Som jag är

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Som Jag Är
Studio album by Agnetha Fältskog
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Pop
Length 36:37
Label CBS Cupol (CLPN 345)
Producer Björn Ulvaeus, Karl Gerhard Lundkvist
Agnetha Fältskog chronology
Agnetha Fältskog Vol. 2
(1969)
Som jag är
(1970)
När en vacker tanke blir en sång
(1971)
Singles from Som jag är
  1. "Om tårar vore guld"
    Released: March 1970
  2. "Ta det bara med ro"
    Released: 1970

Som jag är (As I Am) is the third solo album by Swedish pop singer and ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog, released in late 1970.

Album Information[edit]

The album was co-produced by Little Gerhard (Karl-Gerhard Lundqvist) and Agnetha's boyfriend at the time, Björn Ulvaeus. Recording took place in January 1970 ("Om tårar vore guld") as well as September and October of the same year. All songs were recorded in Metronome Studios, Stockholm.

Just like on her second album, two of the songs were composed by Agnetha herself ("Om tårar vore guld" and "Jag skall göra allt"), while she wrote the Swedish lyrics to a couple of cover versions. "Jag skall göra allt" was recorded in German as "Tausend Wunder" (Thousand Wonders).

The best known track is "Om tårar vore guld", a Svensktoppen top 3 hit, which was also released as the first single from the album. The song can be regarded as one of her most successful numbers in Sweden before the ABBA period and it was also a highlight in the set of her folk park tour in the summer of 1970. This was in spite of a claim from a Danish composer that she had used 22 bars from his composition "Tema", even though this had been written in the 1950s and had never been recorded. The case dragged on until 1977, when a settlement was reached and Fältskog paid the Dane SEK 5,000.

The album has since been re-issued both on CD and iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Music Title (English translation) Length
1. "Som ett eko" (swed. version of "Vagabondo") Stig Anderson A. Morina, G. D'Ercola, A. Tomassini, M. Vicari Like An Echo 3:16
2. "När jag var fem"   Peter Himmelstrand Alan Bernstein, Victor Millrose When I Was Five 3:14
3. "En sång och en saga" (swed. version of "La première étoile") Stig Anderson Paul Mauriat, André Pascal A Song And A Story 3:40
4. "Tänk va' skönt" (swed. version of "It's Good To Be Alive") Agnetha Fältskog Val Avon Imagine How Nice 3:24
5. "Ta det bara med ro" (swed. version of "things go better with love") Stig Anderson Naomi Martin Take It Easy 2:14
6. "Om tårar vore guld"   Agnetha Fältskog Agnetha Fältskog If Tears Were Made Of Gold 3:30
Total length:
19:21
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Music Title (English translation) Length
1. "Hjärtats saga" (Arr.: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Sven-Olof Walldoff) Wilhelm Åström Wilhelm Åström The Story Of The Heart 2:21
2. "Spela vår sång" (swed. version of "Melody Man") Agnetha Fältskog Tony Cole Play Our Song 2:23
3. "Så här börjar kärlek" (med Björn Ulvaeus) Peter Himmelstrand Peter Himmelstrand This Is How Love Begins 2:35
4. "Du ska minnas mig"   Agnetha Fältskog A. Hamilton, S. Worth You Will Remember Me 3:14
5. "Jag skall göra allt"   Agnetha Fältskog Agnetha Fältskog I Will Do Anything 3:50
6. "Sov gott min lilla vän" (swed. version of "Un jour, un enfant") Agnetha Fältskog Emil Stern, Edmond Bacri Sleep Well My Little Friend 2:50
Total length:
17:16

Singles[edit]

Single sleeve for "Om tårar vore guld"
Single sleeve for "Ta det bara med ro"

Altogether three singles (one of which being just a promo-single for radio) were released off Agnetha's third album. None of them charted on the official Swedish sales chart Kvällstoppen. The first single, "Om tårar vore guld", features a cover version of "Little Altar Boy" on its b-side, titled "Litet Solskensbarn" (Little Child Of The Sun). The song was recorded together with "Om tårar vore guld" in early 1970, but subsequently left off the album.

Release date A-Side B-Side Label number Swedish charts peak
March 1970 Om tårar vore guld Litet solskensbarn CS 264
-
1970 Ta det bara med ro Som ett eko CS 272
-
1971 En sång och en saga Jag ska göra allt CS 275 (radio promo only)
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Svensktoppen[edit]

Two tracks from "Som jag är" appeared on the important Swedish radio chart Svensktoppen, "Om tårar vore guld" being the most successful, reaching the top 3 and eventually staying on the chart for 15 weeks in the spring of 1970.[1]

Chart entry Title Peak position Time in (weeks)
12 April 1970 Om tårar vore guld
3
15
28 March 1971 En sång och en saga
4
5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Svensktoppen archiv. http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2023&artikel=454888. Retrieved on 20 May 2011.