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ABBA (The formative years 1969-72)
"The myth is that Frida and I were there as a front for Björn and Benny's music. But the truth of the matter is that we were the people that could bring over precisely what they couldn't do with their previous bands"-Agnetha Faltskog
ABBA emerged from the Swedish
music scene in the early 1970's.
Ulvaeus and keyboardist Benny Andersson's
The first recording with all four eventual members of ABBA was called "Hej Gamle Man", it dates from Mid 1970 and was actually a credited to , Björn and Benny as a duo.
Although Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-frid Lyngstad would sing on many of the songs recorded by Björn and Benny , it wasn't till 1972 that the first single was released with all four of their names on it. That song was "People Need Love" which would be released on ABBA's RING RING album.
On stage, the story was slightly different. the four eventual ABBA members first played on stage together in November 1970 as the group FESTFOLK. It did not go well, but they tried performing together again in 1971 and worked together at other concerts between 1970-1972. They can be seen in this incarnation in 1970 doing "California Here I Come"on TV.This clip can be seen on the Super Troupers documentary. The clip is fascinating , but it perfectly illustrates what was wrong with the FESTFOLK approach,. Instead of doing cabaret style/variety show music they needed to be doing original fresh self-written pop songs that featured the girls singing.....this they soon discovered!...```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
The cross pollination between the future members of ABBA was a common thing in the years before ABBA. Björn produced some of Agnetha's early 1970's albums. Benny produced Frida between 1969-1972. During 1969-72 Frida would sing on some Agnetha's songs and Agnetha sang on some of Frida's singles. Many of these early efforts can be found on the PA SVENSKA compilation or on the various solo albums (See Frida and Agnetha links).
some ways this is the birth of ABBA.The title means Happiness!
This album features the first
track to have all future members of ABBA on it and this
Acoustic and Electric Guitar
feature prominently here, The electric guitar in particular dominates
on "Kalles Visa" .This album is a bit more serious
in tone than some of the later B&B songs and early ABBA songs
that would follow in the early
"Hej Gamle Man" (Hello Old Man) was released as the single from this album and proved to be successful, though the album was not overly successful. "Hej Gamle Man" features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals. It was the first song to feature all four members of Abba. "Kara Gamla Sol" is the only song on the album sung by Benny.
More impressive to me is the
The stark brown cover is telling. It's clear that their is seriousness of purpose and intent in these two young man. Benny's soon-to-be trademark beard puts in it's first appearence on a album cover (Benny never had a beard on the Hep Stars album covers). Björn looks a little smug but the trademark smile is there. The Swedish flag on the Guitar seems to say ,"We represent Sweden to the world".
The later Lp pressings and the Cd versions of LYCKA include a 1971 A -side that wasn't on the original album. That A-side "Tank Om Jorden Vore Ung' features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals and like a few of the B&B records has a ever-so slight country twinge to it.
The LYCKA album was recorded in the Summer of 1970. It was Produced by Björn and Benny with Bengt Bernhag and engineered by Michael B.Tretow.
There was supposed to be a
followup album released by Björn and Benny but before
Björn and Benny continued to release singles through till 1972. These singles were rereleased as bonus tracks on the 20006 reissue of LYKCA.
The LYCKA album track lineup with songwriters listed (AU means Andersson-Ulvaeus)
This is as close as is there is to an ABBA Swedish language album. This 18 song compilation features songs by Agnetha,Björn and Benny, Frida and ABBA. All of the songs date from 1970 to 1976. This is essential album to the ABBA collector, though probably not recommended for people who prefer to listen to all their music in English
Although PA SVENSKA was not released till 1994 it is really the only multiple artist compilation of pre -ABBA solo work. Polar never tried to do anything like this in the 1970's.
There are 6 ABBA songs here- (two of which were released as solo recordings). Included are the Swedish versions of "Waterloo", Ring Ring" and "Honey Honey' . Also, there are Frida's solo Swedish version of "Fernando' and Agnetha's solo version of "SOS". ABBA didn't do Swedish versions of any of their post 1976 hits. Many of ABBA's other songs were recorded in Swedish by other artists.
A sixth song (recorded only in Swedish), "Ah Vilka Tider' is also credited to Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-frid. This song like Björn and Benny's "Att Finnas till",and "En Karusell" (a Swedish version of "Merry Go Round " ) are only available on this Cd.
There are four pre-ABBA Agnetha songs here, all of which are available elsewhere on CD. These songs all seem to have at least one of the other Abba members on them-notice Frida, and Björn on the the chorus to "Drom Ar Drom och Saga Saga".
Two of Frida's solo songs are available on CD only here. These would be both sides of Frida's 1972 Polar single "Man Vill Leva lite Dessmellan /"Ska Man Skratta Eller Grata" . These two songs were written by Italians but translated by Stig into Swedish. Italian Songs sung in Swedish lose their Italian-ity!
This album is subtitled- Stikkan Anderson picks Polars Pearls. So in theory ,Stig made the track selections. Frida's 1975 solo album FRIDA ENSAM is represented by three tracks -"Fernando", "Som en Sparv" and "Vill Du lana en man" ("The Most Beautiful Girl In the World" ) . Why did Stig pick the worst song (The Most Beautiful Girl...)from the FRIDA ENSAM and put it on this CD -the only reason I can think of is that Stig wrote the lyrics and was after the publishing royalities.
The other seventeen songs
however, do belong on this Cd. The only problem
Still this is good album for those who want just a want a small taste of A,B,B and F's work in Swedish.
Tracks listing for PA SVENSKA:
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