Skip to content

Virna Lindt \ Play/Record [LTMCD 2489]

Remastered edition of Play/Record, the second album by Swedish pop sophisticate Virna Lindt, originally released by The Compact Organisation in 1985.

Written and produced by Virna Lindt during a three-week vacation in London, Play/Record addresses girls who cannot stand the colour red, the numbing effect of new media, and subterfuge and skulduggery in her adopted home town.

Remastered by regular collaborator Tot Taylor. CD booklet features original artwork and liner notes.

Tracklist:

1. Add It Up
2. Whistle Wind
3. My Home Town
4. Burn
5. The Crack-Up
6. Festivo
7. Under the Stars
8. Wild Strawberries
9. Any Colour But Red
10. Whistle Wind (Reprise)
11. Play/Record
12. My Favourite Ring

Available on CD and digital download. To order CD select from the shopping cart button below the cover image, or contact LTM by email.

Play/Record [LTMCD 2489]
CD shipping options

Reviews:

"Ms Lindt deftly conveys a sense of breezy, delirious Sixties camp. Arch instrumentals such as the title track and Add It Up are nothing short of wondrous, and the album is a delightful and accurate evocation of a period when music was allowed to be fun" (Melody Maker)

"A uniquely crafted voiceover masterpiece, the diverse tempo moves from the sunny waft of single My Home Town to the more sombre tones of Any Colour But Red" (Sounds)

"Lush, intelligent - and very, very sexy" (Underground)

"I love women who can't sing. I don't mean tone-deaf, but the type of artist the French call a diseuse, ie a performer who recites lyrics over music. Vocalists who do not even attempt to carry a tune - even when it may be as close as the piano accompaniment - because it's just too cumbersome, and, really a girl can't be expected to hold anything heavier than a cocktail in these shoes" (The Stranger, 06/2007)

"Good reissue, full of icily Continental pop" (Word, 11/2007)

"As it snows, Virna pulls up the collar of her fur coat and lays down a suitably filmic soundtrack" (Sounds, 11/1985)

"It might not have been the most influential 80s record label, but the Compact Organisation was one of those curious labels that put equal stock in both style and substance. It was obsessed with the glamour of the '50s and presented sophisticated pop music with a sense of humour, something that was obvious with its roster of artists that wouldn't fit anywhere else. Their first signing, Virna Lindt, an icy blonde Swede, was just a little ahead of her time. That's something that becomes obvious when listening to these albums, which are both more than 20 years old yet don't sound dated at all. 1983's Shiver has the more satisfying songs, even if it's a little on the patchy side. Kicking off with the spectacular Attention Stockholm, it barely takes a misstep, as long as it is sticks with the '60s spy pastiche theme. 1985's Play/Record is a much more rounded album of orchestral pop, with Lindt's breathy vocals helping to ensure that there's still a healthy dose of kitsch" (Exclaim!, 2007)