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posted a review of Tim Stahl. over 14 years ago
Nowadays, a synthesizer has a vast number of presets for dialing in a sound... When synths originally came forth, things were not that easy! Enter Tim Stahl, a master at twiddling buttons and sliders on synths that now are museum pieces like dinosaur... See full review
posted a review of John Guldberg. over 14 years ago
Danish guitar wizard John Guldberg came early on the local recording session scene, for his amazing sense of timing and taste in what kind of guitar part would enhance a song, rather than having crazy egomaniac guitar stunts detract from it. He also... See full review
posted a review of Ace Of Base - Everytime It Rains. over 14 years ago
"Everytime It Rains" was suggested... or rather imposed on Ace Of Base to record by none other than Arista's chief Clive Davis! A trio of songwriters were brought in: Maria Vidal, Billy Steinberg & Rick Nowells and a first version was recorded with... See full review
posted a review of D.A.D.* - Call Of The Wild. over 14 years ago
As Mega had decided to start up a Rock division appointing Frank Marstokk as the A&R in charge, demo tapes began to pour in by the dozen. There then was an A&R meeting to assess results that far. Frank stated "so far, nothing really interesting came... See full review
posted a review of Sabrina. over 14 years ago
Outside Italy, Sabrina is only known for her recordings but there's more to her story that just that...

She was about 13 when she was discovered by Genova-based manager Giampiero Menzione who saw in her a future pin-up girl at first. Within a short... See full review
posted a review of Laban - Love In Siberia. over 14 years ago
After a string of hits in Danish on EMI, Laban were signed to Mega Records with the distinct intention of also recording material in English for international exploitation, such as the very successful self-penned single "Love In Siberia", that also... See full review
posted a review of Laban - Caught By Surprise. over 14 years ago
"Caught By Surprise" was originally released by Mega Records in Denmark in local language as "Kun et sekundt" (just a second) but also recorded in English. It is as such a cover version of the rather obscure and unknown Italian song "Senza Tregua",... See full review
posted a review of Cai Leitner. over 14 years ago
Cai Leitner not only is an imaginative producer with a particular flair for what song will best fit an artist but also a true record man from A to Z. Born in Norway, he got to be a very influential A&R at EMI in Denmark already early on, in the 70s.... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - Highway Of Love. over 14 years ago
The follow-up to Laid Back's "Bakerman" was to be a breezy and nearly Pink Floydish ballad track, "Highway Of Love". This was in a way a departure from the synth-laden funky rhythm style normally associated with them. Again, Lars von Trier was... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - Bakerman. over 14 years ago
After 3 albums on Medley Records in Denmark, Laid Back switched to Munich-based Ariola, with "Bakerman" as the first single for the album "Hole In The Sky". The single became a huge hit in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and was propelled by a highly... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - White Horse / Sunshine Reggae. over 14 years ago
While Europe had "Sunshine Reggae" as an A-side and "White Horse" as a B-side to what was originally a double A-side single 7" release, the US simply reversed it all. Sire Rec's and Seymour Stein had signed Laid Back up on the reputation of "Sunshine... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae. over 14 years ago
Following the success in Denmark of "Maybe I'm Crazy", Laid Back thought it appropriate to sign with the then funkiest label in Copenhagen - namely Medley Records (later acquired by EMI), rather than operating out of Hamburg, Germany.

By the time... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - Maybe I'm Crazy. over 14 years ago
The background history for this is worth an extended comment:

John Guldberg (vocals, guitar) & Tim Stahl (vocals, keyboards) had been booked for a studio session, but the singer they were supposed to work with didn't show up! Studio owner Werner... See full review
posted a review of Matia Bazar - Ti Sento. over 14 years ago
"Ti Sento" is simply phenomenal. Mega signed up Matia Bazar earlier on from Ariston in Italy on "artistic merits" only, as it was hard to imagine that a progressive band singing in Italian could have an impact in Scandinavia. "Ti Sento" and its... See full review
posted a review of Dan Turèll (2) + Halfdan E - Pas På Pengene!. over 14 years ago
This album is only for proficient Danish-speaking listeners... Dan Turrél was the Number One poet of the Beat Generation in Denmark and still now a source of inspiration in terms of how to mangle and twist Danish language. As he had an idea as to a... See full review
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posted a review of Modern Talking - You're My Heart, You're My Soul. over 14 years ago
Following the miracle of getting Masquerade's "Guardian Angel" masterminded, its publisher Intersong / Hanseatic called for a meeting and Mega was basically told by Intersong: "we've just spent an awful lot for what is a total flop here in Germany -... See full review
posted a review of Ace Of Base - The Bridge. over 14 years ago
"The Bridge" bears an apt title, in a way - it was to be a bridge to the future of Ace Of Base. Album 1 had been an immense success in 3 versions, but... those songs were primarily signed Joker/Buddah, with little input from the female components of... See full review
posted a review of Fake - Brick. over 14 years ago
"Brick" and "Another Brick" is a phenomenal track from a Swedish duo that didn't last long... oddly named Fake. It's a strange story in more than a way.

Mega got wind of the fact that a Swedish duo was on to a discotheque hit in Italy through... See full review
posted a review of Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love). over 14 years ago
Sabrina was discovered as a precocious teenager by Genova manager Giampiero Menzione at a talent contest and groomed to be a show-girl from the very start. She was hired in to dance, act and occasionally to sing for Italian TV channel Canale 5 and... See full review
posted a review of Ace Of Base - All That She Wants. over 14 years ago
This song is worth a comment... a long story, actually:

Ace Of Base tried hard to get attention in Sweden at the start and managed to get some interest in Stockholm and were invited to record at the SweMix Studio. That studio had just been... See full review
posted a review of Laid Back - White Horse. over 14 years ago
This has to be one of the best-ever B sides of any 7" single. The A side was "Sunshine Reggae", a monster hit in Europe, but...

Seymour Stein of Sire Rec's liked it but soon found out that his crew liked the B side - "White Horse". Thus, the A... See full review
posted a review of Ace Of Base - The Sign. over 14 years ago
Arista signed up Ace Of Base, Clive Davis having earmarked "All That She Wants" as a potential US hit. While all of the boring legalese and a contract negotiation was going on, thousands of album imports from Europe were cropping up in shops all over... See full review
posted a review of Ace Of Base - Happy Nation. over 14 years ago
Following the amazing success of the single "All That She Wants", Mega had to come up with an album in a hurry. That's why there are 2 versions each of "All That She Wants" and "Wheel Of Fortune", for example, along with a couple of half-finished... See full review
posted a review of Leila K.* - Open Sesame. over 14 years ago
Leila K. had just gone solo after her Rob'n'Raz stint. and was recommended to us at Mega - we signed her up not really knowing what we were getting into at that point! Part of the logic in this was her association with master producer Denniz PoP, that... See full review
posted a review of Masquerade (5) - Guardian Angel. over 14 years ago
The background of this release is worth a detailed comment... read on:

German singer-songwriter Drafi Deutscher had been involved in a sex scandal, rock star style, and he had a huge unrecouped record company / publishing company advance at that... See full review