ABBA releases of 2013


ABBA releases-of 2013 (Updated  November 2013)

Another   light year for ABBA related  releases, the highlight  has  been the release of  a new Agnetha Faltskog album, her first album in nine years.  Also of interest were  the cast album of the new Andersson-Ulvaeus musical called
HJÄLP SÖKES  and the Deluxe edition of ABBA's Ring Ring album.

ABBA: Melodic Masterpieces  German DVD released February 22, 2013.

This unofficial  DVD is a reissuing of The Story of ABBA a 1982 documentary that

 has previously been released on DVD.

1. Ring Ring
2. Waterloo
3. Honey, Honey
4. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
5. SOS
6. Mamma Mia
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. I'm A Marionette
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. Chiquitita
16. Does Your Mother Know
17. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
18. I Have A Dream
19. The Winner Takes It All
20. Super Trouper
21. One Of Us
22. The Day Before You Came
23. Under Attack
24. Thank You For The Music
ABBA:Studio 2 - Live in Poland DVD, Brazilian DVD February 2013

An unofficial DVD  available only in Brazil  of a special filmed and broadcast in late 1976.

The special was  was only shown in Poland and Australia. It has never been released in it's entirety on home video, the songs were  mimed to playback. 

1. Waterloo
Interview on Plane
2. SOS
Interview On Plane
3. Nina Pretty Ballerina
4. Dancing Queen
5. My Love My Life
8. When I Kissed The Teacher
9. Knowing Me Knowing You
10. Fernando
11. Tiger
12. Money Money Money
Many Thanks
13. Fernando

ABBA in Poland (screen capture by ABBA on TV)

Agnetha Faltskog -A, Universal, International CD and download release May 13, 2013 
The new Agnetha album to be called simply A, it  was released  in May 2013....When You Really Loved Me, has been released as the first single from the album, and there is another single , The One Who Loves You Now. which is only Available on iTunes Germany.

Past Forever is a piano based track, "Dance Your Pain Away" is a disco number, "Back On Your Radio" is pop song "I Should've Followed You Home" is a duet with Gary Barlow of Take That, while "I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed" has been co-written by Agnetha.  She  told BBC News: "For this album, we had an idea that maybe I should try to write one song. She also co-wrote one song on two of her previous three English language solo studio albums.
Fans have been positive about the first single released so far...
UPDATE:the album has been released to positive reviews, and has hit the top 10  in many territories.
It has now gone gold in Australia, the UK, and (no surprise) Sweden.  
This appears to be due the considerable promotion and publicity that has been done for the album..

The One Who Loves You Now 3.30
( Jörgen Elofsson & Pär Westerlund)
When You Really Loved Someone 3.31
( Jörgen Elofsson)
Perfume In The Breeze 3.31
( Jörgen Elofsson & Fredrik Thomander)
I Was A Flower 4.08
( Jörgen Elofsson)
I Should’ve Followed You Home 4.04
(ft. Gary Barlow)

( Jörgen Elofsson, Gary Barlow)
Past Forever 3.30
( Jörgen Elofsson, Carol Bayer Sager)
Dance Your Pain Away 4.10
( Jörgen Elofsson)
Bubble 4.21
( Jörgen Elofsson)
Back On Your Radio 3.43
( Jörgen Elofsson)
I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed 4.06
( Agnetha Fältskog, Jörgen Elofsson
I Was A Flower (Orchestral Version) 4.12
(Jörgen Elofsson)Amazon Exclusive bonus track

Agnetha Faltskog-When You Really Loved Someone, Universal Verve, March  2013 international download only release...A new Agnetha single is out. It just appeared out of nowhere. ...Well without prior notice. We knew she was recording an album-but there had no indication that all the work had finished on that yet. Then again, it doesn't take forever to record a ten songs.. Apparently there will be no physical CD release for the single. . The song appears to have been written by Jorgen Elofsson, the cowriter of "A Moment Like This" and a few other hits. Fans have been positive about the first single released so far...

Three other singles have been released though these three have not been released in all territories..

Agnetha Faltskog-If I Was A Flower Agnetha Fältskog  UK download single April 2013
1. I Was A Flower
Agnetha Fältskog-  Dance Your Pain Away USA  download single May 2013
1. Dance Your Pain Away
2. Dance Your Pain Away (Smash Mode Remix)
3. Dance Your Pain Away (Smash Mode Extended)

Agnetha Fältskog-The One Who Loves You Now  German download single March 2013
1. The One Who Loves You Now

Avicii, BandB and choir-We Write the story (Eurovision Song Contest Anthem 2013), Universal,   May 18, 2013 Download.
 ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus composed We Write the Story, with arrangement by Avicii, for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö .The anthem is the main theme for  the Swedish host as well as the music for the grand opening act of the Final. Avicii is a Swedish DJ, record producer who had a big world wide hit with the song "Wake Me Up". The song was recorded in April 2013 The song was premiered , at the Eurovision contest held in Malmo, Sweden  on May 18,2013. Like a lot of recent Andersson-Ulvaeus songs it could be described as listenable but not awe-inspiring! The song only charted in Netherlands.  .

Various Artists-Before ABBA, Exclusive CD for ABBA-The Museum.. June 2013

Apparently, ABBA the Museum commissioned a all new CD  that compiles some of the best of
four members pre-ABBA solo work.  Nice idea, though of course, most true fans would have all the music found here, and for more casual fans the selection of recordings doesn't really capture the full flavor of the pre-ABBA solo careers, but that is hard to do with just 15 tracks.

This is the first time music by the Hep Stars has been compiled together with other ABBA stuff on an ABBA related CD.  (Unlike  Frida, and Agnetha -the Hep Stars have  never been a  Polar records artist  )....The closest thing to pre ABBA solo compilation before this one was the excellent 1994 Pa Svenska collection. This CD is currently only available in the museum shop, since the museum web shop isn't open yet.
Hootenanny Singers
1. Omkring tiggarn från Luossa
2. Början till slutet
3. Kvinnan I mitt liv
Hep Stars
4. Wedding
5. Sunny Girl
6. No Response
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
7. En ledig dag
8. Du är så underbart rar
9. Härlig är vår jord
Agnetha Fältskog
10. Jag var så kär
11. Många ganger än
12. Fram för svenska sommaren
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
13. Hej gamle man
14. Lycka
15. Att finnas til

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)
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)
5.Vågar jag älska dig (03:32)
6.Stackars Axels sång (02:55)
Sofia, Johan & Magnus
7.Den jag ville vara (05:57)
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

 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.
One relevant  track was 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. Bjorn and Benny vetoed it.

 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

Bryn Terfel and Mormon Tabernacle Choir- Orchestra At Temple Square, conducted by Mack Wilbert  Homeward Bound- Deutche Grammophon International CD  September 10. 2013  Release Date:
Byrn Terfel is a Welsh bass-baritone opera singer.  This is album he did with the Mormon Tabernacle choir it includes a vocal  version in English of” Saknadens  Rum/ "Kärlekens Tid". called “Give Me My Song”.  The song was originally recorded by Benny Andersson Orkester.  Terfel debuted the English language version of the song a few years ago-and finally got around to putting out an official recording of the song on this album release.  The album was recorded in  May 2013 in Salt Lake City. Also features special guests Tamara Mumford and Sissel Kyrkjeb. The Norwegian Saknadens singer, Sissel has also recorded works by Benny Andersson.  

Agnetha Faltkog –“A” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD , Universal   November 22,2013  Released only in Germany.
The deluxe version will include a DVD documentary called “ Agnetha ABBA and After”  All the songs on the original album will appear on the CD though apparently no unreleased tracks or alternate mixee.s
1. The One Who Loves You Now
2. When You Really Loved Someone
3. Perfume In The Breeze
4. I Was A Flower
5. I Should've Followed You Home
6. Past Forever
7. Dance Your Pain Away
8. Bubble
9. Back On Your Radio
10. I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed 

Hep Stars It's Been A Long Long Time reissue CD  October 21, 2013
This 1967 album by the Hep Stars with Benny Andersson  has been long out of print, the only Hep Stars album recorded mostly outside Sweden, It had been released once before on CD by a Japanese label, but never in Europe.
1. Enter The Young
2. Hope
3. 5 a.m.
4. It's Time For A Change
5. Changing Away From You
6. It's Been A Long Long Time
7. Musty Dusty
8. Spinning, Spinning, Spinning
9. There Is Love
10. Would You Like To Go
11. It's Now Winter's Day?
12. Another Time
Bonus Tracks:
13. Sagan om lilla Sofi
14. Det finns en stad
ABBA-Legends of Pop ABBA Uncut ,  6DVD documentary set.  Released November 2013
Reissues of  the previously released Rock Case Studies, Arrival, The Visitors, Music In Review 1973-1982,all combined in one box…


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