1/20/2016

ABBA appear together at premiere of ABBA-The Party.



Photo Source:ABBA-The Site.

January 20, 2016. ABBA appeared standing shoulder to shoulder, in public for the first time in 30 years. It was for the premiere of a new dinner theater version of Mamma Mia called Mamma Mia-the Party . The show is being staged in Stockholm at Tyrol in Grona Lund.

ABBA also appeared in 2008 for the Mamma Mia movie premiere, but members of the movie cast stood between them. It remains highly unlikely they will ever reunite musically

1/13/2016

Polish Mamma Mia, Hungarian Chess.

Cast album-Mamma Mia (Polish staging),  Universal, January 8, 2016 CD, Download

The cast album is studio recording of the 2015 Polish staging of the musical at the Roma theater in Warsaw, Poland

Cast album-SAKK Chess (Budapest Live staging)-PS Proukcio PSCD)010, October 24, 2015 Hungarian 2CD


Sakk is the Hungarian version of Chess (Florence Vassey would be pleased). It is based on the Royal Albert Hall concert version. They got 44 tracks by splitting the original songs up into their constituent parts.  The main characters are each played by multiple singers. This version was translated by Agnes Romhanyi and directed by Cornelius Baltus.  I’m not sure if this is the actual concert from August 2010 that occurred on Margaret Island in Budapest.  I’m also not sure if this is an authorized recording.  




Disc 1
1. Bevezetes
2. Nyitany
3. A Sakk Törtenrte
4. Merano
5. Rock Merano
6. Merano Repriz
7. Ujsagok
8. Sajtotajekoztato
9. Anatolij, Molokov
10. Forog A Kerek
11. Nehez Idok
12. Biro
13. Fanfar
14. Sakkjatszma
15. Kvartett
16. Florence Es Molokov
17. Budapest Lazad
18. Senki Nincs Melletted
19. Hegyi Duett
20. Sakkjatszma 2
21. Szakitas
22. Szegeny Kissrac 1
23. Követsegen
24. Isten Ovd Szivem
25. Himnusz
Disc 2:
1. Arany Bangkok
2. Ma Ejjel Bangkok
3. Meg Egy Ellenfel
4. Te Es En
5. Szovjet Gepezet
6. Interju
7. Aki Nem Mas, Mint En
8. Alku 1
9. Alku 2
10. Alku 3
11. Szegeny Kissrac
12. Vegjatek 1
13. Mar Ismerem Öt
14. Vegjatek 2
15. Sakkjatszma
16. Vegjatek 3
17. Te Es En Repriz
18. Himnusz Repriz
19. Tapszene

12/30/2015

ABBA releases of 2015 (updated December 2015)





ABBA related  Releases of 2015 There are basically no ABBA reissues  scheduled for this year.  The   Deluxe Editions  series is largely played out  and ABBA Live at Wembley has  been finally released. Every permutation of single disc greatest hits , double disc best of , Spanish language compilations, love song album, singles box, album box, etc. have all been done and done and done.  So Universal really is finally running out room  for  possible new  reissues (aside from the biennial  re-release of ABBA Gold, of course). And now CD's are no longer selling well so there isn't much point. The only thing really left to release  are 1977's  ABBA the movie   tracks / live concert recordings,  and some sort of Beatles Anthology style release of all those ABBA unreleased tracks and alternative takes.  The latter at least, is not likely to ever happen since Bjorn and Benny object to the idea.  Indeed, the remarkable thing is that a  ABBA rarities album probably wouldn't sell very well if it was even tried.  So we are  left with some solo stuff-a new Frida track, a download only soundtrack with music by Benny, a choral album with music by Benny and so forth. A new BAO album is scheduled to come out next year. A English version of "Hjälp Sökes is under consideration-but if they couldn't stage Kristina in the English speaking world, it's hard to see how they are going to stage Hjälp Sökes.  I am still waiting for a Benny Andersson solo piano album now-that  would be an album that I would go out buy!

ABBA related Releases of 2015


1865 Dan Daniell featuring Frida single 
CD single/download released February 13,  2015
1. 1865
2. 1865 (Instrumental Version)
3. Matterhorn - Denn hier bin ich geborn

 Hep Stars-Like We Used To Do The Anthology 1965-1967, Cherry Wood Records, British CD, March 23, 2015

A compilation  of tracks from the Hep Stars first three albums as well as non- album singles from this period.  This is the Hep Stars at their commercial peak, when they were Sweden’s biggest group.  About ten of the tracks were written by Benny and or/ Björn . This is the first Hep Stars compilation issued in the UK. All the tracks have been previously released. Most of the important Hep Stars recordings are here-so this is a good introduction to the Hep Stars.      The set features  liner notes by Kieron Tyler plus an interview with lead singer Svenne Hedlund . A fix of the tracks are different mixes than the versions heard before on CD.  Notably the version of “Wedding” has the lyric to FELL down on my knees" instead of "to fall down on my knees.

1.             Farmer John 
2.             Cadillac 
3.             Bald Headed Woman 
4.             No Response 
5.             So Mystifying 
6.             Should I 
7.             Sunny Girl 
8.             Wedding 
9.             Consolation 
10.           No Time 
11.           Isn’t It Easy To Say 
12.           Lady Lady 
13.           Morning Comes After Night 
14.           Malaika 
15.           It’s Nice To Be Back 
16.           She Will Love You 
17.           Like You Used To Do 
18.           Christmas On My Mind 
19.           Cadillac (Live Version)
20.           What I’d Say (Live Version)
21.           So Mystifying (Live Version)
22            Surfin’ Bird (Live Version)
23.           Tallahassee Lassie (Live Version)
24.           No Response (Live Version)
25.           Farmer John (Live Version)



Cirkeln  (The Circle)  Original Motion Picture  soundtrack Early 2015 Download only album.
Benny and his son, Ludvig Andersson produced this movie for their own film company.This soundtrack is only available for download.It includes 27 Benny Andersson cues for the movie, along with 13 vocals tracks by various artists including the Hep Stars and Ludvig's group, Atlas. 


1. Engelsfors - Benny Andersson
2. Mountains Crave - Anna Von Hausswolff
3. Elass död - Benny Andersson
4. Vanessa osynlig - Benny Andersson
5. Things We Left Behind - Atlas
6. Minoos rum 1 - Benny Andersson
7. Love Child - Atlas, Yavin Calypso
8. Den röda månen - Benny Andersson
9. Ida svävar 1 - Benny Andersson
10. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
11. Min katt danser cha-cha - Britt Damberg
12. Taket - Benny Andersson
13. Rebackas död - Benny Andersson
14. Nyckelstöld - Benny Andersson
15. Adrianas hus - Benny Andersson
16. Keep The Streets Empty For Me - Fever Ray
17. Mönstrens bok - Benny Andersson
18. Minoos rum 2 - Benny Andersson
19. Malaika - Hep Stars
20. Vad är magi? - Benny Andersson
21. Middagen - Benny Andersson
22. Medicine - Daughter
23. Serum - Benny Andersson
24. Lucia - Benny Andersson
25. I Kärrrgruvan - Benny Andersson
26. Kids - Radio Edit - Style of Eye, So-So
27. Murky Air - Palace of the Damned
28. Badkaret - Benny Andersson
29. Inget element - Benny Andersson
30. Idas vision - Benny Andersson
31. Kussen - Benny Andersson
32. Max! - Benny Andersson
33. Ida sväver 2 - Benny Andersson
34. Striden börjar - Benny Andersson
35. Minoo bryter välsignelsen - Benny Andersson
36. Efter striden - Benny Andersson
37. Schools Out - Atlas
38. She Will - Savages
39. Blood Red Moon - The Hives
40. Engelfors - Reprise - Benny Andersson


Josh Groban-Stages,  Reprise,  International CD and download, April 28, 2015.

Josh Groban played  The Russian in the Concert version of Chess.   On this album he does two cover of B&B theater songs.  Features another version of "Anthem" from Chess and his take on the English language version of "Gold Can Turn To Sand" from Kristina. The arrangements are quite fresh-at first I didn't recognize "Gold Can Turn To Sand" and the piano intro to "Anthem" is excellent.  The album as a whole is a little lugubrious -but otherwise  good.



ABBA -ABBA Deluxe Edition  Repackaged in CD jewel case Released 17 April 2015

A reissue of the 2012 Deluxe edition of the limo album in a CD jewel case. OK, sure-whatever. 


Dan Daniell -Lebe Deinen Traum  Swiss CD April 24, 2015

New album with the new Frida/Dan Daniell charity song-"1865". 
1. Lebe deinen Traum
2. Die Quelle meines Lebe
3. Wer immer nur im Tale bleibt
4. Alle meine fragen
5. Matterhorn (denn hier bin ich gebor'n)
6. Keine Angst
7. Sag mir
8. Zermatt
9. Faison L'amour
10. Frieden meiner Seele
11. Vergiss mein nicht
12. 1865 (English)  (with Frida)
13. 1865 (Deutsch)  (with Frida)
Tracks 12 and 13 duet with Frida





Young Professionals-Remixes and Covers, Universal, Download only album, June 29, 2015

This Israeli duo has done a interesting cover of ABBA's  "SOS" for this  download only album.



Mono has issued this new download/spotify  single. It's a new  English translation of a  Chess Pa Svenska song,   "Han Är en Man, Han Är Ett Barn".  Up to now the song only appeared  in the Swedish version of Chess.  I'm not sure why it's being released or if it's a stand alone release. Reidun is  a chesty Norwegian singer.

Gustaf Sjökvist  & Kammerkor - Kärlekens Tid, Planned released September 18, 2015. Swedish CD & download

choir album of choir versions of  songs from the post ABBA Benny Andersson songbook which appears to be  largely or completely sung in Swedish. Benny Andersson worked with the choir on the album. The leader of the choir, Gustaf Sjökvist died in February, but the recordings for the album have already been done.

Track listing:
Kärlekens tid/ En skrift i snön /Down To The Sacred Wave /Lilla skara /Var hör vi hemma Historien om schack /Anthem /Innan gryningen/ Vilar glad. I din famn /Klinga mina klockor /O klang och jubletid
Source: Icethesite



'Axels tid' by Lars Lerin,Bonnier, Swedish 2 CD Audio Book  Fall 2015.

Paul Carter mentioned this release  on ABBAtalk. The music of Benny Andersson (one song repeated)  is featured in this obscure release.  It's not clear what the tune is called, but it appears to be a new piano piece by Benny. Lars Lerin is a Swedish painter and author.  How does Benny fall into these obscure projects? 





Frida-Something's Going On (Limited Edition) Polar , Swedish CD/DVD/vinyl edition October 23, 2015

 CD/DVD/vinyl single  edition of Frida's Something Going On album. Frida is writing the liner notes.  The set  is very expensive costing between 50 to 60 Euros/Dollars. It's a limited edition with only 2000 copies issued.  (They would probably sell less than that if it was a normal edition). Apparently, you need to preorder now to have any hope of parting with your 57 Euros.


CD
1. Tell Me It's Over
2. I See Red
3. I Got Something
4. Strangers
5. To Turn The Stone
6. I Know There's Something Going On
7. Threnody
8. Baby Don't You Cry No More
9. The Way You Do
10. You Know What I Mean
11. Here We'll Stay
12. I Know There's Something Going On (Single Edit)
13. Here we'll stay (solo version)
DVD
1. Something's Going On - The Making Of A Record Album [Documentary]
2. I See Red [Promo Video]
3. To Turn The Stone [Promo Video]
4. I Know There's Something Going On [Promo Video]
5. Here We'll Stay [Promo Video]
6. Kanal 3, Interview with Lars-Ragnar Forssberg [Interview]
7. Casablanca, Interview With Helen Benno [Interview]
7" SINGLE
1. I Know There's Something Going On [A-side]
2. You Know What I Mean [B-side]

Frida-I know there's something Going on,.Remix  Fall 2015

A new remix of this 1982 track. 

12/23/2015

ABBA: Christmas Video (unique Frida-Agnetha duet!)



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Excellent  (unofficial) mix of Frida (1972) and Agnetha's  (1981) solo versions of the Swedish Christmas song "När Det Lider Mot Jul" made by MattPop who successfully managed to seamlessly recreate the ABBA sound.    Benny's band the Hep Stars also did a version of this song.

"Nu tändas tusen juleljus" is another Christmas song that has been done by three ABBA related solo acts. Agnetha&Linda , The Hootenanny singers and the BAO have recorded it. 


12/15/2015

Mamma Mia closes on Broadway , Mamma Mia The Party announced.




Mamma Mia is  closing on Broadway!

It will close in September 2015 on Broadway-after 14 years.
II always have had  had mixed feelings  about this musical -but it's still sad to see it go. Although I live in the US, I never got to Broadway to see it- though I did catch it in it's Boston run prior to the New York opening. If not for Mamma Mia- ABBA's profile in USA would probably be considerably lower. When the musical closes it will be the eighth longest running musical in Broadway history with over 5000 performance over 14 years.



Björn Ulvaeus, announced  on April 15, 2015 that he will produce a immersive theatrical show to be called “Mamma Mia! The Party,”.It will be staged  inside a Stockholm beer hall that he is converting into a Mediterranean restaurant similar to the Skopelos tavern, used as a setting in the film and the play. He called the Stockholm venture an experiment and said that if it was successful, he would seek to expand it into other cities. It will open in January.“I’ve been sitting in theaters around the globe since we started, and have experienced that happy mood in the audience, where people stand up in the aisles and dance and sing, and I hear constantly about women who gather and have ‘Mamma Mia!’ Saturday nights,” Mr. Ulvaeus said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “This is the next extension from that: transfer the mood to a restaurant – a Greek restaurant, of course – have a gigantic party, and tell a little story in real time.” So Bjorn told the New York Times. The show will open on Skansen  in or near the  Stockholm amusement park called Grona Lund, near ABBA-The Museum and near the Cirkus theater. 

Bjorn  said that  the setting would be the same as that of “Mamma Mia!,” but that  the story would change from night to night, based on interactions between performers and the audience. About a dozen performers would spin stories using Abba songs, some of which were used in “Mamma Mia!” and some of which were not.


11/28/2015

ABBA RELATED CHRISTMAS ALBUMS





ABBA RELATED CHRISTMAS ALBUMS... from ABBA-The Albums....

ABBA never officially  recorded any Christmas music themselves, though there are various  videos and bootlegs out there that have Christmas greetings that ABBA recorded as a group or solo artists and their is a short  ABBA  radio  version of the Swedish  Christmas standard -"Nu Ar Det Jul Igen". which was released officially in 2011 on Carols for The Cure.
To obtain  official ABBA CHRISTMAS MUSIC you actually have to delve into ABBA's Swedish solo careers...All four ABBA members recorded Christmas music during  their Swedish solo careers. A few years ago  Benny Andersson and Bjorn wrote a new Christmas song for the employees of Benny's  Hotel Rival to sing. It is called "Merry Christmas, My Friend." 



The Hep Stars -Jul med Hep Stars 1967 Swedish Lp 2001  Swedish CD
Christmas with the Hep Stars( Benny's pre ABBA day job) Festive, no doubt.
Haven't seen the original version of this  one,it's somewhat rare.

The original album has talking in between some of the songs.
This album was   reissued on CD for Christmas 2001.It has been reissued with a new track listing that includes a couple of previously unreleased tracks as well as the omission of some 3 of the lesser tracks.The CD opens with "Christmas On My Mind" a fairly good song that's  also on the HEP STARS 1964-69 Cd. This album also includes, "Nu tandas tusen juleljus" and a humorous version of "Jingle Bells". Other new songs include "Christmas Today".

The Swedish Christmas standard "Nu Tandas tusen julejus" would be later done by Björn's Hootenanny Singers and Agnetha & Linda Fältskog. It is the only song I believe to have been recorded by three different ABBA solo acts.



Track listing-original Lp

CD Track listing

  1. Nu är det jul igen
  2. Dialogue
  3. Christmas today
  4. Dialogue
  5. Alla sover uton jag
  6. White Christmas
  7. Johanssons boogie woogie vals (Instrumental)
  8. Dialogue
  9. Jingle Bells
  10. Hej Tomtegubbar
  11. Dialogue
  12. Christmas on my mind
  13.  Dialogue
  14. The boy that Santa forgot
  15. Gläns över sjö och strand
  16. Nu tändas tusen juleljus
  17. Stilla natt(Instrumental
  18. Dotter Sion (Instrumental)


1. Christmas On My Mind
2. Pojken Som Jultomten Glömde
3. White Christmas
4. Alla Sover Utom Jag
5. Jingle Bells
6. Christmas Today
7. Good King Wencelas (previously unreleased)  

8. The Boy That Old Santa Forgot
9. Det Strålar En Stjärna (previously unreleased)
10. Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand
11. Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus
12. Stilla Natt
13. Dotter Sion
Hootenanny Singers-Fem Ar- Late 1968 Out of print Swedish Lp
This hard to find  by album by Bjorn and boys  includes the Hootz version of the old Harry Belafonte favorite- "Mary's Boy's Child"  which qualifies  as a  Christmas song -,thus this obscure album is listed here, but there is no other Christmas content on this album.
The album title translates to Five Years-I have also seen the title listed as Fave Ar. The Hootz had been together five years. This features a very strangely recorded Swedish cover of the Turtles hit-"Elenore" .( Well I suppose this version of "Elenore" is not that strange since weird effects & phased guitars were normal in the psychedelic era.) This album also features Björn 's solo 45 version of Harper Valley PTA called "Froken Fredriksson" and it's B-side, VÅR EGEN SÅNG
On this album the Hootz do a Kingston Trio song . "Greenback dollar' -the Hootz were continuing
to draw on folk sources for the majority of their
material even though Björn still yearned for a international rock/pop career. But the Hootenanny's cut back on their efforts in the English language at this point.

SIDE A
FRÖKEN FREDRIKSSON 
MARY'S BOY CHILD 

ELEONOR 
SÅ LÄNGE JAG LEVER 
GREENBACK DOLLAR 

VÅR EGEN SÅNG

SIDE B  
FÅFÄNGANS MARKNAD 
DEN SOM LEVER FÅR SE 
A Banda 
 
MAMMA, PAPPA OCH BARN 
DU DANSAR OM SOMMAR'N 

 
RO MEJ, TRO MEJ 
LOVE COMES, LOVE GOES 

Polar's 1972 Christmas album
  Various Artists-När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar 1972 Swedish Lp
Polar's 1972 Christmas music album had two tracks each by by Annifrid Lyngstad, Lena Anderson,Svenne Hudlund, trumpeter Arne Lambert, Sonja Stjernqvist and the Hootenanny Singers .The title of the album translates to "When Christmas Morning Is Shining".
The Hootz do versions of "Gå Sion, din Konung att möta" and "Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus".Frida does "Nar det lider mot jul( When Christmas Is Coming") and "Glans over sjo och strand".  All of the tracks were recorded in 1972.
The original Lp (which has a wintery picture of a church on the cover ) is no longer available,
but this album was reissued in tandem with Agnetha and L inda's Christmas album on the 1994 Polar CD -JULENS MUSIK.

THIS is a really enjoyable Christmas album. Highlights include Lena Andersson's version's of "Silent Night",and Svenne Hedlund's version of "Dotter Sion, frojda Dig" which has some fantastic church organ on it (by Benny perhaps?).
This album was produced by Stig, Benny and Bjorn.The reissue JULENS MUSIK is the closest thing we have to an ABBA Christmas album. (ABBA never recorded any Christmas music).
Stilla Natt - Lena Andersson
Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus - Hootenanny Singers
När Det Lider Mot Jul - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Dotter Sion, Fröjda Dig- Svenne Hedlund
O Du Saliga - Sonja Stjernqvist
Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar - Svenne Hedlund
Bereden Väg För Herran - Arne Lamberth
Hosianna - Sonja Stjernqvist
Gå Sion, Din Konung Att Möta- Hootenanny Singers
Härlig Är Jorden - Lena Andersson
Var Hälsad Sköna Morgonstund - Arne Lamberth

ABBA-Super Trouper 1980 International release, Reissued on Cd numerous times
This ABBA studio album includes the lovely B&B  song   "Happy New Year" which is not about Christmas but hey it's about New Years Day which is about a  week later... "Happy New Year"  was also released as a  milennium single in late 1999 in some territories..


Yes, she can sing she's my daughter!
Agnetha and Linda - NU TANDAS TUSEN JULEJUS October 1981, 2005  Swedish CD's
This album was actually recorded in late 1980, but held back for release till Fall 1981  It reached # 6 on the Swedish charts. It was
The title track is a Swedish Christmas standard,which means in English "-A thousand Candles Are being lit". Agnetha, Linda and a choir of children sang the vocals for  this Swedish language Christmas album. Michael B .Tretow engineered-note how he speeds up the children's voices on occasion. Some of the ABBA band play on this album. The main drawback of the album is that Agnetha only sings some of the time.
Though this album is considerably more listenable then Aggie's later album with her son, Christian, it remains a non-essential album for non-Swedish fans. The best thing about the album is the cover. It quite literally portrays Agnetha and her daughter surrounded by good percentage of the 1000 candles that are referred to in the title. Agnetha looks like a Angel. This CD was released by Polar in 1987. The original album came out while ABBA still existed.
In 1994 this album was re- issued in tandem with a 1972 Polar Christmas LP on a Swedish CD called JULENS MUSIK. listed below .But it was remastered in 2005 in a separate release, and the 2005 version is the one most easily obtainable today,
It is of interest to note that this was Agnetha's eighth solo release, and all of her albums up to this point had been released in the late Fall.


1.Nej se det snöar - 0:56 (Agnetha and Linda)
2.Bjällerklang - 2:34 (Agnetha and Linda)
3.Nu tändas tusen juleljus - 2:39 (Agnetha and Linda)
4.Två små röda luvor - 2:46 (Agnetha and Linda)
5.Nu står jul vid snöig port -2:31 (all)
6.Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten - 2:27 (Linda)
7.När juldagsmorgon glimmar - 2:27 (Agnetha and Linda)
8.Potpurri - 6:12 (Agnetha and Linda) 
 a.Nu har vi ljus här i vårt hus - 0:48 .
 b.Tre små pepparkaksgubbar - 0:49  
 c.Räven raskar över isen - 0:54 
 d.Vi äro musikanter - 0:57 
 e.Hej tomtegubbar - 0:47 
 f.Jungfru jungfru kär – 1.13
 g.Nu är det jul igen - 0:44 
9..Hej mitt vinterland - 2:29 (Britt Lindeborg and Linda)
10.Så milt lyser stjärnan - 2:27 (Linda)
11.Mössens julafton - 2:25 (Agnetha and Linda)
12.När det lider mot jul - 2:33 (all)



VARIOUS ARTISTS-Polarator Late 1988 Promotional Lp
This is was hard to find red LP issued by Stig. Polar label , which had previously released Christmas tracks on it. it is is a rarity..It was issued by a Swedish furniture? company called Polarator. It has ABBA's "Happy New Year' and some of the ABBA girls Christmas solo tracks....
Side A
Krister St.Hill-Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus
Krister St.Hill-Nar Juldagsmorgon Glimmar
Krister St.Hill-Hosianna
sylvia Lindenstrand-Stilla Nact
Agnetha Faltskog-Sa Milt Lyser Stjarnan
Ann-Frid Lyngstad-NAr Det Lider Mot Jul
Ann-Frid Lyngstad-Glans Over Sjo Och Strand
Side B
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Nu Har Vi Ljus Har I
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Tre Sma Pepparkaksgubba
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Raven Raskar Over Isen
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Vi Aro Musikanter
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Hej Tomtegummar
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Jungfru Jungfru Kar
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Nu Ar Det Jul igen
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Hej Mitt Vinterland
Agnetha and Linda Faltskog-Mossens Julafton
ABBA- Happy New Year
ABBA- Nu ar det jul igen ( The Xmas Album ) Bootleg CD unknown orgin or date… One of three or four ABBA bootlegs that have featured ABBA related Christmas music. This CD supposedly includes a never released 1974?or 1980? German radio recording of ABBA singing. "Nu ar det jul igen” -which in English  means "Now it's Christmas, Again"is a Swedish Christmas standard. . This CD also includes a version of the same song sung by Benny's old band ,the Hep stars.  “Nu ar det jul igen”  is not widely bootlegged perhaps because it is just a short impromptu recording,.  The other rarities here are various Christmas greetings by members of ABBA. But most of the tracks on this particular CD are available on official  if sometimes out of print CD’s .
1. Xmas greetings from ABBA
2. Nu ar det jul igen - ABBA
3. Nu tandas tusen juleljus - Agnetha och Linda
4. Snon faller och vi med den - Agnetha och Ulf
5. Xmas Greetings from Agnetha
6. Nar det lider mot jul - Frida
7. Glans over sjo och strand - Frida
8. Xmas Greetings from Frida
9. Nu tandas tusen juleljus - Hootenanny Singers
10. Ga Sion, din konung att motta - Hootenanny Singers
11. Xmas Greetings from ABBA
12. Nu ar det jul igen - Hep Stars
13. Christmas Today - Hep Stars
14. Jingle Bells - Hep Stars
15. Christmas On My Mind - Hep Stars
16. Glans over sjo och strand / Nu tandas tusen juleljus - Hep Stars
17. Xmas Greetings from ABBA
18. Happy New Year (Special Xmas greetings intro) - ABBA
19. Nu ar det jul igen (Reprise) - ABBA
20. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Trallar blandar) - Bjorn Again
21. Little Drummer Boy (Full Version) - Bjorn Again
Various Artists -Julens Musik 1994 Swedish CD (officially referred to as STIKKAN ANDERSON VALJER POLARSPARLOR-JULENS MUSIK)
This CD released by Polar couples Agnetha & Linda's NU TANDAS
TUSEN JULEJUS 1980 Christmas album with Polar's 1972 Christmas LP called NAR JULDAGSMORGAN GLIMMAR which has Christmas songs by various Polar artists.
The second part of the CD is more interesting to me.

Polar's 1972 Christmas music album had tracks by Annifrid Lyngstad, Lena Anderson,Svenne Hudlund,Arne Lambert,Sonja Stjernqvist and the Hootenanny Singers .The Hootz do "Gå Sion, din Konung att möta" and "Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus" . The songs Frida does here are "Nar Det Lider Mot" and "Glans Over Sjo Och Strand" The original Lp is no longer available, NAR JULDAGSMORGAN GLIMMAR is easily better part of the JULENS MUSIK collection.
JULENS MUSIK is the closest thing we have to an ABBA Christmas album. (ABBA never recorded any Christmas music).

TRACK LISTING-JULENS MUSIK
Nej se dat snöar/Bjällerklang/ Nu tändas tusen juleljus/ Två små röda luvor/ Nu står jul vid snöig port/ Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten/ När juldagsmorgen glimmar/ Potpurri/ Mej mitt vinterland/ Så mitt lyser stjärnan/ Mössens julafton/ När det lider mot jul-AGNETHA & LINDA Stilla Natt - Lena Andersson
Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus - Hootenanny Singers
När Det Lider Mot Jul - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Dotter Sion, Fröjda Dig- Svenne Hedlund
O Du Saliga - Sonja Stjernqvist
Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar - Svenne Hedlund
Bereden Väg För Herran - Arne Lamberth
Hosianna - Sonja Stjernqvist
Gå Sion, Din Konung Att Möta- Hootenanny Singers
Härlig Är Jorden - Lena Andersson
Var Hälsad Sköna Morgonstund - Arne Lamberth


 Various Artists Ljuva svenska jul 2004 Swedish CD
This is a recent Swedish compilation of Christmas tracks... it includes two songs found on Julens Musik..(Frida's När Det Lider Mot Jul and Agnetha & Linda's När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar ) Agnetha & Linda Probably , Of more interest are most recent Christmas songs by various ABBA friends-Ainbusk, Tommy Korborg, Peter Joback and the Real Group..

 Ljuva svenska jul track listing
Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand - Carola
Jul, Jul Strålande Jul - Peter Jöback
Stilla Natt - Sissel Kyrkjebö
O Helga Natt - Tommy Körberg & Oslo Gospel Choir
Nu Står Jul Vid Snöig Port
Önska Dig En Stilla Natt - Bo Kaspers Orkester
En Julsaga - Ainbusk
Tomten Kommer Snart - Jerry Williams
Hej Mitt Vinterland - Magnus Johansson
Ser Du Stjärnan I Det Blå - Christer Sjögren
Jag Drömmer Om En Jul Hemma - Charlotte Nilsson
När En Stjärna Faller - Magnus Carlsson
Låt Mig Få Tända Ett Ljus - Siv Pettersson
I Vår Vackra Vintervärld - Joybells & Sten Nilsson
Ding Dong Hör I Höjd - Sofia Källgren
Gammal Fäbodpsalm - Lars Roos
När Det Lider Mot Jul - Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus - Mikael Samuelsson
Det Är En Ros Utsprungen - The Real Group
När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar - Agnetha & Linda

The Rivals- "Merry Christmas, My Friend" , Promotional Video, December 2, 2010
Benny and Bjorn wrote this song to promote the Hotel Rival  during the 2010 Christmas Season.
It's the first Christmas song that they have written as a team. However , Benny did a write Christmas ring tone for the Swedish Red Cross a couple of years ago.  The song is a little awkward written, not particularly anything to write home about. The employees on the video don't seem particularly enthusiastic, but that may just be a Swedish thing. In any case, the song and video for "Second to No One", the previous Hotel Rival music project, was substantially better. This has not been released as physical single, not sure whether it is downloadable as a MP3. -I am going to slip this info about Concert for the Cure, even though it's not properly formatted below.


 Various Artists-Carols For A Cure - Volume 13 CDH060-11, 2CD American release, November 2011
  Broadway Cares, offers their 13th annual collection of Christmas recordings as performed by the casts of various Broadway shows, entitled Carols For A Cure - Volume 13. The cast of Mamma Mia! is featured on 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. the Mamma Mia! cast performance is preceded by ABBA's brief recording of the Swedish Christmas song 'Nu är det jul igen', as originally broadcast on the West German radio show Mal Sondock's Hitparade in 1981. This marks the first legal CD release of this ABBA recording,Although truth be told, it's nothing special. Other Celebrity guests on this album include Daniel Radcliffe, Martha Wash, Kara DioGuardi, Roger Rees, Reeve Carney, Montego Glover, Chad Kimball, Hugh Panaro and Daniel Rodriguez, among others

.ABBA Happy New Year Vinyl single, November 30, 2011 ABBA-Happy New Year 
This is 500 copy limited edition of ABBA's 1980 holiday song, "Happy New Year" . The B-side has "The Way Old Friends Do",. This record was only available from the ABBF fan club site and from the official ABBA site. The release pre-sold out in a day. Pretty good for a outmoded format with a couple of songs every ABBA fan already has. Happy New Year had been previously released as a single in 2000 by both ABBA and the A*Teens to coincide with the millennium. In May 2011, a restored 1980 promo video for "Happy New Year" was featured on the ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD. 

Benny Andersson Orkester-Tomten Har akt Hem, Mono November 28, 2012 Swedish CD/Download , In November 2012. Benny Andersson's Orkerster is released a Christmas album... The album is in Swedish The album will be called "Tomten Har akt hem (Santa has come home).There are four new compositions on the album. A few of songs here have been recorded by other ABBA related acts. "Vinterhamn" was released as the single from the album. The album is also available as part of the new BAO in Box box set..
Track listing:.Marsch Militaire / Tomten har åkt hem / Julvals / Tomtestomp / Knalle Juls vals / Tomtarnas vaktparad / Vinterhamn / Mössens julafton (När nätterna blir långa) / Trettondagspolkan / Julpotpurri / Nu tändas tusen juleljus