Lately I have been listening to the swan song album from the swedish supergroup ABBA "The Visitors" and being baffled by the basswork that Rutger Gunnarsson was applying to those songs. ABBA was one of of those "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself" bands and it were Keyboardist Benny Andersson and Guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus who did the production and mixing of this album (as they also did on all other ABBA material) providing a musician's ear to how the band would sound rather than an A&R man's ear. As a result of that and of Andersson and Ulvaeus recognizing Gunnarsson's genius, the bass was put in really high in the mix instead of burrying it at the practice was in the eighties. The best example of what Rutger Gunnarsson was capable of can be heard on "One of us" which is a really sad song lyric-wise but had a really uplifting bassline. "One of Us" try playing along, it's way trickier than you might think. Rutger Gunnarsson has since faded into obscurity but luckily the ABBA album "The visitors" keeps his great bassplaying alive.