The Long Way Home / Beggin'
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Introducing Magnus Carlson. Unless you're Swedish, in which case Magnus needs no introduction. Magnus is one of the most successful male artists in Sweden. His latest solo album a testament to his passion for Northern Soul (sung in Swedish) went straight to number one in his native country earlier this year. Hes now recorded the entire album in English and is set to release the first tracks from it next month in the form of an EP The Northern Soul Sessions. The gold selling album was partly recorded at Paul Wellers Black Barn studio with producer and bassist Andy Lewis, together with a slew of top British session musicians. The record has been hailed as one of the best Swedish albums of 2017, still riding high in the album charts. 'The Northern Soul Sessions' will be released both digitally and on two special 7s, featuring two newly written originals, as well as two covers; the Frankie Valli classic Beggin and Eddie Holmans I Surrender. The tracks take the listener right back to the dancefloor of Wigan Casino. You can almost smell the talcum powder. Magnus Carlson has had a long and illustrious career. Hes collaborated with more artists than even he can remember. From duets with songstress Anna Ternheim to house tracks with members of Swedish House Mafia; from performing Velvet Underground-covers with Nina Persson of The Cardigans to playing horns with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. He is also the lead singer of Weeping Willows, one of Sweden's most successful home grown acts, and has been touring almost constantly for the past 15 years. Hes released a total of 15 albums so far, both in bands and as a solo artist, and numerous one off singles and projects. But it's one thing more than any other that has made Magnus Carlson a byword for 'berömmelse' (stardom) his voice. Magnus is a modern day version of the classic 60's blue eyed soul singer, with such a moving, genre defying, straight-to-the-heart quality to his voice its been known to make grown men cry - on more than one occasion. Or, as Ian McCulloch put it: Magnus, you don't sing like an angel. You sing like a fucking God. First he releases two 7" with Northern Soul four tracks. It's the original songs "The Long Way Home" and a cover of the classic "Beggin'" on the first 7-inch and "What If" and Eddie Hollmans "I Surrender" on the second 7 on the second single.
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