who was a member of Blues Quality, which morphed into the group,
Nature. They released a
self-titled album in 1972 and Earth
Mover in 1974, as well as backing Ted Gardestad
on a pair of tours.
career as a session musician had already begun—he had appeared on Bernt Staf’s 1970
album, Nar Dimman
Lattar—when he was tapped by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to
do some recording with ABBA. A
couple of early recordings on which he appeared were “Crazy World”
and “Intermezzo No. 1”, which were included on their eponymous
1975 album. He would continue
to record and tour with them, as well as juggling solo and studio work,
until their 1982 breakup.
evidenced by the albums he was credited with in the 1970s: ABBA’s
Arrival, ABBA: The Album, and Voulez-Vous;
his own solo debut, Electrocuted;
self-titled 1975 album; and, Wellander & Ronander, with Mats Ronander,
in 1978. He also toured with
ABBA frequently from 1975 through 1980.
The new decade
opened with more ABBA albums, Super
Trouper in 1980 and The Visitors
in 1981. Thank You for the Music hit the shelves in 1983. The group broke up but Lasse continued to collaborate with individual
members: He played guitar on Agnetha Faltskog’s solo
album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me,
in 1983, and the 1984 recording of Chess,
a musical by Benny, Bjorn, and Tim Rice. One of the vocalists on that album,
Elaine Page, utilized Lasse’s services on
her 1985 LP, Love Hurts.
released a pair of albums in the 1980s: Full
Hand went to #31 on the Swedish charts in 1985; Tweed reached #36. He also contributed his guitar licks
to the Visitors’ 1987 effort, Attention.
In 1990, he
issued another solo LP, Poker-Face,
and played guitar on Carola’s Much More and the soundtrack of the
television mini-series, Fiendens Fiende.
He released Fran Rickfors till Peterson-Berger in 1992 and scored a
big hit with his cover of “Anthem” from Chess. It made the
cut on the various-artists anthology, Absolute
Relax. In 1993, he appeared
on Josefin Nilsson’s LP, Shapes. He performed Chess in Concert in 1994, this time with the Swedish cast. In 1995, his song “Selina” was included in the film, Bert – Den siste
oskulden. He also appeared on Richard Clayderman’s Scandinavian
Collection in 1997 and Robert Wells’ Rhapsody in Rock in 1999.
with Agnetha Faltskog
on her 2004 solo album, My Colouring Book. In 2004, he went on the dance band Vikingarna’s farewell tour, replacing the late Lasse Westmann, and he toured
with the ABBA tribute group Waterloo
in 2005. In 2008, he appeared
on the soundtracks of Mamma Mia! and Sa som I Himmelen and played
guitar on “Nothing’s Missing (For Once in My Life) by SMiLE.dk
on their album, Party Around the
World. In the new
millennium, he has also toured with The Original ABBA Orchestra and
performed on Magnus Strandvik’s album, Emotional Mechanism.
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