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Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,299MI6 Agent
I know that John Barry found his collaboration with a-ha on 'The Living Daylights' a frustrating experience, but the end result is pretty good. Barry pulled rank on a final arrangement for the title track. I have to say, though, that a-ha's own preferred arrangement at the time, which they included on their 1988 album 'Stay On These Roads', grows on me more and more: it's highly Bondian but, to my ear, synthesises that Bondian quality with 80s clubland appeal more smoothly/danceably: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bqITfmVdUI
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,301Chief of Staff
    I've always preferred the version with Barry's orchestra, but the a-ha arrangement has its own appeal.
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,399MI6 Agent
    edited July 2020
    I too prefer the A-ha version of the song much more, but what do I know? :D

    For all A-ha fans out there, I have been waiting for the slow unplugged version of „Take on me“ ( heard it from a private radio gig ) for 30 years and I‘ve had tears in my eyes when I‘ve seen this:


    And that one is even better

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  • Shady TreeShady Tree London, UKPosts: 2,299MI6 Agent
    edited July 2020
    Great slow versions of the big hits. Enough to bring tears to the misty eyes of fans, for sure! :007)

    On the alternative versions of TLD, Barry's arrangement with orchestra and strings was certainly stronger and better for the film and the official Bond album - but a-ha's version worked more smoothly as contemporary pop and the boys seemed somehow to relish their vocal performance on that one a tad more.
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