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ABBA releases of 2015

ABBA related  Releases of 2015 There are basically no ABBA reissues  scheduled for this year.  The   Deluxe Editions  series is largely played out. ABBA Live at Wembley was  been finally released late in 2014.  Every permutation of single disc greatest hits , double disc best of , Spanish language compilations, love song album, singles box, album box, etc. have all been done and done and done.  So Universal really is finally running out room for possible new reissues (aside from the biennial  re-release of ABBA Gold, of course). And now CD's are no longer selling well so there isn't much point. The only thing really left to release are 1977's  ABBA the movie tracks / live concert recordings, and some sort of Beatles Anthology style release of all those ABBA unreleased tracks and alternative takes.  The latter at least, is not likely to ever happen since Bjorn and Benny object to the idea.  Indeed, the remarkable thing is that a  ABBA rarities album probably wouldn't se…

ABBA: Christmas Video (unique Frida-Agnetha duet!)


Excellent  (unofficial) mix of Frida (1972) and Agnetha's  (1981) solo versions of the Swedish Christmas song "När Det Lider Mot Jul" made by MattPop who successfully managed to seamlessly recreate the ABBA sound.    Benny's band the Hep Stars also did a version of this song.

"Nu tändas tusen juleljus" is another Christmas song that has been done by three ABBA related solo acts. Agnetha&Linda , The Hootenanny singers and the BAO have recorded it. 

Mamma Mia closes on Broadway , Mamma Mia The Party announced.

Mamma Mia is  closing on Broadway!

It will close in September 2015 on Broadway-after 14 years.
II always have had  had mixed feelings  about this musical -but it's still sad to see it go. Although I live in the US, I never got to Broadway to see it- though I did catch it in it's Boston run prior to the New York opening. If not for Mamma Mia- ABBA's profile in USA would probably be considerably lower. When the musical closes it will be the eighth longest running musical in Broadway history with over 5000 performance over 14 years.

Björn Ulvaeus, announced  on April 15, 2015 that he will produce a immersive theatrical show to be called “Mamma Mia! The Party,”.It will be staged  inside a Stockholm beer hall that he is converting into a Mediterranean restaurant similar to the Skopelos tavern, used as a setting in the film and the play. He called the Stockholm venture an experiment and said that if it was successful, he would seek to expand it into other cities. It…