ABBA -THE ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR THE 1960's

 

All original ABBA and ABBA solo releases, are listed here, by year of release, the order of release within each year is approximate. Albums are listed by country of orgin, unless they were released widely throughout the world. The most recent available format of release (LP or CD) is what is listed and is what has been reviewed. Singles are listed only if they include non album tracks. Multi-artist collections are usually not listed unless they include tracks not available elsewhere. Bootleg lp's or CD's are not included in this listing. Albums are listed in chronological order as much as possible...Related artists are included when it is deemed relevant or convenient to do so...

 1964

In 1964 only one of the four future members of ABBA was recording-Björn and his folk group the Hootenanny Singers.The only other ABBA related recordings done prior to this time were recordings that ABBA manager Stig Anderson did in the fifties and siscties , either as a singing duo or as a songwriter...

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers 1964 Swedish Lp 

Hootenanny Singers-Lincolnsvisa & others SwedishEP August1964
Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) 1964 Swedish Lp

Hootenanny Singers Swedish market singles 1964-1975

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers February ? 1964 Swedish Lp

This is the first album ever recorded by an ABBA member. It is also the Hootz's debut album.The Hootenanny Singers included Björn Ulvaeus, Tony Roth , Johan Karlberg and Hansi Swartz. They all sang and played instruments,though
some times studio musicians played on their records. Oddly, Hansi Swartz was a German national.
The other three Hootz were Swedish folk.

The group was not always a full time pursuit ,the boyz
went to college, the army and did other jobs during the group's lifespan. The group started life in 1963 in Vastervik,
Sweden as the West Bay Singers but Stig Anderson changed their name to the Hootenanny Singers when he signed them up to be Polar Records' first act.

It may surprise one a little that the Hootenanny Singers were actually one of only a few Polar Music's acts in the 1960's The Polar label was actually rather small and only issued five or ten albums a year..A large part of Stig's repuatation as "MR.BIZ" was built not on Polar records, but on Stig numerous translations of foreign lyrics, to get the Swedish rights to American and English songs Stig had to develop a whole series of important international contacts...

Their first album features some songs in English. But Stig encouraged them to emphasize Swedish language folk music.
The Hootenanny's first album included their first
hit " Jag Vantar Vid Min Mila" (a updated Dan Andersson song which supposedly translates to "I'm Waiting For You at the Charcoal Kiln")
It's a surprisingly powerful debut single.
A harmonica is featured prominently!
Some English folk songs were included on
the Hootz debut were -songs such as " Little Light Of Mine" ,"Spanish Is The Loving Tongue" "Bonnie Ship The Diamond" ,"Kevin Berry "
and there is even a song in Spanish ("Ave Maria No Morro").

Hootenanny Singers-Hem Egan, Lincolnsvisa & others SwedishEP August1964

This was the Hootenanny's second of about eight Swedish Extended Play discs, I don't normally include EP's in the this narrative .But, Unlike most of their EP's this one includes two non-album tracks... Those tracks are "This Land Is Your Land" and "Lincolnsvisa" both of these tracks feature a guest appearence by Swedish folk singer Lasse Frosterud,. All of the Hootz's Ep's have about four songs apiece and Hootz seemed to have stopped releasing Ep's in late 1967..

 

Hootenanny Singers-Hootenanny Singers (2nd album) November 1964 Swedish Lp

This includes the single "Gabrille" which reached #5 on the Swedish sales charts.. "Gabrille" was recorded in six languages. (For example, it was recorded in Finnish-and became a minor hit there... ) All of the songs on this Lp are in Swedish , other songs featured include
"I Lunden Gröna " and "Darling". One interesting coincidence to note here is that like Bjorn ,Agnetha Faltskog also did not bother to come up with specific titles for her first two albums.

 1965

1965 brought forth Benny's first work with the Swedish rock group the Hep Stars as well as continued releases from Björn's Hootenanny Singers

Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube 1965 Swedish Lp

 THE HOOTENANNY SINGERS -FOREIGN LANGUAGE SINGLES 1964-1967
The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC 1965 Available on Swedish Cd
The Heps Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-1965 Available on Swedish CD

Hep Stars SINGLES 1964-1969

Hootenanny Singers-Sjunger Evert Taube Mid 1965 Swedish Lp

Evert Taube (1890-1976) was one of Sweden's
greatest songwriters , Taube was the subject of
two albums by the Hootz. This was their first
album of Taube songs. This features the
hit "Den Skona Helen" which has a bit of Country music feel to it. Hootenanny Singers expert, Karl Van views this as one of the Hootz best albums.

This album was released on CD ,but the CD is out of print..

 

The Hep Stars-WE AND OUR CADILLAC October ? 1965 Available on Swedish Cd

That's Caddy-lack.
Benny Andersson joined the Hep Stars in October 1964 .They had made just one single (Kana Kapila) with their first organist , Hasse Ostlund. For this, their debut album , the Hep Stars would feature Svenne Hedlund on Lead Vocals, Janne Frisk on Guitar and backing Vocals ,Benny on Keyboards, Christer Pettersson on drums and Lelle Hegland on Bass. The group's early record are more group efforts - Benny and Svenne do not dominate the group as much as they would on the later records.

The group hit it big in Sweden right after Benny joined. A raucus Who-like TV debut on Marhc 23, 1965 would help the group top Sweden's charts with the songs " Farmer John", "Cadillac",and "Bald Headed Woman" and hit the top five with "Tribute to Buddy Holly". All of which can found on the CD version of this, the Hep Stars first album.

"Cadillac" is powerful and "Bald Headed Woman" shows what Benny can do with a Hammond Organ. Most of the songs are covers of American and English songs. This album also features Benny's first released composition; a Kinks like rocker (with bad lyrics), called "No Response". "No Response" was supposedly the last song recorded for the album. This album was released by EMI-Sweden's Olga label,

 

.The Hep Stars -HEP STARS ON STAGE-Late 1965 Available on Swedish CD

KRILLE! JANNE! LELLE! BENNY! SVENNE!-THE HEP STAARS! That's how this album starts.
A very Swedish announcer pronounces all the Hep Stars names with same ending syllable, (Krill-lee was the nickname of the Heps' drummer -Christian Peterson. )

ON STAGE is a highly vigorous live album recorded on the Swedish folk park circuit in the summer of 1965. The early Hep Stars were not known for restraint on stage. The fan screaming on here is not manufactured and not totally without some justification. This album is more exciting
than ABBA's live album, albeit, with far worse material and musicianship.

Most of the material played here are covers -a limitation which had drove Benny to write material for the group. Benny mainly plays electric organ here.
At one point Svenne asks the Swedish audience to "Clap Your Hands" but he does it in English, as if saying such things in Swedish wouldn't be cool.

All the recent CD reissues of Hep Stars albums include non album A and B sides
as bonus tracks. The bonus tracks here include "So Mystifying" (the Kinks song), the single
version of "Cadillac" and" Should I" (originally by Chad and Jeremy) ." Should I" blindsides with a blistering organ solo that comes at 1:33 into the track.

Although this is good live album, it is of less interest to ABBA fans simply because there is only one song written by Benny to be found here.

 1966

1966 saw the birth of Björn and Benny's writing partnership in the song "Isn't it Easy To Say", as well as some rapid sophistication in the work of both the Hootenanny's and the Hep Stars.

Hootenanny Singers-International 1966 Swedish Lp
The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars 1966 Available on Swedish CD.
Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces 1966 Swedish lp

 

.Hootenanny Singers-International Early 1966 Swedish Lp

Our Björn and his boyz went off to London here to record a
few tracks and to take in the scene. Yes, some of the songs here were actually recorded in London... The resulting album includes the key song, " No Time " -Björn's first important composition in English (though supposedly he had help from a Martin Dean on the songs' socially conscious lyrics. ) Benny's band the Hep Stars would also record "No Time".. Others songs in English include "Time To Move Along" ,and "In the Darkness of My night".
The major Swedish song here was "Björkens Visa "(Song of the Birch Tree).

 

Hootennanny singers- Manga Ansikten/Many Faces Late 1966 Swedish lp

There you go a translation in the actual album title. The cover features two nearly identical photos of the boyz, one serious , one relaxed.


The songs on side one are in Swedish and on
side two are in English. The English titles include "Through Darkness Light"(written and produced by Manfred Mann's Mike 'D'Abo) ,"Just The Way That You Are" , "The Long Black Veil" as well as two more famous songs-"Baby, those Are The Rules" and Benny Andersson's song-"Sunny Girl".

This album includes Björn's chauvinistic but,
tongue in cheek pop song "Baby Those Are The Rules". Like lots of Hootz records "...Rules" features a lot of harmonica. The lyrics on "Baby ..." were written by American producer Sandy Alexander. It was a hit in Sweden.

This album also has a version of Benny's song
"Sunny Girl" as well as Benny's first appearence playing together on record with Björn on the song "Blomman"(The Flower). Benny's organ takes over the record on "Blomman". One of the best of the remaining songs on the album, was Björn's composition-"In Thoughts of You". , Bjorn was preparing for the day when he could have a solo career.

The big hit on the album was actually one of the Swedish tracks-"Björkens Visa"..

MANY FACES and it's predecessor INTERNATIONAL are probably the two most important Hootz albums in terms of Bjorn's ambitions to have a international career but strangely they have not been chosen to be rereleased on CD. However you can get five of the songs from Many Faces on the Basta hits collection..

The Hep Stars -The Hep Stars December 1966 Available on Swedish CD.

An important album! The Hep stars have a slightly mellower sound here. This is probably the most consistently good Hep Stars album and probably the best ABBA related studio album of the 1960's.

This is where Benny emerges here for first time as a full fledged songwriter and his talent is already blossoming. The CD version of this has seven songs written by Benny and or Björn. (Five of which were on the original LP.) The first song Björn and Benny ever wrote together the exquisite "Isn't It Easy To say is here.

The oft-told legend has it that "Isn't It Easy to Say" was written in the office of Björn's father's papermill after Björn and Benny had met at a party in Vastervik that both the Hep Stars and the Hootenanny's attended.

A real standout track is one of Benny's solo compositions a #2 Swedish hit called "Consolation" -"Consolation" is seemingly the lament of a dead (or metaphorically dead) lover . Benny's organ melds well with the band here.
The song's chorus hook soars to the sky on the
strength of the band performance.

Benny also wrote the haunting classically
influenced "Sound of Eve" which features some lovely piano and actual birdsong (A promo bio of Benny at the time indicates that Benny already had developed an interest in bird-watching). The backing vocals on "Sound of Eve' are ambitious.

Two of the most famous Hep Stars
songs are here. The Hep Stars biggest
international hit-"Sunny Girl"(written by Benny)
is found here as a bonus track.
The other famous songs is "Wedding" a wedding march written by Benny and Svenne that later was played by Benny at Björn and Agnetha's wedding. in July 1971.

The Hep Stars version of the Hootenanny Singers
hit "No Time ' is done here at a less sleepy pace than the Hootz's original. The best of the non-Benny compositions is the anti-war song "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" which like a lot of songs here has some solid three (or more) part harmony on which Svenne sings with Janne and Benny.The Swedish version of the same song can also be found here. (The Hep Stars often did English and Swedish versions of the same song).

All in all ,this album stands up well against albums by British and American artists of the time. It is a must have for students of the songwriting of Björn and Benny.

Singles for Hep House label 1966 Produced by Benny Andersson.

Benny Andersson produced or co-produced a few singles for Hep House -the Hep Stars vanity label imprint - Among them were MARBLE BREAKS AND "IRON BENDS / FEVER by the Dee Jays and "puff the magic dragon" /"this land is your land by the ' Fabulous Four."..The Hep House label fell apart when the Hep Stars finances fell apart....

 

 1967

In late 1967 both Agnetha and Frida began recording, though Agnetha's work wouldn't make it unto a album till 1968 and Frida's till 1971.

Hootenanny Singers-Civila 1967 Swedish Lp
Hootenanny Singers-Basta 1967 Swedish Lp

Northern Lights-GABRILLE mid 1960's American LP
Frida's early recording career 1967-1970
The Hep Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars 1967 Swedish Lp Issued on CD November 2001

 

Hootenanny Singers-Civila -Mid to Late 1967 Swedish Lp

The title means civilians, a reference to the the fact that three of the Hootz had to do a their tour of duty in the Swedish army between June 1966 and June 1967.. This album has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is
a cover of "There Goes My Everything" an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of. Covers of country songs would be become a major part of the Hootz repretoire in the later 1960's.

This has "En Gang ar Ingen Gang" which is
a cover of "There Goes My Everything" an American country music song. This was a song that Frida also did a cover of.

The Hootz return largely to a Swedish repretoire on this album with songs such as"Början Till Slutet ", "Marie-Christina" ," Laura (Vad Är Den Han Har Som Fattas Mej) "and " Mårten Gås ". " Mårten Gås "is a fairly good song made by the strange by lead vocals of the Hootz's
grizzled roadie .

For some reason the 1967 Hootz single Mrs. O'Grady/The Fugitive was recorded around the time but not included as part of the album.

Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis 1967 Swedish Lp Also issued on CD in 1995

I believe this is the only solo album for the Hep Stars lead singer . Of course I could be wrong.... Elvis covers were in fact , a Svenne Hedlund specialty.

As far, as I know Benny does not play on this album, but I don't really dont know... ..

Northern Lights-GABRILLE 1967 ?American and British Lp

Björn was the first of the eventual- members of ABBA to have
an album released in America. The Hootennany
Singers released this album under the name Northern Lights . It includes songs
from the first few Hootenanny Singers albums.

Strangely Swedish language tracks were chosen,even though English language tracks were available, Not surprisingly, the album didn't go anywhere- but it does exist.

.Hootenanny Singers-Basta Late? 1967 Swedish Lp

This was the first Hootz hits collection...
, "Basta " preety much means " Best of " in Swedish.This collection includes some but not all their 1960's hits. Included are"Gabrille (Swedish version), 'Marianne", "Blomman" and "No Time".

The Cd version of this album combines this album with 1969's
collection called DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY Singers and Björn Ulvaeus (see review below). So that's makes this CD a great value and a reasonablly simple way to get most of the
important Hootenanny songs.
If you can only have only one Hootz record in your collection this would be the one to have! More likely you have no hootz in your collection and thats ok too! Go Red Sox, Go Smurfs Do Not pass go...

Frida's early recording career Late 1967-1970

Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) went into the recording studio and recorded her first single for EMI in late 1967.. Frida's early career entirely consisted of singles releases released only in Scandinavia.. None of her early singles were particularly successful....Many of these songs would show up on her second album-which was a collection of her early singles.

Her early work was largely light jazz or sophisticated pop music. All of this material has been made available on Cd and much of it had been released on album.

 1967

 En Ledig Dag / Peter Kom Tillbaka Late 1967

Din / Du Är Så Underbart Rar Late 1967

 1968

 Simsalabim / Vi Möts Igen Mid 1968

Mycket Kär / När Du Blir Min Late 1968

 1969

 Härlig Är Vår Jord / Räkna De Lyckliga Stunderna Blott Early 1969

This song was entered in the Swedish heat (melodidfestivel) ot he Eurovsion song contest.

Så Synd Du Måste Gå / Försök Och Sov På Saken Spring 1969

Peter Pan / Du Betonar Kärlek Lite Fel Late 1969

 1970
 Där Du Går Lämnar Kärleken Spår / Du Var Främling Här Igår Early 1970

The Hep Stars -Jul Med Hep Stars Late 1967 Swedish Lp Issued on CD November 2001Christmas with the Hep Stars.

Festive, no doubt. The LP edtion of this ,IS somewhat rare.
This was reissued on CD for Christmas 2001.It is reissued with a new track listing that includes a couple of previously unreleased tracks as well as the omision of some 3 of the lesser tracks. The original album had lots of talking in Swedish..

The CD opens with "Christmas On My Mind" a fairly good song that's on the HEP STARS 1964-69 Cd. This album also includes "Nu ar det jul igen" , "Nu tandas tusen juleljus" and a humourous version of "Jingle Bells".

The Swedish Christmas standard "Nu Tandas tusen julejus" would be later recorded by Björn's Hootenanny Singers and Agnetha & Linda Fältskog. It is the only song I believe to have been recorded by three different ABBA solo acts.

 1968

1968 saw the innocent first album of

Agnetha Faltskog as well as Björn's short-lived

solo singles career.

Hootenanny Singers-Bellmann Pa Va Sart 1968 Available on Swedish
Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog 1968 Swedish LP
available on cd
The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time 1968 Japanese Cd
Hootenanny Singers-Fave AR 1968 Swedish Lp
Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 1968 Available on Swedish CD.
Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2 1968 or 1969 Swedish Lp
Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969

The Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time Early 1968 Swedish Lp Out of print Japanese Cd

I haven't actually held this album in my hands.
Supposedly it was reissued on CD by M&M
Records in Japan . This was the first of the Hep
Stars studio albums to be reissued on Cd.But it seems to be no longer easily availble. EMI did most of the other Hep Stars reissues. I read somewhere that the oriiginal 1968 version of this album was released on the Cupol label instead of the usual Olga lable ,but I dont know why that was done.

1967 had been a year in which the Hep stars had searched for various ways to break out internationally, but the only sucess they had was Duthc hit in 1967 with "Sunny Girl"...

Early in the year they worked on aborted film project- Habari Safari-( some of which was filmed in Africa, but because there was no plot the footage filmed proved to be useless.
This album was recorded in late 1967 largely in London. On this album session musicians filled in for Janne, Christer and Lennart.(-a common if rather heartless practice in the 1960's) . An American producer Steve Clark was brought in to produce the album. It was not as successful as the Hep Star's first three albums..


The original album featured a lot of songs mainly written by others supposedly in the sort of a California soft rock vein. Yes, The Hep Stars actually were on the beginning of a trend this time...Still, Benny was allowed to write a couple of tunes on the album.

The bonus tracks for the -It's Been a Long Long Time CD nclude many of the songs also found on Songs We Sang 68 CD-(if you have this Cd you could probably get by without Songs We Sang 68). The front cover of the Lp features a colorful drawing
-ah the fabulous 1960's!!!

Björn Ulvaeus Solo Career- 1968-1969

So your up late at night unable to sleep-and you toss and you turn as you wonder -did Björn ever have a career as a solo artist? The answer is yes.
Björn's short solo career occurred whilst he was still a Hootenanny,and most of his solo tracks showed up on Hootenannny albums. His solo career only ended because he joined up with Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).

Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no lp) out in 1968/69 on the Polar label.
These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of Björn's A-sides made it onto this onto the second Basta album, which also functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA" (rewritten to become "Froken Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" (called here "Raring') were big Swedish hits.

Björn's singles-

Raring/ Vill Du Ha En Vän SPRING 1968
Fröken Fredricksson/ Vår Egen Sång FALL 1968
Saknar Du Något Min Kära/ Gömt Är Inte Glömt SPRING 1969
Partaj-aj-aj/ Kvinnan I Mitt Liv Late 1969

Hootenanny Singers-Bellmann Pa Va Sart Mid 1968 Available on Swedish Cd

Our boyz our on the cover decked out in 1700's garb. Björn has a mustache and is holding a wooden flute. Hansi is having a cocktail.
When we read the liner notes we find all
the songs have long titles and references to
to numbered epistles. Whatz up! Well our boyz
are paying homage to Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael Bellmann (1740-1795).

Bellmann's classic work was the Fredman's Epistlar published in 1790 .It's 82 songs tell the story of a middle class hard drinking clockmaker in a style that originally parodies the Pauline epistles.All of the songs here are adaptions of Bellmann songs .The boyz had to shorten many of the texts.

It's not clear where the impetus for this
project came. Obscure Hootz albums are not the kind of thing you hear about in ABBA interviews.
The first track on the album ,"Maltidssang" ,was a mild Swedish hit for the boyz. This is obviously
a less pop sounding album but the boys strident harmony singing sounds the same as it always has. Interestingly , there are some short orchestral bits thrown in here and there that were arranged
by S.O. Walldorf. Walldorf would also do string arrangements for Agnetha's solo albums and ABBA themselves.

This album was recorded at Metronome Studios in Stockholm and co-engineered by Michael Tretow. This is the earliest of the the Hootz studio albums to be available on Cd. This is the only Hootz studio album from the 1960's currently available on Cd..

 

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog Late 1968 Swedish LP

available on cd Reissued in 2004 as part of Agnetha Box set..

This is Agnetha's first album ever...In the late Summer of 1967,Agnetha was singing in Bengt Enghardt's dance band in Jonkoping, Sweden when a demo tape she had sent to Cupol Records drew the interest of producer Little Gerhard.
Sadly, for the Bengt Enghardt dance band, only Agnetha was signed..
Agnetha recorded her first single in October
1967 and by late 1968 her first album had been recorded and released.

The Agnetha Fältskog album compiled the contents of her first five singles. Two of the singles "Jag Ar Sa Kar" (I Was so in love)"and"Allting har förändrat sej (Everything has changed ) were actual hits.

The album cover pictures Agnetha in a sweet but sexy pose in a miniskirt. Agnetha wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on her first album a remarkable accomplishment for a 18 year old woman singer in 1968. This is a very innocent album.

This has finally been reissued on Cd by
Royal Records. The cd includes three bonus tracks, and some of the original artwork.This album is also reissued as part of -
De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD box se

 

Hootenanny Singers-FEM AR Late 1968 Swedish Lp

The album title translates to Five Years. The Hootz had been together five years. This features a very strangely recorded Swedish cover of the Turtles hit-"Elenore" . Well I suppose the Hootz version of "Elenore" is not that strange since strange weird effects & phased guitars were normal in 1967 and Sweden's music wa a little behind the scene..at the that time. Also included is Bjrorn's Swedish language cover of "Harper Valley PTA" called FRÖKEN FREDRIKSSON !

On this album the Hootz do a Kingston Trio song . "Greenback dollar' -the Hootz were continuing to draw on folk sources for the majority of their material even though Björn personally favored
doing more Rock and Pop numbers.

 

 

Hep Stars -Songs We Sang '68 Late 1968 Available on Swedish CD.

The Hep Stars continue down the middle of the
road a bridge too far here .The group
now included Svenne's future wife, Charlotte
(Lotta) Walker a African-American singer from
an American pop-soul group called the The Sherry's.

Somehow, Lotta found herself stuck
in Sweden in the arms of Svenne Hedlund .

In Lotta's honor, the album starts out with a medley of Soul cover numbers (mostly) recorded at Swedish folkparks in 1968.Among the covers are "You Keep Me Hanging On", Let It be Me" and two versions of San Cooke's "Shake" .

The second side of the album features original studio material. It's good but it lacks direction. The second released Björn and Benny composition is here and it's called "A Flower in My Garden". Svenne sings it with a Carl Wilson-esque slur.

The title cut ("Songs We Sang")is sung by Lotta (one of the first songs written by Benny with a lead vocal sung by a woman).
The bonus tracks include the Hep Stars last singles going into 1969. The bonus tracks include the folksy B&B song, "Speleman" .Also included are The b-side to "Speleman" - B&B's , "Precis Som Alla Andra" ,and two numbers written by Benny with Svenne called "Like You Used To Do" and "She Will She love You" .

 

 1969

In mid -1969 Benny left the Hep Stars and began working

full time as songwriter,producer and performer with

Björn who nonetheless continued to work part time with the Hootenanny Singers. Benny and Björn began working with Frida on her singles.

Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus 1969 Available in tandem with BASTA on cd

Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman 1969 Out of print Swedish lp

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog-Volume 2 1969 Swedish Lp

The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska 1969 Swedish lp
The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND 1969 Swedish Lp

 

Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus-Du Baste Hootenanny Singers & Björn Ulvaeus Early to Mid 1969 Available in tandem with BASTA on Swedish Cd

So you ask yourselves yet again ,for the second time in as many minutes ,did Björn ever have a career as a solo artist? ????The answer still is yes.
Björn's short solo career occurred whilst he was still a Hootenanny,and only ended because he joined up with Benny to become a duo (Björn and Benny).

Björn put out , under his own name, four singles (but no lp) out in 1968/69 on the Polar label.
These singles are his only solo records to date. Three of the A-sides made it onto this album which also functioned as the Hootz second Greatest Hits collection. Björn's covers of" Harper Valley PTA".(rewritten to become "Froken Frederickson' -they must not have PTA's in Sweden) and the Bobby Goldsboro's hit "Honey" called here "Raring' were big Swedish hits.

The best song from the second hit collection is a original composition by Björn done for the Hootz as a single called "Mrs O'Grady" . which features great rythems and intriguing English lyrics. The use of staccato strings was inspired no doubt by Beatles records like "Eleanor Rigby".

All the tracks released on this Lp were added to CD version of BASTA as bonus tracks.

-Songs from the original LP DU BASTE MED HOOTENANNY SINGERS & Björn ULVAEUS

Början till slutet-Civilia 1967
Finns det liv så finns det hopp-International, 1966
Fåfängans marknad-Fem Ar 1968
En gång är ingen gång-Civilia, 1967
Saknar du något min kära-A-side by Bjorn,1968
Adjö farväl-Civilia, 1967
Elenore-Fem AR, 1968
Raring-Bjorn A side, 1968
Mårten  gås-Civila, 1967
Så  länge  du älskar är du ung- -Aside, 1968
Fröken Fredriksson Bjorn A-side& Fem Ar 1968
Mrs. O'Grady A-side , 1967

Jorgen Edman -Jorgen Edman Early ?1969 Out of print Swedish lp

This album was the first to feature both sides of Agnetha's 1968 single with Jorgen Edman- Sjung denna säng("Sing C'est La Vie")/ Nagonting händer med dej (Something Happened to Me). These two tracks had been recorded August 19, 1968

Jorgen was a Cupol records label mate... These tracks also show up on the Sjung denna säng album and other compilations ...The rest of the songs on this album are Jorgen Edman tracks.

The Hep Stars-Pa Svenska Mid 1969 Swedish lp

The Hep Stars were having troubles staying whole at this point. Their main problem was that they owed money to the Swedish taxing authorities , but also Benny, Svenne and Lotta
were itching to try something new. So a totally new studio album wasn't in the offing for 1969 and instead a compilation of the Hep Stars Swedish tracks was put together. This includes includes both recent and older material., most of the songs had not been available on Lp at the time...Svenne and Lotta 's Wedding Portrait is on the cover. This doesn't seem to available on Cd.

This was the last Hep Stars album before the tax problems and career changes led Svenne, Lotta and Benny to leave the band. The last concert with Benny was August 31, 1969. The rest of the Hep Stars continued on into the early 1970's ,Svenne and Lotta continued to occasionally work with Benny in concert till 1973.

Björn & Benny would also have some involvement with Svenne & Lotta's albums when Stig signed S&L to the Polar label. The Hep Stars would get together for reunion album in the 1990's (without Benny) called ACT II.

I natt jag drömde A side
Mot Okänt Land A-side
Bilden av dej -Songs we Sang
Är det inte kärlek, säg? B-side
Speleman A side
 Sagan om lilla Sofi
Precis som alla andra
B-side
Någonting har hänt B-side
Jag vet B-side
I sagans land
Tända på varann A-side

Brita Borg- Ljuva Sextital 1969 Swedish 45 single

This was the first hit single for a"B&B " as a writing team. The song was later recorded by Agnetha Faltskog for Swedish radio tribute to Stig Anderson...

Various Artists "SVENSKTOPPEN - TOPPAR" 1969 Lp  Out of print
 A  Polar Music compilation   many of which were non-lp tracks... This album included both sides of a 1969 bjorn Ulvaeus single...
 
1. NANA- ARNE LAMBERTH
2. KÄRLEKENS VALS- BRUNO WINTZEL
3. LIMON LIMONERO- MATS OLIN
4. DRÖM EN DRÖM -ARNE LAMBERTH
5. GÖMT ÄR INTE GLÖMT-BJÖRN ULVAEUS
6. BERLIN -ARNE LAMBERTH
 
1. LJUVA SEXTITAL-BRITA BORG
2. KAKTUSBLOMMAN -ARNE LAMBERTH
3. SAKNAR DU NÅGOT MIN KÄRA- BJÖRN ULVAEUS
4. JAN ÖIWIND SWAHN- BRITA BORG
5. TIMMARNA MED DEJ-BRUNO WINTZELL
6. DET SKALL DU VARA GLAD FÖR-MATS OLIN

Agnetha Fältskog-Agnetha Fältskog Volume 2 Late 1969 Swedish Lp available on CD (a couple of sources say this album was released in 1968) Reissued in 2004 as part of Agnetha Box set..

Agnetha's first two albums were produced by the man who discovered her, Karl-Gerhard Lundqvist (who also went by his performing name-Little Gerhard). Little Gerhard also wrote or cowrote
some of the songs on Aggie's first few albums.

VOLUME 2 is similar to the first album. The main difference is that this album has fewer songs written or cowritten by Agnetha./ This one features "Zigenarvan" (Gypsy Friend") a rollicking song co-written by Aggie that apparently offended her large Swedish gypsy audience. These same gypsies were apprently not offended by Bjorn's solo career...

At this point in her career Agnetha also attempted to become big in(the album GEH MIT GOH in Germany . This album was co-engineered by Michael Tretow.

This album was rereleased in 2000 on CD with bonus tracks by Royal Records .Has lyrics and three bonus tracks! Features "Nu Ska Vi Opp" as a bonus track. "Nu Ska Vi Opp" was featured in the THANK YOU ABBA video in a bizarre vintage 1969 TVappearence where Agnetha joins the Swedish airforce. The bonus tracks dont appear to be found on De Första Åren.

This album is also reissued as part of -De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6 CD box set

track listing. with bonus tracks..

Framför Svenska Sommaren/Lek Med Dina Dockor/Ge Dej Till Tåls/Skål Kära Vän/Glöm honom/En Gång Fanns Bara Vi Två/Hjärtats Kronprins/Det Handlar Om kärlek/Som En Vind../Senor Gonzales/Zigenarvän/Tag Min hand../Nu Ska Vi Opp Opp/ Medley:3 songs/En Stilla

The Hootennanny Singers - PÅ TRE MAN HAND December 1969 Swedish Lp

And then there were three. (the album's title means -"A group of Three")

The irreplaceable ,,Johan Karlberg left prior to the making of this
album so the Hootz were forced to make do as a threesome.

Johan wanted to go back to working at the family car dealership business.

This album includes three unsuccessful Swedish singles
"Vinden Sjunger Samma Sång ",
"Ring Ring Här Är Svensktoppsjuryn" &
Om Jag Kunde Skriva En Visa/".

The album had couple of songs in English -
"When I was Young" &
"Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand"
and two tracks credited to Björn alone
when they were released as singles-
the pleasent "Kvinnan I Mitt Liv" and the bizarre
B&B song"Partaj-aj-aj" The album hasn't been released
on CD.

SIDE A

VINDEN SJUNGER SAMMA SÅNG  
RING RING - SVENSKTOPPSJYRYN  
CASANOVA  
HEM TILL DE HEM  
WHEN I WAS YOUNG  

SIDE B

PARTAJ-AJ-AJ  
OM JAG KUNDE SKRIVA EN VISA  

Who's Gonna Hold Your Hand
KVINNAN MIT LIV  
LEV SOM DU LÄR  
VÅRT SAMTAL I MORSE  

 1970

In 1970 Bjorn and Benny released their only album as a duo

and Bjorn began colloraborating with Agnetha on her recordings

Hootenanny Singers-Skilling Tryck 1970 Swedish Lp

Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis 1970 Swedish LP.

The Hep Stars -Hep Stars Again 1970 Swedish Lp out of print

Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Lycka 1970 Swedish CD

Björn and Benny's singles from 1969-1972

Agnetha Fältskog-Som Jag Ar 1970 Swedish lp

Hootenanny Singers-Skilling Tryck Mid 1970

This album has a very casual but attractive picture of Björn, Hansi and Totta
on the cover. the title very loosely translates to " Printed Pamplet which costs one Skilling to buy"which is an arcane reference to old folk sheet music. Both Benny and Micke Tretow worked on this album. THIS WAS the Hootz 10th studio album and the last Hootz album produced by Bengt Bernhag who died in 1971.

I Fjöl Så Gick Jag Herrarna Med I Hagen
Rose Marie
Bröllopsvisa
En Visa Vill Jag Sjunga Som Handlar Om Min Lilla Vän
Elin Och Herremannen
Karlsborgsvisan
Hej Dunkom Så Länge Vi Levo
Jungfrun Och Sjömannen
Ack, Göta Konungrike
Älvsborgsvisan
Spelmansvisa
I Fjöl Så Gick Jag Herrarna Med I Hagen

Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis 1970 Swedish Lp Out of Print

A Lp reisssue of Svenne's 1967 solo album. Benny did do concert dates with Svenne and lotta during the early 1970's....The Orioles were quite good in the early 1970's..The Brady Bunch was on the early 1970's....

The Hep Stars -Hep Stars Again 1970 Swedish Lp out of print

Benny Andersson ,Svenne& Lotta had left the Hep Stars in 1969. The rest of band continued even though they not graced with lots of talent.. The idea at this point was go back to a more rock and roll direction. Still they recorded stuff like "Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head".

And so The Hep Stars now recorded and perforned without Benny and Svenne& Lotta...Sort of the like the Doors continuing without Jim Morrison, .The remaining Hep stars-Janne, Christer, and Lelle brought in a new boy /girl singing duo-Kookie and Josphine Tian...But they were not overly successful...

TRAVELLIN´BAND
BY TOMORROW

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN´ON MY HEAD

MADEMOISELLE NINETTE

LIVIN`DOLL

GEE WON`T YOU FOLLOW ME
  LOOKY LOOKY
DOWN ON THE CORNER

WORDS

CRY LIKE A BABY

STORYBOOK CHILDREN

BLUE SUEDE SHOES

Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Lycka Fall 1970 Released on Swedish Cd 1991 , Reissued on CD in 2006 with bonus tracks

The reissue of this CD in 2006 included all of the relevant released tracks.. In some ways this is the birth of ABBA.This album features the first track to have
all future members of ABBA on it and this is the very first album to have all the music written by Björn and Benny. Björn and Benny wrote the music to all of the songs and some of the lyrics. The whole album is sung in Swedish . Björn doing most of the lead vocals, with Benny providing some backing vocals. The original album featured eleven songs. The title translates into Happiness. This album was released in the fall of 1970 on Polar Records. As a whole, this album features some of Björn's best work.

Acoustic and Electric Guitar feature more prominently here than they would on ABBA records. The electric guitar ,in particular dominates on "Kalles Visa, "Nagonting Ar Pa Vag".This album is a bit more serious in tone than some of the later B&B songs and early ABBA songs that would follow in the early and mid-Seventies. None of the songs here (even in translation) have a bubble gum lyrics or sound.

"Hej Gamle Man" (Hello Old Man) was released as the single from this album and proved to be successful, though the album was not overly successful. "Hej Gamle Man" features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals. It was the first song to feature all four members of ABBA. "Hej Gamle Man" actually shows up on the ABBA box set -THANK YOU FOR YOU THE MUSIC. Benny actually sings one of the songs here-"Kara Gamla Sol", but's it's hard to tell it's Benny.

My favorite song on this album is the great acoustic guitar workout "Liselotte " (it features lyrics by Agnetha and Björn). I also love the anthemic "Ge Oss En Chans"(Give Us A Chance) . "Ge Oss En Chans "has some soulful singing and some great organ. A nice little touch can be found at the beginning of "Lilla Du, Lilla Van' which starts with Benny's piano sneaking in at a low volume.

The stark brown cover is telling. It's clear that their is seriousness of purpose and intent in these two young man. Benny's (age 23) trademark beard puts in it's first appearence on a album cover (Benny (never had a beard on the Hep Stars album covers). Björn (then age 25) looks a little smug but the trademark smile is there. The Swedish flag on the Guitar seems to say ,"We represent Sweden to the world".

The later Lp pressings and the Cd versions of LYCKA include a 1971 A -side that wasn't on the original album. That A-side "Tank Om Jorden Vore Ung' features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals and like a few of the B&B songs has a ever-so slight country twinge to it.The LYCKA album was recorded at Metronome in the Summer of 1970 .

LYCKA was produced by Björn and Benny with Bengt Bernhag and engineered by Michael B.Tretow. Benny and Björn played on the tracks with two Swiss musicians, drummer John Counz -drums and bassist -Gus Horn. S.O.Walldoff was responsible for the orchestral arrangments.

Agnetha and Frida had joined up with Björn and Benny to change the group from a duo to a quartet.before a planned followup B&B album was anywhere near completion. Björn and Benny continued to release singles through till 1972.Agnetha and Frida had joined up with Björn and Benny to change the group from a duo to a quartet soon to be named ABBA.

The reissue of this CD in 2006 included all of the tracks that Bjorn and Benny commericially released as a duo...

The LYCKA album track lineup with songwriters listed (AU means Andersson-Ulvaeus)

SIDE ONE:
Lykca (A-U-Anderson)
Nånting är på väg(A-U)
Kära gamla sol(A-U-Anderson)
Det där med kärlek(A-U-Himmelstrand)
Valkommen in i gänget(A-U- Himmelstand)
Lilla Du, Lila Lila van (A-U-Fugelstad)

SIDE TWO:
Hej Gamle Man !(A-U)
Liselott (A-U-Faltskog)
Kalles Visa (A-U-Himmelstrand)
Ge Oss En Chans (A-U)
Livet går sin gång(A-U)

Bonus tracks on 2006 CD
12. She's My Kind Of Girl
13. Inga Theme
14. Det kan ingen doktor hjälpa
15. På bröllop
16. Tänk om jorden vore ung *
17. Träskofolket
18. En karusell
19. Att finnas till
20. Hey, Musikant
21. Was die Liebe sagt (German track)
22. Love Has Its Ways
23. Rock'n Roll Band
24. Merry-Go-Round
25. To Live With You (previously unreleased)

*track added to later printings of Lp,CD

 Björn and Benny's singles from 1969-1972 (and the CD's where they could first be found- prior to the LYCKA Reissue) @ indicates Anna & Frida sang on the record)

Björn and Benny released a number of
singles in Sweden, Japan and a few other
places. Although a couple of the singles were drawn from the LYCKA album,
many of the songs wouldn't appear on album at the time, and some of the
tracks have never made it onto an official album.

Agnetha and Frida sang on many of these songs which makes them prime ABBA collectibles. Agnetha and Frida sing on "Hej Gamle Man","Tank Om Jorden Vore Ung", "Pa Brollop", " Det Kan Ingen Docktor Hlapa" , "En Karusell " , "Merry Go Round". and "Ah Vilka tider"

Many of the songs can found on Cd!

.En Karusell (the Swedish version of Merry Go Round"), " Att Finnas Till" and "Ah Vilka Tider" were reissued on
on the PA SVENSKA CD.
"Hej Gamle Man, Merry Go Round, She's My
Kind of Girl', and "Santa Rosa" made it onto
ABBA"s box set.

For some reason, many of B&B's songs
are no longer available (except on bootlegs) or on the original 45's.The hardest -to get tracks are "Inga Theme', "Hey Musikant" (the German version of "Hej Gamle Man", "War Die Liebe Sagt "(the German version of "Livet Gar Sing Gang"), "Pa Brollop", " Traskofolket'", "Love Has It's Ways," and the original version
of "Rock N Roll Band".

"Pa Brollop" and "Traskofolket" are greatpseudo- Swedish folks songs that shouldcertainly have been rereleased.
Perhaps, one day B&B singles will properly compiled.

 1970 She's My kind of Girl ( RING RING/
Inga Theme (NA-Not available)

These Two songs were recorded for the movie, Seduction of Inga,in late 1969. "She's My Kind of a Girl " is a pleasant bouncy track if a bit stupid lyrically. The "Inga Theme" features chanting and humming and some interesting if not very coherent bits of melody. "She's My kind of Girl" rather strangely became a big Japanese hit in 1972. "She's My Kind of Girl" also appears on some versions of the "RingRing" album even though it was recorded in 1969.

 1971@Det Kan Ingen doctor Hlapa /NA.
@Pa Brollop 1971 NA

This is one of the most obscure of B&B's singles-since neither side has been released on Lp or CD. The b-side "Pa Brollop "(at the wedding) is probably the more enjoyable record.

1970@Hej Gamle Man / LYCKA
Lycka 1970 LYCKA

Two tracks chosen from the Lycka album - "Hej Gamle Man" was a hit in Sweden.

 1971Tank Om Jorden Ung Vore Ung LYCKA/
Traskofolket NA

The later Lp pressings and the Cd versions of LYCKA include a 1971 A -side that wasn't on the original album. That A-side "Tank Om Jorden Vore Ung'features Agnetha and Frida on backing vocals and like a few of the B&B records has a ever-so slight country twinge to it. "Traskofolket" is a folksky song inspired by Vilhem Moberg's "The Emigrants" and a song about the Wooden clogged people of those books.

 1970 @Hey Musikant (German Hej Gamle)NA
War Die Liebe Sagt (German version of Livet Gar sing Gang )NA.

German translations of two songs from the Lycka album.

 1972@En Karusell (swed-Merry Go Round) PA SVENSKA /
Att Finnas Till 1972 PA SVENKSA

The Swedish version of "Merry Go Round" was actually released as a single,the b-side was the country balladish sounding"Att Finnas Till".Neither song was released on album till the 1990's.For some reason even the English version of "Merry Go Round" was not compiled on the RING RING album until the recent 2001 remastering.

Agnetha Fältskog-Som Jag Ar October 1970 Swedish lp

The title translates as "As I Am"and was used as the title of Aggie's autobiography in the 1990's.The cover features a haunting shot of Agnetha standing in a field covered with leaves.

SOM JAG AR featured Björn Ulvaeus' involvement, he and Aggie had only recently been going together , and would marry in July 1971. Björn coproduced SOM JAG AR with Little Gerhard and sings on a duet with Aggie here-"Sa Har Borjar Karlek"- ("That's how love begins" ). You can see why Aggie & Björn didn't do more love duets -"That's how Love Begins' is pretty darned nauseating, or maybe they just couldn 't stand each other after all!

Among the better songs here are "Jag Saka Gor Allt" a song written by Aggie and "En Sang och En Sanga'" a Paul Mauriat song that gets interesting about half way through.This album also features "Som Ett Eko" (Like an Echo).

The hit here was Agnetha's song " Om Tarar Vore Guld "( '"If Tears Were Gold"). Agnetha got sued for plagiarizing over "If Tears Were Gold"- but only paid a tiny settlement. Trivia experts would be interested to know that future ABBA guitarist Janne Schaffer played on this record...

This album was released for first time on CD in 2004 as part of the box set-De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979/

Track listing:

Som ett eko
När jag var fem
En sång och en saga
Tänk va' skönt
Ta det bara med ro
Om tårar vore guld
Hjärtats saga
Spela vår sång
Så här börjar kärlek
Du ska minnas mig
Jag skall göra allt
Sov gott min lilla vä
n

 1971

In 1971 Frida's first two solo albums were released and B&B

and Agnetha contined to record. Agnetha and Bjorn got married in July.

Frida-Frida 1971 Out of print Swedish LP

Frida's Singles 1971-1980

Lena Andersson -Lena 1971 Out of print Swedish Lp

Lill-Babs- "Valkommen Till Varlden /Ra-Ta-Ta 1971 single 45

Agnetha Fältskog- Nar En Vackar Tanke Blir En Sang 1971 Swedish Lp

Frida - Nu Vissla I Ett Slag (Whistle While You Work) Swedish Extended play disc of Disney music 1971

Hootenanny Singers Vara Vackraste Visor 1971 Available on Swedish Cd

Hep Stars -Californa Maiden 1971 Swedish Lp.

Frida- ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD 1971 or 1972 Out of print Swedish LP.

 

/Frida-Frida March 1971 Out of print Swedish LP

This was Frida's very first album it came out in March after almost four years of unsuccessful single releases Why she didn't lose
her record contract we can only speculate on-though Ollie Bergman of EMI is quoted as saying "we really liked her".
Yes, somebody at her Swedish label ,EMI, must have realized that there
is not a more stately pop singer in Sweden .

However, this album proved to be no more sucessful than her singles..

Frida recorded 13 songs with Producer/boyfriend/future ABBA member,
Benny Andersson between September 1970 and Jan. 1971. The tracks were engineered by Björn Noren and featured arrangments by Bengt Palmers and Claes Rosendahl, Eleven of the songs appeared on this album. (the two other tracks were left unreleased). This is a restrained, tasteful album that ranges through jazz, folk , and pop but doesn't really touch on rock n roll. The songs on this album are certainly a bit better than what is on Frida's eight singles that preceded this album but the songs here also are less energetic than those singles.

The leadoff track "Tre Kvart Nu" sets the stage for the album-it's a tune by pianist Arthur Rubenstein set to Swedish lyrics by Benny's friend Peter Himmelstrand . "Tre Kvart Nu" translates to "Three Quarters (of a Hour) From Now".Frida does a good version of the title track from B&B's LYCKA album but actually I think the B&B version is a bit more emotional. Frida does a fine job with a Swedish version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne".

All the songs here are in Swedish . Every Frida solo record up to 1982 would be sung in Swedish. All the later pressings of this album would include' "Min Egan Stad" (My Home Town) ,which is a Swedish version of one of Benny's English language Hep Stars songs called originally" It's Nice To Be Back Again". Frida's version is bright, punctuated by Benny's piano it's almost a preview of a ABBA record . "Min Egan Stad" include Mike Watson on Bass and Roger Palm on Drums.. Recorded in July 71 it would be Frida's first big Swedish hit (it made it to #1).

Thie original version of this album has a relatively unattractive picture of Frida with her hair styled in a horrible short perm. The original album has a gatefold cover with some interesting pictures on the inner gatefold.

A later different version of this album (the one I have) is called EMI starseries Part Seven. It's in a ugly blue cover without the gatefold cover that graced the original m. This album was never released on CD but all the tracks are available on the FRIDA 1967-1972 collection..

TRACK LISTING FOR THE FRIDA ALBUM
Track listing Side 1  Track listing Side 2
 Tre kvart från nu
Jag blir galen när jag tänker på dej
Lycka
Sen dess har jag inte sett'en
En ton av tystnad
Suzanne
Min egan stad ( on later pressings)
Allting skall bli bra/Vad gör jag med min kärlek
Jag är beredd
En liten sång om kärlek
Telegram för fullmånen
Barnen sover

 Frida- Singles 1971-1979
 Frida released 7 singles in this period , her work with ABBA meant that she released no solo singles between 1973-1974 and betwwen 1976-1980...
 1971

En Liten San Om KArlek/Tre Kvart Fran Nu Spring 1971 EMI

En Kvall En Sommarm/Vi Allt Me NAsten Inget Mid 1971 EMI

Min egen Stad /En Gang Ar Ingen Gang Fall 1971 EMI

 1972

 Vi Ar Alla Baraa I Borjan/Kom Och Sjung En sang Early 1972 EMI

Vad Goe Jag Med Min Karlek/Allting Ska Bli bra Spring 1972 EMI

Man Vill Ju Lite Dessemellna/Ska Ma Skratta eller Grat Late 1972 Polar

 1975
Fernando (Solo Swedish version)/Ett Live I Solen Late 1975 Polar

 

Lill-Babs- "Valkommen Till Varlden /Ra-Ta-Ta Mid 1971 single 45

This single includes the B&B song "Valkommen Till Varlden " The recording was produced by B&B and features all four ABBA members singing or playing on it...

 

Hep Stars -California Maiden 1971 Swedish Lp...out of print, very out of print...

The post Benny Andersson /Svenne Hedlund era Hep Stars continued ....A second album with Kookie and Josephine,. All New material , no rock and roll covers this time, Once again- no great success ..

What happened after this, I dont know -maybe they all went off to write the Great American Novel...and so there were no new Hep stars albums after this till 1989...

 1. Riverboat 
2. Nothing 
3. Do I Still Figure In Your Life 
4. Come Home 
5. Reflections Of You 
6. Judas In Blue 
 1. Ten Years Later 
2. Carolina 
3. Going Back 
4. Where The Hell I Am
5. California Maiden

Frida - Nu Vissla I Ett Slag (Whistle While You Work) Swedish Extended play disc of Disney music 1971

Frida recorded this song for a Swedish Disney song project. This song is from Snow White. This track is very obscure and hard to get since it is not on any of Frida's albums. It does not seem to be avialbe on CD in any form...There are two other songs on this EP- a version of Heigh Ho sung by Rasmus , and "Theme to Snow white" performed Kerston Franzen.

 

Hootenanny Singers -Vara Vackraste Visor Fall 1971 Available on Swedish Cd

Björn ,Hansi and Totta (also known as Tony )
recorded this in July 71,at the Europafilm studios.

Supposedly the title means "Our Most Beautiful Songs".
Although the cover makes this album look like
a live album, - it is not. It was produced by Benny
Andersson (or at least he's the guy who got credited)..
There is a lot more piano and accordion on the
the two triple V albums. Every time you hear
a keyboard on a Hootennany record you find yourself wondering ."Is that Benny?". One of those times is on a great keyboard
solo on the trad. tune "Horgalaten" which utterly blows one
away.... Interestingly, Benny later recorded "Horgalaten" again for his "Fiolen Min" album.

Hjärtets Saga
Jungman Jansson
Den Vackraste Visan
Så Länge Skutan Kan Gå
Lilla Vackra Anna
En Valsmelodi
Rosen Och Fjärilen
Horgalåtan

Tesslördan
Luffarvisa
Aftontankar Vid Fridas Ruta

Lena Andersson -Lena -Late 1971 Out of print Swedish Lp

This was the second album by the blond Polar label singer.Stig and Bjorn coproduced it and all four ABBA members sing backing vocals on it. Strangley none of the songs on the album were written by B&B , though some of her other albums and singles include B&B songs.

Agnetha Fältskog- Nar En Vackar Tanke Blir En Sang Rel. Late 1971 Swedish Lp

The album title translates to "When A Beautiful Thought becomes a Song"
This album was recorded in 1971 at Metronome Studios in Stockholm.
Björn Ulvaeus produced this album which was Agnetha's fourth ;and Björn does a good job. Björn even cowrote some of the songs here with Agnetha. (songs like "Mitt Somarland, and "Kungens vaktparad
".)

Benny and Frida can also be found singing and/ or playing on this,album notably on 'Drom Ar Drom A Saga Saga" (A dream is a Dream and a Song is a Song ).

The cover features Agnetha sitting down near a window which is a theme that would be repeated on her next studio album cover. The Dutch reissued this album with a different cover under the name AGNETHA. A lot of the songs on this album can found on the "Sjung Denna Sjung" compilation .

This was released on CD in 2004 as part of the box set De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979. But it has yet to be released independently on CD.

Track listing:

Många gånger än
Jag vill att du skall bli lycklig
Kungens vaktparad
Mitt sommarland
Nya ord
Jag skall inte fälla några tårar
Då finns du hos mig
Han lämnar mig för att komma till dig
Kanske var min kind lite het
Sången föder dig tillbaka

Tågen kan gå igen
Dröm är dröm, och saga saga

Frida- ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD 1971? (some sources say 1972 ) Out of print Swedish LP.

This is a twelve song compilation of previously EMI released singles Some sources (-the TWIST in Dark site is one )say that this album was released in 1971.. One source (ABBA-The BOOK )implies that this album was actually released in October 1972. So I review it in the 1972 section.

 

 1972

1972 saw the first singles by Bjorn ,Benny and Agnetha & Frida as a quartet, also,Frida moved to the Polar label,and Agnetha appeared as Mary Magdelene.

Lena Anderson-Better To have Loved/Cecelia

Original Swedish Cast -Jesus Christ Superstar 1972 Available on German Cd

ABBA's Early Singles , many of which were released only in Sweden.

Ted Gardestad -Undringar 1972 Swedish CD-

Hootenanny Singers- Vara Vackraste Visor Volume 2 1972 Avail. on Swedish Cd

Frida- ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD 1972 (some sources say 1971) Out of print Swedish LP

Kulle- "Ture Sventon" / "Jag Ar Blatt En Man" single 45 Late 1972

Various Artists-När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar 1972 Swedish Lp

Lena Anderson-Better To have Loved/Cecelia
- and Saj Det Med En Sang/Cecelia single 45 Early 1972 singles

Both sides of this single were written by Bjorn and Benny and the song was a failed entry to the Eurovsion song contest..."Better to Have Loved' is the English version of " Saj Det Med Eng Sang

Hootenanny Singers -Tiden/Ida & Frida & Anne-Marie 3/72

A rare non -album Hootz single...

Original Swedish Cast -Jesus Christ Superstar Swedish 2Lp set early 1972 Reissued on Dutch Cd

Agnetha was Mary Magdelene in the Swedish language stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's classic musical. This was Aggie's first acting role. The part is important but not very big -two solos and a few other small bits. Agnetha retained the acting bug and would later star in a film.

Björn produced Agnetha's versions of" Everything's All Right" and "I Dont Know How To Love Him". The latter song was A #1 hit on the Svenkstoppen.

We have a rare chance to compare Agnetha and Frida's singing styles since
Frida also did versions of these same two songs, on her 1971 debut album. Frida's
versions were produced by Benny. Interestingly, her versions use a different translation than that used on the Agnetha version. Not surprisingly, Agnetha's versions of these songs are better than Frida's versions,partly because Björn comes up with a much better arrangment for Aggie than Benny did producing for Frida, but partly because these songs are more suited more Aggie.

This album was rereleased on Cd just recently on Royal Records (the same people who reissued Aggie's first 2 albums on CD). The two main Agnetha tracks can be found on numerous Agnetha compilation....

You can see footage of rehearsels for the staging of this musical on the SUPER TROUPERS video...

 Disc 1- Ouvertyr, Ditt Folk Har Du Förlett, Vad Står På ?/ Hon Går På Gatan(Agnetha), Nu Ska Du Bli Stilla(Agnetha), Jesus Må Dö, Hosianna, Simon Ivraren/Ack Mitt Jerusalem, Pilatus Dröm, I Templet, Allting Är Allright(Agnetha), Vart Ska Min Kärlek Föra(Agnetha), Drömd För Alltid
 Disc 2- Nattvarden, I Getsemane, Jesus Fängslas, Petrus Förnekar Jesus(Agnetha), Inför Pilatus, Herodes Sång, Judas Död, Åter Inför Pilatus, Superstar, Korsfästelsen, Johannes Evangeliet kap. 19, vers 41

 

ABBA's Early Singles , many of which were released only in Sweden.

 The early ABBA singles credited to Björn & Benny with Agnetha & Frida (On right of chart see where the song was first availabe on CD! A few of these songs have not been released internationally.

 

* Bara Du Slog En Signal (swed-Ring Ring)c/w 1973 PA SVENSKA

* Ah Vilka Tider 1973-Pa Svenska

 

* People Need Love c/w 1972-Ring Ring

* Merry Go Round 1972-Box set

 * Ring Ring (English vers.) c/w 1973 Ring Ring

* Merry Go Round 1973 Box Set

 * He Is Your Brother c/w 1972 Ring Ring

* Santa Rosa 1972 Box Set

  * Waterloo(Swed vers. )c/w 1974 Pa Svenska

* Honey Honey (Swedish vers.) 1974 Pa Svenska

    Love Isn't It Easy c/w 1973 Ring Ring

* I am Just A Girl 1973-Ring Ring

   --and there was a promo 45 in Swedish called...

* En Halsing Till Vara Parkarrangorer (Greetings to

Folk Park Promoters) ( No longer in print.)

Polar Music issued this promo 45 as a greetings to promoters on ABBA's 1973 Swedish folk parks concert tour-it included talking and snippets of various songs....

Ted Gardestad -Undringar January 1972 Swedish CD

Ted's first album and a very sucessful one -it topped the Swedish charts for ten weeks.. .Agnetha and Frida sang backing vocals,Bjorn and Benny sing and play on this album , and produced the album, but most of Ted's songs were written by Ted(music) and brother Ken(lyrics)Ted was quite young at this point in time....Later, he got older.

Hootenanny Singers- Vara Vackraste Visor Volume 2 Mid to Late 1972 Avail. on Swedish Cd

Produced by Björn and Stig. The Hootz did their
last tour with Björn on the summer of 1972 .
Why this was called VVV part two -I'm not really sure. Like, VVV Part One this album features songs by Evert Taube, Dan
Andersson and Birger Sjoberg amongst others. By this time, the Hoots had stopped trying to impress their audience with annoying covers of American country songs.

The main drawback of the two VVV albums ,and any of the later Hootz albums is that none of the songs were written by Björn and or Benny. (B&B did take a publishers credit for arranging some of the traditional songs here.) However at least that means that the later albums don't try to go too many different directions which is often a problem on the Hootenanny's 1960's stuff, so the later albums are more focused.

Michael Tretow engineers a few of the tracks here. The lovely "Omkring tiggarn Fran Luossa" is leadoff song here. Björn's sensitive vocal is coupled with some wistful piano playing. I read more than one place that "Fran Luossa" supposedly set a record for amount of time on the Swedish charts that was broken by "Guldet Blev Sand" (from B&B's KRISTINA), but that seems strange, since it was not released as a single...

The Hootz did their last tour with Björn on the summer of 1972 . The three Hootz were joined on their tour by Kjell Jeppson, Hams Bergkvist, and soon to be ABBA bass player- Rutger Gunnarsson.

 

Omkring Tiggarn Från Loussa
Visa I Molom
Längtan Till Italian
Svarte Rudolf
Dè È Någè Visst Mè Dè
Där Björkarna Susa
Kullervisan
Får Jag Lämna Några Blommar
En Balad Om Franske Kungens Spelmän
Flicka Från Backafall
Calle Schewens Vals

Aftontankar Vid Fridas Ruta

Frida- ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD October? 1972 (some sources say 1971) Out of print Swedish LP.

Although this is a twelve song compilation of previously released singles none of the songs had been on a album before .

It never has been really been exactly clear when this album was released.... One source (ABBA-The BOOK )implies that this album was actually released in October 1972.

This album draws mainly from Frida's eight singles released between 1967-1970 . Ten of the sixteen songs from her first eight singles made their album debut here. The remaining six sides wouldn't make it on a album till the 1990's. The 1971 "Min Egan Stad" /"En Gang Ar Ingen gang " single filled the eleventh and twelth spots on this LP.

Frida's first six singles were produced by EMI's Ollie Bergman. Ollie was the man who signed Frida to EMI after seeing her sing" En Ledig Dag" on the Hyland Horna Tv show in September 1967. The oft -told
story being that this particular TV show was put on to keep people off the roads
since Sweden was switching from driving on the left to driving on the right."En Ledig Dag" (A Day Off)
would also be her first single (released September 1967) and appears for the first time on album here. Eight of the songs here were produced by Ollie Bergman. Of the songs ,produced by Ollie Bergman only "Härlig är vår jord" received any airplay. In all, Frida would have only five radio hits prior to 1974- "Härlig är vår jord", "Min egen stad , "En kväll om sommarn" ,Där du går lämnar kärleken spår" and "Man Vill Ju Leva Lite Dessemellan".

In 1969 Benny became Frida's producer (and her boyfriend!) Benny produced the remaining four of the songs on this album. The "Min Egan Stad" single as well as two other songs "Peter Pan" and "Dar Du Gar Lamnar Karleken Spar"(Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes)".
"Peter Pan was' a Swedish B&B composition recorded in Sept. 1969 . "Peter
Pan" marked the first time three future ABBA members worked on a record together.

The cover of this album features Frida sitting down on a small hill showing off her' legs (very similar to the cover of Agnetha's first album). This album was never released on Cd but all the songs are available on FRIDA 1967-1972.

Frida stopped recording for EMi in 1972 and signed with Polar Records.

But by late 1972 ABBA was starting to take over Frida' career, and so Frida

only released a few sides as a solo artist for Polar between 1972-1974.

Track listing for ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD (all songs sung in Swedish)

SIDE ONE  SIDE TWO
 1. Min egen stad (1971)
2. En gång är ingen gång (1971)
3. Försök och sov på saken (1969)
4. Peter Pan (1969)
5. Räkna de lyckliga stunderna blott (1969)
6. Där du går lämnar kärleken spår (1970)
 1. Härlig är vår jord (1969)
2. Peter, kom tillbaka (1967)
3. Simsalabim (1968)
4. En ledig dag (1967)
5. Du är så underbart rar (1967)
6. Så synd du måste gå (1969)

Kulle- "Ture Sventon" / "Jag Ar Blatt En Man" single 45 Late 1972

A single with both sides written by Bjorn and Benny. The music was for the childrens's detective film TURE SVENTON..which also featured Kulle.

The b-side "there's a little Man' has some story attached to it but i am forgetting waht that would be.....

 

Various Artists-När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar Late 1972 Swedish Lp

Polar's 1972 Christmas music album had tracks by Annifrid Lyngstad, Lena Anderson,Svenne Hudlund, trumpeter Arne Lambert, Sonja Stjernqvist and the Hootenanny Singers .The title of the album translates to "When Christmas Morning Is Shining".

The Hootz do versions of "Gå Sion, din Konung att möta" and "Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus".Frida does "Nar det lider mot jul( When Christmas Is Coming") and "Glans over sjo och strand". All of the tracks were recorded in 1972.

The orginal Lp (which has a wintery picture of a church on the cover ) is no longer available,
but this album was reissued in tandem with Agnetha andLinda's Christmas album on the 1994 Polar CD -JULENS MUSIK.

THIS is an enjoyable Christmas album. Highlights include Lena Andersson's version's of "Silent Night",and Svenne Hedlund's version of "Dotter Sion, frojda Dig" which has some fantastic church organ on it (by Benny perhaps?).

This album was produced by Stig, Benny and Bjorn.The reissue JULENS MUSIK is the closest thing we have to an ABBA Christmas album. (ABBA never recorded any Christmas music).

Stilla Natt - Lena Andersson
Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus -Hootenanny Singers

När Det Lider Mot Jul Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Dotter Sion, Fröjda Dig- Svenne Hedlund
O Du Saliga -Sonja Stjernqvist
Gläns Över Sjö Och Strand -Anni-Frid Lyngstad
När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar -Svenne Hedlund
Bereden Väg För Herran -Arne Lamberth
Hosianna -Sonja Stjernqvist
Gå Sion, Din Konung Att Möta- Hootenanny Singers
Härlig Är Jorden -Lena Andersson
Var Hälsad Sköna Morgonstund -Arne Lamberth

 1973

In 1973 Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida's first album was released and their regional career as a group started to take off.

 Björn Benny &Agnetha Frida-RING RING rel.1973 available worldwide on CD1990's

Agnetha Fältskog-Basta 1973 Swedish Lp

Various Artists-1973 - EMI 054-34826 - 50 glada år alla tiders största - Disney Favoriter Vol.2 Out of print Swedish Lp

Various Artists -SVENSKTOPPEN - TOPPAR 3 1973 Lp  Out of print

Hootenanny Singers-Dan Andersson Pa Svart 1973

Janne Schaffer- Janne Schaffer

Svenne & Lotta-Oldies but Goodies 1973 Swedish LP out of print

Ted Gardestad -Ted 1973 Swedish CD

Ted Gardestad -Ted Early 1973 Swedish CD
Ted's second album. Produced by Benny, Björn & Ted Gardestad.Agnetha and Frida sang backing vocals, Benny plays piano. Bjorn plays mandolin, and banjo.

*** Björn Benny &Agnetha Frida-RING RING rel. March 1973 in Sweden available worldwide on CD1990's

 

This is regarded as ABBA's first album. The acronym ABBA wasn't used officially till after
the release of this lp. The RING RING lp was originally released only in Sweden and a few other terrritories . The RING RING album only became widely available in most territories when Polygram released it on Cd in the 1990's.


However, Five of the songs from RING RING have been long available worldwide on Abba's first GREATEST HITS album. Those songs were" Ring Ring"," People Need Love","He Is Your Brother'," Nina Preety Ballerina" and "Another Town, Another Train" These are still reasonably enjoyable. Lyrically, the themes
on "People Need Love" and "He is Your Brother" are laudatory if not very original.
The original album had twelve tracks. The original Swedish LP had both the Swedish & English versions of" Ring Ring".The first Cd issue of RING RING included the Björn and Benny song "She's my kind of Girl "instead of the Swedish version of"Ring Ring"

Of the six remaining tracks the most
interesting is "Disillusion" . "Disillusion" is the only ABBA song to be written or cowritten by one of the girls. Agnetha wrote the music and Björn wrote the words .B&B were unable to encourage Agnetha to write any more songs for the group. (Frida never had a writing credit on a ABBA track)
"Rock N Roll Band "is only a mildly effective song, it, like so many of the early ABBA songs features Björn on lead vocals. "Love Isnt Easy "and "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother" have pleasent bubble gum melodies but sound contrived."I saw It in The mirror" and "I am Just a Girl" are two of the worst ABBA songs ever.
Like all of the ABBA albums that would follow RING RING was engineered by Michael B.Tretow, and produced by ABBA's boys, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

RING RING is generally regarded as the weakest of the ABBA studio albums, though one could make the argument that the less-hit laden WATERLOO album is weaker...

 

ORIGINAL LP TRACK LISTING....

1. Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal) 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.Ring Ring (English version) ; 11. I Am Just A Girl; 12. Rock'n Roll Band;

2001 CD Remaster Track listing....

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;

Extra tracks: 13. Merry-Go-Round; 14. Santa Rosa; 15. Ring Ring (Bara du slog en signal)

 

 

Hootenanny Singers-Dan Andersson Pa Svart August 1973 Swedish CD

This one features a river on the cover, This album was recorded in May and June 1973 and released in August. This album once again featured more involvement from Hansi and Tony. The album features songs written by the great Swedish songwriter Dan Andersson (no relation to Benny). The version of Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila is a rerecording of their 1964 debut single. . No ambition here are than to put out a good album. Acccording to Carl Magnus Palm, this is one of the Hootz best albums. Micahel Tretow engineered this album and Benny plays on it...

Per Ols Per Erik
Vårkänning

Sizzi
Till Min Syster
Avskedssång Till Finnmarksskalden Broder Joachim
Julvisa I Finnmarken
Heldagskväll I Timmerkojan
Brooklandsvägen
Spelmannen
Om Aftonen
Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila
Omkring Tiggarn Från Loussa

Various Artists- 50 glada år alla tiders största - Disney Favoriter Vol.2 Out of print 1973 Swedish Lp

This album was released on EMI and it compiles Frida's 1971 Disney track, "Nu Vissla I Ett Slag "(Whistle While You Work) oringially found a 4track Extended Play record.. This is the only album that seems to have this song on it...Though no doubt it is found elsewhere...

Various Artists -SVENSKTOPPEN - TOPPAR 3 1973 Lp  Out of print
 A  Polar Music compilation   many of which were non-lp tracks...This features both sides of a 1972 single "
The two Hootenanny tracks and the two Frida tracks were not otherwise available on Lp at the time..
 
1. MAN VILL JU LEVA LITE DESSEMELLAN - Anni-Frid Lyngstad (frida)
2. I EN KLOSTERTRÄGÅRD -  Arne Lamberth
3. TIDEN - Hootenanny Singers
4. JAG TROR PÅ SOMMAREN- Mats Olin
5. JAG ÄR BLOTT EN MAN-Jarl Kulle
6. JAG HÖR MUSIK -  Arne Lamberth
 
1. JAG VILL HA EN EGEN MÅNE -Ted Gärdestad
2. NATTEN HAR SIN EGEN SÅNG- Arne Lamberth
3. IDA, FRIDA OCH ANNE-MARIE-Hootenanny Singers
4. SKA MAN SKRATTA ELLER GRÅTA-Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida)
5. SÄJ DET MED EN SÅNG- Lena Andersson
6. SOM EN SAGA- Arne Lamberth

 

Janne Schaffer- Janne Schaffer 1973 Swedish Lp

The first of 20 or more solo albums by ABBA lead guitarist Janne Schaffer,most of which have been in a jazz/rock fusion style.., none of his albums were released on the Polar label. Most of his early albums are not available on CD, but can be found on used lps...Janne's solo career continues into the present day.Other ABBA session people worked on Janne's albums, ....Many of Jannes's albums ,especially ,the late 1970's titles were released internationally....His debut album was one of the most successful of his albums it went to number one on the Swedish charts. This particular album features ABBA percussionists Malando Gassama and Ola Brunkert. This album was more in a rock style... I dont normally include his albums in the YEAR BY YEAR listing .since .I dont believe any of the four ABBA members wrote songs, played or sang on his records...

Svenne & Lotta-Oldies but Goodies Late 1973 Swedish LP out of print

This was their First Lp with Polar Records, among the oldies were"Be My Baby' and Do You Want To Dance". The album was produced by Bjorn and Benny and Svenne and B&B play on it.

Agnetha Fältskog-Basta Late 1973 Out of print Swedish Lp

Agnetha devoted less time to her solo career in 1972-1974. This was due to her need to spend time as a wife and (in 1973 - mother) and due to the emergence of ABBA. This hits compilation was her only solo album to come out during 1972-1974. This was released on the Cupol label.

Agnetha did record and release four singles during this lull. Four songs from these singles would appear on this album. The 1972 tracks "Vart skall min kärlek föra."(Aggie's version of"I Dont Know How To Love Him") and "Sa Glad Som Dina Ogon", The 1973 tracks were "En Sang Om Sorg Och Gladje" and" Vi Har Har Hunnit Fram Till Refrangen" (Our Last Song Together"). "Our Last Song together" has a lovely melody courtesy of Neil Sedaka. The latter two were recorded for this Hits collection....

The lettering on this album similar to that used on Barbara Streisand albums. BASTA hasn't been released on Cd cos it was superseded by later hits compilations.

Track listing:

Jag var så kär
Utan dej, mitt liv går vidare
Allting har förändrat sej
Zigenarvän
Om tårar vore guld
Många gånger än
Dröm är dröm, och saga saga
Vart skall min kärlek föra?
Så glad som dina ögon
En sång om sorg och glädje
Vi har hunnit fram till refrängen

 1974

1974 brought ABBA's international breakthrough and Bjorn's last album with the Hootenanny Singers.

ABBA- WATERLOO 1974 Available worldwide on CD

Hootenanny Singers -Favoriter 1974 Out of print Swedish Lp

Hootenanny Singers -Evert Taube pa Svart 1974 Available Swedish CD

.Agnetha Fältskog- Agnetha 1974 Out of print DUTCH Lp

Ted Gardestad --Upptag 1974 Swedish CD

ABBA- Honey Honey 1974 German Lp

FRIDA - EMI STJÄRNSERIE, Volume 7 Swedish? Mid to Late 1974 Lp

Stig Andersson- Stig "Stikkan" Anderson Swedish? Lp 1974

ABBA- Björn Benny &Agnetha Frida 1974 Czechoslovakia Lp

Bjorn Jison Lindh-Boogie Woogie 1974 Swedish Lp

Sweet Dreams-"Honey Honey" single 1974

Svenne & Lotta 2 1974 Swedish Lp Out of print

 

ABBA- WATERLOO

March 1974 (later in most territories) Available worldwide on CD

"My, My at Waterloo , Napoleon did surrender".

Thus sung ABBA in their #1 prize winning entry at the Eurovision song contest in April 1974.

This album released on the heels of ABBA's big Eurovision breakthrough this album did little to solidify ABBA's commercial standing. Although, WATERLOO is not a great album it still can be an fairly enjoyable listen ifyou can get beyond this album's bubblegum sensibilities.
There have been few more explosive pop records than the "Waterloo" single. It is easy to see how such a song could prove to be such a breakthrough track for the group throughout the world. Like many of ABBA's
1970's hits much of the song is sung in unison by Agnetha and Frida. "Honey Honey" sounds overly inspired by bubblegumclassics such as the Archies," Sugar Sugar"."Honey Honey"
was actually covered by another group (Sweet Dreams)
in Britain and became a minor hit. "Honey Honey" is ABBA's most anonymous sounding song,


Agnetha's vocal showcase -"Hasta Manana'was a hit in some places and was covered by Debbie Boone . I never really liked the song.

"Dance (While the Music Goes On)"seems deriative of Phil Spectre ,always
somebody worth of copying. I don't really care for Björn's vocal interjections on
"Dance", In fact, his vocal presence on this album is substantial -he hasthree lead vocals here, and sings onmany of the other tracks, but the girls
sing on his songs ,sweetening them up,making them listenable.

A lot of the songs here have an element of fun -Most Notably "King Kong Song, and "What About livingstone". Two of the songs are more serious- "My Mama Said" which had a great instrumental break" and "Gonna Sing You My Lovesong" which offers a very vulnerable Frida
lead vocal. "Suzy Hang Around" is practically the only ABBA song to feature Benny on lead vocals.
I hate"Suzy" lyrics but love his keyboards on the song.

"Watch Out" is a unconvincing rocker which has interesting ending.
The title track from the RING RING was included on the WATERLOO album in most territories. In Sweden , the Swedish version of Waterloo was released. WATERLOO is just an average album. It's a must have only for fans of the early ABBA period.

Hootenanny Singers

Favoriter 1974 Out of print Swedish Lp

The Hootz put out this compilation album of previously released Swedish language tracks. I believe this was released by the Scandinavian Music Club... .They were a group of Scandinavians who enjoyed music....

Gabrielle 
Vinden Sjunger Samma sång 
Måltidssång (Sång nr. 21)
Fåfängans Marknad 
Mårten gås 
Omkring Tiggarn Från Luossa 
Björkens Visa 
I Fjol Så Gick Jag Med Herrarna I Hagen 
Hjärtats Saga 
Finns Det Liv Så Finns Det Hopp 
Vid Roines Strand 
Den Som Lever Får S

.Agnetha Fältskog- Agnetha

Mid to Late 1974 Out of print DUTCH Lp

....This was a repackaging of the 1972 album Nar En Vackar Tanke Blir En Sang BY EMBASSY RECORDS for the Dutch market.

Många gånger än
Jag vill att du skall bli lycklig
Kungens vaktparad
Mitt sommarland
Nya ord
Jag skall inte fälla några tårar
Då finns du hos mig
Han lämnar mig för att komma till dig
Kanske var min kind lite het
Sången föder dig tillbaka

Tågen kan gå igen

 

FRIDA - EMI STJÄRNSERIE, Volume 7

Swedish? Mid to Late 1974 Lp

This album is a rather garish reissuing of Frida's first solo album...It was reissued to To take advantage of ABBA's emergence, All the songs are there but little in the way of liner notes..The album was released on the Columbia label, catalog No 34549. The title means E.Mi. Star Series....

Stig Andersson- Stig "Stikkan" Anderson Swedish? Lp 1974

This is quite a rare album that compiles ten of ABBA manager's own recordings , presumably mostly songs he did in the 1950's....it was supposedly issued on the Telstar label, not on Stig's own Polar label,.. It seems strange to think of Stig as a performer- but in any case, he also worked as a songwriter and a teacher before starting the Polar record label in 1964. Stig had his greatest success prior to ABBA in translating foreign songs into Swedish.

A few of Stig's songs have made unto CD...but only on Various Artist compilation albums.....

Track listing

DET BLIR INGET BRÖLLOP PÅ LÖRDAG  (with BÖRJE CRONA )
VALSEN OM FRANS-OSKAR 
IENE MIENE MUTTE 
TRoO LILLA HJÄRTA, TRO (with BÖRJE CRONA )
BABY-TWIST (with Lillian)
DET ÄR KNAS PÅ VÅR NYA MAGISTER (with BÖRJE CRONA )
D'Ä INTE KLOKT VA' HAN ÄR SNÄLL 
POLKAKYSSAR 
MIMI HAR EN DECKARE I SÄNGEN 
VALSEN OM OSS (with BÖRJE CRONA )

 

Hootenanny Singers -Evert Taube pa Svart Fall 1974 Available Swedish CD

The Hootz second album to feature songs from the repertoire of Evert Taube (the album title means Evert Taube -Our Way) The Hootz had previously recorded the album Sjunger Evert Taube in 1965. Evert Taube was a noted early 20th cenentury Swedish singer/songwriter.

Once again, there are no Hootz on the cover just a lovely photo of a red house on rocky Swedish isle. Makes you want to go out to the archipelego and write # 1 hits.

This was recorded and produced in summer of 1974 by B&B after "Waterloo"had broken ABBA internationally. This is Björn's last work with the Hootz and it was only recorded cos B&B didn't want to back out on the comittment to make the album . At this point, Björn finally left the Hootzenanny's so as to devote more time to his other group-ABBA.

TRACKS LISTING


Nocturne
Sjösalavals
Fritiof Anderssons Paradmarsch
Linnea
Brittisk Ballad
Fritiof Anderssons Polka
Skärgårdsfrun
Dansen På Sunnanö
Ingrid Dardels Polska

Vals I Valparaiso
Sjuttonde Balleden

Sweet Dreams-"Honey Honey" single mid 1974

This was a July 1974 #10 Hit in Great Britain, the first cover of a ABBA to be a hit outside of Scandinavia. I would guess that it was on a Lp ,and perhaps was released on CD .

ABBA- Björn Benny &Agnetha Frida Mid? 1974 Czechoslovakia Lp

This is just the same as the Waterloo album, with the standard track listing but with a different title. I don't know why they didn't call it "Waterloo". ABBA was unusual in their attempts to release albums on an frequent basis in the then Communist Eastern European markerts..It got to the point where ABBA manager, Stig Anderson set up a company just to trade with the East Europeans.. He would trade music for oil and other goods.

ABBA- Honey Honey mid to Late 1974 German Lp

This album was released by Polydor in Germany-the album is Essentially the `1973 "Ring Ring album with the 1974 song "Honey Honey " tacked on in place of "I Saw It in the Mirror".

1. Ring Ring; 2. Another Town, Another Train; 3. Disillusion; 4. People Need Love; 5.

Honey Honey ; 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;

Ted Gardestad --Upptag 1974 Swedish CD

Produced by Benny, Ted Gardestad & Björn.Agnetha and Frida sang backing vocals, Bjorn plays guitar, Benny plays piano, ...Linda is still in diapers..Stig drinks champagne ...while the rest of us have a beer.

Bjorn Jison Lindh-Boogie Woogie 1974 Swedish Lp

The second of numerous albums by Swedish flute player and ABBA session player Lindh. He later provide the flute for "One Night In Bangkok." from Chess. Like many of his albums, this album features various ABBA session band players such as Janne Schaffer and Ola Brunkert. ABBA's session players were all very good musicians and woud often work together outisde of ABBA..

Bjorrn and Benny themselves didn't play on Lindh's albums. Lindh's records ranged from jazz to folk to new age....Many of them were released internationally....

 1975

By late 1975 ABBA had proved they were not a flash -in-the-pan. 1975 also saw solo releases by Agnetha and Frida. 1975 was one of the most prolific years for ABBA related releases...

ABBA- Pop Power-The Fantastic ABBA 1975 Austian Lp

ABBA-ABBA released april 1975 Available worldwide on CD

ABBA- Mamma Mia ABBA Mid 1975 German Lp

ABBA-I do I Do I Do I Do I Do ABBA 1975 South Africa Lp

Arthur Greenslade &Orchestra -Play the Best of ABBA 1975

Svenne & Lotta 2 1975? Swedish Lp Out of print

Harpo -" Moviestar" single .... 1975 Scandinavan & German single.

Birgitta Wollgard & Salut-Birgitta Wollgard & Salut 1975 Swedish Lp

Bjorn Skifs -SchiffzSwedish lp 1975.

Frida -Frida Ensam November (Sept?) 1975 Available on Swedish CD

Agnetha Fältskog-Elva Kvinnor I ett Hus rel. December 1975 Swedish Lp

Various artists- -Stars Im Zeichen Eines Guten Sterns 1975 German Lp (includes one song by ABBA)

ABBA-BEST OF 1975 Australian LP

ABBA-Greatest Hits November 1975 in Sweden /Early 1976 elsewhere Reisued on CD 2006

ABBA- Pop Power-The Fantastic ABBA 1975 Austrian Lp

Supposedly, the Austrians (that's right not-the Australians!) released their own special music club version of an ABBA studio album, in this case- the Waterloo album. For this version they dropped "Watch Out" and "Suzy Hang Around" and replaced them with "SOS", "So Long " and "Ring Ring". The cover also was different -this one features Frida's butt. Yes it's true, go look up it up!...

A

1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Sitting In The Palmtree
4. King Kong Song
5. My Mama Said
6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)

B.

1.Honey Honey
2. What About Livingstone
3. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
4. So Long
5. Hasta Mañana
6. S.O.S.
.

ABBA-ABBA released April 1975 Available worldwide on CD

After the success of "Waterloo" ABBA had some limited success with singles between Mid 1974 and mid 1975 but it wasn't till the release of the "SOS" single that they proved that they were not just a one hit wonder in the critical British market.

This album ,despite the presence of four million selling hits was not a mega seller in English speaking markerts (though it certainly did well enough).That's probably why it tends to be less well known than the later ABBA albums. This is the ABBA album with the highest
concentration of effective rock n roll numbers.

Five of the songs on the ABBA album had elements of rock and roll, "So long", "Intermezzo No 1", " SOS" , "Rock Me", and "Hey Hey Helen".

"Hey Hey Helen" is one of the great unsung
ABBA songs, for some reason Björn and Benny themselves never cared for it, maybe
because the lyric is actually preety good,
better than the usual nonsense that pervaded many of their singles.
Mercifully HHH is a has a darker lyric
with feminist overtones that are thankfully not diluted since Björn refrained from singing along . Also, Somebody put away the key to the music hall piano so that Benny wouldn"t make the song too cheerful. Benny instead provides some solid clavinet fills ..

However "Rock me' is perhaps a less convincing
rocker with a run-of -the mill-lyric, On this one they let Björn into the vocal booth,
and Benny got to throw in the music hall
piano. Admittedly, one has to give Björn
a lot if credit for the way he managed to stretch his voice into such a growl on "Rock ME",(For a long time I had assumed it was Benny singing on "Rock Me "because
the lead vocals sound so different". The album's closer "So Long' was not
a very good song,but nor was it really so bad, it was the first single from the
album in a few territories.
"Intermezzo No 1" & "SOS" are highly original classical/ rock fusions. " Intemezzo" was ABBA's first instrumental record -and was most certainly not a filler track. "SOS' melds akeyboard backed verse with a guitar driven chorus. Agnetha's angst-tormented lead vocal is puncuated by some charming accented pronunctions of English words that tend to emphasize how European this record is. "Tropical Loveland' and"Bang-A-Boomerang"
are the kind of lyrics and songs that seem'
provoke disdain amongst ABBA's critics.
"BAB "actually has a fairly clever title and
was illustrated by one of the cheeriest videos ABBA ever made (. For once the ABBA smiles look sincere! )"Tropical Loveland' does have stupid lyrics that are poorly pronounced by Frida, but it is redeemed by some sublime but subtle backing vocals and organ work-listen closely to this song on headphones. ( ABBA's harmonies from Day One were always incredibly inventive).

Agnetha got another prime vocal opportunity on "I've Been Waiting For You",just catch her hitting the high notes on the word "ceiling".

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 ON 2001 Remasters ...

extra tracks: 12. Crazy World; 13. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special (new bonus tracks)

ABBA- Mamma Mia -ABBA Mid 1975 German Lp

Once again, the German's issued a ABBA Studio album with name different the

en it's given one.

In this case they called ABBA's self-titled studio album-"Mamma Mia". The track listing is the same as "ABBA' and the cover is similar to the original cover...

ABBA-I do I Do I Do I Do I Do ABBA Mid 1975 South Africa Lp

In this case the South Africans decided to call ABBA's self-titled studio album-".-I do I Do I Do I Do I Do The track listing is the same as "ABBA' and the cover is similar to the original cover. This album was also released in

Zimbabwe...

Harpo -" Moviestar" single .... Late 1975 Scandinavian & German single.

Frida did backing vocals for this song, which was recorded & released in both English & Swedish versions .The track has not been compiled on a Frida album, but is available on a recent Harpo collection. The recording of this song is pictured in the "From Waterloo to Mamma Mia" book....

Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra-Play the Best of ABBA 1975 LP

One of the first albums to feature covers of ABBA songs. It was released on Sweden's Polar records but also in other territories. it was executive produced by Stig Anderson. On this album the pianist , Arthur
Greenslade actually performs the unreleased B&B composition,"Cecilia"' as well as a number of early ABBA songs. and a couple of B&B tracks.

Track listing

Side A

1.) Cecilia
2.) So Long
3.) I Am Just A Girl
4.) Hasta Manana
5.) I've Been Waiting For You
6.) Ring Ring
Side B
1.) Honey Honey
2.) To Live With Love (Lycka)
3.) Waterloo
4.) Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
5.) Better To Have Loved (Säj Det Med On Sang) 6.) What About Livingstone

Birgitta Wollgard & Salut-Birgitta Wollgard & Salut 1975 Swedish Lp

Birgitta recorded for Polar in 1970's and did
B&B approved Swedish versions of a few ABBA's
songs notably "Mamma Mia" and "Merry Go round".
Birgitta was also a background singer on ABBA'S
world tours.This album featured five B&B songs including a Swedish versions of"I do I do I do I do I do called OM OCH OM OCH OM IGEN As well as "Merry Go round". (En Karusell) "En Sondag i Maj"was originally a unreleased B&B recording with the name of "Den Stora Karleen".."Att Finnas Till "was a cover of a released B&B song.

 OM OCH OM OCH OM IGEN
HEJ HEJ DU RAR 
LOVER PLEASE   
HONOLULU VÄNTAR PÅ MEJ   
JAG TAR HAND OM DEJ
NATTEN LÅNG 
 EN KARUSELL   
STICK IVÄG   
ATT FINNAS TILL   
EN LÅT HAR FASTNAT I SKALLEN 
GRATTIS PÅ VÅR EGEN STORA DAG   
EN SÖNDAG I MAJ   

Svenne & Lotta 2 1975? Swedish Lp Out of print

This was S&L's followup album it featured "Bang-A-Boomerang" which was originally going to be only their song, but ABBA ended up having to use their own version as well. Svenne and Lotta were not too thrilled that ABBA also released their own version of "Bang-A-Boomerang. Svenne and Lotta were not too thrilled that ABBA also released their version of "Bang-A-Boomerang". Svenne and Lotta were not too thrilled that ABBA also released their version of "Bang-A-Boomerang. Two other B&B songs were included "Roly -Poly Girl" -A English version of "Kara Gamla Sol' and Dance (while the music still goes on)    B&B just mainly produced the songs they wrote on this one. This album included more 1960's oldies as well.

Bang En Boomerang (3:02)When You Walk Into The Room (2:50)
Tell Laura I Love Her (3:03)Oh Juicy (3:37)It's My Party (3:42)Roly-Poly Girl (Kära Gamla Sol) (2:37)Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) (3:19)Chapel Of Love (3:05)Dream Lover (2:36)
Changes (3:34)Bang-A-Boomerang (3:02)Glad All Over

Bjorn Skifs-Schiffz Swedish lp 1975

Frida dueted with Blue Swede's lead singer Bjorn Skifs on a song called "Med Verann" -.

Like most of Frida's subsequent duets -It has not appeared on any of Frida's albums.This track can be found on Bjorn Skif's Basta CD

Various artists- -Stars Im Zeichen Eines Guten Sterns Mid to Late 1975 German Lp (includes one song by ABBA)

ABBA recorded a medley of traditional songs for this obscure German charity album. in May 1975 .
The songs chosen were "Pick a Bale of Cotton", "On top Of Old Smokey, and "The Midnight Special".
They recorded these songs because they
had no new material available.
Interestingingly, all the songs are in the public
domain-meaning that B&B could claim the publishing rights to this arrangment.

The song was first widely available as a b-side...
The track can be easily obtained on the box set. and on the remaster of ABBA's 1975 studio album...

1. James Last Annie Laurie/Greensleves
2. Lars Berghagen-Aloja Oe La Paloma/Und darn ging ich zu den Madchen
3. ABBA 
Pick A Bale Of Cotton  
    On Top Of Old Smokey  
    Midnight Special 
4. Bata Illic-Auf der Stafe zu Dir/Katjcuschka-Kalinka
5. James Last -Danny Boy/Palsir D'Amour/The House of the Rising Sun

1. Freddy-Guantanarmera/LA Golchinna/Cileto ,Lindo
2. Wencke Myrhre -Triliba -Hozchuctanz/Titshc-Trsch Polka
3. Fischer Chore -Horsh, was kinnit. etc/Hetzt Koomen etc.
4. Karel Gott -Swanee River/When The Saints Go Marching In/Glory, Glory
5. James Last -Wenn Wir heut auseinandergehn

 

Frida -Frida Ensam November 1975 Available on Swedish CD Remastered and reisued with bonus tracks in 2005

FRIDA ENSAM translates to Frida Alone,
but Benny produced, Björn,Benny,
and the ABBA band play on this.
ABBA manager Stig Anderson was
executive producer. The only ABBA person
who is missing is Agnetha. Aggie was otherwise occupied with her own solo album.

Frida and Agnetha each released Swedish
language solo albums in 1975. Both FRIDA
ENSAM and Aggie's ELVA KVINNOR I ETT HUS both took a long time to be recorded because of the time demands of ABBA.

The arrangements of the songs are as well thought out as the ABBA records of the period. This album catches Frida more confident and enthused then ever. There is very little on the first three ABBA albums that shows off her vocal talents as much as this record does.

The choice of material is quite varied. Most of the songs seem to be covers of previously released songs with the exception, of course, of the original Swedish version of "Fernando" which made it's debut here.
(Frida's version was released slightly ahead of the English language ABBA version)."Fernando" is the only B&B song on the album.

Two of the song choices were definitely not light jazz-"Liv Pa Mars'" ( a spectacular version of David Bowie's "Life On Mars") and "Wall Street Shuffle"(a 10CC song)." Life on Mars" was drawn from Bowie's HUNKY DORY album. A few of the other songs were more akin to her PRE-ABBA song selection but are given a much more effective presentation by the increasingly tight ABBA band.

The album is uniformly excellent but some
highlights include the ethereal "Hey Hey..' chorus in "Aldrij Mej" , the end of "Ett Live I solen" and Frida's high singing on "Send In the Clown'.

The front cover of this album featured Frida in a highly alluring but yet tasteful pose in a darkened room. Her hair is the medium long, dark straight hair of the Arrival era. This is one of the most successful Swedish market albums by a ABBA solo artist. It went to #1 in Sweden and sold over 100,000 copies. This album is a must have for Frida fans!

Track listing for FRIDA ENSAM (all songs sung in Swedish)

Fernando (Swedish version)
Jag Är Mig Själv Nu
Som En Sparv
Vill Du Låna En Man
Liv På Mars? (Life on Mars)
Syrtaki
Aldrig Mej
Guld Och Gröna Ängar
Ett Liv I Solen
Skulle De' Va' Skönt
Var Är Min Clown (Send in the Clowns)

Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue
12. Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan( non-album a-side)
13. Ska man skratta eller gråta (non-album b -side)

Agnetha Fältskog-Elva Kvinnor I ett Hus rel. December 1975 Swedish Lp Remastered and reissued as part of box set in 2004

Often regarded as Agnetha's best studio album. It's certainly the album that she put the most effort into. Aggie produced the album ( remember this is 1975 when woman did not generally produce their own records) and she wrote most of the music, Bosse Carlgren wrote lyrics based on themes and dummy lyrics put together for the songs by Agnetha.

The album title translates to "Eleven Woman in One Building". An actual Stockholm building was pictured on the back cover. Each of the 11 songs tells the story of
one of the eleven woman living in the building pictured on the cover. This includes the Swedish versions of two ABBA tracks-"SOS" and "Disillusion"(known here as "Mina Ogon")

Also included here is "Gulleput" a Swedish version of "Golliwog" . "Golliwog" was the B-side of 1974 non-album single "Here For Your Love' ." Here for you love" was the Engish version of "Tio Mil Kvar Till Korpilombolo" . "...Korp..." was released released as a non-album B-side in 1973. .Yes, it can all be very confusing.

Some of the more memorable tracks on ELVA are "Doktorn" which has a beat and you can dance to it: " Dar Hom Glut" and the lovely "Tacks for Underwear". Actually .the real title of that last one is "Tack For En Underbar van lig Dag" .The album closes interestingly with "Visa i attonde manaden " (Song in the Eight Month).

Strangely, ELVA hasn't been released on Cd yet..Michael Tretow engineered this, but the other ABBA members had very little to do with this album.

Strangely, this album hasn't been reissued on it's own
on CD as of yet. It did get released on CD as part of box set of Agnetha's first 5 solo albums that was released in 2004/ CD buyers can also find some of the tracks from on this album on the Tio AR MED, and My LOVE, MY LIFE CD's.

Track listing :
S.O.S. /En egen trädgård/ Tack för en underbar, vanlig dag/ Gulleplutt /Är du som han?

/ Och han väntar på mig /Doktorn! /Mina ögon /Dom har glömt /Var det med dej? /
Visa i åttonde månaden /

 

ABBA-BEST OF November 1975 Australian LP (Released in Eastern Australia in February 1976)

Though not strictly part of the ABBA canon,
BEST OF (the first ABBA compilation album) is an important record in the history of ABBA. BEST OF was released in Australia and a few other territories. During it's intial chart run in Australia this album sold 860,000 copies . Australia had a population of 14 million at the time. This was unprecedentated rate of market penetration. Abbamania struck Australia with a vengeance that would not die down for two years. ABBA fervor was never this extreme anywhere else, though ABBA occasionally had similarly high market penetration in other territories. ABBA was so popular in Australia that a backlash developed
and after 1977 ABBA would be less popular in Australia than in many other territories.
The track listing for BEST OF was similar to, but not the same as the subsequent GREATEST HITS album. GREATEST HITS would be released in Sweden, and thus was
officially part of the ABBA canon! Greatest Hits was released in 1976 in much of the world (including the US and Great Britain).

Unlike Greatest Hits, BEST Of had "Hasta Manana'', but BEST OF didn't have "He Is Your Brother, Another Town, Another Train, or Fernando'. (The RING RING album was made available in Australia so there was less of a need for RING RING tracks to be on THE BEST OF album. )
The "Fernando" single hadn't been released when BEST OF came out.
So when, "Fernando' was released in 1976, it became ABBA 's biggest selling
Australian single. In Australia ,"Fernando" ended up being placed on the ARRIVAL album. But, most territories would see
"Fernando' on the GREATEST HITS album.

 

TRACK LISTING
, Side 1: Waterloo; Ring Ring; Honey, Honey; Mamma Mia; People Need Love; Nina, Pretty Ballerina
Side 2: I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; SOS; Dance (While The Music Still Goes On); Bang-A-Boomerang; Hasta Mañana; So Long

ABBA-Greatest Hits November 1975 in Sweden /Early 1976 elsewhere Reissued on CD

This was only ABBA's third album released in many parts of the world and it would come only 22 months after their Eurovision victory with "Waterloo". It was released in late 1975 in Sweden,but in early 1976 most other places.

Although a GREATEST HITS collection might have seemed premature, with "Fernando" ABBA was already releasing it's eleventh song that was a hit somewhere.(some songs were hits in different territories.)

In Sweden and a few other territories , the
cover featured a green/bluish drawing of the members of ABBA as animal life.
In the rest of the world the cover would feature a now famous photo
of the two ABBA couples. Benny and Frida-
the unmarried couple were kissing, Agnetha
and Björn ,the married couple ,were being distant to each other.

GREATEST HITS featured five songs from
the RING RING album, three songs from the WATERLOO album
and five songs drawn from ABBA.

GREATEST HITS had only one new song
the legendary "Fernando" . "Fernando" was ABBA's first successful ballad hit. It had been originally written in Swedish for the FRIDA ENSAM album, but a English language version with both Frida & Agnetha singing was prepared for release by ABBA. The song seems both over exposed and fresh at the same time. The intro and flute still can bring chills to the spine.

The special intro helped made this first ABBA song to exceed four minutes in length.
During the songwriting process, "Fernando "had emerged as a Swedish tango ,but had soon developed a ersatz Mexican feel. The chorus to the song is probably the ABBA hit that is easiest to sing along to.

The earliest versions of GREATEST HITS in Sweden didn't have "Fernando" ,but
all the later pressings did. Sadly, with the release of ABBA Gold,
GREATEST HITS has been phased out.

track listing for ABBA's Greatest Hits

 SOS

He Is Your Brother

Ring Ring

Hasta Manana(not in most territories)

Nina Pretty Ballerina

Honey Honey

So Long

  I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do

People Need Love

Bang-A-Boomerang

Another Town, Another Train

Mammia Mia

Dance (While the music still goes on)

Waterloo

Fernando (on later additions)