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It's Been a Long Long Time - Hep Stars

It's Been a Long Long Time
·       Not only were The Hep Stars Sweden’s biggest band in the Sixties, they were where Benny Andersson first tasted success before achieving world-wide fame with ABBA. Without The Hep Stars, there would have been no ABBA.
·       It's Been A Long Long Time was The Hep Stars’ fourth album, released in February 1968 and not issued outside Sweden. It was their only album for the Cupol label and RPM International adds the only non-album single the band issued on the label. RPM International’s reissue is the first time the album has been released in Europe outside Sweden.
·       The sought-after and rare It's Been A Long Long Time is a classic, harmony filled sunshine pop album. It was recorded in London in 1967 with producer Steve Clark, the associate of legendary American songwriter and singer Curt Boettcher. With Clark, The Hep Stars were the first to record Boettcher’s songs "Another Time” and "Would You Like To Go”, later released in America by Sagittarius. Other songs on It's Been A Long Long Time had been recorded in America by The Association and The Ballroom.
·       A missing link in the story of ABBA, The Hep Stars’ It's Been A Long Long Time would be a legendary album even if the band didn’t feature Benny Andersson.

Available 21/10/2013
Our Price: £9.95
Code: RETRO935
Weight: 200
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1. ENTER THE YOUNG
2. HOPE
3. 5 A.M.
4. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE
5. CHANGING AWAY FROM YOU
6. IT'S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME
7. MUSTY DUSTY
8. SPINNING, SPINNING, SPINNING
9. THERE IS LOVE
10. WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO
11. IT'S NOW WINTER'S DAY
12. ANOTHER TIME

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14. DET FINNS EN STAD
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