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ALBUMS THAT FEATURE THE 1982 TRACKS,

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ABBA-The Singles-The First Ten Years 1982 Released on CD but phased out

This was the end of ABBA!  Though no one knew  it at the time. ABBA's breakup was never announced, they simply never recorded again after this album. There were clues that ABBA was coming to an end-notably the solo albums by the girls, and word of the nascent CHESS musical...This collection of most of ABBA's A- sides was put together when it became clear that the group had no enthusiasm and not enough songs for an entire 1982 studio album of new material.

This "lack of enthusiasm" meant that the six new B&B compositions that were recorded got treated rather badly. Only two of the six songs ("The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack") made it onto THE SINGLES 2LP collection. These two new songs were released  along with the 21 previously released A-sides from 1972-1982. These two songs were also released as the A sides of ABBA last two singles .

The six new songs recorded are all quite intriguing. They are all good songs, though perhaps as a group of songs not quite as good as the fine songs that can found on Super Trouper, or THE Visitors.. ABBA's instrumentation had become overly synthesizer dominated, Sadly, or not, Bjorn seems to have pretty much dissapeared from ABBA's recordings, and there isn't much other guitar to be found on the 1982 tracks. Still much of ABBA's great vocal sound remains.. Just spend some time listening closely to the backing vocals on any of these tracks and you'll be amazed at how much goes on. Two songs were used as A sides and Two songs were used as B-sides  However, the remaining two other songs recorded ( "I Am the City" and "Just Like That" ) were left in the can at the time...

"The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack' were the songs chosen to be A-sides. Neither of the A-sides would do well in most places. Neither song hit the the Top 10 in Britain. Neither song even hit the Top 100 in America. However, one territory  remained loyal-I the Netherlands There TDBYC went to #1. The Low Countries showed once again that have ABBA's most consistent fans.

Two more of the six songs, "Cassandra" and " You Owe Me One" were initially released only as B-sides and were left off THE SINGLES collection. Dumping quality songs onto B-sides was a habit ABBA only got into during the latter part of their career. Between late 1973 and mid 1979 B&B only dumped one of their non -LP English language songs onto ABBA b-sides( "Crazy World") But Five non-Lp B&B songs showed up on their post mid 1979 singles.

The A&B side tracks would later be available on the BOX set and on other albums, and CD's. MORE ABBA GOLD, for example, has three of the four tracks. The 2001 remastered version of THE VISITORS is now the official home for the two A-sides as well as "Cassandra ". "You Owe Me One" had been on the prior remastered versions of THE VISITORS. "..

The songs on the 1982 sessions would be dubbed the Opus 10 sessions by a Swedish journalist even though ABBA never had a working album title. Supposedly,according to this journalist Opus 10 would have been ABBA's 10th album up to that time but, in actuality, it would have been ABBA's ninth studio album . It would be the tenth if only if you count ABBA's Spanish album Gracias Por La Musica, but their twelfth if you include their two Greatest Hits albums, and if you exclude RING RING which was not released in most places you get different numbers all together! THE SINGLES -THE FIRST TEN YEARS would be phased out from the catalogue when ABBA Gold was released.

 

TRACKS RECORDED...

You Owe Me One (Andersson-Ulvaeus)--A&F- first appeared as B-side Recorded May 1982

Lead & Backing Vocals-,Frida Lyngstad , Lead Backing Vocals-Agnetha Faltskog
Backing Vocals-Bjorn Ulvaeus
Keyboards-Benny Andersson
Lead Guitar-Lasse Wallender
Bass Guitar-Rutger Gunnarsson
Drums-Per Lindvall

This b-side for the last original ABBA single was the first track recorded during the 1982 sessions, it seems like a Techno version of "Happy Hawaii". Lyrically it's the weakest of the 1982 tracks but vocally it still interesting to listen to....This track never really was released on any of ABBA's major releases other than the box set...

It also showed up temporarily on the first Remasters of THE VISITORS from the late 1990's but not was retained on the 2001 remaster...It can be found on the box set.

I am the City (Andersson-Ulvaeus)-A&F- first appeared on More Abba gold Recorded May 1982

Lead & Backing Vocals-,Frida Lyngstad , Lead Backing Vocals-Agnetha Faltskog
Backing Vocals-Bjorn Ulvaeus
Keyboards-Benny Andersson
Lead Guitar-Lasse Wallender
Bass Guitar-Rutger Gunnarsson
Drums-Per Lindvall

"I am the City" was a fine techno-pop song that finally surfaced in 1993 on MORE ABBA Gold. " It's Hard to see why ABBA did not release back in the 1982 although it has been rumoured that it was being saved for a possible post-Chess ABBA album.


Just Like That (sax vers.) (Andersson-Ulvaeus first appeared in 1994 on THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC BOX SET

Just Like That (Full-sax vers.) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) Anna- unreleased
Just Like That (LA-LA versions) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) Anna- Unreleased.. all versions Recorded May 1982

Lead & Backing Vocals-,Agnetha Faltskog,Backing Vocals-Frida Lyngstad
Backing Vocals-Bjorn Ulvaeus
Keyboards-Benny Andersson
Lead Guitar-Lasse Wallender
Bass Guitar-Rutger Gunnarsson
Drums-Per Lindvall

Sax on some mixes-Raphael Ravenscroft

The holy grail of unreleased ABBA songs, since this song is perhaps the best completed ABBA song not to see a full uncut release . There were at least two versions of JLT. One version-the "La La" version of "Just Like That' is similiar to the later "Day Before You Came" -it features Agnetha's singing about yet another neglected woman, this version has a busy but laidback synthesizer arrangment. Another version is the peppier mix found in an abridged version on ABBA's boxset. This version features Raphael Ravenscroft on sax-and sounds more like hit single material, but B&B were unable a produce a mix that they were comfortable with .And so all the versions remained in the vault in 1982.

B&B would only allow a small snippet of "JLT" to be released on the 1994 box set.. The main reason given that ABBA's version of "JLT" has not been fully released is that B&B regard their 1985 production of a version of JLT by Gemini to be definitive (SEE GEMINI section.). Ironically, the Gemini version is out of print, anyway! The melody was borrowed again for use on a song in the 2002 Swedish language version of Chess.

Cassandra (Andersson-Ulvaeus)--Frida- first first appeared as B side Recorded August 1982

Lead & Backing Vocals-,Frida Lyngstad ,Backing Vocals-Agnetha Faltskog
Guitar & Backing Vocals-Bjorn Ulvaeus
Keyboards,effects, accordion?-Benny Andersson
Lead Guitar-Janne Schaffer
Bass Guitar-Rutger Gunnarsson
"Drums-Per Lindvall

Originally just a b-side. "Cassandra" features a intriguing lyric and a rich production. "Cassandra's "packing your bags" section (at 2;15) is one of the best 5 seconds in the ABBA ouvre. (even if the swelled voices effect was originally used by the Beach Boys ) Some of the arrangement of the song is borrowed from the then unreleased 1980 ABBA recording-"Put On Your White Sombrero". To be honest, the song hasn't aged well for me...I loved this song at first-"the oh this is a cool b-side effect" But it's not a great song-just a very good one.. "Cassandra first showed up on some of the ABBA "love song" LP collections of 1983,but didnt really make it onto a wide release on CD till MORE ABBA Gold was released. It can now be found on THE VISITORS remaster and on the box set.

Under Attack (Andersson-Ulvaeus)- first appeared on THE SINGLES Recorded August 1982

Lead & Backing Vocals-Agnetha Faltskog Lead & Backing Vocals-,Frida Lyngstad
Guitar & Backing Vocals-Bjorn Ulvaeus
Keyboards-Benny Andersson
Lead Guitar-Janne Schaffer
Bass Guitar-Rutger Gunnarsson
Drums-Per Lindvall

ABBA's last original single and the second A-side, pulled from "THE SINGLES' "Under Attack" ,was actually a fairly good pop song -but the world was cooling on ABBA . The video for "Under Attack" is ominous, at the end the four members walk away grimly with their backs to the camera. Ominous, since this was the last ABBA video. "Under Attack" was ABBA's last original single. It is a surprisingly peppy number for a swan song. But it was one ABBA's least successful singles.

This record is unusual for ABBA song in that it is really hard to make out some of the words in the chorus....

"Under Attack"can now be found on THE VISITORS remaster and on the box set.

Interestingly,ABBA brought back Lead Guitarist Janne Schaffer for this session,he had been there in 1972 when it all started...He had not been available for THE VISITORS sessions but appeared on every other ABBA album on at least some of the songs...

 

The Day before You Came (Andersson-Ulvaeus) first appeared on THE SINGLES Recorded August 1982

Lead & Backin,g Vocals-,Agnetha Faltskog ,Backing Vocals-Frida Lyngstad
Backing Vocals,Acoustic Guitar -Bjorn Ulvaeus
Synthesizers & drum machine -Benny Andersson
Snare Drum -Ake Sundqvist

This was the last studio track ABBA ever made. IT came 10 years and five months after ABBA's first recording -People Need Love". It was leadoff single for THE SINGLES collection. TDBYC was a five minute laundry list of a person's day that is either boring or profound depending on your prospective.The song features Benny on the synthesizer and Aggie on vocals. Listen closely to the breathtaking "Ahhhhs" at the end of the song. The video produced for the TDBYC features Agnetha and has the most story of any ABBA video clip. This song was covered by the British act-Blancmange. ". Bjorn and Benny deserve some respect for taking chances with this their the last recording they made for ABBA...

"The Day before You Came" can now be found on THE VISITORS remaster and on both of the box sets...

Foreign Varients!
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ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1982 2 picture Lp set vinyl release Britain only. (The Cardboard Box Version)

A boxed version of ABBA-The Singles. a followup of sort to the Epic Label's Super Trouper box. This was catalagoued as ABBOX 2. . The black box features 2 picture Vinyl albums, a booklet,
a poster and a reproduction of tickets to the 1974 Eurovision Contest . Of course, if you play the picture discs they produce lousy sound but you probably don't want to play them , since
this is a collectible worth over 100 dollars.

ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1982 2Lp Argentina vinyl release

Same album , but this version of ABBA-The Singles, has six of the Spanish language versions of ABBA's hits in place of the English versions .

ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS Volume 1&2 1982 French CD's

Supposedly ,The French split this album up into two parts...I have never seen this version..

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 ABBA-The Singles SESSIONS (May -August 82) ALBUM FIRST RELEASED ON...

 

ABBA-THE FIRST TEN YEARS details

* Swedish release November 82 # 19

* Uk release November 82 # 1

* US release December 82# 62

* New songs recorded at Polar May-Aug 1982

* Produced by Andersson-Ulvaeus

 

SINGLES RELEASED

The Day Before You Came/

Cassandra

Under Attack/

You Owe Me One

Track listing for THE SINGLES Side a

and Side B

Track listings for THE SINGLES

Side C and D

 Side A

Ring Ring-Ring Ring

Waterloo-Waterloo

So Long-Abba

I Do, I Do, I Do. I Do, I Do-Abba

SOS-Abba

Mammia Mia-Abba

Fernando-Greatest Hits

Side B

Dancing Queen-Arrival

Money, Money, Money-Arrival

Knowing Me, Knowing You-Arrival

The Name of the Game-The Album

Take A Chance On Me-The Album

Summer Night City-Greatest Hits 2

 Side C

Chiquitita-Voulez-Vouz

Does Your Mother Know-Voulez-Vouz

Voulez-Vous-Voulez-Vouz

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!-Greatest Hits 2

I Have A Dream-Voulez-Vouz

 

Side D

The Winner Takes It All- Super Trouper

Super Trouper-Super Trouper

One of the Us-The Visitors

The Day Before You Came-new song

Under Attack-new song

 

 THE THREE ALBUMS THAT FEATURE the 1982 tracks...

 MORE ABBA GOLD rel 1993 worldwide Though out of print in most places now---

Here are the hits that didn't fit on ABBA Gold,
a few interesting ABBA album tracks, some B-sides,and one never before released track -I Am the City (rccorded in 1982). This has 4 of the 6 1982 songs on it. This is a very listenable collection. It went out of print in some territrories but has been reissued in 1999 in some territories ,with a different song lineup, new liner notes and some longer song edits. MORE GOLD has a white cover in contrast to ABBA GOLD 's black cover. The now obsolete Spanish album MAS ORO has a similar color scheme to
More ABBA Gold but obviously a different song lineup . The original version of this had liner notes by UK ABBA press officerJohn Tobler, but the recent remastered editions has liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.
A recent Australian ressissue of this CD bizarrely throws out "Cassandra" and "Lovelight".

This CD has gone out of print in most places.

Track listing (1982 tracks in italics)

1. Summer Night City
2. Angeleyes
3. The Day Before You Came
4. Eagle
5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
6. So Long
7. Honey, Honey
8. The Visitors
9. Our Last Summer 10. On and on and On11. Ring Ring
12. I Wonder (Departure)
13. Lovelight
14. Head over Heels
15. When I Kissed the Teacher
16. I Am the City (previously unreleased)
17. Cassandra
18. Under Attack

19. When All Is Said and Done
20. The Way Old Friends Do

 ABBA- Thank You For The Music 4cd set 1994 Available worldwide.

THE BOX SET HAS FIVE OF THE SIX 1982 Tracks, but "JUST LIKE THAT' " is in a edited version.

This long awaited box set (or in actuality booklet set) was released after ABBA GOLD proved that were still a handful people (not many mind you, just a lucky few) willing to spend money on ABBA records.
B&B ,( who always seem disdainful of their fans wishes) were skeptical that any one would want to buy a ABBA box set.

More significantly, B&B were hesitant to release previously unreleased material. However, a trip to the vaults reminded them that many of the unreleased songs merited official release. So miraculously somebody was able to convince B&B to put out a box set.

So, the typical box set formula was followed-combine hits , album tracks , rarities
into one big smorgasbord. About half of ABBA's official output was compiled in this box set.-66 tracks on four Cd's.

The track listings of the first three CD'sare chronological. All the songs on the first
three CD's had been released before in some form or the other.ABBA's non-album B-sides are treated with
respect. Most of the B-sides can be found on thebox. They are spread throughout all four CD's.
The selection of the previously issued tracksis fairly sane, there were no worldwide hits
left out, and all the albums are well representated, with ARRIVAL drawing the highest rate of
selection with six songs.

The Box set's centerpiece is the 14 song "ABBA Undeleted Medley". B&B were wary
of giving these songs official sanction 'cos they didn't regard them as finished, polished
material. In a way, B&B are correct, some of the songs are unfinished, most are unpolished.-but
most of the songs are chock full of great ABBA hooks. So,It is not illogical to put unfinished songs in a medley format.

Probably the best tune on the medley is the lovely "Hamlet III", which is featured in two versions.
The first version was a fast instrumental, thesecond a gentle ballad. Neither amounted
to a finished song, but it's still a great melody. The song actually saw it's initial release when
Benny dragged up the tune for his 1987 solo album and recorded it as
an accordion tune called "Lottis Schottis".

At least two songs featured in "ABBA Undeleted", "Just A Notion" and "Just Like That" don't seem to benefit from being put in the medley-they are too truncated compared to the unreleased versions. It's obvious listening to bootleg versions that B&B were having problems with "Just Like That" ,they tried different approaches to the song-and all were good but none was just right. The version of JLT on the box set is a just snippet of a longer Sax version. The full length Sax version doesn't seem to develop the full potential of the song. The slower versions seem to make more sense but they lack the "hit single energy" of the sax version.
B&B went back to "Just Like That' during the CHESS sessions and again on The first Gemini album where the finally finished the song. The biggest flaw with the medley is that it is not
indexed on the CD , so it's hard to get to a particular song if want to listen to that song repeatedly.

The rest of CD Four features 3 foreign language versions of famous ABBA songs,
a b-side 1982's "YOU OWE ME ONE" and 4 songs originally released before
the group was called ABBA.

The liner notes to the box set are lengthyand include essays by USA Billboard editor ,Fred Bronson and British ABBA publicist John Tobler. ABBA memorabilia is pictured and some of Björn's latterday original handwritten lyrics are reproduced.The best part of the liner notes is Carl Magnus Palm's song commentary.

As a whole the box set is pretty good,i t could have been better, but it could have been
far worse.The box set was compiled by Chris Griffin,and remastered by Michael B. Tretow.
The photograph on the cover was originally used on the Voulez-Vouz Angeleyes single.

Disc: 1 1. People Need Love 2. Another Town, Another Train 3. He Is Your Brother 4. Love Isn't Easy 5. Ring Ring 6. Waterloo 7. Hasta Mañana 8. Honey, Honey 9. Dance (While the Music Still Goes On) 10. So Long 11. I've Been Waiting for You 12. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do 13. S.O.S. 14. Mamma Mia 15. Fernando 16. Dancing Queen 17. That's Me 18. When I Kissed the Teacher 19. Money, Money, Money 20. Crazy World 21. My Love, My Life

Disc: 2 1. Knowing Me, Knowing You 2. Happy Hawaii 3. The Name of the Game 4. I Wonder (Departure) [Live] 5. Eagle 6. Take a Chance on Me 7. Thank You for the Music 8. Summer Night City 9. Chiquitita 10. Lovelight 11. Does You Mother Know 12. Voulez-Vous 13. Angeleyes 14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! 15. I Have a Dream

Disc: 3 1. The Winner Takes All 2. Elaine 3. Super Trouper 4. Lay All Your Love on Me 5. On and on and On 6. Our Last Summer 7. The Way Old Friends Do 8. The Visitors 9. One of Us 10. Should I Laugh or Cry 11. Head over Heels 12. When All Is Said and Done 13. Like an Angel Passing Through My Room 14. The Day Before You Came 15. Cassandra 16. Under Attack

Disc: 4 1. Put on Your White Sombrero 2. Dream World 3. Thank You for the Music 4. Hej Gamle Man 5. Merry-Go-Round 6. Sants Rosa 7. She's My Kind of Girl 8. Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokew/Midnight Special 9. You Owe Me One 10. Slipping Through My Fingers/Me and I 11. ABBA Undeleted 12. Waterloo [French/Swedish]13. Ring Ring [Swedish/Spanish/German] 14. Honey, Honey [Swedish]

 ABBA-THE VISITORS 2001 CD and limited edition Digipak

You can find 3 of the 6 1982 tracks on the new remastering of the 1981 album ,THE VISITORS.

Lars Larsson's photo on the cover is slightly different than the original cover. Apparently, Universal had trouble finding the exact original negative.

Features new liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm and four bonus tracks. "Cassandra" replaces ""You Owe Me One' as a bonus track. "Cassandra " had been inexplicably left off the original 1998 remastering of this album .It's Not clear, why we can't have both tracks. Hey and throw in" I am the City" and "Just Like That "as well. Hell why not just make a separate CD for the six 1982 tracks. The photo on the cover is slightly different than the original cover.

1. The Visitors; 2. Head Over Heels; 3. When All Is Said And Done; 4. Soldiers; 5. I Let The Music Speak; 6. One Of Us; 7. Two For The Price Of One; 8. Slipping Through My Fingers; 9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room;

Extra tracks: 10. Should I Laugh Or Cry; 11. The Day Before You Came; 12. Cassandra (new bonus track) 13. Under Attack

THE CHESS DEMOS

In 1983/84 B&B did a few demos for their CHESS project. One song recorded was "Every Good Man" which features Agnetha singing Björn's dummy lyrics to what would become the melody of "Heaven Help Heart'. The "Every Good Man' demo proves not surprisingly that Agnetha would have had no problem playing the Florence role in CHESS. "Every Good Man" is usually categorized as a ABBA song by bootlegers but strictly speaking it is not.

Also,three highly different variations of the" "Just Like That" melody were recorded by Elaine Paige, Tommy Korborg and Benny alone doing an instrumental version. These alternatives were called "When The Waves Roll out to Sea" and "When the Stars Are Up in The sky".

Supposedly there are several other interesting unreleased Chess demo recordings, most of which have never been heard outside of Polar Studios.
It is also interesting to note that 3 of the CHESS songs had their melodic roots in unreleased ABBA tracks. " I know Him So Well" has bits from" I Am a A". Secondly, Anthem" comes from "Nationalsang". Finally, parts of "Someone Else's Story" comes from "Lady Bird".

For more about CHESS click here

Reviews of the various Chess albums

ABBA'S RARE REUNIONS

Sine their breakup in 1983. ABBA has never recorded together or done a live concert in front of paying audience, there have however, been a few get-togethers of a limited nature.

October 1984
Chess in concert, Stockholm  .  This one featured an appearence by Bjorn, Benny , and Agnetha, though Agnetha was there purely as spectator and did not appear with the boys,

January 1986 TIVIDSHAMBO (Swedish TV only )
The only public reunion of ABBA was for the taping of a performance by ABBA of Stig Anderson's  song "TIVIDSHAMBO' for a Swedish TV special on January 16, 1986 . The performance  features  Benny on accordion, Bjorn on guitar and the ABBA members singing lead together in a somewhat rough fashion. The roughness of the recording probably explains why this  has never been released officially even though this is ABBA's last public singing appearance together. The recording is available only on bootleg.. Nobody would have guessed that this was to be ABBA's final performance...
The Palm/Hanser book -From Abba to Mamma Mia describes the taping as having been a bittersweet occasion.

OTHER ABBA REUNIONS 1986-2005

Since then ABBA reunions have all fallen short of a full-scale second coming...

February 1986 Claes af Geijerstam. birthday party

Abba actually had another little known private reunion during February? 1986 at the 40th birthday party for their friend Claes af Geijerstam.. Claes' birthday is in February so I assume the party was around that time...They supposedly sang the obscure unreleased Chess song-"Der Kleine Franz".

May 14, 1986
Chess premiere London -Bjorn and Benny only attended.

April 1988
Chess  premiere Broadway- Bjorn and Benny only attended.

Oct 17, 1995 Kristina premiere  Malmo, Sweden
B&B and  agnetha appeared.

September 1997 Stig Andersson's funeral

Only three members of ABBA attended manager Stig Anderson's Funeral in 1997. Agnetha did not attend, she was sick-a bit of a cough, I think..

August 1998 Thomas Johannsson birthday party


All four members of ABBA showed up in the one place at the same time as ABBA tour manager  Thomas Johansson had his  50th birthday.
Björn, Benny and Frida  sang "With A Little Help From My Friends". Frida sang "Shine On You" . No bootleggers were present.

April 6, 1999 London Mamma Mia premiere

Bjorn and Benny only attended.

Mid 1999 Gorel Hanser's 50 th birthday

A,B,B & F  were in the same room for ABBA manager -Gorel Hanser's 50th private birthday party in 1999. At the party for Mrs. Hanser A,B,B & F sang a old standard called "Med En Enkel Tulipan' (With a Single Tulip).
B&B also wrote a minor tribute to Gorel called Briggens Blåögda Blonde Kapten  which was performed by a choir,. The song title when translated from the Swedish to English would be called "Briggens' Blue eyed Captain" . As far, as we know neither song was recorded for the benefit of bootleggers. The second song however can be found in an instrumental studio version on the first album by  Benny Andersson's Orkester.

2000 Reunion offer

In early February 2000 it was disclosed that ABBA had received at least one offer, possibly multiple offers to reunite for a concert tour...The exact offer or offers were never clearly spelled out-the Swedish press said the group were offered One billion krona, the international press said it was one billion dollars....Some reports said the consortium was a British-American, other reports said they were Japanese. Some of the reports said the promoters wanted ABBA to perform 100 concerts... In any case, the former members of ABBA declined continued to decline all offers to reunite, after all, they never enjoyed touring,three of the four members don't perform in public anymore and they didn't need the money..

Mamma Mia Broadway October 18, 2001

Only Bjorn and Benny attended the broadway premeire of Mamma Mia..
November 3, 2002  Hamburg

Mamma Mia had its premiere in Hamburg, sung in German. It was the very first translation of the musical. Obly Bjorn and Benny attended...
USA-Las Vegas  2003

Another premiere of "Mamma Mia" took place on February 14, 2003 in Las Vegas (USA) Frida and Benny Andersson attended

April 2004 Mamma Mia near Reunion

A near reunion occurred at the fifth anniversary performance of Mamma Mia in London's West End. It was hoped that Agnetha might induced to come out of hiding due to the need to promote her album. Instead only Bjorn , Benny and Frida showed up, on stage in a semi-reunion. Frida had attended performances before but had never gotten up on stage with B&B before....

July 2004
Stuttgart -One more premiere of Mamma Mia in Germany this one was was attended by Björn and Anni-Frid in July 2004

July 2004 again "OUR LAST VIDEO'

All four members of ABBA agreed to appear briefly and separately in a short but clever and entertaining video clip broadcast during the 2004 Eurovision song contest...It originally been hoped that the four members might agree to make a non-singing appearance together, but instead this near reunion was agreed to....Of course, all four members had also appeared separately in interviews for The Winner Takes It All (1999) and Super Trouper (2004) documentaries.

(September 9th, 2004) in Dublin
Björn & Anni-Frid attended one more premiere of "Mamma Mia" on Thursday night
November 2004
Björn and Frida attended the premiere in Madrid on November 18th, 2004

February 2005 ABBA REUNION Stockholm performance - Mamma Mia

Various combinations of one, two,or three ABBA members (but never four at one time,) attended the premieres' of many of the various PRODUCTIONS of Mamma Mia, between 1999 and 2004. Finallly for the first time,A,B,B & F all attended the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia in February 2005...They did not appear on stage together, but they all attended the premiere. and had dinner at the Cirkus restaurant.....Benny heard that there would be food so he came, of course....

January 7, 2007 Mamma Mia closing  Cirkus Theatre, Stockholm B&B and Agnetha  again appeared though not  all together on stage or together in any fashion, so this was  not really a reunion.  Agnetha and Bjorn were photographed together. Agnetha sang "True love" with Tommy Korberg at the after show  party.

FINALLY ALL FOUR! Mamma Mia-the movie Stockholm premiere July 4, 2008

B&B , Frida and Agnetha all showed up and this time they actually managed to show up on the same balcony for a photograph with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and other stars of the movie.

Conspiciously, they declined to stand all together, instead they were interspersed amongst the actors. Frida and Agnetha appeared together on the red carpet together in a photo op with Meryl Streep.

January 22, 2009 Stockholm

Frida and Agnetha get an Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rockbjornen Gala, Stockholm. This appearence featured  just Frida and Agnetha. This was first time since the ABBA days that Agnetha and Frida made an appearence together in public without one or both of the ABBA boys.

March 15, 2010 New York City

Benny and Frida appeared together to be inducted into the Rock and Roll of fFame.  Bjorn was said to be detained by a family get together, and Agnetha could not make because she does not fly. Benny played piano for a rendition of  "The Winner Takes it all' that was sung by country star-Faith Hill, Frida did not perform.

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The cover for "The Singles-The First Ten Years"

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Picture from "Under Attack" sleeve photo sessions..

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Never used cover idea for ABBA's last album!

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ABBA last peformance, "Tividshambo" 1986 , Photo by Anders Hanser

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 MONTIEF'S HANDY GUIDE TO ABBA THE ALBUMS!!!

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ABBA the Albums History/Acknowledgements

ABBA THE ALBUMS was an Web-TV website from July 22, 1999 to April 4, 2000. ATA has been brought to you by the loverly folks at Tripod since June 13, 2001. THANKS TO: Crystal, Pookie, Bubba ,Baby,  my one-time roommates -The Odd Couple, Jimsb, Edsel Felpin, Montief and the people of  the late lamented ABBAMAIL!       Yours in Stig, Johnny!

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