Take on Me (partially lost instrumental demo version of A-ha song; 1983)

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A-ha - Take On Me (1984 Single).jpg

The 1984 single cover of Take On Me.

Status: Partially Lost

A-ha is a famous Norwegian Synth-pop trio that is best remembered as the creators of their 1985 hit song "Take On Me". Some of their other hits include "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.", "Cry Wolf", and "The Living Daylights" The band was formed in 1982 and is still around. The band has 10 albums and is one of the most successful Norwegian bands.

Lost Instrumental[edit | edit source]

Their most famous song, "Take On Me" was originally known to have four different versions before the song we all know today, all of the earlier versions have been released on either a single or box set. However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005, which has a clip in it with this lost instrumental.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The only possibilities of this being found is either if the NRK station has the full demo in its archives, or if Viggo Bondi, the man responsible for their 2004 album, The Demo Tapes has a copy.[1]

On October 7th, 2019, Lost Media Wiki User YoshiKiller2S used a website called PhonicMind.com (a website that can professionally isolate vocals and instrumentals from any song) to remove the vocals from a different officially released take with vocals, leaving the full instrumental. With the take used in YoshiKiller's instrumental being different from the one in the documentary, it has some differences. Still, so far, it's currently the closest the public has to the full original instrumental. However, it was taken down due to copyright issues.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The officially released alternate 1983 demo take with vocals (Swing Of Things bonus CD).
The 2015 Remaster of the demo (Hunting High And Low Deluxe Edition).
0:10 The snippet of the instrumental take that is available to the public (Talking from documentary removed with Audacity).
YoshiKiller's unofficial instrumental of the demo's 2015 remaster (audio only).
The full documentary mentioned, containing the small portion of the demo.

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