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August 19, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Per Gessle, Releases

The Per Gessle Archives, A Lifetime of Songwriting will be released Sept. 23, in Sweden and in other countries as well if things go as planned. Per says the box will be "heavy" both in weight and contents-wise. There are 10 CDs and one LP plus a hefty book in it. Some demos are already known, most are not. Some demos are not what we think they are... Some demos are, according to Per, sadly lost forever due to reasons unknown to TDR, for instance the demos for Per Gessle III and Scener.

Volumes 1 & 2 have been out on Spotify and iTunes etc, since May and the Mazarin demos were released online as "Bad Hair Day" in 2006. Meanwhile, read thru the tracklist and drool. 185 songs all in all!

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 1

1 Walk on, Lonely Eyes (T&A Demo – Dec 16, 1999)
2 Being with You (T&A Demo – Oct 22, 2004)
3 Loud Clothes (T&A Demo – Aug 30, 2002)
4 Cafe con leche (AGM – Apr 25, 2007)
5 Fish in a Bowl (T&A Demo – Apr 30, 2000)
6 Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo – Apr 2, 2006)
7 Something in the System (T&A Demo – Jan 3, 2002)
8 Black Sails (Studio 38 Demo – Summer 1982)
9 Always the Last to Know (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 2004)
10 Den tunna linjen (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
11 A Girl Like You (T&A Demo – Sep 25, 2004)
12 Byter bara blickar (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 1997)
13 Lägg din hand i min om du har lust (Hamilton Demo – Jun 12, 1978)
14 Kyss från en främling (T&A Demo – Oct 18, 1999)
15 What’s She Like? (T&A Demo – Dec 3, 2010)
16 Before You Go to Sleep (T&A Demo – Nov 23, 1992)

Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 2

1 Kvar i min bil (Agm – Apr 28, 2007)
2 Apple in the Mud (T&A Demo – Jul 4, 1995)
3 Beautiful Girl (T&A Demo – Apr 19, 1999)
4 Stay (At Home, At Work, At Play) (T&A Demo - Jul 5, 1995)
5 When I Close My Eyes (No One Can See Me) (T&A Demo - Jul 20, 1999)
6 Heaven Is Just a Motion Away (T&A Demo – Jan 28, 2006)
7 Jo-Anna Says (T&A Demo – Jan 8, 2005)
8 Mannen med gitarr (T&A Demo – Nov 20, 2002)
9 Hold on My Heart (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
10 Västra sidan (T&A Demo – Nov 18, 1984)
11 Jag borde förstås vetat bättre (T&A Demo)
12 Being with You (T&A Demo – Sep 11, 1997)
13 Faller ner på knä (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)
14 Gå & fiska! (T&A Demo – Feb 15, 1996)

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother: The video is out now!

June 13, 2014 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Per Gessle, Video

Expected and longed for by many, the video to "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" has found its way to the masses finally. Per Gessle had re-recorded the song in conjunction with the soundtrack to the Jonas Åkerlund movie "Small Apartments" which was released in 2013. The reason for that was apparently that The Hollies wanted a lot of money for using their version in the movie, so Jonas asked Per if he could record it for him. Per has mentioned the existence of this video several times but it remained uncertain whether it would ever get published. So here it is now. Looking forward to your thoughts! (Video after the page turn)

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Per wants Heikki L to remove video: "Very strange and silly"

May 28, 2014 — by Visa Kopu — Per Gessle, Video

Per Gessle has released a statement about the video for his cooperation with Heikki L, "You Don't Want Love."

Per Gessle appears as a guest solist on DJ Heikki's single "You Don't Want Love". Per added his touch to the song, laid his vocals in a studio in Sweden and that is the full extent on his involvement in this project. DJ Heikki is the artist, it's his single and it's him and his record label who are responsible in making the video. The finished video was presented to Per just the other day and he does not appreciate it at all. Therefore he has chosen not to post it on any of his Facebook- or Twitter pages. /Team PG (link)

Later he added this message:

HEIKKI L VIDEO UPDATE: Very strange and silly video indeed. I think Sony Finland should do the right thing and 
1. withdraw it 
2. make a new better one that we all could be proud of! /P. (link)

Judge it yourself, as long as it's available:

At least this reporter doesn't really get what's the big deal with the video. The first part of the video does look like a commercial for Sony, then it turns into softcore and finally there's a strange twist with everyone having a relationship with each other. The green smoke could interpreted as a drug reference, I guess.

But if something is very strange and silly, it's the video for "Salvation."

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Per: "I'm working on Rox"

May 26, 2014 — by Colin van der Bel — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

STOCKHOLM - A lot is happening around Per Gessle this time, with two new releases just last Friday. We were surprised by the release of a song called "You Don’t Want Love" by ‘Finnish producer Heikki L feat. Per Gessle’. The song is a dance record, something that sounds like it belongs in Europe’s charts but at the same time is nothing like what we’ve ever heard Per do before. On top of that, the second installment of the Per Gessle Archives was released on Spotify today. iTunes release in June. The Daily Roxette managed to get hold of the man himself for a short interview about these releases and things to come.

Last Friday, "You Don’t Want Love" by Finnish producer/DJ Heikki L was released exclusively on Spotify, over the weekend. The song sounds very fresh and seems to fit perfectly in today’s charts, but it’s very different from from we’ve heard from you recently. Could you share something with us how this collaboration came to be?

I know Patric Sarin a bit from way back. He sent me his and Heikki’s demo and asked if I wanted to sing on the real recording. I liked the song and the style a lot so I said YES!

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Heikki L speaks about Gessle cooperation

May 23, 2014 — by Visa Kopu — Per Gessle, Releases

In a short interview with Ilta-Sanomat, Heikki L speaks about his recent collaboration with Per Gessle, a song called "You Don't Want Love." Heikki L is a Finnish producer and DJ who has previously worked with artists like David Guetta, Tiësto and Armin van Buuren.

"Roxette is one of the best in pop music and I'm really excited to be able to work with one of the most famous singers of our time," Heikki L says in his press release.

Per is also excited about the cooperation: "As you know, I'm crazy about good songs, so when I got the demo and was requested to join, I couldn't resist the offer. I like the melody and the whole atmosphere of the song is irresistible. This is modern pop music spiced with a traditional twist. I am very proud to be part of this."

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The Per Gessle Archives Vol 1 released

May 16, 2014 — by Colin van der Bel — Editorial, Per Gessle, Releases

BILTHOVEN - The Per Gessle Archives - A demo lover's paradise!

In September, the Per Gessle Archives box set will be released in eleven volumes containing 10 CDs and a vinyl. The first two volumes will be released on iTunes in June and the first was made available on Spotify just today. This time, we decided not to do the traditional album review but I write a more personal article as a Per Gessle demo fanatic.

"Finally, it's here! Now THIS is what I love!". Those were my initial thoughts when the first album of the Per Gessle Archives was released. When I started listening to Roxette at the age of twelve, I started collecting singles and I soon discovered that for some reason I listened to the B-sides and demos at least as often as the singles and album tracks on Roxette, Gyllene Tider and solo records. Since then I've been collecting demos. I was pretty impressed with the collection I managed to gather and made my own compilation albums to play in my discman and later car.

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The Per Gessle Archives, vols 1 & 2

May 9, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

iTunes has (inadvertently?) released the tracklists of volumes 1 & 2 of The Per Gessle Archives and boy do they look yummy!

Demos & Other Fun Stuff! Vol. 1

1 Walk on, Lonely Eyes (T&A Demo – Dec 16, 1999) 3:17
2 Being with You (T&A Demo – Oct 22, 2004) 3:20
3 Loud Clothes (T&A Demo – Aug 30, 2002) 3:14
4 Cafe con Leche (AGM – Apr 25, 2007) 0:59
5 Fish in a Bowl (T&A Demo – Apr 30, 2000) 3:40
6 Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo – Apr 2, 2006) 2:59
* 7 Something in the System (T&A Demo – Jan 3, 2002) 2:58
8 Black Sails (Studio 38 Demo – Summer 1982) 2:42
9 Always the Last to Know (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 2004) 4:22
10 Den tunna linjen (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010) 2:35
11 A Girl Like You (T&A Demo – Sep 25, 2004) 3:07
12 Byter bara blickar (T&A Demo – Nov 21, 1997) 2:38
* 13 Lägg din hand i min om du har lust (Hamilton Demo – Jun 12, 1978) 2:15
* 14 Kyss från en främling (T&A Demo – Oct 18, 1999) 3:02
15 What’s She Like? (T&A Demo – Dec 3, 2010) 2:59
16 Before You Go to Sleep (T&A Demo – Nov 23, 1992) 3:06

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The Per Gessle Archives - A Lifetime of Songwriting

April 22, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

For over 35 years Per Gessle’s songwriting has fascinated fans both in Sweden and around the world. To summon up his incredible career as a songwriter and artist The Per Gessle Archives – A Lifetime of Songwriting is set for release this fall through Cosmos Music.

A total of eleven volumes with close to 200 songs from Per’s own archives of mostly unreleased material will be released throughout the year ending with an exclusive box-set in September.

Through the extensive contents of the box, we’ll get an exclusive view of Gessle’s composing skills and style; a unique release from an artist and songwriter of Per’s status.

The release will focus on three different parts of his career:

Demos & Other Fun Stuff consists of previously unreleased material from Per’s first band Gyllene Tider, Roxette-demos that turned into something else as well as side-projects that he has worked on over the years.

The Roxette Demos – Per’s early versions of the duo’s many hits and popular album tracks. An insight into the foundation of Roxette’s magnificent history, which to date has generated over 75 million albums sold. 

Solo – Per’s two highly successful Swedish solo albums, Mazarin and En händig man, are represented by two independent volumes with the demos that formed the basis for these chart topping albums.

Per will also comment on each individual song in interviews with Sven Lindström for the digital edition of the collection.

Just in time for the Swedish Record Store Day on April 26th there will be a limited edition 7” vinyl with two songs available in stores. The two first volumes will be available exclusively on Spotify in May.

On September 24th the campaign for The Per Gessle Archives – A Lifetime of Songwriting will culminate with the release of a deluxe box that will contain all eleven volumes in an exclusive package with vinyls and CDs.

Cosmos Music is extremely proud to present this special release with one of the modern pop era’s most influential and successful songwriters/artists.

This fall will also see two books with Per’s songs published, one with the English lyrics and one with the Swedish ones, together with handwritten sketches and drafts, comments and interviews with Per about his songwriting.

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Another RSD release

April 14, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

On his own record label Cosmos, Per Gessle will release a 7" with "Kvar i min bil" (from the 2008 movie "Let the Right One In") and B-side "Loud Clothes" from way back when (2002.) The release is called The Per Gessle Archives and a mysterious box set is promised to be released in September... The sleeve is, as you can see, very Roy Lichtenstein inspired.

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Contest Day, part 2: “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T.“ to be released April 26

April 1, 2014 — by TDR Editorial — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

As many of you have noticed, this was an April's Fools joke... for now!

For a long time fans have kept guessing what exactly Per was talking about when he told us about being at “another airport” every other day, when he possibly can't be flying that much. It turns out it will be his personal contribution to Sweden’s Record Store Day on April 26: an audio book, or a travelogue if you will. While the official press release will be out tomorrow, we can provide you with a few details already.

The audio book will consist of two vinyls full of travel logs noted down and read out by Per himself, in English. He used the long waiting times at the airports all over the world during the last Roxette tours to put down his personal experiences and thoughts. We will learn about advantages of hard hotel beds in South Africa and disadvantages of vegetarian breakfasts at 2pm, there will also be a longer part about his hospital stay before the canceled show in New Zealand (where Per had obviously too much time to make up his mind on airline food and queues to the airplane toilet). Also, you will hear what it’s like not to be escorted by police in Dubai and what the customs in Istanbul initially thought about Christoffer’s incense sticks. And finally we hear the full story of Åsa’s mishap that lead to the infamous song title “Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me to Check on Your wife.” All in all there will be 25 chapters on 2 12″ vinyl discs with a total length of a little less than 2 hours. Each chapter is preceeded by a short sound sample from Per’s voice recorder where he stores his ideas for songs and lyrics. As a bonus track, we hear Per, Chris and Pelle killing The Marcels’ “Blue Moon” in an empty airport hall in South Germany, a little too loud and maybe a little too tipsy...

The mixing has been done by Mats MP Persson in his T&A studio in Halmstad, Sven Lindström helped putting down the right words.

The audio book will come in two editions: On April 26, you can purchase the extended but limited edition (1400 copies) which will include a picture book of 102 pages for 1.400 SEK, only in Swedish local record stores. Two weeks later, the standard edition, without the book (and as we heard sadly without “Blue Moon,”) can be ordered at the usual online stores and iTunes for around 149 SEK.

You can win one signed copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” if you send an email with the answer to the following question to contest@dailyroxette.com still today: “What is the IATA code of the Halmstad airport?”. The winner will be drawn tomorrow and the copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” will be sent out after April 26. Good luck!

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