Ice’s note: Summer In My Heart referred to on the ABBA site (see below) should read Story Of A Heart.
For their first UK release, say hello to The Benny Andersson Band and Story Of A Heart, a 14-track compilation of the best and most interesting musical moments from their three hit Swedish albums.
There’s Jehu, a galloping number we might call ultra-polka. The irrepressible party atmosphere of Glasgow Boogie, meanwhile, cheerfully flouts geographical borders, evoking both Celtic and Swedish music.
Benny: ‘I think all folk music is tied together one way or another, through all the years. It sounds a bit different if you go to Scotland, or Ireland, or Germany, or Holland, or Sweden. But there’s something in it – you understand why the songs are still alive. How they’ve been kept in people’s awareness.’
Nonetheless, he cheerfully adds, we shouldn’t read too much into the song’s title. He’s never been a lyric writer, and titling songs is especially difficult with instrumentals. Still, he has some help. Björn Ulvaeus is an occasional collaborator with The Benny Andersson Band. He’s supplied words (originally in Swedish, and now in English) for the Forties swing-swoon of Our Last Dance and The Stars.
And the two old creative partners also teamed up on a new, contemporary-sounding pop song, Summer In My Heart, and on a new-ish one, You Are My Man. The latter is a swaggering country-soul tune that, in its Swedish-lyric incarnation, has been a huge hit in Sweden.