I Stand Alone (Agnetha Fältskog album)
|I Stand Alone|
|Studio album by Agnetha Fältskog|
|Label||WEA, Atlantic (US)|
|Producer||Peter Cetera, Bruce Gaitsch|
|Agnetha Fältskog chronology|
I Stand Alone was the third English language solo album, and tenth overall, by Swedish singer and former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog. Released in November 1987, the album was produced by Peter Cetera and would be her last for 17 years.
Recorded in Los Angeles I Stand Alone was produced by Peter Cetera, the former singer and bass guitar player with American rock band Chicago. He duetted with Fältskog on the track "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)", (No.93 Billboard Hot 100 and No.19 Adult Contemporary in the U.S.) The co-producer of the album was Bruce Gaitsch, with whom Fältskog was in a relationship at the time.
The musical style of the album was very different from the European sounds of Faltskog's previous two albums, and reflected the West Coast American influences of the producers. The album became Sweden's best-selling LP of 1988, where it remained at No.1 for eight weeks. It also reached the Top 20 in Norway and Belgium, and No.22 in the Netherlands, but fared less well on charts elsewhere, only reaching No.47 in West Germany, No.72 in the United Kingdom, No.93 in Japan and No.96 in Australia.
Fältskog also made several promo videos for singles from the album, including "The Last Time" and "Let It Shine". When the third single, "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)", appeared on the U.S. Billboard Chart in April 1988, Warner Music asked her to make another video immediately. Although it was a duet with Peter Cetera, he did not appear in the video.
For the cover of the album and promotional interviews, Fältskog appeared with a "new" spiky blonde hair look. Fältskog made a very rare trip on an airplane to Los Angeles to record the album. After it was completed, she didn't fly again for years due to her much-publicised fear of flying. She did, however, admit that the flight was worth it.
The album was picked as a "Lost Treasure" by The Smashing Pumpkins' front man Billy Corgan. "She's one of my favourite singers of all time," he explained. "It's rare that a singer can hit super-high up the register and sound really good. When I look at the pop world today, I wish we had an ABBA. They had that right combination of fun, beauty, not taking it too seriously, but being deadly in the studio. Everyone's so goddamn serious these days."
- "The Last Time" – 4:12 (Robin Randall, Judithe Randall, Jeff Law)
- "Little White Secrets" – 4:04 (Ellen Schwartz, Roger Bruno, Susan Pomerantz)
- "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)" – 4:10 (Mark Mueller, Aaron Zigman)
- "Love in a World Gone Mad" – 4:08 (Billy Livsey, Pete Sinfield)
- "Maybe It Was Magic" – 4:07 (Peter Brown, Pat Hurley)
- "Let It Shine" – 3:58 (Austin Roberts, Bill LaBounty, Beckie Foster)
- "We Got a Way" – 3:50 (John Robinson, Franne Golde, Martin Walsh)
- "I Stand Alone" – 4:48 (Peter Cetera, Bruce Gaitsch)
- "Are You Gonna Throw It All Away" – 4:52 (Diane Warren, Albert Hammond)
- "If You Need Somebody Tonight" – 3:32 (Diane Warren, Albert Hammond)
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||19|
|German Albums (Media Control Charts)||47|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||16|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||1|
|UK Albums (OCC)||72|
- Produced by Peter Cetera & Bruce Gaitsch
- Engineered & Mixed by Rick Holbrook
- Assistant Engineer: Britt Bacon
- Mix Assistant: Karen Siegel
- Recorded at Chartmaker Studios (Malibu, CA)
- Additional recording at Skyline Recording (Topanga Canyon, CA), That Studio (North Hollywood, CA), Sun Valley Audio (Sun Valley, ID) & Zebra Studio (Studio City, CA)
- Mixed at Lion Share Recording Studio (Los Angeles, CA)
- Mastering: Wally Traugott at Capitol Mastering (Hollywood, CA)
- Production Coordination: Ivy Skoff
- Art Direction: Greta for Ink-a-Dinka, Inc.
- Photography: Albert Tolot
- Lead vocals: Agnetha Fältskog
- Duet vocals on "I Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)": Peter Cetera
- Drums: John "J.R." Robinson
- Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
- Bells, whistles: Robbie Buchanan
- Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
- Keyboards, synthesizers: Robbie Buchanan, Randy Waldman
- Acoustic piano: Randy Waldman
- Guitars, synthesizer programming: Bruce Gaitsch
- Saxophone: Dave Boruff
- Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
- Backing vocals: Kenny & Peter Cetera, Linda Harmon, Darlene Koldenhoven, Agnetha Fältskog
- Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 220. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
- Q #341, December 2014, p122
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- I Stand Alone Agnetha Fältskog official website entry
- "I Stand Alone" personnel and production credits at allmusic