9/12/2012

The 1975 eponymous ABBA album to get deluxe treatment.




On September 12, 2012, ABBA the site has reported that the April 1975 self-named ABBA studio album will be released as a deluxe album, in November 2012 in  time for Christmas market.  No unreleased stuff, and for this album there was always very little in the way of interesting bonus tracks, so anything of interest will  be found on the DVD in the form of two TV specials (ABBA in Australia and Made in Sweden). The most notable song left off was the full version of Rikki Rock'n'Roller, which was never going to see the light of day anyway.   With the release of the deluxe version of this album, only Ring Ring is left to release in some kind of special version.


ABBA – DELUXE EDITION
DISC 01: CD
1.  Mamma Mia
2.  Hey, Hey Helen
3.  Tropical Loveland
4.  SOS
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
Bonus Tracks:
12.  Crazy World
13.  Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton – On Top Of Old Smokey – Midnight Special
14.  Mamma Mia (Spanish Version recorded 1980)
DISC 02: DVD:
1. ABBA In Australia (Television Special)
Mamma Mia
Hasta Mañana
Ring Ring
Tropical Loveland
Waterloo
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Rock me
Dancing Queen
Honey, Honey
Fernando
So Long
SOS
2. Made In Sweden – For Export (SVT)
Mamma Mia
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
So Long
3. SOS (Seaside Special, BBC)
4. Mamma Mia (Top Of The Pops, BBC)
5. The Best Of ABBA, TV Commercial
6. Greatest Hits, TV Commercial
7. International Sleeve Gallery


See link here...ABBA the official site   http://www.abbasite.com/


By the way, what is a Pony mouse?

9/05/2012

New Benny Andersson musical- HJÄLP SÖKES announced...



In September 2013, The Facebook page of IcetheSite reported  that Benny Andersson had a new Swedish  musical coming out. It premiered in Stockholm, on February 8, 2013..






Benny and Bjorn's new  musical is called HJÄLP SÖKES , Lars Rudolfsson originated the  story and directed .  Kristina Lugn wrote  the (script) book , Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote  the lyrics . The music is by Benny Andersson. Benny worked on the music close to the deadline. When the project was announced Bjorn was not on board, but came on later to the project to help with the lyric writing, that Kristina Lugn had started on... 

HJÄLP SÖKES loosely translates to "Help Wanted" and the musical is about some middle aged farmers  needing help. The help comes in the form of a mother and her daughter. And the mother and daughter are  not Sophie and Donna.   The staging  will include animals including a goat, a dog, and others. 
Benny has written a few songs with Kristina Lugn before, and of course, works regularly with Lars, who is the director of Kristina Fran Duvemala.   This musical was kept well under wraps. Apparently, the musical has only eight songs,  the first one introduced was called  Bortom sol och måne (Beyond the sun and moon).  The musical is being staged at the small Orionteatern in Sodermalm in Stockholm. The theater has it's 30th anniversary next year.  The musical is premiering in February 8, 2013, and performances  run till summer...


Update: Soundtrack album



ORIGINAL Cast  Album- HJÄLP SÖKES , Mono Records, Swedish CD September 2013
  Benny and Bjorn's fourth *  musical is called HJÄLP SÖKES , Lars Rudolfsson originated the  story and directed .  Kristina Lugn wrote the (script) book , Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote  the lyrics . The music is by Benny Andersson. Benny worked on the music close to the deadline. When the project was announced Bjorn was not on board, but came on later to the project to help with the lyric writing, that Kristina Lugn had started on... 

HJÄLP SÖKES loosely translates to "Help Wanted" and the musical is about some middle aged farmers  needing help. The help comes in the form of a mother and her daughter. And the mother and daughter are  not Sophie and Donna.   The staging  includes animals including a goat, a dog, and others. 
Benny has written a few songs with Kristina Lugn before, and of course, works regularly with Lars, who is the director of Kristina Fran Duvemala.   This musical was kept well under wraps. Apparently, the musical has only eight songs with vocals   the first one introduced was called  Bortom sol och måne (Beyond the sun and moon).  The musical is being staged at the small Orionteatern in Sodermalm in Stockholm. The theater has it's 30th anniversary next year.  The musical is premiered in February 8, 2013, and performances  ran through summer.
*fifth if you include Abbacadabra
1. Ouvertyr (04:36)
Orkestern
2.Bortom sol och måne (02:40)
Sofia Pekkari
3.Själv är bäste dräng (03:24)
Johan Ulveson & Magnus Roosmann
4.Svarta silhuetter (04:45)
Sofia
5.Vågar jag älska dig (03:32)
Magnus
6.Stackars Axels sång (02:55)
Sofia, Johan & Magnus
7.Den jag ville vara (05:57)
Sofia
8.Som en hägring (04:57)
Johan & Magnus
9.Ro hit en dyckert (03:12)
Sofia, Johan & Magnus
10.Final (12:43)

Orkestern, Sofia, Johan & Magnus

 The Orion theater website:

http://www.orionteatern.se/pa-scen/hjalp-sokes/

Icethesite's most recent article about the musical....

http://www.icethesite.com/2013/02/more-hjalp-sokes-press-coverage-featuring-new-benny-and-bjorn-interview/

another article in Swedish about the musical with pictures of the creators...
http://allehanda.se/noje/1.5094573-komagi-i-benny-anderssons-musikal?m=print


Kristina Lugn, the writer of the book..