Scandinavia has always been a land of dreams for me. Not for nothing has Midsummer's Night acquired such a mythical significance for its people. In my youth, I dreamed of living in Sweden, and now I am transported there through this superb compilation. Cornelis Vreeswijk remains my all-time favourite; little wonder that this adopted son of Sweden has become such a cult figure. Other highlights include Benny Andersson of ABBA, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Ane Brun, Eivor, Gjermund Larsen, and particularly Wimme, whose shamanic joik chantings provide the perfect backdrop to my Nietzsche studies.
This compilation is a real 'must have' for all lovers of Scandinavia. However, I feel it reaches out beyond Scandinavia and would appeal to everyone who enjoys high quality music - be it folk, pop, jazz or experimental. A collection of thoughtfully selected and well sequenced tracks (39 of them!). And all at such an unbelievable price!