Various Artists-(concept album)-ABBACADABRA- 1983 French LP and two later English singles. French LP Reissued on CD in1994,but again out of print.
This was the first" musical" based
on B&B music. In 1983 French producer and songwriter Alain
Boubil put together this project which originated as a special
on French television.that was broadcast on the French
TV channel TF1 over Christmas, 1983.
The musical was also recorded as an album for the French market.
(Alain was well known to ABBA and Stig Anderson, as he had written the French language lyrics to ABBA's sole French language track, "Waterloo". ( Alain would become famous worldwide for musicals "Miss Saigon" and "Les Miserables:".
The idea here was to borrow the melodies from ABBA songs and write new lyrics so as be able to tell a story and also so as to be able to do it in French. (this was a French/Belgian coproduction). B&B were not directly involved with the French version, although they did allow their music to be used, which is a bit surprising, though perhaps they thought that the ABBAcadabra project was an interesting experiment.
The story was inspired by children's fairy tales. Somehow, the producers were able to get Frida from ABBA involved to a play Sleeping Beauty and she sang a song in the show a duet called "Belle" which used the melody from "Arrival".
"Belle" was released as single in France and became a hit there. Frida's duet partner was the great late French singer, Daniel Balavoine. Daniel would work on Frida's SHINE album and would remain a friend of Frida's till his unexpected death in 1986.
Also in 1983. a English version of ABBAcadabra was staged on the West End.It premiered in December of 1983, at London's Lyric Theater. It ran for about eight weeks as a limited Christmas season show.
This was an English language version of the French show. This show was produced by Cameron Macintosh. This British version however, did not result in another record album; however ,two studio recorded singles were released. These singles actually had some direct involvement in the songwriting process from Bjorn and Benny.
One of the singles included Frida's duet with B.A. Robertson on "Time". This was the English language version of "Belle". The b-side of that single featured B.A Robertson performing "I am the Seeker" which was a B&B song that ABBA considered in 1982 but never recorded, The other single featured Elaine Paige doing a rewritten version of "My Love, My Life called "Like an Image Passing Me By" . Oddly, the new lyrics for this one were cowritten by Björn. The singles were also released by Polar in Sweden.
Later also a Portuguese, and Dutch versions of ABBAcadabra were staged. For some reason there was also released a sequel album in France with more ABBA songs rewritten with new lyrics.
None of the versions of ABBAcadabra are widely known , partly because interest in ABBA was low at the time.they came out, and at the time they were was not really grand expectations for the show...
Apparently, B&B never saw the play-which seems bizarre considering how many times they have sat through stagings of Mamma Mia or Kristina.
The ABBAcadabra experiment did seem to prove that it is ultimately counter productive to alter ABBA's lyrics too much for a stage production that would feature ABBA songs. The lyrics even when they were mediocre were a integral part of the appeal of the songs that ABBA sang.
The license to produce ABBAcadabra was apparently for a limited time and so this musical has not been revived since the 1980's. Nor it it likely to be brought back since Mamma Mia having taking over the ABBA theatrical musical market. Currently none of the albums released from this are in print..
FRENCH LP& CD track listing Lyrics by Alain & Daniel Boublil
THE BRITISH Staging Late 1983 Lyrics by Don Black and David Wood
The British staging generated two singles but no album!
A: Time (Frida &Daniel Belavoine)/ B: ( I
am)the Seeker (B.A.Robertson)
A. Like An Image Passing By (Elaine Paige)/When Dreamers Close There Eyes (Finola Hughes)
FULL LIST OF TITLES OF SONGS PRESENTED IN THE BRITISH STAGING....(no official album released, the full version available only on a bootleg made of the the stage show)
IT'S ANOTHER WORLD (Take a chance on me
BATTLE OF THE BROOMS (Money, money, money)
*I AM THE SEEKER
I CAN PULL SOME STRINGS (The piper)
GOING GOING GOING (On and On and On )
MAKING MAGIC (Super trouper )
*WHEN DREAMERS CLOSE THEIR EYES (Like an angel passing through my room)
BACK HOME NOW (Fernando)
CARABOSSE SUPERSHOW (Dancing Queen)
THINK OF SOMETHING FAST (I'm an Marionette)
*LIKE aN IMAGE PASSING BY (My love my life)
THANK YOU FOR THE MAGIC (Thank You For The Music)
*songs released on singles....
Various Artists -Abbacadabra (2) La Fusée de Noé French LP 1984
There was a second Lp released of Abbacadabra songs, though I am not clear why it was released or what the orgin of the songs is..The song ".L'étoile filante" is notable because Frida from ABBA sings backing vocals on it....
1. Capitaine 4'43 - Abbacadabra
2. La Fusée de Noé 3'46 - Abbacadabra
3. Ben, Je Suis Ton Ami 2'32 - Abbacadabra
4. Les Colombes de la Guerre 4'01 - Michael Dejeneffe,Tatayet of Abbacadabra
5. L'étoile filante 3'55 - Mary Starlight
1. Petit Génie - Abbacadabra
2. La Mouche du Coche - Michael Leeb of Abbacadabra
3. Elle Viendra - Abbacadabra
4. O, Yé Bananier - Stéphane Collaro of Abbacadabra
5. La Planéte Amour - Abbacadabra
6. J'ai Révé - Abbacadabra
ABBAcadabara-Dutch Version Dutch LP 1984
"Als Ik Later Groot Ben" (When I Kissed The Teacher)
"Wij Zijn Vrij" (The Visitors)
Abbacadabra (Take A Chance On Me)
Me Neus, Me Neus (Money Money Money)
Het Liedje Van Alladin (Super Trouper)
Spiegel (I Wonder (Departure))
De Kokende Spoken Show (Dancing Queen)
Toen Ik Een Wolfje Was (I Let The Music Speak)
Naar Huis Toe (Fernando)
Geef Die Banden Terug (I'm A Marionette)
Bij Mij (Arrival)
Laat Het Feest Beginnen (Thank You For The Music
ABBAcadabara-Portuguese Version Portugal LP 1984
Que Mal Fizemos Nos (When I Kissed The Teacher)
O Sonho Dre Joao (The Visitors)
Abbacadabra (Take A Chance On Me)
O Nariz De Pinoquio (Money Money Money)
Aladino Fanfarrao (Super Trouper)
Branca De Neve E O Espelho (I Wonder (Departure))
Rainha Ma Superstar (Dancing Queen)
Cinderela E O Soldainho (I Let The Music Speak)
Os Amigos (Fernando)
Larguem A Cassete (I'm A Marionette)
Branca De Neve E O Principezinho (Arrival)
Nao Basta Ralhar (ThankYou For The Music)
Daniel Balavoine-Balavoine Sans Frontieres,Universal, Barclay 983 343-6, French 2CD set Late 2005
This set includes Frida 's hard to find duet with the late Daniel Balavoine called "Belle" and " Dieu que c'est beau" which has backing vocals by Frida..."Belle" is from "ABBA-Cadabra". The song is not available on any Frida albums...Frida stuck quite a friendship with Balavoine in 1983. All the other songs are in French...
CD : 1
1. Sos D'un Terrien En Détresse
2. Vivre Ou Survivre
3. Mon Fils Ma Bataille
4. Aimer Est Plus Fort Que D'Etre Aimé
5. Le Chanteur
6. Quand On Arrive En Ville
7. Banlieue Nord
8. Dieu Que C'est Beau 4:05
9. Je Ne Suis Pas Un Héros
11. Pour La Femme Veuve Qui S'eveille
12. Tous Les Cris, Les Sos
13. Sauver L'amour
15. Lipstick Polychrome
16. Vendeurs De Larmes
CD : 2
1. Les Oiseaux (1cre Partie)
2. Les Oiseaux (2cre Partie)
3. Lady Marlcne
4. La Vie Ne M'apprend Rien
5. Tu Me Plais Beaucoup
6. Petite Angcle
7. Me Laisse Pas M'en Aller
8. Vidéo "Série Noire"
9. De Vous A Elle En Passant Par Moi
10. Frappe Avec La Tzte
12. Partir Avant Les Miens
13. Un Autre Monde
14. Belle (Bonus Track) 3:12
15. L'aziza (Remix 86) (Bonus Track)
16. Sauver L'amour (Remix 86) (Bonus Track)
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