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HOOTENANNY SINGERS-BASTA

The Hootenanny Singers - Bästa Original lp release Late 1967 Released on Swedish CD 1991

The Hootenanny Singers were a successful Swedish folk group that ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus fronted during the 1960's and early 1970's.
BASTA was the Hootz first Best of complimation
album . The Lp version of BASTA was originally released in Sweden by Polar Records in 1967. Basta was also reissued on Lp in the 1970s' with
a different more modern portrait of the group.

The Cd reissue of BASTA combines the contents
of the original BASTA lp with the contents of second Hootz Best of collection. The second collection was called DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY SINGERS & Björn ULVAEUS and was released in 1969. The BASTA CD functions pretty effectively as the best introduction to the music of the Hootenanny Singers. The main disadvantage of this CD is
that it only covers the Hootenanny's work from 1964-1969.

The Hootenanny's began in 1963 in Vastervik,
Sweden . Future ABBA manager Stig Anderson
and his partner Bengt Bernhag signed the
group then known as the West Bay Singers
to their nascent Polar label.

The music on the BASTA sounds a little like the the Kingston Trio, or The Four Freshman but much of the Hootz repertoire featured music written by Swedish folk songwriters like Evert Taube, Dan Andersson
or Carl Bellmann. Björn also wrote / cowrote songs for the group ,and on occasion American pop, folk and country songs were covered.

The original BASTA lp (the first half of the CD) covers 1964-1967. It starts with the Hootz
first hit "Jag Vantar Vd Min Mila" and ends
with two of Björn's English language compositions
for the band, "No Time" and "Baby Those Are
The Rules" . Also included on the first half of the CD are "Gabrille (Swedish version), 'Marianne" and "Blomman" .

The second half of the BASTA CD features The Hootenanny's second hit collection from 1969 . It features songs by both the
Hootenanny Singers and songs from Björn 's brief solo career.

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 released four singles four singles (but no lp) in 1968/69 as a solo artist, These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of the Björn's solo A-sides are compiled on
this CD. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA" (rewritten to become "Froken Frederickson' )
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 that is called "Mrs O'Grady" it features great rythems and intriguing English lyrics. The use of staccato strings on "Mrs O'Grady" was probably inspired by The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby".

BASTA is one of a mumber of Hootenanny compilation CD's available. Another CD ,called the Hootenanny's-PA SVENSKA features some of the best songs that the Hootz did in Swedish. PA SVENSKA has the advantage of including songs from the Hootz early 1970's work but it doesn't include the Hootz's English language hits. In late 2000, a new compilation of the Hootz work in Swedish was released.

 

 

Exciting track listing for the CD (with source album)

-Songs from 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

--Songs from 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

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