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
    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. 


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
Dancing Queen (two versions available)
Does your mother know
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
Summer night city
Super trouper
Take a chance on me
The winner takes it all
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
WHITE CHRISTMAS- Chicago featuring Kara DioGuardi
THE 13 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The Addams Family
I WONDER AS I WANDER- The Phantom of the Opera
Disc 2:
ST. NICHOLAS SKY- Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
LIGHT IT UP!- Priscilla Queen of the Desert
LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING- Die Bratschen Von Broadway
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL- Camelot at the John W. Engeman Theatre
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.



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