Live From Louder Lounge…absolutely beautiful…
Deap Vally - “End of the World”
Stevie Wonder - Knocks me off my feet
Live In London
The Winner Takes It All was recorded on June 6 1980, and had the working title “The Story Of My Life”. It was released as a single on July 21 1980. It reached #1 in Belgium (2 months), Ireland, South Africa, Holland and UK and made the top 10 in another 14 countries. It was voted Britain’s favorite break-up song in 2006.
Bjorn went home with a tape of the backing track to write the lyrics. The layers of French chanson suggested something melodramatic and emotional. On this night Bjorn opened a bottle of Scotch whisky and drank freely during the writing process. “I was drunk” he recalled “and the whole lyric came to me in a rush of emotion in one hour”. Tears flowed in the recording studio after Agnetha recorded her lead vocal. She called The Winner Takes It All “the best of all Abba songs. The lyrics are deeply personal, and the music is unsurpassed. Singing it was like acting a part. I mustn’t let my feelings take over. It was quite a while afterwards before I realised that we made a small masterpiece.”
Benny recalls “As a melody its the simplest ever. There are only two different melody lines in it that are repeated throughout the whole song, and yet I think we managed to avoid a feeling of repetition. The song includes a lot of emotion and their is a counterpoint thing going on with the vocals in the backing track. That’s the Brian Wilson influence. Counterpoint harmony, thats what the Beach Boys did all the time and what I always liked a lot.”
You will find peace of mind
If you look way down in your heart and soul
Don’t hesitate ‘cause the world seems cold
Stay young at heart ‘cause you’re never (never, never, ..) old at heart
Joe Pass & Roy Clark - Why Don’t You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)
In 1994, guitarists Joe Pass and Roy Clark got together and recorded an album of Hank Williams songs. They recorded in Hollywood, at Sage & Sound, and the session was produced by Ralph Jungheim, who conceived the idea for the country-jazz date. JazzWax reader and Joe Pass fan Uwe Zänisch of Berlin sent along a wonderful series of clips from the recording session. Other musicians in the studio were John Pisano (rhythm-g) Jim Hughart (b) Colin Bailey (d). This was Pass’ last studio recording. He died in May 1994.
Marty Robbins- Big Iron