Tages (album)

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Tages
TagesDebut.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 November 1965
Recorded5 August − 6 October 1965
StudioEMI studios, Stockholm
Genre
Length34:18
LabelPlatina
ProducerAnders Henriksson
Tages chronology
Tages
(1965)
Tages 2
(1966)
Singles from Tages
  1. "Sleep Little Girl"
    Released: 16 October 1964
  2. "The One For You"
    Released: August 1965
  3. "Bloodhound"
    Released: November 1965
  4. "Doctor Feel-Good"
    Released: May 1968

Tages is the eponymous debut studio album by Swedish beat group Tages, released on 3 November 1965 on Platina Records.[2] Released during a period in which the band had accumulated four top ten singles in Tio I Topp and as many on Kvällstoppen.[3][4] This led the band to become one of Sweden's first and foremost pop groups, along with Hep Stars.[5]

It was their first of three albums recorded on Platina Records, after which they'd switch to Parlophone, becoming among the first Swedish groups to do so. Issued in 6000 copies, it sold 10000 and became their first gold record in Sweden (the second being Tages 2).[2][6] Despite this apparent success, it failed to chart on Kvällstoppen.

Content[edit]

The album features several garage rock and rhythm and blues standards such as "Dimples" and "Got My Mojo Working" (titled "I Got My Mojo Working" on the album) and can be considered a typical album for the era. However, unlike contemporary albums by other Swedish groups, Tages composed their own material, of which two are on the album. These are "Sleep Little Girl", their first single that hit number one on Tio I Topp and number three on Kvällstoppen.[7][8] This was the third re-recording of the track as it differs from the single version.[2] The other original composition is "The One For You" which was also released as a single and reached number two on Tio I Topp and number six on Kvällstoppen.[3][9] "The One For You" is the oldest recorded track on the album, recorded on 5 August 1965.[10]

Other tracks on the album include their cover of "Bloodhound" which was released as a single and reached number six on Tio I Topp, but fared better on Kvällstoppen where it reached number three.[3][11] The non-album B-Side of that single is one of the first covers of Ian Samwell and Brian Potter's "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", which was released as the Small Faces debut single on 6 August 1965.[12] Tages would go on and make one more Small Faces cover, "Understanding", which appears on their third studio album Extra Extra.[13]

Vocally, the album is democratically divided, with Tommy Blom singing solo on three songs. Göran Lagerberg sings solo on one song and the rest are harmony vocals, performed by various members of the band, including drummer Freddie Skantze and Blom on "Stand by Me"

In contrast to their later albums, which consisted of approximately half-to all tracks original material, Tages only feature two such songs. Tages is the band's only album where their rhythm-and-blues based origins and influences are strongly present; on subsequent albums this is overshadowed by more conventional pop songs and (especially on their three final studio albums) psychedelic-influenced material. "Doctor Feel-Good" would strangely be released as a single by Platina in May 1968; it failed to chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Bloodhound"Larry BrightTommy Blom2:21
2."Everybody Loves a Lover"
  • Anders Töpel
  • Danne Larsson
  • Göran Lagerberg
2:14
3."Dimples"Lagerberg3:03
4."I Got My Mojo Working"McKinley Morganfield
  • Blom
  • Larsson
  • Lagerberg
4:33
5."Naggin'"
Blom3:52
6."Sleep Little Girl"Tommy Blom
  • Blom
  • Larsson
  • Lagerberg
2:27
Total length:18:30
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."The One For You"Danne Larsson
  • Larsson
  • Lagerberg
2:34
2."Seventh Son"Willie DixonBlom3:14
3."I'll Go Crazy"James Brown
  • Larsson
  • Lagerberg
2:21
4."Cathy's Clown"Don Everly
  • Töpel
  • Lagerberg
2:23
5."Doctor Feel-Good"Curtis Smith
  • Töpel
  • Larsson
  • Lagerberg
2:12
6."Stand by Me"
  • Blom
  • Freddie Skantze
3:04
Total length:15:48

(note that the track listing was printed with a few errors on first pressings; "I Got My Mojo Working" is commonly thought to be written by Preston "Red" Foster, while others claim McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) wrote it. "Stand By Me" was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, not by Dean Beard, Ray Doggett and Slim Willet as the album claims)

Personnel[edit]

Tages[edit]

  • Tommy Blom – lead vocals on "Bloodhound", "Naggin'" and "Seventh Son", co-lead vocals on "I Got My Mojo Working", "Sleep Little Girl" and "Stand By Me", harmonica[14]
  • Danne Larsson – rhythm guitar, co-lead vocals on "Everybody Loves a Lover", "I Got My Mojo Working", "Sleep Little Girl", "The One For You", "I'll Go Crazy" and "Doctor Feel-Good",[14]
  • Göran Lagerberg – bass guitar, lead vocals on "Dimples", co-lead vocals on "Everybody Loves a Lover", "I Got My Mojo Working", "Sleep Little Girl", "The One For You", "I'll Go Crazy", "Cathy's Clown" and "Doctor Feel-Good"[14]
  • Anders Töpel – lead guitar, co-lead vocals on "Everybody Loves a Lover", "Cathy's Clown" and "Doctor Feel-Good"[14]
  • Freddie Skantze – drums, percussion, co-lead vocals on "Stand By Me"[14]

Other musicians[edit]

  • Anders Henriksson – piano[14]

Technical[edit]

  • Anders Henriksson – producer, studio engineer[14]
  • Björn Norén – studio engineer[14]
  • Peter Knopp – album cover photo[15]
  • Hans Sidén – illustrations, layout and liner notes

Singles[edit]

Year Song B-side Chart positions
Kvällstoppen Tio I Topp[3]
1964 "Sleep Little Girl" "Tell Me You're Mine" 4[8] 1
1965 "The One For You" "I Got My Mojo Working" 6[9] 2
"Bloodhound" "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" 3[11] 6
1968 "Doctor Feel-Good" "I'm Mad"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tages - The Tages | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-05-13
  2. ^ a b c "Tages − Tages (album)". www.svenskpophistoria.se. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tages − Tio i Topp". www.svenskpophistoria.se. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  4. ^ "Tages − Kvällstoppen". NostalgiListan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  5. ^ "The Mascots, the Shanes, and the undiscovered gems of Swedish Sixties pop". www.newstatesman.com. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  6. ^ "Musik / Skivor". www.tages.nu (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  7. ^ "Tages hyllas med nytt album". www.goteborgdirekt.se (in Swedish). 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  8. ^ a b "Sleep Little Girl av Tages". NostalgiListan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  9. ^ a b "The One For You av Tages". NostalgiListan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  10. ^ "Tages − The One For You". www.svenskpophistoria.se. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  11. ^ a b "Bloodhound av Tages". NostalgiListan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  12. ^ Hewitt, Paolo, 1958- (1995). Small Faces: The Young Mods Forgotten Story. London: Acid Jazz. p. 44. ISBN 0-9523935-0-6. OCLC 34676493.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Tages − Extra Extra". www.svenskpophistoria.se. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tages - Tages". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  15. ^ "Tages - Tages". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-05-13.

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