Benny Andersson - The day before you came (2017)

The last recorded ABBA song-done in a piano only version by Benny Andersson.


Benny Andersson Piano

Benny Andersson-Piano, Deutsche Grammophone, September 29, 2017 CD, 2LP, Download.

This is the new Benny Andersson solo album.    It is one of his  most sought after albums ever, it is an album of Benny playing solo piano versions of songs from his body of work.    Benny has never put out an entirely  one man  solo album-the closest he came was with November 1989.  He has performed solo piano versions of his songs before, but none of those performances have ever been released on record.   The album  was made available internationally and has sold relatively well. Surprisingly, there are   only six ABBA songs, and there  is none of his music from his pre-ABBA years.  Chess is the big winner-six songs originate from Chess.

When promoting the album  Benny often  played two ABBA songs-"Money, Money, Money" and "The Winner Takes it All" that are not actually on the album.  Perhaps those two will show up on possible sequel to this album. A sequel is under consideration.   Reviews of the album have been mixed among fans-some fans are blown away-others consider these  stripped down  versions akin to lounge music.

1. I Let The Music Speak (ABBA-The Visitors, 1981)
2. You And I (Chess, 1984)
3. Aldrig  (Kristina, 1996)  

4.Thank You For The Music (ABBA-The Album, 1977)
5. Stockholm By  Night (November 1989, 1989)
6. Chess (Chess, 1984)
7. The Day Before You Came (ABBA-The Singles, 1982)
8. Someone Else’s Story (Chess Broadway, 1988)
9. Midnattsdans (BAO, 2004
10. Målarskolan (November 1989, 1989)
11. I Wonder (Departure) (ABBA-The Album, 1977)
12. Embassy Lament (Chess, 1984)
13. Anthem (Chess, 1984)
14. My Love, My Life (ABBA-Arrival, 1984)
15.Mountain Duet (Chess, 1984)
16. Flickornas Rum (O klang och jubeltid, 2004)
17. Efter Regnet (Klinga Mina Klockor, 1987)
18. Tröstevisa (November 1989, 1989)
19. En Skrift I Snöen (Karlekens tid, 2015)
20. Happy New Year (ABBA-Super Trouper, 1980)
21. I Gott Bevar (Kristina, 1996)

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2017 ABBA releases

2017 ABBA releases (updated September 10, 2011).

There will a solo piano album from Benny Andersson  in September 2017 with  21 songs on the album-and that it will be released internationally by Deutsche Grammophone.  There will be  a  Frida guest appearance on an Duets album by  Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval.  Sandoval's album  appears to be delayed, due to delays in getting all the duets recorded.

Carl Magnus Palm top-to bottom  rewrite of his classic book, The Complete Recording Sessions came out March 31.  .. Frida's first album, and Agnetha's third album (Som jag ar) were released reissued on vinyl LP for Record Store Day 2017..  Six more solo vinyl reissues came out in July. A Gold vinyl issue of ABBA Gold has also been released. Agnetha's I Stand Alone  album seems to be likely to come out a new possibly deluxe edition.   There is now  official word is there will be a movie sequel to Mamma Mia!in 2018.
The latest news is that there will be 40th anniversary edition of ABBA-The Album released before the end of the year on a 2LP vinyl set (no extra tracks-just better fidelity).


  Anni-Frida Lyngstad- Frida, Parlophone, April 22, 2017 Swedish LP

Produced by - Benny Andersson, Frida was released in 1971, the album receivedpraise from the critics y noted the precision and versatility of Lyngstad's voice. The album is sung entirely in Swedish and contains translated covers of international hits such as Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Simon & Garfunkels "The Sound of Silence" and "Everything's Alright" from Jesus Christ Superstar. (Limited worldwide release of 3000.)

SIDE A: 01 Tre Kvart Fran Nu (Melodi for Piano Op. 3:1 F-Dur) 02 Jag Blir Galen Nar (Goin' Out of My Head) 03 Lycka 04 Sen Dess Har Jag Inte Setten 05 En Ton Av Tystnad (The Sound of Silence) 06 Suzanne
SIDE B: 01 Allting Ska Bli Bra/Vad Gor Jag Med Min Karlek 02 Jag Ar Beredd 03 En Liten Sang Om Karlek 04 Telegram For Fullmanen 05 Barnen Sover

Abba Gold June 2017 2LP set

Universal will release a 25th anniversary limited-edition vinyl  version of their 1992 best-of collection, Gold: Greatest Hits, on June 30. The two-album set will be pressed on heavyweight 180-gram gold-colored vinyl and will also include a card enabling MP3 download of the tracks.
A commentor below notes the bizarre greenish gold color of the vinyl.

Here’s the track list for the limited-edition reissue of Abba’s Gold: Greatest Hits:
Side One
“Dancing Queen”
”Knowing Me, Knowing You”
”Take A Chance On Me”
”Mamma Mia”
”Lay All Your Love On Me”
Side Two
”Super Trouper”
”I Have A Dream”
”The Winner Takes It All”
”Money, Money, Money”
Side Three
”Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
Side Four
”Does Your Mother Know”
”One Of Us”
”The Name Of The Game”
”Thank You For The Music”

Original Soundtrack-Mamma Mia!, Barnes and Noble,  Spring 2007 US Vinyl LP

The movie soundtrack is being issue on vinyl for the first time .

Six  more ABBA solo albums coming out on July 28, 2017. It appears that they will available in colored vinyl and regular black vinyl.

With original artwork pressed on 180g vinyl, these reissues are essential for all fans of ABBA's music.
Björn Ulvaeus And Benny Andersson: Lycka (1970)

Side One:
Side Two:
Hej, gamle man!
Nånting är på väg
Kära gamla sol
Kalles visa
Det där med kärlek
Ge oss en chans
Välkommen in i gänget
Livet går sin gång
Lilla du, lilla vän

Frida: Ensam (1975)

Side One:
Side Two:
Aldrig mej
Jag är mej själv nu
Guld och gröna ängar
Som en sparv
Ett liv i solen
Vill du låna en man
Skulle de' va' skönt
Liv på mars
Var är min clown

Frida: Something's Going On (1982)

Side One:
Side Two:
Tell Me It's Over 
I Know There's Something Going On
I See Red
I Got Something
Baby Don't You Cry No More
The Way You Do
To Turn The Stone
You Know What I Mean

Here We'll Stay
Frida: Shine (1984)

Side One:
Side Two:
Heart Of The Country
One Little Lie
Come To Me (I Am Woman)
The Face
Chemistry Tonight
Twist In The Dark
Don't Do It
Comfort Me
Agnetha Fältskog: Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983)

Side One:
Side Two:
The Heat Is On 
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Can't Shake Loose 
To Love
I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever
Once Burned, Twice Shy 
Take Good Care Of Your Children
Mr. Persuasion 
Stand By My Side
Agnetha Fältskog: Eyes Of A Woman (1985)

Side One:
Side Two:
One Way Love 
We Should Be Together
Eyes Of A Woman 
I Won't Be Leaving You
Just One Heart 
Save Me (Why Don't Ya)
I Won't Let You Go 
I Keep Turning Off Lights
The Angels Cry 
We Move As One

My own book, ABBA-The Review Guide  came out on July 3, 2017. 


The ABBA Review Guide has come out!

                                                                                                          My new ABBA book is out now at Createspace.  It's a 390 page B&W tome!
It's a fact filled, fun filled journey into the world of ABBA. Just a warning this is not a ABBA picture book. The book only features about seventy  illustrations all of which are in black and white-so no fun there. What the book does feature is reviews and information on almost every ABBA related recording, movie, book, video or theater piece ever released.


First Aid Kit : Chiquitita (ABBA) Live Australia 2012


This is a cover of ABBA's Chiquitita, by this excellent Swedish folk/country  duo, First Aid Kit.

For more about them read my post in my other blog, New Felpin's Pond http://felpinspond.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-covers-of-first-aid-kit-featuring.html


The cover songs of First Aid Kit featuring "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song"

 The Swedish sister vocal duo, First Aid Kit has
made quite reputation from performing covers as well as original self
written numbers.  Below you will find a is a list of the covers that they have done. At
least four songs,"Tiger Mountain Peasant Song", "Walk Unafraid", "America" and
"When I Grow Up' have been formally released by the group as recordings
but most of the songs have not. Among their most praised performances are there three appearances at the Polar Music Prize performing songs by Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon and Patti Smith. It is quite rare to hear vocal harmony today-especially by singers who match so well together,. the other bonus of this act is their willingness to perform acoustically pretty much  alone, and live.  The video above is their breakthrough video performing a song by Fleet Foxes, it was filmed in 2008.

America (Paul Simon)
Blue Christmas (Elvis)
Blues Run the Game
Chelsea Hotel no 2 (Leonard Cohen)
Chiquitita (ABBA cover)
Colorado Girl
Complainte pour Ste. Catherine (McGarrigles)
Dancing Barefoot - (Patti Smith cover)
Devil in Disguise
Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez Cover)
Enter the Ninja
Gloomy Sunday, live 2011
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Heart Like a Wheel (McGarrigle’s)
I Met Up with the King
If It Be Your Will (Leonard Cohen)
It Ain't Me Babe (Bob Dylan Cover)
It Hurts Me Too  
Kathy's Song (Paul Simon Cover) -
Love Interruption (Jack White)
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
One More Cup Of Coffee (Bob Dylan)
Play With Fire (Rolling Stones)
Red dirt girl (Emmylou  Harris)
Sailor Song (live)
Seven Nation Army partial version (Red Stripes)
Side of the road
Simple Man (Graham Nash)
Song for Zula
Stand by your man
Still Feeling Blue
Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan)
Talk to Me Of Mendocino
The Gambler (Don Schlitz/Kenny Rogers cover)
The Partisan - 
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran cover)
This Land is Your Land
Those memories of you"
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Cover)
Universal Soldier (Buffy-Sainte Marie)
Visa vid midsommartid
Waiter at the Station (Willy Mason)
Waiting Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt
Walk the line (J. Cash)
Walk Unafraid
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks cover)
Went to War (Amason cover)
We're Going To Be Friends
What's The Point
When I Grow Up (Fever Ray)
Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen)
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? Carter family
With God on Our Side (Bob Dylan)


Sofia Pekkari: "Svarta silhuetter" (Sweden, 2013)


This is an excellent song from  Bjorn and Benny's musical 2013 musical. .Hjälp sökes, as performed on the  Kalle Moreaus TV show.


Deluxe editions of ABBA recordings updated July 2017

Photo by  Andreas Haug Skogen

Here  are our  short  reviews of all nine of ABBA's  deluxe editions, in order of release.

All of these "sound and vision" sets  tend to be more interesting for the DVD then the audio discs, but they also do probably represent the best presentation of each of these albums, as a whole. 

There  remains considerable debate as to which of the numerous issuance's of ABBA's studio albums have the best sound quality. Some people even think the vinyl sounds better.  But the deluxe editions clearly have the most complete content.   ABBA's  last three studio albums have the most interesting selection of audio bonus tracks, since there were more B-sides and such  to include on the later albums.  Only The Visitors has a totally new audio track,   but here and there are a couple of rarities. 

ABBA- Waterloo 30th anniversary edition -CD+ bonus DVD Released March 2004
Not strictly, a deluxe edition, this anniversary edition was already scheduled to come out, around the same time that Carl Magnus Palm suggested that Universal do a deluxe edition of Arrival. Palm had  been inspired by similar two disc editions put out by Universal Music, such as of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" album. That  inspired   Karin Häggblom, then head of the Polar label to suggest that they try something similar for  Waterloo.  It's not a full scale deluxe edition, the bonus DVD includes only 4 clips.

The audio part  of this album  has  five bonus tracks, all of which simply alternative versions of tracks already released  and a 20 page booklet. Great perhaps , though one grows tired of these constant reissues of the same albums, each time with some small new thing... The bonus tracks include all four language versions of "Waterloo" as well as the 1974 US remix of "Ring Ring". The bonus DVD has four TV performances including the Waterloo as performed at the Eurovision song contest.
12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)13 Waterloo (Swedish version)14. Honey, Honey (Swedish version)
15. Waterloo (German version)16. Waterloo (French version)
Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, BBC)/ Waterloo (Melodifestivalen, SVT)
Honey, Honey (Star Parade, ZDF) /Hasta Mañana (Señoras y Señores, RTVE

ABBA-Arrival (Deluxe Edition) planned release October  2006 1CD/1dvd

This and the subsequent deluxe albums were suggested by Carl Magnus Palm, who wrote the liner notes  and had some role in the selection of tracks and clips.

This particular set  is the   30th (augh!) anniversary edition of this classic late 1976 ABBA album...The first disc is a audio CD  ,the second a DVD ....The  audio track listing is similar to that found on the ARRIVAL disc of the COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS box set...This CD has the Frida solo version of Fernando which has rarely if ever been released Internationally. It was originally  released on  the album Frida Ensam).  "Happy Hawaii " is the Non-LP B-side found  originally on "Knowing Me, Knowing You". 

The reissue people at Universal went to a new level  with all the bonus TV clips...the most unreleased/ rare TV clips  to be found on ABBA release up to this time. Unlike some Universal ABBA releases  this set  actually is quite worthwhile....The rarity of the clips is the long thought lost cartoon for "Happy Hawaii" .

Disc 1, CD track list:
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. Fernando (Spanish version)
14. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish version of Dancing Queen vocal track recorded 1980 )
15. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish version of Knowing Me, Knowing You vocal track recorded 1980)
16. Fernando (Frida's Swedish solo version)

Disc 2, DVD
1. ABBA-dabba-dooo!!, 1976 one-hour television special, features performances of eight of the ten songs from the Arrival album including live versions of "Dum Dum Diddle" and "Why Did It Have To Be Me", Also features the Dancing Queen - official promo clip and lip sync versions of  Knowing Me, Knowing You; When I Kissed The Teacher (featuring a different, early mix); My Love, My Life; Money, Money, Money and Tiger.
2. Dancing Queen -West German TV- Musikladen Extra, filmed in January 1976.
3. Fernando -Top Of The Pops, April 1976
4. Happy Hawaii - cartoon version of Happy Hawaii 1976.
5. Dancing Queen recording session-Filmed extracts from the actual recording session shown on Swedish TV 1975 documentary, Mr Trendsetter.
6. ABBA in London, November 1976
-A feature on ABBA's promotional  visit to London, promoting the Arrival album. TV show -Nationwide, November 1976.
7. ABBA's 1976 success ­ news report-Swedish news TV  programme Rapport in December 1976.
8. Arrival UK television commercial I, 1977
9. Arrival  UK television commercial II, 1977
10. International sleeve gallery - Arrival-related single and album sleeves from around the world.

 ABBA-The Album Deluxe Edition ,  CD/DVD  Released October 15, 2007

This album was reissued with bonus tracks and an accompanying DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances. The Album, was originally released 30 years before this in Sweden , in late  1977.
Like last year's Deluxe Edition of Arrival, ABBA - The Album was  extended with six bonus tracks and a DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances and news reports. Of course, there is still no sign of the rare live tracks- "I am an A" or "Get On the Carousel"Nor are there any live tracks from ABBA -The Movie. .    Unlike,  the other deluxe editions there  were no non-LP studio tracks   to be had  on the B-sides of the singles from this  album.   So that  leaves Spanish tracks and the two live B-sides of tracks on this album to be used as the bonus tracks. Not too exciting.

The illustrated 28 page booklet includes an  Carl Magnus Palm essay on the making of the album.
Track list:
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
"The Girl With The Golden Hair"
- 3 scenes from a mini-musical -
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette
Bonus tracks
10. Eagle (Single Edit)
11. Take A Chance On Me (Live Version; Alternate Mix)
12. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
13. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
14. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
15. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)
1. Eagle/Thank You For The Music (Star Parade, ZDF)
2. Take A Chance On Me (Am Laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
3. The Name Of The Game (ABBA Special, TBS)
4. Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood's Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade, ZDF)
6. ABBA on tour in 1977 (Rapport, SVT)
7. Recording ABBA ­ The Album (Gomorron Sverige, SVT)
8. ABBA in London, February 1978 (Blue Peter, BBC)
9. ABBA in America, May 1978 (Rapport, SVT)
10. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial I (UK)
11. ABBA ­ The Album Television Commercial II (AUSTRALIA)
12. International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA-Voulez-Vous-Deluxe Edition, Universal, 1CD/IDVD,  May 31, 2010

The long awaited deluxe version of Voulez-Vous finally came out on May 31, 2010.
Although no totally new tracks are included, the version of "Dreamworld" included on this release is the full version without fade-in, as a master tape containing the full version was recently discovered. This album has four non-album tracks-two A-sides, one b-side and track that had only been released on ABBA's box set.  
Not surprisingly, None of 1978/1979 rarities found on "ABBA Undeleted" are included here. So that means no full versions of "Just A Notion", "Rubber Ball Man" etc. Another  obvious omissions are the Spanish versions of "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita", but there were too many possible extra tracks to include  those. five Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks
 The key feature on the DVD is the debut of the entire ABBA in Switzerland TV special. It's not particularly well remastered, but it is nice to have.  This reissue is about a year late, but Universal wanted to give priority to the totally new ABBA in Japan DVD.


1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have a Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire
11. Summer Night City (Full Length Version) (Bonus)
12. Lovelight (Bonus)
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Bonus)
14. Dream World (Bonus)
15. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo) (Bonus)


1. ABBA In Switzerland (television special, BBC)
Take A Chance On Me
The King Has Lost His Crown
The Name Of The Game
Mamma Mia
Hole In Your Soul
Kisses Of Fire
Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
Does Your Mother Know
Thank You For The Music

2. Chiquitita (Music for UNICEF)
3. I Have A Dream (extended promo)
4. If It Wasn’t For The Nights (Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Chiquitita (ABBA Snowtime, BBC)
6. Björn & Benny Interview (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, BBC)
7. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial I
8. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Television Commercial II
9. International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD,  Released  May 9, 2011

The fourth in a  series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. The studio album with some relevant odd and ends and    a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material. . 

The audio tracks have been  remastered yet again for this release,  The disc includes a never before available  stereo mix of the original, full length version of "On And On And On", previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released.  The  television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album,  have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980. 
Also included is  a  new featurette, entitled "Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA". It  compiles footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now. You get the feeling that Rune had big ideas for this cover, and that somehow things just didn't come out totally how he envisioned. (His original idea had been to shoot the cover outside in downtown London. )

Also  included are the much released original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.
Disc 1: CD
  1.Super Trouper
 2.The Winner Takes It All
 3.On And On And On
 4.Andante, Andante
 5.Me And I
 6.Happy New Year
 7.Our Last Summer
  8.The Piper
  9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)
Disc 2: DVD
    Songs performed:
   The Winner Takes It All
   Super Trouper
   On And On And On
2 Happy New Year (SVT)
3 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
4 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
5 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
6 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
7 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
8 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
9 International Sleeve Gallery
 ABBA-The Visitors (Deluxe Edition), Universal Music CD/DVD International release April 23, 2012  

For once, ABBA's record label, Universal,  actually has managed to  surprised us. Universal  Music's  press release about a "new" ABBA song has drawn a considerable attention on world news Websites, much more attention than other recent reissues  have gotten, indeed, probably more attention than it should have gotten.
The deluxe edition of The Visitors will be released in April of 2012 and it will include "From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)" a  recording which has never  been released before. The press release originally did not state exactly what these unreleased demos consist of-but a week later Benny Andersson confirmed that it was merely work  tapes for the released  track, "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". When, the song was originally recorded it was more  complex, and early  mixes were made of the more complicated versions of the song. +The song went through a number of different variations likely more than the average ABBA song.  There have  already  been a few "work in progress tapes" already heard  unofficially from The Visitors sessions, due to a theft of tape copies from Bjorn's car, but these worktapes had not been heard before.   The stolen bootleg tracks  included instrumental versions of  songs, and early takes of songs such as "When All is Said and Done, and "Two for the Price of One's  these bootlegs are not  included here.  

It was Benny Andersson's  idea in  October and November of 2011 to edit a   nine-minute medley of the various working tapes of  "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". Included from  various work tapes   is  the original  demo, with vocals by Björn, a disco version, an alternate lyric version called ‘Another Morning Without You’ and a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals.

Bjorn and Benny have usually been hesitant to release their unreleased stuff-so the release of "From a Twinkling Star..." is bizarrely inconsistent from that policy.  Why not do the same thing for the other ABBA deluxe releases, for example release the work tapes for "Chiquitita" which had been contemplated back when when the box set was issued in 1994.  Why not release "Just Like That" the excellent 1982 track  that has yet to see full release.  JLT is the  holy grail of unreleased ABBA tracks. (The various reissues of the Visitors  album  have always contained some selection of the tracks recorded in 1982 after The Visitor album was released.) Bjorn was once asked by a fan on the group's official website if they would ever release a Beatles Anthology style collection of rare tracks and outtakes, his reaction was total disdain for the very idea. Benny  recently said that he hoped this was the last of the unreleased recordings.

The CD/DVD also includes the usual assortment of bonus tracks and TV performances. The other five 1982 recordings are included as well as "Should I Laugh Or Cry" and the nine original songs from The Visitors album. The DVD is notable for not including more from the Dick Cavett Special, which included originally   a interview and nine songs. The DVD includes two songs from Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. The video included  for ‘When All Is Said And Done’, features  an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo.
Also featured are two lengthy television appearances,for the promotions for The Singles – The First Ten Years. album.

What's good about this set?  Well it is a wonderful album for fans  of ABBA's more serious work, and the 1982 songs are certainly wonderful as well. A lot of albums don't get this  nice deluxe treatment, so I am happy about that too!

The Visitors - Deluxe Edition track listing...


1.  The Visitors
2.  Head Over Heels
3.  When All Is Said And Done
4.  Soldiers
5.  I Let The Music Speak
6.  One Of Us
7.  Two For The Price Of One
8.  Slipping Through My Fingers
9.  Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
Bonus Tracks:
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came
Extra Bonus Track:
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)

1.    Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
2.    Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
3.    When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
4.    ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
5.    ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
6.    The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
7.    The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
8.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
9.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
10.    International Sleeve Gallery

 ABBA-ABBA Deluxe Edition November 2012 CD/DVD
The deluxe version of  ABBA's 1975 studio  album  has come out. This third studio album was the album that proved that ABBA were not one hit wonders. Recorded in 1974 and 1975, it was a major jump in quality from their first two albums. It's still a very good listen, and one of my personal favorites.

On September 12, 2012, ABBA the site had 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 was to 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. The version of the  folk medley is the original mix made for a charity album in 1975. and not the later more compressed mix for the 1977 B-side. The liner notes  booklet includes new insights gleaned from recent interviews by Carl Magnus Palm. Palm interviewed Bjorn, Benny, and Glen Studios owner- Bruno Glen. The original cover featured a different font for the title....But the Reversed B logo has been used on all recent reissues of this album.

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) 
1. ABBA In Australia (Television Special)
Mamma Mia
Hasta Mañana
Ring Ring
Tropical Loveland
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Rock me
Dancing Queen
Honey, Honey
So Long
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

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

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 relevent  track was left off - the Swedish language B-side. Ah vilka tider.

 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

Waterloo Deluxe Edition April 7, 2014  (Reissue of 1974 album)
Released as part of ABBA 40 celebration. 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.
Disc 1: CD
1. Waterloo
2. Sitting In The Palmtree
3. King Kong Song
4. Hasta Mañana
5. My Mama Said
6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
7. Honey, Honey
8. Watch Out
9. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Suzy-Hang-Around 

Bonus tracks:
12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
15. Waterloo (German Version)
16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
17. Waterloo (French Version)
18. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
19. Waterloo (Alternate mix) 
Disc 2: DVD
1. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest performance I, BBC)
2. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance I, SVT)
3. Waterloo (Melodifestivalen performance II, SVT)
4. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest preview performance, SVT)
5. Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest, performance II, BBC)
6. Interview with Frida and Stig after the Eurovision victory (Rapport, SVT)
7. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance I, BBC)
8. Honey, Honey (Disco, ZDF)
9. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance II, BBC)
10. Honey, Honey (Spotlight, ORF)
11. Waterloo (German version) (Musik aus Studio B, NDR)
12. Honey, Honey (Ein Kessel Buntes, Fernsehen der DDR)
13. Waterloo (Top Of The Pops performance III, BBC)
14. International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA- Gracias Por La Musica-Deluxe Edition   November 2014

A reissue CD version of the original ABBA Spanish language  album from 1980, released in 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 all the 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. The DVD is clips of ABBA songs mimed to Spanish vocal tracks. ABBA were one of the few mainstream pop acts to make a genuine effort in Spanish speaking market.

Disc 1, CD
1. Gracias Por La Música (Thank You For The Music)
2. Reina Danzante (Dancing Queen)
3. Al Andar (Move On)
4. Dame! Dame! Dame! (Gimme! Gimme! Gimme)
5. Fernando (Spanish Version)
6. Estoy Soñando (I Have A Dream)
7. Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)
8. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
9. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Knowing Me, Knowing You)
10. Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
Bonus tracks:
11. Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
12. Felicidad (Happy New Year)
13. Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
14. Se Me Está Escapando (Slipping Through My Fingers)
15. No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done)
Disc 2, DVD:
1. Chiquitita (300 Milliones, TVE)
2. Chiquitita (Aplauso, TVE)
3. Estoy Soñando (Promo Clip)
4. ABBA on Spanish TV (Especial Aplauso 101, TVE)
Songs performed:
Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Promo Clip)
Gracias Por La Música (Promo Clip)
¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!
5. Felicidad (Promo Clip)
6. No Hay A Quien Culpar (Promo Clip)
7. International Sleeve Gallery

Here are two interesting links that have more info about the deluxe editions
In fine style, designing the Deluxe Editions
Carl Magnus Palm on the Deluxe Editions