Sunday, March 1, 2015

Yngwie Malmsteen - What Do You Want

Sunday, time for a classic.

Eclipse is the fifth studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released in 1990 through Polydor Records. The album contains a competent set of neo-classical rockers including today's tune "What do you want" that I play as a memory to the recent loss of Mats Olausson who was the keyboard player on this album.

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing style in heavy metal.

Personnel on Eclipse album:

Yngwie Malmsteen – guitar, guitar synthesizer, Moog Taurus, arrangement, background vocals, production
Göran Edman – lead vocals
Mats Olausson – keyboard, background vocals
Michael Von Knorring – drums
Svante Henryson – bass, background vocals
Tom Fletcher – engineering, mixing
Keith Rose – engineering assistance
Roger Hughes – engineering assistance
Bob Ludwig – mastering

Little over a week ago I heard the sad news that Mats Olausson have passed away. He was is best known as the keyboard player in Yngwie Malmsteen band throughout the ‘90s, he died in Thailand. He was 54.

The Bangkok Post reports that Olausson was found dead in his hotel in Rayong on Thursday (Feb. 19) by an employee who noted that Olausson had not paid for his room or been seen in the hotel dining room. Upon entering, he found Olausson’s body along with numerous empty bottles of whiskey and cans of beer. He was identified by his passport.

Upon investigating the scene, police found no evidence of a struggle and believed that he had been dead for at least 24 hours. Olausson’s body will be sent to the Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok for an autopsy.

According to his bio, Olausson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1961 and received formal, classical piano training. Influenced by prog, he moved to Stockholm in the ‘80s and found work as a session musician. This included a stint working with Jean Beauvoir of the Plasmatics, performing on his 1988 album Jacknifed and embarking on a tour where they opened for the Eurythmics. Towards the end of the decade, he joined forces with Malmsteen and was a member of his band for nearly 12 years.

From there, he was in a succession of groups, including a cover band in Thailand, before leaving the road and returning to session work in Sweden.

Today's tune "What Do You Want" is in memory of Mats Olausson, R.I.P.

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