Thursday, February 08, 2007

VII: Melodifestivalen - Anne-Lie Rydé

Swedish songstress Anne-Lie Rydé teams up with a Eurovision veteran for this years Melodifestivalen in the Göteborg heat this weekend.
Rydé participated in the Swedish selection of 2004 with Säg att du har ångrat dig and with Så nära in 2005 and now she's trying again with Svante Thuresson, who's 1966 duet with Lill Lindfors Nygammal vals resulted in a 2nd place, back then the best result for Sweden ever.
The song is called Första gången and considering the Swedish public just (or only?) love the big names, a place in the final awaits.
Go! Anne-Lie! Go! Svante!

For Eurovision covers fans there's two Anne- Lie CDs of interest.
First up there's the 1992 LP/CD Stulna Kyssar which features a jazzy interpretation of the 1963 winner Dansevise (In a Swedish Danish mix) and a lovely version of the 1963 entry from Sweden En gång I Stockholm*, originally by Monica Zetterlund. The album also includes a version of Zetterlunds När min vän (1962)

The 1994 CD Primadonna has two winners: Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Luxemburg 1965) and Merci Cherie (Austria 1966) and especially the first one is a slice of fantastic energetic super pop.

Stulna Kyssar - EMI 4750252 - 1992
Primadonna - EMI 4751012 - 1994

Denmark 1963 - Drömdans / Dansevise - LP/CD Stulna Kyssar
Sweden 1963 - En gång i Stockholm - LP/CD Stulna Kyssar
Luxembourg 1965 - Det kan väl inte jag rå för (Poupee de cire) - CD Primadonna
Austria 1966 - Merci Cherie (in Swedish) - CD Primadonna

Denmark 1963 - Sweden 1963 - Luxembourg 1965 - Austria 1966

* For Grethe & Jörgen Ingmanns version of this personal favorite go here

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