East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A-ha East of the Sun West of the Moon.jpg
Studio album by A-ha
Released 27 October 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 42:46
Label Warner Bros. 9 26314-2
Producer Christopher Neil, Ian Stanley
A-ha chronology
Stay on These Roads
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Memorial Beach
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
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon is the fourth album by the Norwegian band A-ha. Released in 1990, it was something of a departure from their earlier radio friendly sound to a darker, moodier tone. The album was named after a Norwegian fairy tale. It reached number 1 in the band's native Norway and was Top 20 in various European countries and Japan. It was co-produced by Ian Stanley, formerly of the band Tears For Fears.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
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
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
  • "The Way We Talk" features Magne Furuholmen on lead vocals.

Deluxe edition (2015)[edit]

Disc 2:
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
1."The Sun Always Shines on T.V." 
2."Cry Wolf" 
3."I Call Your Name" 
4."Slender Frame" 
6."Scoundrel Days" 
7."Rolling Thunder" 
8."I've Been Losing You" 
9."Early Morning" 
10."Take On Me" 

Chart positions[edit]


Chart Peak
Austria Austrian Albums Chart[1] 23
Canada Canadian Albums Chart[2] 37
Netherlands Dutch Albums Chart 20
Finland Finnish Albums Chart 40
France French Albums Chart 15
Germany German Albums Chart[citation needed] 6
Hungary Hungarian Albums Chart 19
Italy Italian Albums Chart 18
Japan Japanese Albums Chart 20
Norway Norwegian Albums Chart[3] 1
Sweden Swedish Albums Chart[4] 35
Switzerland Swiss Albums Chart[5] 16
United Kingdom UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
France (SNEP)[6] 74



None of the singles from the album had any exclusive B-sides or remixes. Instead, each contained three tracks; the A-side, another track from the album, and one of the band's past hits.

"Crying in the Rain"
  1. "Crying in the Rain" – 4:25
  2. "(Seemingly) Nonstop July" – 2:55
  3. "Cry Wolf" – 4:05
"I Call Your Name"
  1. "I Call Your Name" – 4:52
  2. "The Way We Talk" – 1:31
  3. "The Blood That Moves the Body" – 4:05
"Early Morning"
  1. "Early Morning" – 2:59
  2. "East of the Sun" – 4:47
  3. "Train of Thought" – 4:11



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jørun Bøgeberg – bass guitar
  • Per Hillestad – drums
  • Chris Hughes – drums
  • Phil Todd – saxophone
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
Year Name Chart Peak
1990 "Crying in the Rain" Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 21
UK Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Irish Singles Chart[citation needed] 8
French Singles Chart[16] 11
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
1990 "I Call Your Name" French Singles Chart[16] 45
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 37
1991 "Early Morning" Irish Singles Chart[citation needed] 29
German Singles Chart[citation needed] 52


  1. ^ Austrian Album Chart Cited 26 March 2008
  2. ^ "Canadian Album Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  3. ^ Norwegian Albums Chart Archived 2009-01-29 at the Wayback Machine., Cited 26 March 2008
  4. ^ Swedish Album Chart Archived 2016-01-28 at the Wayback Machine., Cited 26 March 2008
  5. ^ Swiss album Chart page on Start Something in various European charts, Cited 26 March 2008
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  7. ^ "Norwegian certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  8. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('Hunting High and Low')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  9. ^ "Brazilian certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Hunting High and Low')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  11. ^ "French certifications – Hunting High and Low" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Norwegian Singles Chart". VG-lista. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  14. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  16. ^ a b "French Singles Chart". Palmares. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2008-03-07.