Category: BJATO


After the acclaimed debut album “At Last”, the talented and unique “Backman Johanson and The Others” (BJATO) are back, and thrilled to announce the release of their follow up album “Crazy Game Of Love“. BJATO‘S music is well known for its West Coast /AOR style with a strong emphasis on well-arranged songs and breezing choruses.
This new album has an exciting line up, with many of the musicians and singers who worked on the “At Last” album returning, plus new ones. This includes TOBB lead singer Frode Vassel and also BEYOND IMAGINATION singer Viktor Johansson amongst many other well known Scandinavian AOR and West Coast musicians.
Since opener – the title track – awesomely performed by Goran Edman, you’re into a treat of perfectly produced Eighties-like music, a must for fans of the genre…

Backman Johanson And The Others (BJATO) – At Last +2 [Reissue including Bonus Tracks] (2019)

At Last” is the fascinating debut album by Backman Johanson And The Others (BJATO), the Swedish project inspired by classic AOR sounds. Created by experienced musicians Mats Johanson (guitars, keys and programming) and Kaj Backman (keys and programming), the record features class musicians and vocalists such as Göran Edman, Johan Boding, Frank Ådahl, Tomi Malm and many more.
Many years in the making – hence the title “At Last” – the album is a delicious collection of melodic songs carefully arranged, performed and produced. Including two bonus tracks – one of them sung by Edman – the album was reissued 2019.
The motto here is Westcoast AOR, not so in the ‘smooth side’ of the genre but in its more dynamic spectrum. I would say ‘melodic rock Westcoast’.
Think CWF Champlin – Williams – Friestedt, Street Talk, some TOTO, Tomi Malm recent album featured here (who also play keyboards), Talk Of The Town, Radioactive, etc.