Showing posts from November, 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

Rare ABBA track released officially

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

Happy New Year vinyl single

r 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. 

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.