Agnetha Fältskog – I Stand Alone [1988]

220px-Agnetha_Fältskog_-_I_Stand_AloneCountry Norway          Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Agnetha Faltskog – Vocals, John “J.R.” Robinson – Drums, Robbie Buchanan,Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion, Neil Stubenhaus – Bass, Robbie Buchanan,Bruce Gaitsch,Randy Waldman – Keyboards,Synthesizers, Bruce Gaitsch – Synth Programming, Bruce Gaitsch – Guitars, Dave Boruff – Saxophone, Tommy Morgan – Harmonica, Kenny & Peter Cetera,Linda Harmon,Darlene Koldenhoven – Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. The Last Time, 02. Little White Secrets, 03. I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye), 04. Love in a World Gone Mad, 05. Maybe It Was Magic, 06. Let It Shine, 07. We Got a Way, 08. I Stand Alone, 09. Are You Gonna Throw It All Away, 10. If You Need Somebody Tonight

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Profile I Stand Alone was the third of Agnetha Fältskog’s 1980s post-ABBA solo albums, released in November 1987. Recorded in Los Angeles I Stand Alone was produced by Peter Cetera, the former singer and bass guitar player with American rock band Chicago. He duetted with Fältskog on the track “I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye)”, (No.93 Billboard Hot 100 and No.19Adult Contemporary in the U.S.) The co-producer of the album was Bruce Gaitsch, with whom Fältskog was in a relationship with at the time.

The musical style of the album was very different from the European sounds of Faltskog’s previous two albums, and reflected the West Coast American influences of the producers. The album became Sweden’s best-selling LP of 1988, where it remained at No.1 for eight weeks. It also reached the Top 20 in Norway and Belgium, and No.22 in the Netherlands, but fared less well on charts elsewhere, only reaching No.47 in West Germany, No.72 in the United Kingdom, No.93 in Japan and No.96 in Australia.

Fältskog also made several promo videos for singles from the album, including “The Last Time” and “Let It Shine”. When the third single, “I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye)”, appeared on the U.S. Billboard Chart in April 1988, Warner Music asked her to make another video immediately. Although it was a duet with Peter Cetera, he did not appear in the video. Album track “Love in a World Gone Mad” was a cover version of a song by British pop group Bucks Fizz, from their 1986 album Writing on the Wall.

For the cover of the album and promotional interviews, Fältskog appeared with a “new” spiky blonde hair look. Fältskog made a very rare trip on an airplane to Los Angeles to record the album. After it was completed, she never flew again due to her much-publicised fear of flying. She did, however, admit that the flight was worth it.

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