Label: Polar - 0249876823 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country •
In hindsight, it seems the scene was set for ABBA to happen, Ja Te Moram Probati (Remix) - Sanja Novinc - O, Kako Dobro Je those involved felt so inclined. The reality at the time, however, was quite different. The first, innocent pop era collapsed when the discotheques became popular and killed off many gig opportunities.
Those who wanted to devote themselves to pure entertainment found it tough: the market for Swedish light-pop was limited, so what remained was Swedish schlager a form of European easy listening and cabaret. In the autumn ofthey wrote most of the music for a not-very-good Swedish soft-porn movie, using the working title Inga II it was a follow-up to a similar film entitled Inga.
Two young couples and one old man However, it was not the more poppy material, rooted in the music revolution of the Sixties, that would give the duo their greatest success. During their holiday they sang together and were struck by the extraordinary sound they made as a quartet. Nor did Lycka have much success as a demo album for other artists.
The cabaret show put together by the two engaged couples under the name Festfolk premiered in Gothenburg on November 1,but unfortunately it became a big flop. But although this would have strengthened the resolve to go on working as a quartet, the subsequent tour with the show was not an enjoyable experience and effectively killed those plans.
In the meantime, however, they all contributed to the records they each issued as solo or duo acts, whether as producers, musicians, backing vocalists or songwriters. The song is notable for being one of the few in the history of recorded music to include solo vocal parts from Benny. Meanwhile, the dream to get their music across the Swedish borders lived on. At the time, the international music business did not take Swedish music seriously, which meant that this was a tough task.
However, Stig Anderson had an alternate plan: if they could just enter a song in the Eurovision Song Contest, they would bypass the sceptic foreign record companies and be able to reach million viewers directly with a catchy hit. That would be the door-opener they needed, he reasoned. The trio set their sights on Issued in Japan in Februarythe single became a major hit, reaching På Bröllop - Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Lycka seven on the sales chart and selling close toPå Bröllop - Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Lycka — on a market traditionally dominated All Of You - Julio Iglesias - 1100 Bel Air Place domestic acts.
Naturally, the Japanese craved a follow-up. The former was primarily aimed at the Japanese market, which is quite evident from the Oriental-sounding intro on the recording. The first true ABBA recording had been made. Furthermore, it was a different mix of the song than the one issued by ABBA. However, the remastered CD version of Lycka offers a previously unreleased bonus track, which was probably recorded in the mid-Seventies.
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