Take On Me

By
Pal Waataar & Magne Furuholmne
Arranged
John Murray
Price
£ 20.00 

Take On Me is a song by Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The song combines synth-pop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums. It is considered to be the band's signature song

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium  
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit

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Take On Me is a song by Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The original version was produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff. A new version was released in 1985, produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album Hunting High and Low (1985). The song combines synth-pop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums. It is considered to be the band's signature song. The original Take On Me took three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985. In the USA, it became the only A-ha song to top the Billboard Hot 100, assisted by wide exposure on MTV of its innovative music video, directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a live-action pencil-sketch sequence. The video won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. The song originated (under the title Miss Eerie) from Pal Waaktaar's and Magne Furuholmen's previous band Bridges. After Bridges disbanded, Waaktaar and Furuholmen relocated to London to try their hand in the music industry there, but after six months returned to Norway. They were then joined by singer Morten Harket and began working on demos including a new version of Miss Eerie which was re-named Lesson One and then which evolved into Take On Me.

A-ha were formed in Oslo in 1982. Founded by Pal Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars), and Morten Harket (vocals). They achieved their biggest success with their debut album Hunting High and Low in 1985. The band has released ten studio albums, several compilations and four live albums. During 2010, The band earned an estimated 40 million Pounds Sterling from concert tickets, merchandise and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest-grossing bands in the world. The band were also listed in the Guinness World Records book for having the biggest-paying rock concert attendance after they drew an audience of 198,000 at the Maracana Stadium during Rock in Rio festival in 2010.


“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

Rodney Newton
Composer, arranger and music journalist

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

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Lyndon Chapman
“Simply some of the most exciting and triumphant brass playing I have ever heard!”

“One of the all time great brass recordings OF ALL TIME”

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist and Musical Director, BBC Big Band

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