Funky ABBA

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 614427943026
  • Catalog Number: 791621
  • Sales rank: 238,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Money, Money, Money - Nils Landgren (2:43)
  2. 2 Knowing You, Knowing Me - Nils Landgren (4:27)
  3. 3 Voulez-Vous - Nils Landgren (4:58)
  4. 4 Thank You for the Music - Nils Landgren (3:29)
  5. 5 Super Trouper - Nils Landgren (4:28)
  6. 6 Summer Night - Nils Landgren (4:54)
  7. 7 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Nils Landgren (4:12)
  8. 8 The Name of the Game - Nils Landgren (5:12)
  9. 9 Dancing Queen - Nils Landgren (5:21)
  10. 10 Take a Chance on Me - Nils Landgren (4:00)
  11. 11 Sos - Nils Landgren (4:45)
  12. 12 When All Is Said and Done - Nils Landgren (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nils Landgren Funk Unit Primary Artist
Nils Landgren Indexed Contributor, Trombone, Vocals
Lars Danielsson Electric Bass
Benny Andersson Piano, Guest Appearance
Till Brönner Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Henrik Janson Guitar
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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