SÅ PASS! - EN
SAMLING MED PAGE
DOUBLE COMPILATION SSC
RELEASE: OCTOBER 2, 2000 REVIEW: OCTOBER 13,
Thank you and goodbye, Eddie Bengtsson. Well, not quite. The
Vince Clarke of Sweden still operates as the very skilled song
writer and vocalist in Sista mannen på jorden, thank God.
Page, Eddie's main project, takes me back to 1993. Then I, at the
age of 16, saw them perform for the first time together with Elegant
Machinery, at tiny Magasin 3 in Gothenburg packed to the brim
with enthusiastic fans. Although I'd heard the classics
("Dansande man", "Hus av glas", "Blå
fötter" and many other gems) prior to this event, this is
where I embraced the Swedish duo completely.
Bengtsson's clever lyrics and personal, charismatic vocals and
Marina Schiptjenko's enthusiasm and beauty by the keyboards
knocked me overboard. This is also where I bought a copy of
"The Lost Tapes", a limited CD release of 1000 copies
many collectors search desperately for nowadays.
The brand new, and last, Page offering "Så pass! - En
samling med Page" spans over twenty years of music making
and three "versions" of Page. The first one, with
Eddie, Marina, Anders Eliasson and Jan Adolfsson were active during the
early eighties and a few tracks on "The Lost Tapes"
show some of what they recorded. After this, Eddie and Marina
continued as a duo until the 1995 release "Glad", when
Marina left Page for Vacuum.
The third incarnation of the band
was Eddie, and two guys, John Liljestrand and Michael Thornqvist, and also a springboard
into the last chapter of the band. Many fans broke with Page
here, due to their sound change into rougher, more traditionally
built songs. The funny thing though, was that what many thought
were guitars was instead Eddie trying to get his Yamaha CS-15 to sound
like guitars. A sound many, myself included, found to be too far
away from Page and many of the songs on the last two albums had
the exact same sound in them, making them too similar.
After the release of "Helt nära", the last studio
album, Eddie decided that if this album doesn't get acknowledged
by the masses, nothing will. The masses didn't and Eddie only
released the single "Som det var" after this.
What strikes me as sad now when I hear the two new tracks on
"Så pass!" is that they are brilliant! By that I simply mean that the sound may be more conventional now, but Eddie
has found the path back to the wonderful song writing of albums
like "Hallå", "Page" and "Glad". A
worthy ending to his career with Page, though, of course.
Twentyfour tracks from a band who will always keep a special
place in my, and all syntpoppers, hearts. Do yourself a favour
and get it if you can!