Benny Andersson - The day before you came (2017)

The last recorded ABBA song-done in a piano only version by Benny Andersson.


Benny Andersson Piano

Benny Andersson-Piano, Deutsche Grammophone, September 29, 2017 CD, 2LP, Download.

This is the new Benny Andersson solo album.    It is one of his  most sought after albums ever, it is an album of Benny playing solo piano versions of songs from his body of work.    Benny has never put out an entirely  one man  solo album-the closest he came was with November 1989.  He has performed solo piano versions of his songs before, but none of those performances have ever been released on record.   The album  was made available internationally and has sold relatively well. Surprisingly, there are   only six ABBA songs, and there  is none of his music from his pre-ABBA years.  Chess is the big winner-six songs originate from Chess.

When promoting the album  Benny often  played two ABBA songs-"Money, Money, Money" and "The Winner Takes it All" that are not actually on the album.  Perhaps those two will show up on possible sequel to this album. A sequel is under consideration.   Reviews of the album have been mixed among fans-some fans are blown away-others consider these  stripped down  versions akin to lounge music.

1. I Let The Music Speak (ABBA-The Visitors, 1981)
2. You And I (Chess, 1984)
3. Aldrig  (Kristina, 1996)  

4.Thank You For The Music (ABBA-The Album, 1977)
5. Stockholm By  Night (November 1989, 1989)
6. Chess (Chess, 1984)
7. The Day Before You Came (ABBA-The Singles, 1982)
8. Someone Else’s Story (Chess Broadway, 1988)
9. Midnattsdans (BAO, 2004
10. Målarskolan (November 1989, 1989)
11. I Wonder (Departure) (ABBA-The Album, 1977)
12. Embassy Lament (Chess, 1984)
13. Anthem (Chess, 1984)
14. My Love, My Life (ABBA-Arrival, 1984)
15.Mountain Duet (Chess, 1984)
16. Flickornas Rum (O klang och jubeltid, 2004)
17. Efter Regnet (Klinga Mina Klockor, 1987)
18. Tröstevisa (November 1989, 1989)
19. En Skrift I Snöen (Karlekens tid, 2015)
20. Happy New Year (ABBA-Super Trouper, 1980)
21. I Gott Bevar (Kristina, 1996)

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2017 ABBA releases

2017 ABBA releases (updated September 10, 2011).

There will a solo piano album from Benny Andersson  in September 2017 with  21 songs on the album-and that it will be released internationally by Deutsche Grammophone.  There will be  a  Frida guest appearance on an Duets album by  Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval.  Sandoval's album  appears to be delayed, due to delays in getting all the duets recorded.

Carl Magnus Palm top-to bottom  rewrite of his classic book, The Complete Recording Sessions came out March 31.  .. Frida's first album, and Agnetha's third album (Som jag ar) were released reissued on vinyl LP for Record Store Day 2017..  Six more solo vinyl reissues came out in July. A Gold vinyl issue of ABBA Gold has also been released. Agnetha's I Stand Alone  album seems to be likely to come out a new possibly deluxe edition.   There is now  official word is there will be a movie sequel to Mamma Mia!in 2018.
The latest news is that there will be 40th anniversary edition of ABBA-The Album released before the end of the year on a 2LP vinyl set (no extra tracks-just better fidelity).


  Anni-Frida Lyngstad- Frida, Parlophone, April 22, 2017 Swedish LP

Produced by - Benny Andersson, Frida was released in 1971, the album receivedpraise from the critics y noted the precision and versatility of Lyngstad's voice. The album is sung entirely in Swedish and contains translated covers of international hits such as Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Simon & Garfunkels "The Sound of Silence" and "Everything's Alright" from Jesus Christ Superstar. (Limited worldwide release of 3000.)

SIDE A: 01 Tre Kvart Fran Nu (Melodi for Piano Op. 3:1 F-Dur) 02 Jag Blir Galen Nar (Goin' Out of My Head) 03 Lycka 04 Sen Dess Har Jag Inte Setten 05 En Ton Av Tystnad (The Sound of Silence) 06 Suzanne
SIDE B: 01 Allting Ska Bli Bra/Vad Gor Jag Med Min Karlek 02 Jag Ar Beredd 03 En Liten Sang Om Karlek 04 Telegram For Fullmanen 05 Barnen Sover

Abba Gold June 2017 2LP set

Universal will release a 25th anniversary limited-edition vinyl  version of their 1992 best-of collection, Gold: Greatest Hits, on June 30. The two-album set will be pressed on heavyweight 180-gram gold-colored vinyl and will also include a card enabling MP3 download of the tracks.
A commentor below notes the bizarre greenish gold color of the vinyl.

Here’s the track list for the limited-edition reissue of Abba’s Gold: Greatest Hits:
Side One
“Dancing Queen”
”Knowing Me, Knowing You”
”Take A Chance On Me”
”Mamma Mia”
”Lay All Your Love On Me”
Side Two
”Super Trouper”
”I Have A Dream”
”The Winner Takes It All”
”Money, Money, Money”
Side Three
”Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
Side Four
”Does Your Mother Know”
”One Of Us”
”The Name Of The Game”
”Thank You For The Music”

Original Soundtrack-Mamma Mia!, Barnes and Noble,  Spring 2007 US Vinyl LP

The movie soundtrack is being issue on vinyl for the first time .

Six  more ABBA solo albums coming out on July 28, 2017. It appears that they will available in colored vinyl and regular black vinyl.

With original artwork pressed on 180g vinyl, these reissues are essential for all fans of ABBA's music.
Björn Ulvaeus And Benny Andersson: Lycka (1970)

Side One:
Side Two:
Hej, gamle man!
Nånting är på väg
Kära gamla sol
Kalles visa
Det där med kärlek
Ge oss en chans
Välkommen in i gänget
Livet går sin gång
Lilla du, lilla vän

Frida: Ensam (1975)

Side One:
Side Two:
Aldrig mej
Jag är mej själv nu
Guld och gröna ängar
Som en sparv
Ett liv i solen
Vill du låna en man
Skulle de' va' skönt
Liv på mars
Var är min clown

Frida: Something's Going On (1982)

Side One:
Side Two:
Tell Me It's Over 
I Know There's Something Going On
I See Red
I Got Something
Baby Don't You Cry No More
The Way You Do
To Turn The Stone
You Know What I Mean

Here We'll Stay
Frida: Shine (1984)

Side One:
Side Two:
Heart Of The Country
One Little Lie
Come To Me (I Am Woman)
The Face
Chemistry Tonight
Twist In The Dark
Don't Do It
Comfort Me
Agnetha Fältskog: Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983)

Side One:
Side Two:
The Heat Is On 
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Can't Shake Loose 
To Love
I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever
Once Burned, Twice Shy 
Take Good Care Of Your Children
Mr. Persuasion 
Stand By My Side
Agnetha Fältskog: Eyes Of A Woman (1985)

Side One:
Side Two:
One Way Love 
We Should Be Together
Eyes Of A Woman 
I Won't Be Leaving You
Just One Heart 
Save Me (Why Don't Ya)
I Won't Let You Go 
I Keep Turning Off Lights
The Angels Cry 
We Move As One

My own book, ABBA-The Review Guide  came out on July 3, 2017. 


The ABBA Review Guide has come out!

                                                                                                          My new ABBA book is out now at Createspace.  It's a 390 page B&W tome!
It's a fact filled, fun filled journey into the world of ABBA. Just a warning this is not a ABBA picture book. The book only features about seventy  illustrations all of which are in black and white-so no fun there. What the book does feature is reviews and information on almost every ABBA related recording, movie, book, video or theater piece ever released.


First Aid Kit : Chiquitita (ABBA) Live Australia 2012


This is a cover of ABBA's Chiquitita, by this excellent Swedish folk/country  duo, First Aid Kit.

For more about them read my post in my other blog, New Felpin's Pond http://felpinspond.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-covers-of-first-aid-kit-featuring.html


The cover songs of First Aid Kit featuring "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song"

 The Swedish sister vocal duo, First Aid Kit has
made quite reputation from performing covers as well as original self
written numbers.  Below you will find a is a list of the covers that they have done. At
least four songs,"Tiger Mountain Peasant Song", "Walk Unafraid", "America" and
"When I Grow Up' have been formally released by the group as recordings
but most of the songs have not. Among their most praised performances are there three appearances at the Polar Music Prize performing songs by Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon and Patti Smith. It is quite rare to hear vocal harmony today-especially by singers who match so well together,. the other bonus of this act is their willingness to perform acoustically pretty much  alone, and live.  The video above is their breakthrough video performing a song by Fleet Foxes, it was filmed in 2008.

America (Paul Simon)
Blue Christmas (Elvis)
Blues Run the Game
Chelsea Hotel no 2 (Leonard Cohen)
Chiquitita (ABBA cover)
Colorado Girl
Complainte pour Ste. Catherine (McGarrigles)
Dancing Barefoot - (Patti Smith cover)
Devil in Disguise
Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez Cover)
Enter the Ninja
Gloomy Sunday, live 2011
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Heart Like a Wheel (McGarrigle’s)
I Met Up with the King
If It Be Your Will (Leonard Cohen)
It Ain't Me Babe (Bob Dylan Cover)
It Hurts Me Too  
Kathy's Song (Paul Simon Cover) -
Love Interruption (Jack White)
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
One More Cup Of Coffee (Bob Dylan)
Play With Fire (Rolling Stones)
Red dirt girl (Emmylou  Harris)
Sailor Song (live)
Seven Nation Army partial version (Red Stripes)
Side of the road
Simple Man (Graham Nash)
Song for Zula
Stand by your man
Still Feeling Blue
Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan)
Talk to Me Of Mendocino
The Gambler (Don Schlitz/Kenny Rogers cover)
The Partisan - 
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran cover)
This Land is Your Land
Those memories of you"
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Cover)
Universal Soldier (Buffy-Sainte Marie)
Visa vid midsommartid
Waiter at the Station (Willy Mason)
Waiting Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt
Walk the line (J. Cash)
Walk Unafraid
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks cover)
Went to War (Amason cover)
We're Going To Be Friends
What's The Point
When I Grow Up (Fever Ray)
Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen)
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? Carter family
With God on Our Side (Bob Dylan)


Sofia Pekkari: "Svarta silhuetter" (Sweden, 2013)


This is an excellent song from  Bjorn and Benny's musical 2013 musical. .Hjälp sökes, as performed on the  Kalle Moreaus TV show.