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The 30th Anniversary Joyride box set with all the story, demos and never-before-seen material will be released on November 26th. But already tomorrow, October 8, the single “Small Talk” will be released with two unreleased versions of “Small Talk” and “Hotblooded”
This year marks 30 years since Roxette released her third album stroll, which followed the group’s record-breaking world breakthrough with the album Look carefully ! in 1989.
Roxette had become in record time a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the three American hits “The Look”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” and other big hits such as “Dressed for Success” and “Dangerous”. ”.
stroll was the album that would cement the unlikely successes of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Which he certainly did. The album not only became Roxette’s bestseller, the title track rose to the top of the US charts on May 1, 1991, giving Roxette their fourth US number one. Thus, the group set a record that no Scandinavian group or artist has managed to surpass.
Massive box with unique material.
The stroll anniversary is celebrated with a vinyl box consisting of four vinyl records and a box of 3 CDs, which, in addition to the original edition, contains many new or hard-to-find items that paint a larger picture of a piece of Swedish music history: demos, alternative music versions and leftover material.
Additionally, a richly illustrated 32-page booklet is included, which, in text and with unique images from Roxette’s archives, tells the story of the birth of a classic Swedish pop album.
Twelve unreleased songs.
Twelve of the songs are unreleased, including the first recording of “Hotblooded,” which for a time was intended to be the album’s opening song before “Joyride” propelled it to second place. Interestingly enough, there are also two Gyllene Tider songs here, which in January 1990 were candidates for inclusion on Roxette’s next record.
– We are talking about “Run Run Run” and “Another Place, Another Time”, which Gyllene released on our English album The Heartland Café in 1984. And when I was looking for material for the new album in the fall of 1989, I got hooked on these two. We made new, more “roxified” demo versions of them – and in particular “Run Run Run,” I think he could have been such a serious contender, recalls Per Gessle.
However, the recordings were put aside – in Rox HQ there was a tiny but strong taboo against mixing Roxette and Gyllene Tider, so they collected dust in the archives. Until now.
Candy for all Roxette fans.
Other demos from 1990 which can now be heard for the first time are “Small Talk”, “Church of Your Heart”, “Physical Fascination”, “Things Will Never be the Same”, “I Remember You” and not to mention from the upcoming B-side single “The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye” – one of the strongest songs that ever managed to make it onto the album, later a big favorite among many Roxette fans and recorded by several other artists, including American singer Laura Branigan.
“Sweet Thing” is also one of the many contestants who never made their way onto the “Joyride” album, but is now seeing the light of day for the first time.
In addition to the LP box set with four vinyl albums, the original album is also being released for the first time with a gatefold cover and pressed marbled or black vinyl.