‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’: Embracing Agnetha Fältskog’s English Solo Debut

1983 was an extremely busy year in the singer’s post-ABBA world.

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Agnetha ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ artwork - Courtesy: UMG
Agnetha ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ artwork - Courtesy: UMG

By 1983, the members of ABBA were going their separate ways, and it signalled an extremely busy year in the life of Agnetha Fältskog. After making her acting debut in the Swedish film Rakenstam, the vocalist set about resuming the solo career that she had started in the days before the group did, as early as 1968. But after ABBA’s retirement, it would be with her first English-language album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me.

That early, self-titled album was released when Agnetha was just 18. It was followed by three further Swedish language LPs up until 1971, when her work with ABBA began in earnest. Even at the height of their world-beating success, Fältskog still devoted time to her solo work, with a 1975 set and a Christmas album, with her daughter Linda, in 1981.

Calling in the heavyweights

But now it was time to tackle the English language market in her own name, and to call in some heavyweights. Prolific hit writer-producer Mike Chapman was appointed producer of the project. A number of other name writers also contributed material, including English composers Russ Ballard and Tony Ashton. The latter’s “The Heat Is On,” co-written with Florrie Palmer, was a European hit, and Ballard’s “Can’t Shake Loose” gave Agnetha a Top 30 US success.

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The parent album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me, came out on May 31, 1983 and was named after a song written by Chapman with Holly Knight. That track gave Fältskog another European hit, and the album was also a sizeable success, entering the US chart in mid-September, before fate stepped in.

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In early October, the artist was admitted to hospital with concussion after being involved in a bus crash on the way home from a promotional tour of Europe for the album. With a new record in stores, that bad fortune hardly helped its sales prospects. At the end of that month, Wrap Your Arms Around Me peaked on the Billboard LP chart at No.102.

Along with selected Benny/Björn and Frida solo albums, Wrap Your Arms Around Me is available on both black and limited edition pink vinyl.



  1. Myriam Peeten

    October 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I really love this album. My favourite is ‘Man’, but all the songs are great.

  2. Tim

    October 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I agree & Agnetha wrote both the words & music to Man also!

  3. Rodolfo

    October 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Love almost all Agnetha songs in English (I am not Swedish)…icluding those after ABBA…One Way Love,We Should Be Together,Let It Shine,I Should’ve Followed You Home,Dance your Pain Away,Bubble ..and so many more

  4. Larry

    November 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    RASKENSTAM, spell it with me….

  5. Franco

    December 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I have this CD, great, amazing and gorgeous Agnetha.

  6. Charles Raymond

    May 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    In the brief video of the ABBA museum tour, there was a saying by Agnetha posted on a wall therein regarding the beginning and ending of the group as a group. I thought it was most descriptive of the what and why for the beginning and the ending. Could you please repeat it here.Thank you.

  7. Eva Lucak

    May 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    song “Man” is a very very beautiful

  8. Ron middelkoop

    October 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Mysterious suedoise beautiful girl

  9. Nilanjan kar

    August 12, 2017 at 4:02 am

    All the songs sung by AGNETHA are wonderful both in lyrics as well as in her beautiful voice

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