Jorn Lande has recorded a lot of music – over 40 albums, according a press release we got this morning. And his powerful vocals are front and center on everything he does. Today he announced his latest album, Heavy Rock Radio, due out on June 3 on Frontiers Music. Unlike most of his albums, this will be a straight up covers album, and he’s chosen to lead with a cover of Frida’s 1982 hit “I Know There’s Something Going On.” A few things to know about the original, if you’re not familiar with it: Frida’s actual name is Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and she was then one of ABBA’s two vocalists (the band broke up the following year). Also, the drummer, producer and background vocalist of the song was Phil Collins, so it has that signature “In the Air Tonight” drum sound. At any rate, Jorn does the song justice, and since it’s not like it was a gigantic hit, it might come off as a new song for some. That might not be the case for some of the other songs on the album, but of course we want to hear what he does with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Maiden’s “The Final Frontier.” He also does Paul Stanley’s “Live To Win,” which you might remember from South Park.
Here’s what the singer says about the album:
“The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect for the original versions, my goal was always that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time it is a well-deserved homage to these artists and bands, who influenced me strongly. I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time, but was always too busy writing and recording my own music to make it happen. Originally I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final track list. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future.”
Here’s track listing to Heavy Rock Radio:
For comparison, here’s the original: