Wild Seed (album)

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Wild Seed
Wild Seed cover.jpg
Studio album by Morten Harket
Released 4 September 1995
Recorded 1994–95 in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway; and Oxfordshire and London, England
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Length 49:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Christopher Neil
Morten Harket chronology
Poetenes Evangelium
(1993)Poetenes Evangelium1993
Wild Seed
(1995)
Vogts Villa
(1996)Vogts Villa1996
Singles from Wild Seed
  1. "A Kind of Christmas Card"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Spanish Steps"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Los Angeles"
    Released: 1996

Wild Seed is the second studio album and first English-language album by Norwegian pop singer Morten Harket. The album was released on 4 September 1995 through Warner Bros. Records. After a-ha went on a hiatus in 1994, Harket began recording Wild Seed with British record producer Christopher Neil, who previously worked with the band on their fourth studio album, East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990). Wild Seed charted at number one in Norway and at number 89 in the United Kingdom. It has since sold 160.000 copies in Norway.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."A Kind of Christmas Card"Håvard RemMorten Harket4:06
2."Spanish Steps"Rem, Harket, Torstein FlakneFlakne4:07
3."Half in Love Half in Hate"Ole Sverre OlsenHarket4:45
4."Brodsky Tune"Joseph Brodsky, HarketHarket4:23
5."Wild Seed"HarketHarket4:48
6."Los Angeles"RemHarket4:26
7."East Timor"Henning Kramer Dahl, Rem, HarketGeir Kolbu4:12
8."Lay Me Down Tonight"Rem, HarketHarket2:17
9."Tell Me What You See"Rem, HarketHarket4:50
10."Stay"Rem, HarketHarket3:29
11."Lord"RemHarket3:46
12."Ready to Go Home"Andrew Gold, Graham GouldmanGold, Gouldman4:33
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A Change Is Gonna Come"Sam Cooke5:56
  • "Brodsky Tune" lyrics from the poem "Bosnia Tune" by Joseph Brodsky, chorus by Morten Harket.
  • "Lay Me Down Tonight", "Tell Me What You See" and "Stay" are based on a Norwegian poem by Håvard Rem.

Miscellanea[edit]

  • When Canadian singer Céline Dion heard this album, she decided to use the same recording studio in Oslo where this record was made.
  • This is the biggest-selling a-ha solo release to date.
  • A Kind Of Christmas Card was released as a promo single in Brazil to moderate success.
  • Some "A Kind of Christmas Card" chart placings: #1 Norway, #18 Mexico, #53 UK
  • The song was covered by Marcos Marin by Projeto Set Band in 2005.

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