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Agnetha Fältskog – Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 13th, 2013



“Can’t Shake Loose” is a 1983 song from former ABBA star Agnetha Fältskog’s solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me. It was the third single release in Europe and the first to be issued in the United States.

The song was written by Russ Ballard, who also wrote the successful “I Know There’s Something Going On” for Agnetha’s former ABBA colleague Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida).

“Can’t Shake Loose” proved rather successful on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where an Edited Remix of the song broke into the Top 30 peaking at #29 in November 1983. As usual, Fältskog made only limited promotion, but she did travel across the Atlantic from Sweden in August 1983 to appear on American television. “Can’t Shake Loose” also performed well in Canada, where it reached #26. In the UK and Australia, however, the track proved less successful, reaching #63 and #76, respectively.

In North America a remix was used as the single version while in Europe the album version was used.

Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) 3:15

Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) 3:15

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 Can’t Shake Loose U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #29


Label: Polydor ‎– PRO 216-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Soft Rock
Credits: Producer – Mike Chapman
Remix – Rob Freeman
Written-By – Russ Ballard

From the Polydor LP:

Promotional Copy Not For Sale
Plays same track both sides.

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17 Responses to “Agnetha Fältskog – Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. DenverDean Says:

    Paul: Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s so funny I was seeking this version a couple of months ago and found only LQ on YouTube. This was the DEFINITIVE version of the song. I knew I wasn’t crazy when I bought Agnetha’s GH and WYAAM and knew it wasn’t the same as the one I loved. If it weren’t for the truly horrible video, this would’ve been a bigger hit. Can you tell I’m excited? Thank you, again! Dean


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol I can tell you are just a little excited Dean. Hope you enjoy the track. I agree a better video might have made this ong a much bigger hit 🙂


  2. Brand0 Says:

    Thanks for Aggie!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brand0 🙂


  3. John Says:

    O–M–G. Thank you!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome John 🙂


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    I heard the album this came from just recently, and I actually thought it was pretty good. Not what I expected (I think I wasn’t expecting much!)

    This single in particular has a certain Olivia-ness about it, I hope you would agree.

    On a side note, I was flabbergasted to hear in an interview that Agnetha was paying 87% in tax to the Swedish government around this time. :O Ouch. [Frida moved to London to avoid this!]


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Jermajesty it does sound like something that Livvy could have worked her magic on and had a big hit 🙂 I think Agnetha should have taken some pointers from Frida got the hell out lol.


  5. ric Says:

    Fab post, Paul!
    Wrap Your Arms Around Me (the album)gave me much comfort after the ABBA split. But it seems like it’s Frida 1 Agnetha 0 chartwise in America, as I Know There’s Something Going On was a slow-burning massive hit in 1982/1983.
    But I too love Can’t Shake Loose, and agree that the song suits Olivia well too.
    Thanks for the AOR Mix, and isn’t it such a waste of vinyl space when they could’ve done a 12″ remix for it too while they’re at it?!?!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ric! I always find it strange how the label will release a 12″ promo with one short track on both sides. You are correct it is a waste of vinyl, but I am happy that they at least put this on a 12″ so I didn’t have to mess with an inferior 7″ 🙂


  6. Stefano Says:

    Another rare 12 inch. This mix didn’t make the ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’ 2005 remaster, probably due to legal matters or dislocation of the master tape.
    Thanks Paul, far better than the album version. Pity Rob Freeman didn’t make an extended remix for the 12 inch release.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Stefano it may also be because this mix wasn’t released in Europe for the single. More than likely it’s just that the master was not available. This was the only 12″ released for this single and only as a promo.


  7. VanceMan Says:

    This actually got a lot of play at the time on my local AOR station in New Orleans. I hadn’t realized, though, that it was an alternate mix from the LP until now. Thanks again for sharing.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂


  8. Dale Says:

    Paul, THANKS for this – I have been on the hunt for it for the longest time! You da best!


  9. Magnus U Says:

    Excellent Paul just noticed I missed this gem previously!
    Can give you a tip regarding Agneta to check up a 7″ vinyl she made 1986 with Ola Håkansson the lead singer of Secret Service to promote Swedens Olympic Games application for the Olympics 1992.
    Both tracks were written by Ola his sideman Anders Hansson and also Alexander Bard from Army of Lovers and Bodies Without Organs!


    Magnus U Reply:

    Might be easier if I add that it’s called The Way You Are with Fly like an Eagle as b-side both tracks are Hits and were over here in Scandinavia when released.


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