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

Their most famous song, "Take On Me" was originally known to have gone through several different variations before it became the song we all know today, a majority the earlier versions have been released in some form. However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005, which gives us a brief snippet of a demo that has never seen the light of day.

This demo was recorded in 1983, it's unknown where it was recorded (possibly the Rendezvous studio or Nærsnes studio where a-ha recorded several other demos around the same time [1]) and it sounds a good amount different compared to the officially released take. It's unknown if there was a version done which contained vocals from Morten or not, although it is definitely possible.

Availability

An official release of this demo is entirely plausible, with a-ha having released multiple deluxe sets for Hunting High And Low as well as a compilation of pre-1985 demos in the past. It is also possible that it has leaked into traders' circles in the past[2], many bootlegged demos have been going around for a very long time now.

In November of 2019, a YouTube channel called "Pacalo" uploaded an instrumental take of the officially released 1983 demo alongside another unreleased demo. When asked where he got these, he responded with this.

"Let´s say that I was on the righ(t) place at the righ(t) moment, and thanks to that I got many unreleased A-ha stuff years ago. I´ll be sharing some of it if I see that this stuff is appreciated on the channel!!"

Since then, he has posted another unreleased demo take. Currently LMW user Spida is in contact with him to figure out what tracks he may or may not have.

Gallery

0:10 The snippet of the instrumental take that is available to the public (Talking from documentary removed with Audacity).
The officially released alternate 1983 demo take with vocals (Swing Of Things/The Demo Tapes CD).
The alternate instrumental version leaked online, rediscovered by YouTube user Pacolo.

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