New Benny Andersson song! Bjorn performs in public....


New songs at BAO shows...


There is a new Andersson-Ulvaeus song that is being performed at this summer's BAO concerts....

The new song  is called   "Det föll en sten från mitt hjärta". Among the other new additions to the BAO repertoire this year are two songs from Hjälp sökes, , the Stig Anderson song, "Tividshambo", and a new English language version of "Laureen"  called "Sit Tight".

Bjorn returns to the stage...

Rather quietly , Bjorn Ulvaeus returned to the stage, guitar in hand to perform  at the Visfestivalen in Vastervik, Sweden. This happened on July 13, 2013.

Bjorn appeared with fellow ex-Hootenanny singer Tony Roth in memory of the late Hansi Schwarz (also a member of the Hootenanny Singers) .  Since the 1960's Hansi had    been  a leading organizer of Visfestivalen. He died in January 2013. Bjorn never performs in public so that he did  do this-for Hansi, shows the great esteem that he held for Hansi. 

Among the songs Bjorn sang were"Tom Dooley"(you can hear Tony Roth do some lead vocals here),   "Gabrielle"  and  "Omkring tiggarn från Loussa"-that's the one that Bjorn has  a long solo vocal on.
This was the first time that  Bjorn had performed at length  before a paying audience since ABBA's last concerts in Japan in 1980.

 A  video-Bjorn and Tony Roth (on right)  at the Visfest.

For more on Bjorn's friend,  Hansi Schwarz -see our Tribute to Hansi Schwarz...

Hansi Schwarz dies.


Ring Ring Deluxe

 ABBA-Ring Ring , October 2013
ABBA's official site and Carl Magnus Palm have announced that there will be a Deluxe version of ABBA's Ring Ring album. It will be released in October 2013 .The album was originally released in 1973 and credited to  Agnetha,Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid.

Like, the other ABBA Deluxe versions it will consist one CD and one DVD. The CD includes the relevent B-sides and rarities from the era, and the DVD has TV clips.  The DVD appears rather sparse this time, but the CD has lots of tracks including oddly a few songs recorded by artists other than ABBA.  Hej Gamle Man is the first track to feature all four members of ABBA. The Frida track  also includes multiple members of ABBA.  The tracks featuring Bill G-son and Lilli-babs were all written by Bjorn and Benny. 

One relevant   track was purposely  left off - the Swedish language B-side. Ah vilka tider. Strange to cull this one considering  some of the other weak tracks on this album.

The DVD includes a couple of vintage TV clips and one new one-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.

 DISC 01: CD:
1.  Ring Ring
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.  She’s My Kind Of Girl
11.  I Am Just A Girl
12.  Rock’n Roll Band

Bonus tracks:
13.  Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
14.  Merry-Go-Round
15.  Santa Rosa
16.  Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
17.  Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe Steht (German Version of Another Town, Another Train)
18.  Ring Ring (German Version)
19.  En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer

Extra bonus tracks – Early versions:
20.  Hej gamle man! / Björn & Benny
21.  There’s A Little Man / Billy G-son
22.  I Saw It In The Mirror / Billy G-son
23.  Jag är blott en man / Jarl Kulle
24.  Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan / Anni-Frid Lyngstad
25.  Välkommen till världen / Lill-Babs

1.  People Need Love (Vi i femman, SVT)
2.  Ring Ring (Spotlight, ORF)
3.  Ring Ring revealed (Låtarna som förändrade musiken, UR)
4.  International Sleeve Gallery