Story of a heart – The new Benny Andersson Band CD

7 05 2009

“Story Of A Heart” Benny Andersson Band ( BAO) Released by Universal July 6th 2009

Abba duo Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have unveiled their first new pop songs for more than 15 years.

One track, Second Best To None, has been recorded by employees at the hotel Benny owns in Stockholm.

It was written for the staff as a treat and has been released as a single in Sweden. “We all had some fun doing this. They can sing,” Benny said.

A second track, “Story of A Heart”, will appear on the first English-language album from Andersson’s current band.

"2nd Best to None"

Benny said their last pop collaboration was on songs for an album by singer Josefin Nilsson in the early 1990s.

“We haven’t done any pop songs for a long time,” he said.

 It’s just a lot of fun and it’s taking care of the staff at the hotel more than anything else

“Second Best To None”, Benny had the idea to record Second Best To None last September at the Hotel Rival’s fifth birthday party, where the workforce had gathered.

“I realised that at least 20 of them were singing in amateur choirs in Stockholm,” he said. “I asked them, do you want me to write a song for you and we can put it on our homepage? They said yes so that’s what I did.

“And I asked Bjorn if he would like to write the lyrics, and we recorded it with the staff. We released it as a single as well. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s taking care of the staff at the hotel more than anything else.”

Story of A Heart, meanwhile, will feature on an album of the same name by The Benny Andersson Band.

The new track has been recorded by  Helen Sjoholm, and will sit alongside folk tunes that have previously been released in Sweden.

Ulvaeus wrote Swedish lyrics for the originals, and has translated them into English for the UK release on 6 July.

“It’s a nice prospect to be able to release music I’ve been doing for the last 10 years, which is folk oriented,” Benny said.

BAO will also play their first English concert on Hampstead Heath on 4 July

By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News

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