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Permanent Record Podcast

Brian and Sarah are your hosts for this look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres-- albums which have earned a permanent spot in their record collection. The hosts start the discussion with a history of the album, followed by their personal history with it. Over the course of two episodes, they do a track-by-track review of the album and the videos that accompany the singles. They conclude by each giving the album a final review and rating of zero to five record adapters. Join Brian and Sarah in this fun look back at the hits-- along with some misses-- of the 70s and 80s!

Nov 21, 2016

Episode 2: a-ha - Hunting High and Low (1985) -  Episode 2

aha - Hunting High and Low cover

Brian and Sarah return to their microphones to discuss the debut album of the Norwegian band a-ha. They cover the band's formation and the interesting process of creating this album,  they discuss each of the ten tracks on "Hunting High and Low,"  and they each give the album a final review and "record adapter" rating.

Part  1: Personal History

We hear about Sarah's slightly-fuzzy history with the album, and learn whether or not Brian even heard the entire album in the 80s!


Part 2: Band history and album creating

We learn how a-ha was formed and then discover the somewhat convoluted and drawn-out process of the making of "Hunting High and Low." How many times was "Take On Me" actually released? Find out here!


Part 3: Track by Track

Each of the ten songs on "Hunting High and Low" are dissected, with Brian and Sarah comparing notes and sharing trivia as they go along.

  • Take On Me
  • Train of Thought
  • Hunting High and Low
  • The Blue Sky
  • Living a Boy's Adventure Tale
  • The Sun Always Shines on T.V.
  • And You Tell Me
  • Love Is Reason
  • I Dream Myself Alive
  • Here I Stand and Face the Rain


Part 4: Final Grade

Brian announces his final review and rating of the album, and Sarah follows suit. Which one of them rates it higher?


Part 5: Extra Credit Question

Which song would you choose to be re-recorded and re-produced - because at this point, why not rework one more song?