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.