Wrap Your Arms Around Me

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Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Studio album by Agnetha Fältskog
Released 31 May 1983
Recorded 20 January - March 1983 at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden[1]
Genre Pop
Length 37:39
Label Polar (original release)
Universal International (2001 reissue)
Producer Mike Chapman
Agnetha Fältskog chronology
Nu tändas tusen juleljus (album)
(1981)
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
(1983)
Eyes of a Woman
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Wrap Your Arms Around Me is the first English-language solo album[3] by former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog. It was released on 31 May 1983 through Polar Music. The album was produced by Mike Chapman. The first track from the album, "The Heat Is On", is commonly regarded as Fältskog's best-known 1980s solo hit, while "Can't Shake Loose" became the first of only two solo singles from Fältskog to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, peaking at number 29. The single "The Heat Is On", was a hit all over Europe and Scandinavia. It reached number one in Sweden and Norway and number two in the Netherlands and Belgium. In Europe, the single "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" was another successful hit, topping the charts in Belgium and Denmark, reaching the Top 5 in Sweden, the Netherlands and South Africa, and the Top 20 in Germany and France.The track "Man" was the only song on the album written by Fältskog herself in contrast to her pre-ABBA 1960s recordings in Swedish, which were mostly self-written. The album's strings were provided by the Sveriges Radio Symphony Orchesta.[4]

The album was a hit in Europe, selling over 1,2 million copies.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Heat Is On"   Florrie Palmer, Tony Ashton 3:53
2. "Can't Shake Loose"   Russ Ballard 4:21
3. "Shame"   David Clark Allen 3:36
4. "Stay"   David Clark Allen 3:17
5. "Once Burned, Twice Shy"   Dan Tyler, Richard Spady Brannan 3:42
6. "Mr. Persuasion"   Susan Lynch, Larry Whitman 2:41
7. "Wrap Your Arms Around Me"   Mike Chapman, Holly Knight 5:12
8. "To Love"   Jill Brandt, Randy Goodrum 3:52
9. "I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever"   Russ Ballard 4:12
10. "Man"   Agnetha Fältskog 3:32
11. "Take Good Care of Your Children"   Tomas Ledin 3:43
12. "Stand by My Side"   Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, David Cowles 4:15
Total length:
37:39
2005 bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Never Again"   Tomas Ledin 3:54
14. "It's So Nice to Be Rich" (stereo version) Gunnar Svensson, Hans Alfredson 3:41
15. "P & B"   Gunnar Svensson, Hans Alfredson 4:01
16. "The Heat Is On" (Super Dance Music Mix) Florrie Palmer, Tony Ashton 7:58
17. "Ya Nunca Más" (Spanish version of "Never Again") Tomas Ledin; Mary McCluskey, Buddy McCluskey 3:55
Preceded by
Let's Dance by David Bowie
Swedish Chart number-one album
June 14–28, 1983
Succeeded by
Flashdance by Various artists
Preceded by
Faster Than the Speed of Night by Bonnie Tyler
Norwegian VG-lista Chart number-one album
27/1983 - 31/1983 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
Crises by Mike Oldfield

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.91
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.91
  4. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.93
  5. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.93