Dust Bin Nashville Train - ABBA Our Way
posted by August 27 at 10:00 AMon
I don’t want to sound like a total geek.
But when your in a record store, and you spot an album called ABBA Our Way by a group called Nashville Train for only 99˘, the only logical thing to do is buy it.
That done, you then go home and dutifully play it through once. Hey, it’s not to bad. So you play it through a second time, this time being the obsessive you are, you read through all the production notes on the back of the record.
Wow. I mean. WOW. You are not just holding a country and western tribute to ABBA in your hands. You’re holding a country and western tribute to ABBA performed by a Swedish country and western band made up of ABBA’s contemporaries and even some of ABBA’s own backing band members.
Like I said. Wow.
But wait it gets better. The album contains the only known version of an ABBA song, Please Change Your Mind, previously only heard in the background in ABBA: The Movie. The band even performed it for the movie soundtrack (The only song, btw, not performed by ABBA in the movie!). Are you hyperventilating? I was.
Nashville Train members Rutger Gunnarsson , Roger Palm, Hasse Rose and Lasse Westmann were all members of ABBA’s band according to this website devoted to all things ABBA.
In a note on the back of the album Westermann writes:
Special thanks to: Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. They are a fabolous (sic) songwriter team and without their songs this record wouldn’t exist. I was a hard job to pick twelwe (sic) songs out of the rich porduction of great ABBA hits. We’ve tried to give the songs a shape of Country style and we really hope you will enjoy this album.
It treads lightly by being not quite “pop” enough to be a hit, and not quite “country” enough to be taken very seriously that way either. But it is a fun listen through, showing, once again, that regardless of what you think of ABBA, there music transcends both genre and time to still sound remarkably corny and fun in any decade.
Samples can be found at my site, T.M.L., here.