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Funky ABBA
     

Funky ABBA

by The Nils Landgren Funk Unit
 
In the '70s and early '80s, ABBA was one of the groups that most rock critics loved to hate. How could ABBA's bubblegum Europop be so huge, critics wondered, at a time when challenging visionaries like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed were

Overview

In the '70s and early '80s, ABBA was one of the groups that most rock critics loved to hate. How could ABBA's bubblegum Europop be so huge, critics wondered, at a time when challenging visionaries like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed were making records? But music doesn't always have to be challenging, daring or provocative -- it can simply entertain as long as it's well done -- and time has been much kinder to the Swedish outfit than those '70s critics. Long after ABBA's 1983 breakup, their recordings continue to sell -- and in the '90s and 2000s, ABBA covers have come from some unlikely places (including metal, industrial rock, techno and darkwave). This intriguing 2004 release finds Swedish trombonist/producer Nils Landgren putting a funk
eo-soul/hip-hop spin on ABBA's songs, which works surprisingly well in an R&B-oriented environment. Then again, it isn't all that surprising when you consider that ABBA had funk and disco influences. In their own glossy, sugary way, some of ABBA's hits were funky -- mildly funky, but funky nonetheless. So in some cases, Landgren takes Europop gems that already had a little funk to begin with -- including "Voulez-Vous," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" and "Money, Money, Money" -- and gives them a great deal of funk. And even though ABBA's classic versions of "Dancing Queen," "SOS" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" were a long way from hardcore R&B (more like hardcore Europop/Top 40), the tunes are certainly R&B-minded after Landgren interprets them. Employing various male and female vocalists, Landgren gives us some idea what the ABBA songbook might sound like in the hands of Jill Scott, R. Kelly, En Vogue or Erykah Badu. None of those artists are actually on this CD; regardless, Funky ABBA is, from an R&B standpoint, a creative success.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0614427943026
catalogNumber:
791621

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Performance Credits

Nils Landgren Funk Unit   Primary Artist
Lars Danielsson   Electric Bass
Benny Andersson   Piano,Guest Appearance
Till Brönner   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Henrik Janson   Guitar
Nils Landgren   Trombone,Vocals
Per Lindvall   Drums
Wolfgang Haffner   Drums,Background Vocals
Roberto Di Gioia   Keyboards
Magnum Coltrane Price   Synthesizer,Vocals
Jesper Nordenström   Keyboards
Viktoria Tolstoy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Karl-Martin Almqvist   Tenor Saxophone
Sharon Dyall   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Benny Andersson   Composer
Till Brönner   Horn Arrangements
Nils Landgren   Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Siegfried Lock   Executive Producer
Max Neumann   Cover Art
Stig Anderson   Composer
Magnum Coltrane Price   Poetry,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Stefan Boman   Engineer

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