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How they made Ring Ring by Benny Andersson

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Benny Andersson appeared on March 13,2012  on the Swedish TV show, Låtarna som förändrade musiken (The songs that changed Music)". It is broadcast by the Swedish educational Channel, UR.   In this show, he describes how "Ring Ring" was recorded in 1973 using the original tapes. Benny gives a lot of credit to Michael B. Tretow for the group's  "Wall of sound" techniques. 

The whole series of shows could be found on the show's  website (I'm not sure if that's still the case) , but on Youtube, you'll find a couple of versions   with English subtitles that were put up  by Sadlookinmoon. The most revelatory parts are in the latter part of the video where you get to hear various tracks from the original recording separated out.

Kristina is back...Benny and Björn's new production of Kristina från Duvemåla

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Benny and Björn's new Finnish  production of Kristina från Duvemåla opened officially at the very small Svenksa Teatern   in Helsinki on February 29, 2012 . This version is in Swedish and is based on the original Swedish production. The new production is more compact; as a result, the pace of the show is faster. It appears that the much reviled song about lice has been dropped. This new version stars Maria Ylipää as Kristina, who must be good, because Bjorn and Benny have always  had trouble in trusting the role to anybody but Helen Sjoholm.  The production.  has gotten good reviews,  I learned something while researching this,  apparently the Swedish name for  Helsinki is Helsingfors. That's why one of the ads for the musical says it is being staged in  Helsingfors. Update-June 2012 The production is currently taking a break for the summer and will come back in the fall.
Update November 2015-Kristina will return to the  Cirkus  Theater in Stockholm on September 12, 2015.

First released version of "The Day the Wall Came Tumbling Down"

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Anne Wood-Divine Discontent, 2012 Australian CD and I tunes release.
This is a new album of mostly ABBA cover songs by Anne Wood who starred in Australian version of Mamma Mia.    She played Donna in two stints in 2001 and 2010. Of interest to Bjorn and Benny fans is the first released version of "The Day the Wall Came Tumbling Down", which was originally written to be recorded as a duet by Barbara Dickson and supposedly Elaine Paige. The original version was never released. .But a unreleased version with just  Dickson   can be heard in a 2002  live performance that is available  onYou tube.   The song is about the fall of the Berlin Wall, and while a  very interesting  song-it is perhaps not quite as good as they Bjorn  and Benny hoped it would be. After all, the first duet between them had been a number one Song (I Know Him So Well) and so maybe they didn't want people to compare between the two. The Dickson version  can be heard in a 2002  live performance made  on …