Wrap Your Arms Around Me

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Wrap Your Arms Around Me
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Studio album by Agnetha Fältskog
Released 31 May 1983
Recorded January - March 1983
Studio Polar Studios, Stockholm[1]
Genre Pop
Length 46:16
Label Polar (original release)
Universal International (2001 reissue)
Producer Mike Chapman
Agnetha Fältskog chronology
Nu tändas tusen juleljus
(1981)Nu tändas tusen juleljus1981
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
(1983)
Eyes of a Woman
(1985)Eyes of a Woman1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
People Favorable[3]

Wrap Your Arms Around Me is the first English-language solo album[4] by former ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog. Counting her previous solo albums recorded in the Swedish language, it was her seventh album overall. The album was released by Polar Music on 31 May 1983 and was produced by Mike Chapman.

Singles charts and reception[edit]

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 in October 1983. "The Heat Is On" was a hit in Europe and Scandinavia, reaching number one in Sweden and Norway and peaking at number two in the Netherlands and Belgium. The album's title track 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 Orchestra.[5]

The album has sold over 1.2 million copies globally.[6]

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 Duncombe 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: 46:16
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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 5
German Albums (Media Control Charts)[8] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 18
US Billboard 200[12] 129
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. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Wrap Your Arms Around Me". People. Time Inc. October 24, 1983. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.91
  5. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.93
  6. ^ Faltskog, Agnetha & Ahman, Brita (1997) 'As I Am: ABBA Before & Beyond', Virgin Publishing, p.93
  7. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog – Wrap Your Arms Around Me" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog, Wrap Your Arms Around Me" (in German). Officialcharts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Agnetha – Wrap Your Arms Around Me". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog – Wrap Your Arms Around Me". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Agnetha Faltskog | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  12. ^ "Agnetha Fältskog – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Agnetha Fältskog.