Eyes of a Woman

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Eyes of a Woman
Agnetha Fältskog - Eyes Of A Woman.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1985
RecordedOctober–November 1984
StudioPolar Music (Stockholm)
GenrePop
Length44:15
LabelPolar Music
ProducerEric Stewart
Agnetha Fältskog chronology
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
(1983)
Eyes of a Woman
(1985)
Kom följ med i vår karusell
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Hitkrant[2]

Eyes of a Woman is the second English-language solo studio album by Swedish singer and former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog, and her eighth studio album overall. It was released in March 1985.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded in the Polar Music Studios in Stockholm. Sessions began in early October 1984 and lasted until the end of November. The album was produced by Eric Stewart of 10cc and features former 10cc members Rick Fenn and Vic Emerson as session musicians, as well as Stewart's longtime friend Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues.

Notable songwriters who contributed to the album included Jeff Lynne, John Wetton and Geoff Downes as well as Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart himself. Long time ABBA fan Elvis Costello submitted a track "Shatterproof" for inclusion on the album, however Fältskog decided against recording it.[3] Two of the songs recorded, "Turn the World Around" and "You're There", were not included on the initial album, but were released as B-sides. "You're There" and "I Won't Let You Go" were composed by Fältskog herself with lyrics by Eric Stewart.

During the photo sessions for the sleeve of the album, Agnetha posed at the terrace of Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family, in Stockholm.

Release[edit]

The tracks "One Way Love" and "I Won't Let You Go" were released as singles throughout Europe. Agnetha also performed "One Way Love" at the Montreux Music Festival in 1985. Eyes of a Woman became Fältskog's second album to reach the UK Top 40, reaching No. 38. In Sweden, the album peaked at No. 2. It also reached the Top 20 in Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Top 30 in West Germany.

The album was reissued in 2005 with the singles' B-sides and the non-album single "The Way You Are" as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "One Way Love" (Jeff Lynne) – 3:36
  2. "Eyes of a Woman" (Paris Edvinson, Marianne Flynner) – 3:56
  3. "Just One Heart" (Paul Muggleton, Bob Noble) – 3:43
  4. "I Won't Let You Go" (Agnetha Fältskog, Eric Stewart) – 3:39
  5. "The Angels Cry" (Justin Hayward) – 4:22
  6. "Click Track" (Jan Ince, Phil Palmer) – 2:52

Side Two

  1. "We Should Be Together" (Jay Gruska, Tom Keane) – 3:57
  2. "I Won't Be Leaving You" (Eric Stewart) – 5:32
  3. "Save Me (Why Don't Ya)" (Eric Stewart) – 4:37
  4. "I Keep Turning Off Lights" (China Burton) – 3:37
  5. "We Move As One" (John Wetton, Geoffrey Downes) – 4:04

2005 Remastered Bonus Tracks:

  1. "You're There" (Agnetha Fältskog, Eric Stewart) – 3:29
  2. "Turn the World Around" (Randy Edelman)– 4:15
  3. "I Won't Let You Go" (Extended Version) (Agnetha Fältskog, Eric Stewart) – 6:02
  4. "The Way You Are" (with Ola Håkansson) (Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson, Alexander Bard) – 3:45
  5. "Fly Like the Eagle" (with Ola Håkansson) (Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson, Alexander Bard) – 3:05

Personnel[edit]

  • Agnetha Fältskog - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Eric Stewart - percussion, Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
  • Rick Fenn - guitars
  • Vic Emerson - keyboards and synthesizers
  • Rutger Gunnarsson - bass
  • Jamie Lane - drums (except "Eyes of a Woman")
  • Justin Hayward - guitars on "The Angels Cry"
  • Per Allsing - drums on "Eyes of a Woman"
  • Mel Collins - sax solos on "We Should Be Together" and "One Way Love"
  • Anders Glenmark - backing vocals
  • Karin Glenmark - backing vocals
  • Marianne Flynner - backing vocals
  • John Wetton - backing Vocals on "We Move as One"

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Eyes of a Woman
Chart (1985) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[4] 19
European Albums (Music & Media)[5] 22
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 30
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review - Agnetha Fältskog's Eyes of a Woman AllMusic.com. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  2. ^ Wouter (1985). Agnetha Fältskog/‘Eyes Of A Woman’/Polydor. Hitkrant.
  3. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 209. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Agnetha Fältskog – Eyes of a Woman" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Eurotipsheet. Vol. 2, no. 18. 6 May 1985. p. 12. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Agnetha Fältskog – Eyes of a Woman" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Agnetha Fältskog – Eyes of a Woman". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Agnetha Fältskog – Eyes of a Woman". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 December 2021.