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ABBA -THE ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR THE 1960's

PLUS AS A SPECIAL BONUS- BJORN'S AMAZING INCREDIBLE SOLO CAREER!!!!

All original ABBA and ABBA solo releases, are listed here, by year of release, the order of release within each year is approximate. Albums are listed by country of orgin, unless they were released widely throughout the world. The most recent available format of release (LP or CD) is what is listed and is what has been reviewed. Singles are listed only if they include non album tracks. Multi-artist collections are usually not listed unless they include tracks not available elsewhere. Bootleg LP's or CD's are not included in this listing. Albums are listed in chronological order as much as possible...Related artists are included when it is deemed relevant or convenient to do so...

1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

 1964

In 1964 only one of the four future members of ABBA was recording-Björn and his folk group the Hootenanny Singers.The only other ABBA related recordings done prior to this time were recordings that ABBA manager Stig Anderson did in the fifties and sixties , either as a singing duo or as a songwriter...

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers 1964 Swedish LP 

Hootenanny Singers-Lincolnsvisa & others Swedish EP August 1964
Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1964 Swedish LP

Hootenanny Singer Swedish markert singles 1964-1975

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers February ? 1964 Swedish LP

This is the first album ever recorded by an ABBA member. It is also the Hootz's debut album. The Hootenanny Singers included Björn Ulvaeus,
Tony Roth , Johan Karlberg and Hansi Swartz.
They all sang and played instruments,though
some times studio musicians played on their records.
Oddly, Hansi Swartz was a German national.
The other three Hootz were Swedish folk.

The group was not always a full time pursuit ,the boyz
went to college, the army and did other jobs during the group's lifespan.
The group started life in 1963 in Vastervik,
Sweden as the West Bay Singers but Stig Anderson changed their name to the Hootenanny Singers when he signed them up to be Polar Records' first act.

It may surprise one a little that the Hootenanny Singers were actually one of only a few Polar Music's acts in the 1960's/ The Polar record label was actually rather small and only issued five or ten albums a year.A large part of Stig's reputation as "MR.BIZ" was built not on the sucess of Polar records, but on Stig's numerous Swedish translations of foreign hit song lyrics, To get the Swedish rights to American and English songs Stig had to develop a whole series of important international contacts...

Their first album features some songs in English. But Stig encouraged them to emphasize Swedish language folk music.
The Hootenanny's first album included their first
hit " Jag Vantar Vid Min Mila" (a updated Dan Andersson song which supposedly translates to "I'm Waiting For You at the Charcoal Kiln")
It's a surprisingly powerful debut single.
A harmonica is featured prominently!
Some English folk songs were included on
the Hootz debut were -songs such as " Little Light Of Mine" ,"Spanish Is The Loving Tongue" "Bonnie Ship The Diamond" ,"Kevin Berry "
and there is even a song in Spanish ("Ave Maria No Morro").

SIDE ONE

FROGG  /JAG VÄNTAR VID MIN MILA 
ANN-MARGRET  /HEM IGEN  /GODNATTSAGA 
EN BALLAD OM FRANSKA KUNGENS SPELMÄN 

SIDE TWO

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MIND  /SPANISH IS THE LOVING TONGUE/ 
AVE MARIA NO MORRO  /BONNIE SHIP THE DIAMOND /
KEVIN BERRY  /HEY LILEY LILEY LO 

Hootenanny Singers-Hem Egan, Lincolnsvisa & others SwedishEP August1964

This was the Hootenanny's second of about eight Swedish Extended Play discs, I don't normally include EP's in the this narrative .But, Unlike most of their EP's this one includes two non-album tracks... Those tracks are "This Land Is Your Land" and "Lincolnsvisa" both of these tracks feature a guest appearence by Swedish folk singer Lasse Frosterud,. All of the Hootz's Ep's have about four songs apiece and Hootz seemed to have stopped releasing Ep's in late 1967..

Lincolnsvisa/This Land Is Your Land/Hem Igen/Godnattsaga

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album)November 1964 Swedish LP

This includes the single "Gabrille" which reached #5 on the Swedish sales charts.. "Gabrille" was recorded in six languages. (For example, it was recorded in Finnish-and became a minor hit there... ) All of the songs on this LP are in Swedish , other songs featured include
"I Lunden Gröna " and "Darling". One interesting coincidence to note here is that like Bjorn ,Agnetha Faltskog also did not bother to come up with specific titles for her first two albums.

SIDE ONE

GABRIELLE 
LERA  OCH  STEN 

KÖRSBÄR  UTAN  KÄRNOR 
I  LUNDEN  GRÖNA 
DÄR  SKALL  JAG  BO 
ÄLVENS  MÖRKA  STRAND 
SIDE TWO

DEN  GYLLENE  FREGATT 
EN  MOR  - LA  MAMMA 
ÖSREGNET 
STANNA  EN  STUND 
MIN  GRÖNA  DAL 
DaRLING 

 Hootenanny Singers' Swedish market singles 1964-1975

1964

Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila/Ann Margret
Darlin'/Bonnie Ship The Diamond

 

1965
Den Gyllene Fregatt/Där Skall Jag Bo
Britta/Den Sköna Helen
Solola/Björkens Visa
Britta/Solola

1966

No Time/Time To Move Along
Marianne/Vid En Biväg Till En Byväg Bor Den Blonda Beatrice
Baby, Those Are The Rules/Through Darkness Light


1967

En Sång En Gång För Länge Sen/Det Är Skönt Att Vara Hemma Igen
Blomman/En Man Och En Kvinna
En Gång Är Ingen Gång/Du Eller Igen
Mrs. O'Grady/The Fugitive
Början Till Slutet/Adjö, Farväl

1968

Den Dagen Den Sorgen/Sång Och Musik
Så Länge Du Älskar Är Du Ung/Vilken Lycka Att Hålla Dej I Hand
Mårten Gås/Du Ska Bara Tro På Hälften
Måltidssång/Till Fader Berg Rörande Fiolen
Elenore/Fåfängans Marknad 1

1969
Den Som Lever Får Se/Så Länge Jag Lever
Om Jag Kunde Skriva En Visa/Casanova
Vinden Sjunger Samma Sång/Hem Till De Mina

1970
Ring Ring, Här Är Svensktoppsjuryn/Lev Som Du Lär
I Fjol Så Gick Jag Med Herrarna I Hagen/Älvsborgsvisan
Rose Marie/Elin Och Herremannen
En Visa Vill Jag Sjunga Som Handlar Om Min Lilla Vän/Spelmansvisa

1971
Aldrig Mer/Lilla Vackra Anna
Hjärtets Saga/Jungman Jansson
Tess Lördan/Rosen och Fjärilen

1972
Tiden/Ida & Frida & Anne-Marie
Där Björkana Susa/Calle Schewens Vals

1973

Om Aftonen/Till Min Syster

1974
Ingrid Dardels Polska/Brittisk Ballad

1975
Vals I VaLParaiso/Sjösala Vals
Fritiof Anderssons Paradmarsch/Linnea

 1965

1965 brought forth Benny's first work with the Swedish rock group the Hep Stars as well as continued releases from Björn's Hootenanny Singers

Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube 1965 Swedish LP

 THE HOOTENANNY SINGERS -FOREIGN LANGUAGE SINGLES 1964-1967
The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC 1965 Available on Swedish Cd
The Heps Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-1965 Available on Swedish CD

Hep Stars SINGLES 1964-1969

Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube April 1965 Swedish LP

Evert Taube (1890-1976) was one of Sweden's
greatest songwriters , Taube was the subject of
two albums by the Hootz. This was their first
album of Taube songs. This features the
hit "Den Skona Helen" which has a bit of Country music feel to it. Hootenanny Singers expert, Karl Van views this as one of the Hootz best albums.

This album was released on CD ,but the CD is out of print..

  Britta (Soldatvisa) / Här Är Den Sköna Sommar/ 
Den Gyllene Fågeln (Bröllopsresan till Barcelona) 

Solola/ 
Min Älskade Hon Gick Sig I Min Lustgård 
Den Sköna Helen  (Flican i Peru) 

 Anna Bella Mirafior  /Telegrafisten Anton Hanssons Vals 
En Håttespeleman 
/Första Torpet  /September  Tango Rosa 

 THE HOOTENANNY SINGERS -FOREIGN LANGUAGE SINGLES 1964-1967

The Hootz released the 1964 recording "Gabrielle" in six different languages. I can think of no other ABBA related song that had been recorded in so many different languages by the same artist...This was all part of Stig Anderson's largely unsuccessful efforts to break the Hootenanny Singers internationally...

 FOREIGN LANGUAGE RECORDINGS found on only singles
Gabrielle (Gabrielle in Dutch)/Noorderwind,Zuiderwind (Dutch, Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila)
Gabriella (Gabrielle in Italian)/Fermati In Me (Italian, Stanna En Stund)
Gabrielle (Gabrielle in English)/Darling

Gabrielle (Finnish)/La Mamma(Spanish)

Denk´ daran (Gabrielle in German)/La Mamma

They also released this other German language single

Wenn alle Ströme versiegen/Nimm dein Banjo dir zur Hand Time To Move Along in German)

And these two other Finnish language singles...
Gabrielle (Finnish)/La Mamma(Spanish)
Katjusha (Finnish)/Britta Fontana
Marianne (Finnish)/Just The Way You Are

On the Hootenanny albums of course you will find lots of song recorded in English and a few in other languages...

SOURCE -ABBAVAN's HOOTENANNY SINGERS WEBSITE

The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC October 1965 Available on Swedish Cd

That's Caddy-lack.
Benny Andersson joined the Hep Stars in October 1964 .They had made just one single (Kana Kapila) with their first organist , Hasse Ostlund. For this, their debut album , the Hep Stars would feature Svenne Hedlund on Lead Vocals, Janne Frisk on Guitar and backing Vocals ,Benny on Keyboards, Christer Pettersson on drums and Lelle Hegland on Bass. The group's early record are more group efforts - Benny and Svenne do not dominate the group as much as they would on the later records.

The group hit it big in Sweden right after Benny joined. A raucus Who-like TV debut on Marhc 23, 1965 would heLP the group top Sweden's charts with the songs " Farmer John", "Cadillac",and "Bald Headed Woman" and hit the top five with "Tribute to Buddy Holly". All of which can found on the CD version of this, the Hep Stars first album.

"Cadillac" is powerful and "Bald Headed Woman" shows what Benny can do with a Hammond Organ. Most of the songs are covers of American and English songs. This album also features Benny's first released composition; a Kinks like rocker (with bad lyrics), called "No Response". "No Response" was supposedly the last song recorded for the album. This album was released by EMI-Sweden's Olga label,

Original album- Cadillac, Be my baby, That's when your heartaches begin, Send me some lovin', Young and beautiful, Rockin' love, No response, I'll never quite get over you, Sweet little sixteen, Oh! Carol, Then she (he) kissed me, Bald headed woman

CD Bonus tracks: Kana Kapila, I got a woman, A tribute to Buddy Holly, Bird dog, If you need me, Summertime blues, Farmer John, Donna

.The Hep Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-December 1965 Available on Swedish CD

KRILLE! JANNE! LELLE! BENNY! SVENNE!-THE HEP STAARS! That's how this album starts.
A very Swedish announcer pronounces all the Hep Stars names with same ending syllable, (Krill-lee was the nickname of the Heps' drummer -Christian Peterson. )

ON STAGE is a highly vigorous live album recorded on the Swedish folk park circuit in the summer of 1965. The early Hep Stars were not known for restraint on stage. The fan screaming on here is not manufactured and not totally without some justification. This album is more exciting
than ABBA's live album, albeit, with far worse material and musicianship.

Most of the material played here are covers -a limitation which had drove Benny to write material for the group. Benny mainly plays electric organ here.
At one point Svenne asks the Swedish audience to "Clap Your Hands" but he does it in English, as if saying such things in Swedish wouldn't be cool.

All the recent CD reissues of Hep Stars albums include non album A and B sides
as bonus tracks. The bonus tracks here include "So Mystifying" (the Kinks song), the single
version of "Cadillac" and" Should I" (originally by Chad and Jeremy) ." Should I" blindsides with a blistering organ solo that comes at 1:33 into the track.

Although this is good live album, it is of less interest to ABBA fans simply because there is only one song written by Benny to be found here.

 1. Cadillac    
2. What'd I Say    
3. Donna    
4. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes For?    
5. So Mystifying    
6. Only You    
7. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck    
8. Surfin Bird    
9. Tallahasse Lassie    
10. No Response

 11. If You Need Me    
12. Farmer John    
13. Bald Headed Woman    
14. Whole Lot-Ta Shak-In Goin On

Bonus tracks    
15. Cadillac (Singleversion)    
16. Mashed Potatoes    
17. Lonesome Town    
18. Rented Tuxedo    
19. So Mystifying    
20. Should I

    Hep Stars SINGLES 1964-1969 with highest Svenkstoppen chart position if any...
 1964  Kana Kapila/I Got A Woman
 1965

A Tribute To Buddy Holly/Bird Dog #5

Summertime Blues/If You Need Me

Farmer John/ Donna #1

Cadillac/Mashed Potatoes #1

Bald Headed Woman/Lonesome Town

No Response/ Rented Tuxedo #2

So Mystifying/ Young And Beautiful #5

Should I/ I'll Never Quite Get Over You #2

 1966

 Sunny Girl/ Hawaii #1

Wedding/When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again#1

I natt Jag Dromde/Jag Vet #2

Consolation /Dont #1

 1967

 Malaika/It's Nice To Be Back Again #1

Christmas on My Mind/Jingle Bells

Mot okänt land/Nagonting Har Hant #1

She Will Love You/ Like You Used To Do#7

 1968

 It's Been A Long Long Time/Musty dusty #14

Det Finns En Stad/sagan Om Lilla Sofi #4

Let it Be Me (studio vers.)/Groovy Summertime #4(studio vers.)

I Sagans Land/Tanda PA Varaan #3

 1969

 Holiday For Clowns/Flower in My Garden

Speleman/Precis Som all Andra #10

Speedy Gonzales/Är det inte kärlek/ säg? #2

 1966

1966 saw the birth of Björn and Benny's writing partnership in the song "Isn't it Easy To Say", as well as some rapid sophistication in the work of both the Hootenanny's and the Hep Stars.

Hootenanny Singers-International 1966 Swedish LP
The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars 1966 Available on Swedish CD.
Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Swedish LP

 

.Hootenanny Singers-International Early 1966 Swedish LP

Our Björn and his boyz went off to London here to record a
few tracks and to take in the scene. Yes. some of the songs here were actually recorded in London... The resulting album includes the key song, " No Time " -Björn's first important composition in English (though supposedly he had heLP from a Martin Dean on the songs' socially conscious lyrics. ) Benny's band the Hep Stars would also record "No Time".. Others songs in English include "Time To Move
Along" ,and "In the Darkness of My night".
The major Swedish song here was "Björkens Visa "(Song of the Birch Tree).

SIDE 1


Björkens Visa 
Små Nära Ting 

Vildandens Klagan 
Finns Det Liv Så Finns Det Hopp 
Lili - Marleen 
En Festling Dag  (It`s good news week) 
SIDE 2

No Time 
Wenn Alle Ströme Versiegen 
Time To Move Along 
Fermati In Me  (Stanna en stund) 
In The Darkness Of My Night 
La Mamma 

Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces Late 1966 Swedish LP

There you go a translation in the actual album title. The cover features two nearly identical photos of the boyz, one serious , one relaxed.


The songs on side one are in Swedish and on
side two are in English. The English titles include "Through Darkness Light"(written and produced by Manfred Mann's Mike 'D'Abo) ,"Just The Way That You Are" , "The Long Black Veil" as well as two more famous songs-"Baby, those Are The Rules" and Benny Andersson's song-"Sunny Girl".

This album includes Björn's chauvinistic but,
tongue in cheek pop song "Baby Those Are The Rules". Like lots of Hootz records "...Rules" features a lot of harmonica. The lyrics on "Baby ..." were written by American producer Sandy Alexander. It was a hit in Sweden.

This album also has a version of Benny's song
"Sunny Girl" as well as Benny's first appearence playing together on record with Björn on the song "Blomman"(The Flower). Benny's organ takes over the record on "Blomman". One of the best of the remaining songs on the album,
was Björn's composition-"In Thoughts of You". , Bjorn was preparing for the day when he could have a solo career.

The big hit on the album was actually one of the Swedish tracks-"Björkens Visa"..

MANY FACES and it's predecessor INTERNATIONAL are probably the two most important Hootz albums in terms of Bjorn's ambitions to have a international career but strangely they have not been chosen to be rereleased on CD. However you can get five of the songs from Many Faces on the Basta hits collection..

Side A

1.Blomman
2.Marianne
3.Vid Roines Strand
4.Vid En Bivåg Till En Byvåg Bor Den Blonda Beatrice
5.En Man Och En Kvinna
6.Tänk Dej De' Att Du Och Jag Var Mej


Side B

1.Through Darkness Light
2.Sunny Girl
3.In Thoughts Of You
4.Just The Way That You Are
5.The Long Black Veil
6.Baby Those Are The Rules

The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars December 1966 Available on Swedish CD.

An important album! The Hep stars have a slightly mellower sound here. This is probably the most consistently good Hep Stars album and probably the best ABBA related studio album of the 1960's.

This is where Benny emerges here for first time as a full fledged songwriter and his talent is already blossoming. The CD version of this has seven songs written by Benny and or Björn. (Five of which were on the original LP.) The first song Björn and Benny ever wrote together the exquisite "Isn't It Easy To say is here.

The oft-told legend has it that "Isn't It Easy to Say" was written in the office of Björn's father's papermill after Björn and Benny had met at a party in Vastervik that both the Hep Stars and the Hootenanny's attended.

A real standout track is one of Benny's solo compositions a #2 Swedish hit called "Consolation" -"Consolation" is seemingly the lament of a dead (or metaphorically dead) lover . Benny's organ melds well with the band here.
The song's chorus hook soars to the sky on the
strength of the band performance.

Benny also wrote the haunting classically
influenced "Sound of Eve" which features some lovely piano and actual birdsong (A promo bio of Benny at the time indicates that Benny already had developed an interest in bird-watching). The backing vocals on "Sound of Eve' are ambitious.

Two of the most famous Hep Stars
songs are here. The Hep Stars biggest
international hit-"Sunny Girl"(written by Benny)
is found here as a bonus track.
The other famous songs is "Wedding" a wedding march written by Benny and Svenne that later was played by Benny at Björn and Agnetha's wedding. in July 1971.

The Hep Stars version of the Hootenanny Singers
hit "No Time ' is done here at a less sleepy pace than the Hootz's original. The best of the non-Benny compositions is the anti-war song "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" which like a lot of songs here has some solid three (or more) part harmony on which Svenne sings with Janne and Benny.The Swedish version of the same song can also be found here. (The Hep Stars often did English and Swedish versions of the same song).

All in all ,this album stands up well against albums by British and American artists of the time.
It is a must have for students of the songwriting of Björn and Benny.

No time (Ulvaeus-Dean)
The birds in the sky (Bjarenas)
Consolation (Andersson)
Easy to fool (Ost-Himmelstrand)
Sound of eve ( Andersson)
Isn't it easy to Say (Andersson-Ulvaeus)
Lady, lady (Andersson)
Last night I had the strangest dream (MCurdy)
Morning comes after night (Bjarenas)
I've said it all before (Martin-Morrow-Arnold)
Wedding( Andersson-Hedlund)

Tracks not on original LP but added to CD reissue-

Sunny girl (Andersson)
Hawaii (Wilson)
When my blue moon turns to gold again (Sullivan-Walker)
I natt jag drömde (McCurdy-Vreeswijk)
Jag vet (lindeman-Stutz)
Don't (Lieber-Stoller)
Malaika (Mdawida)
It's nice to be back Again(Andersson)

Benny Andersson Singles for Hep House label 1966

Benny Andersson produced or co-produced a few singles for Hep House -the Hep Stars vanity label imprint - Among them were MARBLE BREAKS AND "IRON BENDS / FEVER by the Dee Jays and "Puff the magic dragon" /"This land is your land by the ' Fabulous Four."..The Hep House label fell apart when the Hep Stars finances fell apart....

 

 1967

In late 1967 both Agnetha and Frida began recording, though Agnetha's work wouldn't make it unto a album till 1968 and Frida's till 1971.

Hootenanny Singers-Civila 1967 Swedish LP
Hootenanny Singers-Basta 1967 Swedish LP

Northern Lights-GABRILLE mid 1960's American LP
Frida's early recording career 1967-1970
The Hep Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars 1967 Swedish LP Issued on CD November 2001

 

Hootenanny Singers-Civila -Mid to Late 1967 Swedish LP

The title means civilians, a reference to the the fact that three of the Hootz had to do a their tour of duty in the Swedish army between June 1966 and June 1967.. This album has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is
a cover of "There Goes My Everything" an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of. Covers of country songs would be
become a major part of the Hootz repretoire in the later 1960's.

This has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is
a cover of "There Goes My Everything" an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of.

The Hootz return largely to a Swedish repretoire on this album with songs such as"Början Till Slutet ", "Marie-Christina" ," Laura (Vad Är Den Han Har Som Fattas Mej) "and " Mårten Gås ". " Mårten Gås "is a fairly good song made by the strange by lead vocals of the Hootz's
grizzled roadie .

For some reason the 1967 Hootz single Mrs. O'Grady/The Fugitive was recorded around the time but not included as part of the album.

SIDE ABörjan Till Slutet
Du Ska Bara Tro På Hälften 

Marie - Christina 
Sång Och Musik 
Den Dagen Den Sorgen 
LAURA 
SIDE BAdjö, Farväl 
Du Eller Igen 
Silver Och Guld Och Gröna Skogar 
Mårten Gås 

En Gång Är Ingen Gång 

Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis 1967 Swedish LP Also issued on CD in 1995

I believe this is the only solo album for the Hep Stars lead singer . Of course I could be wrong.... Elvis covers were in fact , a Svenne Hedlund specialty.

As far, as I know Benny does not play on this album, but I don't really dont know.

Hep Stars-Oh, The Hep Stars, Europa Film C 6405, 1967 Swedish Reel to
Reel Tape


The Hep Stars released this collection of oldies on reel to reel in
you guessed it in 1967.
1. When My Blue Moon Turns
2. Be My Baby
3. Then She Kissed Me
4. Send Me Some Lovin
5. I`ll Never Quite Get Over You/Don`t
6. Jag Vet
7. Sweet Little Sixteen
8. Lonesome Town
9. Bald Headed Woman
10. Oh,Carol
11. Sunny Girl
12. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.. ..

Northern Lights-GABRILLE 1967 ?American and British LP

Björn was the first of the eventual- members of ABBA to have
an album released in America. The Hootennany
Singers released this album under the name
Northern Lights . It includes songs
from the first few Hootenanny Singers albums.

Strangly Swedish language tracks were chosen,even though English language tracks were available, Not surprisingly, the album didn't go anywhere- but it does exist. I have seen it with thine eyes!
(Thank you, Bob Eber!)

I list 1967 as the date of release but I forget where I got that!

SIDE ONE

Gabrielle 
Finns Det Liv Så Finns Det Hopp 

Björkens Visa 
I Lunden Gröna 
Vid En Biväg Till En Byväg Bor Den Blonda Beatrice 
V
ildandens Klagan   

SIDE TWO

Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila 
Vid Roines Strand 
Marianne 
Ann-Margret 
Wenn Alle Ströme Versiegen 

.Hootenanny Singers-Basta October 1967 Swedish LP

This was the first Hootz hits collection...
, "Basta " preety much means " Best of " in Swedish.This collection includes some but not all their 1960's hits. Included are"Gabrille (Swedish version), 'Marianne", "Blomman" and "No Time".

The Cd version of this album combines this album with 1969's
collection called DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY Singers and Björn Ulvaeus (see review below). So that's makes this CD a great value and a reasonablly simple way to get most of the
important Hootenanny songs.
If you can only have only one Hootz record in your collection this would be the one to have! More likely you have no hootz in your collection and thats ok too! Go Red Sox, Go Smurfs Do Not pass go...

Songs forom the original BASTA LP--
Jag väntar vid min mila-
Hootenanny Singers(1st album) ,1964
Gabrielle -
Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1964
Den gyllene fregatt -
Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1965
I lunden gröna-
Hootenanny Singers (2nd album), 1965
Ave maria no morro-
Hootenanny Singers 1964

Björkens visa--International 1965
En sång en gång för längesen-
Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966
Marianne-
Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966
Blomman-
Manga Ansikten/Many Faces, 1966
Vid en biväg till en byväg bor den blonde Beatrice-
Manga Ansikten/ Many Faces,1966
Baby Those Are The Rules- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966
No time-
International 1966

Frida's early recording career Late 1967-1970

Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) went into the recording studio and recorded her first single for EMI in late 1967.. Frida's early career entirely consisted of singles releases released only in Scandinavia.. None of her early singles were particularly successful....Many of these songs would show up on her second album-which was a collection of her early singles.

Her early work was largely light jazz or sophisticated pop music. All of this material has been made available on Cd and much of it had been released on album.

 1967

 En Ledig Dag / Peter Kom Tillbaka Late 1967

Din / Du Är Så Underbart Rar Late 1967

 1968

 Simsalabim / Vi Möts Igen Mid 1968

Mycket Kär / När Du Blir Min Late 1968

 1969

 Härlig Är Vår Jord / Räkna De Lyckliga Stunderna Blott Early 1969

This song was entered in the Swedish heat (melodidfestivel) ot he Eurovsion song contest.

Så Synd Du Måste Gå / Försök Och Sov På Saken Spring 1969

Peter Pan / Du Betonar Kärlek Lite Fel Late 1969

 1970
 Där Du Går Lämnar Kärleken Spår / Du Var Främling Här Igår Early 1970

The Hep Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars- December 1967 Swedish LP Issued on CD November 2001Christmas with the Hep Stars.

Festive, no doubt. The LP edtion of this ,IS somewhat rare.
This was reissued on CD for Christmas 2001.It is reissued with a new track listing that includes a couple of previously unreleased tracks as well as the omision of some 3 of the lesser tracks. The original album had lots of talking in Swedish..

The CD opens with "Christmas On My Mind" a fairly good song that's on the HEP STARS 1964-69 Cd. This album also includes "Nu ar det jul igen" , "Nu tandas tusen juleljus" and a humourous version of "Jingle Bells".

The Swedish Christmas standard "Nu Tandas tusen julejus" would be later recorded by Björn's Hootenanny Singers and Agnetha & Linda Fältskog. It is the only song I believe to have been recorded by three different ABBA solo acts.

Track listing for 2001 CD version....

1. Christmas On My Mind
2. Pojken Som Jultomten Glömde
3. White Christmas
4. Alla Sover Utom Jag
5. Jingle Bells
6. Christmas Today
7. Good King Wencelas (previously unreleased)
8. The Boy That Old Santa Forgot
9. Det Strålar En Stjärna (previously unreleased)
10. Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand
11. Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus
12. Stilla Natt
13. Dotter Sion

 1968

1968 saw the innocent first album of

Agnetha Faltskog as well as Björn's short-lived

solo singles career.

Hootenanny Singers-Bellmann Pa Va Sart 1968 Available on Swedish
Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog 1968 Swedish LP
available on cd
The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time 1968 Japanese Cd
Hootenanny Singers-Fave AR 1968 Swedish LP
Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 1968 Available on Swedish CD.
Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2 1968 or 1969 Swedish LP
Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969

The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time -February 1968 Swedish LP Out of print Japanese Cd

 

This album was recorded in November/December 1967 largely in London.
They were no longer the new hip thing, and were regarded by this time to
becoming too middle of the road.

1967 had been a year in which the Hep stars had searched for various ways to break out internationally, but the only sucess they had was Duthc hit in 1967 with "Sunny Girl"...

Early in the year they worked on aborted film project- Habari Safari-( some of which was filmed in Africa, but because there was no plot the footage filmed proved to be useless.


On this album session musicians filled in for Janne, Christer and
Lennart. Using a session musicians was a common if cruel practice in
the 1960's. An American producer, Steve Clark, was brought in to produce
the album. There were no rock and roll covers and few self-written
tunes. Instead a selection of new songs written in the soft rock vein
mostly by California songwriters was used, as if the Hep Stars were The
Association or something, So, in a lot of ways this really isn't a Hep
Stars album.This album was not as sucessful as earlier Hep Stars
albums..


The original album featured a lot of songs mainly written by others
supposedly in the soft rock vein. Benny did write the title track which
also was released as a single....The bonus tracks included many of the
songs on Songs We Sang 68 CD-(if by some miracle you have this CD you
could probably get by without Songs We Sang 68).
This album originally was released not on the Olga label but on the
Cupol label. The front cover of the LP features a colorful drawing
-ah the fabulous 1960's!!!
It was reissued on CD by M&M Records in Japan. EMI did most of the
other Hep Stars reissues. This was the first of the Hep Stars studio
albums to be reissued on CD. But the CD is no longer easily availab
le.

Enter the young/Hope/5 am/It's Time For A change/Changing Away From You/It's Been a Long Long Time /Musty Dusty/Spinging,Spinging,Spinging/There Is love/ Would You Like To Go /It's now A Winters' Day /Another Time/
Bonus tracks found on CD issue
Det Finns En Stad/ Sagan Om Lilla Sofi /Let It BE me/Groovy Summertime/Holiday For Clowns/A Flower In My Garden/Save Your Heart For me/I Sagans Land/Bilden Av/Suddenly Tommorow Is Today/Warten Auf Den Tag/Songs We sang

Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969

So your up late at night unable to sleep-and you toss and you turn as you wonder -did Björn ever have a career as a solo artist? The answer is yes.
Björn's short solo career occurred whilst he was still a Hootenanny,and most of his solo tracks showed up on Hootenannny albums. His solo career only ended because he joined up with Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).

Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no LP) out in 1968/69 on the Polar label.
These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of Björn's A-sides made it onto this onto the second Basta album, which also functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA" (rewritten to become "Froken Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" (called here "Raring') were big Swedish hits.

Björn's singles-

Raring/ Vill Du Ha En Vän SPRING 1968
Fröken Fredricksson/ Vår Egen Sång FALL 1968
Saknar Du Något Min Kära/ Gömt Är Inte Glömt SPRING 1969
Partaj-aj-aj/ Kvinnan I Mitt Liv Late 1969

Hootenanny Singers-Bellman På vårt satt, Polar POLS 214, Mid 1968 Available on Swedish Cd May ?1992

Our boyz our on the cover decked out in 1700's garb. Björn has a mustache and is holding a wooden flute. Hansi is having a cocktail.
When we read the liner notes we find all
the songs have long titles and references to
to numbered epistles. Whatz up! Well our boyz
are paying homage to Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael Bellmann (1740-1795).

Bellmann's classic work was the Fredman's Epistlar published in 1790 .It's 82 songs tell the story of a middle class hard drinking clockmaker in a style that originally parodies the Pauline epistles.All of the songs here are adaptions of Bellmann songs .The boyz had to shorten many of the texts.

It's not clear where the impetus for this
project came. Obscure Hootz albums are not the kind of thing you hear about in ABBA interviews.
The first track on the album ,"Maltidssang" ,was a mild Swedish hit for the boyz. This is obviously
a less pop sounding album but the boys strident harmony singing sounds the same as it always has. Interestingly , there are some short orchestral bits thrown in here and there that were arranged
by S.O. Walldorf. Walldorf would also do string arrangements for Agnetha's solo albums and ABBA themselves.

This album was recorded at Metronome Studios in Stockholm and co-engineered by Michael Tretow. This is the earliest of the the Hootz studio albums to be available on Cd. This is the only Hootz studio album from the 1960's currently available on Cd..

SIDE A

.Måltidssång 
Rörande Kortspelet På Klubben/

Angående Ulla Winblads Lustresa Till Första 

Torpet Utom Ka/ttrumpstullen 
/
Till Lokatten 

Till Gumman På Thermopolium 
/
Boreale Och Hennes Jungfrur 

SIDE B

Aftonkväde  /Nota Bene /
Till Fader Berg Rörande Fiolen 
/
Till En Och Var Av Systrarna, 
Men Enkannerlingen Till Ulla Winblad  /
Varuti Avmålas Ulla Winblads Hemresa Från 
Hessingen I Mälaren En Summarmorgon 1769/ 
Klingar Väl Vid Flöjttraver/

 

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog Late 1968 Swedish LP

available on cd Reissued in 2004 as part of Agnetha Box set..

This is Agnetha's first album ever...In the late Summer of 1967,Agnetha was singing in Bengt Enghardt's dance band in Jonkoping, Sweden when a demo tape she had sent to Cupol Records drew the interest of producer Little Gerhard.
Sadly, for the Bengt Enghardt dance band, only Agnetha was signed..
Agnetha recorded her first single in October
1967 and by late 1968 her first album had been recorded and released.

The Agnetha Fältskog album compiled the contents of her first five singles. Two of the singles "Jag Ar Sa Kar" (I Was so in love)"and"Allting har förändrat sej (Everything has changed ) were actual hits.

The album cover pictures Agnetha in a sweet but sexy pose in a miniskirt. Agnetha wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on her first album a remarkable accomplishment for a 18 year old woman singer in 1968. This is a very innocent album.

This has finally been reissued on Cd by
Royal Records. The cd includes three bonus tracks, and some of the original artwork.This album is also reissued as part of -
De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD box set

 

Track listing for original LP;
Jag var så kär/Jag har förlorat dig /  
Utan dej/  Allting har förändrat sej /
Försonade/ Slutet gott allting gott /
Tack Sverige / En sommar med dej / 
Snövit och de sju dvärgarna /
Min farbror Jonathan / Följ med mig
Den jag väntat på

 Bonus Tracks- Sjung denna sång /
Någonting händer med mig /
Borsta tandtrollen bort (Aggie's Public service record to remind Swedish children to brush their teeth.
)

 

Hootenanny Singers-FEM AR Late 1968 Swedish LP

The album title translates to Five Years. The Hootz had been together five years. This features a very strangely recorded Swedish cover of the Turtles hit-"Elenore" . Well I suppose the Hootz version of "Elenore" is not that strange since strange weird effects & phased guitars were normal in 1967 and Sweden's music wa a little behind the scene..at the that time. Also included is Bjrorn's Swedish language cover of "Harper Valley PTA" called FRÖKEN FREDRIKSSON !

On this album the Hootz do a Kingston Trio song . "Greenback dollar' -the Hootz were continuing to draw on folk sources for the majority of their material even though Björn personally favored
doing more Rock and Pop numbers.

Nomar was just as good as A-ROD......

SIDE A

FRÖKEN FREDRIKSSON 
MARY'S BOY CHILD 

ELEONOR 
SÅ LÄNGE JAG LEVER 
GREENBACK DOLLAR 
VÅR EGEN SÅNG

SIDE B  

FÅFÄNGANS MARKNAD 
DEN SOM LEVER FÅR SE 
A Banda 
 
MAMMA, PAPPA OCH BARN 
DU DANSAR OM SOMMAR'N 

 
RO MEJ, TRO MEJ 
LOVE COMES, LOVE GOES 

Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 Late 1968 Available on Swedish CD.

The Hep Stars continue down the middle of the
road a bridge too far perhaps here .The group
now included Svenne's future wife, Charlotte
(Lotta) Walker a African-American singer from
an American pop-soul group called the The Sherry's.

Somehow, Lotta found herself stuck
in Sweden in the arms of Svenne Hedlund . Svenne knew full well that Bjorn would soon have a short solo career....

In Lotta's honor, the album starts out with a medley of Soul cover numbers (mostly) recorded at Swedish folkparks in 1968.Among the covers are "You Keep Me Hanging On", Let It be Me" and two versions of San Cooke's "Shake" .

The second side of the album features original studio material. It's good but it lacks direction. The second released Björn and Benny composition is here and it's called "A Flower in My Garden". Svenne sings it with a Carl Wilson-esque slur.

The title cut ("Songs We Sang")is sung by Lotta (one of the first songs written by Benny with a lead vocal sung by a woman).
The bonus tracks include the Hep Stars last singles going into 1969. The bonus tracks include the folksy B&B song, "Speleman" .Also included are The b-side to "Speleman" - B&B's , "Precis Som Alla Andra" ,and two numbers written by Benny with Svenne called "Like You Used To Do" and "She Will She love You" .

ORIGINAL LP-LIVE SIDE A (LIVE)Shake/Svenne I love you/We say yeah, Let it be me, Going out of my head/Can't take my eyes off you, You keep me hangin' on, Svart-vit, caLPyso/Natursbarn/Pata pata/Charlotte's children game, Groovy summertime/Shake

SIDE B (STUDIO) Holiday for clowns, A flower in my garden, Save your heart for me, Bilden av dej, Suddenly tomorrow is today, Warten auf den Tag, Songs we sang

CD Bonus tracks: Mot okänt land, Någonting har hänt, She will love you, Like you used to do, Let it be me, Grooy summertime, Tända på varann, I sagans land, Speleman, Precis som alla andra, Speedy gonzales, Är det inte kärlek, säg

 

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2

(some sources say this album was released in 1968, but that seems to be in error-so see review for this album in 1969)

 AGNETHA's 1960's SWEDISH singles

1967
 Följ med mig/
Agnetha Fältskog/

Jar var sa kar  Agnetha Fältskog
 
1968

Slutet gott, allting gott/Agnetha Fältskog

Utan Dej  1Agnetha Fältskog


 
En Sommar med dej/
Agnetha Fältskog

Försonade  Agnetha Fältskog


 
Allting har forandrat sej/
Agnetha Fältskog

Den jag väntat paAgnetha Fältskog 


 
Sjung denna säng(Duet with Jörgen Edman)
Sjung denna Sang

Nagonting händer med dej (Duet with Jörgen Edman)Sjung denna Sang


 
Snövit och de sju dvärgarna/1968
Agnetha Fältskog

Min farbor Jonathan  1968Agnetha Fältskog


 
Borsta tandtrollen bort  1968  (1 sided single for children)1968
Agnetha Fältskog

 

1969

En gang fanns bara vi tva/Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2

Fram för svenska sommaren  1969Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2


 
Hjärtats kronprins/
Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2

Tag min hand lat oss bli vänner  1969Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2


 
Zigenarvän/
Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2

Som en vind kom du till mej  1969Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2

 1969

In mid -1969 Benny left the Hep Stars and began working

full time as songwriter,producer and performer with

Björn who nonetheless continued to work part time with the Hootenanny Singers. Benny and Björn began working with Frida on her singles.

Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus 1969 Available in tandem with BASTA on cd

Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman 1969 Out of print Swedish LP

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2 1969 Swedish LP

The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska 1969 Swedish LP
The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND 1969 Swedish LP

 

Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus Early to Mid 1969 Available in tandem with BASTA on Swedish Cd

So you ask yourselves yet again ,for the second time in as many minutes ,did Björn ever have a career as a solo artist? ????The answer still is yes.
Björn's short solo career occurred whilst he was still a Hootenanny,and only ended because he joined up with Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).

Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no LP) out in 1968/69 on the Polar label.
These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of the A-sides made it onto this album which also functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA".(rewritten to become "Froken Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" called here "Raring' were big Swedish hits.

The best song from the second hit collection is a original composition by Björn done for the Hootz as a single called "Mrs O'Grady" . which features great rythems and intriguing English lyrics. The use of staccato strings was inspired no doubt by Beatles records like "Eleanor Rigby".

All the tracks released on this LP were added to CD version of BASTA as bonus tracks.

-Songs from the original LP DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY SINGERS & Björn ULVAEUS

Början till slutet-Civilia 1967
Finns det liv så finns det hopp
-International, 1966
Fåfängans marknad-
Fem Ar 1968
En gång är ingen gång-
Civilia, 1967
Saknar du något min kära
-A-side by Bjorn,1968
Adjö farväl-
Civilia, 1967
Elenore-
Fem AR, 1968
Raring
-Bjorn A side, 1968
Mårten  gås-
Civila, 1967
Så  länge  du älskar är du ung- -
Aside, 1968
Fröken Fredriksson
Bjorn A-side& Fem Ar 1968
Mrs. O'Grady
A-side , 1967

Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman Early ?1969 Out of print Swedish LP

This album was the first to feature both sides of Agnetha's 1968 single with Jorgen Edman- Sjung denna säng("Sing C'est La Vie")/ Nagonting händer med dej (Something Happened to Me). These two tracks had been recorded August 19, 1968

Jorgen was a Cupol records label mate... These tracks also show up on the Sjung denna säng album and other compilations ...The rest of the songs on this album are Jorgen Edman tracks.

The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska Autumn 1969 Swedish LP

The Hep Stars were having troubles staying whole at this point. Their main problem was that they owed money to the Swedish taxing authorities , but also Benny, Svenne and Lotta
were itching to try something new. So a totally new studio album wasn't in the offing for 1969 and instead a compilation of the Hep Stars Swedish tracks was put together. This includes includes both recent and older material., most of the songs had not been available on LP at the time...Svenne and Lotta 's wedding portrait is on the cover. This doesn't seem to available on Cd.

This was the last Hep Stars album before the tax problems and career changes led Svenne, Lotta and Benny to leave the band. The last concert with Benny was August 31, 1969. The rest of the Hep Stars continued on into the early 1970's ,Svenne and Lotta continued to occasionally work with Benny in concert till 1973.

Björn & Benny would also have some involvement with Svenne & Lotta's albums when Stig signed S&L to the Polar label. The rest of the Hep Stars would continue to work together,,

I natt jag drömde A side
Mot Okänt Land A-side
Bilden av dej -Songs we Sang
Är det inte kärlek, säg? B-side
Speleman A side
 Sagan om lilla Sofi
Precis som alla andra
B-side
Någonting har hänt B-side
Jag vet B-side
I sagans land t B-side
Tända på varann A-side

Brita Borg- Ljuva Sextital 1969 Swedish 45 single

This was the first hit single for a"B&B " as a writing team. The song was later recorded by Agnetha Faltskog for Swedish radio tribute to Stig Anderson...

Various Artists "SVENSKTOPPEN - TOPPAR" 1969 LP  Out of print
 A  Polar Music compilation   many of which were non-LP tracks... This album included both sides of a 1969 bjorn Ulvaeus single...
 
1. NANA- ARNE LAMBERTH
2. KÄRLEKENS VALS- BRUNO WINTZEL
3. LIMON LIMONERO- MATS OLIN
4. DRÖM EN DRÖM -ARNE LAMBERTH
5. GÖMT ÄR INTE GLÖMT-BJÖRN ULVAEUS
6. BERLIN -ARNE LAMBERTH
 
1. LJUVA SEXTITAL-BRITA BORG
2. KAKTUSBLOMMAN -ARNE LAMBERTH
3. SAKNAR DU NÅGOT MIN KÄRA- BJÖRN ULVAEUS
4. JAN ÖIWIND SWAHN- BRITA BORG
5. TIMMARNA MED DEJ-BRUNO WINTZELL
6. DET SKALL DU VARA GLAD FÖR-MATS OLIN

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog Volume 2 Late 1969 Swedish LP available on CD (a couple of sources say this album was released in 1968) Reissued in 2004 as part of Agnetha Box set..

Agnetha's first two albums were produced by the man who discovered her, Karl-Gerhard Lundqvist (who also went by his performing name-Little Gerhard). Little Gerhard also wrote or cowrote
some of the songs on Aggie's first few albums.

VOLUME 2 is similar to the first album. The main difference is that this album has fewer songs written or cowritten by Agnetha./ This one features "Zigenarvan" (Gypsy Friend") a rollicking song co-written by Aggie that apparently offended her large Swedish gypsy audience. These same gypsies were apprently not offended by Bjorn's solo career...

At this point in her career Agnetha also attempted to become big in(the album GEH MIT GOH in Germany . This album was co-engineered by Michael Tretow.

This album was rereleased in 2000 on CD with bonus tracks by Royal Records .Has lyrics and three bonus tracks! Features "Nu Ska Vi Opp" as a bonus track. "Nu Ska Vi Opp" was featured in the THANK YOU ABBA video in a bizarre vintage 1969 TVappearence where Agnetha joins the Swedish airforce. The bonus tracks dont appear to be found on De Första Åren.

This album is also reissued as part of -De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD box set

track listing. with bonus tracks..

Framför Svenska Sommaren/Lek Med Dina Dockor/Ge Dej Till Tåls/Skål Kära Vän/Glöm honom/En Gång Fanns Bara Vi Två/Hjärtats Kronprins/Det Handlar Om kärlek/Som En Vind../Senor Gonzales/Zigenarvän/Tag Min hand../Nu Ska Vi Opp Opp/ Medley:3 songs/En Stilla

The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND December 1969 Swedish LP

And then there were three. (the album's title means -"A group of Three")

The irreplaceable ,,Johan Karlberg left prior to the making of this
album so the Hootz were forced to make do as a threesome.

Johan wanted to go back to working at the family car dealership business.

This album includes three unsuccessful Swedish singles
"Vinden Sjunger Samma Sång ",
"Ring Ring Här Är Svensktoppsjuryn" &
Om Jag Kunde Skriva En Visa/".

The album had couple of songs in English -
"When I was Young" &
"Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand"
and two tracks credited to Björn alone
when they were released as singles-
the pleasent "Kvinnan I Mitt Liv" and the bizarre
B&B song"Partaj-aj-aj" The album hasn't been released
on CD.

SIDE A

VINDEN SJUNGER SAMMA SÅNG  
RING RING - SVENSKTOPPSJYRYN  
CASANOVA  
HEM TILL DE HEM  
WHEN I WAS YOUNG  

SIDE B

PARTAJ-AJ-AJ  
OM JAG KUNDE SKRIVA EN VISA  

Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand
KVINNAN MIT LIV  
LEV SOM DU LÄR  
VÅRT SAMTAL I MORSE  

 

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