Cadillac Madness - 40 Years 40 Hits

Published April 03, 2010 | MORE DETAILS »

Cadillac Madness - 40 Years 40 Hits was the first truly comprehensive compilation album of The Hep Stars' recorded output. And exactly who are The Hep Stars, you may very well ask. In international terms they are mostly known as the group Benny Andersson was in before ABBA. However, in their native Sweden they are also remembered as the biggest band of the 1960s. In 2004, it was 40 years since they released their very first record, a single entitled Kana Kapila. To celebrate this anniversary, EMI Records decided to release a double-CD compilation. This collection contains all the hits the group had on the three important Swedish charts in the 1960s: the radio charts Tio i topp ("The Top Ten") and Svensktoppen ("The Swedish Top Ten"), and the sales chart Kvällstoppen ("The Evening Chart"). A number of significant album tracks have also been added.

The CD contains what is probably the first Swedish CD release of songs The Hep Stars recorded during their brief tenure with the Cupol label: It's Been A Long Long Time, Sagan om lilla Sofi (both written by Benny Andersson and Lasse Berghagen) and Det finns en stad. Another rarity is the recording of The Music Box (the English version of I sagans land, from the album Songs We Sang 68), which is released on CD for the very first time anywhere. Previously, it has only been available on a Dutch single.

Moreover, the group went back into the studio to record a new version of Cadillac, their breakthrough hit, and also a brand new song entitled Love Is Coming Back. (Note: Benny is not a part of the current line-up.)

Since I was just about to publish a book about The Hep Stars, I was asked to write the liner notes for this double-CD. EMI liked the title of the book so much that they decided to use the same title for their release: Cadillac Madness.



Cadillac Madness - 40 Years . 40 Hits . 1964-2004. Released March 31, 2004. Catalogue number: EMI 72435 973442 2. Out of print.