12/31/2010

Merry Christmas, My Friend



The Rivals- "Merry Christmas, My Friend" , Promotional Video, December 2010

Benny and Bjorn wrote this English language  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  write Christmas ring tone for the Swedish Red Cross a couple of years ago.  The song is a little awkwardly 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 Best To None", the previous Hotel Rival music project, was substantially better. The song was recorded on was recorded on November 18th, 2010 in the Atlantis Recording Studio in Stockholm. As far as I have heard this has not been released as physical single, not sure whether it is downloadable as a MP3.

11/11/2010

Gudrun Anderson dies.



Gudrun  Rystedt Anderson, the wife of ABBA manager Stig Anderson died in October.  It was really only reported in a couple places in the Swedish press, and on a few ABBA fan sites.  Gudrun Anderson, was born  April 2, 1931,  and  died October 31, 2010.  She married Stig in August 1955.   They had three children- Marie (Ledin) , Anders and Lasse Anderson. ABBA informally  recorded the song 'Ja må hon liva' as a tribute to her 50th birthday 1981. It's sometimes known as "Sang Till Gudrun".

10/21/2010

ABBA Couplings

Agnetha and Bjorn appeared together at the October 2010  Danish  premiere of Mamma Mia in Copenhagen.   The is the first time, Agnetha and Bjorn have appeared hand-in hand as a couple in public since ABBA. This is the fourth in a series of  unprecedented ABBA member couple reunions.  Since ABBA's breakup  Bjorn and Benny would often appear together, occasionally Bjorn would appear with Frida, and  a few times three of the members got together.  Normally the partial reunions would occur at premieres of Bjorn and Benny's musicals or for TV promotion and interviews.  The most notable public occasion was ,when all four members of ABBA showed up in July 2008  for the Mamma Mia movie premiere in Stockholm. At the movie premiere , made a point of not having all members stand together, instead  they  were interspersed amongst the stars of the movie. 

Not too long ago the group decided to not appear together in combinations of three members-since that would make it look, like one of the former ABBA members was purposely avoiding a reunion. A benefit of this policy is that in the past two years we have had some unusual pairings of ABBA members.


January 22, 2009 Stockholm
Frida and Agnetha get an Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rockbjornen Gala, Stockholm. This appearance featured  just Frida and Agnetha. This was first time since the ABBA days that Agnetha and Frida made an appearance together in public without one or both of the ABBA boys.


March 15, 2010 New York City
Benny and Frida appeared together to be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame.  Bjorn was said to be detained by a family get together, and Agnetha could not make because she does not fly.

ABBA World promo video

This promo video filmed in Stockholm, was used at the opening of the ABBA World exhibit.
It featured Benny and Agnetha together, Agnetha once again seeming unusually happy.

October 2010 Danish Mamma Mia premiere. 

Agnetha and  Bjorn appeared together.

For more on ABBA reunions visit this page in ABBA-the Albums
 http://felpin80.tripod.com/ata/1982.html#anchor1180571

9/20/2010

New ABBA Gold Cd/DVD

ABBA-ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition , Universal 060252752259  November 29, 2010

Yet another version of ABBA's most popular album.  The CD features the latest remastered version of the album, while the DVD features newly remastered versions of all the video clips featured on the original DVD.

The DVD includes five  bonus selections in the shape of "before-and-after" split-screen comparisons of five original film clips and the remastered versions of those clips. The new DVD also features a recently discovered archive find: a cartoon version of 'Money, Money, Money', made circa 1977. (I have never seen  this particular cartoon version). ABBA Gold Special Edition also features a brand new essay on the album by Elisabeth Vincentelli, author of the books ABBA Gold and ABBA Treasures.
The ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition will be released in a so-called flip-tray with a slip case.

Track listing:

CD
1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
6. Super Trouper
7. I Have A Dream
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Money, Money, Money
10. SOS
11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando
13. Voulez-Vous
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
15. Does Your Mother Know
16. One Of Us
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Thank You For The Music
19. Waterloo

DVD

1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
6. Super Trouper
7. I Have A Dream
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Money, Money, Money
10. SOS
11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando
13. Voulez-Vous
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
15. Does Your Mother Know
16. One Of Us
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Thank You For The Music
19. Waterloo

Bonus Tracks

20. Money, Money, Money (cartoon version)
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (split screen)
22. Mamma Mia (split screen)
23. Dancing Queen (split screen)
24. The Winner Takes It All (split screen)
25. Money, Money, Money (split screen)

9/16/2010

New Frida song !


Georg Wadenius (and friends) –Reconnection,  EMI-50999 -9190442,   Swedish CD, October 27, 2010
 
This is a new album "Reconnection" by Swedish musician Georg "Jojje" Wadenius. The album features guest singers Nina Persson, Helen Sjöholm, Peter Jöback and Frida. Thomas Johansson, ABBA’s tour promoter, had the idea for bringing Georg together with guest singers on seven of the tracks.  Frida leads the album off with an excellent if somewhat aging  vocal on the song "Morning Has Broken", the Christian  hymn made popular by Cat Stevens. Nina Persson of the Cardigans performs "Brothers In Arms" which was originally done by Dire Straits. Helen Sjohom sings "Sometimes" . Georg also worked on Anne Sofie von Otter's  'I Let The Music Speak', as Guitarist, Arranger and Producer.    Georg  is known for playing with Blood, Sweat and Tears, the SNL band, Steely Dan and many other things.

1. Morning Has Broken   2. Until We Bleed 3. Brothers In Arms 4.Come Back In Stay
5.Kärleksmorgon 6.Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic 7. Sometimes
8. Darkside 9. Hymn10. Don't Give Up 11. Reconnection

9/11/2010

New releases:Kerry Ellis, ABBA-Icons, Brazilian ABBA DVD

Kerry Ellis - Anthems, Decca, International CD September 13, 2010

The new CD "Anthems" by Kerry Ellis. Produced by Queen guitarist Brian May, the album includes "Anthem" from Chess and "You Have To Be There" from Kristina plus more musical numbers and other symphonic rock songs.The album also features new compositions by Brian May.
Kerry played Svetlana in Chess In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Josh Groban .She has performed in Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Wicked and We Will rock You. Kerry also sang at the BBC Radio 2 ABBA concert -Thank You For The Music in Hyde Park.Youtube has a TV appearance by Kerry Ellis and Brian May performing "Anthem"!

1. Dangerland
2. Anthem (Chess)
3. I Can’t Be Your Friend (This Can’t Be Over)
4. Defying Gravity (Wicked)
5. I’m Not That Girl (Wicked)
6. You Have To Be There (Kristina)
7. Love It When You Call

8. Save Me
9. Diamonds Are Forever
10. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young) (We Will Rock You)
11. I Loved A Butterfly

ABBA-Icon ,Universal, International CD , August 31,2010

Universal Music Group is releasing a new budget compilation CD on August 31 called "Icon". It is a repackaged version of the "20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection" release from 2000. The track listing is exactly the same, in the same order. Availalbe from CD Universe or Amazon.


1. Waterloo
2. SOS
3. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
4. Mamma Mia
5. Fernando
6. Dancing Queen
7. Knowing Me, Knowing You
8. Name of the Game, The
9. Take a Chance on Me
10. Chiquitita
11. Winner Takes It All, The


ABBA- ABBA The Vinyls 9 LP box set, December 6, 2010.

A vinyl LP Box set of ABBA's eight studio albums. A LP is also included with Non-LP B-sides.   Obviously this is by no means a complete ABBA set-the studio tracks LP has only ten tracks-and there many more B-sides and rarities not included.  The booklet is supposed to include the names of people who preordered this box.

Contains the albums:
Ring Ring
Waterloo
ABBA
Arrival
ABBA - The Album
Voulez-Vous
Super Trouper
The Visitors

Bonus disc of non-LP tracks
-1) Fernando

 2) Summer Night City
 3) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
 4) The Day Before You Came
 5) Under Attack
 SIDE B
 1) Happy Hawaii
 2) Lovelight
 3) Elaine
 4) Put On Your White Sombrero
 5) Should I Laugh Or Cry

Timeline booklet



ABBA: Thank you for the music , Coqueiro Verde, Brazilian DVD, May 2010

A NTSC semi-official 119 minute DVD compilation.
The DVD contains the entire ZDF Kultnacht: ABBA programme as well as songs from the Dick Cavett special, Musikladen, Show Express
1. People Need Love (with Inger Brudin)
2. Waterloo
3.. Honey, Honey
4. So Long
5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
6. SOS
7. Mamma Mia
8. Fernando
9. Dancing Queen
10. Money, Money, Money
11. Take A Chance On Me
12. Eagle
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/Summer Night City
14. Chiquitita
15. The Winner Takes It All
16. Super Trouper
17. On And On And On
18. I Know There's Something Going On (Frida)
19. Baby Don't You Cry No More (Frida)
20. The Day Before You Came
21. Cassandra
22. Under Attack
23. To Turn The Stone (Frida)
24. The Heat Is On (Agnetha Fältskog)
25. Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha Fältskog)
26. Come To Me (I Am Woman) (Frida)
27. One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head with B&B, Frida, Karin Glenmark)
28. Thank You For The Music

Source-Phillip, Abbaworld blog.

9/05/2010

Chess again and again!!

Craig Revel Horwood production of CHESS, photo by Keith Pattison



Fall 2010: Apparently the Andersson-Rice- Ulvaeus musical Chess has two revivals on tap at the same time.  In England, Craig Revel Horwood has reinvented the original West End version, and given it  a lot more sexual energy, He managed to successfully stage the  games  aspects of musical, and most notably has many of the actors playing the music, which makes for great visuals.The only thing I didn't like from the videos shown of this staging was the music itself which seemed nothing special.   The Horwood variation is actually a touring road show of the musical. 
Chess at the Signature Theater

Over on the other side of the Atlantic at the Signature Theater  in Washington, the Broadway version of Chess has been redone by Director Eric Schaeffer with a little help from  the original Broadway Chess book writer Richard Nelson. It is a shorter leaner production.  It ran through October 2010.

Oddly enough both shows have gotten good reviews with the Horwood variation getting unusually good notices

Update October 4, 2011: The Craig  Revel Horwood  production moved to Toronto, CA recently and continues to get excellent reviews. It's clear that this probably critically speaking the most successful production of  Chess. So far no one  has attempted to take this to the West End for long awaited Chess revival.

7/23/2010

Alejandro and Fernando!



Lady GaGa has a new top ten single out from her Fame Monster album. Released in April 2010. It is called "Alejandro" and is clearly influenced by ACE of BASE's arrangement of the Diane Warren song-"Don't Turn Around". There is also an intentional ABBA reference in the song-one of the names spurted out along with "Alejandro" and "Roberto" is "Fernando". This is not the first song to reference "Fernando". Apparently, this was an intentional ABBA reference by Lady GaGa. Yet another 2girl/2boy quartet- "The Brotherhood of Man had a # 1  British hit with a "Fernando" style song called "Angelo". Lady GaGa's main collaborator- RedOne, the co-writer of this song-emerged out of the Swedish music scene, even though he was born in Morocco.

7/17/2010

New german DVD's!

Various Artists- Musikladen Boxsets, ARD Video, German DVD sets  Planned for release August 2010, but cancelled?
3 DVD box sets were supposed to be  released containing all 90 Musikladen programs from 1972 to 1984 on August 19. Each box was to  contain 10 DVDs and  be purchased individually or together at a discount. The first box was to  contain episodes aired between 1972 and 1976, including the well-known "Best of ABBA" episode from August of 1976. The second box features ABBA's performance of "Chiquitita" from 1979, while the third will feature the Agnetha and Frida solo appearances on the program from 1982-1984.The last I heard was this DVD was canceled at the last minute due to legal ownership disputes.

6/23/2010

New Benny song at Swedish Princess' wedding!



Gustaf Sjökvists kammarkör, Storkyrkans kör ,Kungliga Filharmonikerna and Orsa Spelmän- Vilar Glad I Din Famn , Mono MMCD-S 136 Swedish CD single, Summer 2010

"Vilar Glad I Din Famn" is a new choral song performed at the of wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling. The title translates in English to “Resting blissfully in your arms”. The single also features a Capella version of the song. The song features music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Kristina Lugn. Kristina had previously written the lyrics to "Nu mår jag mycket bättre" from BAO 3. Conductor Gustaf Sjökvist and Benny Andersson are both members of the Swedish Academy of Music. This recording was made at Konserthuset, Stockholm, June 2010 by Bernard Löhr. The single is produced by Benny Andersson, and the arrangement is by Anders Eljas. The single will be available at the ABBF record service site and other Swedish music web outlets.

6/06/2010

2007 ABBA releases

 2007 ABBA related releases
2007  featured  a new album by BAO and a few other releases, but not as many as other recent years.

 

ABBA-20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of ABBA -digipak  January 30, 2007 US CD

Digipak reissue of a CD originally issued only in a jewel box in September 2000. The original release of this collection  actually went gold (500,000 copies sold ) in the USA even though it only offers 11 ABBA songs....
1. Waterloo
2. SOS
3. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
4. Mamma Mia
5. Fernando
6. Dancing Queen
7. Knowing Me, Knowing You
8. The Name of the Game
9. Take a Chance on Me
10. Chiquitita
11. The Winner Takes It All
ABBA-W Pack Series - Japanese CD sets March 2007
The Japanese released these two CD pack sets of ABBA's  eight studio albums-Ring Ring/Waterloo, ABBA/Arrival, The Album/Voulez-Vous,and Super Trouper/The Visitors.  The four sets are released separately and each CD appears to feature the 2002 remastered track listings, thus the CD's have the normal bonus tracks that you would expect...

ABBA-ABBA's Visitors -British DVD  planned release  March 2007
A 51 minute video review of ABBA's last studio album.
Interviews with Andrew Brown, Raphael Ravenscroft, Chris Salewicz,Jeff Rose and Louis Rogers . OK., I have only heard of one of those people,but that's ok. You would think this might be interesting to the ABBA fan, but as usual with these unauthorized DVD things it somehow manages not to be interesting. They don't even talk about three of the songs on the album-"Soldiers", "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room",  "I Let The Music Speak".This was also released in April in USA and Canada.
Performances featured include:
Summer Night City (live Dick Cavett)
Brief clips of Waterloo (Eurovision) and Dancing Queen (Olivia)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (live Dick Cavett)
One Of Us (intro, music only, performed by 'Gold')
On And On And On (Show Express)
Super Trouper (live Dick Cavett,)
The Winner Takes It All (Show Express)
One Of Us (
ABBA promo video)
Slipping Through My Fingers (live Dick Cavett)
One Of Us (
ABBA promo video)
Slipping Through My Fingers (live Dick Cavett)
Head Over Heels (
ABBA promo video)
When All Is Said And Done (
ABBA promo video)
Two For The Price Of One (live Dick Cavett)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (live Dick Cavett)


ABBA - The Complete Studio Recordings box set, March 27, 2007

International release of a the boxset released in November 2006 in
Denmark. This boxset is abridged version of the fluffy dice box set.

ABBA - Dancing Queen Interviews-Released  DVD April 2007.(USA) July
2007 (Europe)
This DVD has  interview material and archival footage presented for the first time ever in a DVD format! It  includes British and US tv footage. Featured  are mini-documentaries, rehearsals, footage from the Eurovision 1974 Song Contest, photos from the 60's, early black and white footage, and a Mamma Mia documentary. Contains no musical performances by ABBA.....


ABBA -The Golden Years DVD April 2007.

A reissue of a Dutch TV documentary that was long ago issued on VHS as "The Story of ABBA" . The "Story of ABBA" was the first of many videos to compile Swedish TV performances of " Baby, Those Are The Rules" (Hootenanny Singers)"Att älska i varens tid "(Frida)"Sunny Girl" (The Hep Stars) and "Nu skall vi opp, opp, opp "(Agnetha). The Ria Valk featured in the special is  happens to be a homegrown Dutch pop star who sang a sung co-written by Stig Anderson.
Baby, Those Are The Rules (Hootenanny Singers)
Att älska i varens tid (Frida)
Sunny Girl (The Hep Stars)
Nu skall vi opp, opp, opp (Agnetha)
Rocking Billy (Ria Valk)
People Need Love
Ring Ring
Waterloo
Honey, Honey
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
SOS
Mamma Mia
Fernando
Dancing Queen
Money, Money, Money
Knowing Me, Knowing You
I'm A Marionette
The Name Of The Game
Take A Chance On Me
Eagle
Chiquitita
Does Your Mother Know
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
I Have A Dream
The Winner Takes It All
Super Trouper
One Of Us
The Day Before You Came
Under Attack
Thank You For The Music
Various Artists-Text: Stikkan Anderson-May 7, 2007 Swedish 2CD set
This is a Swedish collection, that is the first one to actually compile most of the important songs written or  co-written by ABBA manager/lyric writer Stig Anderson. This set  also includes a few of the songs he actually performed as an artist....This is being released by Polar /Universal. Lots of hard to find stuff here.
CD 1
1. Gröna små äpplen - Monica Zetterlund
2. En sång en gång för längesen - Jan Malmsjö
3. Sånt är livet - Anita Lindblom
4. Är det konstigt att man längtar bort nån gång - Lena Andersson
5. Vill du låna en man - Frida
6. Ring Ring (Swedish version) - ABBA
7. Vackra sagor är så korta - Marianne Kock
8. Leva livet - Lill-Babs
9. S.O.S - Agnetha Fältskog
10. Säj det med en sång - Lena Andersson
11. Nej jag ångrar ingenting - Anita Lindblom
12. Tusen och en natt - Lars Lönndahl
13. Måndag, måndag - Anna-Lena Löfgren
14. Dancing Queen - ABBA
15. Gröna granna sköna sanna sommar - Lill-Babs
16. Mamma är lik sin mamma - Siw Malmkvist
17. Mamma Mia - ABBA
18. Ljuva sextital - Brita Borg
19. Bang en boomerang - Svenne och Lotta
20. Du har en vän - Lill Lindfors
21. Lycka - Björn och Benny
22. Waterloo (English version) - ABBA
CD2
1. Är du kär i mej ännu, Klas-Göran? - Lill-Babs
2. Min greve av Luxemburg - Ann Louise Hansson
3. Kör långsamt - Family Four
4. Fernando - Frida
5. Raring - Björn Ulvaeus
6. Dröm är dröm och saga saga - Agnetha Fältskog
7. Hasta Mañana - Lena Andersson
8. En serenad till dej - Gunnar Wiklund
9. Gabrielle - Hootenanny Singers
10. Vi hänger me - Nacka Skoglund
11. Den skrattande polisen - Ove Flodin & Gnesta-Kalles Kapell
12. En dans på rosor - Anita Lindblom
13. Hallå Mary Lou - Carli Tornehave
14. Arrivederci Frans - Ann-Louise Hansson
15. Du borde köpa dej en tyrolerhatt - Östen Warnebring
16. Marianne - Hootenanny Singers
17. Baby-twist - Lillan och Stikkan Anderson
18. Tivedshambo - Stikkan Anderson och Ricke Löws orkester
19. Det blir inget bröllop på lördag på lördag - Stig Anderson, Börje Crona och Walle Söderlunds orkester
20. Kära mor - Göingeflickorna
21. Grädde på moset - Harry Brandelius och Jerry Högstedts orkester


ABBA-Rock Case Studies - ABBA 2 DVD + book  UK  DVD June 11, 2007.
Yet another one of these unauthorized videos biographies of ABBA that seem to be flooding the market. More " rare archive interview and performance footage" and  another  top team of critics.
ABBA-The World's Greatest Albums - ABBA/ARRIVAL - The Ultimate Critical Review- UK DVD June 18, 2007.

Another DVD review focusing one of ABBA albums that features interviews with ex-Smash Hits editor Emma Jones, Capital Radio DJ Mick Brown and  session musician Neal McArthur. Also included are  live  TV recordings  of  'Dancing Queen', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' and 'Money Money Money'.
ABBA- Arrival, UIJY-9016, Japan Vinyl LP August 8, 2007 or September 3, 2007


A 200 gram vinyl LP reissue of the 1976 album that utilizes heavier than normal vinyl.
Side A
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You

Side B
1. Money, Money, Money
2. That*s Me
3. Why Did It Have To Be Me
4. Tiger
5. Arrival
18 Hits - Svenska Popklassiker CD (slidepak version)), Universal Sweden CD DVD
September 26, 2007.

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. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
16. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
17. Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
18. Åh, vilka tider

The Tommy Cooper Hour, , UK 3DVD Box set October 3, 2007
This DVD set of a British show includes ABBA's 1974 performance of 'Ring Ring'.

ABBA-The Album Deluxe Edition October 15, 2007 International release

This album was reissued with bonus tracks and an accompanying DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances.
The Album, was originally released 30 years ago, in late  1977.
Like last year's Deluxe Edition of Arrival, ABBA - The Album will be extended with six bonus tracks and a DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances and news reports. Of course, there is still no sign of the rare live tracks- "I am an A" or "Get On the Carousel".The illustrated 28 page booklet includes an  Carl Magnus Palm essay on the making of the album.
Track list:
 CD
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
"The Girl With The Golden Hair"
- 3 scenes from a mini-musical -
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette
Bonus tracks
10. Eagle (Single Edit)
11. Take A Chance On Me (Live Version; Alternate Mix)
12. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
13. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
14. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
15. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)
 DVD
1. Eagle/Thank You For The Music (Star Parade, ZDF)
2. Take A Chance On Me (Am Laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
3. The Name Of The Game (ABBA Special, TBS)
4. Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood's Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade, ZDF)
6. ABBA on tour in 1977 (Rapport, SVT)
7. Recording ABBA ­ The Album (Gomorron Sverige, SVT)
8. ABBA in London, February 1978 (Blue Peter, BBC)
9. ABBA in America, May 1978 (Rapport, SVT)
10. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial I (UK)
11. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial II (AUSTRALIA)
12. International Sleeve Gallery
Benny Andersson Orkester-Bao 3, UNI MMCD 023,  Swedish CD 24 October 2007

This is the new Bao Studio album with 12 new songs, including five written by Andersson-Ulvaeus.  Tommy Korborg and Helen Sjoholm are the featured singers."Fait Accompli" and  "Bonde söker fru" (Farmer seeks wife) have been featured at Skansen. "Crush On You' is an unfinished song dug up from  the late 1970's.   "För dig" (For you) is tune that the Bao have playing live for awhile.

 "Upp till dig" (Up to you) is similiar to   the 1982 B & B composition "I Am The Seeker" , which was part of the english version of the ABBACADABRA musical. This is sung by Helen.  Kristina Lugn wrote the lyrics to "Nu mår jag mycket bättre" (I feel much better now) , this song is sung by Tommy and Helen. ""Fait Accompli" was released as a promotional single. This album
reached # 3 on the Swedish charts.

Track listing (with songwriters, time, translated title and lead singer)
1. Marsch Pannkaka (Andersson) 3.39 (Pancake March)-instrumental
2. For Dig
(Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.49 (For You)  - Tommy Korberg
3. Du Fralste Mig
 
i sista stund (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.56 (You saved me at the last moment)-  Helen Sjoholm
4. Fait Accomplit (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.00- Tommy Korberg

5. Crush On You (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.38 - Helen Sjoholm
6. Calle J:s Vals (Andersson) 2.53 (Calle's J. Waltz)-instrumental

7. Helens Brudvals (Andersson) 3.13 (Helen's Wedding Waltz)-instrumental
8. Upp Till Dig (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.03 (Up to You)- Helen Sjoholm

9. Bonde Soker Fru (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.04 (Farmer Seeks Wife) - Tommy Korberg
10. Nu Mar Jag Mycket Battre (Andersson-Lugn) 5.00 (Now I feel much Better) - Helen Sjoholm

11. Wienerbrot (Andersson)  3.36 (Vienna Bread) -instrumental
12. Godnattvisa (Andersson) 3.48 (Good Night song) -instrumental

ABBA - The Movie HD DVD, Universal, November 26, 2007
Includes full-length film, plus bonus features: ABBA - The Movie:
Looking Back. Lasse Hallström, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus in
conversation; Tour Souvenir Programme Gallery; Memorabilia Gallery;
Theatrical Trailer; ABBA - The Album Television Commercials. Not sure if
this can be found since it is on the defunct HD DVD format.
Original Cast -Mamma Mia (Korean Cast version), Universal Music
DC9486/530 58-5 (South Korea) , Korean
CD Late November 28, 2007
This is the original cast album from the South Korean staging of Mamma
Mia. the Korean version has played more than 500 times in limited runs
in Seoul, Daegu and Seongnam since 2004. Performers include Lee Hakmin,
Park Ji-il, Lee Jung-ryul, Lee Jungmi, Choi Jungwon , Sung Kiyoun , Lee
Kyoungmi, and Jon SookyungThe cast album was apparently recorded live
and sung in the Korean language.
Available from YesASia.com (info from Ryan Cameron, Abbamail)
Track listing
Overture/prologue
Honey Honey,
Money money money
Thank you for the music
Mamma mia,
Chiquitita
Dancing Queen,
Lay all your love on me
Super trouper,
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,
The name of the game
Voulez-Vous Entr'acte
Under attack
One of us
SOS
Does your mother know
Knowing me knowing you
Our last summer
Slipping through my fingers
The winner takes it all
Take a chance on me
I do X 5
I have a dream
ABBA -Number Ones -Sound and Vision version 2CD/ 1DVD November 2007
International release

This came in time for the 2007 Christmas season A rehashing of a
rehash. This set does include a few bonus hard to find TV clips.
CD1
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
2. Mamma Mia
3. Dancing Queen
4. Super Trouper
5. SOS
6. Summer Night City
7. Money, Money, Money
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Chiquitita
10. One Of Us
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Fernando
14. Waterloo
15. The Name Of The Game
16. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
17. Take A Chance On Me
18. I Have A Dream
CD2
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Hole In Your Soul
3. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
4. Me And I
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Rock Me
7. Tiger
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. Another Town, Another Train
10. Our Last Summer
11. Kisses Of Fire
12. Slipping Through My Fingers
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DVD
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
2. Mamma Mia
3. Dancing Queen
4. Super Trouper
5. SOS
6. Summer Night City
7. Money, Money, Money
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Chiquitita
10. One Of Us
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Fernando
14. Waterloo
15. Ring Ring
16. The Name Of The Game
17. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. I Have A Dream
Extras:
Waterloo (From Top Of The Pops, England 1974)
I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS & Waterloo (From Hei Sveis!, Norway
1975)
I Have A Dream & Under Attack (From The Late Late Breakfast Show,
England 1982 )
Number Ones Scrapbook

ABBA Number Ones DVD (slidepack)--Released 10 December
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
2. Mamma Mia
3. Dancing Queen
4. Super Trouper
5. SOS
6. Summer Night City
7. Money, Money, Money
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Chiquitita
10. One Of Us
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Fernando
14. Waterloo
15. Ring Ring
16. The Name Of The Game
17. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. I Have A Dream
Extras:
Waterloo (From Top Of The Pops, England 1974)
I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS & Waterloo (From Hei Sveis!, Norway
1975)
I Have A Dream & Under Attack (From The Late Late Breakfast Show,
England 1982 )
Number Ones Scrapbook

ABBA -THE MOVIE -Blue Ray version, Universal , .....December 12, 2007
The 1978 ABBA concert movie is now available in some territories on
Blue Ray . This release appears to have the bonus material found on the
second disc of the original DVD released in 2005. Thus the 40 minute
interview with Bjorn, Benny and Lasse Hallstrom is included. Includes
full-length film, plus bonus features: ABBA - The Movie: Looking Back.
Lasse Hallström, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus in conversation; Tour
Souvenir Programme Gallery; Memorabilia Gallery; Theatrical Trailer;
ABBA - The Album Television Commercial

5/23/2010

The Death of Ola Brunkert



Image from Roger Lindqvist's blog -http://rogerlindqvist.blogg.se/category/abba.html


THE DEATH OF OLA BRUNKERT
 
The world of ABBA was shaken on March 16th, 2008 by the accidental death of Ola Brunkert.  It is fascinating how prominent a news story  his death became considering how few people knew who Ola Brunkert was. One article pointed how Ola played on most of the records of what most people regard as one of the most successful musical acts of all time, so yes that suggests that Ola  made an important if unsung contribution to the world at large.
  

Ola was ABBA's main live and session drummer. He played on all eight of their studio albums. He played on their first single, "People Need love" and many, but not all of their biggest hits. He played on their 1977, 1979 and 1980 live  tours.  He was born in Örebro, Sweden on 15  September 1946. Before working with ABBA, he worked often  as a jazz drummer but also with acts like Slim's Blues Gang and Science Poption. Aside from ABBA he recorded with Janne Schaffer, Opus III, Ted Gardestad, Björn J:son Lindh, Jerry Williams, Ingemar Olsson, and others. He had recently been  largely retired, and since his wife died, he had been living alone.  He died accidentally on March 16, 2008 at his home near Arta, Majorca, Spain. A spokesman said Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. He managed to wrap a towel around his neck and left the house to seek help, but collapsed in the garden."

Bjorn Ulvaeus was quoted in the Expressen after Ola's death as saying-that "I remember him as a good pal when we worked together in the mid-1970s. He was an very creative musician who contributed a lot when we toured and worked in studio," "We saw each other very briefly at the Mamma Mia tour premiere in Madrid, that was perhaps five years ago. Before that, we hadn't met in 20 years," says Björn Ulvaeus. "We were not close friends, but I miss him as a tour mate and an extremely good and creative musician. He was one of the best.""He was kind, humble..., a very good friend,"
Former ABBA session guitarist Janne Schaffer said,  "This is incredibly sad. My thoughts go out to his sons who now have lost both their parents".

 One thing I should note , ABBA promised on the ARRIVAL jacket that one day,  they would let us hear Ola sing, but as far as I know we never got to here him sing!!!
(Reprised from ABBA-the Albums) 

interview with ola-http://www.abbafanclub.nl/news/details/ola_brunkert.html



4/15/2010

2006 ABBA releases

2006  New releases  by ABBA, ABBA solo and ABBA related artists. 

2006 saw a new live album by by Benny Andersson's Orkester,the ABBA number one compilation, a reissue of Bjorn's and Benny's Lycka album on CD, and a few other little ABBA related projects.. In total at least 24 ABBA related DVD's or CD's were released.. Bjorn tooled around in  a private jet, Benny reached Age 60!
SISSEL-Into Paradise -February 2006 internationally released CD
ABBA-Take a Chance on Me   February  2006 Dutch CD
ABBA-ABBA Chronicles  3CD American Box set March  2006
ABBA-Greatest Hits (30th anniversary edition) April 2006 Sweden and some other territories CD
Benny Andersson's  Orkester-BAO På Turné (BAO LIVE)  May  2006 Swedish CD
Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson -LYCKA  May 2006 reissue Swedish CD (May have also been released in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain,  Switzerland)
ABBA-16 Hits  June 2006  Swedish DVD
Florence-FEEL Mid 2006 Swedish
CD
ABBA Ringtones Mid 2006
ABBA - Music Box Biographical Collection  July 2006 UK DVD
Annie Sofie Von Otter-I  Let The  Music Speak  August 2006 International
CD
ABBA- ABBA IN PERFORMANCE 2006 September British DVD
ABBA-Arrival (Deluxe Edition) planned release October  2006 1
CD/1dvd
Mamma Mia! 5th Anniversary Special Edition  October 17,2006  American CD/DVD
Rajaton with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra: Rajaton Sings ABBA November 2006 Elaine Paige Essential musicals - October 2006 British
CD
Gunilla Backman- Nära mig -October 18 2006 -Swedish CD
Anders Ekborg - Äkta vara 2006 CD-DVD- November 10, 2006  Swedish CD/CVD
ABBA-Number Ones November 2006- 2 CD
 ABBA-Number Ones November 2006 International DVD
Glenmark & Glenmark- Vår Jul  November 2006 Swedish CD
ABBA-Complete Studio Recordings -Danish Version  November 2006 -9CD Danish box  set
Various Artists- Absolute Woman- British CD- Late 2006
Skinner/Ripley -"Raw at Town Hall" American 2CD set  December 2006
SNL - 1975 - 1976 -The Complete First Season -December 2006 8 DVD box set
 


SISSEL-Into Paradise -February 2006 internationally released CD
This is the  new album by this renowned Norwegian soprano, Sissel Kyrkjebo.
This CD features yet another version of ABBA's "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". This album has a classical slant.. The UK version has a different track listing...
Track listing for US version..
 Dusk /Bachianas Brasileiras /Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme Bwv 140/Dido`s Aria / In Paradisum /Sancta Maria /Vitae Lux / Ingen vinner frem /Bäreden väg för herran /Marble Halls/Adagio /Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
ABBA-Take a Chance on Me   February  2006 Dutch CD

Another budget compilation this time from the United label.
Oddly ,the title song is not included in the collection. It is not clear that album was actually ever widely released,


  1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  2. Rock Me
  3. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  4. Gonna Sing You My Love Song,
  5. S.O.S.
  6. When I Kissed The Teacher ,he got fired
  7. The Name Of The Game
  8. Hole In Your Soul
  9. Why Did It Have To Be Me?
  10. On & On & On On & On
  11. Lay All Your Love On Me
  12. The Visitors Dugout
  13. When All Is Said and Done or whatever

ABBA-ABBA Chronicles  3CD American Box set March  2006

 I would like to drink  some tea ,but meanwhile I'll tell you about this new release, it's a long box book like thing, that has three of ABBA's studio albums crammed into it...The three "A" albums, actually, affirmatively, assiduously! ABBA, ARRIVAL and the ALBUM..all for 29 dollars Also included are the bonus tracks found on the 2001 remasters....
Disc: 1
1. Mamma Mia
2. Hey, Hey Helen
3. Tropical Loveland
4. S.O.S.
5. Man In The Middle
6. Bang-A-Boomerang
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. Rock Me
9. Intermezzo No.1
10. I've Been Waiting For You
11. So Long
12. Crazy World
13. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton / On Top Of Old Smokey / Midnight Special
Disc: 2
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me?
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
Disc: 3
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette
10. Thank You For The Music
ABBA-Greatest Hits (30th anniversary edition) April 2006 Sweden and some other territories CD

A CD reissue of the 1976 Swedish edition of ABBA's Greatest Hits...Thus it has the bizarre drawing of ABBA and animal life as opposed to the park bench photo on the cover. The release has no extras or liner notes beyond what was in the original vinyl release.. For some reason, originally the Greatest Hits album was never widely available on CD in most places..

Fernando
SOS
He Is Your Brother
Ring Ring
Hasta Mañana
Nina, Pretty Ballerina
Honey, Honey
So Long
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
People Need Love
Bang-A-Boomerang
Another Town, Another Train
Mamma Mia
Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
Waterloo

Ten Tenors-Tenology-April 2006 American CD..

Australian singing group that features yes, ten tenors. This CD has their version of ABBA's "Dancing Queen". It also can be found on some of their other CD's or DVD - (One Is Not Enough - Live In Berlin (DVD) Untied (CD) Larger Than Life (CD).   The group has been also been known to perform a bit of ABBA's "Mamma Mia" in their live version  of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".  

Track Listing
DISC ONE
1. Italian Medley
2. Funiculi, Funicula (Live)
3. World Anthem
4. Stonde
5. Mama
6. Opera Without The Boring Bits (Live)
7. Conquest Of Paradise
8. My Daughter
9. Throw Your Arms Around Me
10. Granada (Live)
11. Because Of You
12. Thousand Candles
13. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live)
14. Dancing Queen

Benny Andersson's  Orkester-BAO På Turné (BAO LIVE)  May  2006 Swedish CD

A new  release of live recordings  from the summer of 2005 . Recordings were made  at the Stadsparken in Örebro and at the Samildalsgropen in Leksand. The tracks recorded included  two new  B&B songs... A new promo single "Det Är Vi Ändå " was  released in Sweden as a taster for the album. The rest of CD includes songs from BAO's live repertoire including a few covers of songs not written by Benny Andersson...

Track listing ( with album that  studio version of song is found on,if any)

Glasgow Boogie(Andersson) BAO
Vitalins Vals (Andersson) BAO
När Tvenne Hjärtan Slå(Jules Sylvain/Gösta Stevens)
Klinga Mina Klockor--(Andersson-Ulvaeus)Klinga Mina Klockor
Födelsedagsvals Till Mona(Andersson)Klinga Mina Klockor
Tobakshandlarvisa(perne-paddock)
Lätt Som En Sommarfjäril--(Andersson-Ulvaeus) Benny Anderssons Orkerster
Aj Aj Aj Vilken Röd Liten Ros(Jules Sylvain/Gösta Stevens)
Slängpolska Efter Bysskalle-(trad.)
Gamle Svarten(Michael Carr/Hamilton Kennedy/Sven-Olof Sandberg)
Hjortingen-(trad.) Fiolin Min trad
Det Är Vi Ändå-(Andersson-Ulvaeus)'Det är vi ändå' (It's Still Us)
För Dig-?'För dig'-(Andersson-Ulvaeus)
Bälter Svens Paradpolkett-(Olle Moreaus) Orsa Spelmän
Moon River(Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer)
Bachs Badinerie-(Johann Sebastian Bach)
O Sole Mio(trad.)
Jehu -(Andersson)BAO
Du Är Min Man-(andersson-Ulvaeus) BAO
True Love(Cole Porter)
Vår Sista Dans-(andersson-Ulvaeus) Benny Anderssons Orkerster

Medley:
Ett Glatt Humör (Sven Arefeldt)
Säg Det Med Ett Leende (Nils Perne/Sven Paddock/Helge Roundquist)
Vårat Gäng (Nils Perne/Sven Paddock)

Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson -LYCKA  May 2006 reissue Swedish CD (May have also been released in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain,  Switzerland)

The original 1970 album plus 14 bonus tracks including one never before
released track-"To Live With You" which is the English language version of "Lycka":...
In some ways this is the birth of ABBA.This album features the first track to have
all future members of ABBA on it and this is the very first album to have all the music written by Björn and Benny. Björn and Benny wrote the music to all of the songs and some of the lyrics. The whole album is sung in Swedish . Björn doing most of the lead vocals, with Benny providing some backing vocals. Benny actually sings lead on one of the songs here-"Kara Gamla Sol", but's it's hard to tell it's Benny. The original album featured eleven songs. The title translates into Happiness. This album was released in the fall of 1970 on Polar Records. As a whole, this album features some of Björn's best work.
Acoustic and Electric Guitar feature more prominently here than they would on ABBA records. The electric guitar, in particular dominates on "Kalles Visa" and "Nagonting Ar Pa Vag". This album is a bit more serious in tone than some of the later B&B songs and early ABBA songs that would follow in the early and mid-Seventies. None of the songs here (even in translation) have a bubble gum lyrics or sound.

"Hej Gamle Man" (Hello Old Man) was released as the single from this album and proved to be successful, though the album was not overly successful. "Hej Gamle Man" features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals. It was the first song to feature all four members of ABBA. "Hej Gamle Man" actually shows up on the ABBA box set -THANK YOU FOR YOU THE MUSIC.
My favorite song on this album is the great acoustic guitar workout "Liselotte" (it features lyrics by Agnetha and Björn). I also love the anthemic "Ge Oss En Chans"(Give Us A Chance) . "Ge Oss En Chans "has some soulful singing and some great organ. A nice little touch can be found at the beginning of "Lilla Du, Lilla Van' which starts with Benny's piano sneaking in at a low volume.
The stark brown cover is telling. It's clear that their is seriousness of purpose and intent in these two young man. Benny's (age 23) trademark beard puts in it's first appearance on a album cover (Benny (never had a beard on the Hep Stars album covers). Björn (then age 25) looks a little smug but the trademark smile is there. The Swedish flag on the Guitar seems to say ,"We represent Sweden to the world". The LYCKA album was recorded at Metronome in the Summer of 1970 .
LYCKA was produced by Björn and Benny with Bengt Bernhag and engineered by Michael B.Tretow. Benny and Björn played on the tracks with two Swiss musicians, drummer John Counz -drums and bassist -Gus Horn. S.O.Walldoff was responsible for the orchestral arrangements. I have never confirmed whether another guitarist plays guitar along with Bjorn on this album? Anybody know for sure?
Agnetha and Frida had joined up with Björn and Benny to change the group from a duo to a quartet.before a planned followup B&B album was anywhere near completion. Björn and Benny continued to release singles through till 1972. Agnetha and Frida had joined up with Björn and Benny to change the group from a duo to a quartet soon to be named ABBA.
I like this album a lot -but some people just can't stomach Bjorn's singing enough to go out buy this...

Lycka album tracks
1. Lycka
2. Nånting är på väg
3. Kära gamla sol
4. Det där med kärlek
5. Välkommen in i gänget
6. Lilla du, lilla vän
7. Hej gamle man!
8. Liselott
9. Kalles visa
10. Ge oss en chans
11. Livet går sin gång


Bonus tracks
12. She's My Kind Of Girl
13. Inga Theme *
14. Det kan ingen doktor hjälpa*
15. På bröllop *
16. Tänk om jorden vore ung
17. Träskofolket*
18. En karusell
19. Att finnas till
20. Hey, Musikant *
21. Was die Liebe sagt (German version of "Livet Gar sing Gang" track)*
22. Love Has Its Ways *
23. Rock'n Roll Band (original version)*
24. Merry-Go-Round
25. To Live With You (previously unreleased English version of "Lycka")*

* First time on CD , these were never released on Lp either...
ABBA-16 Hits  June 2006  Swedish DVD

A new,  largely unnecessary DVD loosely based on the 2005 CD
It's going to be released on NTSC standard..
.
1. The winner takes it all
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme (A man after midnight)
3. Name of the game
4. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
5. SOS
6. Thank you for the music
7. Dancing Queen
8. Chiquitita
9. The Day before you came
10. On and On and On
11. Voulez-vous
12. Does your mother know
13. Happy new year
14. Waterloo
15. Knowing me, knowing you
16. When all is said and do
Florence-FEEL Mid 2006 Swedish CD
A New album produced by Benny Andersson and released on Mono records.
The group is a female trio that takes it name from the  CHESS character, Florence Vassey. The girls in the group sung in the Swedish version of Mamma Mia.  Florence,is  a trio featuring Benny Andersson's daughter-in-law Lisa Östberg and her friends Anna Granath and Sara Jangfeldt.
Both Benny and Ludvig Andersson play on this CD.. The album does not include any new Benny Andersson songs.
Track listing: Give me the part/Noel v/s Art/Verklig/Vintertid/For Iris/Feel/Sakta
/Stjärnor och himlar/Kvar/Misfit /Mauritius
ABBA Ringtones April 17, 2006 (not an album or CD)
Snippets from16 ABBA hits (if I counted correctly) were made available as ringtones by Universal Music Mobile and its telecom partners, including Vodafone, SFR, Orange, T-Mobile, DoCoMo, KDDI and other telecom operators..
The Universal press release says that "Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were personally involved in the selection of the realtones"-well that's reassuring, I  would guess were not going to see any "Just Like that' ringtones sneaking out.
The newly available ABBA mobile phone ringtones, chosen mostly from the ABBA GOLD songbook include "Waterloo," "Super Trouper," "Money, Money, Money," "Fernando," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Voulez-Vous," "Does Your Mother Know," "Honey Honey," "Take A Chance On Me," "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," and "Thank You For The Music." "Ring Ring," "Mamma Mia," "SOS," "Dancing Queen" and "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).". These ringtones are lifted from the actual masters and thus are "realtones" not synthesized ringtones! If i had a cellphone-I think I would go with The Hep Stars-"Wedding" as a ringtone... I hate cellphones -I hate cellphone bills.
ABBA - Music Box Biographical Collection  July 2006 UK DVD
 

Released by Plastichead in the Uk...Another unofficial ABBA DVD biography of questionable quality... This one features ABBA publicist John Tobler...and little else of value...

Abba: Gold - The World's Greatest Albums DVD June 6, 2006
Quoted verbatim from the jacket-"The story behind Abba's Gold, one of the greatest pop albums ever made. Drawing on rare Abba performances from TV and film archives around the world, this is the first ever independent film review of Abba Gold. The film draws on the reflections of a team of leading critics, musicologists and working musicians to produce the most authoritative and comprehensive review of a landmark in popular music." OK I like, ABBA too, but the ABBA Gold album just annoys me.

Annie Sofie Von Otter-I Let The Music Speak, Deutsche Grammophone DG
477 9701 , International
CD August 20, 2006
Sofie's new CD covers the full spectrum of the Benny Andersson/Bjorn
Ulvaeus songbook from early ABBA through Chess, Kristina and finally to
the BAO. This album includes three new English lyrics of songs
originally recorded in Swedish. Two of these songs ("Walk with You
Mama, and Butterfly Wings " )are Bjorn's first new released English
language lyrics in a long time.

The third new English translation is a translation of "Efter Regnet"
called as one would expect "After the Rain" ,the new lyric is by the
original lyricist Mats Norklit.

Benny Andersson is pictured in the liner notes and he looks like a old
man, and he manages to plays piano on two tracks -"Walk With You,
Mama"and " After the Rain". Benny's friends -Anders Eljas (piano,
arrangements) and Kalle Moreaus (banjo) also play on the CD. The
recordings were actually made in September 2004 at the the Atlantis
Studios (the studio often used by ABBA that was formerly known as
Metronome studios) The album was produced by George Wadenius , who
also plays on most of the tracks. The release was delayed partly
because Anne's busy schedule as operatic singer did not allow proper
time to promote the album in 2005.

As fascinating as the selection of songs is. I am not sure that Anne's
voice is ideal for some of these songs.... Still "Walk With You, Mama"
works as do a few other tracks. Benny is pictured in the liner notes
and he looks like a old man....

ABBA fans are starting to call Anne "Sofie The otter" .They named a
new otter pup at the Stockholm aquarium after her, the other one they
called Bjorn!
The Day Before You Came (ABBA)
I Let The Music Speak (ABBA)
When All Is Said And Done (ABBA)
Walk With You, Mama (vocal version of "Stockholm at Night")
The Winner Takes It All (ABBA)
Butterfly Wings (the English version debut of BAO's Lätt Som En Sommarfjäril)
Heaven Help My Heart (from Chess)
Ljusa Kvällar Om Våren (from Kristina från Duvemåla)
I Am Just A Girl (ABBA)
Ut Mot Ett Hav (from Kristina from Duvemåla)
After the Rain (English version debut of Benny's Efter Regnet)
Money, Money Money (ABBA)(uncredited bonus track)

Bonus track Japan only:
Thank You For The Music

Bonus track available on iTunes:
Someone Else's Story


ABBA- ABBA IN PERFORMANCE 2006 September British DVD
This unofficial program features some of ABBA's live performances on TV shows including three different versions of SOS from Musikladen, the Midnight Special, and from NBC's Saturday Night, a performance of Fernando from NBC's The Midnight Special , the live performances from the Japan Special and all nine songs from the 1981 Dick Cavett special.
Also includes interviews with ABBA experts- John Tobler, Bjorn Again's Rod Leissle, and ABBA unplugged writer, Karl French.
This show is also available as part of ABBA: The Ultimate Review, which also includes ABBA:The Music in Review.
Segments on DVD are listed as 1. Abba's Glorious Live Spectacle/2. Success in America/3. Abbadabbadoo/4. Performing in Japan 5. Abba's Last Live Concert /6. Me and I


ABBA-Arrival (Deluxe Edition) planned release October  2006 1CD/1dvd
A 30th (augh!) anniversary edition of this classic late 1976 ABBA album...The first disc is a audio CD  ,the second a DVD ....The track listing is similar to that found on the ARRIVAL disc of the COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS box set...The reissue people at Universal went crazy with all the bonus TV clips...the most clips  I have ever seen on a ABBA disc outside of a bootleg.. Unlike some Universal releases this actually is quite worthwhile....
Disc 1, CD track list:
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
BONUS TRACKS
11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. Fernando (Spanish version)
14. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish version of Dancing Queen vocal track recorded 1980 )
15. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish version of Knowing Me, Knowing You vocal track recorded 1980)
16. Fernando (Frida's Swedish solo version)


Disc 2, DVD
1. ABBA-dabba-dooo!!, 1976 one-hour television special, features performances of eight of the ten songs from the Arrival album including live versions of "Dum Dum Diddle" and "Why Did It Have To Be Me", Also features the Dancing Queen - official promo clip and lip sync versions of  Knowing Me, Knowing You; When I Kissed The Teacher (featuring a different, early mix); My Love, My Life; Money, Money, Money and Tiger.
2. Dancing Queen -West German TV- Musikladen Extra, filmed in January 1976.
3. Fernando -Top Of The Pops, April 1976
4. Happy Hawaii - cartoon version of Happy Hawaii 1976.
5. Dancing Queen recording session-Filmed extracts from the actual recording session shown on Swedish TV 1975 documentary, Mr Trendsetter.
6. ABBA in London, November 1976
-A feature on ABBA's promotional  visit to London, promoting the Arrival album. TV show -Nationwide, November 1976.
7. ABBA's 1976 success ­ news report-Swedish news TV  programme Rapport in December 1976.
8. Arrival UK television commercial I, 1977
9. Arrival  UK television commercial II, 1977
10. International sleeve gallery - Arrival-related single and album sleeves from around the world.
Mamma Mia! 5th Anniversary Special Edition  October 17, 2006  American CD/DVD
Decca Broadway offers up this special CD/DVD will include the original 1999 cast album --  as well as three finale bonus audio tracks which are being released in the U.S. for the first time including "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo."
There will also be a deluxe booklet featuring cast photos, a behind-the scenes-documentary hosted by original Broadway cast members Joe Machota and Tina Maddigan, some opening night footage, interviews with producer Judy Craymer (lord help us) , director Phyllida Lloyd (augh)  librettist Catherine Johnson (my god) and original ABBA band members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus(  double augh!) , plus ABBA concert clips and performance footage of different productions of the show from around the world.
Disc 1 - CD: Original 1999 London Cast recording
Act 1
1. Overture / Prologue
2. Honey Honey
3. Money, Money, Money
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Mamma Mia
6. Chiquitita
7. Dancing Queen
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. Super Trouper
10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
11. The Name Of The Game
12. Voulez-Vous
Act 2
13. Entr'Act
14. Under Attack
15. One Of Us
16. S.O.S.
17. Does Your Mother Know
18. Knowing Me, Knowing You
19. Our Last Summer
20. Slipping Through My Fingers
21. Winner Takes It All
22. Take A Chance On Me
23. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
24. I Have A Dream
Finale bonus tracks recorded 2004
25: Mamma Mia
26. Dancing Queen
27. Waterloo
Disc 2 - DVD:
1. Overture/Prologue
2. Waterloo
3. Dancing Queen
4. SOS
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. The Winner Takes It All
7. Interview With Bjorn from Week in the West End
8. Catherine Interview
9. Phyllida Interview
10. Entr'act
11. Mamma Mia
12. Waterloo
13. Lay All Your Love on Me
14. Super Trouper
15. Thank You for the Music
16. Dancing Queen
17. Money, Money, Money
18. Voulez-Vous
19. Take a Chance on Me
20. Dancing Queen
21. Dancing Queen
22. Slipping Through My Fingers
23. I Have a Dream
24. Dancing Queen
25. Thank You For The Music
26. Knowing Me, Knowing You
27. Money, Money, Money
28. Dancing Queen
Rajaton with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra: Rajaton Sings ABBA November 2006  CD

This very fab  Finnish acapella vocal group performs ABBA covers on this album. 
Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone).
So that would be - three woman and three men singers sort of like an adult Finnish Brady Bunch.....This  CD is released by the  amazing Plastinka label. Originally, Plastinka was just a plastics company, but in recent times Plastinka has branched out into music and fine stemware. Visit their lovely factory in Turku and you will get a autographed CD from Rajaton.

Ah Finland- I kind would like to be in Finland now, somewhere up in Lapland in a small  cottage with a reindeer. (Review by Edsel Felpin)

1. Dancing Queen
2. Chiquitita
3. Money, Money, Money
4. One Of Us
5. Voulez-Vous
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. Head Over Heels
8. Mamma Mia
9. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
10. The Winner Takes It All
11. Thank You For The Music
12. Fernando
13. Waterloo

 Elaine Paige -Essential musicals - October 2006 British CD

I was going to list this as "Another album of tired old show tunes" but I won't ....This CD Includes, for the first time on record, Elaine's version of "Someone Else's Story" from CHESS. Also included are some other show tunes...
1. Where Is Love
2. Edelweiss
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You
4. You Must Love Me
5. Bring Him Home
6. Something's Coming
7. If I Loved You
8. All I Ask Of You
9. Someone Else's Story
10. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
11. Aquarius
12. Surrrender
13. Broadway Baby
Gunilla Backman- Nära mig -October 18 2006 -Swedish CD
This is a new album in Swedish that supposedly includes  a Swedish version of The Winner Takes It all". Gunilla Backman was Donna in the Swedish version of Mamma Mia! She also played Svetlana in the Danish cast  version of Chess, making her the only person to appear on cast albums for both Chess and Mamma Mia...The album includes a duet with Peter Jöback. The album is produced by Anders Neglin..
1. En Enkel Tid
2. Den Rätte För Mig
3. Bara Du
4. Sången Vi Spelade
5. Med Ögon Känsliga För Grönt
6. Var Han Min ?
7. Utan Ett Ord
8. Pappa, Kan Du Höra ?
9. Vara Vid Liv
10. Du Får Mig I Blom
11. Kanske Kärlek Är Allt
12. Vinnaren Tar Allt
13. Avskedsblues

 Anders Ekborg - Äkta vara 2006 CD-DVD- November 10, 2006  Swedish CD/CVD
New album in Swedish  by  the star of Kristina and Chess Pa Svenska that features a new song by B&B  called " Han som vunnit allt". This album has videos for all songs included.
1. Två
2. Tåget
3. När man vågar älska
4. Vinden i min själ
5. För dig
6. Vackra utan själ
7. Det var nästan som jag visste
8. Änglarna vill ha det så
9. Han som vunnit allt
10. Det borde vara jag
11. Intill

ABBA-Number Ones November 2006- 2 CD

Yes. like the Beatles, Elvis and the Bee Gees, ABBA's compilers have  attempted to compile all their number one hits on one CD...Of course, ABBA did not have enough number one hits in any  one country to fill an entire 74 minute CD,only the  Beatles can make that claim..So instead  this CD must compiled on the idea that all  or most of the songs on the first CD  were a #1 chart hit somewhere on some kind of chart....This package also includes a bonus audio CD.
A slightly different version of the album was released in the UK standard version (this version includes Ring Ring and the extended version Summer Night City extended version)

Main disc of supposed number one singles
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Super Trouper
SOS
Summer Night City
Money, Money, Money
The Winner Takes It All
Chiquitita
One Of Us
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Voulez-Vous
Fernando
Waterloo
The Name Of The Game
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Take A Chance On me
I Have A Dream

bonus disc of album tracks

When I Kissed The Teacher
Hole In Your Soul
Dance While The Music Still Goes On
Me And I
The King Has Lost His Crown
Rock Me
Tiger
I Wonder
Another Town, Another Train
Our Last Summer
Kisses Of Fire
Slipping Through My Fingers

UK standard version (this version includes Ring Ring and Summer Night City extended version)
ABBA-Number Ones November 2006 International DVD
Another release of same old tired videos, though to be annoying they throw in six bonus videos which are actual rarities.
Number Ones DVD tracklisting main tracks
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Super Trouper
SOS
Summer Night City
Money, Money, Money
The Winner Takes It All
Chiquitita
One Of Us
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Voulez-Vous
Fernando
Waterloo
Ring Ring
The Name Of The Game
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Take A Chance On Me
I Have A Dream
DVD Extras

Waterloo (live) Top of the Pops, 11th April 1974
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
SOS -Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
Waterloo- Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
I Have A Dream-The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC 11 December 1982
Under Attack-The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC 11 December 1982

Interactive scrapbook with details of all ABBA's #1 hits
ABBA-Complete Studio Recordings -Danish Version  November 2006 -9CD Danish box  set
A new version of Universal's multi disc collection of all of ABBA's studio recordings. This one is new and unimproved-it no longer features the two DVD included in the original box....
Also, the set no longer includes the lyrics booklet....granted most of the lyrics were not very good...The set still has the nine CD's and an exciting timeline booklet....

Glenmark & Glenmark- Vår Jul  November 2006 Swedish CD
A new Christmas CD    by those sibling Swedes Karin and Anders Glenmark of Gemini fame. No ABBA related stuff here..Though the song "Nu tändas tusen juleljus"  is one of a couple songs here that were also done on Agnetha & Linda's Christmas album...

1. När vi närmar oss jul
2. Nu tändas tusen juleljus
3. Stilla natt
4. Kanske till julen
5. Den lille trumslagarpojken/Sjung om fred
6. Låt mig få tända ett ljus
7. Jul efter jul
8. Julen är här
9. Jul, jul strålande jul
10. Betlehems stjärna (Gläns över sjö och strand)
11. Säg, vem är barnet
12. Ave Maria
13. Låt julen förkunna

Various Artists- Absolute Woman- British CD- Late 2006
A budget various artist collection with a song from Agnetha's My Colouring Book CD.

1 I'm Every Woman-Chaka Khan
2 Black Coffee-All Saints
3 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman-Aretha Franklin
4 My Lovin'- En Vogue
5 Black Velvet-Alannah Miles
6 Thinking Of You-Sister Sledge
7 A Good Tradition-Tanita Tikaram
8 Patience Of Angels-Eddi Reader
9 Only Living Boy In New York City-Everything But The Girl
10 Angel-Anita Baker
11 You're The One I Love-Shola Ama
12 Midnight At The Oasis-Maria Muldaur
13 You Might Need Somebody-Randy Crawford
14 When You Walk In The Room-Agnetha Faltskog
15 You're So Vain-Carly Simon
16 Young Hearts Run Free-Candi Staton
17 Pink Cadillac-Natalie Cole
18 Gloria-Laura Branigan
19 Chguck E's In Love-Rickie Lee Jones
20 Memory-Elaine Paige
Skinner/Ripley -"Raw at Town Hall" American 2CD set  December 2006

Broadway singers Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley's new duets recording - recorded live during their Oct. 21 concert at Town Hall.

It features both solos and duets and is notable for Alice Ripley's  premeire performance of "You Got to Be There". "You Got to Be There" is the English version of "Du måste finnas" from Kristina från Duvemåla". Alice Ripley is slated  to be member of the cast of the Broadway version of KRISTINA.

Disc One
"Two's Company" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Little Me" (Ripley and Skinner)
"I'd Rather Wake Up By Myself" (Skinner)
"Cigarette Dream"/"The Last Smoker in America" (Ripley)
"Sleepy Man" (Skinner)
"I Miss the Mountains" (Ripley)
"Every Day a Little Death" (Ripley and Skinner)
"No One Is Alone" (Skinner)
"Broadway Baby" (Ripley)
"Sisters"/"Ohio" (Ripley and Skinner)

Disc Two
"Trouble" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Poor Unfortunate Souls" (Skinner)
"You've Got to Be There" (Ripley)
"Come Up and See Me Some Time" (Skinner)
"Past My Prime" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Lazy Afternoon" (Skinner)
"She's Gone" (Ripley)
"Who Will Love Me As I Am?" (Ripley and Skinner)
"I Will Never Leave You" (Ripley and Skinner)

SNL - 1975 - 1976 -The Complete First Season -December 2006 8 DVD box set
Includes every episode of the first season that featured Chevy Chase, John Belushi and others. Thus this set includes ABBA's appearance on NBC's Saturday Night on 15 November 1975, in a show hosted by Robert Klein. Their performances of "SOS" and "Waterloo" are notorius for being  lip-synched, but are still entertaining. Still, this DVD box set is probably not worth buying unless your a Saturday Night Live fan...
SNL shows and performances have been released and rerunned before, but usually not in their entirety, so this first time that the complete show that ABBA performed on has been widely available. on video or DVD.


3/21/2010

Susan Boyle performs I Know Him So Well, again.



I have just caught up to the fact that Susan Boyle has sung a Andersson-Rice-Ulvaeus song.

She performed a new duet on "I Know Him So Well" with Chess star/West End legend, Elaine Paige. They performed the duet on British TV. I kept expecting Susan to falter-you never know when Susan is going to lose the key or the pitch,but she did OK. Susan performed the Barbara Dickson part (a good fit)and Elaine did the Elaine Paige part. A competent if perhaps unspectacular performance. Elaine looks like her body has been rebuilt hair by hair, skin follicle by skin follicle.. Of course, Susan still looks like Susan, no matter how she gets rebuilt.

Elaine Paige also has new DVD out that features her take on "Someone Else's Story" from Chess. It also features "I Know Him So Well". The DVD is called Elaine Paige-Celebrating Forty Years on Stage. The DVD is only available in the PAL format and is being released in the UK.

Update-Susan also did a comedy duet version of "I know Him So well" with Geraldine Peter Kaye  for a charity show, and is performing "You Got to be there" from Kristina on new album-"Someone to Watch over Me.

3/16/2010

ABBA inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame



 ABBA was inducted on March 15, 2010 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were the first act from a non-English speaking country to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The choice of ABBA was controversial one in the press and among some rock fans. The Hall of Fame selection process is notoriously unpredictable, certain sub-genres of rock music are not well represented and obscure acts often get in before more well known artists. It seems to be feeling that ABBA got in finally after more than a decade of eligibility due to the success of the MAMMA Mia franchise.At the time, of their admission they were the largest selling eligible act of the rock era, not to have inducted into the hall of fame.

In any case, the induction was a proud moment for ABBA and ABBA fans, if a little bittersweet. Only two (Benny& Frida) of the four members showed up. Agnetha doesn't fly-so it was no surprise that she was not there. Bjorn's not showing up was a little bit stranger-since he has always been the group's chief spokesperson. It was claimed, that he was detained by a private family event, but it also known that it is now the policy of ABBA's former ABBA members that they will not appear together at public events three at a time, so as to avoid making it look like someone was purposely not showing up to avoid a reunion.

The group was inducted by the Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, an appropriate choice. Their introduction was pleasant and lighthearted but not very helpful or informative in explaining why ABBA belonged in the Hall of Fame. Then Frida, and Benny gave their speeches. Frida's speech was all heart, it included references to Agnetha, Bjorn, her grandson, ABBA's fans and most touchingly, a mention of ABBA's late manager Stikkan Andersson. Her speech also included broken English reflecting the fact that she has never totally mastered the English language.

Benny's speech was a well thought out dissertation on the influences behind ABBA's music, which he said included Swedish folk music, French chansons,Italian arias, and John Phillip Sousa. Benny noted the group were also influenced by Elvis, Lieber & Stoller, The Beach Boys, Lennon & McCartney, and Ray Davies. His main conclusion was that ABBA did not have the typical blues underpinning of American based Rock& Roll, but instead was rooted in the melancholia of the North, the common depression of people who live near the Arctic Circle.

After the speeches ABBA's music was represented by a somewhat average rendition of "The Winner Takes It All" as performed by Faith Hill, accompanied by the CBS orchestra, the performance featured Benny playing piano. Frida did not perform.

2/19/2010

Voulez-Vous deluxe!



ABBA-Voulez-Vous-Deluxe Edition, Universal, 1CD/IDVD, Planned Release May 31, 2010

The long awaited deluxe version of Voulez-Vous finally came out on May 31, 2010. Voulez-Vous originally came out in June 1979. It took the longest to record of all the ABBA studio albums. This occurred mainly because most of the early songs recorded did not make it onto the album. Eventually the boys settled in earnest and  finished the album early in mid-1979.
Although no totally new tracks are included,the version of "Dreamworld" included on this release is the full version without fade-in, as a master tape containing the full version was recently discovered. The most obvious omissions are the Spanish versions of "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita".
Not surprisingly, None of 1978/1979 rarities found on "ABBA Undeleted" are included here. So that means no full versions of "Just A Notion", "Rubber Ball Man" etc. will be included here. 

The Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition expands the original album with five Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring television performances and interviews related to Voulez-Vous. As with the previous deluxe editions, the DVD is more interesting than the CD. The key feature on the DVD is the debut of the entire ABBA in Switzerland TV special. It's not paticularly well remastered, but it is nice to have.
This reissue is about a year late, but Universal wanted to give priority to the totally new ABBA in Japan DVD.

CD

1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have a Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire
11. Summer Night City (Full Length Version) (Bonus)
12. Lovelight (Bonus)
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Bonus)
14. Dream World (Bonus)
15. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo) (Bonus)


DVD

1. ABBA In Switzerland (television special, BBC)
Take A Chance On Me
The King Has Lost His Crown
The Name Of The Game
Mamma Mia
Hole In Your Soul
Kisses Of Fire
Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
Chiquitita
Does Your Mother Know
Thank You For The Music

2. Chiquitita (Music for UNICEF)
3. I Have A Dream (extended promo)
4. If It Wasn’t For The Nights (Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Chiquitita (ABBA Snowtime, BBC)
6. Björn & Benny Interview (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, BBC)
7. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial I
8. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial II
9. International Sleeve Galleryound

2/15/2010

Agnetha not really a blond?



I was surprised to look into my 2010 Pocket Pal datebook to find a quote from the noted philosopher, Agnetha Faltskog. There on the page for February 11, 2010 is a quote attributed to Aggie that says, "There is a danger in changing too much in search of perfection." I don't recall the original source of the quote-perhaps it is from her biography. I don't know if she originally said it in Swedish, and it was translated into English. I don't know what she is referring to exactly-perhaps the recording process.

Still, It's not the first time I have heard something intelligent from her. On my ABBA-The Albums website , I quote her as saying-"The myth is that Frida and I were there as a front for Björn and Benny's music. But the truth of the matter is that we were the people that could bring over precisely what they couldn't do with their previous bands".

I love the Hep Stars and admire much of what B&B did as a duo, but I get exactly what she is saying-is that even as genius composers B&B could not succeed internationally without having the amazing vocal sound that is only provided when you get that rare and aurally astounding combination of Agnetha and Frida singing together.

I suppose it's not a big deal that Aggie is quoted in a Pocket Pal-the quotes are from famous people of all stripes including Emeril Legasse, Tom Brokaw, Brad Paisley, and Billy Crystal. Maybe a ABBA fan compiled the thing this year. Still the whole thing is a confirmation of a kind that Aggie might actually be a thoughtful person on occasion.

1/31/2010

The new "Mamma Mia!"? Viva Forever



Mamma Spice Girls?

There was lot of cajoling from Universal for some sort of sequel to Mamma Mia,
and while the idea has not been totally ruled out, it not still apparently not something that Bjorn and Benny want to do. So what is their jilted producer, Judy Craymer thinking of doing now instead? A Spice Girls musical! It may work, Mamma Mia proves anything is possible.

Update August 2011, June 2012 

The romantic comedy Spice Girls  musical will be called Viva Forever, It is scheduled to premiere in  December 2012. According to the producer,  "The story follows the idea of an American Idol-type singing contest, a young woman with a chaotic home life who attempts to resolve her feelings about adoption, learning to believe in herself and about friendship and "girl power."
Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders will be involved as the writer and Mamma Mia! producer Judy Cramer as executive producer.Marianne Elliot will direct. So like Mamma Mia  another group of gals will be involved.

1/05/2010

French and Saunders


ABBA on youtube...

Recently I discovered two really enjoyable videos by French and Saunders on Youtube.
The first was an excellent parody of the Mamma Mia movie. The parody was made for a British TV charity show. The parody is really more entertaining than the original movie.

I also saw a concert video performance of French & Saunders cover of "I Know Him So Well" from B&B's 1984 musical Chess. Very funny as well...

1/04/2010

ABBA on CD

ABBA on CD

Recently I discovered a relatively new ABBA site, called ABBA on CD by Ken Griffin.
It has a lot of interesting details and original research about how ABBA's various albums were released on CD back in 1980's. A subject of particular interest to an American like myself.  Here in the USA, we were always the last to see ABBA CD's come out.  This CD gives a lot a background information on how the early ABBA CD's were released.  I must admit as a "ABBA expert" I still stumble on how to describe the first CD release of the The Visitors. It is known in history as the first pop CD produced, though it holds that role more securely as a prototype, rather than as a commercial release.   You can find this interesting web site at http://abbaoncd.wordpress.com

Agnetha Faltskog- 3 Original Album Classics


Agnetha Faltskog- 3 Original Album Classics" January 27, 2010 German 3CD set.

Sony ,will release the 3 CD box set "3 Original Album Classics" in January. This set will include three of Agnetha's Swedish solo albums by Agnetha:
"Agnetha Fältskog" (1968)"När en vacker tanke blir en sång" (1971) and "Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus" (1975). This set is  based on the recent "5 Original album classics" that featured five Agnetha early solo albums, which itself drew on the six disc Agnetha box set called "Den Forsta Aren".

All in all a bit of a comedown from the original six then five disc versions....