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BB before ABBA

ABBA…….. WE KNOW VERY FEW PEOPLE THAT ARE INDIFFERENT TO THIS BAND.  THE VERY MENTION OF THE NAME USUALLY PROVOKES JOYOUS SMILES OR VENOMOUS RANTS.  AS MOST FOLKS KNOW WHO THEY WERE AND WHAT THEY DID,  WE’LL SPEAK NO MORE OF THE SWEDISH SUPER-GROUP.

BUT WE’VE LEARNED FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT BJORN AND BENNY’S MUSICAL LIFE BEFORE THE WIVES JOINED IN.  THEIR DEBUT (and only) FULL-LENGTH RECORD IS THE 1970 RELEASE LYCKA.  AN AMALGAMATION OF POP AND FOLK STYLES, IT IS PROBABLY BEST DESCRIBED AS SWEDISH SIMON & GARFUNKEL.  THIS ISN’T A CRITICISM AT ALL, AS MOST OF THE SONGS ARE QUITE LOVELY AND WORK BEST IN THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE.  LYCKA IS VERY MUCH A RECORD OF ITS TIME.  BROWN SHIRTS BEFORE SEQUINS,  THERE REALLY ISN’T ANY INDICATION OF THE DISCO-TINGED POP THAT WAS TO COME LATER.   THE CHARMING BEER-HALL-SOUNDING FOLK TUNE “HEJ, GAMLE MAN!” IS THE ONLY SONG ON THE RECORD WHERE BOTH THE WIVES APPEAR, AND ALSO THE FIRST RECORDING OF THE QUARTET BEFORE THE FORMATION OF ABBA.

FOR LISTENERS WHO ENJOY LATE 60’S/EARLY 70’S POP-FOLK, THIS RECORD MIGHT BE RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY, DESPITE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT “DANCING QUEEN”.

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