Frida (album)

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Frida
Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Frida (1971).jpg
Studio album by Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Released March 1971
Recorded 8 September 1970 – 15 January 1971
Studio EMI Studios, Stockholm
Genre Easy listening, pop
Length 35:46
Label
Producer Benny Andersson[2]
Anni-Frid Lyngstad chronology
Frida
(1971)
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
(1972)
Reissue cover
1974 re-release EMI:s Stjärnserie Vol. 7

Frida is the debut album by Swedish singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, released on March 1971[3] by EMI's sublabel, Columbia, prior to her formation with ABBA. Frida was her only album recorded for EMI during her contract, not counting her eponymous compilation album. Recorded between September 1970 and January 1971,[4] Frida was produced by her then-fiancé, Benny Andersson. This album is included in the EMI compilation, Frida 1967–1972.

Overview[edit]

Recording session[edit]

The recording session of Frida took place at EMI Studios, Stockholm,[2] not to be confused with another studio of the same name based in London, England, currently known as Abbey Road Studios, on 8 September 1970 and was completed in 15 January 1971.[4] Min Egen Stad [My Own Town] was recorded on 12 July 1971, and was completed 11 days later.[3][4]

Aftermath[edit]

By the time of the album's release, Lyngstad had been signed to EMI, for four years, since she won a song contest titled 'New Faces' and appeared on a Swedish television show, 'Hylands Hörna' (Hyland's Corner), in September 1967.[5] Not long after the release of the album, in 1972, Lyngstad did not renew her contract with EMI, and was signed to Polar Music to record her first single for the independent Swedish record label, and eventually team up with Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Fältskog to form ABBA.[6] As a result, it is the only album Lyngstad has recorded, under her contract with EMI, as she has made non-album singles between 1967 and 1972.

Reception and re-release[edit]

The album received unanimously generous praise from the critics, who especially noted the precision and versatility of Frida as a vocalist. For example, Sweden's biggest morning paper Dagens Nyheter (Daily News) wrote: "Professional, sure and certain LP-debut...low key but self-sure personality with sprinkles of both temperament, humor and tenderness. And she sings in this way that you understand she´s got something between her ears - she sings with others words in a very intelligent way". The album was also re-released the following year as she had her first number one, "Min Egen Stad" in the Swedish weekly record chart Svensktoppen on 24 October 1971,[7] consequently adding this song as the opening track of side two of Frida. This version of the album was later given a third release in 1974, as a compilation under the name EMI:s Stjärnserie Vol. 7 [sic] (EMI Star Series).[8]

Unreleased sessions[edit]

A cover version of The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road" from the Frida sessions remained unreleased, until it was leaked by a YouTube channel, 'ABBAtalk' in December 2013.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tre Kvart Från Nu (Three Quarters from Now)" (Melody in F) Anton Rubinstein, Peter Himmelstrand 3:14
2. "Jag Blir Galen När Jag Tänker På Dej (I Get Crazy When I Think Of You)" (Goin' Out of My Head) Teddy Randazzo, Robert Weinstein, Stig Anderson 3:27
3. "Lycka" (Happiness / Luck) Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Anderson 2:59
4. "Sen Dess Har Jag Inte Sett 'En'" (Since Then I've Not Seen 'A') Traditional, arr. Claes Rosendahl, Lars Berghagen 2:08
5. "En Ton Av Tystnad" (The Sound of Silence) Paul Simon, Owe Junsjö 4:00
6. "Suzanne" Leonard Cohen, Junsjö 3:07
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Allting Skall Bli Bra" (Everything Will Be Good/Everything's Alright) Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Junsjö 6:14
2. "Jag Är Beredd (I'm Ready)" (And I'll Be There) Paul Leka, Denise Gross, Anderson 2:38
3. "En Liten Sång Om Kärlek (A Little Song About Love)" (Five Pennies Saints) Sylvia Fine, Berghagen 2:25
4. "Telegram Till Fullmånen" (Telegraph to Full Moon) Cornelis Vreeswijk 1:59
5. "Barnen Sover" (The Children Sleeping) Himmelstrand 3:35

Reissued edition[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tre Kvart Från Nu" (Melody in F) Anton Rubinstein, Peter Himmelstrand 3:14
2. "Jag Blir Galen När Jag Tänker På Dej" (Going Out of My Head) Teddy Randazzo, Robert Weinstein, Stig Anderson 3:27
3. "Lycka" Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Anderson 2:59
4. "Sen Dess Har Jag Inte Sett 'En" Traditional, arr. Claes Rosendahl, Lars Berghagen 2:08
5. "En Ton Av Tystnad" (The Sound of Silence) Paul Simon, Owe Junsjö 4:00
6. "Suzanne" Leonard Cohen, Junsjö 3:07
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Min Egen Stad" (My Own Town) Andersson, Himmelstrand 3:00
2. "Allting Skall Bli Bra" (Everything's Alright)
  • "Vad Gör Jag Med Min Kärlek" (I Don't Know How To Love Him)"
Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Junsjö 6:14
3. "Jag Är Beredd" (And I'll Be There) Paul Leka, Denise Gross, Anderson 2:38
4. "En Liten Sång Om Kärlek" (Five Pennies Saints) Sylvia Fine , Berghagen 2:25
5. "Telegram Till Fullmånen" Cornelis Vreeswijk 1:59
6. "Barnen Sover" Himmelstrand 3:35

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Frida". Record Store Day. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Frida". Discogs. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Frida: The Early Years". Rafael and Stefans'. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Frida 1967 - 1972". Discogs. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Frida 1967 - 1972 Liner Notes, English translation". Carl Magnus Palm. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Frida Solo Albums". Polar Music International AB. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Svensktoppen: 1971". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Anni-Frid Lyngstad EMI:s Stjärnserie No. 7". Discogs. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "ABBA Frida The Long And Winding Road unreleased Beatles cover #rare". YouTube. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c While Carl Magnus Palm's source indicates that all ABBA members contributed to vocals, the original EMI Columbia issue of the album, Frida, does not indicate the credits of the ABBA members (with the exception of Benny, who, according to the credits, contributed only in playing the piano, and producing the album.) on vocals.