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Josefin Nilsson and the Ainbusk Singers:A Discography
"there's an old man Throwing breadcrumbs to the sparrows"
SHAPES, FRAN NAR TILL FJARRAN ,Ainbusk and other Ainbusk albums...
Josefin Nilsson- Shapes- March 1993 Produced by Benny Andersson- Available on Swedish Cd but also released internationally in a few territories.
This is the solo debut album
of Swedish singer Josefin Nilsson , who is also a member of the
Swedish singing group called Ainbusk. Her singing voice is generally high ,she sounds sort of like restrained Bjork. An attractive Swedish blond, Josefin has also appeared as an actress in two feature films.
This is the closest we get to
a ABBA album in the 1990's. Benny wrote the songs for the album
with Björn and produced the record. This is a pop record,
there are no excursions into accordion music, birdsong, or the
works of Vilhem Moberg! This CD is a must have for fans of the
songwriting of Andersson-Ulvaeus. It's not clear if Bjorn contributed
to writing the actual music for album, it's possible he just wrote
the lyrics...on all subsequent songs written by Bjorn and Benny
, their roles are clearly separated....
Benny and Björn interrupted
their work on their musical,
Kristina to write the songs for this album. Like the two 1980's albums by Gemini this is a pop/rock record. Unlike the two Gemini albums, all the songs here were written by Benny and Björn. Indeed, this was the first original album since ABBA's THE VISITORS to have all the songs bear the Andersson-Ulvaeus credit. Thus, this album is more cohesive sounding album than either of the Gemini albums. SHAPES has some of rhythmic sensibiltites of the second Gemini album. SHAPES occasionally sounds like Gemini because Gemini's Anders Glenmark is the primary background vocalist.
What's left of the ABBA band-Benny,
Per Lindvall, Lasse Wallender and ever faithful Rutger Gunnarson
play on SHAPES, (but there is no sign of Björn's voice or
guitar). This is a surprisingly percussive album for two old fat
guys to have put together. Benny even has started to use a synthbass
on the some of the tracks (leaving poor Rutger out in the cold). The lyrics are hit or miss-occasionally good, occasionally only so-so.
The album opens strongly with
the energetic & rhythmic "Surprise, Surprise". There
great grooves to be found on "Midnight Dancer" and "Now You See Him , Now You don't"
which also, has some highly original backing vocals (some of which done are by Ainbusk) "Midnight Dancer " has an annoying but memorable electric organ riff. Josefin saves a stupid song "I Leave it to Love" with a over-the top vocal performance, it's interesting how she sings the later verses
progressively deeper and richer.
The boys have also come up with some good ballads for Jo to sing, especially the evocative "Where the Whales I have ceased to sing" and "The film I'd like to see"."Film" closes the album somewhat bombastically but the lyric is surprisingly tender.
This album was not particularly successful either internationally ,or locally in Sweden. Josefin has not recorded another solo album with Benny, though she did work for Benny on the Chess Pa Svenska project.
DETAILS FOR SHAPES
Produced by Benny Andersson
Recorded at Polar Studios, 1992-93
Engineered by Bernard Lohr
Released first in Sweden March 1993
Released in USA, 1997
1. Surprise, Surprise
2. Heaven and Hell
3. We Won't Be Going No Anywhere
4. Where The Whales Have Ceased To Sing
5. High Hopes and Heartaches
6. Midnight Dancer
7. Leave It to Love
8. When I Watch You In Your Sleep
9. Now You See Him, Now You Don't
10. The Film I'd Like To See
Ainbusk Singers -FRAN NAR TILL FJARRAN October 1993 Available on Swedish CD. Produced by Benny Andersson
The Ainbusk Singers formed in 1983. Benny Andersson first saw Ainbusk ,a Swedish the singing/ theatrical quartet in the late 1980's. By 1992 Benny would produce this CD and cowrite three of the songs with Marie Nilsson. Ainbusk's resident comedian and pianist. (Björn had no involvement!). The three songs Benny cowrote are "Drommarnas Golv", "Alska Mej " and "Jag mötte Lassie"."Lassie" was a Swedish hit. And yes, "Lassie is a song about a dog!
All four of the ladies of Ainbusk members sing: most notably Josefin Nilsson, who would record her solo debut ,SHAPES, album under Benny's direction. Josefin shows off her vocal chops on "Lover Man", and "Alska Mej"("Love Me" in English)
The other three members names are Birgitta Jakobsson (a dark haired lady) , Marie Nilsson (Josefin's blond sister) and Annelie Roswall (redhead) . The Cd booklet has some interesting photos from their live shows of the ladies dressed up in strange costumes.
This album was drawn primarily from one of Ainbusk's highly theatrical Swedish stage shows-"Ainbusk jubileumsshow". (Ainbusk's jubilee show). Apparently, some of the songs date from a couple years before. "Lassie' was released as a very successful single in October 1990, and "Alska Mej" was released as a single in April 1991. These song were released in originally in different versions than the ones found here.
Although most of the songs are
in Swedish this is a very entertaining album, even the songs not
written by Benny are worthwhile, largely due to Ainbusk's innate
This album was released on Benny's Mono label. Björn and the ABBA band have no involvement on this album.
01 Varje Steg du tar 4:35
02 Clownen 1 4:05
03 I´ll be with you in apple blossom time 4:25
04 Hold tight 2:25
05 Berlinersång 3:45
06 Drömmarnas golv 3:50
07 Lover man 2:55
08 Dammiddag 4:10
09 Stora pojkar 4:00
10 Den andra kvinnan 3:00
11 Lassie 3:35
12 Min väntande vän 2:55
13 Internationell svordomsvisa 2:55
14 Clownen 2
15 Älska mej 4:05
16 Gunatt 2:35
Ainbusk-Forsta Utgan November 1998 Swedish CD
Ainbusk's first studio album. This and later albums ,dont really feature Benny's involvement and thus are of less interest to ABBA fans. The group dropped had dropped the word -Singers" from their name by the this point.
01 Min gud Lyssna
02 Man behöver inte åka till New York
03 Näckrosen Lyssna
04 Brevet Lyssna
06 Säg vad kärlek är
07 Under stjärnan
08 I lust och nöd
09 Kom så far vi härifrån
10 Tolfte sommaren
11 Vägen till Närsholm
Ainbusk-Ainbusk 1999 Swedish CD
Two versions of this album were
with and one without the group pictured on the cover, a second later version of the album includes extra tracks .For this album , Josefin Nilsson combined with Marie Nilsson to write much of the music. The later pressing has a new version of Benny's and Marie Nilsson's song"Alska Mej".
01 Min gud
02 Man behöver inte åka till New York
04 Om du nånsin börjar tveka
07 Säg vad kärlek är
08 Under stjärnan
09 I lust och nöd
10 Kom så far vi härifrån
11 Tolfte sommaren
12 Vägen till Närsholm
13 Älska mej
Ainbusk -Stolt 2000 Swedish CD
A CD release on EMI. Features covers and some songs written by the group . The title means "Proud". The album is based on their stage show of the same name staged at the China Teatern in Stockholm.
01 Även om vi såras Lyssna
02 Stolt att vara kvinna Lyssna
03 Gräsmattan blå Lyssna
04 Maggans tur Lyssna
05 Amanda Lyssna
06 Fri inuti Lyssna
07 Vill bara vara Lyssna
08 En dag i sänder Lyssna
09 Gryningen Lyssna
10 Linnéa Lyssna
11 Ängel Lyssna
2 Honung och salt Lyssna
Ainbusk - I Midvintertid - En Jul På Gotland Late 2001 Swedish CD
Josefin Nilsson and Ainbusk returned in 2001 with this Christmas album. It includes a version of "Hemma", from B&B's KRISTINA FRAN DUVEMALA. The album starts with a Swedish version of John and Yoko's Happy Christmas (War is Over) .
The title means something like a "Midwinter -A christmas in Gotland" .Two of the members of Ainbusk come from the Island of Gotland. I wouln't mind spending Christmas in Gotland but I bet it's cold though -and they say Sweden is kind of expensive-and my family would miss me.....
Track listing:Det sista vi har kvar/ Stilla nat/Jul jul strålande jul/En julsaga/I juletidens timma,/Var hälsad sköna morgonstund,/Under stjärnan,/Förevigt nu,/Härlig är jorden/ Godnattvalsen/ Gläns över sjö och strand,/Bach juloratorium/ Hemma
01 Det sista vi har(Happy Christmas / War is over)
02 Stilla Natt
03 Jul jul, strålande jul L
04 En julsaga(Fairytale of New York)
05 I juletidens timma (Have yourself a Merry little Christmas )Lyssna
06 Var hälsad sköna morgonstund
07 Under stjärnan
08 Förevigt nuForever young
09 Härlig är jorden Lyssna
10 Godnattvalsen Lyssna
11 Gläns över sjö och strand Lyssna
12 Bach Juloratorium Lyssna
13 Hemma Lyssna
Ainbusk-Skynda Attt Alska June 2002 CD
Ainbusk's most recent studio album released on Stockholm Records. Features covers and songs by the group. The album title means "Hurry Up and Love".
01 Mer än ord(More than words) 5:10
02 Blomsterteid Den blomstertid nu kommer 3:51
03 Fält av guld (Fields of gold) 4:55
04 Familjelycka 3:14
05 Lovar sommar Fuldkommen udkørt 4:10
06 Det sista jag gör. 3:40
07 Över hav genom land (Along for the ride) 3:18
08 Sommarkort 4:29
09 Min röda klänning Essence 5:25
10 Grimasch om morgonen 4:11
11 Kom så far vi härifrån 3:53
12 Höstvisa 4:47
Ainbusk - En Samling October 2003 Swedish
A collection of some of Ainbusk's best songs including two of the songs Benny cowrote with them- "Lassie" and "Älska mej*. The collection includes four new songs.
contains: Min Gud, On du nånsin börjar tveka, Lassie, Älska mej, För evigt nu, Stolt att vara kvinna, Kom så far vi härifrån, Säg vad kärlek är, Honung och salt, Varje steg du tar, Gunatt, Under stjärnan, Fält av guld, Till dej, Som när pojkar vågar gråta, Jag har gått inunder stjärnorna, Allt gott..
Ainbusk- I Midvintertid (dvd) 2006?
This is a new DVD filmed of Ainbusk's performance at the Circus theatre in Stockholm.
A list of Ainbusk's Cabaret stage shows
"Händerna på täcket
"Lammsång i vargtimmen"
Special thanks to Linda Granqvist
To leave les girls click your heels
*AINBUSK's official site (In Swedish)
* ABBA-THE ALBUMS
* Björn &Benny(1969-) work outside ABBA
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