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Released: May 1, 1988

Rating: 3.050 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: synth pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Stay on These Roads
  2. The Blood That Moves the Body
  3. Touchy!
  4. This Alone Is Love
  5. Hurry Home
  6. The Living Daylights
  7. There’s Never a Forever Thing
  8. Out of Blue Comes Green
  9. You Are the One
  10. You’ll End Up Crying


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 200,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 148
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Living Daylights (7/4/87) #5 UK
  • Stay on These Roads (3/26/88) #5 UK
  • The Blood That Moves the Body (6/18/88) #25 UK
  • Touchy! (8/27/88) #11 UK
  • You Are the One (12/3/88) #13 UK

Stay on These Roads
“A-ha’s recording career hit the skids in America with its third release. But in the U.K., the album became the group’s third straight to peak at number two, though it charted for a shorter period than the first two albums, and there were four Top 25 hits” (Ruhlmann), including the “1987 theme from the James Bond movie The Living Daylights” (Ruhlmann). “Even in a country with a demonstrated affection for Scandinavians, however (remember ABBA?), that was a fall-off, if the decline was more gradual, and three albums in, a-ha wasn’t demonstrating any development from its first hit, just more of the same and a little less distinctive” (Ruhlmann).

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previous album: Scoundrel Days (1988) next album: East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990)

Last updated January 18, 2009.