Monday, 24 August 2009

Nils Landgren Funk Unit “Funky Abba”

Nils Landgren Funk Unit

“Funky Abba”
( LP ACT Music, 2004 )
Catalog # ACT 9430-2

1. Money, Money, Money (2:41)
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You (4:24)
3. Voulez-Vous (4:57)
4. Thank You For The Music (3:27)
5. Super Trouper (4:28)
6. Summer Night City (4:52)
7. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (4:10)
8. The Name Of The Game (5:11)
9. Dancing Queen (5:19)
10. Take A Chance On Me (4:01)
11. SOS (4:38)
12. When All Is Said And Done (3:41)

Personnel & Credits:
Bass [Fender] – Lars Danielsson
Bouzouki – Alex Papaconstantinou (tracks: 3)
Drums – Per Lindvall (tracks: 7, 11), Wolfgang Haffner
Guitar – Henrik Janson
Keyboards – Jesper Nordenström, Roberto Di Gioia
Other [Co-flow] – Nimo (tracks: 8)
Piano – Benny Andersson (tracks: 12)
Producer – Magnum Coltrane Price, Nils Landgren
Recorded By – Stefan Boman
Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Magnum Coltrane Price
Saxophone [Tenor] – Karl-Martin Almqvist
Trombone, Vocals – Nils Landgren
Trumpet – Till Brönner (tracks: 2)
Vocals – Sharon Dyall (tracks: 3, 7), Viktoria Tolstoy (tracks: 6, 12)
Vocals [Backing] – Wolfgang Haffner (tracks: 11)
Vocals, Synthesizer – Magnum Coltrane Price

Recorded in Stockholm, September 1.- 4., 2003 at Polar Studio A.
Additional recording at Budzilla Studios.

In the ’70s and early ’80s, ABBA was one of the groups that most rock critics loved to hate. How could ABBA’s bubblegum Europop be so huge, critics wondered, at a time when challenging visionaries like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed were making records? But music doesn’t always have to be challenging, daring or provocative — it can simply entertain as long as it’s well done — and time has been much kinder to the Swedish outfit than those ’70s critics. Long after ABBA’s 1983 breakup, their recordings continue to sell — and in the ’90s and 2000s, ABBA covers have come from some unlikely places (including metal, industrial rock, techno and darkwave). This intriguing 2004 release finds Swedish trombonist/producer Nils Landgren putting a funk/neo-soul/hip-hop spin on ABBA’s songs, which works surprisingly well in an R&B-oriented environment. Then again, it isn’t all that surprising when you consider that ABBA had funk and disco influences. In their own glossy, sugary way, some of ABBA’s hits were funky — mildly funky, but funky nonetheless. So in some cases, Landgren takes Europop gems that already had a little funk to begin with — including “Voulez-Vous,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight”)” and “Money, Money, Money” — and gives them a great deal of funk. And even though ABBA’s classic versions of “Dancing Queen,” “SOS” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You” were a long way from hardcore R&B (more like hardcore Europop/Top 40), the tunes are certainly R&B-minded after Landgren interprets them. Employing various male and female vocalists, Landgren gives us some idea what the ABBA songbook might sound like in the hands of Jill Scott, R. Kelly, En Vogue or Erykah Badu. None of those artists are actually on this record; regardless, Funky ABBA is, from an R&B standpoint, a creative success.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Celo


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codazzo said...

thank you for the post. a question: is it missing the first track or have i lost it on the way?

codazzo said...

thank you for the post. a question: is it missing the first track or have i lost it on the way?

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