42 (Waaktaar)
  4. "You Are the One" – 3:51 (Furuholmen, Waaktaar)
  5. "You'll End up Crying" – 2:06 (Waaktaar)

2015 deluxe edition[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Stay on These Roads" (2015 Remastered)
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (2015 Remastered)
  3. "Touchy!" (2015 Remastered)
  4. "This Alone Is Love" (2015 Remastered)
  5. "Hurry Home" (2015 Remastered)
  6. "The Living Daylights" (2015 Remastered)
  7. "There's Never a Forever Thing" (2015 Remastered)
  8. "Out of Blue Comes Green" (2015 Remastered)
  9. "You Are the One" (2015 Remastered)
  10. "You'll End up Crying" (2015 Remastered)
  11. "Stay on These Roads" (Extended Remix)
  12. "You Are the One" (12" Remix)
  13. "The Living Daylights (Extended Version)
  14. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Extended Remix)
  15. "Touchy!" (Go-Go Mix)
Disc 2 - Demos & Alternate Versions[3]
  1. "Stay on These Roads" (Early Version)
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Demo)
  3. "Touchy!"
  4. "This Alone Is Love" (Demo)
  5. "You Are the One" (Early Version)
  6. "Cold River" (1987 Demo)
  7. "Hurry Home" (Demo)
  8. "I'll Never Find Streetful City" (Demo)
  9. "The Living Daylights" (Demo)
  10. "There's Never a Forever Thing" (Demo)
  11. "Out of Blue Comes Green" (Alternate Mix)
  12. "You'll End up Crying" (Demo)
  13. "You Are the One" (Alternate Version)
  14. "Touchy!" (Demo)
  15. "Umbrella" (Rendezvous Demo)
  16. "Thus Ended Our Love Affair" (Demo)
  17. "There's Never a Forever Thing" (Acoustic Version)
  18. "Evitar" (Demo)
  19. "You Are the One" (Demo)
  20. "Sail On My Love" (Writing Session)

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, Anne Dudley, Randy Hope-Taylor, Øystein Jevanord, Kick Horns.
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Photographs: Just Loomis
  • Photograph "Still Life": Stuart Watson

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[22] Platinum 250,000*
France (SNEP)[23] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[25] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] N/A 85,000[26]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Gold 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Q Review
  3. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/br/album/stay-on-these-roads-deluxe-edition/1044495108
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 13. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  8. ^ "Eurochart Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 21. 21 May 1988. p. 24. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 19 January 2019 – via American Radio History.
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  12. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 100 no. 24. 11 June 1988. p. 77. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 19 January 2019 – via American Radio History.
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  19. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1988" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  20. ^ "1988 Year End Eurocharts – Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 4 no. 51/52. 1 January 1989. p. 30. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 15 January 2019 – via American Radio History.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1988" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Aha – Stay on These Roads" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 18 October 2001. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (A-ha; 'Stay on These Roads')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Dutch album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 7 February 2019. Enter Stay on These Roads in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  26. ^ "I en egen klasse" [In a separate class]. Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 5 December 1998. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  28. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 924. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  29. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (A-ha; 'Stay on These Roads')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  30. ^ "British album certifications – A-ha – Stay on These Roads". British Phonographic Industry. 5 May 1988. Retrieved 24 January 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Stay on These Roads in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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