Frida 1967-1972

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, better known to the world since 1973 as Frida and a member and ex-member of ABBA, had a fairly extensive recording career before joining the quartet. This double-CD set collects her various singles and LPs from that phase of her career, most of which were cut for the Swedish division of EMI Records. The hope is, obviously, that this collection will surprise and delight fans of ABBA, but there's considerable risk here as well -- that at least the first two-thirds of the first disc will bore or appall those same fans. Those first 14 songs date from a period in which Lyngstad's goal or, at least, that of her producer and/or manager was for her to be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, better known to the world since 1973 as Frida and a member and ex-member of ABBA, had a fairly extensive recording career before joining the quartet. This double-CD set collects her various singles and LPs from that phase of her career, most of which were cut for the Swedish division of EMI Records. The hope is, obviously, that this collection will surprise and delight fans of ABBA, but there's considerable risk here as well -- that at least the first two-thirds of the first disc will bore or appall those same fans. Those first 14 songs date from a period in which Lyngstad's goal or, at least, that of her producer and/or manager was for her to be Sweden's answer to Petula Clark. The fit is an awkward one, especially given the production on those early sides -- thick-textured accompaniments that sound Italian, French, and anything but comfortable. Her work finally catches fire on this collection exactly where it did in history, when she commenced working with Benny Andersson, late of the Hep Stars, as her producer. Two-thirds of the way through the first disc, with "Peter Pan" co-written by Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, her voice is suddenly freed by Andersson's airy and open, light-textured yet distinctive production. The second disc opens with her version of "The Sound of Silence," sung as "En Ton Av Tystnad," which is beautiful, and is followed by "Suzanne" which, with its double-tracked vocals, is the first place where listeners get a preview, in very embryonic form, of "the ABBA sound." Those two tracks, along with all seven opening the second disc and the last four on disc one, are off of Lyngstad's 1971 Frida album, which marked the place where she adopted her more familiar performing name. The other material, including her duets with folksinger Lars Berghagen, is also quite beguiling, reminiscent of the work of Jim & Jean, and that parallel is even more pronounced as one of their recordings was a cover of Phil Ochs' "Changes." In the midst of these various later solo incarnations is a string of single A- and B-sides circa 1971, released by Polygram -- "Min Egan Stad," "En Gang Ar Ingen Gang" aka "There Goes My Everything", "Vi Ar Alla Bara Barn I Borjan," and "Kom Och Sjung En Sang" aka "No Sad Songs" produced by Andersson -- that could easily have come off of that very first ABBA album in terms of sound. One can safely think of those and a handful of other tracks here as previews of the sound that would make Lyngstad and Andersson stars around the world, and if anyone ever decided to do an album of "ABBA missing links," they could start in worse places. The notes are in Swedish but beyond that drawback the sound is excellent, and fans of the singer or the group should certainly appreciate its contents and the surprises held therein.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Emi Sweden
  • UPC: 422847819230
  • Catalog Number: 478192

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 En Ledig Dag (Weekend in Portofino) (2:59)
  2. 2 Peter, Kom Tillbaka (3:09)
  3. 3 Din (Quiereme Mucho) (2:42)
  4. 4 Du Är Så Underbart Rar (Can't Take My Eyes off You) (3:19)
  5. 5 Simsalabim (2:32)
  6. 6 Vi Möts Igen (Where are they now) (3:21)
  7. 7 Mycket Kär (Non illudertie mai) (2:28)
  8. 8 När du Blir Min (Lonesome Road) (2:12)
  9. 9 Härlig Är Vår Jord (2:43)
  10. 10 Räkna De Lyckliga Stunderna Blott (2:58)
  11. 11 Så Synd Du Måste Gå (It hurts to say goodbye) (2:26)
  12. 12 Försök Och Sov På Saken (Surround yourself with sorrow) (2:41)
  13. 13 Peter Pan (2:11)
  14. 14 Du Betonar Kärlek Lite Fel (2:29)
  15. 15 Där Du Går Lämnar Kärleken Spår (Love grows where my Rosemary goes) (2:45)
  16. 16 Du Var Främling Här Igår (I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten) (3:22)
  17. 17 Tre Kvart Från Nu (3:17)
  18. 18 Jag Blir Galen När Jag Tänker På Dej (Goin' out of my head) (3:31)
  19. 19 Lycka (3:01)
  20. 20 Sen Dess Har Jag Inte Sett 'en (2:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 En Ton Av Tystnad (The sound of silence) (3:57)
  2. 2 Suzanne (4:09)
  3. 3 Allting Skall Bli Bra/Vad Gör Jag Med Min Kärlek (Everythings Alright (6:15)
  4. 4 Jag Är Beredd (And I'll be there) (2:39)
  5. 5 En Liten Sång Om Kärlek (Five pennies saints) (2:25)
  6. 6 Telegram för fullmånen (2:01)
  7. 7 Barnen Sover (3:36)
  8. 8 En Kväll Om Sommarn (Changes) (2:06)
  9. 9 Vi Vet Allt, Men Nästan Inget (3:31)
  10. 10 Min Egen Stad (3:01)
  11. 11 En Gång Är Ingen Gång (There goes my everything) (2:46)
  12. 12 Vi Är Alla Bara Barn I Början (3:13)
  13. 13 Kom Och Sjung En Sång (No sad song) (3:42)
  14. 14 Att Älska I Vårens Tid (2:44)
  15. 15 Ole Lukköje (1:51)
  16. 16 Vad Gör Det Att Vi Skiljs För I Afton (2:18)
  17. 17 Min Soldat (2:49)
  18. 18 Barnen Sover (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Primary Artist, Vocals
Frida Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Phil Ochs Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Gonzalo Roig Composer
Phil Coulter Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Benny Andersson Composer, Producer
Bruno DeFilippi Composer
Paul Leka Composer
Bengt Palmers Director
Claes Rosendahl Arranger, Director
Nat Shilkret Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Tim Rice Composer
Sylvia Fine Composer
Jules Sylvain Composer
Toni Stern Composer
Bradford Craig Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
Denise Gross Composer
Traditional Composer
Cornelis Vreeswijk Composer
Kit Sundqvist Producer
Björn Norén Mastering
Carl Magnus Palm Text
Daniele Pace Composer
Lorenzo Pilat Composer
Mario Panzeri Composer
Lotar Olias Composer
Matteo Leo Chiosso Composer
Bo Dahlman Arranger
Lars Berghagen Composer, Duet
Ivan Renlidens Orkester Orchestration
Karl Ewert Composer
Bill Martin Composer
Georg Riedel Composer
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