lördag 5 september 2015


One of many Swedish charity samplers issued in the sixties and in a way also the first "Live Aid" project and record. A quote from the inner sleeve (my translation) - "A sunny memory from a dramatic summer in a troubled world. Soviet troups in Prag. Deadlocked peace negotiations in Vietnam where the fighting just went on. Tensions in the Middle East. Turbulence in Latin America. War and a starving population in Nigeria and Biafra". This particular project was aimed for Africa and made through collaboration between the radio live show "Opopoppa", charity organization "Radiohjälpen", Metronome label and the artists. Recordings made on Solliden stage in Stockholm, July 31 - August 20, all exclusive to this issue. Today's most recognized acts would be Chris Farlowe doing "In The Midnight Hour", Don Partridge "Keep Your Hands Off Her", P.J. Proby "My Elusive Dreams" and Paul Jones "Until It's Time For You To Go" - for the two latter being the only recordings they made of those songs. If you like to dig deeper you also get an early cut from Björn Skiffs (who had a Billboard #1 1974 with "Hooked On A Feeling") and one from Svenne Hedlund (at the time vocalist in Benny Andersson's Hep Stars). All numbers more or less backed by stage orchestra Dynamite Brass. The audio is surprisingly good for a sixties live recording - clear yet natural with lots of presence. To my knowledge never reissued on vinly or CD. Early copies had label as shown here, fully laminated cover and inner with info on tracks and project. (SÄM*) (SWÄU*) (LYBÖ*) (CCÖ*)

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