2014 ABBA releases
2014 feature a number of interesting releases including the Waterloo Deluxe Edition,"Waterloo" 7 inch single. A 40 disc box set collection of singles, ABBA Gold -40th Anniversary Edition ABBA: The Official Photo Book , ABBA-Live at Wembley, a Chess remastered reissue and a just confirmed deluxe edition CD reissue of Gracias Por La Musica.
There are a couple of releases that I haven't listed here yet.
Helen Sjöholm & Benny Anderssons Orkester Nyårsballongen download only single 18 July 2014
Single resulting from Babel project. The lyrics are by first time songwriter Horace Engdahl.
In English the title means New Years balloon.
In English the title means New Years balloon.
ABBA-ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits 2 vinyl LP reissue Jul 17, 2014
For the Waterloo Deluxe Edition ,the original album has been expanded with 8 bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material. .
The first disc in the 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus 8 bonus tracks. The bonus selections feature all the various versions of ‘Waterloo’ – the Swedish, French and German versions, as well as an alternate mix of the English version – plus the Swedish version of ‘Honey, Honey’; the remix of ‘Ring Ring’ that was first released on the American version of the Waterloo album; the single remix of ‘Ring Ring’ released as the follow-up to ‘Waterloo’ in the UK; and the Spanish version of ‘Hasta Mañana’. The DVD features 13 TV selections, most of which are previously unreleased. Little of interest here, but the best version of the Waterloo album available.
"Waterloo" 7 inch picture disc single ...April 6, 2014
A limited edition ( of 1000 copies ) vinyl single...40th Anniversary release of the Waterloo single
On April 6, 2014, it will be exactly 40 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The A-side of the single features the Swedish version of the song, with which ABBA scored their victory in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The B-side features the English version.
ABBA Gold -40th Anniversary Edition. April 2014
A three disc set compiling ABBA Gold, More ABBA gold and a CD of B-sides, though most of the "b-sides" are songs from ABBA's albums that just happened to release as B-sides on ABBA's singles, like "That's Me" on the B-side of "Dancing Queen". Still this particular configuration hasn't been tried before, A steel packaging version of this release will be released on October 27, 2014.
From the promo materials :
ABBA THE OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK is the first authorized and official photo book about one of the greatest pop groups of the 20th century, covering their entire career. The group has sold almost 400 million records, in some markets topping The Beatles. The book has the full co-operation of Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha, who have contributed a foreword and personal commentary on the pictures. This extraordinary book contains more than 600 images, more than 100 of which have never previously been published. See images from the pre-ABBA years, the formation of the band, ABBA's incredible rise to success with their break-through at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton and the rocket ride to global super-stardom that followed. Private photographs are included as well as unpublished pictures by famous press photographers, alternative shots from album cover shoots and behind-the-scenes pictures from the major tours. There are photographic insights into their subsequent careers as well as brand-new photographs of the four band members taken during the last few months. This is the definitive photo book on ABBA!
ABBA: The Singles, Universal 602537649594, May 2014 40 disc 7 inch vinyl set
Universal will release an exclusive limited edition box set “ABBA The Singles” in May to celebrate 40 years of “Waterloo”. It will include 40 international singles with covers. Naturally there are couple of omissions of songs that were released as singles such as "Hasta Manana"
1. People Need Love / Merry-Go-Round
2. He Is Your Brother / Santa Rosa
3. Ring Ring (Swedish Version) / Åh, vilka tider
4. Ring Ring (English Version) / She’s My Kind of Girl
5. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) / I Am Just A Girl
6. Ring Ring (German Version) / Wer Im Wartesaal der Liebe steht
7. Waterloo (Swedish Version) / Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
8. Waterloo (English Version) / Watch Out
9. Waterloo (German Version) / Watch Out
10. Waterloo (French Version) / Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Honey, Honey / King Kong Song
12. Honey, Honey / Ring Ring (remix)
13. So Long / I’ve Been Waiting For You
14. I Do, I Do, I Do / Rock me
15. S.O.S. / Man In The Middle
16. Mamma Mia / Intermezzo No.1
17. Fernando / Hey, Hey Helen
18. Dancing Queen / That’s Me
19. Money, Money, Money / Crazy World
20. Knowing Me, Knowing You / Happy Hawaii
21. The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)
22. Take A Chance On Me / I’m A Marionette
23. Eagle / Thank You For The Music
24. Summer Night City / Medley: Pick A Bale of Cotton…
25. Chiquitita / Lovelight
26. Chiquitita (Spanish Version) / Lovelight
27. Does Your Mother Know / Kisses of Fire
28. Voulez-Vous / Angeleyes
29. Estoy Sonando / Does Your Mother Know
30. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) / The King Has Lost His Crown
31. I Have A Dream / Take A Chance On Me (live)
32. The Winner Takes It All / Elaine
33. Super Trouper / The Piper
34. Happy New Year / Andante, Andante
35. Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On
36. One Of Us / Should I Laugh Or Cry
37. Head Over Heels / The Visitors
38. When All Is Said And Done / Soldiers
39. The Day Before You Came / Cassandra
40. Under Attack / You Owe Me One
ABBA-ABBA 40/40, Universal UICY-15279. SHM-CD March 26, 2014
Japanese original greatest hits album from ABBA includes 40 tracks total selected based on a fan vote. Supposedly comes with a booklet with message from the members to fans in Japan . Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).
" The high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players."
|3||TAKE A CHANCE ON ME|
|6||GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT)|
|10||SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL|
|14||HEY. HEY HELEN|
|15||OUR LAST SUMMER|
|16||ONE OF US|
|17||THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL|
|18||SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS|
|19||MY LOVE. MY LIFE|
|20||HAPPY NEW YEAR|
|3||MONEY. MONEY. MONEY|
|4||I DO. I DO. I DO. I DO. I DO|
|6||SUMMER NIGHT CITY|
|7||DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW|
|8||ON AND ON AND ON|
|9||WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER|
|11||KNOWING ME. KNOWING YOU|
|13||LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME|
|14||THE NAME OF THE GAME|
|17||I HAVE A DREAM|
|18||I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU
|19||ONE MAN. ONE WOMAN
|20||THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
ABBA-ABBA-Live At Wembley 2CD (or3LP) set Late September 2014.
It is From the press release-"In September 2014, Polar Music will release ABBA LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA (a whole evening with ABBA)! "
The 2 x CD or 3 x LP was be released world wide! It included two previously unreleased songs "I'm Still Alive" and "Gammal Fäbodpsalm"
This release has been prepared by Benny's son-Ludwig Andersson. It is said that he tried to present the songs in "worts and all" versions here, as opposed to the tweaked versions found on the ABBA Live album. (The ABBA Live album also featured recordings from 1977 and 1981) .
There are two "new" songs available here. "I'm Still Alive" is a melodramatic 1979 song (that was never released elsewhere ) with music by Agnetha and so-so lyrics by Bjorn." "Gammal Fäbodpsalm"is a instrumental cover of a Swedish pastoral hymn written by Swedish composer Oskar Lindberg . It was used as the opening overture for the concerts. Neither are great songs, but it's good to see them finally see official release.
"I"m Still Alive" is the only ABBA song to not feature a writing credit for Benny Andersson. The recording of "Not Bad At All" by Tomas Ledin and the ABBA backing band which also performed at the shows was not included. (that's no great loss.) Many of these songs have been released in similar live versions on ABBA's Live album or on the ABBA In Concert DVD.
ABBA appeared at London's Wembley Arena (as opposed to Wembley Stadium) in November 1979. ABBA's 1979-1980 tour was their last concert tour.
See abbaofficial" on Instagram, for more info.
Official Track listing:
1. Gammal fäbodpsalm
3. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
4. As Good As New
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Rock Me
8. Money, Money, Money
9. I Have A Dream
10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
13. The Name Of The Game
15. Thank You For The Music
16. Why Did It Have To Be Me
17. Intermezzo No 1
18. I’m Still Alive
19. Summer Night City
20. Take A Chance On Me
21. Does Your Mother Know
22. Hole In Your Soul
23. The Way Old Friends Do
24. Dancing Queen
Chess Deluxe Remaster.... November 24, 2014
Benny Andersson confirmed in recent interview that a 30th anniversary reissue of Andersson-Rice-Ulvaeus Chess studio album will be released. It includes three bonus tracks, since some of the songs recorded were not used due to a lack of space on the original 90 minute 2LP set. A DVD will also be included with the set which includes a vintage TV special on the making of the album and five music videos made of the songs.. Fans were disappointed that none single mixes and o demos made for album were released here.
Disc 1, CD:
The Russian And Molokov / Where I Want To Be
Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility)
The American And Florence / Nobody’s Side
Disc 2, CD:
Bangkok / One Night In Bangkok
Heaven Help My Heart
I Know Him So Well
The Deal (No Deal)
Pity The Child
Epilogue: You And I/ The Story Of Chess
Intro Mountain Duet ”Der Kleine Franz”
Anthem (Instrumental Version)
Disc 3, DVD:
Magasinet Special: Chess 1984
One Night In Bangkok
I Know Him So Well
Pity The Child
Gracias Por La Musica planned release November 2014
A reissue CD version of the original ABBA Spanish language album from 1980, is under consideration as well for 2014. This album was superseded by ABBA Oro, so it hasn't been reissued on CD recently. The CD of Gracias Por La Musica will likely contain the same 15 tracks found on ORO. These 15 songs are the only Spanish language tracks ABBA recorded. 8 were recorded specifically for the original Gracias Por La Musica album in 1980 and the other 7 tracks were recorded close to the date of their original English counterparts in 1973, 1979, 1980, and 1981.
–Jul Released Late 2014
Here are some of only the more recent ABBA related releases from the ABBA fan club and other sources...I don't have dates of release on these.