Benny Andersson Story of a Heart
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- Released: July 7, 2009
- Label: Decca
Description by OLDIES.com:
The history of the ABBA has hardly taken a pause in the past 35 years, from the 380 million albums sold to the record-breaking musical and blockbuster film which is Mamma Mia! But behind the scenes, there's another musical side to Benny Andersson. For the past 20 years he has been leading The Benny Andersson Band, a group of 16 exceptional musicians and singers who share his passion for the Swedish Folk tradition, not to mention Big Band, Bach, polka, waltzes, Celtic folk, '50s standards - and straight-ahead Pop music. The latter is showcased on the title track, the first new composition written by Benny with his ABBA song writing partner Björn Ulvaeus in 15 years. Vocal duties on this, and three of the four other tracks translated into English for the first time, are taken by the Swedish star Helen Sjöholm, with additional vocals by Swedish singer Tommy Körberg. The 14-track album captures highlights from the three albums released in Sweden by the Benny Andersson Band along with some brand new recordings.
Entertainment Weekly - p.90"[T]he Swedes succeed in summoning some of ABBA's one-of-a-kind joie de vivre." -- Grade: B
- 1.Glasgow Boogie
- 3.Story of a Heart
- 4.Bed of Roses
- 5.You Are My Man
- 6.Cirkus Finemang
- 7.Fait Accompli
- 8.Song from the Second Floor
- 9.Birthday Waltz for Mona
- 10.(If This Is) Our Last Dance
- 12.Tyrolean Schottische
- 13.The Stars
Personnel: Benny Andersson (accordion, piano, Synclavier); Kalle Moraeus (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, violin).
Audio Mixer: Benny Andersson.
Displaying an affection for traditional folk music and less mainstream pop sounds, this release from the ABBA songwriting genius Benny Andersson finds him in his natural environment, writing miniature symphonies and fusing them with pop and rustic elements. The main attraction for ABBA fans, though, will be the title track -- the first song in 15 years to be co-written by Andersson himself and his former bandmate Bj”rn Ulvaeus.
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