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Benny Andersson Band-Story of a Heart, European CD July 6, 2009 (June 24 in Sweden) Also released in Australia
 

This is the first English language album to be released by the Benny Anderssons Orkester who are retitled Benny Andersson Band for the purposes of international release.  This CD is mostly a compilation of previously recorded songs ranging back as far as 1987. Nine of the fourteen songs are instrumentals. Four of the songs- “Fait Accompli”,Our Last Dance”, “You Are My Man”, “ The Stars” feature never before released English language  vocal tracks. The album features one totally new song “Story of a Heart”, which is a Andersson-Ulvaeus song that is more ABBAesque than the usual BAO stuff. I think "Story of a Heart" is good recording if not a great song,and  not necessarily a good vehicle for Helen's voice.

The English lyrics to "Our Last Dance" and "You Are My man" come off as kind of cliche. It is often to do literal translations of songs to another language. "The Stars" works well, and is my favorite of the new recordings on this CD.

The album was released a couple of days after the band's first appearance in in Hampstead, Britain on July 4, 2009.

 

Track listing with songwriter(s), tracktime, year of original release, and lead singer if any…

 

1. Glasgow Boogie (Andersson) 3.35 2004

2. Trolska [Trolskan] (Andersson) 2.07 1989

3. Story Of A Heart (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 5.08 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

4. Bed Of Roses [En dans på rosor] (Andersson) 3.04 2004

5. You Are My Man [Du är min man] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.36 2004 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

6. Circus Finemang (Andersson) 4.18 2001

7. Fait Accompli (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.57 2007 Lead Vocals-Tommy Korberg

8. Song  From The Second Floor [Sång från andra våningen] (Andersson) 3.46 2001

9. Birthday Waltz For Mona [Födelsedagsvals till Mona] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 2.23 1987

10. [If This Is] Our Last Dance [Vår sista dans] Andersson) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.46 2001 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

11. Jehu (Andersson) 3.44 2004

12. Tirolan Schottis [Schottis i Tyrolen] (Andersson) 2.51 2001

13. The Stars [För dig] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.48 2007 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm, Tommy Korberg

14. P.S. (Andersson) 1.01 2001

Bonus track (Sweden only):

15. Sommaren du fick (Swedish vers.- Story Of A Heart] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.27  2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

 BAO-Sommaren du fick, Swedish single/download June 2009

A Swedish version of "Story of a Heart", called "Sommaren du fick", will be a bonus track on the Swedish version of  the Story of a Heart album.   It's also being released as a single in Sweden.

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