| 13 February 1989|
Pop music, Rock music
13 February 1989
EMI Music Sweden
| 1988, EMI Studio 1 and 2 in Stockholm, Sweden|
...och stora havet ("...and the Great Ocean") is the only studio album by Swedish pop singer Jakob Hellman. It was released on February 13, 1989 by EMI.
The album was recorded in 1988 in EMI's studio in Skärmarbrink, Stockholm, and was produced by Dan Sundquist. During the recording, Sundquist worked in parallel on an album by Freda', which had higher priority than the low-budget Hellman album. Sundquist and Hellman also had differing ideas about the sound of the album. Hellman wished to retain the more primitive feel of the 1987 demo that served as the basis of the record, while Sundquist was aiming for more of a pure pop production. Sundquist eventually got what he wanted.
...och stora havet was initially pressed in an edition of 5,000 copies. Once the song "Vara vänner" became a hit, the album was certified gold in the summer of 1989. The album was followed by a tour where Hellman was accompanied by musicians from Eldkvarn, Reeperbahn and Wilmer X.
Lyrically, the album is tinged with a longing to get away. The songs also capture a sense of being young, impatient, misunderstood, and angst-ridden.
The album was released in a remastered edition on CD on June 17, 1998. Nöjesguiden named ...och stora havet the best Swedish album of the century. It is also among the titles in the book Tusen svenska klassiker ("A Thousand Swedish Classics", 2009).
All tracks written by Jakob Hellman, unless otherwise specified.Notes
^ This song is not listed on the back of the album.
Jakob Hellman – vocals, guitar, electric guitar, piano, organ, arrangements and production
Anders Sjögren – tuba
Dan Sundquist – production, synthesizer, electric piano, minimoog, keyboard, bass, tambourine, backing vocals, wind arrangement, effects and programming
Dave Castle – clarinet
Eddie Sjöberg – guitar and mandolin
Ingemar Dunker – drums
Jan Zachrisson – keyboards, recording, production and programming on "Tango i Nizza"
Jesper Lindberg – electric guitar and mandolin
Kofi Bentsi-Enchill – bass
Magnus Adell – bass and double bass
Magnus Lind – accordion and piano
Magnus Persson – tambourine, xylophone, percussion and triangle
Mats Bengtsson – piano, accordion
Mats Borg – drums
Mats Olausson – piano and organ
Matts Alsberg – bass and double bass
Michael Gildestad – trombone
Pelle Sirén – guitar
Per Hägglund – synthesizer and effects
Per Persson – vocals
Sanken Sandquist – drums
Titiyo Jah – backing vocals
Werner Modiggård – drums
Magnus Nygren – executive producer
Alar Suurna – mixing
^ Refers to the remastered edition.
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