12/13/2011

ABBA reunion threat over Slussen project

Benny Andersson half jokingly suggested over the weekend that he might ask ABBA to reunite for a concert to help fight against a urban renewal project in Stockholm.
The project is in a area called Slussen (the Locks) a  central area of Stockholm named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea that dates from 1935. Benny lived in Stockholm as a youngster  (the only former ABBA member to hail from Stockholm), and recently has been campaigning against the Slussen redo. 

”If I knew with 100 percent certainty that it would help, I would call the others and ask if we could do a gig. I'd try at least,” said a half-serious Benny to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Saturday.

”Slussen is that important. But there is not much time, we'd need at least one day's rehearsing,” Benny Andersson told SvD on Saturday. Sourced  and edited from the Local- a English language Swedish news source.

It seems highly  unlikely that an ABBA reunion would happen, and this issue seems like a rather obscure and inappropriate reason to get together, but the simple "  half-serious" suggestion that ABBA might reunite was probably sufficiently newsworthy to get attention to this cause. In the past Bjorn and Benny, have said quite firmly that ABBA would never reunite. Frida has sometimes suggested that she is OK with a reunion, Agnetha is known to be resistant to the publicity and attention that a reunion would entail. The photo below shows one of the proposed plans, The Katerina Elevator is on the the Left.






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12/05/2011

New Björn Ulvaeus song! Susan Boyle

BAO member Tommy Körberg, 63 and Swedish pop singer Danny Saucedo, 25,  will record a single together. I CAN SEE MYSELF IN YOU is composed by Tobias Gustavsson with  lyrics written by Björn Ulvaeus. Gustavsson already had written the melody and dragged it out to put together the song.   It is rare for Bjorn to write lyrics for  a melody not written by Benny or himself.  It's not clear when the recording will be finished and released . It will be released as Swedish market single download in October 2012.  

I forgot to mention the following release...

Susan Boyle-Someone To Watch Over Me, Sony,  Internationally released CD November 2011


This is the new Studio album by the Scottish spinster singer, it features her version of "You Have To Be there" from Bjorn, Benny and Herb's Kristina.  Susan's recording is  likely to be the biggest selling version of the song, though she does not she sing it particularly well. The album went to Number 1 in the UK and Number 4 in the USA. She performed "You Have To Be There" on American TV.  "You Have To Be There" is notable for sharing the same English translator, Herbert Kretzmer,  as "I Dreamed A Dream" (Susan's breakthrough tune). This album has not been successful as Susan's first two records, but has done OK.


Tracklisting:

1. You Have To Be There
2. Unchained Melody
3. Enjoy The Silence
4. Both Sides Now
5. Lilac Wine
6. Mad World
7. Autumn Leaves
8. This Will Be The Year
9. Return
10. Someone To Watch Over Me

11/29/2011

New Ludvig Andersson recording project.

Atlas-Empires and Stuff, RMV Grammofon / Universal  Swedish CD September 14,  2011

Benny Andersson's son Ludvig Andersson, has a new album out.
“Empires and Stuff” is the first album from the Stockholm duo ATLAS. Ludvig Andersson (vocals, guitar and various other instruments) and Mats Lundgren (keyboards and even more instruments)
Previously Ludvig recorded an album with Ella Rouge and a solo album.  Mats Lundgren worked in a group called Pine Forest Crunch.  The featured You Tube video track is called E.T.  The CD is available from the ABBF fanclub site.  Benny  Andersson does not play on the CD.   The CD was recorded in the new Mono Record Studios. Update- January 2012- Oh I finally realized that's a person on the cover....

Track listing:T-shirts, Poets And Idiots, Here's Johnny, Avalon, E.T., Bright Eyes, Cam Me, Mars, I'm July Amanda, Bay City Lights

11/25/2011

Rare ABBA track released officially

CAROLS FOR A CURE 2011: VOLUME 13: 2-CDs
Various Artists-Carols For A Cure - Volume 13 CDH060-11, 2CD American release, November 2011-$20.00


Broadway Cares,  offers their 13th annual collection of Christmas recordings as performed by the casts of various Broadway shows, entitled Carols For A Cure - Volume 13. The  cast of Mamma Mia! is featured on  'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'.
 the Mamma Mia! cast performance is preceded by ABBA's brief recording  of the Swedish Christmas song 'Nu är det jul igen', as originally broadcast on the West German radio show Mal Sondock's Hitparade in 1981.

This marks the first legal CD release of this ABBA recording. Truth be be told, it's nothing special.
Other Celebrity guests on this album  include Daniel Radcliffe, Martha Wash, Kara DioGuardi, Roger Rees, Reeve Carney, Montego Glover, Chad Kimball, Hugh Panaro and Daniel Rodriguez, among others.


Disc 1:
A CHRISTMAS CAROL- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
GIVE AWAY LOVE- Memphis
WHITE CHRISTMAS- Chicago featuring Kara DioGuardi
LITTLE JESUS SWEETLY SLEEP- Mary Poppins
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING- Mamma Mia!
WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA- Wicked
CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR- Catch Me if You Can
THE 13 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The Addams Family
I WONDER AS I WANDER- The Phantom of the Opera
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH- Sister Act
O COME, O COME EMMANUEL- Rock of Ages
SILENT NIGHT- The Lion King
Disc 2:
ST. NICHOLAS SKY- Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN- Rent
LIGHT IT UP!- Priscilla Queen of the Desert
THE FIRST NOEL- War Horse
CHRISTMAS ON THE S.S. AMERICAN- Anything Goes
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?- Chicago
WAITING FOR THE SNOW TO FALL- Billy Elliot
LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING- Die Bratschen Von Broadway
DANCE WITH ME SANTA- Ashley Argota
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL- Camelot at the John W. Engeman Theatre
DECK THE HALLS- Avenue Q
AULD LANG SYNE- Baby It's You!
O HOLY NIGHT- Daniel Rodgriguez

11/21/2011

Happy New Year vinyl single


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ABBA-Happy New Year, Universal, Out of print 7 inch vinyl single, November 30, 2011 



This is 500 copy  limited  edition  of ABBA's 1980 holiday song, "Happy New Year" . The B-side has "The Way Old Friends Do",.  This record was  only available  from the ABBF fan club site and from the official ABBA site.  The release pre-sold out in a day.  Pretty good for  a outmoded format with a couple of songs every ABBA fan already has. 

"Happy New Year" had been previously released as  a single in 2000  by both ABBA and the A*Teens to coincide with the millennium.  In May 2011, a  restored  1980 promo video for "Happy New Year" was featured on the  ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD. 



11/20/2011

ABBA's Top 40.


Canadian ABBA fan, NSkid, has compiled an excellent video for YouTube.  His compilation video counts down in reverse order ABBA's  most successful singles.  The ranking is based on how well each of the records charted in 17 different countries.  The ranking may not reflect the actual sales ranking of each of ABBA's singles..

Here's his TOP ten.  

10. One of Us (1981)
9. The Name of the Game (1977)
8. Super Trouper (1980)
7. Take a Chance on Me (1978)
6. Waterloo (1974)
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
4. The Winner Takes it All (1980)
3. Fernando (1976)
2. Chiquitita (1979)
1. Dancing Queen (1976)

"Dancing Queen" obviously was going to be the number one single, but I was   surprised that "Take A Chance On Me' is lower down, and that "One of Us" and Chiquitita" are so high in the ranking.

10/23/2011

Mamma Mia and Evil Dead!

 

 Mamma Mia poster, no not really!

 I missed this poster that was used as a promotional poster, for the 2009 musical, EVIL DEAD, the poster was designed by people at Saatchi and Saatchi ! It's our Halloween post!! Happy Goblin Day, Happy Birthday JimSB!

2011 ABBA and ABBA related releases

2011 ABBA and ABBA related releases 2011

Here is a unfinished recap of ABBA releases during 2011! The big events this year were a new BAO album, a Super Trouper reissue . Meanwhile,   Benny and Bjorn continue to pull in massive piles of money for Mamma Mia.   

Original Cast Album-Mamma Mia! L'album live du spectacle français CD, French CD February 21, 2011

The cast album for the French version of Mamma Mia!. The recording for this was made on December 15, 2010. The French language version of Mamma Mia premiered on October 28, 2010.

ACTE 1 :

1. Prologue
2. Honey, Honey
3. Money, Money, Money
4. Ma Vie C’est La Musique
5. Mamma Mia
6. Chiquitita
7. Dancing Queen
8. Laisse Moi L’Amour Aussi
9. Super Trouper
10. Un Homme Après Minuit
11. Dis, A Quoi Tu Joues
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Entracte
14. Comme Une Attaque
15. L’Un De Nous
16. S.O.S.
17. Si Mama Permet
18. Qui Je Suis ! Qui Sommes-Nous ?
19. Tout Un Été
20. Le Temps Me Glisse Entre Les Doigts
21. La Loi Du Plus Fort
22. Viens Tenter Ta Chance
23. Dis Oui, Dis Oui, Dis Oui !
24. Je Garde Un Rêve
25. Mamma Mia
26. Dancing Queen
27. Waterloo 
ABBA- The Story of ABBA, 2DVD, UK, Australia March 2010

Another unofficial DVD with previously released material!

Caramba (Michael B. Tretow)- Caramba 1981 Swedish reissued on CD Early 2011.

A reissue of  this cult classic by Michael B. Tretow.  The album features Ted Gardestad, Roger Palm and other Swedish Musicians.  

Tracklist  Hubba hubba zoot zoot, Ali baba, Spotnjik, Parentzoe, Ine feine, Fido, Aitho, Anna kapoe, Anna maya, Ahllo, Carhumba, Hare christmes, Ralf & rolf, and  Parentzoe

ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, International release May 9, 2011

The fourth in a  series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. They feature previously released music, the original album plus relevant B-sides and/or foreign language tracks. Also included is a  a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material. . 

The audio tracks have been  remastered yet again for this release,  The disc includes a never before available  stereo mix of the original, full length version of "On And On And On", previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released.  The  television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album,  have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980. 
Also included is  a  new featurette, entitled "Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA". It  compiles footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now. You get the feeling that Rune had big ideas for this cover, and that somehow things just didn't come out totally how he envisioned. (His original idea had been to shoot the cover outside in downtown London. )

Also  included are the much released original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.
Disc 1: CD
  1.Super Trouper
 2.The Winner Takes It All
 3.On And On And On
 4.Andante, Andante
 5.Me And I
 6.Happy New Year
 7.Our Last Summer
  8.The Piper
  9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)
Disc 2: DVD
1 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF)
    Songs performed:
   The Winner Takes It All
   Super Trouper
   On And On And On
2 Happy New Year (SVT)
3 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
4 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
5 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
6 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
7 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
8 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
9 International Sleeve Gallery

Benny Anderssons Orkester-  O klang och jubeltid  ,  Swedish CD Mono Records  MMCD 027  June  15, 2011 


 More polka marches and rums.  The new  Benny Anderssons Orkester album was released in Sweden in mid June.  Their sixth album is titled  O klang och jubeltid – an English translation is O time of sound and rejoicing. The album has  thirteen songs, eight with vocals.  The first  single that  will be  promoted is "Kära Syster", sung by Helen Sjoholm.  Tommy Korborg, and Kalle Moreaus also sing on the record. 

1 O Klang och Jubeltid
2 Kära Syster
3 Månstrålar Klara
4 Midsommarpolka
5 Allt Syns När Man Är Naken
6 Alla Goda Ting
7 En Dag I Sänder
8 Flickornas Rum
9 De Ljuva Drömmarnas Orkester
10 Jag Hör...
11 Sorgmarsch
12 Vilar Glad. I Din Famn
13 Brudmarsch
 

ABBA- ABBA Collected , Universal B.V. 533-377-7, 3CD Netherlands  Box set, June 17, 2011

A new 3CD set for the Dutch market with 50 ABBA songs.No new or rare content aside from B-sides and "Put on Your White sombrero".

Ring Ring, People Need People, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough), She's My Kind Of Girl, Waterloo, Honey Honey, Dance (While The Music Still Goes On), Sitting In The Palmtree, So Long, Crazy World, I've Been Waiting For You, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS, Mamma Mia, Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight, Fernando, Dancing Queen
Money Money Money, When I Kissed The Teacher, Happy Hawaii, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Hole In Your Soul, I'm A Marionette, Lovelight, Take A Chance On Me, Eagle, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night City, Chiquitita, Does You Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
I Have A Dream, Angel Eyes, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Happy New Year, The Piper, On And On And On, Our Last Summer, Elaine, Put On Your White Sombrero, One Of Us, Head Over Heels, The Day Before You Came, Under Attack, When All Is Said And Done, You Owe Me One, I Let The Music Speak 

Various Artists -Beginners Guide to the Music of Scandinavia , 3CD Released May  June 2011

This well reviewed survey of the Scandinavian scene features the BAO version of  Sång från Andra Våningen. Which is a song which is o can be found on the Story of the Heart and Benny Andersson Orkester albums.
CD1. Pop & Contemporary
1 Kari Bremnes - Egentlig en Danser (Nor) 2 Lars Demian - Alkohol (Swe) 3 KOOP feat. Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen - Strange Love (Swe/Nor) 4 Bo Kaspers Orkester - Innan Allt Försvinner (Swe) 5 Vuokko Hovatta - Aletta (Fin) 6 Sóley - Theater Island (Ice) 7 Cornelis Vreeswijk - Samba för Pomperipossa (Swe) 8 House of Trees - Working Man’s Song (Swe/UK) 9 Pascal Pinon - En þú varst ævintýr (Ice) 10 Ane Brun - To Let Myself Go (Nor) 11 Niko Valkeapää - Birrat Birra (Nor/Fin) 12 Valravn - Seersken (Den/Faro) 13 Kimmo Pohjonen - Kaluaja (Fin)
CD2. Folk & Roots
1 Eivør Pálsdóttir - Mín Móðir (Live) (Faro) 2 Kiila - Auringonlunta (Fin) 3 Sanna Kurki Suonio - Tuulen Nostatus (Fin) 4 Hedningarna - Räven (Swe/Fin) 5 Värttinä - Päivän Nousu Nostajani (Fin) 6 Markku Lepistö - Myrskylintu (Fin) 7 Maria Kalaniemi - I Fjol (Fin) 8 Sigrid Moldestad - Gåta (Nor) 9 Morild - Der Stode Tre Skalke (Den) 10 Anna Pálína & Draupner - Húfan Dýra (Ice) 11 Phønix - Mallebrok (Den) 12 BOOT - Samu (Swe) 13 Annbjørg Lien - Korstog (Nor)

CD3. Jazz, Experimental & Atmospheres
1 Bazar Blå - Stilla (Swe) 2 Karl Seglem - Mårblå (Nor) 3 Unni Løvlid - Bak Vaker Verda (Nor) 4 Lars Danielsson with Bugge Wesseltoft & Nils Petter Molvaer - Judas Bolero (excerpt) (Swe/Nor) 5 Terje Isungset - Fading Sun (Nor) 6 Islaja - Aallot Ja Äänet (Fin) 7 Agnar Már Magnússon - Heimkoma (Ice) 8 Benny Anderssons Orkester - Sång från Andra Våningen (Swe) 9 Gjermund Larsen Trio - Vals til Hans (Nor) 10 e.s.t. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) - From Gagarin’s Point of View (Swe) 11 Henrik Andersen - High Five (Den) 12 Wimme - Gierran (Fin) 13 Mari Boine with Inna Zhelannaya & Sergey Starostin - Dás Áiggun Cuozzut (Nor/Rus)


Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA 22 CD or 2 disc MP3 audio book by Carl Magnus Palm, read by Adrian Mulraney

Carl Magnus Palm -Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA 22 CD or 2 disc MP3 audio book by Carl Magnus Palm, read by Adrian Mulraney.

An audio version of the seminal ABBA biography for those who want to hear it in all it's glory.  Adrian Mulraney is an Australian actor best known for his work in the TV series Rush.  . 




ABBA’s studio album LP reissue Series
Universal in Germany produced  a limited edition reissue of ABBA’s eight studio Albums. The original artwork and track listings  will be used.  Only 300 copies were be made of each LP. 

 ABBA-Ring Ring, Universal  0602527346472, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. Ring Ring bara du slog en signal Swedish version, 2. Another Town, Another Train, 3. Disillusion, 4. People Need Love, 5. I Saw It In The Mirror, 6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina, 7. Love Isn't Easy But It Sure Is Hard Enough, 8. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother, 9. He Is Your Brother, 10. Ring Ring English version, 11. I Am Just A Girl, 12. Rock'n Roll Band

ABBA-ABBA-Waterloo Universal 0602527346489 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011 1.Waterloo Swedish version, 2. Sitting In The Palmtree, 3. King Kong Song, 4. Hasta Mañana, 5. My Mama Said, 6. Dance While The Music Still Goes On, 7. Honey, Honey, 8. Watch Out, 9. What About Livingstone, 10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong, 11. Suzy-Hang-Around, 12. Waterloo English version

ABBA-ABBA Universal  0602527346496 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Arrival,  Universal 0602527346502 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-The Album,  Universal 0602527346519, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Voulez-Vous,  Universal 0602527346526, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Super Trouper,  Universal 0602527346533, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. Super Trouper, 2. The Winner Takes It All, 3. On And On And On, 4. Andante, Andante, 5. Me And I, 6. Happy New Year, 7. Our Last Summer, 8. The Piper, 9. Lay All Your Love On Me, 10. The Way Old Friends Do

ABBA-The Visitors,  Universal 0602527346540, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. The Visitors, 2. Head Over Heels, 3. When All Is Said And Done, 4. Soldiers, 5. I Let The Music Speak, 6. One Of Us, 7. Two For The Price Of One, 8. Slipping Through My Fingers, 9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
source: ABBA intermezzo

Susan Boyle-Someone To Watch Over Me, Columbia,  Internationally released CD November 2011

This is the new Studio album by the Scottish spinster singer, it features her version of "You Have To Be there" from Bjorn, Benny and Herb's Kristina.  Susan's recording is  likely to be the biggest selling version of the song, though she does not she sing it particularly well. 


Tracklisting:

1. You Have To Be There
2. Unchained Melody
3. Enjoy The Silence
4. Both Sides Now
5. Lilac Wine
6. Mad World
7. Autumn Leaves
8. This Will Be The Year
9. Return
10. Someone To Watch Over Me
Atlas-Empires and Stuff, RMV Grammofon / Universal  Swedish CD September 14,  2011

Benny Andersson's son Ludvig Andersson, has released a new album.
“Empires and Stuff” is the first album from the Stockholm duo ATLAS. Ludvig Andersson (vocals, guitar and various other instruments) and Mats Lundgren (keyboards and even more instruments)
Previously Ludvig recorded an album with Ella Rouge and a solo album.  Mats Lundgren worked a group called Pine Forest Crunch.  The featured Youtube video track is called E.T.  The CD is available from the ABBF fanclub site.  Benny  Andersson does not play on the CD.   The CD was recorded in the new Mono Record Studios. 

Track listing:T-shirts, Poets And Idiots, Here's Johnny, Avalon, E.T., Bright Eyes, Cam Me, Mars, I'm July Amanda, Bay City Lights


ABBA-You Can Dance, Wii video game,  November 24, 2011 international release 

 This is a new video game based on the music and performances of  ABBA.  ABBA You Can Dance. Developed exclusively for the WiiTM system from Nintendo by Ubisof. 

According to the promo materials - Two players can sing along to lyrics that appear on-screen, while up to four players can simultaneously perform the dance moves. A mini-musical mode lets players act out the key roles in a love story based on some of the group’s classic songs. ABBA You Can Dance also includes original video clips and displays anecdotes about the group that even die-hard fans will find entertaining and informative." No doubt...

 Track Listing Angeleyes
As good as new
Bang-a-Boomerang
Dancing Queen (two versions available)
Does your mother know
Fernando
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (a man after midnight)
Head over heels
Hole in your soul
Honey honey
I’m a marionette
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
If it wasn’t for the nights
Knowing me, knowing you
Lay all your love on me
Mamma mia
Money money, money
People need love
SOS
Summer night city
Super trouper
Take a chance on me
The winner takes it all
Voulez-vous
Waterloo
When I kissed the teacher

Various Artists-Carols For A Cure - Volume 13 CDH060-11, 2CD American release, November 2011-$20.00


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


Disc 1:
A CHRISTMAS CAROL- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
GIVE AWAY LOVE- Memphis
WHITE CHRISTMAS- Chicago featuring Kara DioGuardi
LITTLE JESUS SWEETLY SLEEP- Mary Poppins
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING- Mamma Mia!
WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA- Wicked
CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR- Catch Me if You Can
THE 13 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The Addams Family
I WONDER AS I WANDER- The Phantom of the Opera
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH- Sister Act
O COME, O COME EMMANUEL- Rock of Ages
SILENT NIGHT- The Lion King
Disc 2:
ST. NICHOLAS SKY- Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN- Rent
LIGHT IT UP!- Priscilla Queen of the Desert
THE FIRST NOEL- War Horse
CHRISTMAS ON THE S.S. AMERICAN- Anything Goes
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?- Chicago
WAITING FOR THE SNOW TO FALL- Billy Elliot
LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING- Die Bratschen Von Broadway
DANCE WITH ME SANTA- Ashley Argota
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL- Camelot at the John W. Engeman Theatre
DECK THE HALLS- Avenue Q
AULD LANG SYNE- Baby It's You!
O HOLY NIGHT- Daniel Rodriguez

ABBA-Happy New Year, Universal, limited edition  7 inch vinyl single, November 30, 2011

This is a 500 copy  limited  edition  of ABBA's 1980 holiday song, "Happy New Year" . The B-side has "The Way Old Friends Do",.  This record was  only available  from the ABBF fan club site and from the official ABBA site.  The release pre-sold out in few hours .  Pretty good for  a outmoded format with a couple of songs every ABBA fan already has. Collectors  were pissed off that the record disappeared before they had chance to buy a copy. 

"Happy New Year" had been previously released as  a single in 2000  by both ABBA and the A*Teens to coincide with the millennium.  In May 2011, a  restored  1980 promo video for "Happy New Year" was featured on the  ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD.

 

10/05/2011

ABBA -You can dance videogame

ABBA-You Can Dance, Wii video game,  November 2011 international release 

 This is a new video game based on the music and performances of  ABBA.  ABBA You Can Dance. Developed exclusively for the Wii system from Nintendo by Ubisof. It appears that  the American and European versions have different cover images. 

According to the promo materials - "Two players can sing along to lyrics that appear on-screen, while up to four players can simultaneously perform the dance moves. A mini-musical mode lets players act out the key roles in a love story based on some of the group’s classic songs. ABBA You Can Dance also includes original video clips and displays anecdotes about the group that even die-hard fans will find entertaining and informative." No doubt... Visually the game is uninteresting, both in the unremarkable packaging, and in the game itself. But it is simple and easy to play along to...

 Track Listing
Angeleyes
As good as new
Bang-a-Boomerang
Dancing Queen (two versions available)
Does your mother know
Fernando
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (a man after midnight)
Head over heels
Hole in your soul
Honey honey
I’m a marionette
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
If it wasn’t for the nights
Knowing me, knowing you
Lay all your love on me
Mamma Mia
Money money, money
People need love
SOS
Summer night city
Super trouper
Take a chance on me
The winner takes it all
Voulez-vous
Waterloo
When I kissed the teacher

Source:ABBA-The Site, ABBA Omnibus

9/13/2011

New Various Artist album



Various Artists -Beginners Guide to the Music of Scandinavia , 3CD Released May  June 2011

This well reviewed survey of the Scandinavian scene features the BAO version of  Sång från Andra Våningen. Which is a song which is o can be found on the Story of the Heart and Benny Andersson Orkester albums.
CD1. Pop & Contemporary
1 Kari Bremnes - Egentlig en Danser (Nor) 2 Lars Demian - Alkohol (Swe) 3 KOOP feat. Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen - Strange Love (Swe/Nor) 4 Bo Kaspers Orkester - Innan Allt Försvinner (Swe) 5 Vuokko Hovatta - Aletta (Fin) 6 Sóley - Theater Island (Ice) 7 Cornelis Vreeswijk - Samba för Pomperipossa (Swe) 8 House of Trees - Working Man’s Song (Swe/UK) 9 Pascal Pinon - En þú varst ævintýr (Ice) 10 Ane Brun - To Let Myself Go (Nor) 11 Niko Valkeapää - Birrat Birra (Nor/Fin) 12 Valravn - Seersken (Den/Faro) 13 Kimmo Pohjonen - Kaluaja (Fin)
CD2. Folk & Roots
1 Eivør Pálsdóttir - Mín Móðir (Live) (Faro) 2 Kiila - Auringonlunta (Fin) 3 Sanna Kurki Suonio - Tuulen Nostatus (Fin) 4 Hedningarna - Räven (Swe/Fin) 5 Värttinä - Päivän Nousu Nostajani (Fin) 6 Markku Lepistö - Myrskylintu (Fin) 7 Maria Kalaniemi - I Fjol (Fin) 8 Sigrid Moldestad - Gåta (Nor) 9 Morild - Der Stode Tre Skalke (Den) 10 Anna Pálína & Draupner - Húfan Dýra (Ice) 11 Phønix - Mallebrok (Den) 12 BOOT - Samu (Swe) 13 Annbjørg Lien - Korstog (Nor)

CD3. Jazz, Experimental & Atmospheres
1 Bazar Blå - Stilla (Swe) 2 Karl Seglem - Mårblå (Nor) 3 Unni Løvlid - Bak Vaker Verda (Nor) 4 Lars Danielsson with Bugge Wesseltoft & Nils Petter Molvaer - Judas Bolero (excerpt) (Swe/Nor) 5 Terje Isungset - Fading Sun (Nor) 6 Islaja - Aallot Ja Äänet (Fin) 7 Agnar Már Magnússon - Heimkoma (Ice) 8 Benny Anderssons Orkester - Sång från Andra Våningen (Swe) 9 Gjermund Larsen Trio - Vals til Hans (Nor) 10 e.s.t. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) - From Gagarin’s Point of View (Swe) 11 Henrik Andersen - High Five (Den) 12 Wimme - Gierran (Fin) 13 Mari Boine with Inna Zhelannaya & Sergey Starostin - Dás Áiggun Cuozzut (Nor/Rus)

9/01/2011

The Best ABBA and ABBA solo albums

Illustration from Motiifake.com

I thought I would revisit my "ABBA-The Album's Best of page. " This is a page that was built for ABBA the Albums at least six years ago. It's a list of what I think are the best ABBA and ABBA solo albums. Oddly, though I have seen a few "Best ABBA albums" lists, I seldom seen such a list that considers ABBA's solo work in it's entirety as well. Ranking the ABBA studio albums is tricky, since  none of their albums stands  head and shoulders above the others. It is only obvious that their first two studio albums (Ring Ring and Waterloo) are of a lesser quality. People's preferences among the later six studio albums tends to be based on personal taste. If you don't like disco your not going to like Voulez-Vous, if you don't like things too dreary your not going to like The Visitors.

Perhaps there are some things on the original list that I would list differently now. Perhaps Chess should be listed Number one and Kristina Fran Duvemala a little lower. I am a little less impressed by Klinga Mina Klockor and Djupa Andetag then I used to be, but I still rank them highly. This list doesn't include much by BAO, so perhaps more of their work belongs. Agnetha has had a number of recent compilations that I might consider as worthy of the list. I wasn't overwhelmed by Agnetha's recent studio album, but perhaps others might think it was worthy. I don't think any of the albums from the Mamma Mia franchise belong here, but some people claim that the Swedish cast version is well sung. One might also include recent concert versions of Kristina and Chess.. My "Best of" page also includes what I consider to be the best ABBA and ABBA solo songs and I will revisit that at a later date.

What follows is the original list...

36 Best ABBA, ABBA SOLO, OR ABBA RELATED ALBUMS (1964-2005)

1. Kristina Fran Duvemala (Original Cast Album)-Andersson & Ulvaeus -This is where it all finally led to... Bjorn and Benny finally release an artistically flawless work with this adaption of Moberg's EMIGRANTS books.
2. Chess -Andersson, Rice and Ulvaeus - Overall the best record ever by Bjorn and Benny but the book to the musical has issues!
3.Thank You For The Music (Box Set)-ABBA All the hits, all the b-sides and rarities too!.
4. Arrival -ABBA. Though artistically a little weak, this is probably ABBA at it's peak.
5. The Album-ABBA . ABBA 's most artistic album.
6. Super Trouper-ABBA. ABBA most self-assured album overall.
7. Djupa Andetag-Frida .The most mature and surprising ABBA solo effort.
8. ABBA -ABBA. The first great ABBA album came in 1975.
9.The Visitors-ABBA. ABBA reaches boldly into darkness.
10. Klinga Mina Klockor-Benny Andersson. Benny breaks out in surprising ways.

Selections 10-20
11. The Definitive Collection -ABBA.
The Best packaged and annotated of the ABBA hits collections,
12. Voulez-Vous -ABBA This semi-disco album is nonetheless filled with many great ABBA tracks.
13. Frida Ensam-Frida The best sung and best arranged album of the girls solo efforts..
14. Gemini-Gemini .Produced and cowritten by B&B in 1985 it features "Just Like That.'
15. Lycka- Bjorn and Benny. The remarkably serious debut album of B&B features Bjorn's best work.
16. Cadillac Madness- 40 Years - Hep Stars. Sweden's Beatles -this features a mumber of great early Andersson-Ulvaeus songs.
17. Elva Kvinnor I ett Hus-Agnetha Faltskog. Aggie's 1975 master work.
18. My love, My Life -Agnetha Faltskog . A great career overview.
19. Something's Going On-Frida. The first of the 1980's solo albums was produced by Phil Collins.
20. Agnetha Faltskog- Eyes of A Woman- Jeff Lynne , Justin Hayward, and others wrote for the songs for Aggie's best English language solo album.

21. Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1967-1972-Frida. Frida's early work efficiently and attractively compliled.
22. Shapes-Josefin Nilsson. The only pop album B&B wrote and produced in the 1990's.
23. Hep Stars -Hep Stars. The Hep Stars 1966 album features the best ABBA related work of the 1960's.
24. November 1989-Benny Andersson. The closest we get to an unadulterated Benny Andersson album.
25. More ABBA Gold-ABBA Easy to listen set of ABBA's lesser hits and b-sides.
26. Basta-The Hootenanny Singers. Explore the best of Bjorn's pre ABBA band in this generous collection.
27. Shine-Frida . An ignored but listenable Frida getting as close to the tail end of the 1970/80's New Wave rock era as she can.
28. Pa Svenska- Bjorn,Benny, Agnetha, Frida and ABBA . Not actually a very listenable album, but nevetheless a conventient compilation of Swedish tracks.
29. That's Me- Agnetha Faltskog .Aggie's 80's stuff in one basket.
30. Waterloo- ABBA Bubblegummy but eclectic with some weak songs but cool singing, and fun playing.
31. CHESS IN SWEDISH -ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM. This time it is Revised and updated into the Swedish language .
32. ORO-ABBA. All of ABBA's Spanish tracks in one place¡
33. Ring Ring-Bjorn,Benny, Agnetha, Frida . Actually not bad at all, but has a few weaker tracks..Lot of the tracks are nicely unfamiliar.
34. Agnetha's My Colouring Book-Agnetha Faltskog
35. De Forsta Aren 1967-1979-Agnetha Faltskog -Sadly out of print compilation of Agnetha's first five albums.
36. Benny Andersson's Orkester -Benny Andersson's Orkester

To visit ABBA-The Albums go here...
Abba-the albums

8/07/2011

Janne Schaffer performs Eagle.


Janne Schaffer- Music Box, As Is Records, 10CD/3DVD Swedish Box Set
Released December 2010

I missed this release when it came out!
ABBA lead guitar player, Janne Schaffer has released a box set compiling most of his important albums. The bonus CD includes three new songs and other rarities.
One of the new songs is a new solo version of ABBA's guitar laden 1977 track,"Eagle".
The song can seen on You Tube in a recent performance done at International ABBA Day.

CD1: Janne Schaffer "Halkans affär" (1973) / Janne Schaffers andra LP (1974)
CD2: Katharsis (1975) / Earmeal (1978)
CD3: Presens (1980)
CD4: Blå passager och röda vågor (1982)
CD5: Traffic (1985)
CD6: Electric Graffiti (1988)
CD7: Ögonblick (1992)
CD8: Av ren lust (1995)
CD9: På andra sidan månen (2000)
CD10: Bonusplatta (2010)

DVD1: Kårhuset (1974)
DVD2: Hörselmat i Montreux (1980)
DVD3: Julstämning (2009)

7/14/2011

ABBA’s studio album LP reissue Series
In August Universal in Germany will do a limited edition reissue of ABBA’s eight studio Albums. The original artwork and track listings  will be used.  Only 300 copies will be made of each LP. 

 ABBA-Ring Ring, Universal  0602527346472, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. Ring Ring bara du slog en signal Swedish version, 2. Another Town, Another Train, 3. Disillusion, 4. People Need Love, 5. I Saw It In The Mirror, 6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina, 7. Love Isn't Easy But It Sure Is Hard Enough, 8. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother, 9. He Is Your Brother, 10. Ring Ring English version, 11. I Am Just A Girl, 12. Rock'n Roll Band

ABBA-ABBA-Waterloo Universal 0602527346489 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011 1.Waterloo Swedish version, 2. Sitting In The Palmtree, 3. King Kong Song, 4. Hasta Mañana, 5. My Mama Said, 6. Dance While The Music Still Goes On, 7. Honey, Honey, 8. Watch Out, 9. What About Livingstone, 10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong, 11. Suzy-Hang-Around, 12. Waterloo English version

ABBA-ABBA Universal  0602527346496 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Arrival,  Universal 0602527346502 German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-The Album
,  Universal 0602527346519, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Voulez-Vous
,  Universal 0602527346526, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
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

ABBA-Super Trouper
,  Universal 0602527346533, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. Super Trouper, 2. The Winner Takes It All, 3. On And On And On, 4. Andante, Andante, 5. Me And I, 6. Happy New Year, 7. Our Last Summer, 8. The Piper, 9. Lay All Your Love On Me, 10. The Way Old Friends Do

ABBA-The Visitors
,  Universal 0602527346540, German LP Reissue,  August 9, 2011
1. The Visitors, 2. Head Over Heels, 3. When All Is Said And Done, 4. Soldiers, 5. I Let The Music Speak, 6. One Of Us, 7. Two For The Price Of One, 8. Slipping Through My Fingers, 9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
source: ABBA intermezzo

7/12/2011

abba in the annoying orange.

My kids and I regularly watch the continuing adventures of the Annoying Orange on You Tube. He is a orange that hangs out with other foods in the kitchen. Many of his compariots end up getting chopped by a knife. In this episode he was hanging out with a Ipod

In a recent episode ABBA was mentioned. I am not sure it was intended as a flattering reference.  Here's the video..

6/28/2011

abba

ABBA-ABBA Collected , Universal, 3CD Netherlands  Box set, June 17, 2011

A new 3cd set for the Dutch market with 50 ABBA songs.

Ring Ring, People Need People, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough), She's My Kind Of Girl, Waterloo, Honey Honey, Dance (While The Music Still Goes On), Sitting In The Palmtree, So Long, Crazy World, I've Been Waiting For You, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS, Mamma Mia, Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight, Fernando, Dancing Queen
Money Money Money, When I Kissed The Teacher, Happy Hawaii, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Hole In Your Soul, I'm A Marionette, Lovelight, Take A Chance On Me, Eagle, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night City, Chiquitita, Does You Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
I Have A Dream, Angel Eyes, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Happy New Year, The Piper, On And On And On, Our Last Summer, Elaine, Put On Your White Sombrero, One Of Us, Head Over Heels, The Day Before You Came, Under Attack, When All Is Said And Done, You Owe Me One, I Let The Music Speak

6/11/2011

ABBA song in new movie, "THE TRIP".

"The Winner Takes It All". The classic ABBA post divorce ballad, is the subject of a humorous discussion and singing duet in the new movie. The song actually features in two segments.   The Trip movie stars Brits,  Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, The movie is  based on  the BBC -TV show of the same name.  Steve Coogan is notable in ABBAdom for hosting the parody  British TV and radio talk show  called Knowing Me, Knowing You, in which he  played the role on Alan Partridge. I enjoyed this movie, though I suppose it works better if your a bit of an Anglophile like I am. 

4/21/2011

New Benny Andersson album with BAO called O klang och jubeltid



Benny Anderssons Orkester-  O klang och jubeltid  ,  Swedish CD Mono Records  MMCD 027 planned release June  15, 2011 

 More polka marches and rums.  The new  Benny Anderssons Orkester album will be released in Sweden in mid June. . It will be called O klang och jubeltid – an English translation is O time of sound and rejoicing. The album will have thirteen songs, eight with vocals.  The single that  will be  promoted is Kära Syster, sung by Helen Sjoholm.  Tommy Korborg, and Kalle Moreaus also sing on the record. 

1 O Klang och Jubeltid
2 Kära Syster
3 Månstrålar Klara
4 Midsommarpolka
5 Allt Syns När Man Är Naken
6 Alla Goda Ting
7 En Dag I Sänder
8 Flickornas Rum
9 De Ljuva Drömmarnas Orkester
10 Jag Hör...
11 Sorgmarsch
12 Vilar Glad. I Din Famn
13 Brudmarsch
 
 Source:  ICE the Site, ABBA intermezzo.   Remember there will always be an England!

Caramba (Michael B. Tretow)- Caramba 1981 Swedish reissued on CD Early 2011.

A reissue of  this cult classic by Michael B. Tretow.  The album features Ted Gardestad, Roger Palm and other Swedish Musicians.  

Tracklist  Hubba hubba zoot zoot, Ali baba, Spotnjik, Parentzoe, Ine feine, Fido, Aitho, Anna kapoe, Anna maya, Ahllo, Carhumba, Hare christmes, Ralf & rolf, and  Parentzoe 


3/01/2011

Deluxe Super Trouper!

ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, International release May 9, 2011

The fourth in a  series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. They feature previously released music, the original album plus relevant B-sides and/or foreign language tracks. Also included is a  a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material. . 

The audio tracks have been  remastered yet again for this release,  The disc includes a never before available  stereo mix of the original, full length version of "On And On And On", previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released.  The  television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album,  have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980.


Also included is a never before released  featurette, entitled "Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA". It  compiles footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. The footage is not narrated, it's not a documentary, but it is  interesting. ABBA stands out oddly, because they are dressed out to the nines  in a simple but elegant white costumes, and they are the  only people not moving around  or performing.  This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now. You get the feeling that Rune had big ideas for this cover, and that somehow things just didn't come out totally how he envisioned. (His original idea had been to shoot the cover outside in downtown London. )

Also  included are the much released original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the feature, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.
Disc 1: CD
  1.Super Trouper
 2.The Winner Takes It All
 3.On And On And On
 4.Andante, Andante
 5.Me And I
 6.Happy New Year
 7.Our Last Summer
  8.The Piper
  9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)
Disc 2: DVD
1 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF)
    Songs performed:
   The Winner Takes It All
   Super Trouper
   On And On And On
2 Happy New Year (SVT)
3 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
4 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
5 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
6 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
7 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
8 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
9 International Sleeve Gallery
 
Source:ABBA-The Site

 ABBA- The Story of ABBA, 2DVD, UK, Australia March 210

Another unofficial DVD with previously released material

Original Cast Album-Mamma Mia! L'album live du spectacle français CD, French CD February 21, 2010

The cast album for the French version of Mamma Mia!.

ACTE 1 :

1. Prologue
2. Honey, Honey
3. Money, Money, Money
4. Ma Vie C’est La Musique
5. Mamma Mia
6. Chiquitita
7. Dancing Queen
8. Laisse Moi L’Amour Aussi
9. Super Trouper
10. Un Homme Après Minuit
11. Dis, A Quoi Tu Joues
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Entracte
14. Comme Une Attaque
15. L’Un De Nous
16. S.O.S.
17. Si Mama Permet
18. Qui Je Suis ! Qui Sommes-Nous ?
19. Tout Un Été
20. Le Temps Me Glisse Entre Les Doigts
21. La Loi Du Plus Fort
22. Viens Tenter Ta Chance
23. Dis Oui, Dis Oui, Dis Oui !
24. Je Garde Un Rêve
25. Mamma Mia
26. Dancing Queen
27. Waterloo

1/01/2011

ABBA releases during 2010


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

Sony  released  the 3 CD box set "3 Original Album Classics" This set includes  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). It's 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....

Various Artists-ABSOLUTE SCHLAGER, Uni EvaCD -4111 Swedish 3D, February 3, 2010

This is a new compilation album for the Swedish market that has some ABBA related tracks.

1. Det gör ont - Lena Philipsson / 2. Främling - Carola / 3. Take me to your heaven - Charlotte Nilsson / 4. Satellit - Ted Gärdestad / 5. Cara mia - Måns Zelmerlöw / 6. Eloise - Arvingarna / 7. The worrying kind - The Ark / 8. Stay the night - Alcazar / 9. Bra vibrationer - Kikki Danielsson / 10. La dolce vita - After Dark / 11. Jag ljuger så bra - Linda Bengtzing / 12. Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) - ABBA / 13. Just nu - Tomas Ledin / 14. Min kärlek - Shirley Clamp / 15. Lay your love on me - BWO / 16. Piccadilly Circus - Pernilla Wahlgren / 17. Sing for me - Andreas Johnson / 18. Det börjar verka kärlek banne mej - Claes-Göran Hederström / 19. Fyra bugg och en Coca-Cola - Lotta Engberg / 20. Never let it go - Afro-Dite / 21. Upp över mina öron - Orup & Glenmark / 22. En dag - Tommy Nilsson / 23. För att du finns - Sonja Aldén / 24. Imorgon är en annan dag - Christer Björkman / 25. Moving on - Sarah Dawn Finer / 26. Värsta schlagern - Markoolio & Linda Bengtzing / 27. Fångad av en stormvind - Carola / 28. Diggi-Loo diggi-ley - Herreys / 29. La voix - Malena Ernman / 30. Hero - Charlotte Perrelli / 31. Lyssna till ditt hjärta - Friends / 32. Not a sinner nor a saint - Alcazar / 33. Dansa i neon - Lena Philipsson / 34. Give me your love - Fame / 35. Bang, en boomerang - Svenne & Lotta / 36. Dover Calais - Style / 37. Crazy in love - Jill Johnson / 38. Håll om mig - Nanne / 39. Thank you - Amy Diamond / 40. A little bit of love - Andreas Johnson / 41. Just a minute - Rongedal / 42. Högt över havet - Arja Saijonmaa / 43. Jennie Jennie - Lasse Berghagen / 44. Hur svårt kan det va - Linda Bengtzing / 45. Show me heaven - Lili & Susie / 46. Las Vegas - Martin Stenmarck / 47. Stad i ljus - Tommy Körberg / 48. Det blir alltid värre framåt natten - Björn Skifs / 49. Snälla, snälla - Caroline Af Ugglas / 50. Empty room - Sanna Nielsen / 51. Se på mig - Jan Johansen / 52. My number one - Helena Paparizou / 53. Waterloo - ABBA / 54. Michelangelo - Björn Skifs / 55. Evighet - Carola / 56. Kärleken är evig - Lena Philipsson / 57. Att älska dig - Shirley Clamp / 58. Baby goodbye - E.M.D. 59. Love love love - Agnes / 60. Det ligger i luften - Tomas Ledin / 61. ABC - Anna Book / 62. Sommar'n som aldrig säger nej - Malta / 63. Dag efter dag - Chips / 64. Let your spirit fly - Pernilla Wahlgren & Jan Johansen / 65. Hope and glory - Måns Zelmerlöw / 66. Temple of love - BWO / 67. Växeln hallå - Janne Lucas / 68. Hallå hela pressen - Chattanoga / 69. I remember love - Sarah Dawn Finer / 70. Kärleken är - Jill Johnson / 71. Det vackraste - Cecilia Vennersten / 72. Den vilda - One More Time / 73. När vindarna viskar mitt namn - Roger Pontare / 74. I lågornas sken - Nordman / 75. Paradise - E-Type / 76. Night of passion - The Poodles / 77. 1000 miles - H.E.A.T. 78. Tingaliin (Tingeling Russian Base Lovers Remix) - P-Bros Featuring DJ Trexx & Olga Pratilova


ABBA-The Definitive ABBA, Komet KOM3341, UK 4DVD March 1, 2010

This is an unauthorized 4DVD set that compiles three previously released documentaries, including one about the Arrival Album ,one that covers the Visitors, as well as the two disc "Rock case study" career retrospective (that's the one that features John Tobler and the Rod Leissle from Bjorn Again.) None of this is very informative or interesting.


Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis In Memphis, HHR003, Swedish CD, March 24, 2010
A new Svenne Hedlund solo album that was recorded at Sun Studios Memphis& Nashville in May 2009. . INCLUDES songs originally recorded by Elvis. James Burton, DJ Fontana, and Mats Persson play on the CD. Svenne’s first solo album in 1967 also featured covers of Elvis songs. He also recorded some of these same songs with Hep Stars.
1. Little Sister
2. Follow That Rain
3. Hey Let's Celebrate
4. Always On My Mind
5. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. He's Latest Flame
8. Love Me Tender
9. Teddy Bear
10. Return To Sender
11. Young And Beautiful
12. All Shook Up
13. She's Not You
14. A King Like You
15. Good Luck Charm
16. Wooden Heart
17. The Wonder Of You
18. I Gotta Know
19. It's Now Or Never
20. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
21. Treat Me Nice
22. Loving You
23. Baby I Don't Care
24. No More
25. Don't Cry Daddy
26. Don't Leave Me Now
27. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
28. Can't Help Falling In Love
29. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
30. Don't
31. Cadillac

Various Artists -Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2010 book & Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame March 15, 2010 CD

This is privately issued CD was a gift to people who attend the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2010 induction in New York.

1. 1969 - The Stooges
2. Great Ball Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
3. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
4. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
5. Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
6. Uptown - The Crystals
7. Bus Stop - The Hollies
8. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
9. Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
10. Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups
11. Dancing Queen - ABBA
12. Stop Stop Stop - The Hollies
13. Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
14. On Broadway - The Drifters
15. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis
16. That's All - Genesis
17. Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA
18. Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell
19. Stoned Soul Picnic - Laura Nyro
20. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
21. Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Brown
22. Take It Easy - The Eagles
23. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
24. Search And Destroy - The Stooges

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

"Vilar Glad I Din Famn" is a new choral song performed at a wedding 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 acapella 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.

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

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 Millennium Collection" release from 2000. The track listing is exactly the same, in the same order. Available  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,

Various Artists -Kristina at Carnegie Hall- , Universal Decca label, 2CD set UK release April 5, 2010, May 2010 in USA, Germany

This is the long awaited English language concert version of Kristina Fran Duvemala. The concert occurred on September 2009 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert featured Helen Sjoholm and Russell Watson. It received largely good reviews but a few of the critics did not like the lyrics, or thought it was boring. Benny Andersson will produce the release of the CD version of this concert. The actual recording was made in a empty Carnegie Hall the day before the concerts. I find the recording to be actually fairly good with little to complain about other than the fact the show doesn't make any more sense to me in English than it did in Swedish. It really needs to be staged as musical to make sense.
The concert will repeated in London on April 14, 2010. There are plans also to bring Kristina to Helsinki in 2012.

Track listing

Disc One
Overture
Path of Leaves and Needles
Where You Go I Go With You
Stone Kingdom
Down to the Sea
A Bad Harvest
No!
He's Our Pilot
Never
Golden Wheat Fields
All Who Are Grieving
We Open Up the Gateways
Peasants at Sea
Lice
In the Dead of Darkness
A Sunday in Battery Park
Home
American Man
Dreams of Gold
Summer Rose

Disc Two
Emperors and Kings
Twilight Images Calling
Queen of the Prairie
Wild Grass
Gold Can Turn To Sand
Wildcat Money
To the Sea
Miracle of God
Down to the Waterside
Miscarriage
You Have To Be There
Here I Am Again
With Child Again
Rising from the Myth and Legend
I'll Be Waiting There

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.
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.

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 particularly 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 Gallery

TheVarious Artists- Musikladen Boxsets, ARD Video, German DVD sets September 2010
3 DVD box sets will be released containing all 90 Musikladen programs from 1972 to 1984 on August 19. Each box will contain 10 DVDs and may be purchased individually or together at a discount. The first box will 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. This set was withdrawn when the rights holders objected.
Source: ABBA intermezzo




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. You tube has a TV appearance by Kerry Ellis and Brian May performing "Anthem
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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-The Definitive Collection 2 CD, French CD, October 18, 2010

Reissue for the French market of the Definitive  Collection from a few years back. It features the same track listing as previous CD’ s with this title, but features a new white cover.
Disc 1:
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
11. Fernando
12. Dancing Queen
13. Money, Money, Money
14. Knowing Me, Knowing You
15. The Name Of The Game
16. Take A Chance On Me
17. Eagle
18. Summer Night City
19. Chiquitita
20. Does Your Mother Know
Disc 2:
1. Voulez-Vous
2. Angeleyes
3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
4. I Have A Dream
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. Super Trouper
7. On And On And On
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. One Of Us
10. When All Is Said And Done
11. Head Over Heels
12. The Visitors (Crackin' Up)
13. The Day Before You Came
14. Under Attack
15. Thank You For The Music

Bonus tracks:
16. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, single version)
17. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)



ABBA x4 CD box set September 27, 2010, Polar Universal  UNI-0600753-27778

A new four CD collection of ABBA’s first four studio albums Contains the discs: Ring Ring,Waterloo,ABBA,Arrival

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.  Jojje is internationally known for playing in Blood, Sweat & Tears and on the Tonight show band 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. Frida leads the album off with an excellent if somewhat aged sounding  vocal on the song "Morning Has Broken", the Christian  hymn made popular by Cat Stevens. Georg Wadenius also plays on Anne Sofie Von Otter's I let The Music Speak which features the Benny Andersson songbook.

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. Hynn10. Don't Give Up 11. Reconnection



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

This release is 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 rare cartoon version of 'Money, Money, Money', made circa 1977. 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)

ABBA-The Official International ABBA Fan Club 25 years promotional CD Late 2010
1. Waterloo (Alternate Mix)
2. Dancing Queen (from the ABBA LIVE album)
3. Summer Night City (Full Length Version)
4. I Am The City

The Rivals- "Merry Christmas, My Friend" , Promotional Video, December 2, 2010

Benny and Bjorn wrote this song to promote the Hotel Rival  during the 2010 Christmas Season.
It's the first Christmas song that they have written as a team. However , Benny did a write Christmas ring tone for the Swedish Red Cross a couple of years ago.  The song is a little 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 to No One", the previous Hotel Rival music project, was substantially better. This has not been released as physical single, not sure whether it is downloadable as a MP3.
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ABBA- ABBA The Vinyls 9 LP box set, December 6, 2010.

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