1978 Janne Schaffer – Earmeal

Joe Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro in the studio during the Earmeal recordings

Jan Erik Tage Janne Schaffer (born 24 September 1945 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his work as a session guitarist for ABBA but he has also recorded with artists such as Bob Marley, Johnny Nash, Art Farmer and Tony Williams. He also played at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival.

His 1979 album Earmeal included session work from brothers Jeff, Steve and Mike Porcaro, as well as their father, Joe Porcaro. This is one of the few instances where the entire Porcaro family appears together on one album, the most well-known examples being Toto’s Toto IV and The Seventh One.

Schaffer is a member of the Electric Banana Band where he plays guitar as the character ‘Zebra’. Schaffer received the Albin Hagström Memorial Prize in 1999.




1  Hot Days And Summer Nights (Janne Schaffer) 7:36
2  Happy Feet (Janne Schaffer) 4:10
3  To A Beautiful Painter (Janne Schaffer) 4:29
4  Bromma Express (Janne Schaffer) 2:43
5  The Shrimp (Janne Schaffer) 5:21
6  Shrimp A La Carte (Janne Schaffer) 1:00
7  It´s Never To Late (Janne Schaffer) 5:29
8  Oriental Sign (Janne Schaffer) 4:49
9  Frederic´s Place (Janne Schaffer) 3:05



Bass  Mike Porcaro
Bass  Stefan Brolund
Drums  Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar  Janne Schaffer
Flute  Björn J Lindh
Keyboards  Peter Robinson
Keyboards  Björn J Lindh
Keyboards  Steve Porcaro
Percussion  Joe Porcaro
Percussion  Malando Gassama

Liner Notes

Producer – Bruce Botnick
Arranged By (Strings) – Björn J:Son Lindh
Arranged By, Composed By – Janne Schaffer
Conductor – Steve Porcaro
Mixed By – Rik Pekkonen
Recorded By – Rik Pekkonen

Design – Janet Perr
Photography By – Norman Seeff
Sleeve Notes – Arnold Jay Smith

Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Records AB
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.