Per Gessle (feat. Helena Josefsson) – Around The Corner (The Comfort Song)

When a week ago Per informed on his social media sites that new music was coming, most of us probably thought of anything else but what he actually released today. The cover and the short snippet he shared 2 days ago made it clear what it is about. It became a very personal, heartbreaking, yet heartwarming song. Around The Corner (The Comfort Song). The comfort song. Wonderful lyrics, beautiful melody, vocals by Per and Helena matching the feelings.

Listen to it on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, YouTube or any other digital platform. Mr. G informs that in a couple of weeks the song will be out as a vinyl single as well. Update (13th March 2020): The vinyl single is out in 1500 copies. Side A – Around The Corner (The Comfort Song), side B – Kissing Is The Key (2019). You can order it at Bengans, Ginza or CDON. Watch the lyric video HERE.

Per’s heartfelt comments related to Around The Corner (The Comfort Song):

Music is an extraordinary thing. It can bring a smile to your face and create so many wonderful images in your heart and mind. It can also help you through grim times. Some songs even feel like they were written just for you, especially for you. Isn’t that strange? Or maybe it just means we’re all the same?

I finished writing ”Around The Corner” the day after Marie died. Three days later my mother-in-law died. Death was on the plate. I wrote it for me. But I guess I also wrote it for all of you out there. We are many who lost someone dear and don’t really know where to go.

I spent an intense afternoon in the T&A Studio with MP Persson on December 16th. Two days later Helena Josefsson jumped on a northbound train and joined us for some singing. I didn’t really listen that much over xmas but the first week of January 2020 I sent what we’d done to Clarence Öfwerman who wrapped it up with some beautiful sounds and poured even more love over it.

Here it is, my comfort song.

P.

Around The Corner (The Comfort Song)

Hold a candle to your heart / Let the shadows on your face
Rock you gently with their grace / It’s been a long and lonely day

I don’t know what you’ve been through / You have to continue to care about you
Things have to end to start anew / No one can change those rules

In the dark the earth keeps on turning / Craving for some morning light
It takes the backroads, fools the night / It knows the sun is burning
Somewhere around the corner / Around the corner

Do get some rest, you need it bad / Sometimes the laughter just makes you sad
Sometimes the joy can make you so scared / It’s been a long and lonesome day

I can’t tell what you’ve been through / But I won’t ever stop telling you
Some things have to go to start anew / I know it I’ve been there too

In the dark the earth keeps on turning / Longing for the morning light
It takes the backroads and fools the night / It knows the sun is shining
Somewhere around the corner / Around the corner

Words & Music by Per Gessle
© Jimmy Fun Music

 

Front cover and A side of the single

 

Per Gessle’s surprise release on his birthday

Per decided to keep the tradition of releasing something special on his birthday. Last year it was the first Mono Mind album, Mind Control, this year it is the demos to Gyllene Tider’s last album, Samma skrot och korn. Better said, not all the demos, since Vanliga saker is missing, but there is a demo to Detektiv. The latter one was a left-over song from Samma skrot och korn, but in the end it was released in November as a single.

Per says he made no demo for Vanliga saker, because it was too late before they had to fly to France and that was the last song he had written. He only has a sketch on his iPhone.

Title of the album is Samma skrot och demos. The album cover shows a lovely pic of Per as a kid and his mother. You are surely wondering if it gets a physical release, but so far there is no plan for vinyl or CD.

It’s always great to hear / read about any steps of a song’s evolution, so it’s cool to have these demos now. You realize there are some bigger or smaller changes in the lyrics (no Kent in the demo for Jag drömde jag mötte Fluortanten for example) and it’s even more interesting to hear a demo to a song which is not sung by Per on the album. Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! sounds totally different when Per sings it vs. when it’s Micke Syd behind the mic.

The demo to Mannen med gitarr is the same as the one you can find on The Per Gessle Archives (Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, Vol. 2). Per wrote it for the Mazarin album, but it never made it. Mr. G said back then that the reason was that Clarence and Christoffer hated it. They probably felt it was a little bit too poppy and a bit too lightweight for that album. Fitted GT now.

Tracklist

  1. Skrot och korn (T&A 1 aug 2018) – 2:55
  2. Det kändes inte som maj (T&A 31 juli 2018) – 2:23
  3. Jag drömde jag mötte Fluortanten (T&A 27 nov 2018) – 3:17
  4. Någon att hålla i hand (T&A 13 juli 2016) – 2:12
  5. Vid hennes sida (T&A 26 jan 2019) – 2:46
  6. Aftonstjärna (T&A 28 aug 2018) – 2:55
  7. Bjud till! (T&A 5 juni 2018) – 3:02
  8. Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! (T&A 20 mars 2018) – 3:20
  9. Mannen med gitarr (T&A 20 nov 2002) – 3:12
  10. Bara i en dröm (T&A 30 juli 2018) – 3:16
  11. Henry har en plan på gång (T&A 26 jan 2019) – 3:00
  12. Allt det andra (T&A 30 juli 2018) – 3:47
  13. Detektiv (T&A 10 juni 2018) – 2:50

Listen to the album on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer or other digital platforms.

Happy birthday, Per! Thank you for the prezzie and keep the tradition going!

Gyllene Tider – GT40 Hits! Made in Halmstad

As we probably all expected, Gyllene Tider will release a greatest hits album in a few weeks. To make it more exciting, the guys decided to add 2 songs they never released before. One of them is Filmen om ditt liv, which is from the recordings of Finn 5 fel! and Detektiv, which is a leftover song from Samma skrot och korn. Per already talked about the latter one in the GT interview I did with him a couple of months ago before their farewell tour, after their last album came out:

PP: – You recorded 15 songs of which 14 made it to the album. What happened to that one missing?

PG: –  Hahaha, it will probably come out before xmas. It’s an uptempo one, very catchy. But it didn’t fit the album. We’re old fashioned.

So, it will indeed be out before Christmas as it seems. The release date is 6th December. And as an extra bonus, Du är en gangster, älskling! will also be included. So far it was released only on GT’s Halmstads pärlor compilation album.

The greatest hits album will be out on double LP and double CD. The vinyl will contain 24 songs, the double CD will contain… yeah, you guessed it: 40! The digital version will probably list the CD’s tracks.

Tracklist of the vinyl (double LP)

LP 1

Side A

  1. Sommartider
  2. När vi två blir en
  3. Gå & fiska!
  4. Flickorna på TV2
  5. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
  6. Filmen om ditt liv

Side B

  1. Detektiv
  2. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
  3. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
  4. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
  5. Kung av sand
  6. Du är en gangster, älskling!

LP 2

Side A

  1. Juni, juli, augusti
  2. Det är över nu
  3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
  4. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
  5. Faller ner på knä
  6. Tylö Sun

Side B

  1. Bäst när det gäller
  2. Skrot och kron
  3. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
  4. Det hjärta som brinner
  5. Billy
  6. När alla vännerna gått hem

Tracklist of the double CD

Disc 1

  1. Flickorna på TV2
  2. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
  3. Sommartider
  4. När vi två blir en
  5. Gå & fiska!
  6. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
  7. Man blir yr
  8. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
  9. Detektiv
  10. Det hjärta som brinner
  11. Tylö Sun
  12. Kung av sand
  13. Juni, juli, augusti
  14. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
  15. Det är över nu
  16. Skrot och korn
  17. Filmen om ditt liv
  18. För dina bruna ögons skull
  19. Revolver upp
  20. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly

Disc 2

  1. Bäst när det gäller
  2. Billy
  3. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
  4. Singel
  5. Faller ner på knä
  6. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
  7. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera)
  8. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
  9. Fån telefon
  10. Du är en gangster, älskling!
  11. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
  12. Honung och guld
  13. Break Another Heart
  14. (Hon vill ha) Puls
  15. Jag drömde jag mötte Fluortanten
  16. Kärleken är inte blind (men ganska närsynt)
  17. Chrissie, hur mår du?
  18. Teaser Japanese
  19. Teena
  20. När alla vännerna gått hem

You can already pre-order the album at Bengans, Ginza and CDON.

 

Gyllene Tider – GT40 LIVE! is out!

Gyllene Tider’s farewell tour is now out on all streaming platforms! Listen to it on Spotify, iTunes or Deezer! After a week delay vs. the originally planned date, GT40 LIVE! is released digitally and on CD on 1st November. We still have to wait a bit for the double LP (out on 22nd November), but we can already enjoy all 28 songs played live during the tour. Amazing to have them all on the digital sites! HERE you can check the tracklists.

The songs on the album are mostly from Gothenburg. The whole Ullevi gig is on the record with its 23 songs and there are 5 additional tracks. 2 songs from the last GT album recorded at the 2nd Halmstad show, 1 song recorded in Linköping, 1 song in windy Malmö and the last track is from the soundcheck of the very last tour stop in Halmstad.

It’s fantastic to relive the complete Ullevi show and feel the energy of 7 amazing musicians on stage and 54340 people in the crowd. While listening, I’m in the mood to sing along and clap and dance. I close my eyes and the ”movie” plays. I suddenly remember the choreography during the songs, the looks, the crowd reactions, the laughs – you can even hear Per laughing here and there while singing –, all.

At some parts I have the feeling that the crowd’s sound could be louder on the album, because I remember how harmonious it was at the venue when the band and the audience became one. I could sometimes hear the crowd being louder than Per’s voice, but not in a disturbing way. Anyway, the mixing is nicely done and the crowd can still be heard on all songs. Singing and clapping along.

One of my personal favourites is Det kändes inte som maj. It rocked live and it’s awesome to have it recorded. Inside the song these 2 lines, Per’s tone of voice still makes me smile: ”jag bor i huset intill”, ”jag spelar bara musik”. Haha. But all the other rocking party songs and wonderful ballads sound fab.

There is not much talking recorded between the songs. Some thank you’s from Per and a tiny little part of Micke Syd’s speech before Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! Just the parts that are also adding to the live feeling.

When I first saw the tracklists and realized När alla vännerna gått hem is not the last song on any of them I was wondering how it would sound, a few more tracks after the real closing song. Hey, it’s cool to have a bit more party after that beautiful ballad. Regarding the last song, Vill ha ett svar, why the soundcheck version and not the show opening version was included, no clue. But this way I can at least also relive the moments of the soundcheck that we watched from the top of the small hill outside Brottet in Halmstad.

Lovely memories!

So if you have a spare 2 hours, go ahead and party with the Golden Guys and Girls! Relive last summer! The last GT summer… Hopefully, on DVD soon too.

Order your physical copies HERE if you haven’t done so yet!

Gyllene Tider – GT40 LIVE!

Gyllene Tider will release a live recording of their farewell tour on gatefold CD and gatefold double vinyl LP, as well as digitally. The CD and digital version are out on 1st November, the LP is out on 22nd November. According to Per, the different physical and digital releases will contain different number of tracks. 20 tracks will be on the CD, 21 on the double vinyl LP and 28 tracks on digital download & streaming services. The different amount of songs is because the CD holds about 78 min of music, the LPs hold around 82 min, digital download & streaming are, of course, without any time limits. The CD and the LP’s got different tracks on them.

The majority of the songs were recorded at Ullevi in Gothenburg, but there are also songs from Halmstad, Malmö and Linköping, including a soundcheck.

CD tracklist

1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling
2. Juni, Juli, Augusti
3. Det hjärta som brinner
4. (Hon vill ha) Puls
5. Flickorna på TV2
6. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
7. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
8. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
9. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
10. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
11. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
12. Tylö Sun
13. Billy
14. Det är över nu
15. Gå & fiska!
16. När vi två blir en
17. Sommartider
18. När alla vännerna gått hem
19. Vanliga saker
20. Chrissie, hur mår du?

 

Vinyl tracklist

Side A:

1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
2. Juni, Juli, Augusti (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
3. Det hjärta som brinner (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
4. (Hon vill ha) Puls (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
5. Vandrar i ett sommarregn (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)

Side B:

1. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
2. En sten vid en sjö i en skog (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
3. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
4. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
5. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
6. Tylö Sun (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)

Side C:

1. Billy (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
2. Det är över nu (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
3. Gå & fiska! (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
4. När vi två blir en (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)

Side D:

1. Sommartider (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
2. När alla vännerna gått hem (Live Ullevi 3 augusti 2019)
3. Vanliga saker (Live Halmstad 5 juli 2019)
4. Skrot och korn (Live Halmstad 5 juli 2019)
5. Chrissie, hur mår du? (Live Malmö 6 juli 2019)
6. Vill ha ett svar (Soundcheck Halmstad 10 augusti 2019)

 

Running order of the digital version

1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling (Live Ullevi)
2. Juni, Juli, Augusti (Live Ullevi)
3. Det hjärta som brinner (Live Ullevi)
4. (Hon vill ha) Puls (Live Ullevi)
5. Flickorna på TV2 (Live Ullevi)
6. Vandrar i ett sommarregn (Live Ullevi)
7. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän (Live Ullevi)
8. Det kändes inte som maj (Live Ullevi)
9. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (Live Ullevi)
10. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare) (Live Ullevi)
11. Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! (Live Ullevi)
12. Kung av sand (Live Ullevi)
13. En sten vid en sjö i en skog (Live Ullevi)
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta (Live Ullevi)
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly (Live Ullevi)
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet (Live Ullevi)
17. Tylö Sun (Live Ullevi)
18. Billy (Live Ullevi)
19. Det är över nu (Live Ullevi)
20. Gå & fiska! (Live Ullevi)
21. När vi två blir en (Live Ullevi)
22. Sommartider (Live Ullevi)
23. När alla vännerna gått hem (Live Ullevi)
24. Vanliga saker (Live Halmstad 5 juli 2019)
25. Skrot och korn (Live Halmstad 5 juli 2019)
26. Marie i växeln (Live Linköping)
27. Chrissie, hur mår du? (Live Malmö)
28. Vill ha ett svar (Soundcheck Halmstad 10 aug 2019)

You can already pre-order the CD and LP at Ginza, Bengans and CDON. Probably more retailers will list the items soon. Pre-save the digital edition HERE. And don’t forget that a book is in the making! Now it has a release date, too: 15th November! You can pre-order it here or here. And hopefully, a DVD will also see the light of day soon!

Pic on the sleeve was taken by Patrícia Peres on 5th August 2019, Kalmar during Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång.