The Reykjavik flea market, like flea markets everywhere, is a hit-or-miss affair. There are a couple of regular full time used music sellers, but there are also random boxes of CD and vinyl scattered among the stalls. I’ve done well there in the past, but this year only came away with a few mediocre odds and ends. One of which was a $3 copy of Tvær Í Takinu, a 1984 comp of various well known Icelandic performers. Sure it wasn’t in great shape. But hey, I’d heard of most of the artists, so why not.
Turns out this is actually the second record of a two record set. Volume 1 was all non-Icelandic acts like UB-40 and Culture Club, while Volume 2 was all the Icelandic stuff. I’m not sure if the lady had Volume 1 somewhere in that box too… though if she did, I probably wouldn’t have assumed it was part of this and would have passed it by. Doh! Such is life.
Now supposedly this set is kind of rare, something to do with it being pulled due to the failure to secure rights to the Megas song “Fatlað Fól.” I of course have no idea how true this is, or how someone online arrived at the estimate that maybe 500 copies of this exist. But whatever. Still an interesting story.
A lot of bands and artists I’ve previously written about here are among the 12 performers on Tvær Í Takinu:
Bubbi Morthens, Megas, Björk, Baraflokkurinn, Egó, Grýlurnar, Þú Og Ég… they’re all here, making this a pretty solid compilation. The songs are pretty poppy overall, much of it in that 80s schmaultzy way, but it’s still decent. If nothing else, it’s a nice cross section of the most important popular musicians in Iceland during the period, so if you can find a cheap copy, pick it up. And hey, if you find a copy of Volume 1, let me know!