torsdag 25 maj 2017

ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD/FRIDA ENSAM POLS 265 (-75) SWEDEN

Her second original studio LP (eng. "Frida Alone"). Recorded during and inbetween the sessions for the ABBA albums "Waterloo" and "ABBA", produced by Benny Andersson and backed by the same crew. So in a way it is an ABBA effort, only lacking participation of Agnetha Fältskog. Containing Swedish versions of recent international hits as "Wall Street Shuffle", Life On Mars", Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Young Girl", but also classics as "Send In The Clowns" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". It has been said song choices and lyrics were specially chosen to show a strong independent woman who manage on her own. Don't know if that's true, but clearly she did. The most interesting track would be the original version of "Fernando", originally written just for her but later when "covered" by ABBA becoming a world wide hit. With Swedish lyrics you should think it must have attracted Scandinavians only, but it was also well received elsewhere. A quote from British music magazine Melody Maker - "The album portrays Frida as a very strong and emotive singer and shows the true value of the music, that if sung properly and with enough feeling it transcends all language barriers". To this old rebel's ears maybe not the most exciting listening, but very well done all the way and with enough vigor and personality to at least be called a good cover album. 1975 issue also on cassette (PMC 265). 2009 CD on Polar (986 876 4) came with two bonus tracks, as such also released on CD in Ukraine and Russia. Premiere vinyl had label as shown here and thin fully laminated cover with Polar ad inner. (FÄV*) (SCÄ*) (CCÖ*)

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