Often regarded as Agnetha's best studio album. It's certainly the one that she put the most effort into.
Aggie produced the album
( remember this was 1975 when woman did not generally produce their own records) and she wrote
most of the music, Bosse Carlgren wrote most of the lyrics based on themes and dummy lyrics put together for the songs by
ELVA took a long time to record partly due to Agnetha'swork with ABBA. Thus there is a four year gap
between ELVA and Aggie's previous studio album.
The album 's title translates to "Eleven Woman in One Building".
An actual Stockholm
building was pictured on the back cover.
Each of the 11 songs tells the story of
one of the
eleven woman living in the building pictured on the cover.
This alvum includes the Swedish versions of two Abba tracks-"SOS"
and "Disillusion" which somehow becomes "Mina Ogon" here. Also included here is"Gulleput" a
Swedish version of "Golliwog" . Golliwog was the B-side of 1974 non-album single "Here For Your Love' ."
Here for you love" was the English version of "Tio Mil Kvar Till Korpilombolo" . "Tio Mil ..." was
released as a non-album B-side in 1973. Yes it can all be very confusing.
Some of the more memorable tracks on ELVA
are "Doktorn" which has a beat and you can dance to it: " Dar Hom Glut" and the lovely "Tacks for
OOPS! Actually ,the title of that last song is "Tack For En Underbar vanlig Dag". The album
closes interestingly with
"Visa i attonde manaden " (Song in the Eight Month).
A play was adapted from
the album and performed in Stockholm at the Improvision Teater ( that's the Swedish spelling) in 1997.
With the exception
of SOS and Frida's backing vocals on "Var det Med dej"
the other ABBA members had very little to do with this
album. This album was originally released on Lp by CBS-Cupol in late 1975 . It was only released in Scandanavia.
this album hasn't been reissued
on CD as of yet.
Track listing :
S.O.S. /En egen trädgård/
Tack för en underbar, vanlig dag/
Gulleplutt /Är du som han?/ Och
han väntar på mig /Doktorn! /Mina ögon /Dom har glömt /Var det med dej? /Visa i åttonde månaden
ELVA KVINNOR details
* Released on Lp (Scandanavia only) December 1, 1975
* Produced by Agnetha Faltsksog
by Michael Tretow
* Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden 1974-1975
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