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2009 ABBA releases: Story of Heart, Chess, ABBA in Japan

ABBA 2009 releases in chronological order

2009 brought new English language songs from Andersson-Ulvaeus , the English language in concert version of Kristina and the release of the Albert Hall Concert of Chess.

ABBA-SHM series, Japan 8 individual CD’s, January 21, 2009
Ring Ring, Waterloo, ABBA, Arrival, ABBA - The Album, Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors on Super High Material CD in replica miniature LP sleeves. These can played on regular CD players.

Original Soundtrack- MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Japan January 28, 2009

w/ DVD:

Behind The Music

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! music video

Includes the standard movie soundtrack and bonus DVD but not the actual movie

ABBA-Classic ABBA, Universal , UK CD February 16, 2009

This is rerelease of 1999 compilation with a new cover. The new cover features photograph of the group from 1975 Greatest Hits photo sessions.

1. Thank You For The Music
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. Fernando
4. One Of Us
5. Angele…

Story of a Heart CD cover

Benny Andersson Band-Story of a Heart, European CD July 6, 2009 (June 24 in Sweden) Also released in Australia

This is the first English language album to be released by the Benny Anderssons Orkester who are retitled the Benny Andersson Band for the purposes of international release. This CD is mostly a compilation of previously recorded songs ranging back as far as 1987. Nine of the fourteen songs are instrumentals. Four of the songs- “Fait Accompli”, “Our Last Dance”, “You Are My Man”, “ The Stars” feature never before released English language vocal tracks.
The album features one totally new song “Story of a Heart”, which is a Andersson- Ulvaeus song that is more ABBAesque than the usual BAO stuff. I think "Story of a Heart" is good recording if not a great song , though Helen Sjoholm really has voice better suited for musicals than pop recordings.

The English lyrics to "Our Last Dance" and "You Are My man" come off as kind of cliche…

2008 releases


2008 brought many new releases in the profitable Mamma Mia franchise, but little of genuine artistic interest.

ABBA-The Best of ABBA (18 Hits), Universal, Canada CD, April 29, 2008

Yet another----other ABBA compilation, this time in a eco-friendly packaging. It is part of the Green Series of CD’s.
1. The Winner Takes It All
2. Super Trouper
3. Waterloo
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
5. The Name Of The Game
6. Ring Ring
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. SOS
9. Fernando
10. Hasta Mañana
11. Mamma Mia
12. Lay All Your Love On Me
13. Thank You For The Music
14. Happy New Year
15. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
16. Waterloo (French Version)
17. Ring Ring (German Version)
18. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish Version of Gimme! Gimme!)

You, the Living (Du Levande), Scanbox , Swedish DVD (Region 2), April 9, 2008.

Another dark movie comedy by Swedish director, Roy Andersson, who also directed Songs from The Second Floor. Benny Andersson is credited as the composer of the m…