Thursday, December 11, 2008


1970 album from Swedish singer and Petula Clark wanna-be Doris (Svensson), re-issued on CD (with bonus tracks) by EMI in 1996. Includes a cover of Richard Manuel's "Whispering Pines."
This LP marks the highlight in the career of a talented Nordic blond vocalist - Doris Svensson from Gothenburg, Sweden. It seems as though she's finally managed to find and record a set of songs that suit her 100%. Maybe this isn't surprising when you consider the musical genius that went into writing and scoring the album. Most of the material was written and arranged by TV producer, jazz-pianist, composer, "rarely-out-of-the-news-man-about-town" Berndt Egerbladh. Lyrical assistance was generously provided by a 6 foot kiltless Scottish giant, Francis Cowan. Francis also plays the cello on a few tracks which explains why he's kiltless. Anyway, quite a combination which gave a fantastic result, with a little help from the producer Håkan Sterner. Incidentally, Håkan found the job so exciting that he was forced to retreat behind a beard after its completion.

Doris' album provides 36 minutes of qualified musical jou guaranteed to satisfy all tastes. Discotheques will find that two numbers in particular, "Don't" and "Beatmaker" are good box office draws. Jazz die-hards might even start visiting discotheques after digesting "I wish I knew" and "I'm pushing you out". Note too an incredible ballad called "Daisies" and tell me if Sweden hasn't produced a dangerous competitor for Melanie.

Once again, this LP's got something for everybody, the best of underground, jazz, rock and folk - not mixed up in one gigantic hotch-potch, but all in gentle harmony. Listen to Doris - a good time will be has by all.

Tracks :

# Did you give the world some love today, baby (Norman L. Martin)
# I wish I knew (Billy Taylor - Dick Dallas)
# Grey rain of Sweden (Berndt Egerbladh - Pamela Gray)
# Waiting at the station (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Don't (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Daisies (Berndt Egerbladh - Pamela Gray)
# You never come closer (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Whispering pine [sic] (Richard Manuel - Robbie Robertson)
# I'm pushing you out (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Won't you take me to the theatre (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Beatmaker (Berndt Egerbladh - Francis Cowan)
# Bath (Harry Nilsson)

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  1. I heard " You never come closer " from the DJ Gaslampkiller " great
    song , thank you so much Preacher

  2. thanks for this!

  3. Original Doris LP for sale here:


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