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  • Audio CD (May 4 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0009HL8E6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Frida's first English-language solo album was the Phil Collins-produced Something's Going On, released in 1982. Something's Going On reached number one on the album charts in Sweden, Norway and Belgium, the Top Ten in Australia and several European countries, and the Top 20 in Germany, Italy and Great Britain. The bonus tracks on Something's Going On are the single edit of the international hit 'I Know There's Something Going On' and Frida's solo version of 'Here We'll Stay', originally issued as a 1983 single (the album version of the song is a duet with Phil Collins). The solo version of 'Here We'll Stay' has never been released on CD before. Universal. 2005.

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Frida mostly sang backup harmonies behind Agnetha in Abba: she was the group's dark side. Her clear, clean voice was fine in itself, though limited--and shorn of the songwriting team of Björn and Benny, its limits are most apparent. Something's Going On is a dreadful signifier of its time: all early-'80s, bad new-wave production and quirky drum fills, courtesy of producer Phil Collins. Other than the Russ Ballard-penned title track (which at least has a decent tune) and Rod Argent's reflective, rather sweet "Baby Don't You Cry No More," there's little of merit on Anni-Frid's first post-Abba solo album. To hear her so badly supported just makes one yearn for Abba's glory moments all the more. --Everett True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
Something's Going On (1982.) A solo album by ex-ABBA member Frida.
In 1982, ABBA member Frida released a solo album entitled Something's Going On. Though ABBA was a bright and happy group, Frida was their darker side, and she was often overshadowed by the band's more popular female vocalist. Finally, she'd have her OWN album - no one would be stealing the show from her here. Well, almost no one. Perhaps the true attraction of this album is who she chose to play percussion - legendary Genesis drummer/vocalist Phil Collins! He had just released In The Air Tonight the previous year, which would go on to be his biggest solo hit - meaning when he played on this album, he was in his prime. All right, enough introductions. Read on for my review of Something's Going On.
Tell Me It's Over - The album is kicked off with a classic, lighter pop tune. Despite Frida having been ABBA's darker side, she pulls this tune off well.
I See Red - This is the slower and darker side of pop music - the side I (and whoever wrote Amazon's editorial review for the item) felt Frida stood for. Good song.
I Got Something - Here the group does an interesting experiment - this is another poppy tune - but it fuses the stylings of the two previous tracks. Not a bad idea!
Strangers - This is a slower, pop-oriented ballad using acoustic guitars. Though I tend to lean more toward songs that uses electric guitars, this is nothing short of excellent.
To Turn The Stone - Another slow track here. This is also another excellent ones - proving that sometimes slow tracks are best.
I Know There's Something Going On - Frida's biggest hit as a solo artist. Here Phil does backing vocals in addition to his drumming duties, and he becomes the stand-out member of the group for this song.
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By A Customer on May 8 2002
Format: Audio CD
Anyone comparing Frida's group work to her solo work is missing the point. While the Swedish superstars were undoubtedly the pop powerhouse of the 1970's, Frida's remarkable solo career carries us all into the 80's and beyond.
Her dynamic range is amazing-- her songs are both beautiful and angst-filled; both charming and haunting; both gritty yet smooth. This Swedish siren combines the fury of Pat Benatar, the sultriness of Juice Newton, the plaintiveness of Bonnie Tyler, the 80's cuteness of Kylie Minogue, and the self-control of Laura Branigan... ALL IN ONE PACKAGE. A stunning album from a true queen of pop. This album helped get me through college, and almost nothing has come close to it since.
The song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.
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By A Customer on June 3 1999
Format: Audio CD
Let's not forget that, although the media always seemd to see only Agnetha, Frida was the lead vocalist on some of ABBA's greatest hits : Fernando, Money,Money, Money, Knowing me Knowing You or Super Trouper. Her solo carreer also proves she was the most adventurous of ABBA's two female singers. I agree that not everything works ont his effort, Phil Collins also admitted it afterwards. But there are some great tunes : Threnody, Strangers, To Turn The Stone and also the title track. Her voice may sound limited (although it is not) because of an exaggerated use of Vocoder effects on this LP. But just listen to her "bare" voice on You Know What I Mean
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I love ABBA & I was so happy when I was in London UK & saw the release of Frida's single. -Something's Going On. Never the less I did buy the single & sometime quite a bit later Frida's full album was released here in Canada.
I was quite surprised by the entire album. I found that a few tracks were absolute gems & a lot of others were just fillers. I loved Threnody, To Turn The Stone & Here We'll Stay. The rest just didn't make it for me. I don't like saying so as I absolutely love ABBA. This was a real let down. Frida's next album-Shine was even worse. Stuart Adamson of -Big Country fame was the producer. This album was really uneven.
This 2015 version has the single versions of Frida's single from the album & a bonus disc of the videos. If you are a collector I suggest you get this. I believe this version has a limited run. Excellent for ABBA fans.
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By A Customer on Oct. 29 1999
Format: Audio CD
i just got a copy of this album and although i already have the lp,swedish polar and polydor cd versions, i am still glad it's been remastered. the audio is a definite improvement over the previous 2 versions.what a pity that frida chose to release a solo version of "here we'll stay" instead of the version found on the album.she could've 2 hits instead of just 1!
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This is nothing like an Abba album, and a bit of a surprise, as Frida rocks on some of the songs. At first I was unsure whether to buy this, as solo albums are usually never as good as the group albums. But I am glad I did. Standout tracks are "I see red", "Baby don't you cry no more", "Here we'll stay" and "I know there's something going on". But other tracks like "Tell me it's over", "I got something" and "The Way you Do" are good too. Phil Collins did a good job with the production, and Frida did a great job with the songs. BUY IT.
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Format: Audio CD
I was 9 years old when I first got this album back in '83, and being a huge ABBA-fan, I was shocked by the rocky sound because it was so different from what I had expected. It took me quite a few years to learn to appreciate this album but now I must say that this is a very intriguing album and arguably the most interesting solo project of those released by Agnetha and Frida. Recorded just after her painful divorce from Benny, this album shows both the strong, powerful side of Frida on the uptempo cuts, Tell Me It's Over, I Got Something, I See Red and the excellent title track - Frida's voice cuts like a knife - and the vulnerable side on the superb low-key tracks Strangers, Threnody and her compelling rendition of Phil Collins' You Know What I Mean. These are simply excellent. I also like the jazzy Baby Don't You Cry No More a lot. Whereas the Bryan Ferry-penned The Way You Do is a bit indifferent, the mysterious To Turn The Stone - originally recorded by Donna Summer for an unreleased 1981 2LP set I'm A Rainbow - is a favourite of many fans (it was Frida's favourite too) and was also issued as the second single. It is surely beautifully sung but the music is perhaps a bit over-arranged on this one. The third single was the closing track Here We'll Stay which fails to come off as happy as intended, arguably because combination of a chorus with joyous lyrics and a melody in minor is a bit weird. But overall this is definitely a strong album by a strong woman and one of the most talented singers that I've ever heard.
PS! It is a MAJOR INSULT by the editorial reviewer to label Frida just a backing singer of ABBA just because she was featured on less singles than Agnetha. She did in fact sing a few more solo parts in ABBA than her blonde colleague.
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