(Seemingly) Non-stop July

East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A-ha East of the Sun West of the Moon.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 October 1990 (1990-10-27)
Recorded1989–1990
Genre
Length45:48
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
A-ha chronology
Stay on These Roads
(1988)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
(1990)
Memorial Beach
(1993)
Singles from East of the Sun, West of the Moon
  1. "Crying in the Rain"
    Released: 1 October 1990
  2. "I Call Your Name"
    Released: 3 December 1990
  3. "Early Morning"
    Released: 25 February 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyD+[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide2/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the fourth studio album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha.[6] It was released on 27 October 1990 by Warner Bros. Records. Named after a Norwegian fairy tale, the album was something of a departure from the band's earlier radio-friendly sound to a darker, moodier tone. It peaked at number one in the band's native Norway and reached top 20 in various European countries and Japan. It was co-produced by Ian Stanley, formerly of the band Tears for Fears.

Critical reception[]

Entertainment Weekly wrote that "symphonic piano grandeur and alternating blues/metal/flamenco/funk additives collapse beneath the bloated synthesizer slush."[3]

AllMusic wrote: "This is a nicely crafted collection of songs, performed and sung beautifully, with lots of echoes and suggestions tucked into the music. While not an album one can discuss at length, it's an album that's a pleasure to listen to and one that deserves a better reception than the one, unfortunately, that it seems to have gotten."[1]

Track listing[]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Crying in the Rain"Howard Greenfield, Carole KingChris Neil4:25
2."Early Morning"Pål Waaktaar, Magne FuruholmenIan Stanley2:59
3."I Call Your Name"P. Waaktaar, FuruholmenNeil4:54
4."Slender Frame"P. Waaktaar, FuruholmenNeil3:42
5."East of the Sun"P. WaaktaarStanley4:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
6."Sycamore Leaves"P. WaaktaarNeil5:22
7."Waiting for Her"P. Waaktaar, FuruholmenStanley4:49
8."Cold River"P. Waaktaar, Lauren SavoyNeil4:40
9."The Way We Talk"FuruholmenStanley1:30
10."Rolling Thunder"P. Waaktaar, FuruholmenNeil5:43
11."(Seemingly) Nonstop July"P. WaaktaarStanley2:55

2015 Deluxe ion[]

Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Early Morning" (early version) 
2."East of the Sun" (early version) 
3."I Call Your Name" (instrumental demo) 
4."Slender Frame" (demo) 
5."Waiting for Her" (demo) 
6."Cold River" (demo) 
7."Trees Will Not Grow on the Sand" (demo) 
8."Rolling Thunder" (demo) 
9."I Call Your Name" (NRK live) 
10."Manhattan Skyline" (NRK live) 
11."Early Morning" (NRK live) 
12."Slender Frame" (NRK live) 
13."Rolling Thunder" (NRK live) 
14."Sycamore Leaves" (NRK live) 
15."Crying in the Rain" (NRK live) 
16."East of the Sun" (NRK live) 
17."(Seemingly) Nonstop July" (NRK live) 
18."I've Been Losing You" (NRK live) 
DVD: Live in South America
No.TitleLength
1."The Sun Always Shines on T.V." 
2."Cry Wolf" 
3."I Call Your Name" 
4."Slender Frame" 
5."Touchy!" 
6."Scoundrel Days" 
7."Rolling Thunder" 
8."I've Been Losing You" 
9."Early Morning" 
10."Take On Me" 
11."Crs" 

Personnel[]

A-ha

Additional musicians

Charts[]

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[22] Gold 100,000*
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[25] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Silver 60,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise ed.). United Kingdom: Omnibus Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7.
  3. ^ a b "East of the Sun, West of the Moon". EW.com.
  4. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 9.
  6. ^ "a-ha | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Response from ARIA re: a-ha ARIA chart history, received 22 December 2017". Retrieved 9 December 2020 – via Imgur.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1467". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  11. ^ "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7 no. 46. 17 November 1990. p. VIII. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  12. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 7 February 2019. Select "A-HA" from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  14. ^ a〜haのアルバム売り上げランキング [a-ha album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – a-ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2020. 42. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  20. ^ "European Top 100 Albums – 1991" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 51/52. 21 December 1991. p. 24. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1991" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – A-ha – East of the Sun" (in Portuguese). Pro-Música Brasil. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Aha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 4 December 1990. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (A-ha; 'East of the Sun')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  25. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (A-ha; 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  26. ^ "British album certifications – A Ha – East of the Sun, West of the Moon". British Phonographic Industry. 9 November 1990. Retrieved 7 February 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type East of the Sun, West of the Moon in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.