Well, what do you know! Not much as it turns out. Last night the full Per Gessle Archives were let loose (except volume 5 which still is a vinyl exclusive)! Enjoy the 10 digital parts with commentary on Spotify and iTunes, and probably more sites to come. More info, and links, at the Archives site.
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Per is in the process of signing all his pre-ordered boxes, more than 1,000. His arm hurts, but that doesn't stop him from grinning. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions that's been on all our minds: Per, big (huge you might say even) box, 2 books, wine, Rox record and Rox tour... How do you find all the time? How does your wife feel about all this?
Well Tom, you have to ask her! She’s pretty busy herself with our hotel and our son and the two budgies. I’m doing all the cookin’!
She’s the next call on my list, promise. Now, you've just started recording the new Rox record, what can we expect, a full album, EP, single? How's Marie doing after her vacation, she looks great in your photos?
Marie’s fine. We start rehearsing for the tour pretty soon and have also recorded a couple of new tracks. They sound fab by the way! I have written quite a few new songs for Rox and we’re looking forward to record them one of these years.
Time’s getting short yes. Will you have time for any signing sessions, for the box or the books? Boox..?
I’ll do some signings at the Gothenburg Book Fair next weekend if you wanna pop by!
Hey, sure why not! When exactly did you come up with the idea for the PGA?
When I realized that so many people seemed to be truly interested. I noticed that every time I shared demos on the Internet. So... I talked to MP to see if it was possible to find all the old stuff in the vaults. And it was. He has done a fantastic job getting it all together. Mending old analogue tapes and making them sound perfect. Per thinks. And hey, Pär Wickholm (the designer) has created his masterpiece with the PGA box.
And the Cosmos Music people who release it have had so many cool ideas. They work endlessly. Without all those guys and dolls this couldn’t have happened! I’m just the Godfather, saying yes or no.
The Roxette Demos!, Vol. 2 is out. Enjoy especially "Turn of the Tide"!
The next step in releasing The Per Gessle Archives digitally was taken at midnight when The Roxette Demos! Volume 1 was released with lots of goodies. You'll find Per & Sven's comments there as well. The physical box will be released September 24, signed if you hurry up pre-ordering it: CDON, Ginza or Bengans. CDON is best for European customers, Ginza for Scandinavian and Bengans for the rest of the world.
In a week we will get Volume 2 with the following:
Per, the busy little beaver, has started another site: The Per Gessle Archives. At that site you can get all the info you need about his upcoming archives. And to show his good faith Volumes 3 & 4, with exclusive comments, were released at midnight. Enjoy! The next installment is out in a week.
Demos & Other Fun Stuff!, vol. 3
1. Ghost In The House #2 (T&A Demo - Nov 14, 1997)
2. Som i en dröm (T&A Demo – May 15, 2010)
3. Honung och guld (T&A Demo – Oct 6, 2012)
4. Always The Last To Know (T&A Demo - Jun 3, 1998)
5. Drowning In You (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 2009)
6. Monster Hangover (72) (T&A Demo - Jan 31, 2002)
7. Ingen kan som du (T&A Demo - May 28, 2003) *
8. Hold On My Heart (T&A Demo - Jan 30, 2000)
9. The Sound Of My Falling Tears (Torsgatan Demo - Sep 12, 1983)
10. Fly Like the Wind (T&A Demo - Feb 18, 1986)
11. Liberty (Dårhuset Demo - Apr 23, 1995) *
12. Sweet Thing (T&A Demo - Dec 16, 1992)
13. Svarta glas (Neverending Love) (T&A Demo - Oct 13, 1985) *
14. Högt i det blå (T&A Demo - Oct 18, 1999)
15. Gone Gone Gone (T&A Demo - Feb 25, 1993)
16. Inte tillsammans, inte isär (T&A Demo – Jun 28, 2003) *
17. Hjärta av glas (T&A Demo - Jan 6, 1986)
18. I Like It Like That (T&A Demo - Jan 24, 2002) *
19. Ghost In The House #1 (T&A Demo - Oct 19, 1997)
20. Lycklig jul (T&A Demo – Oct 3, 1985) *
21. Start! (T&A Demo – Feb 19, 1988)
22. Saken slår mej som på huvudet (Harplinge Demo – Mar 2, 1977) *
Per will release not one, but two books September 25: Texter, klotter & funderingar - den svenska delen about all his Swedish releases, obviously in Swedish, and its English counterpart Songs, Sketches & Reflections - the English part. The books are released on Roos & Tegnér as Gyllene Tider's book was.
Per Gessle is one of Sweden’s most successful artists of all time. Together with Marie Fredriksson and Roxette he has had four songs at the top of Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 75 million records around the world. For the first time he now speaks open-heartedly about his songwriting, from the debut in the late seventies until today.
Welcome to Per’s musical universe. He shares drawings and notes generously from his own studio diaries, handwritten and typed original lyrics with comments and personal photos. The book also presents a personal and exclusive dialogue with music journalist Sven Lindström, in which Per reveals his sources of inspiration, his musical role models and his thoughts about music and lyrics.
If you want to know more about Per Gessle's Swedish works, don’t miss the book Texter, klotter & funderingar – den svenska delen.
You can pre-order the books on CDON, Bengans and Ginza among others.
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! If you find a demo already released and not * in the list, please drop a comment.
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)
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)
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."
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!