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Recent ABBA RELEASES:ABBA, ABBA solo and ABBA related releases of past few years. .. You will find  newest , the latest, the most recent ABBA CD's and DVD's-listed here!



ABBA related  Releases of 2015 There are fewer ABBA reissues  scheduled for this year.  The   Deluxe Editions  series is largely played out  and ABBA Live at Wembley has  been finally released. Every permutation of single disc greatest hits , double disc best of , Spanish language compilations, love song album, singles box, album box, etc. have all been done and done and done.  So Universal really is finally running out room  for  possible new  reissues (aside from the biennial  re-release of ABBA Gold, of course). And now CD's are no longer selling well so there isn't much point. The only thing really left to release  are 1977's  ABBA the movie   tracks / live concert recordings,  and some sort of Beatles Anthology style release of all those ABBA unreleased tracks and alternative takes.  The latter at least, is not likely to ever happen since Bjorn and Benny object to the idea.  Indeed, the remarkable thing is that a  ABBA rarities album probably wouldn't sell very well if it was even tried.  So we are  left with what we have so far for this year-a new Frida track, a download only soundtrack with music by Benny, a choral album with music by Benny and so forth. A new BAO album is scheduled to come out next year. A English version of "Hjälp Sökes is under consideration-but if they couldn't stage Kristina in the English speaking world, it's hard to see how they are going to stage Hjälp Sökes.  I am still waiting for a Benny Andersson solo piano album now-that  would be an album that I would go out buy!

ABBA related Releases of 2015


1865 Dan Daniell featuring Frida single 
CD single/download released February 13,  2015
1. 1865
2. 1865 (Instrumental Version)
3. Matterhorn - Denn hier bin ich geborn

 Hep Stars-Like We Used To Do The Anthology 1965-1967, Cherry Wood Records, British CD, March 23, 2015

A compilation  of tracks from the Hep Stars first three albums as well as non- album singles from this period.  This is the Hep Stars at their commercial peak, when they were Sweden’s biggest group.  About ten of the tracks were written by Benny and or/ Björn . This is the first Hep Stars compilation issued in the UK. All the tracks have been previously released. Most of the important Hep Stars recordings are here-so this is a good introduction to the Hep Stars.      The set features  liner notes by Kieron Tyler plus an interview with lead singer Svenne Hedlund . A fix of the tracks are different mixes than the versions heard before on CD.  Notably the version of “Wedding” has the lyric to FELL down on my knees" instead of "to fall down on my knees.

1.             Farmer John 
2.             Cadillac 
3.             Bald Headed Woman 
4.             No Response 
5.             So Mystifying 
6.             Should I 
7.             Sunny Girl 
8.             Wedding 
9.             Consolation 
10.           No Time 
11.           Isn’t It Easy To Say 
12.           Lady Lady 
13.           Morning Comes After Night 
14.           Malaika 
15.           It’s Nice To Be Back 
16.           She Will Love You 
17.           Like You Used To Do 
18.           Christmas On My Mind 
19.           Cadillac (Live Version)
20.           What I’d Say (Live Version)
21.           So Mystifying (Live Version)
22            Surfin’ Bird (Live Version)
23.           Tallahassee Lassie (Live Version)
24.           No Response (Live Version)
25.           Farmer John (Live Version)



Cirkeln  (The Circle)  Original Motion Picture  soundtrack Early 2015 Download only album.
Benny and his son, Ludvig Andersson produced this movie for their own film company.This soundtrack is only available for download.It includes 27 Benny Andersson cues for the movie, along with 13 vocals tracks by various artists including the Hep Stars and Ludvig's group, Atlas. 


1. Engelsfors - Benny Andersson
2. Mountains Crave - Anna Von Hausswolff
3. Elass död - Benny Andersson
4. Vanessa osynlig - Benny Andersson
5. Things We Left Behind - Atlas
6. Minoos rum 1 - Benny Andersson
7. Love Child - Atlas, Yavin Calypso
8. Den röda månen - Benny Andersson
9. Ida svävar 1 - Benny Andersson
10. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
11. Min katt danser cha-cha - Britt Damberg
12. Taket - Benny Andersson
13. Rebackas död - Benny Andersson
14. Nyckelstöld - Benny Andersson
15. Adrianas hus - Benny Andersson
16. Keep The Streets Empty For Me - Fever Ray
17. Mönstrens bok - Benny Andersson
18. Minoos rum 2 - Benny Andersson
19. Malaika - Hep Stars
20. Vad är magi? - Benny Andersson
21. Middagen - Benny Andersson
22. Medicine - Daughter
23. Serum - Benny Andersson
24. Lucia - Benny Andersson
25. I Kärrrgruvan - Benny Andersson
26. Kids - Radio Edit - Style of Eye, So-So
27. Murky Air - Palace of the Damned
28. Badkaret - Benny Andersson
29. Inget element - Benny Andersson
30. Idas vision - Benny Andersson
31. Kussen - Benny Andersson
32. Max! - Benny Andersson
33. Ida sväver 2 - Benny Andersson
34. Striden börjar - Benny Andersson
35. Minoo bryter välsignelsen - Benny Andersson
36. Efter striden - Benny Andersson
37. Schools Out - Atlas
38. She Will - Savages
39. Blood Red Moon - The Hives
40. Engelfors - Reprise - Benny Andersson


Josh Groban-Stages,  Reprise,  International CD and download, April 28, 2015.

Josh Groban played  The Russian in the Concert version of Chess.   On this album he does two cover of B&B theater songs.  Features another version of "Anthem" from Chess and his take on the English language version of "Gold Can Turn To Sand" from Kristina. The arrangements are quite fresh-at first I didn't recognize "Gold Can Turn To Sand" and the piano intro to "Anthem" is excellent.  The album as a whole is a little lugubrious -but otherwise  good.



ABBA -ABBA Deluxe Edition  Repackaged in CD jewel case Released 17 April 2015

A reissue of the 2012 Deluxe edition of the limo album in a CD jewel case. OK, sure-whatever. 


Dan Daniell -Lebe Deinen Traum  Swiss CD April 24, 2015

New album with the new Frida/Dan Daniell charity song-"1865". 
1. Lebe deinen Traum
2. Die Quelle meines Lebe
3. Wer immer nur im Tale bleibt
4. Alle meine fragen
5. Matterhorn (denn hier bin ich gebor'n)
6. Keine Angst
7. Sag mir
8. Zermatt
9. Faison L'amour
10. Frieden meiner Seele
11. Vergiss mein nicht
12. 1865 (English)  (with Frida)
13. 1865 (Deutsch)  (with Frida)
Tracks 12 and 13 duet with Frida





Young Professionals-Remixes and Covers, Universal, Download only album, June 29, 2015

This Israeli duo has done a interesting cover of ABBA's  "SOS" for this  download only album.



Mono has issued this new download/spotify  single. It's a new  English translation of a  Chess Pa Svenska song,   "Han Är en Man, Han Är Ett Barn".  Up to now the song only appeared  in the Swedish version of Chess.  I'm not sure why it's being released or if it's a stand alone release. Reidun is  a chesty Norwegian singer.

Gustaf Sjökvist  & Kammerkor - Kärlekens Tid, Planned released September 18, 2015. Swedish CD & download

choir album of choir versions of  songs from the post ABBA Benny Andersson songbook which appears to be  largely or completely sung in Swedish. Benny Andersson worked with the choir on the album. The leader of the choir, Gustaf Sjökvist died in February, but the recordings for the album have already been done.

Track listing:
Kärlekens tid/ En skrift i snön /Down To The Sacred Wave /Lilla skara /Var hör vi hemma Historien om schack /Anthem /Innan gryningen/ Vilar glad. I din famn /Klinga mina klockor /O klang och jubletid
Source: Icethesite


Frida-Something's Going On (Limited Edition) Polar , Swedish CD/DVD/vinyl edition October 23, 2015

 CD/DVD/vinyl single  edition of Frida's Something Going On album. Frida is writing the liner notes.  The set  is very expensive costing between 50 to 60 Euros/Dollars. It's a limited edition with only 2000 copies issued.  (They would probably sell less than that if it was a normal edition). Apparently, you need to preorder now to have any hope of parting with your 57 Euros.


CD
1. Tell Me It's Over
2. I See Red
3. I Got Something
4. Strangers
5. To Turn The Stone
6. I Know There's Something Going On
7. Threnody
8. Baby Don't You Cry No More
9. The Way You Do
10. You Know What I Mean
11. Here We'll Stay
12. I Know There's Something Going On (Single Edit)
13. Here we'll stay (solo version)
DVD
1. Something's Going On - The Making Of A Record Album [Documentary]
2. I See Red [Promo Video]
3. To Turn The Stone [Promo Video]
4. I Know There's Something Going On [Promo Video]
5. Here We'll Stay [Promo Video]
6. Kanal 3, Interview with Lars-Ragnar Forssberg [Interview]
7. Casablanca, Interview With Helen Benno [Interview]
7" SINGLE
1. I Know There's Something Going On [A-side]
2. You Know What I Mean [B-side]

Frida-I know there's something Going on,.Remix  Fall 2015

A new remix of this 1982 track. 



2014 feature a number of  interesting releases including  the Waterloo Deluxe Edition,"Waterloo" 7 inch single.  A 40 disc box set collection of singles,  ABBA Gold -40th Anniversary Edition  ABBA: The Official Photo Book , ABBA-Live at Wembley, a Chess remastered reissue and a just confirmed deluxe edition CD  reissue of Gracias Por La Musica. 
There are a couple of releases that I haven't listed here yet. 



Helen Sjöholm & Benny Anderssons Orkester Nyårsballongen  download only single 18 July 2014
Single resulting from Babel project.  The lyrics are by first time songwriter Horace Engdahl.
In English the title means New Years balloon. 

ABBA-ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits  2 vinyl LP reissue Jul 17, 2014
Side 1
1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
Side 2
1. Super Trouper
2. I Have A Dream
3. The Winner Takes It All
4. Money, Money, Money
5. SOS



 "Waterloo" 7 inch picture disc single ...April 6,  2014

A limited edition ( of 1000 copies ) vinyl single...40th Anniversary release of the Waterloo single
On April 6, 2014, it will be exactly 40 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The A-side of the single features the Swedish version of the song, with which ABBA scored their victory in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The B-side features the English version.
Side 3
1. Chiquitita
2. Fernando
3. Voulez-Vous
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Side 4
1. Does Your Mother Know
2. One Of Us
3. The Name Of The Game
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Waterloo




Waterloo Deluxe Edition in April 7, 2014

For the Waterloo Deluxe Edition ,the original album has been expanded with 8 bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material. .
The first disc in the 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus 8 bonus tracks. The bonus selections feature all the various versions of ‘Waterloo’ – the Swedish, French and German versions, as well as an alternate mix of the English version – plus the Swedish version of ‘Honey, Honey’; the remix of ‘Ring Ring’ that was first released on the American version of the Waterloo album; the single remix of ‘Ring Ring’ released as the follow-up to ‘Waterloo’ in the UK; and the Spanish version of ‘Hasta Mañana’. The DVD features 13 TV selections, most of which are previously unreleased. Little of interest here, but the best version of the Waterloo album available.

"Waterloo" 7 inch picture disc single ...April 6,  2014

A limited edition ( of 1000 copies ) vinyl single...40th Anniversary release of the Waterloo single
On April 6, 2014, it will be exactly 40 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The A-side of the single features the Swedish version of the song, with which ABBA scored their victory in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The B-side features the English version.


ABBA Gold -40th Anniversary Edition. April 2014
A three disc set compiling ABBA Gold, More ABBA gold and a CD of B-sides, though most of the "b-sides" are songs from ABBA's albums that just happened to release as B-sides on ABBA's singles, like "That's Me" on the B-side of "Dancing Queen". Still this particular configuration hasn't been tried before,    A steel packaging version of this release will be released on October 27, 2014.




ABBA: The Official Photo Book Illustrated,Hardcover Jan Gradvall and  Petter Karlsson, author foreword by members of ABBA.  March 2014

From the promo materials :
ABBA THE OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK is the first authorized and official photo book about one of the greatest pop groups of the 20th century, covering their entire career. The group has sold almost 400 million records, in some markets topping The Beatles. The book has the full co-operation of Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha, who have contributed a foreword and personal commentary on the pictures. This extraordinary book contains more than 600 images, more than 100 of which have never previously been published. See images from the pre-ABBA years, the formation of the band, ABBA's incredible rise to success with their break-through at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton and the rocket ride to global super-stardom that followed. Private photographs are included as well as unpublished pictures by famous press photographers, alternative shots from album cover shoots and behind-the-scenes pictures from the major tours. There are photographic insights into their subsequent careers as well as brand-new photographs of the four band members taken during the last few months. This is the definitive photo book on ABBA!

ABBA: The Singles, Universal  602537649594,  May 2014  40 disc  7 inch vinyl set 

Universal will release an exclusive limited edition box set “ABBA The Singles” in May to celebrate 40 years of “Waterloo”. It will include 40 international singles with covers. Naturally there are couple of  omissions of songs that were released as singles such as "Hasta Manana"

1. People Need Love / Merry-Go-Round
2. He Is Your Brother / Santa Rosa
3. Ring Ring (Swedish Version) / Åh, vilka tider
4. Ring Ring (English Version) / She’s My Kind of Girl
5. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) / I Am Just A Girl
6. Ring Ring (German Version) / Wer Im Wartesaal der Liebe steht
7. Waterloo (Swedish Version) / Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
8. Waterloo (English Version) / Watch Out
9. Waterloo (German Version) / Watch Out
10. Waterloo (French Version) / Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Honey, Honey / King Kong Song
12. Honey, Honey / Ring Ring (remix)
13. So Long / I’ve Been Waiting For You
14. I Do, I Do, I Do / Rock me
15. S.O.S. / Man In The Middle
16. Mamma Mia / Intermezzo No.1
17. Fernando / Hey, Hey Helen
18. Dancing Queen / That’s Me
19. Money, Money, Money / Crazy World
20. Knowing Me, Knowing You / Happy Hawaii
21. The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)
22. Take A Chance On Me / I’m A Marionette
23. Eagle / Thank You For The Music
24. Summer Night City / Medley: Pick A Bale of Cotton…
25. Chiquitita / Lovelight
26. Chiquitita (Spanish Version) / Lovelight
27. Does Your Mother Know / Kisses of Fire
28. Voulez-Vous / Angeleyes
29. Estoy Sonando / Does Your Mother Know
30. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) / The King Has Lost His Crown
31. I Have A Dream / Take A Chance On Me (live)
32. The Winner Takes It All / Elaine
33. Super Trouper / The Piper
34. Happy New Year / Andante, Andante
35. Lay All Your Love On Me / On And On And On
36. One Of Us / Should I Laugh Or Cry
37. Head Over Heels / The Visitors
38. When All Is Said And Done / Soldiers
39. The Day Before You Came / Cassandra
40. Under Attack / You Owe Me One



ABBA-ABBA 40/40, Universal  UICY-15279. SHM-CD March 26,  2014 

Japanese original greatest hits album from ABBA includes 40 tracks total selected based on a fan vote. Supposedly comes with a booklet with message from the members to fans in Japan . Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).
What's SHM-CD?
" The high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players."

Tracklisting

DISC 1

1 DANCING QUEEN
2 THAT'S ME
3 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
4 CHIQUITITA
5 SOS
6 GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT)
7 SUPER TROUPER
8 RING. RING
9 HONEY HONEY
10 SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL
11 TIGER
12 EAGLE
13 MOVE ON
14 HEY. HEY HELEN
15 OUR LAST SUMMER
16 ONE OF US
17 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL
18 SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS
19 MY LOVE. MY LIFE
20 HAPPY NEW YEAR

DISC 2


1 WATERLOO
2 MAMMA MIA
3 MONEY. MONEY. MONEY
4 I DO. I DO. I DO. I DO. I DO
5 VOULEZ-VOUS
6 SUMMER NIGHT CITY
7 DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW
8 ON AND ON AND ON
9 WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER
10 FERNANDO
11 KNOWING ME. KNOWING YOU
12 ANGELEYES
13 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME
14 THE NAME OF THE GAME
15 UNDER ATTACK
16 HASTA MANANA
17 I HAVE A DREAM
18 I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU
19 ONE MAN. ONE WOMAN
20THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

 
ABBA-ABBA-Live At Wembley  2CD (or3LP) set Late September 2014.

It is From the press release-"In September 2014, Polar Music will release ABBA LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA (a whole evening with ABBA)! "

The 2 x CD or 3 x LP was be released world wide! It included two previously  unreleased songs "I'm Still Alive" and "Gammal Fäbodpsalm"


This  release has been prepared by Benny's son-Ludwig Andersson. It is said that he  tried to present the songs in "worts and all"  versions here, as opposed to the tweaked  versions found on the ABBA Live album. (The ABBA Live album also featured recordings from 1977 and 1981) .

There are two "new" songs available here.  "I'm Still Alive" is a melodramatic  1979  song (that was never released elsewhere ) with  music by Agnetha and so-so  lyrics by Bjorn." "Gammal Fäbodpsalm"is a instrumental cover of a Swedish  pastoral hymn written by  Swedish composer Oskar Lindberg . It was used as the  opening overture for the concerts. Neither are great songs, but it's good to see them finally see official release. 

"I"m Still Alive" is the only ABBA song to not feature a writing credit for Benny Andersson.  The  recording of "Not Bad At All" by Tomas Ledin  and the ABBA backing band which also performed at the shows was not included. (that's no great loss.) Many of these songs have been released in similar  live  versions on ABBA's Live album or on the ABBA In Concert DVD.

 ABBA appeared at London's  Wembley Arena (as opposed to Wembley Stadium) in  November 1979. ABBA's  1979-1980 tour was their last concert tour.  

See abbaofficial" on Instagram, for more info.

Official Track listing:

 1. Gammal fäbodpsalm
2. Voulez-Vous
3. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
4. As Good As New
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Rock Me
7. Chiquitita
8. Money, Money, Money
9. I Have A Dream
10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
11. SOS
12. Fernando
13. The Name Of The Game
14. Eagle
15. Thank You For The Music
16. Why Did It Have To Be Me
17. Intermezzo No 1
18. I’m Still Alive
19. Summer Night City
20. Take A Chance On Me
21. Does Your Mother Know
22. Hole In Your Soul
23. The Way Old Friends Do
24. Dancing Queen
25. Waterloo

Chess Deluxe Remaster....   November  24,  2014

Benny Andersson confirmed in recent  interview that   a 30th anniversary  reissue of  Andersson-Rice-Ulvaeus   Chess studio   album will be released.   It includes  three bonus tracks, since some of the songs recorded were not used due to a lack of space on the original 90 minute 2LP set. A DVD will also be included with the set which includes a vintage TV special on the making of the album and five music videos made of the songs..  Fans were disappointed that none single mixes and o demos made for album were released here. 
 Disc 1, CD:
Merano
The Russian And Molokov / Where I Want To Be
Opening Ceremony
Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility)
The American And Florence / Nobody’s Side
Chess
Mountain Duet
Florence Quits
Embassy Lament
Anthem

Disc 2, CD:
Bangkok / One Night In Bangkok
Heaven Help My Heart
Argument
I Know Him So Well
The Deal (No Deal)
Pity The Child
Endgame
Epilogue: You And I/ The Story Of Chess

Bonus Tracks:
Press Conference
Intro Mountain Duet ”Der Kleine Franz”
Anthem (Instrumental Version)

Disc 3, DVD:
Magasinet Special: Chess 1984
One Night In Bangkok
Nobody’s Side
The Arbiter
I Know Him So Well
Pity The Child


Gracias Por La Musica  planned release  November 2014

A reissue CD version of the original ABBA Spanish language  album from 1980, is under consideration as well for 2014. This album was superseded by ABBA Oro, so it hasn't been reissued on CD recently. The CD of Gracias Por La Musica will likely contain the same 15 tracks found on ORO.  These  15 songs are the only Spanish language tracks ABBA recorded. 8 were recorded specifically for the original Gracias Por La Musica album in 1980 and the other 7 tracks  were recorded close to the date of their original English counterparts in 1973, 1979, 1980, and 1981.

The following releases are not by ABBA but are related new releases of the past few months:



Help!

Here are some of only the  more recent obscure ABBA related releases from the ABBA fan club and other sources.. More details about these releases later....




Tommy Körberg - Gränslös - Det Bästa Med Tommy Körberg
(2012 release has now been reissued  with an additional recording, the 2013 duet "I can see myself in you".  Bjorn wrote the lyric for that one.

Compilation double CD contains;

Den första gång jag såg dig, Släpp fångarne loss, Judy min vän, Som en bro över mörka vatten, Himlen är oskyldigt blå, Drömmen om Elin, Ack Värmeland du sköna, Jag kom inte hit för att jag tror, Sol på jorden, Sök dig till bergen, Stad i ljus, Jag vill ha dig här, Brinn, Sometimes, The winner takes it all, Where do we begin, Likgiltigheten är en form, Nature boy, Anthem, Somebody's taken Maria away

I can see myself in you (duet with Danny Saucedo), Nu har jag fått den jag vill ha, Familjelycka, Led hans väg, Vid Molins fontän, Konsten att vara vacker, Can't buy me love, En valsmelodi, Min vind är din, Ravaillac, Såsom jorden väntar (fäbodpsalm från Mora), Tankar, Fattig bonddräng, Luffarvisan, Trubbel, Kärlek ingen ville ha, Han har ihop det m

Kalle Moreaus, Kalles Bästa 
Kalle sings and play guitar with BAO. The song "Beatrice" is a Andersson-Ulvaeus song, B&B also played on the original recording. 

1. Beatrice, 2. Vi har dansat, 3. Om du fanns kvar, 4. Koppången, 5. Jag måste drömma, 6. Underbart, 7. Solschottis, 8. Maj Lundin, 9. Om sommaren, 10. Hawaiian war chant, 11. Jag såg i öster, 12. En fridens man, 13. Viva la speranza, 14. Till min dotter, 15. Sol-o-fiol, 16. Du klarar dig, 17. Benny the cat, 18. Komma hem


Collin Collier _Songs Frida . November 12, 2013 


An obscure cover album of Frida songs.   

Track listing: 1. Tell Me It's Over 2. Knowing Me Knowing You 3. Baby Don't You Cry No More 4. I Know There's Something Going On 5. Comment Te Dire Adieu (original French version of Så Synd Du Mâste Gå) 6. Going Out Of My Head (English version of Jag Blir Galen När Jag Tänkar Pâ Dig) 7. How Long Should I Wait (For You To Call Tonight) (song written for Frida by Colin) 8. Perfect Summer (English version of En Ledig Dag) 9. Junge Komm Bald Wieder (original German version of Peter Kom Tillbaka) 10. One Little Lie 11. Love Grows (Where My Anni-Frid Goes) (Adapted English version of Dãr Du Går Lãmnar Kãrleken Spår) 12. I'm The Fool (You Wouldn't Even Remember My Name) (English version of Aldrig Mej) 13. Quiéreme Mucho (original Spanish version of Din) 14. Syrtaki (Siko Chorepse Syrtaki) (English version) 15. Don't Do It 16. Liv På Mars? 17. Threnody/As Long As I Have You (Intro by Kevin Odekirk)

Elaine Paige-Ultimate Collection...  May 2014
The lastest Elaine Paige Compilation features "I Know Him So Well" from Chess.  

CowboyBengts - Tilbage

Humorous childrens´album including Benny, Helen Sjöholm, BAO and others. The second Cowboy Bengts album to feature Benny as a guest.

Tracklist: Prolog: Noskonen Ii, Hjemme På Emdrupvej, En Vanlig Dag, Tallarne Står Ljufva, Balladen Om Jehander 2 Vid Kanaan, Sol-o-fiol (En Moralitet), Jul På Internet, Jaezz I Vården, Tant Simpa Dansar Rock'n'roll, Mia Franzén, Getabocksfamn, Getlaggen, Små Små Stora, Entracte: Ceci N'est Pas Un Quator, Grundämnenas Herre, Härliga Tid Som Randas, Robotens Chanson, Epilog: Vi Vänder Tillbaka -emdrupvej & Beyond

Mamma Mia cast album

Musical Mamma Mia! Shiki Theatre Company version Special Edition CD Universal Japan, April 2014

Same ast he  usual Mamma Mia cast album -features 27 tracks, I'm not sure which language.



 Nanne - Drama Queen

New album from Benny's daughter-in-law.
Tracklist: Ingen Dansar Dåligt (Lika Bra Som J (Ag), Drama Queen, C'mon, Ren Och Skär Plåga, Gästlistan, Inte Lätt Att Leva Med, Temperamento, Jag Saknar Dig, Alltid Retar Det Nån, Bali, Karma, Kan Du Ge Dig Fan På 

Andre Rieu - Celebrates ABBA / Music of the Night

2CD-set - tracklist:
CD1:
1. Yesterday
2. One Hand, One Heart
3. I Don't Know How To Love Him
4. On My Own
5. Music Of The Night
6. Dark Roses
7. Love Live Forever
8. La Vie En Rose
9. Arrivederci Roma
10. When Winter Comes
11. My Homeland
12. Non To Scordar Di Me
13. Return To Me
14. Vienna Mine
15. A Bar In Santa Monica
16. Hymne A L' Amour
17. Endlessly
18. Ben

CD2:
1. Chiquita
2. Mamma Mia
3. Fernando
4. Money, Money, Money
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. Waterloo
7. I Have A Dream
8. Arrival
9. Dancing Queen
10. The Way Old Friends Do
11. Thank You For The Music
12. Thank You Abba


Various Artists- We Love ABBA 
 A collection of ABBA and B&B  covers. 

1. S.O.S. - Fältskog, Agnetha, 2. Dancing Queen - Glow, 3. Does Your Mother Know - B*Witched, 4. Lay All Your Love On Me - Steps, 5. I Have A Dream - Westlife / Bodywork Theatre School Choir, 6. Stars On 45 - Stars On 45, 7. Money, Money, Money - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers, Mamma Mia - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers, 9. Last Night The D.J.Saved My Life - Edelweiss, 10. Funky Feet - Alcazar, 11. One Night In Bangkok - Vinylshakerz Screen Cut - Vinylshakerz, 12. Ich Brauch' Deine Liebe - Martin, Andreas, 13. Ich Sah Deine Tränen (One Of Us) - Rosenberg, Marianne, 14. Nur Die Liebe Lässt Uns Leben - Album Version - Roos, Mary, 15. Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder - Ebstein, Katja, 16. Ein Bisschen Frieden - Nicole, 17. Rücksicht - Hoffmann & Hoffmann, 18. Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan, 19. What's Another Year - Album Version - Logan, Johnny, 20. Bravo Tu As Gagne (The Winner Takes It All) - Mathieu, Mireille, 21. The Winner Takes It All - Clayderman, Richard  

Various Singers- Mamma Mia! (Chinese Cast Recording) 
Very obscure release ...

Contains: Overture/prologue, Honey honey, Money money money, Thank you for the music, Mamma mia, Chiquitita, Dancing queen, Lay all your love on me, Super trouper, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, The name of the game, Voulez-vous, Entr'acte, Under attack, One of us, SOS, Does your mother know, Knowing me knowing you, Our last summer, Slipping through my fingers, The winner takes it all, Take a chance on me, I do I do I do I do I do, I have a dream

Bonus: Waterloo 


Hep Stars - 50th Anniversary

New recordings of old songs by what's left of the band- Benny Andersson  is not involved.

Tracklist:
1. It's nice to be back, 2. No response, 3. Donna, 4. Wedding, 5. Don't, 6. Sunny girl, 7. Such a night, 8. Sagan om lilla Sofie, Devil in disguise, 10. Young and beautiful, 11. I wanna be with you, 12. All shook up, 13. When my blue moon turns to gold again, 14. Wear my ring around your neck, 15. Cadillac (V8 version), 16. Hey, let's celebrate
ABBA releases-of 2013 (
Another   light year for ABBA related  releases, the highlight  has  been the release of  a new Agnetha Faltskog album, her first album in nine years.  Also of interest were  the cast album of the new Andersson-Ulvaeus musical called
HJÄLP SÖKES  and the Deluxe edition of ABBA's Ring Ring album.

ABBA: Melodic Masterpieces  German DVD released February 22, 2013.

This unofficial  DVD is a reissuing of The Story of ABBA a 1982 documentary that

 has previously been released on DVD.

1. Ring Ring
2. Waterloo
3. Honey, Honey
4. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
5. SOS
6. Mamma Mia
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. I'm A Marionette
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. Chiquitita
16. Does Your Mother Know
17. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
18. I Have A Dream
19. The Winner Takes It All
20. Super Trouper
21. One Of Us
22. The Day Before You Came
23. Under Attack
24. Thank You For The Music
ABBA:Studio 2 - Live in Poland DVD, Brazilian DVD February 2013

An unofficial DVD  available only in Brazil  of a special filmed and broadcast in late 1976.

The special was  was only shown in Poland and Australia. It has never been released in it's entirety on home video, the songs were  mimed to playback. 

Arrival
1. Waterloo
Interview on Plane
2. SOS
Interview On Plane
3. Nina Pretty Ballerina
4. Dancing Queen
5. My Love My Life
8. When I Kissed The Teacher
9. Knowing Me Knowing You
10. Fernando
11. Tiger
12. Money Money Money
Many Thanks
13. Fernando



ABBA in Poland (screen capture by ABBA on TV)


Agnetha Faltskog -A, Universal, International CD and download release May 13, 2013 
The new Agnetha album to be called simply A, it  was released  in May 2013....When You Really Loved Me, has been released as the first single from the album, and there is another single , The One Who Loves You Now. which is only Available on iTunes Germany.

Past Forever is a piano based track, "Dance Your Pain Away" is a disco number, "Back On Your Radio" is pop song "I Should've Followed You Home" is a duet with Gary Barlow of Take That, while "I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed" has been co-written by Agnetha.  She  told BBC News: "For this album, we had an idea that maybe I should try to write one song. She also co-wrote one song on two of her previous three English language solo studio albums.
Fans have been positive about the first single released so far...
UPDATE:the album has been released to positive reviews, and has hit the top 10  in many territories.
It has now gone gold in Australia, the UK, and (no surprise) Sweden.  
This appears to be due the considerable promotion and publicity that has been done for the album..


1.
The One Who Loves You Now 3.30
( Jörgen Elofsson & Pär Westerlund)
2.
When You Really Loved Someone 3.31
( Jörgen Elofsson)
3.
Perfume In The Breeze 3.31
( Jörgen Elofsson & Fredrik Thomander)
4.
I Was A Flower 4.08
( Jörgen Elofsson)
5.
I Should’ve Followed You Home 4.04
(ft. Gary Barlow)

( Jörgen Elofsson, Gary Barlow)
6.
Past Forever 3.30
( Jörgen Elofsson, Carol Bayer Sager)
7.
Dance Your Pain Away 4.10
( Jörgen Elofsson)
8.
Bubble 4.21
( Jörgen Elofsson)
9.
Back On Your Radio 3.43
( Jörgen Elofsson)
10.
I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed 4.06
( Agnetha Fältskog, Jörgen Elofsson
11.
I Was A Flower (Orchestral Version) 4.12
(Jörgen Elofsson)Amazon Exclusive bonus track




Agnetha Faltskog-When You Really Loved Someone, Universal Verve, March  2013 international download only release...A new Agnetha single is out. It just appeared out of nowhere. ...Well without prior notice. We knew she was recording an album-but there had no indication that all the work had finished on that yet. Then again, it doesn't take forever to record a ten songs.. Apparently there will be no physical CD release for the single. . The song appears to have been written by Jorgen Elofsson, the cowriter of "A Moment Like This" and a few other hits. Fans have been positive about the first single released so far...

Three other singles have been released though these three have not been released in all territories..


Agnetha Faltskog-If I Was A Flower Agnetha Fältskog  UK download single April 2013
1. I Was A Flower
 
Agnetha Fältskog-  Dance Your Pain Away USA  download single May 2013
1. Dance Your Pain Away
2. Dance Your Pain Away (Smash Mode Remix)
3. Dance Your Pain Away (Smash Mode Extended)


Agnetha Fältskog-The One Who Loves You Now  German download single March 2013
1. The One Who Loves You Now




Various Artists-Before ABBA, Exclusive CD for ABBA-The Museum.. June 2013

Apparently, ABBA the Museum commissioned a all new CD  that compiles some of the best of
four members pre-ABBA solo work.  Nice idea, though of course, most true fans would have all the music found here, and for more casual fans the selection of recordings doesn't really capture the full flavor of the pre-ABBA solo careers, but that is hard to do with just 15 tracks.

This is the first time music by the Hep Stars has been compiled together with other ABBA stuff on an ABBA related CD.  (Unlike  Frida, and Agnetha -the Hep Stars have  never been a  Polar records artist  )....The closest thing to pre ABBA solo compilation before this one was the excellent 1994 Pa Svenska collection. This CD is currently only available in the museum shop, since the museum web shop isn't open yet.
Hootenanny Singers
1. Omkring tiggarn från Luossa
2. Början till slutet
3. Kvinnan I mitt liv
Hep Stars
4. Wedding
5. Sunny Girl
6. No Response
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
7. En ledig dag
8. Du är så underbart rar
9. Härlig är vår jord
Agnetha Fältskog
10. Jag var så kär
11. Många ganger än
12. Fram för svenska sommaren
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
13. Hej gamle man
14. Lycka
15. Att finnas til



ORIGINAL Cast  Album- HJÄLP SÖKES , Mono Records, Swedish CD September 2013

  Benny and Bjorn's fourth *  musical is called HJÄLP SÖKES , Lars Rudolfsson originated the  story and directed .  Kristina Lugn wrote the (script) book , Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote  the lyrics . The music is by Benny Andersson. Benny worked on the music close to the deadline. When the project was announced Bjorn was not on board, but came on later to the project to help with the lyric writing, that Kristina Lugn had started on... 

HJÄLP SÖKES loosely translates to "Help Wanted" and the musical is about some middle aged farmers  needing help. The help comes in the form of a mother and her daughter. And the mother and daughter are  not Sophie and Donna.   The staging  includes animals including a goat, a dog, and others. 
Benny has written a few songs with Kristina Lugn before, and of course, works regularly with Lars, who is the director of Kristina Fran Duvemala.   This musical was kept well under wraps. Apparently, the musical has only eight songs with vocals   the first one introduced was called  Bortom sol och måne (Beyond the sun and moon).  The musical is being staged at the small Orionteatern in Sodermalm in Stockholm. The theater has it's 30th anniversary next year.  The musical is premiered in February 8, 2013, and performances  ran through summer.
*fifth if you include Abbacadabra


1. Ouvertyr (04:36)
Orkestern
2.Bortom sol och måne (02:40)
Sofia Pekkari
3.Själv är bäste dräng (03:24)
Johan Ulveson & Magnus Roosmann
4.Svarta silhuetter (04:45)
Sofia
5.Vågar jag älska dig (03:32)
Magnus
6.Stackars Axels sång (02:55)
Sofia, Johan & Magnus
7.Den jag ville vara (05:57)
Sofia
8.Som en hägring (04:57)
Johan & Magnus
9.Ro hit en dyckert (03:12)
Sofia, Johan & Magnus
10.Final (12:43)

Orkestern, Sofia, Johan & Magnus



 ABBA-Ring Ring , October 2013
ABBA's official site and Carl Magnus Palm have announced that there will be a Deluxe version of ABBA's Ring Ring album. It will be released in October 2013 .The album was originally released in 1973 and credited to  Agnetha,Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid.

Like, the other ABBA Deluxe versions it will consist one CD and one DVD. The CD includes the relevent B-sides and rarities from the era, and the DVD has TV clips.  The DVD appears rather sparse this time, but the CD has lots of tracks including oddly a few songs recorded by artists other than ABBA.
One relevant  track was left off - the Swedish language B-side. Ah vilka tider. Strange to cull this one considering  some of the other weak tracks on this album. Bjorn and Benny vetoed it.

RING RING – DELUXE EDITION
 DISC 01: CD:
1.  Ring Ring
2.  Another Town, Another Train
3.  Disillusion
4.  People Need Love
5.  I Saw It In The Mirror
6.  Nina, Pretty Ballerina
7.  Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
8.  Me And Bobby And Bobby’s Brother
9.  He Is Your Brother
10.  She’s My Kind Of Girl
11.  I Am Just A Girl
12.  Rock’n Roll Band

Bonus tracks:
13.  Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
14.  Merry-Go-Round
15.  Santa Rosa
16.  Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
17.  Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe Steht (German Version of Another Town, Another Train)
18.  Ring Ring (German Version)
19.  En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer

Extra bonus tracks – Early versions:
20.  Hej gamle man! / Björn & Benny
21.  There’s A Little Man / Billy G-son
22.  I Saw It In The Mirror / Billy G-son
23.  Jag är blott en man / Jarl Kulle
24.  Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan / Anni-Frid Lyngstad
25.  Välkommen till världen / Lill-Babs

DISC 02: DVD:
1.  People Need Love (Vi i femman, SVT)
2.  Ring Ring (Spotlight, ORF)
3.  Ring Ring revealed (Låtarna som förändrade musiken, UR)
4.  International Sleeve Gallery








Bryn Terfel and Mormon Tabernacle Choir- Orchestra At Temple Square, conducted by Mack Wilbert  Homeward Bound- Deutche Grammophon International CD  September 10. 2013  Release Date:
Byrn Terfel is a Welsh bass-baritone opera singer.  This is album he did with the Mormon Tabernacle choir it includes a vocal  version in English of” Saknadens  Rum/ "Kärlekens Tid". called “Give Me My Song”.  The song was originally recorded by Benny Andersson Orkester.  Terfel debuted the English language version of the song a few years ago-and finally got around to putting out an official recording of the song on this album release.  The album was recorded in  May 2013 in Salt Lake City. Also features special guests Tamara Mumford and Sissel Kyrkjeb. The Norwegian Saknadens singer, Sissel has also recorded works by Benny Andersson.  



Agnetha Faltkog –“A” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD , Universal   November 22,2013  Released only in Germany.
The deluxe version will include a DVD documentary called “ Agnetha ABBA and After”  All the songs on the original album will appear on the CD though apparently no unreleased tracks or alternate mixee.s
1. The One Who Loves You Now
2. When You Really Loved Someone
3. Perfume In The Breeze
4. I Was A Flower
5. I Should've Followed You Home
6. Past Forever
7. Dance Your Pain Away
8. Bubble
9. Back On Your Radio
10. I Keep Them On The Floor Beside My Bed 

Hep Stars It's Been A Long Long Time reissue CD  October 21, 2013
This 1967 album by the Hep Stars with Benny Andersson  has been long out of print, the only Hep Stars album recorded mostly outside Sweden, It had been released once before on CD by a Japanese label, but never in Europe.
1. Enter The Young
2. Hope
3. 5 a.m.
4. It's Time For A Change
5. Changing Away From You
6. It's Been A Long Long Time
7. Musty Dusty
8. Spinning, Spinning, Spinning
9. There Is Love
10. Would You Like To Go
11. It's Now Winter's Day?
12. Another Time
Bonus Tracks:
13. Sagan om lilla Sofi
14. Det finns en stad
ABBA-Legends of Pop ABBA Uncut ,  6DVD documentary set.  Released November 2013
Reissues of  the previously released Rock Case Studies, Arrival, The Visitors, Music In Review 1973-1982,all combined in one box…

2012 releases

 



The Essential Collection

Universal hasn't done a new major  ABBA compilation in awhile,  comes another internationally available ABBA compilation. It will be available in late May. 

This release will come in three different configurations: a double-CD, a single DVD, and a Limited Edition package featuring the Double CD set and  the DVD and an illustrated 28-page booklet, with liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.  The ABBA Intermezzo web site  says this compilation will replace The Definitive Collection as the two disc ABBA compilation. 

 


ABBA-The Essential Collection, Universal Polar 00602527993720, 2CD Available internationally May 21. 2012

A 39 song collection of ABBA hits and album tracks, no B-sides or rarities in the CD's, The liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm are based on those he wrote  in the Definitive Collection.  (The Definitive Collection shares about 30 songs) .. The album tracks included are songs that  had videos made for them,  such as "Happy New Year" or "One Man, One Woman".  The cover photo is from the Arrival era.

CD 01:
1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
11.Bang-A-Boomerang
12. Fernando
13. Dancing Queen
14. Money, Money, Money
15. Knowing Me, Knowing You
16. That’s Me
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. Eagle
20. One Man, One Woman
21. Thank You For The Music
22. Summer Night City
CD 02:
1. Chiquitita
2. Does Your Mother Know
3. Voulez-Vous
4. Angeleyes
5. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
6. I Have A Dream
7. The Winner Takes It All
8. Super Trouper
9. On And On And On
10. Lay All Your Love On Me
11. Happy New Year
12. One Of Us
13. When All Is Said And Done
14. Head Over Heels
15. The Visitors
16. The Day Before You Came
17. Under Attack



ABBA-The Essential Collection, Universal Polar 00602527993744.,Internationally available DVD ,Early September 2012 . Available Late May 2012 in Germany

The DVD features all the  official ABBA promo clips in remastered form, including two previously unreleased videos: ‘Conociéndome, Conociéndote’ and ‘Gracias por la música’ which are the Spanish versions of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, respectively. the clip for "Chiquitita" is from the BBC. . The videos are in a  16:9 ratio instead of the usual 4:3, so you get to see small bits of the original 16mm films that you might have not seen before.  So the DVD might be worthwhile, if you don't already have a full set of ABBA DVDs .   The DVD is fairly generous with 34 songs.

( Sourced directly from ABBA the Site, which is now up again after  a break for a refit. More info came from Carl Magnus Palm's site.) 
DVD:
1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Mamma Mia
4. SOS
5. Bang-A-Boomerang
6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. That’s Me
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music
17. Summer Night City
18. Chiquitita
19. Does Your Mother Know
20. Voulez-Vous
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
22. On And On And On
23. The Winner Takes It All
24. Super Trouper
25. Happy New Year
26. When All Is Said And Done
27. One Of Us
28. Head Over Heels
29. The Day Before You Came
30. Under Attack
31. Estoy Soñando
32. Conociéndome, conociéndote
33. Gracias por la música
34. Felicidad
ABBA-The Essential Collection  Limited Edition, Universal Polar 00602527993751., 2CD/1DVD, September 2012 

A combination of the contents of both the DVD and 2CD versions of The Essential Collection. This set also has that exciting 28 page booklet. 

ABBA-The Visitors (Deluxe Edition), Universal Music CD/DVD International release April 23, 2012  For once, ABBA's record label, Universal,  actually has managed to  surprised us. Universal  Music's  press release about a "new" ABBA song has drawn a considerable attention on world news Websites, much more attention than  other recent reissues  have gotten, probably more attention than it should have gotten. The deluxe edition of The Visitors will be released in April of 2012 and it will include "From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)" a  recording which has never  been released before. The press release originally did not state exactly what these unreleased demos consist of -but a week later Benny Andersson confirmed that it was merely work  tapes for the released  track,  "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". When, the song was originally recorded it was more  complex, and early  mixes were made of the more complicated versions of the song.   . There have  already  been a few " work in progress tapes" already heard  unofficially from The Visitors sessions, due to a theft of tape copies from Bjorn's car.  These bootleg tracks  have included instrumental versions of  songs, and early takes of songs such as "When All is Said and Done, and "Two for the Price of One's  these bootlegs are what is included here.   It was  Benny Andersson's  idea in  October and November of 2011 to edit a   nine-minute medley of the various working tapes of  "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". Included from  various work tapes   is  the original  demo, with vocals by Björn, a disco version, an alternate lyric version called ‘Another Morning Without You’ and a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals. Bjorn and Benny have usually been hesitant to release their unreleased stuff-so the release of "From a Twinkling Star..." is bizarrely inconsistent from that policy.  Why not do the same thing for the other ABBA deluxe releases, for example release the work tapes for "Chiquitita" which had been contemplated back when when the box set was issued in 1994.  Why not release "Just Like That" the excellent 1982 track  that has yet to see full release.  JLT is the  holy grail of unreleased ABBA tracks. (The various reissues of the Visitors  album  have always contained some selection of the tracks recorded in 1982 after The Visitor album was released.) Bjorn was once asked by a fan on the group's official website if they would ever release a Beatles Anthology style collection of rare tracks and outtakes, his reaction was total disdain for the very idea. Benny  recently said that he hoped this was the last of the unreleased recordings. The CD/DVD also includes the usual assortment of bonus tracks and TV performances. The other five 1982 recordings are included as well as "Should I Laugh Or Cry" and the nine original songs from The Visitors album. The DVD is notable for not including more from the Dick Cavett Special, which included originally   a interview and nine songs. The DVD includes two songs from Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’.The  video included  for ‘When All Is Said And Done’,  features  an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo. Also featured are two lengthy television appearances,for the promotions for The Singles – The First Ten Years. album. What's good about this set?  Well it is a wonderful album for fans  of ABBA's more serious work, and the 1982 songs are certainly wonderful as well. A lot of albums don't get this  nice deluxe treatment, so I am happy about that too!  The Visitors - Deluxe Edition track listing.. DISC 01: CD 1.  The Visitors 2.  Head Over Heels 3.  When All Is Said And Done 4.  Soldiers 5.  I Let The Music Speak 6.  One Of Us 7.  Two For The Price Of One 8.  Slipping Through My Fingers 9.  Like An Angel Passing Through My Room Bonus Tracks: 10. Should I Laugh Or Cry 11. I Am The City 12. You Owe Me One 13. Cassandra 14. Under Attack 15. The Day Before You Came Extra Bonus Track: 16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos) DISC 02: DVD: 1.    Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA) 2.    Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA) 3.    When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip) 4.    ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC) 5.    ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT) 6.    The Visitors TV commercial I (UK) 7.    The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia) 8.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK) 9.    The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia) 10.    International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA- Voulez-Vouz /If It Wasn’t for the Nights, Universal, 12 inch single, April 21, 2012

Here we go again with the vinyl collectibles of stuff we already have. ABBA will release a limited edition 12-inch vinyl single for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. The A-Side features "Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix)", originally released as a promo-only single in the United States and France. This marks the first commercial vinyl release of this remix. On the flip side is another dance number  “If It Wasn't For The Nights”, originally released on the Voulez-Vous album. The Voulez-Vous dance mix can also be found , if I am not mistaken on the Definitive Collection 2CD set.

This limited edition  Record Store Day release is pressed on blue glitter vinyl and packaged in a cardboard sleeve. The 12-inch single, which is limited to 5,000 numbered copies (catalogue number 00602527957302), is for sale exclusively in participating stores. For more information about Record Store Day please visit recordstoreday.com-
Source-ABBA---The Site. 
Anne Wood-Divine Discontent, 2012 Australian CD and I tunes release.
This is a new album of mostly ABBA cover songs by Anne Wood who starred in Australian version of Mamma Mia.    She played Donna in two stints in 2001 and 2010.  
Of interest to Bjorn and Benny fans is the first released version of ""The Day the Wall Came Tumbling Down", which was originally written to be recorded for Barbara Dickson. The original version was never released.   The song is about the fall of the Berlin Wall, and while a  very interesting  song-it is perhaps not quite as good as they Bjorn  and Benny hoped it would be.The Dickson version  can be heard in a 2002  live performance made  on You tube..  
1. S.O.S. 2. The Day Before You Came 3. Knowing Me, Knowing You 4. I Wonder (Departure) 5. Dance (While the Music Still Goes On) 6. Money, Money, Money 7. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room 8. The Winner Takes It All 9. When All Is Said And Done 10. I Have A Dream/Slipping Through My Fingers 11. The Day The Wall Came Tumbling Down 
Source:ABBA intermezzo. 

2011 releases

 

ABBA-Happy New Year, Universal, Limited edition 7 inch vinyl single, November 30, 2011 This is a 500 copy limited edition of ABBA's 1980 holiday song, "Happy New Year" . The B-side has "The Way Old Friends Do",. This record was only available from the ABBF fan club site and from the official ABBA site. The release pre-sold out in few hours . Pretty good for a outmoded format with a couple of songs every ABBA fan already has. Collectors were pissed off that the record disappeared before they had chance to buy a copy. "Happy New Year" had been previously released as a single in 2000 by both ABBA and the A*Teens to coincide with the millennium. In May 2011, a restored 1980 promo video for "Happy New Year" was featured on the ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD.

ABBA-You Can Dance, Wii video game, November 24, 2011 international release This is a new video game based on the music and performances of ABBA. ABBA You Can Dance. Developed exclusively for the WiiTM system from Nintendo by Ubisof. According to the promo materials - Two players can sing along to lyrics that appear on-screen, while up to four players can simultaneously perform the dance moves. A mini-musical mode lets players act out the key roles in a love story based on some of the group’s classic songs. ABBA You Can Dance also includes original video clips and displays anecdotes about the group that even die-hard fans will find entertaining and informative." No doubt... Track Listing Angeleyes As good as new Bang-a-Boomerang Dancing Queen (two versions available) Does your mother know Fernando Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (a man after midnight) Head over heels Hole in your soul Honey honey I’m a marionette I do, I do, I do, I do, I do If it wasn’t for the nights Knowing me, knowing you Lay all your love on me Mamma mia Money money, money People need love SOS Summer night city Super trouper Take a chance on me The winner takes it all Voulez-vous Waterloo When I kissed the teacher

Susan Boyle-Someone To Watch Over Me, Columbia, Internationally released CD November 2011 This is the new Studio album by the Scottish spinster singer, it features her version of "You Have To Be there" from Bjorn, Benny and Herb's Kristina. Susan's recording is likely to be the biggest selling version of the song, though she does not she sing it particularly well. Tracklisting: 1. You Have To Be There 2. Unchained Melody 3. Enjoy The Silence 4. Both Sides Now 5. Lilac Wine 6. Mad World 7. Autumn Leaves 8. This Will Be The Year 9. Return 10. Someone To Watch Over Me

Various Artists-Carols For A Cure - Volume 13 CDH060-11, 2CD American release, November 2011-$20.00 Broadway Cares offers their 13th annual collection of Christmas recordings as performed by the casts of various Broadway shows, entitled Carols For A Cure - Volume 13. The cast of Mamma Mia! is featured on 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. the Mamma Mia! cast performance is preceded by ABBA's brief recording of the Swedish Christmas song 'Nu är det jul igen', as originally broadcast on the West German radio show Mal Sondock's Hitparade in 1981. This marks the first legal CD release of this ABBA recording. Although truth be told, it's nothing special. Other Celebrity guests on this album include Daniel Radcliffe, Martha Wash, Kara DioGuardi, Roger Rees, Reeve Carney, Montego Glover, Chad Kimball, Hugh Panaro and Daniel Rodriguez, among others. Disc 1: A CHRISTMAS CAROL- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying GIVE AWAY LOVE- Memphis WHITE CHRISTMAS- Chicago featuring Kara DioGuardi LITTLE JESUS SWEETLY SLEEP- Mary Poppins HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING- Mamma Mia! WHEN THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA- Wicked CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR- Catch Me if You Can THE 13 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The Addams Family I WONDER AS I WANDER- The Phantom of the Opera ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH- Sister Act O COME, O COME EMMANUEL- Rock of Ages SILENT NIGHT- The Lion King Disc 2: ST. NICHOLAS SKY- Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN- Rent LIGHT IT UP!- Priscilla Queen of the Desert THE FIRST NOEL- War Horse CHRISTMAS ON THE S.S. AMERICAN- Anything Goes WHAT CHILD IS THIS?- Chicago WAITING FOR THE SNOW TO FALL- Billy Elliot LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING- Die Bratschen Von Broadway DANCE WITH ME SANTA- Ashley Argota O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL- Camelot at the John W. Engeman Theatre DECK THE HALLS- Avenue Q AULD LANG SYNE- Baby It's You! O HOLY NIGHT- Daniel Rodgriguez

Atlas-Empires and Stuff, RMV Grammofon / Universal | Swedish CD September 14, 2011 Benny Andersson's son Ludvig Andersson, has released a new album. “Empires and Stuff” is the first album from the Stockholm duo ATLAS. Ludvig Andersson (vocals, guitar and various other instruments) and Mats Lundgren (keyboards and even more instruments) Previously Ludvig recorded an album with Ella Rouge and a solo album. Mats Lundgren worked a group called Pine Forest Crunch. The featured Youtube video track is called E.T. The CD is available from the ABBF fanclub site. Benny Andersson does not play on the CD. The CD was recorded in the new Mono Record Studios. Track listing:T-shirts, Poets And Idiots, Here's Johnny, Avalon, E.T., Bright Eyes, Cam Me, Mars, I'm July Amanda, Bay City Lights

Carl Magnus Palm -Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA 22 CD or 2 disc MP3 audio book by Carl Magnus Palm, read by Adrian Mulraney. Released August 17, 2011 An audio version of the seminal ABBA biography for those who want to hear it in the Adrian Mulraney is an Australian actor best known for his work in the TV series Rush.

ABBA’s studio album LP reissue Series Universal in Germany produced a limited edition reissue of ABBA’s eight studio Albums. The original artwork and track listings will be used. Only 300 copies will be made of each LP. ABBA-Ring Ring, Universal 0602527346472, German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1. Ring Ring bara du slog en signal Swedish version, 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 ABBA-ABBA-Waterloo Universal 0602527346489 German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1.Waterloo Swedish version, 2. Sitting In The Palmtree, 3. King Kong Song, 4. Hasta Mañana, 5. My Mama Said, 6. Dance While The Music Still Goes On, 7. Honey, Honey, 8. Watch Out, 9. What About Livingstone, 10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong, 11. Suzy-Hang-Around, 12. Waterloo English version ABBA-ABBA Universal 0602527346496 German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1.Mamma Mia, 2. Hey, Hey Helen, 3. Tropical Loveland, 4. S.O.S., 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 ABBA-Arrival, Universal 0602527346502 German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1. When I Kissed The Teacher, 2. Dancing Queen, 3. My Love, My Life, 4. Dum Dum Diddle, 5. Knowing Me, Knowing You, 6. Money, Money, Money, 7. That's Me, 8. Why Did It Have To Be Me, 9. Tiger, 10. Arrival ABBA-The Album, Universal 0602527346519, German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1. Eagle, 2. Take A Chance On Me, 3. One Man, One Woman, 4. The Name Of The Game, 5. Move On, 6. Hole In Your Soul, 7. Thank You For The Music, 8. I Wonder Departure, 9. I'm A Marionette ABBA-Voulez-Vous, Universal 0602527346526, German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1. As Good As New, 2. Voulez-Vous, 3. I Have A Dream, 4. Angeleyes, 5. The King Has Lost His Crown, 6. Does Your Mother Know, 7. If It Wasn't For The Nights, 8. Chiquitita, 9. Lovers Live A Little Longer, 10. Kisses Of Fire ABBA-Super Trouper, Universal 0602527346533, German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 1. Super Trouper, 2. The Winner Takes It All, 3. On And On And On, 4. Andante, Andante, 5. Me And I, 6. Happy New Year, 7. Our Last Summer, 8. The Piper, 9. Lay All Your Love On Me, 10. The Way Old Friends Do ABBA-The Visitors, Universal 0602527346540, German LP Reissue, August 9, 2011 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 source: ABBA intermezzo

Various Artists -Beginners Guide to the Music of Scandinavia , 3CD Released May June 2011 This well reviewed survey of the Scandinavian scene features the BAO version of Sång från Andra Våningen. Which is a song which is o can be found on the Story of the Heart and Benny Andersson Orkester albums. CD1. Pop & Contemporary 1 Kari Bremnes - Egentlig en Danser (Nor) 2 Lars Demian - Alkohol (Swe) 3 KOOP feat. Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen - Strange Love (Swe/Nor) 4 Bo Kaspers Orkester - Innan Allt Försvinner (Swe) 5 Vuokko Hovatta - Aletta (Fin) 6 Sóley - Theater Island (Ice) 7 Cornelis Vreeswijk - Samba för Pomperipossa (Swe) 8 House of Trees - Working Man’s Song (Swe/UK) 9 Pascal Pinon - En þú varst ævintýr (Ice) 10 Ane Brun - To Let Myself Go (Nor) 11 Niko Valkeapää - Birrat Birra (Nor/Fin) 12 Valravn - Seersken (Den/Faro) 13 Kimmo Pohjonen - Kaluaja (Fin) CD2. Folk & Roots 1 Eivør Pálsdóttir - Mín Móðir (Live) (Faro) 2 Kiila - Auringonlunta (Fin) 3 Sanna Kurki Suonio - Tuulen Nostatus (Fin) 4 Hedningarna - Räven (Swe/Fin) 5 Värttinä - Päivän Nousu Nostajani (Fin) 6 Markku Lepistö - Myrskylintu (Fin) 7 Maria Kalaniemi - I Fjol (Fin) 8 Sigrid Moldestad - Gåta (Nor) 9 Morild - Der Stode Tre Skalke (Den) 10 Anna Pálína & Draupner - Húfan Dýra (Ice) 11 Phønix - Mallebrok (Den) 12 BOOT - Samu (Swe) 13 Annbjørg Lien - Korstog (Nor) CD3. Jazz, Experimental & Atmospheres 1 Bazar Blå - Stilla (Swe) 2 Karl Seglem - Mårblå (Nor) 3 Unni Løvlid - Bak Vaker Verda (Nor) 4 Lars Danielsson with Bugge Wesseltoft & Nils Petter Molvaer - Judas Bolero (excerpt) (Swe/Nor) 5 Terje Isungset - Fading Sun (Nor) 6 Islaja - Aallot Ja Äänet (Fin) 7 Agnar Már Magnússon - Heimkoma (Ice) 8 Benny Anderssons Orkester - Sång från Andra Våningen (Swe) 9 Gjermund Larsen Trio - Vals til Hans (Nor) 10 e.s.t. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) - From Gagarin’s Point of View (Swe) 11 Henrik Andersen - High Five (Den) 12 Wimme - Gierran (Fin) 13 Mari Boine with Inna Zhelannaya & Sergey Starostin - Dás Áiggun Cuozzut (Nor/Rus)

Benny Anderssons Orkester- O klang och jubeltid , Swedish CD Mono Records MMCD 027 June 15, 2011 More polka marches and rums. The new Benny Anderssons Orkester album was released in Sweden in mid June. . It will be called O klang och jubeltid – an English translation is O time of sound and rejoicing. The album has thirteen songs, eight with vocals. The first single that will be promoted is "Kära Syster", sung by Helen Sjoholm. Tommy Korborg, and Kalle Moreaus also sing on the record. 1 O Klang och Jubeltid 2 Kära Syster 3 Månstrålar Klara 4 Midsommarpolka 5 Allt Syns När Man Är Naken 6 Alla Goda Ting 7 En Dag I Sänder 8 Flickornas Rum 9 De Ljuva Drömmarnas Orkester 10 Jag Hör... 11 Sorgmarsch 12 Vilar Glad. I Din Famn 13 Brudmarsch

ABBA- ABBA Collected , Universal B.V. 533-377-7, 3CD Netherlands Box set, June 17, 2011 A new 3CD set for the Dutch market with 50 ABBA songs.No new or rare content aside from B-sides and "Put on Your White sombrero". Ring Ring, People Need People, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough), She's My Kind Of Girl, Waterloo, Honey Honey, Dance (While The Music Still Goes On), Sitting In The Palmtree, So Long, Crazy World, I've Been Waiting For You, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS, Mamma Mia, Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight, Fernando, Dancing Queen Money Money Money, When I Kissed The Teacher, Happy Hawaii, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Hole In Your Soul, I'm A Marionette, Lovelight, Take A Chance On Me, Eagle, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night City, Chiquitita, Does You Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! I Have A Dream, Angel Eyes, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Happy New Year, The Piper, On And On And On, Our Last Summer, Elaine, Put On Your White Sombrero, One Of Us, Head Over Heels, The Day Before You Came, Under Attack, When All Is Said And Done, You Owe Me One, I Let The Music Speak

ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, International release May 9, 2011 The fourth in a series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. They feature previously released music, the original album plus relevant B-sides and/or foreign language tracks. Also included is a a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material. . The audio tracks have been remastered yet again for this release, The disc includes a never before available stereo mix of the original, full length version of "On And On And On", previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released. The television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album, have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980. Also included is a new featurette, entitled "Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA". It compiles footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now. You get the feeling that Rune had big ideas for this cover, and that somehow things just didn't come out totally how he envisioned. (His original idea had been to shoot the cover outside in downtown London. ) Also included are the much released original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time. Disc 1: CD 1.Super Trouper 2.The Winner Takes It All 3.On And On And On 4.Andante, Andante 5.Me And I 6.Happy New Year 7.Our Last Summer 8.The Piper 9. Lay All Your Love On Me 10. The Way Old Friends Do Bonus Tracks 11 Elaine 12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix) 13 Put On Your White Sombrero 14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version) 15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year) Disc 2: DVD 1 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF) Songs performed: The Winner Takes It All Super Trouper On And On And On 2 Happy New Year (SVT) 3 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY) 4 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA 5 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip) 6 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip) 7 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK) 8 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK) 9 International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA- The Story of ABBA, 2DVD, UK, Australia March 2010 Another unofficial DVD with previously released material ! Original Cast Album-Mamma Mia! L'album live du spectacle français CD, French CD February 21, 2011 The cast album for the French version of Mamma Mia!. The recording for this was made on December 15, 2010. The French language version of Mamma Mia premiered on October 28, 2010. ACTE 1 : 1. Prologue 2. Honey, Honey 3. Money, Money, Money 4. Ma Vie C’est La Musique 5. Mamma Mia 6. Chiquitita 7. Dancing Queen 8. Laisse Moi L’Amour Aussi 9. Super Trouper 10. Un Homme Après Minuit 11. Dis, A Quoi Tu Joues 12. Voulez-Vous 13. Entracte 14. Comme Une Attaque 15. L’Un De Nous 16. S.O.S. 17. Si Mama Permet 18. Qui Je Suis ! Qui Sommes-Nous ? 19. Tout Un Été 20. Le Temps Me Glisse Entre Les Doigts 21. La Loi Du Plus Fort 22. Viens Tenter Ta Chance 23. Dis Oui, Dis Oui, Dis Oui ! 24. Je Garde Un Rêve 25. Mamma Mia 26. Dancing Queen 27. Waterloo

Caramba (Michael B. Tretow)- Caramba 1981 Swedish reissued on CD Early 2011. A reissue of this cult classic by Michael B. Tretow. The album features Ted Gardestad, Roger Palm and other Swedish Musicians. Tracklist Hubba hubba zoot zoot, Ali baba, Spotnjik, Parentzoe, Ine feine, Fido, Aitho, Anna kapoe, Anna maya, Ahllo, Carhumba, Hare christmes, Ralf & rolf, and Parentzoe

ABBA-Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, International Planned release May 9, 2011

The latest in the series of Deluxe Edition ABBA CD/DVD. They feature previously released music, the original album plus relevent B-sides and/or foreign language tracks. Also included is a  be a DVD of TV performances and other relevant video material from ifrom 1980/1981. 

The audio tracks have been  remastered yet again for this release,  The disc includes a never before available  stereo mix of the original, full length version of On And On And On, previously only available in mono. All the other audio tracks have been previously released.  The  television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album,  have been not released on DVD before. Included is a rare vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music , which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in 1980. 
Also included is new a  featurette, entitled Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA. It  compiling footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been sitting in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now.

Also  included the original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.

 

2010
 
2010 has brought us the English version of Kristina, the deluxe version of Voulez-Vous and induction of ABBA into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
 
 
ABBA- ABBA The Vinyls 9 LP box set, December 6, 2010.

A vinyl Lp Box set of ABBA's studio albums.

Contains the albums:
Ring Ring
Waterloo
ABBA
Arrival
ABBA - The Album
Voulez-Vous
Super Trouper
The Visitors

Bonus disc of non-LP tracks
1) Fernando 
 2) Summer Night City
 3) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
 4) The Day Before You Came
 5) Under Attack
 SIDE B
 1) Happy Hawaii
 2) Lovelight
 3) Elaine
 4) Put On Your White Sombrero
 5) Should I Laugh Or Cry
 
Timeline booklet
ABBA-The Official International ABBA Fan Club 25 years promotional CD Late 2010
1. Waterloo (Alternate Mix)
2. Dancing Queen (from the ABBA LIVE album)
3. Summer Night City (Full Length Version)
4. I Am The City

The Rivals- "Merry Christmas, My Friend" , Promotional Video, December 2, 2010

Benny and Bjorn wrote this song to promote the Hotel Rival  during the 2010 Christmas Season.
It's the first Christmas song that they have written as a team. However , Benny did a write Christmas ring tone for the Swedish Red Cross a couple of years ago.  The song is a little awkward written, not particularly anything to write home about. The employees on the video don't seem particularly enthusiastic, but that may just be a Swedish thing. In any case, the song and video for "Second to No One", the previous Hotel Rival music project, was substantially better. This has not been released as physical single, not sure whether it is downloadable as a MP3.
 
 

ABBA-ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition ,, Universal 060252752259  November 29.  2010

Yet another version of ABBA's most popular album.  The CD features the latest remastered version of the album, while the DVD features newly remastered versions of all the video clips featured on the original DVD.

The DVD includes five  bonus selections in the shape of "before-and-after" split-screen comparisons of five original film clips and the remastered versions of those clips. The new DVD also features a recently discovered archive find: a cartoon version of 'Money, Money, Money', made circa 1977. (I have never seen  this particular cartoon version). ABBA Gold Special Edition also features a brand new essay on the album by Elisabeth Vincentelli, author of the books ABBA Gold and ABBA Treasures.
The ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition will be released in a so-called flip-tray with a slip case.

Track listing:
CD
1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
6. Super Trouper
7. I Have A Dream
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Money, Money, Money
10. SOS
11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando
13. Voulez-Vous
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
15. Does Your Mother Know
16. One Of Us
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Thank You For The Music
19. Waterloo

DVD

1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
6. Super Trouper
7. I Have A Dream
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Money, Money, Money
10. SOS
11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando
13. Voulez-Vous
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
15. Does Your Mother Know
16. One Of Us
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Thank You For The Music
19. Waterloo

Bonus Tracks

20. Money, Money, Money (cartoon version)
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (split screen)
22. Mamma Mia (split screen)
23. Dancing Queen (split screen)
24. The Winner Takes It All (split screen)
25. Money, Money, Money (split screen)


 
Georg Wadenius (and friends) –Reconnection, EMI-50999 -9190442  , Swedish CD, October 27. 2010

This is a new album "Reconnection" by Swedish musician Georg "Jojje" Wadenius. The album features guest singers Nina Persson, Helen Sjöholm, Peter Jöback and Frida. Thomas Johansson, ABBA’s tour promoter, had the idea for bringing Georg together with guest singers. Frida leads the album off with an excellent vocal on the song "Morning Has Broken", the Christian  hymn made popular by Cat Stevens.  Frida likes this song she used as a promise song at her  wedding to Prince Reuss.

1. Morning Has Broken   2. Until We Bleed 3. Brothers In Arms 4.Come Back In Stay
5.Kärleksmorgon 6.Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic 7. Sometimes
8. Darkside 9. Hynn10. Don't Give Up 11. Reconnection


Various Artists- Musikladen Boxsets, ARD Video, German DVD sets  September 24, 2010 unavailable at the present time

3 DVD box sets will be released containing all 90 Musikladen programs from 1972 to 1984 on August 19. Each box will contain 10 DVDs and may be purchased individually or together at a discount. The first box will contain episodes aired between 1972 and 1976, including the well-known "Best of ABBA" episode from August of 1976. The second box features ABBA's performance of "Chiquitita" from 1979, while the third will feature the Agnetha and Frida solo apperances on the program from 1982-1984. This set was withdrawn was right holders objected.
Source: ABBA intermezzo
Kerry Ellis - Anthems, Decca, International CD September 13, 2010

The new CD "Anthems" by Kerry Ellis. Produced by Queen guitarist Brian May, the album includes "Anthem" from Chess and "You Have To Be There" from Kristina plus more musical numbers and other symphonic rock songs.The album also features new compositions by Brian May.
Kerry played Svetlana in Chess In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Josh Groban .She has performed in Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Wicked and We Will rock You. Kerry also sang at the BBC Radio 2 ABBA concert -Thank You For The Music in Hyde Park.Youtube has a TV appearance by Kerry Ellis and Brian May performing "Anthem"!

1. Dangerland
2. Anthem (Chess)
3. I Can’t Be Your Friend (This Can’t Be Over)
4. Defying Gravity (Wicked)
5. I’m Not That Girl (Wicked)
6. You Have To Be There (Kristina)
7. Love It When You Call

8. Save Me
9. Diamonds Are Forever
10. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young) (We Will Rock You)
11. I Loved A Butterfly

ABBA x4 CD box set September 27, 2010, Polar Universal  UNI-0600753-27778

A new four CD collection of ABBA’s first four studio albums Contains the discs: Ring Ring,Waterloo,ABBA,Arrival

 



ABBA-Icon ,Universal, International CD , August 31,2010

Universal Music Group is releasing a new budget compilation CD on August 31 called "Icon". It is a repackaged version of the "20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection" release from 2000. The track listing is exactly the same, in the same order. Available from CD Universe or Amazon.
1. Waterloo
2. SOS
3. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
4. Mamma Mia
5. Fernando
6. Dancing Queen
7. Knowing Me, Knowing You
8. Name of the Game, The
9. Take a Chance on Me
10. Chiquitita
11. Winner Takes It All, The
 
 

Gustaf Sjökvists kammarkör, Storkyrkans kör ,Kungliga Filharmonikerna and Orsa Spelmän- Vilar Glad I Din Famn , Mono  MMCD-S 136 Swedish CD single,  Late June  2010

Vilar Glad I Din Famn  is a new  choral song performed at a wedding of wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.on June 19, 2010. The title translates in English to “Resting blissfully in your arms”. The single also features a acapella version of the song.  The song features music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Kristina Lugn. Kristina had previously written the lyrics.to "Nu mår jag mycket bättre" from BAO 3. Conductor Gustaf Sjökvist and Benny Andersson are both members of the Swedish Academy of Music. This recording was made at  Konserthuset, Stockholm, June 2010 by Bernard Löhr. The single is produced by Benny Andersson, and the arrangement is by Anders Eljas. The single will be available at the ABBF record service  site and other Swedish music web outlets.

ABBA:Thank you for the music , Coqueiro Verde, Brazilian DVD, May 2010
A NTSC semi-official 119 minute DVD compilation.
The DVD contains the entire ZDF Kultnacht: ABBA programme as well as songs from the Dick Cavett special, Musikladen, Show Express
1. People Need Love (with Inger Brudin)
2. Waterloo
3.. Honey, Honey
4. So Long
5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
6. SOS
7. Mamma Mia
8. Fernando
9. Dancing Queen
10. Money, Money, Money
11. Take A Chance On Me
12. Eagle
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/Summer Night City
14. Chiquitita
15. The Winner Takes It All
16. Super Trouper
17. On And On And On
18. I Know There's Something Going On (Frida)
19. Baby Don't You Cry No More (Frida)
20. The Day Before You Came
21. Cassandra
22. Under Attack
23. To Turn The Stone (Frida)
24. The Heat Is On (Agnetha Fältskog)
25. Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha Fältskog)
26. Come To Me (I Am Woman) (Frida)
27. One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head with B&B, Frida, Karin Glenmark)
28. Thank You For The Music

Source: ABBAworld blog, Phillip

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

The long awaited deluxe version of Voulez-Vous is finally came out  on May 31, 2010.
Although no totally new tracks are included,the version of "Dreamworld" included on this release is the full version without fade-in, as a master tape containing the full version was recently discovered. The most obvious omissions are the Spanish versions of "I Have a Dream" and "Chiquitita".
Not surprisingly, None of 1978/1979 rarities found on "ABBA undeleted" are included here. So that means no full versions of "Just A Notion", "Rubber Ball Man" etc.

The Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition expands the original album with five Voulez-Vous era bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring television performances and interviews related to Voulez-Vous. As with the previous deluxe editions, the DVD is more interesting than the CD. The key feature on the DVD is the debut of the entire ABBA in Switzerland TV special.
This reissue is about a year late, but Universal wanted to give priority to the totally new ABBA in Japan DVD.

CD

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


DVD

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

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


Various Artists -Kristina at Carnegie Hall- , Universal Decca label, 2CD set UK release April 5, 2010, May  4, 2010 in USA, Germany

This is the long awaited English language concert version of Kristina Fran Duvemala. The concert occurred on September 2009 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert featured Helen Sjoholm and Russell Watson. It received some  good  reviews but most of the critics did not like the lyrics, and  thought it was boring. Some agreed that actual  music was good. The main reaction to the CD in particular  has been neglect and lack of interest.  So doing this musical in English may ultimately be a unrewarding venture.
 
Benny Andersson  produced the release of the CD version of this concert. The actual recording was made in a empty Carnegie Hall the day before the concerts. I found it fairly listenable, though it is no more intelligble hearing in this  Engligh truncated version  than it is to hearing it. in the full version in Swedish. The Carnegie Hall concert was  repeated in London on April 14, 2010. There are plans also to bring Kristina to Helsinki in 2012.

Track listing

Disc One
Overture
Path of Leaves and Needles
Where You Go I Go With You
Stone Kingdom
Down to the Sea
A Bad Harvest
No!
He's Our Pilot
Never
Golden Wheat Fields
All Who Are Grieving
We Open Up the Gateways
Peasants at Sea
Lice
In the Dead of Darkness
A Sunday in Battery Park
Home
American Man
Dreams of Gold
Summer Rose

Disc Two
Emperors and Kings
Twilight Images Calling
Queen of the Prairie
Wild Grass
Gold Can Turn To Sand
Wildcat Money
To the Sea
Miracle of God
Down to the Waterside
Miscarriage
You Have To Be There
Here I Am Again
With Child Again
Rising from the Myth and Legend
I'll Be Waiting There

 

Svenne Hedlund-Svenne Sings Elvis In Memphis, HHR003, Swedish CD, March 24, 2010

A New Svenne Hedlund solo album that was recorded at Sun Studios Memphis& Nashville in May 2009. .    Mostly  INCLUDES songs originally recorded by Elvis. James Burton, DJ Fontana, and Mats Persson play on the CD.  Svenne was the lead singer of Benny Andersson's 1960's band-The Hep Stars.

1. Little Sister

2. Follow That Rain

3. Hey Let's Celebrate

4. Always On My Mind

5. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

6. Don't Be Cruel

7. He's Latest Flame

8. Love Me Tender

9. Teddy Bear

10. Return To Sender

11. Young And Beautiful

12. All Shook Up

13. She's Not You

14. A King Like You

15. Good Luck Charm

16. Wooden Heart

17. The Wonder Of You

18. I Gotta Know

19. It's Now Or Never

20.I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

21. Treat Me Nice

22. Loving You

23. Baby I Don't Care

24. No More

25. Don't Cry Daddy

26. Don't Leave Me Now

27. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

28. Can't Help Falling In Love

29. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

30. Don't

31. Cadillac


Agnetha Faltskog- 3 Original Album Classics" January 27, 2010 German 3CD set.

Sony -Cupol will release the 3 CD box set "3 Original Album Classics" in January. This set will include three of Agnetha's Swdish solo albums by Agnetha: "Agnetha Fältskog" (1968)"När en vacker tanke blir en sång" (1971) and "Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus" (1975). This set is  based on the recent "5 Original album classics" that featured five Agnetha early solo albums, which itself drew on the six disc Agnetha boxset called "Den Forsta Aren".

A little bit of a  comedown from the original six then five disc versions....
 
2009
 
2009 featured new English language material from Benny Andersson's Band  and the Rivals, a release of Chess In concert,the English language premiere of Kristina, and the release of ABBA in Japan. This was banner year for ABBA!

Dan Daniell- Ich habe einen Traum  German CD November 2009

Includes one track (Lieber Gott) with Frida, a remix of track they released in 2003.

1. Ich gehöre nicht Dir
2. Ich will Dich
3. Lieber Gott (Duet with Frida)
4. Schatten oder Licht
5. 1000 an der Zahl
6. Ich will Frieden
7. Ein Traum
8. Marlene
9. Licht und Feuer
10. Liebe
11. Nur eine Nacht
12. Lady in weiss
13. Licht der Ewigkeit
14. Bonus: Matterhorn (Remix 2009)

Source: ABBA World

 

 

ABBA In Japan – Universal, DVD October 26, 2009 international release

This DVD features ABBA’s adventures in Japan in 1978 and 1980. The  main section  of the release is “ABBA Special”, a television special  filmed when the group visited Japan in November 1978. Unlike most specials of this kind the DVD  has been resembled from unedited materials meaning that the DVD features more of the actual filmed performances.

The DVD comes with two bonus sections. The package  features  a illustrated booklet with an essay  by Carl Magnus Palm.

 

ABBA In Japan  2 disc limited edition. October 26, 2009 international release

 

The first disc is the same as the one disc version, the second disc features a rare behind the scenes documentary from ABBA’s concert tour in March 1980, as well as some photo galleries. The packaging  features illustrated booklet with essay by  Carl Magnus Palm. The two disc version features a sticker and three ABBA photo cards.

ABBA-Les No 1 de ABBA .French 2CD set  August 2009

A repackaging of the Definitive Collection for the French market.

 

Disc 1:

1. People Need Love
2. He Is Your Brother
3. Ring Ring
4. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
5. Waterloo
6. Honey, Honey
7. So Long
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. SOS
10. Mamma Mia
11. Fernando
12. Dancing Queen
13. Money, Money, Money
14. Knowing Me, Knowing You
15. The Name Of The Game
16. Take A Chance On Me
17. Eagle
18. Summer Night City
19. Chiquitita
20. Does Your Mother Know

Disc 2:

1. Voulez-Vous
2. Angeleyes
3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
4. I Have A Dream
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. Super Trouper
7. On And On And On
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. One Of Us
10. When All Is Said And Done
11. Head Over Heels
12. The Visitors (Crackin' Up)
13. The Day Before You Came
14. Under Attack
15. Thank You For The Music

Bonus tracks:
16. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, single version)
17. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979
US promo)

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New Benny Andersson Band CD!

Benny Andersson Band-Story of a Heart, European CD July 6, 2009 (June 24, 2009  in Sweden) Also released in Australia Released March 2010 in USA.
 

This is the first English language album to be released by the Benny Anderssons Orkester who are retitled Benny Andersson Band for the purposes of international release.  This CD is mostly a compilation of previously recorded songs ranging back as far as 1987. Nine of the fourteen songs are instrumentals. Four of the songs- “Fait Accompli”,Our Last Dance”, “You Are My Man”, “ The Stars” feature never before released English language  vocal tracks. The album features one totally new song “Story of a Heart”, which is a Andersson-Ulvaeus song that is more ABBAesque than the usual BAO stuff. I think "Story of a Heart" is good recording if not a great song,and  not necessarily a good vehicle for Helen's voice.

The English lyrics to "Our Last Dance" and "You Are My man" come off as kind of cliche. It is often to do literal translations of songs to another language. "The Stars" works well, and is my favorite of the new recordings on this CD.

The album was released a couple of days after the band's first appearance in in Hampstead, Britain on July 4, 2009.

 

Track listing with songwriter(s), tracktime, year of original release, and lead singer if any…

 

1. Glasgow Boogie (Andersson) 3.35 2004

2. Trolska [Trolskan] (Andersson) 2.07 1989

3. Story Of A Heart (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 5.08 2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

4. Bed Of Roses [En dans på rosor] (Andersson) 3.04 2004

5. You Are My Man [Du är min man] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.36 2004 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

6. Circus Finemang (Andersson) 4.18 2001

7. Fait Accompli (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.57 2007 Lead Vocals-Tommy Korberg

8. Song  From The Second Floor [Sång från andra våningen] (Andersson) 3.46 2001

9. Birthday Waltz For Mona [Födelsedagsvals till Mona] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 2.23 1987

10. [If This Is] Our Last Dance [Vår sista dans] Andersson) (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.46 2001 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

11. Jehu (Andersson) 3.44 2004

12. Tirolan Schottis [Schottis i Tyrolen] (Andersson) 2.51 2001

13. The Stars [För dig] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.48 2007 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm, Tommy Korberg

14. P.S. (Andersson) 1.01 2001

Bonus track (Sweden only):

15. Sommaren du fick (Swedish vers.- Story Of A Heart] (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.27  2009 Lead Vocals-Helen Sjoholm

 BAO-Sommaren du fick, Swedish single/download June 2009

A Swedish version of "Story of a Heart", called "Sommaren du fick", will be a bonus track on the Swedish version of  the Story of a Heart album.   It's also being released as a single in Sweden.

 
The Rivals-Second To None May 6, 2009 Swedish single and download
 
New Andersson-Ulvaeus song recorded by the staff of Benny's Stockholm hotel , the Hotel Rival for use on the  hotel website...
 

 

Various Aristts-Highlights From Chess in Concert single CD

An abridged version of the Albert Hall Concert CD, a common practice in Tim Rice cast albums.  In this case totally pointless, since much of the reason for the concert was to have a new unabridged definitive version.


1. The Story Of Chess
2. Merano
3. Where I Want To Be
4. The Merchandisers
5. Chess Game #1
6. Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquility)
7. Nobody's Side
8. Mountain Duet
9. Embassy Lament
10. Heaven Help My Heart
11. Anthem
12. Golden Bangkok
13. One Night In Bangkok
14. You And I
15. Someone Else's Story
16. Pity The Child #2
17. I Know Him So Well
18. You And I (reprise)
19. Walter And Florence
20. Anthem (reprise)

 
Chess-Live in Albert Hall, Release date June 16, 2009
 
There is also to be a single CD Highlights , a 2CD  version and DVD version which are to be  released both in the United States and Europe. This concert version stars Josh Groban and was taped in 2008. This is yet another reworking of the everchangable Andersson- Rice-Ulvaeus musical. This time Tim Rice took another go it, Bjorn and Benny dont' appear to be involved, though they no doubt had a veto, if they did not like the project as a whole.  This record is also  an attempt to issue a fairly complete verson of the musical, based  generally on the original  London staging.  Here and there  Tim Rice has changed a few lyrics, and a few of the songs make their debut on record. The album was recorded live, and  and as a result  many of the performances sound a little shaky. If you want the definitive CHESS  it would seem that it is still your best bet to go back to the 1984 studio album.  
 
Track listing for 2CD version:
ACT 1/CD 1

1.       Prologue

2.       The Story Of Chess

3.       Merano/What a Scene! What a Joy!

4.       Commie Newspapers/Press Conference

5.       Molokov and Anatoly/Where I Want To Be

6.       Difficult and Dangerous Times

7.       The Arbiter

8.       Hymn To Chess

9.       The Merchandisers

10.   Chess Game #1

11.   The Arbiter (reprise)

12.   Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)

13.   Florence and Molokov

14.   1956 - Budapest Is Rising

15.   Nobody's Side

16.   Mountain Duet

17.   Chess Game #2

18.   Florence Quits/Pity The Child #1

19.   Embassy Lament

20.   Heaven Help My Heart

21.   Anatoly and the Press

22.   Anthem

ACT 2 CD 2

 

23.   Golden Bangkok

24.   One Night In Bangkok

25.   One More Opponent

26.   You and I

27.   The Soviet Machine

28.   The Interview

29.   Someone Else’s Story

30.   The Deal (No Deal)

31.   Pity The Child #2

32.   I Know Him So Well

33.   Talking Chess

34.   Endgame

35.   You And I (Reprise)

36.   Walter and Florence

37.   Anthem (Reprise)

 

Original Cast Album-Mamma Mia, Tenth Anniversary Edition- Spring 2009..UK CD
 
Like ABBA Gold, this Album is constantly subject to recycling... here it is again...

Faryl-Faryl, Universal , British CD March 9, 2009

The  debut album of this 13 year old classical music singer, who was made famous by her appearance on Britain's Got Talent.  It features her take on ABBA's "The Way Old Friends Do". The lyrics have been supposedly changed by Björn, to make them appropriate for a 13 year old.

1.Amazing Grace         

2.The River of Light (Blue Danube)       

 3.Ave Maria     

4.Annie's Song 

5.A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square           

6.Mother of God, Here I Stand  

7.Shenandoah  

8.Brahm's Lullaby         

9.Calon Lan      

10.How Can I Keep From Singing          

11.Somewhere 

12.The Way Old Friends Do      

13.Danny Boy (Bonus Track)

 

 
ELISABETH ANDREASSEN- SPELLEMANN, Grappa GRCD4287, Norwegian 2009 CD

This is all new Norwegian release by a singer also known as Bettan that includes covers of three Benny Andersson songs. "Klinga mina klockor", Det är vi ändå", and "Nu mår jag mycket bättre". The CD also includes a song by Ted Gardestad. Gabriellas Sang is song that can found on a Helen Sjoholm album.

Klinga mina klockor
Här är gudagott att vara
Blinde-Karls vise
Sommerfuglen (med Nora Andreassen)
Gabriellas sång
Det är vi ändå (med Sven Nordin)
De nære ting
Koppången
Du som har mitt hela hjärta
Bryllupsvals
För kärlekens skull
Nu mår jag mycket bättre (med Bjarte Hjelmeland)

"Så som i himmelen" is a 2004 film (AS it is in heaven/) film features Helen Sjoholm . It features Gabriella's Sang in it original version

ABBA-Classic ABBA , Universal , February 16, 2009 UK CD

This is rerelease of 1999 compilation with a new cover. The new cover features photograph of the group from 1975 Greatest Hits photo sessions.

1. Thank You For The Music
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. Fernando
4. One Of Us
5. Angeleyes
6. The Day Before You Came
7 Eagle
8. So Long
9. Why Did It Have To Be Me
10. Ring Ring
11. The Way Old Friends Do
12. Slipping Through My Fingers
13. Hasta Mañana
14. Our Last Summer
15. My Love, My Life
16. If It Wasn't For The NIghts
17. People Need Love
18. Happy New Year

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ABBA-ABBA Gold Complete Edition, Universal Music Japan UICY-91318 Late 2008

Universal Music Japan has re-released the albums ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold as a limited edition 2-CD set "ABBA Gold Complete Edition" with a total of 39 tracks in the end of 2008.

ABBA-SHM series January 2009 Japan 8 individual CD’s

Ring Ring, Waterloo, ABBA, Arrival, ABBA - The Album, Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors on Super High Material CD in replica miniature LP sleeves. These can played on regular CD players.

 
2008 releases
2008 brought many new releases in the profitable Mamma Mia franchise, but little of genuine artistic interest.

Josh Groban -A Collection December 1, 2008 Europe  only
 
. A collection of Josh's best loved songs plus a bonus disc of Christmas songs from the No.1 US album "Noel".
 This album includes Josh's version of 'You Raise Me Up', the first version of the song to have become a major hit before it was later covered by Westlife, 'Anthem', recorded for live as a special anniversary performance of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, however  the song is expected to be released with the whole Royal Albert Hall concert in 2009. This set also included  'To Where You Are', that he performed before a global audience at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.and  features a live version of 'Weeping' recorded with Soweto Gospel Choir at the Mandela Concert in Hyde Park.
 
Released ahead of Christmas,  also features a second CD highlighting festive songs such as 'Silent Night', 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Ave Maria'. It does not have my favorite Groban track- his version of "Oh Holy Night".
 

Disc: 1 
1. Oceano 
2. February Song 
3. You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) 
4. You Raise Me Up 
5. In Her Eyes 
6. Awake 
7. Alla Luce Del Sole 
8. To Where You Are 
9. Anthem (From Chess) (Live) 
10. Per Te 
11. Remember When It Rained 
12. Weeping (Live) with Vusi Mahlasela and the Soweto Gospel Choir 
13. Alejate 
14. Hymne A L'Amour 
15. Cinema Paradiso (Se) 
16. Smile 
 

Disc: 2 
1. Silent Night 
2. Little Drummer Boy 
3. Ave Maria 
4. Panis Angelicus 
5. Petit Papa Noël 
6. Noche de Paz (Silent Night) 
 
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MAMMA MIA DVD. Wal Mart Version  with Special Bonus Disc Released December 2008
 
  • A feature on the trio of creative forces behind the musical and movie
  • How Christine Baranski and dancers put together the steps for the "Does Your Mother Know" number
  • Breakdown of the choreography in "Voulez-Vous"
  • More on how "Gimme Gimme Gimme" developed, cast rehearsals and on the set
  • Behind the scenes with Meryl Streep as she sings "Mamma Mia"
  • 10 excellent things about Mamma Mia! – countdown with the cast and crew

MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK Deluxe Edition CD/DVD November 24, 2008

 
This set does not include the actual movie. The package includes the soundtrack CD, a "Behind the Music" DVD and hardcover booklet which features song lyrics, never before seen photographs and commentary on the film and the soundtrack. The CD soundtrack does not include instrumental tracks that were originally rumoured to be on never issued planned two CD special edition of the sountrack.  The DVD contains 30 minutes of filmed footage from the recording sessions, interviews with the cast including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; rare and supposedly hilarious moments from the making of the MAMMA MIA! soundtrack.
 
CD:
1. Honey, Honey - Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley, Rachel McDowall
2. Money, Money, Money - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski
3. Mamma Mia - Meryl Streep
4. Dancing Queen - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski
5. Our Last Summer - Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
6. Lay All Your Love On Me - Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried
7. Super Trouper - Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski
8. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley, Rachel McDowall
9. The Name Of The Game - Amanda Seyfried
10. Voulez-Vous - Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård
11. SOS - Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep
12. Does Your Mother Know - Christine Baranski, Philip Michael
13. Slipping Through My Fingers - Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried
14. The Winner Takes It All - Meryl Streep
15. When All Is Said And Done - Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep
16. Take A Chance On Me - Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski
17. I Have A Dream - Amanda Seyfried
Thank You For The Music (hidden track) - Amanda Seyfried
 
DVD:
Behind The Music
 
 
MAMMA MIA GIFTPACK Nov 24 2008
This set  has  the actual movie on DVD, but not the soundtrack album.. .The Mamma Mia! gift pack includes:

*Hardback journal and pen
*Sing-along option
*Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd
*A behind the scenes look at the making of the movie
*The 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' music video
*Deleted scenes including the deleted musical number 'Name of the Game'
 
 
ABBA singstar November 2008
 
ABBA is being released on Singstar on the playstation game platform. SingStar is a competitive karaoke video game series for the PlayStation 2 or 3 , that lets you sing to your favourite artists along with their actual videos. The game scores you on how good (or bad!) you are, either singing on your own or with friends. It is developed by London Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
 
PLAYSTATION 3
Chiquitita
Dancing Queen
Does Your Mother Know
Fernando
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Mamma Mia
Money, Money, Money
The Name Of The Game
One Of Us
Ring Ring
SOS
Summer Night City
Super Trouper
Take A Chance On Me
Thank You For The Music
Voulez-Vous
Waterloo
The Winner Takes It All
 
PLAYSTATION 2
 
Chiquitita
Dancing Queen
The Day Before You Came
Does Your Mother Know
Fernando
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Happy New Year
Head Over Heels
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Mamma Mia
Money, Money, Money
The Name Of The Game
One Of Us
Ring Ring
SOS
Summer Night City
Super Trouper
Take A Chance On Me
Thank You For The Music
Under Attack
Voulez-Vous
Waterloo
When All Is Said And Done
The Winner Takes It All
 
 
 
MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE DVD and Blu-ray Disc Projected Release UK 24 November 2008; USA 25 November 2008

 The bonus content that they tell us will be on the DVD release of Mamma Mia! The Movie:
 
Audio Commentary
"Name of the Game?" Deleted Song (2:58)
Deleted Scenes (8:00)
Outtakes (1:53)
Birthing Mamma Mia! (4:40)
The Filmmaking (14:47)
The Cast (10:26)
Anatomy of a Musical Number: "Lay All Your Love On Me" (5:39)
"Gimme Gimme Gimme" Music Video (3:47)
The DVD and blue-ray versions are expected to be released in November.
 
Sarah Brightman-Winter Symphony November 2008 , British CD/DVD 
 
This a winter/holiday album from the star of Phantom of the Opera. This album has a new vocal  version of ABBA's "Arrival"...Somehow, Sara got Bjorn to write lyrics to go with the melody to this ABBA instrumental. 
 
Track listing:

ABBA- ABBA – THE ALBUMS, released October 27, 2008 9CD Box set, international release
 
All of the tracks here have been previously released.This is a new 99 track box set of all ABBA's studio albums, with a bonus disc of most of ABBA's non-original album A&B sides.  It is by no means complete, though to be fair, that does not seem to be the intent.  ABBA's live album, Spanish album, German & French language tracks, alternative mixes, and alternative edits, are not included.  Nor  are the rarities found on the Thank You For  The Music box set or MORE ABBA GOLD  included here. The  Ring Ring album is presented here in the later track listing version with "She's My Kind of Girl" instead of " Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal), otherwise the studio albums are issued in their  original track listings.  The nine CD's  are packaged in a embossed cardboard box.
 
RING RING
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


WATERLOO
1. Waterloo
2. Sitting In The Palmtree
3. King Kong Song
4. Hasta Mañana
5. My Mama Said
6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
7. Honey, Honey
8. Watch Out
9. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Suzy-Hang-Around


ABBA
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


ARRIVAL
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That’s Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival
ABBA – THE ALBUM
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
”The Girl With The Golden Hair”– 3 scenes from a mini-musical:
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I’m A Marionette


VOULEZ-VOUS
1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have A Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn’t For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire


SUPER TROUPER
1. Super Trouper
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. On And On And On
4. Andante, Andante
5. Me And I
6. Happy New Year
7. Our Last Summer
8. The Piper
9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do


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


BONUS CD
1. Merry-Go-Round
2. Santa Rosa
3. Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal) [Swedish Version]
4. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
5. Fernando
6. Crazy World
7. Happy Hawaii
8. Summer Night City
9. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton - On Top Of Old Smokey - Midnight Special
10. Lovelight
11. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
12. Elaine
13. Should I Laugh Or Cry
14. You Owe Me One
15. Cassandra
16. Under Attack
17. The Day Before You Came


Agnetha Fältskog-My Very Best, Columbia, October  8, 2008 Swedish 2CD
 
A 35 track hits compilation from Aggie. All the tracks are previously released. One CD features  her Swedish tracks from 1960's and the 1970's. The second CD features English language tracks from her post ABBA solo career (the exception being the ABBA track -"The Winner Takes It All" ). The tracks are not sequenced in chronological order.  The compilation includes tracks from her 2004 solo album, My Coloring Book. Eyes of a woman is under represented in favor of Wrap Your Arms Around Me.  There are no track from her duet albums with her either of her children. The bluish cover features a  stunning  photo of Aggie  from the mid-1970's.  There is something rather scary about the idea that this album is celebrating 40+ years of the music of Aggie Fältskog. Equally scary is Aggie's duet with Bjorn  called -"Så här börjar kärlek".
CD 1
1. SOS
2. Var det med dej?
3. När du tar mig i din famn
4. Många gånger än
5. En sång om sorg och glädje
6. Dröm är dröm, och saga saga
7. Doktorn!
8. Tack för en underbar, vanlig dag
9. Så glad som dina ögon
10. Vart ska min kärlek föra
11. Tio mil kvar till Korpilombolo
12. Så här börjar kärlek (duet with Björn Ulvaeus)
13. Sången föder dig tillbaka
14. Dom har glömt
15. Om tårar vore guld
16. Allting har förändrat sig
17. Fram för svenska sommaren
18. Jag var så kär
 

CD 2
1. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
2. Little White Secrets
3. Can't Shake Loose
4. The Heat Is On
5. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind
6. I Stand Alone
7. Mr. Persuasion
8. I Won't Let You Go
9. If You Need Somebody Tonight
10. Never Again (duet with Tomas Ledin)
11. Let It Shine
12. Take Good Care Of Your Children
13. Sometimes When I'm Dreaming
14. The Way You Are (duet with Ola Håkansson)
15. I Won't Be Leaving You
16. When You Walk In The Room
17. The Winner Takes It All
 
 
Agnetha Fältskog's Original Album Classics, Cupol SME-8869735-2352.  Swedish 5CD box set, September 29, 2008
 
This 5CD box set  features the same  contents as  De Första Åren box set minus the bonus disc. Thus the five albums included are Agnetha Fältskog, Agnetha Fältskog Vol.2, Som jag är.,När en vacker tanke blir en sång,   and Elva kvinnor i ett hus.
 
 

 1. Jag Var Så Kär  3:18
 2. Jag Har Förlorat Dej  3:25
 3. Utan Dej Mitt Liv Går Vidare  2:47
 4. Allting Har Förändrat Sej  3:10
 5. Försonade  2:57
 6. Slutet Gott Allting Gott  1:43
 7. Tack Sverige  3:00
 8 .En Sommar Med Dej  3:20
 9. Snövit Och De Sju Dvärgarna  3:07
 10. Min Farbror Jonathan  2:31
 11. Följ Med Mig  1:35
 12. Den Jag Väntat På  2:24
 
 1. Fram För Svenska Sommaren  2:24
 2 .Lek Med Dina Dockor  2:15
 3. Ge Dej Till Tåls  2:25
 4. Skål Kära Vän  2:05
 5. Glöm Honom  2:15
 6. En Gång Fanns Bara Vi Två  2:41
 7. Hjärtats Kronprins  2:35
 8. Det Handlar Om Kärlek  2:26
 9. Som En Vind Kom Du Till Mig  3:24
 10. Señor Gonzales  2:28
 11. Zigenarvän  2:58
 12. Tag Min Hand Låt Oss Bli Vänne  2:14
 
 1. Som Ett Eko  3:09
 2. När Jag Var Fem  3:08
 3. En Sång Och En Saga  3:35
 4 .Tänk Va' Skönt  3:21
 5. Ta Det Bara Med Ro  2:10
 6. Om Tårar Vore Guld  3:27
 7 .Hjärtats Saga  2:18
 8. Spela Vår Sång  2:18
 9 .Så här börjar kärlek  2:31
 10. Du Ska Minnas Mig  3:11
 11. Jag Ska Göra Allt  3:46
 12. Sov Gott Min Lilla Vän  2:44
 
 1. Många Gånger Än  02:17
 2. Jag Vill Att Du Skall Bli Lyck  3:05
 3 Kungens Vaktparad  2:40
 4. Mitt Sommarland  2:23
 5. Nya Ord  2:13
 6 .Jag ska inte fälla några tårar  2:00
 7. Då Finns Du Hos Mig  2:30
 8. Han Lämnar Mig För Att Komma T  3:03
 9. Kanske Var Min Kind Lite Het  3:07
 10. Sången Föder Dig Tillbaka  3:13
 1.1 Tågen Kan Gå Igen  3:06
 12 Dröm Är Dröm Och Saga Saga  3:25
 
 1. S.O.S. 3:19
 2. En Egen Trädgård  2:35
 3. Tack För En Underbar Vanlig Da  2:38
 4. Gulleplutt  2:56
 5. Är Du Som Han  2:50
 6. Och Han Väntar På Mej  3:03
 7. Doktorn!  2:47
  8. Mina Ögon  3:04
   9. Dom Har Glömt 3:49
 10 Var Det Med Dej?  3:39
 11 Visa i åttonde månaden  3:57

ABBA -Thank You For The Music Collectors Box Set 3 DVD plus book ,July 28. 2008

Another one of those unofficial biography DVD sets.

ABBA- Dancing Queen Collection 3 DVD plus book , August 28, 2008

Another one of those unofficial biography DVD sets.

Abbacadabra- We Love Abba: The Mamma Mia Dance Collection, Almighty ALMYCD63, European 3CD set July 2008

A new collection of  what I believe are previously released dance mixes by an ABBA cover band.

Various artists- Mamma Mia! 4 Kids, Water Music Records, May 20, 2008

In the spirit of "I have a Dream" kids sing ABBA songs,oh sorry, please forgive me, those songs are "Mamma Mia" songs now!

Track Listing
1. Honey, Honey 
2. Money, Money, Money 
3. Thank You For The Music 
4. Mamma Mia! 
5. Dancing Queen 
6. The Name Of The Game 
7. S.O.S 
8. Knowing Me, Knowing You 
9. The Winner Takes It All 
10. Take A Chance On Me
 

ABBA-ABBA The Album Limited 180gram Remastered Vinyl LP, Universal,
 July 8 , 2008
 
To help celebrate the 60th year of vinyl Universal is re-releasing 80 titles in vinyl. The first batch includes ABBA -The album. Supposedly, Each album contains a voucher enabling the purchaser to download MP3 versions of the songs within. Supposedly, the album replicates
the original packgaging. The disc is pressed on 180 gram (heavier than normal) virgin vinyl. No bonus tracks of course, since they would not fit anyway.
 
 
 
 
Original Soundtrack Recording, Mamma Mia-Decca label 177 418-4 ,  International CD -July 2008
 
The movie soundtrack album  was  released in the summer, slightly before  the release of the movie, . The  CD  was  released in Sweden and the UK  on July 7, 2008 (and in the US on  July 8, 2008 ). This album actually went to #1 in the USA, and in many other places.The movie soundtrack was actually  more successful than the musical's original cast album, which has tended to sell at a slower pace in most of the markets it had been released.
 
The music was recorded before the movie was filmed with the vocals sung  by the original actors in the movie. The musical backing tracks were newly recorded in February 2007  by Benny Andersson with the help of  three veterans of the original  ABBA band ( Rutger Gunnarsson on bass, Lasse Wellander on guitar, Per Lindvall on drums. An orchestra was used for parts of the backing track, and the chorus parts for the vocal tracks were recorded by the Stockholm ensemble cast of Mamma Mia. Two songs that were in the original musical are not sung in the movie- "Under Attack" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" . "Knowing Me, Knowing You " has been replaced by "When All is Said And Done' . For reasons not clear yet, the following songs are not included in the soundtrack album track listing -Overture / Prologue, Chiquitita,Entr'Act, One Of Us, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, and Waterloo.
 
The main drawback of the album is that so many of the performers are actors first not singers, and so most of the lead vocals are underwhelming. The vocal performances do have character though,.
Of course, even the best singers are not likely to improve on Frida or Agnetha' vocals, so instead the best approach appears to be try something slightly different and that's what is sometimes tried here. 
 
Originally  there was also supposed to be a special two-disc version of the soundtrack  . The two disc version was to have  included instrumental versions of songs that underscore the action in the movie, the end credits medley and god knows what else, but this idea never came to fruition, perhaps simply due to quality control concerns.
 
Track listing-

1. Honey, Honey (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)

2. Money, Money, Money (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)

3. Mamma Mia (Meryl Streep)

4. Dancing Queen (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)

5. Our Last Summer (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgǻrd, Amanda Seyfried  & Meryl Streep)

6. Lay All Your Love on Me (Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried)

7. Super Trouper (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)

8. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)

9. The Name of the Game (Amanda Seyfried)

10. Voulez-Vous (Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters & Stellan Skarsgǻrd)

11. SOS (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)

12. Does Your Mother Know (Christine Baranski & Philip Michael)

13. Slipping Through My Fingers (Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried)

14. The Winner Takes It All (Meryl Streep)

15. When All is Said and Done (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)

16. Take a Chance on Me (Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgǻrd, Colin Firth, Philip Michael & Christine Baranski)

17. I Have a Dream

18. Thank You For the music (hidden track) Amanda Seyfried)

 
 
ABBA-Thank You For The Music,  Universal 060251743234,  International CD  July 14,2008,  2008 
 
The 66 track,  4-CD ABBA box set, has been re-released in a downsized format, in accordance with current day  box set packaging. The booklet has been redesigned with different photographs, and parts of the essays  and liner notes have been gently corrected and updated. Which means of course, that the booklet is shorter with fewer pictures. The disc content remains exactly the same as it was in the original 1994 edition.
 
ABBA-ABBA Gold,  Universal 060251724732, International  CD June 2,  2008
 This release features updated packaging for  the often  reissued seminal 1992 ABBA compilation.  The CD on this edition is  now packaged in what is called the  Super Jewel Box.  You might ask what  is the Super Jewel Box?  Super Jewel Boxes  are made of crystal clear, high grade polystyrene and  features improvements to the old CD jewel case, such as a new and patented hub for one or two discs, rounded corners, stronger hinges, an advanced locking clasp, visibility to graphics on all four spines, and increased durability.
 
The booklet has been slightly updated at the same time, and the CD supposedly features the latest remastered versions of the same nineteen ABBA tracks. Certainly not worth tracking down, unless you have a thing about throwing away your money.
 
ABBA- More Gold, Universal  060251724733, International CD  June 2,  2008
This is a reissue of the 1993 release in updated packaging. This release has undergone another  overhaul, with revised liner notes, a re-designed booklet and a remastered CD. The track listing remains the same. According to ABBA-World this CD was released in Germany 17 June; Australia 14 July; and in the  UK 25 August.
 
You, the Living (Du Levande) Released on DVD in Sweden  May 2008.   UK DVD release planned for July 2008

Another dark movie comedy by Swedish director, Roy Andersson, who also directed Songs from The Second Floor. Benny Andersson is credited as the composer of the music to this film, though I have no info yet on what songs are used. This film stars : Jessica Lundberg, Elisabet Helander,and Björn Englund.

FRIDA album  rumors!!
 
Frida is said to be considering recording an album with Jon Lord, the former Deep Purple keyboardist who, worked with her on one song on his last album..
 

 2007  featured  a new album by BAO and a few other releases, but not as many as other recent years.

ABBA -THE MOVIE -Blue Ray version .....November 2007
 
The 1978 ABBA concert movie  is now available in some territories on Blue Ray . This release appears to have the bonus material found on the second disc of the original DVD released in 2005.  Thus the 40 minute interview with Bjorn, Benny and Lasse Hallstrom is included.
 
Original Cast -Mamma Mia (Korean Cast version), Universal Music DC9486/530 58-5 (South Korea) , Korean CD Late  November 28, 2007
 
 
This is the original  cast album from the South Korean staging of Mamma Mia. the Korean version has played more than 500 times in limited runs in Seoul, Daegu and Seongnam since 2004.  Performers include  Lee Hakmin,  Park Ji-il,  Lee Jung-ryul,  Lee Jungmi,  Choi Jungwon ,  Sung Kiyoun ,  Lee Kyoungmi,  and Jon SookyungThe cast album was apparently  recorded live and sung in the Korean language. 
 
Available from YesASia.com  (info from Ryan Cameron, Abbamail)

Track listing
Overture/prologue
Honey Honey,
Money money money
Thank you for the music
Mamma mia,
Chiquitita
Dancing Queen,
Lay all your love on me
Super trouper,
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,
The name of the game
Voulez-Vous  Entr'acte
 
Under attack
One of us
SOS
Does your mother know
Knowing me knowing you
Our last summer
Slipping through my fingers
The winner takes it all
Take a chance on me
I do X 5
I have a dream
ABBA -Number Ones -Sound and Vision version 2CD/ 1DVD November 2007 International release
 
Just in time for Christmas comes this rehashing of a rehash.

CD1
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
2. Mamma Mia
3. Dancing Queen
4. Super Trouper
5. SOS
6. Summer Night City
7. Money, Money, Money
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Chiquitita
10. One Of Us
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Fernando
14. Waterloo
15. The Name Of The Game
16. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
17. Take A Chance On Me
18. I Have A Dream

CD2
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Hole In Your Soul
3. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
4. Me And I
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Rock Me
7. Tiger
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. Another Town, Another Train
10. Our Last Summer
11. Kisses Of Fire
12. Slipping Through My Fingers

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DVD
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
2. Mamma Mia
3. Dancing Queen
4. Super Trouper
5. SOS
6. Summer Night City
7. Money, Money, Money
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Chiquitita
10. One Of Us
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Fernando
14. Waterloo
15. Ring Ring
16. The Name Of The Game
17. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
18. Take A Chance On Me
19. I Have A Dream

Extras:
Waterloo (From Top Of The Pops, England 1974)
I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, SOS & Waterloo (From Hei Sveis!, Norway 1975)
I Have A Dream & Under Attack (From The Late Late Breakfast Show, England 1982 )
Number Ones Scrapbook

 

 
 

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New Benny Andersson album!

 
Benny Andersson Orkester-Bao 3, UNI MMCD 023,  Swedish CD 24 October 2007
 
This is the new Bao Studio album with at least 12 new songs, including five written by Andersson-Ulvaeus.  Tommy Korborg and Helen Sjoholm are featured singers."Fait Accompli" and  "Bonde söker fru" (Farmer seeks wife) have been featured at Skansen. "Crush On You' is an unfinished song dug up from  the late 1970's.   "För dig" (For you) is tune that the Bao have playing live for awhile.
 
 "Upp till dig" (Up to you) is similiar to   the 1982 B & B composition "I Am The Seeker" , which was part of the english version of the ABBACADABRA musical. This is sung by Helen.  Kristina Lugn wrote the lyrics to "Nu mår jag mycket bättre" (I feel much better now) , this song is sung by Tommy and Helen.
 

 

Track listing (with songwriters, time, translated title and lead singer)

1. Marsch Pannkaka (Andersson) 3.39 (Pancake March)-instrumental
2. For Dig (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.49 (For You)  - Tommy Korberg

3. Du Fralste Mig i sista stund (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.56
(You saved me at the last moment)-  Helen Sjoholm
4. Fait Accomplit (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.00- Tommy Korberg
5. Crush On You (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.38 - Helen Sjoholm
6. Calle J:s Vals (Andersson) 2.53 (Calle's J. Waltz)-instrumental
7. Helens Brudvals (Andersson) 3.13 (Helen's Wedding Waltz)-instrumental
8. Upp Till Dig (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 4.03 (Up to You)- Helen Sjoholm
9. Bonde Soker Fru (Andersson-Ulvaeus) 3.04 (Farmer Seeks Wife) - Tommy Korberg
10. Nu Mar Jag Mycket Battre (Andersson-Lugn) 5.00 (Now I feel much Better) - Helen Sjoholm
11. Wienerbrot (Andersson)  3.36 (Vienna Bread)
-instrumental
12. Godnattvisa (Andersson) 3.48 (Good Night song) -instrumental

 

 
 
 
 
 
ABBA-The Album Deluxe Edition October 15, 2007 International release
 
Their 1977 album will be released with bonus tracks and an accompanying DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances.

The Album, was originally released 30 years ago, in late  1977.
Like last year's Deluxe Edition of Arrival, ABBA - The Album will be extended with six bonus tracks and a DVD of rare and previously unreleased performances and news reports. Of course, there is still no sign of the rare unreleased 1977  live tracks- "I am an A" or "Get On the Carousel".The illustrated 28 page booklet includes an  Carl Magnus Palm essay on the making of the album.

Track list:

 CD

1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
“The Girl With The Golden Hair”
- 3 scenes from a mini-musical -
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I’m A Marionette

Bonus tracks
10. Eagle (Single Edit)
11. Take A Chance On Me (Live Version; Alternate Mix)
12. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
13. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
14. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
15. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)


 DVD

1. Eagle/Thank You For The Music (Star Parade, ZDF)
2. Take A Chance On Me (Am Laufenden Band, Radio Bremen)
3. The Name Of The Game (ABBA Special, TBS)
4. Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood’s Christmas Show, BBC)
5. Take A Chance On Me (Star Parade, ZDF)
6. ABBA on tour in 1977 (Rapport, SVT)
7. Recording ABBA – The Album (Gomorron Sverige, SVT)
8. ABBA in London, February 1978 (Blue Peter, BBC)
9. ABBA in America, May 1978 (Rapport, SVT)
10. ABBA – The Album Television Commercial I (UK)
11. ABBA – The Album Television Commercial II (AUSTRALIA)
12. International Sleeve Gallery
 

Ok take a break!

ABBA-The World's Greatest Albums - ABBA/ARRIVAL - The Ultimate Critical Review- UK DVD June 2007.

 
Another DVD review focusing one of ABBA albums that features interviews with ex-Smash Hits editor Emma Jones, Capital Radio DJ Mick Brown and  session musician Neal McArthur. Also included are  live  TV recordings  of  'Dancing Queen', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' and 'Money Money Money'.
 
 
ABBA-Rock Case Studies - ABBA 2 DVD + book  UK  DVD June 2007.
Another one of these unauthorized videos biographies of ABBA that seem to be flooding the markert. More " rare archive interview and performance footage" and  another  top team of critics.
 
Various Artists-Text: Stikkan Anderson-May 2007 Swedish 2CD set

This is a Swedish collection, that is the first one to actually compile most of the important songs written or cowritten by ABBA manager/lyric writer Stig Anderson. This set  also includes a few of the songs he actually performed as an artist....This is being released by Polar /Universal.
CD 1

1. Gröna små äpplen - Monica Zetterlund
2. En sång en gång för längesen - Jan Malmsjö
3. Sånt är livet - Anita Lindblom
4. Är det konstigt att man längtar bort nån gång - Lena Andersson
5. Vill du låna en man - Frida
6. Ring Ring (Swedish version) - ABBA
7. Vackra sagor är så korta - Marianne Kock
8. Leva livet - Lill-Babs
9. S.O.S - Agnetha Fältskog
10. Säj det med en sång - Lena Andersson
11. Nej jag ångrar ingenting - Anita Lindblom
12. Tusen och en natt - Lars Lönndahl
13. Måndag, måndag - Anna-Lena Löfgren
14. Dancing Queen - ABBA
15. Gröna granna sköna sanna sommar - Lill-Babs
16. Mamma är lik sin mamma - Siw Malmkvist
17. Mamma Mia - ABBA
18. Ljuva sextital - Brita Borg
19. Bang en boomerang - Svenne och Lotta
20. Du har en vän - Lill Lindfors
21. Lycka - Björn och Benny
22. Waterloo (English version) - ABBA

CD2

1. Är du kär i mej ännu, Klas-Göran? - Lill-Babs
2. Min greve av Luxemburg - Ann Louise Hansson
3. Kör långsamt - Family Four
4. Fernando - Frida
5. Raring - Björn Ulvaeus
6. Dröm är dröm och saga saga - Agnetha Fältskog
7. Hasta Mañana - Lena Andersson
8. En serenad till dej - Gunnar Wiklund
9. Gabrielle - Hootenanny Singers
10. Vi hänger me - Nacka Skoglund
11. Den skrattande polisen - Ove Flodin & Gnesta-Kalles Kapell
12. En dans på rosor - Anita Lindblom
13. Hallå Mary Lou - Carli Tornehave
14. Arrivederci Frans - Ann-Louise Hansson
15. Du borde köpa dej en tyrolerhatt - Östen Warnebring
16. Marianne - Hootenanny Singers
17. Baby-twist - Lillan och Stikkan Anderson
18. Tivedshambo - Stikkan Anderson och Ricke Löws orkester
19. Det blir inget bröllop på lördag på lördag - Stig Anderson, Börje Crona och Walle Söderlunds orkester
20. Kära mor - Göingeflickorna
21. Grädde på moset - Harry Brandelius och Jerry Högstedts orkester
 
ABBA - Dancing Queen Interviews-Released  DVD April 2007.
This DVD has  interview material and archival footage presented for the first time ever in a DVD format! It  includes British and US tv footage. Featured  are mini-documentaries, rehearsals, footage from the Eurovision 1974 Song Contest, photos from the 60's, early black and white footage, and a Mamma Mia documentary. Contains no musical performances by ABBA.....
 
 
ABBA -The Golden Years DVD April 2007.
 
A reissue of a Dutch TV documentary that was long ago issued on VHS as "The Story of ABBA" . The "Story of ABBA" was the first of many videos to compile Swedish TV performances of " Baby, Those Are The Rules" (Hootenanny Singers)"Att älska i varens tid "(Frida)"Sunny Girl" (The Hep Stars) and "Nu skall vi opp, opp, opp "(Agnetha). The Ria Valk featured in the special is  happens to be a homegrown Dutch pop star who sang a sung cowritten by Stig Anderson.

Baby, Those Are The Rules (Hootenanny Singers)
Att älska i varens tid (Frida)
Sunny Girl (The Hep Stars)
Nu skall vi opp, opp, opp (Agnetha)
Rocking Billy (Ria Valk)
People Need Love
Ring Ring
Waterloo
Honey, Honey
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
SOS
Mamma Mia
Fernando
Dancing Queen
Money, Money, Money
Knowing Me, Knowing You
I'm A Marionette
The Name Of The Game
Take A Chance On Me
Eagle
Chiquitita
Does Your Mother Know
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
I Have A Dream
The Winner Takes It All
Super Trouper
One Of Us
The Day Before You Came
Under Attack
Thank You For The Music
 
 
ABBA-W Pack Series - Japanese CD sets March 2007
The Japanese released these two CD pack sets of ABBA's  eight studio albums-Ring Ring/Waterloo, ABBA/Arrival, The Album/Voulez-Vous,and Super Trouper/The Visitors.  The four sets are released separately and each CD appears to feature the 2002 remastered track listings, thus the CD's have the normal bonus tracks that you would expect...
 
 
ABBA-ABBA's Visitors -British DVD  planned release  March 2007
A 51 minute video review of ABBA's last studio album.

Interviews with Andrew Brown, Raphael Ravenscroft, Chris Salewicz,Jeff Rose and Louis Rogers . Ok, I have only heard of one of those people,but that's ok. You would think this might be interesting to the ABBA fan, but as usual with these unauthorized DVD things it somehow manages not to be interesting. They don't even talk about three of the songs on the album-"Soldiers", "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room",  "I Let The Music Speak".

Performances featured include:

Summer Night City (live Dick Cavett)
Brief clips of Waterloo (Eurovision) and Dancing Queen (Olivia)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (live Dick Cavett)
One Of Us (intro, music only, performed by 'Gold')
On And On And On (Show Express)
Super Trouper (live Dick Cavett,)
The Winner Takes It All (Show Express)
One Of Us (ABBA
promo video)
Slipping Through My Fingers (live Dick Cavett)
One Of Us (ABBA
promo video)
Slipping Through My Fingers (live Dick Cavett)
Head Over Heels (ABBA
promo video)
When All Is Said And Done (ABBA
promo video)
Two For The Price Of One (live Dick Cavett)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (live Dick Cavett)

Source-ABBAMAIL

ABBA-20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of ABBA -digipak  January 2007 US CD

 
Digipak reissue of a CD originally issued only in a jewel box in September 2000. The original release of this collection  actually went gold (500,000 copies sold ) in the USA even though it only offers 11 ABBA songs....

1. Waterloo
2. SOS
3. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
4. Mamma Mia
5. Fernando
6. Dancing Queen
7. Knowing Me, Knowing You
8. The Name of the Game
9. Take a Chance on Me
10. Chiquitita
11. The Winner Takes It All

2006
 
Skinner/Ripley -"Raw at Town Hall" American 2cd set  December 2006
 
Broadway singers Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley's new duets recording — recorded live during their Oct. 21 concert at Town Hall.
 
It features both solos and duets and is notable for Alice Ripley's  premeire performance of "You Got to Be There". "You Got to Be There" is the English version of "Du måste finnas" from Kristina från Duvemåla". Alice Ripley is slated  to be a  member of the Broadway cast of of KRISTINA, that is, of course, if the thing ever gets produced.
 
Disc One
"Two's Company" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Little Me" (Ripley and Skinner)
"I'd Rather Wake Up By Myself" (Skinner)
"Cigarette Dream"/"The Last Smoker in America" (Ripley)
"Sleepy Man" (Skinner)
"I Miss the Mountains" (Ripley)
"Every Day a Little Death" (Ripley and Skinner)
"No One Is Alone" (Skinner)
"Broadway Baby" (Ripley)
"Sisters"/"Ohio" (Ripley and Skinner)
 
Disc Two
"Trouble" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Poor Unfortunate Souls" (Skinner)
"You've Got to Be There" (Ripley)
"Come Up and See Me Some Time" (Skinner)
"Past My Prime" (Ripley and Skinner)
"Lazy Afternoon" (Skinner)
"She's Gone" (Ripley)
"Who Will Love Me As I Am?" (Ripley and Skinner)
"I Will Never Leave You" (Ripley and Skinner)
 
 
ABBA-Complete Studio Recordings -Danish Version  November 2006 -9CD Danish box  set

A new version of Universal's multi disc collection of all of ABBA's official studio recordings. This one is new but has been actually made worse than the 2005 fluffy dice box version since -it no longer features the two  bonus DVD's  included originally....

Also, the set no longer includes  the lyrics booklet....granted most of the lyrics were not very good...But well, the  set still has the nine CD's and an exciting timeline booklet...And it still costs over 100 dollars to buy....


Various Artists- Absolute Woman- British Cd- Late 2006

A budget various artist collection with a song from Agnetha's My Colouring Book CD.

1 I'm Every Woman-Chaka Khan
2 Black Coffee-All Saints
3 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman-Aretha Franklin
4 My Lovin'- En Vogue
5 Black Velvet-Alannah Miles
6 Thinking Of You-Sister Sledge
7 A Good Tradition-Tanita Tikaram
8 Patience Of Angels-Eddi Reader
9 Only Living Boy In New York City-Everything But The Girl
10 Angel-Anita Baker
11 You're The One I Love-Shola Ama
12 Midnight At The Oasis-Maria Muldaur
13 You Might Need Somebody-Randy Crawford
14 When You Walk In The Room-Agnetha Faltskog
15 You're So Vain-Carly Simon
16 Young Hearts Run Free-Candi Staton
17 Pink Cadillac-Natalie Cole
18 Gloria-Laura Branigan
19 Chguck E's In Love-Rickie Lee Jones
20 Memory-Elaine Paige

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 Hootenanny Singers - 16 Bästa  Swedish CD 2006
 
A reissue of the 2002 Musik Vi Minns CD, with a different title but with the same catalog number and track listing..
 
1. I Lunden Gröna
2. Solola
3. Omkring Tiggarn Från Luossa
4. Sjösala Vals
5. Marianne
6. Gabrielle
7. Så Länge Du Älskar Är Du Ung
8. Början Till Slutet
9. Blomman
10. Björkens Visa
11. Jag Väntar Vid Min Mila
12. Om Aftonen
13. En Sång En Gång För Längesen
14. Britta
15. Aldrig Mer
16. Jungman Jansson

SNL - 1975 - 1976 -The Complete First Season -December 2006 8 DVD box set

Includes every episode of the classic first season that featured Chevy Chase, John Belushi and others. Thus this set includes ABBA's appearance on NBC's Saturday Night on 15 November 1975, in a show hosted by Robert Klein. Their performance of SOS is notorius for being  lip-synched, but is still entertaining.

SNL shows and performances have been released and rerunned before, but usually not in their entirety, so this first time that the complete show that ABBA performed on has been made available..

 
 
ABBA-Number Ones- November 2006- 2 CD International release
 
Yes, like the Beatles Elvis and the Bee Gees, ABBA's compilers have  attempted to compile all their number one hits on one cd...Of course, ABBA did not have enough number one hits in any one country to fill an entire 74 minute CD, only the  Beatles can come close to making  that sort of  claim..So instead  this CD must compiled on the idea that all  or most of the songs on the first CD  were a #1 chart hit somewhere on some kind of chart....The second CD is limited edition bonus CD with some extra previously released tracks.

For some reason the UK  released  a different so called standard version which  includes "Ring Ring"and "Summer Night City" (extended version) .

 

Main disc of supposed number one singles


Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Super Trouper
SOS
Summer Night City
Money, Money, Money
The Winner Takes It All
Chiquitita
One Of Us
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Voulez-Vous
Fernando
Waterloo
The Name Of The Game
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Take A Chance On me
I Have A Dream

bonus disc of album tracks


When I Kissed The Teacher
Hole In Your Soul
Dance While The Music Still Goes On
Me And I
The King Has Lost His Crown
Rock Me
Tiger
I Wonder
Another Town, Another Train
Our Last Summer
Kisses Of Fire
Slipping Through My Fingers

UK standard version (this version includes Ring Ring and Summer Night City extended version)

ABBA-Number Ones November 2006 International DVD

Another release of the same old tired videos, though to be annoyingUniversal threw  in six bonus videos which are actual rarities. So you might have to buy it just for those if your a completist,

Number Ones DVD tracklisting main tracks
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Super Trouper
SOS
Summer Night City
Money, Money, Money
The Winner Takes It All
Chiquitita
One Of Us
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Voulez-Vous
Fernando
Waterloo
Ring Ring
The Name Of The Game
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Take A Chance On Me
I Have A Dream

DVD Extras
Waterloo (live) Top of the Pops, 11th April 1974
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
SOS -Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
Waterloo- Hei Sveis!-30th August 1975 Momarkedet, Norway
I Have A Dream-The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC 11 December 1982
Under Attack-The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC 11 December 1982

also features an Interactive scrapbook with details of all ABBA’s #1 hits

Rajaton with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra: Rajaton Sings ABBA November 2006  CD


This very fab and stylish Finnish acapella vocal group performs ABBA covers on this album. 
Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone).
So that would be - three woman and three men singers sort of like an adult Finnish Brady Bunch.....This  CD is released by the  amazing Plastinka label. Originally, Plastinka was just a plastics company, but in recent times Plastinka has branched out into music and fine stemware. Visit their lovely factory in Turku and you will get a autographed CD from Rajaton.
 
Ah Finland- I kind would like to be in Finland now, somewhere up in Lapland in a small  cottage with a reindeer. (Review by Edsel Felpin)
 
1. Dancing Queen
2. Chiquitita
3. Money, Money, Money
4. One Of Us
5. Voulez-Vous
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. Head Over Heels
8. Mamma Mia
9. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
10. The Winner Takes It All
11. Thank You For The Music
12. Fernando
13. Waterloo
 
Anders Ekborg - Äkta vara 2006 CD-DVD- November 10, 2006  Swedish CD/CVD
New album in Swedish  by  the star of Kristina and Chess Pa Svenska that features a new song by B&B  called " Han som vunnit allt". This album has videos for all songs included.
1. Två
2. Tåget
3. När man vågar älska
4. Vinden i min själ
5. För dig
6. Vackra utan själ
7. Det var nästan som jag visste
8. Änglarna vill ha det så
9. Han som vunnit allt
10. Det borde vara jag
11. Intill
 
 
Elaine Paige -Essential musicals - October 2006 British CD
 
I was going to list this as "Another album of tired old show tunes" but I remembered that a few  people do actually read this site -and that I would not want to mislead those readers.
 
The  songs  here are chosen from musicals picked by listeners of Elaine Paige's weekly  BBC  radio series..
 
This cd Includes, for the first time on record, Elaine's version of "Someone Else's Story" from CHESS.  Sadly, it's  a somewhat  lackluster unemotional performance of “Someone Else’s Story” .   Elaine also  tackles “You Must Love Me” from the  movie version of “Evita”. Elaine  was  the original West  End  Evita ,but also never did this song before, and it also a so-so performance.  
 
1. Where Is Love
2. Edelweiss
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You
4. You Must Love Me
5. Bring Him Home
6. Something's Coming
7. If I Loved You
8. All I Ask Of You
9. Someone Else's Story
10. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair
11. Aquarius
12. Surrrender
13. Broadway Baby
 
 
Gunilla Backman- Nära mig -October 18 2006 -Swedish CD
 
New album in Swedish that includes a Swedish version of  "The Winner Takes It All" .Gunilla Backman was Donna in the Swedish version of Mamma Mia! The album  includes a duet with Peter Jöback. The album is produced by Anders Neglin..

1. En Enkel Tid
2. Den Rätte För Mig
3. Bara Du
4. Sången Vi Spelade
5. Med Ögon Känsliga För Grönt
6. Var Han Min ?
7. Utan Ett Ord
8. Pappa, Kan Du Höra ?
9. Vara Vid Liv
10. Du Får Mig I Blom
11. Kanske Kärlek Är Allt
12. Vinnaren Tar Allt
13. Avskedsblues

Source: Icethesite (which also has a interview with this chick..)

ABBA - The Ultimate Review United Kingdom 3dvd set released October 2006

A reissue set of two previous released unofficial ABBA documentary.
Features the contents of the 2DVD set Music in Review: ABBA 1973-1982 and ABBA: In Performance. Also released as in a French edition ABBA: La Rétrospective January 2007.
And released as ABBA - Den ultimata överblicken in Sweden in October 2006.

Mamma Mia! 5th Anniversary Special Edition  October 17, 2006  American CD/DVD
 

Decca Broadway offers up this CD/DVD which includes another repackaging of the original 1999 LONDON cast album -- as well as three finale bonus audio tracks which are being released in the U.S. for the first time including "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo." 

There is also a deluxe booklet featuring cast photos, a behind-the scenes-documentary hosted by original Broadway cast members Joe Machota and Tina Maddigan, some opening night footage, interviews with producer Judy Craymer (lord help us) , director Phyllida Lloyd (augh) librettist Catherine Johnson (my god) and the two old bearded guys, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (double augh!). The DVD has some previously seen ABBA concert clips and performance footage of different productions of the show from around the world. The interviews with Bjorn and Benny are minimal and the whole package is not worth getting if you already own the original cast album.
 
Act 1
1. Overture / Prologue
2. Honey Honey
3. Money, Money, Money
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Mamma Mia
6. Chiquitita
7. Dancing Queen
8. Lay All Your Love On Me
9. Super Trouper
10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
11. The Name Of The Game
12. Voulez-Vous
Act 2
13. Entr'Act
14. Under Attack
15. One Of Us
16. S.O.S.
17. Does Your Mother Know
18. Knowing Me, Knowing You
19. Our Last Summer
20. Slipping Through My Fingers
21. Winner Takes It All
22. Take A Chance On Me
23. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
24. I Have A Dream

Finale bonus tracks recorded 2004
25: Mamma Mia
26. Dancing Queen
27. Waterloo


Disc 2 - DVD:
1. Overture/Prologue
2. Waterloo
3. Dancing Queen
4. SOS
5. The Winner Takes It All
6. The Winner Takes It All
7. Interview With Bjorn from Week in the West End
8. Catherine Interview
9. Phyllida Interview
10. Entr'act
11. Mamma Mia
12. Waterloo
13. Lay All Your Love on Me
14. Super Trouper
15. Thank You for the Music
16. Dancing Queen
17. Money, Money, Money
18. Voulez-Vous
19. Take a Chance on Me
20. Dancing Queen
21. Dancing Queen
22. Slipping Through My Fingers
23. I Have a Dream
24. Dancing Queen
25. Thank You For The Music
26. Knowing Me, Knowing You
27. Money, Money, Money
28. Dancing Queen


 
 
Source: Ice- the Site

ARRIVAL-30th Anniversary edition!
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ABBA-Arrival (Deluxe Edition) planned release October  2006 1cd/1dvd

A 30th (augh!) anniversary edition of this classic late 1976 ABBA album...The first disc is a audio CD  ,the second a DVD ....The track listing is similiar to that found on the ARRIVAL disc of the COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS box set...The reissue people at Universal went crazy with all the bonus TV clips...the most clips  I have ever seen on a ABBA disc outside of a bootleg..

Disc 1, CD track list:

1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That’s Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival

BONUS TRACKS

11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. Fernando (Spanish version)
14. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish version of Dancing Queen)
15. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish version of Knowing Me, Knowing You)
16. Fernando (Frida’s Swedish solo version)

Disc 2, DVD

1. ABBA-dabba-dooo!!, 1976 one-hour television special, features performances of eight of the ten songs from the Arrival album including live versions of "Dum Dum Diddle" and "Why Did It Have To Be Me", Also features the
Dancing Queen - official promo clip and lip sync versions of  Knowing Me, Knowing You; When I Kissed The Teacher (featuring a different, early mix); My Love, My Life; Money, Money, Money and Tiger.

2. Dancing Queen -West German TV- Musikladen Extra, filmed in January 1976.

3. Fernando -Top Of The Pops, April 1976

4. Happy Hawaii - cartoon version of Happy Hawaii 1976.

5. Dancing Queen recording session-Filmed extracts from the actual recording session shown on Swedish TV 1975 documentary, Mr Trendsetter.

6. ABBA in London, November 1976
-A feature on ABBA’s promotional  visit to London, promoting the Arrival album. TV show -Nationwide, November 1976.

7. ABBA’s 1976 success – news report-Swedish news TV  programme Rapport in December 1976.

8. Arrival UK television commercial I, 1977
9. Arrival  UK television commercial II, 1977

10. International sleeve gallery - Arrival-related single and album sleeves from around the world.

Source:ABBA-the Site

ABBA- ABBA IN PERFORMANCE 2006 September British DVD

This unofficial program features some of ABBA's live performances on TV shows including three different versions of SOS from Musikladen, the Midnight Special, and from NBC's Saturday Night, a performance of Fernando from The Midnight Special , the live performances from the Japan Special and all nine songs from the 1981 Dick Cavett special.
Also includes interviews with ABBA experts- John Tobler, Bjorn Again's Rod Leissle, and ABBA unplugged writer, Karl French.

This show is also available as part of ABBA: The Ultimate Review, which also includes ABBA:The Music in Review.  Released USA January 2007


Segments on DVD are listed as 1. Abba's Glorious Live Spectacle/2. Success in America/3. Abbadabbadoo/4. Performing in Japan 5. Abba's Last Live Concert /6. Me and I

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Annie Sofie Von Otter-I Let The Music Speak, Deutsche Grammophone DG 477 9701 , International CD August 20, 2006

Sofie's new CD covers the full spectrum of the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus songbook from early ABBA through Chess, Kristina and finally to the BAO. This album includes three new English lyrics of songs originally recorded in Swedish. Two of these songs ("Walk with You Mama, and Butterlfy Wings " )are Bjorn's first new released English language lyrics in a long time.

The third new English translation is a transltion of "Efter Regnet" called as one would expect "after the Rain" ,the new lyric is by the original lyrist Mats Norklit.

Benny Andersson is pictured in the liner notes and he looks like a old man, and he manages to plays piano on two tracks -"Walk With You, Mama"and " After the Rain". Benny's friends -Anders Eljas (piano, arrangements) and Kalle Moreaus (banjo) also play on the CD. The recordings were actually made in September 2004 at the the Atlantis Studios (the studio often used by ABBA that was formerly known as Metronome studios. .) The album was produced by George Wadenius , who also plays on most of the tracks. The release was delayed partly because Anne's busy schedule as operatic singer did not allow proper time to promote the album in 2005.

As fascinating as the selection of songs is. I am not sure that Anne's voice is ideal for some of these songs.... Still "Walk With You, Mama" works as do a few other tracks. Benny is pictured in the liner notes and he looks like a old man....

ABBA fans are starting to call Anne "Sofie the otter" .They named a new otter pup at the Stockholm aquarium after her, the other one they called Bjorn!

...

 
The Day Before You Came (ABBA)
I Let The Music Speak (ABBA)
When All Is Said And Done (ABBA)
Walk With You, Mama (vocal version of "Stockholm at Night")
The Winner Takes It All (ABBA)
Butterfly Wings (the English version debut of BAO’s Lätt Som En Sommarfjäril)
Heaven Help My Heart (from Chess)
Ljusa Kvällar Om Våren (from Kristina från Duvemåla)
I Am Just A Girl (ABBA)
Ut Mot Ett Hav (from Kristina from Duvemåla)
After the Rain (English version debut of Benny’s Efter Regnet)
Money, Money Money (ABBA)(uncredited bonus track)

Bonus track Japan only:
Thank You For The Music

Bonus track available on iTunes:
Someone Else's Story

 
ABBA - Music Box Biographical Collection  July 2006 UK DVD
 
Released by Plastichead in the Uk...Another unofficial ABBA DVD biography of questionable quality... This one features ABBA publicist John Tobler...and little else of value...

ABBA-16 Hits  June 2006  Swedish DVD also released at various points in  Uk,Canada, and Australia.
 
A new, largely unnecessary DVD that features  the official promotional films. The track listing is   loosely based on the 2005 CD. It's being  released on NTSC standard... 
1. The winner takes it all
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme (A man after midnight)
3. Name of the game
4. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
5. SOS
6. Thank you for the music
7. Dancing Queen
8. Chiquitita
9. The Day before you came
10. On and On and On
11. Voulez-vous
12. Does your mother know
13. Happy new year
14. Waterloo
15. Knowing me, knowing you
16. When all is said and done

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Benny Andersson's  Orkester-BAO På Turné (BAO LIVE)  May  2006 Swedish CD

A new  release of live recordings  from the summer of 2005 . Recordings were made  at the Stadsparken in Örebro and at the Samildalsgropen in Leksand. The tracks recorded included  two new  B&B songs... A new promo single "Det Är Vi Ändå " was  released in Sweden as a taster for the album. The rest of CD includes song from BAO's live repertoire including a few covers of songs not written by Benny Andersson...
 
Track listing ( with album that  studio version of song is found on,if any)
 
Glasgow Boogie(Andersson) BAO
Vitalins Vals (Andersson) BAO
När Tvenne Hjärtan Slå(Jules Sylvain/Gösta Stevens)
Klinga Mina Klockor--(Andersson-Ulvaeus)Klinga Mina Klockor
Födelsedagsvals Till Mona(Andersson)Klinga Mina Klockor
Tobakshandlarvisa(perne-paddock)
Lätt Som En Sommarfjäril--(Andersson-Ulvaeus) Benny Anderssons Orkerster
Aj Aj Aj Vilken Röd Liten Ros(Jules Sylvain/Gösta Stevens)
Slängpolska Efter Bysskalle-(trad.)
Gamle Svarten(Michael Carr/Hamilton Kennedy/Sven-Olof Sandberg)
Hjortingen-(trad.) Fiolin Min trad
Det Är Vi Ändå-(Andersson-Ulvaeus)'Det är vi ändå' (It's Still Us)
För Dig-?'För dig'-(Andersson-Ulvaeus)
Bälter Svens Paradpolkett-(Olle Moreaus) Orsa Spelmän
Moon River(Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer)
Bachs Badinerie-(Johann Sebastian Bach)
O Sole Mio(trad.)
Jehu -(Andersson)BAO
Du Är Min Man-(andersson-Ulvaeus) BAO
True Love(Cole Porter)
Vår Sista Dans-(andersson-Ulvaeus) Benny Anderssons Orkerster
 
Medley:
Ett Glatt Humör (Sven Arefeldt)
Säg Det Med Ett Leende (Nils Perne/Sven Paddock/Helge Roundquist)
Vårat Gäng (Nils Perne/Sven Paddock)
Bättre Och Bättre Dag För Dag (Mark Strong/Karl-Ewert Christensson/S.S.Wilson)

ABBA Ringtones Mid 2006

Snippets from 16 ABBA hits (if I counted correctly) are being made available as ringtones by Universal Music Mobile and its telecom partners, including Vodafone, SFR, Orange, T-Mobile, DoCoMo, KDDI and other telecom operators..

The Universal press release says that "Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were personally involved in the selection of the realtones"-well that's reassuring, I  would guess were not going to see any "Just Like that' ringtones sneaking out.

The newly available ABBA mobile phone ringtones, include "Waterloo," "Super Trouper," "Money, Money, Money," "Fernando," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Voulez-Vous," "Does Your Mother Know," "Honey Honey," "Take A Chance On Me," "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," and "Thank You For The Music." "Ring Ring," "Mamma Mia," "SOS," "Dancing Queen" and "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).". These ringtones are lifted from the actual masters and thus are "realtones" not sythesized ringtones

Florence-FEEL Mid 2006 Swedish CD

A New album produced by Benny Andersson and released on Mono records.

The group is a female trio that takes it name from the  CHESS character, Florence Vassey.  The ladies in the group are  Benny Andersson's daughter-in-law Lisa Östberg and her friends Anna Granath and Sara Jangfeldt. They all sung in the Swedish version of Mamma Mia. . .

Both Benny and Ludvig Andersson play on this CD.. The album does not include any new Benny Andersson songs.

Track listing: Give me the part/Noel v/s Art/Verklig/Vintertid/For Iris/Feel/Sakta
/Stjärnor och himlar/Kvar/Misfit /Mauritius

Abba: The world's greatest albums-ABBA The Gold Singles -(The ultimate critical review)  UK DVD May 2006 

This is a unofficial documentary that is loosely about the songs found on ABBA Gold-the program includes some rare TV clips...

Quoted verbatim from the jacket-"The story behind Abba's Gold, one of the greatest pop albums ever made. Drawing on rare Abba performances from TV and film archives around the world, this is the first ever independent film review of Abba Gold. The film draws on the reflections of a team of leading critics, musicologists and working musicians to produce the most authoritative and comprehensive review of a landmark in popular music." Ok I like, ABBA too, but the ABBA Gold album just annoys me ....

Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - LYCKA   May 2006 reissue Swedish CD (May be released in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain,  Switzerland)
 
The original 1970 album plus 14 bonus tracks including one never before
released track-"To Live With You" which is the English language version of "Lycka":...
Lycka album tracks
1. Lycka
2. Nånting är på väg
3. Kära gamla sol
4. Det där med kärlek
5. Välkommen in i gänget
6. Lilla du, lilla vän
7. Hej gamle man!
8. Liselott
9. Kalles visa
10. Ge oss en chans
11. Livet går sin gång
Bonus tracks
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)
 
Unknown Artists- Dancing Queen - A Tribute To Abba 3 CD United Kingdom April 2006

Another tribute album. Released on Platinum Collection , apace music

Disc 1
1. Dancing Queen
2. Waterloo
3. The Winner Takes It All
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
5. Fernando
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. He Is Your Brother
8. Hasta Manana
9. The Day Before You Came
10. I Have A Dream
Disc 2
1. Chiquitita
2. Knowing Me Knowing You
3. Mamma Mia
4. Lay All Your Love On Me
5. Under Attack
6. S.O.S
7. Thank You For The Music
8. One Of Us
9. Ring Ring
10. Move On
Disc 3
1. Take A Chance On Me
2. Super Trouper
3. The Name Of The Game
4. Money Money Money
5. Rock Me
6. Happy New Year
7. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
8. Honey Honey
9. I Do I Do I Do
10. I've Been Waiting For You

 
Benny Anderssons Orkester- Promo disc February 2006
 
This is a limited edition two track CD  sent to members of the Swedish American  institute as part of the invitation for people to attend the 18th March BAO concert in Minneapolis, USA. The disc includes a message from Benny Andersson and  a never before released track called 'You Are My Man' (it's an English version of the 2004  BAO track  -"Du är min man').
 
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ABBA-Greatest Hits (30th anniversary edition) April 2006 Sweden and some other territories CD
 
A cd reissue of the 1976 Swedish edition of ABBA's Greatest Hits...Thus it will have the bizarre drawing of ABBA and animal life as opposed to the park bench photo on the cover.
 
Fernando
SOS
He Is Your Brother
Ring Ring
Hasta Mañana
Nina, Pretty Ballerina
Honey, Honey
So Long
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
People Need Love
Bang-A-Boomerang
Another Town, Another Train
Mamma Mia
Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
Waterloo

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New ABBA boxset
ABBA-ABBA Chronicles  3CD American Box set March  3006
 
 I would like to drink  some tea ,but meanwhile I'll tell you about this new release, it's a longbox book like thing, that has three of ABBA studio albums crammed into it...The three "A" albums, actually, affirmatively, assidiously! ABBA, ARRIVAL and the ALBUM..all for 29 dollars Also included are the bonus tracks found on the 2001 remasters....

ABBA-Take a Chance on Me   February  2006  Dutch?CD
 
Another budget compilation this time from the United label.
Oddly the title song is not included in the collection.
  1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  2. Rock Me
  3. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  4. Gonna Sing You My Love Song
  5. S.O.S.
  6. When I Kissed The Teacher
  7. Name Of The Game
  8. Hole In Your Soul
  9. Why Did It Have To Be Me?
  10. On & On & On
  11. Lay All Your Love On Me
  12. Visitors
  13. When All Is Said & Done
  14. Ring Ring
SISSEL-Into Paradise -February 2006 internationally released CD

This is the  new album by this renowned Norwegian soprano, Sissel Kyrkjebo.

This CD features yet another version of ABBA's "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room". This album has a classical slant.. The UK version has a different track listing...

Track listing for US version..

 Dusk /Bachianas Brasileiras /Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme Bwv 140/Dido`s Aria / In Paradisum /Sancta Maria /Vitae Lux / Ingen vinner frem /Bäreden väg för herran /Marble Halls/Adagio /Like An Angel Passing Through My Room

2005 RELEASES

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Frida -4XCD 1XDVD Box Set December  2005 Swedish CD/ DVD set

FRIDA -FRIDA THE DVD 1967-2005 DVD December 2005 (released  seperately and as part of the box set)

Here is a box set that includes Frida's three 2005 remastered solo albums (Frida Ensam, Somethings Going on, and Shine as well as Djupa andetag .. plus a DVD of video material...

The Cd's are nice to have I suppose, if you don't have them already, but a real box set with more genuine rarities would be more interesting...About 10 of Frida's official recordings (mostly duets ) from 1972-1996 have not been included on the Cd portion of this box set.

However, the DVD is of considerable interest, and has also been made available separately. The DVD is called FRIDA THE DVD 1967-2005. The DVD features an exclusive interview with Frida that was shot in the summer of 2005, in Switzerland with the Matterhorn in the background (must be nice). Frida chats chats, chats... about Agnetha, ABBA reunions, her career, Phil Collins , and her taste for small gummy bears . She also shows us clips from Swedish TV and most of the videos from her solo career.. Many of the videos are rare and have not been seen by most ABBA fans....Both the CD's and DVD omit her little 1992 mini-comeback -"Saltwater", "Anglamark", and the never released charity concert that featured "What a Wonderful World" with Marie Fredriksson . The clips from Lite Grand I örat  TV show are not from the original master tapes and thus are of poor quality. Frida's friend Dan Daniell is also interviewed. The complete "The Making of Something's Going On.and "Mit I Livet"  TV specials are included.

The DVD has subtitles with subtitles in French, German, Spanish, English and Portuguese. and is coded for viewing in all regions and runs three hours and twenty minutes. Frida's DVD is easily the most rewarding and unexpected of the various 2005 ABBA reissues and collections...Have a gummy bear, they are yummy!

Editor's note: the gummi-bear segment might not be included in your copy.

Frida ensam
1. Fernando 2. Jag är mig själv nu (Young Girl3. Som en sparv 4. Vill du låna en man (The Most Beautiful Girl) 5. Liv på mars? (Life On Mars 6. Syrtaki (Siko Chorpese Syrtaki 7. Aldrig mej (Vado Via8. Guld och gröna ängar (Wall Street Shuffle) 9. Ett liv i solen10. Skulle de' va' skönt (Wouldn't It Be Nice) 11. Var är min clown (Send In The Clowns)
New bonus tracks-:12. Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan)13. Ska man skratta eller gråta 

Something's Going On
1. Tell Me It's Over 2. I See Red 3. I Got Something 4. Strangers 5. To Turn The Stone 6. I Know There's Something Going On 7. Threnody 8. Baby Don't You Cry No More 9. The Way You Do 10. You Know What I Mean 11. Here We'll Stay

Extra tracks:12. I Know There's Something Going On (Single version))
13. Here We'll Stay (Solo Version)

Shine
1. Shine2. One Little Lie3. The Face4. Twist In The Dark5. Slowly6. Heart Of The Country7. Come To Me (I Am Woman)8. Chemistry Tonight
9. Don't Do It10. Comfort Me
Extra Tracks: -11. That's Tough 12. Shine (Extended Mix

 Djupa Andetag

Älska mig alltid/ Ögonen/ Även en blomma
Sovrum/ Hon fick som hon ville
Alla mina bästa år (duet with Marie Fredriksson)
Lugna vatten/ Vem kommer såra vem ikväll
Sista valsen med dig/ Kvinnor som springer

Bonus tracks-Alla mina bästa år - Hasbrouck Heights Single mix 4.59/
/Ögonen ­ Lemon mix 4.34Även en blomma ­ version 6.34


 FRIDA THE DVD 1967-2005  (SVT is the Swedish TV network)

- En ledig dag SVT Hylands Hörna)
- My man (SVT charity Show)
- Just one of those things (SVT charity Show)
- Mad about the boy (SVT charity Show)
- Kalle pa spangen (SVT "När Stenkakan Slog")
-I min blommiga bla krinolin (SVT "När Stenkakan Slog")
- Att älska i varens tid (SVT "När Stenkakan Slog")
-Min Soldat (SVT "När Stenkakan Slog")
- Söderhavets Sang (SVT "När Stenkakan Slog")
- Baby Love - Bäbi Läv (SVT "Charlie Norman Show")
- Gitarzan Gitarzan (SVT Skansen w. Lars Berghagen as Tarzan)
- Why did it have to me Me (ABBA - The Movie)
- Fernando Me (ABBA - The Movie)

 -I know There`s Something Going On"
- Let`s get the show on the road (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Can`t by me love (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Cry me a river (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Got to get you into my life(SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Aquarious (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Words of love (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Fire and ice (SVT "Lite Grand I Örat")
- Here we`ll stay (Official Video)
- I see red ( Official Video)
- Something`s going on ( Official Video)

-Shine (Official Video)
- To turn the stone (Official Video)
- Sa länge vi har varann (Official Video with Ratata)
- Twist in the dark (Official Video)
- Come to me (I am woman) SVT Razzel )
- Heart of the country \(SVT Razzel )

- One little lie(SVT Glädjehuset)
- Även en blomma (Official Video)
- Älska mig alltid (sverige Sovjet)
- Ögonen (SVT Frida - Mitt I Livet)
- The Sun Will Shine Again ("Ja Ma hon leva" with Jon Lord)
- Dancing Queen (SVT Queen Silvia's Birthday with The Real Group)

-the gummi -bear song (may not be on your copy)

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Frida's never heard version of the Gummi-Bear theme

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ABBA-LA NOSTRA STORIA - 20 GRANDI SUCCESSI" Late 2005 Italian CD

Another unexciting  compilation this time for the  Italian -markert. ABBA releases-are somewhat unusual in Italy since ABBA was never huge in Italy..(ABBA never even had a #1 single in Italy) .All the songs are in English since ABBA never recorded in Italian. Unexciting packaging, but there are twenty songs....


1. Waterloo
2. Mamma mia
3. Dancing queen
4. Sos
5. Fernando
6. Super trouper
7. Gimme! gimme! gimme! (a man after midnight)
8. Take a chance on me
9. Knowing me, knowing you
10. Money, money, money
11. When all is said and done
12. Voulez-vous
13. On and on and on
14. Lay all your love on me
15. The winner takes it all
16. Chiquitita
17. Honey, honey
18. People need love
19. Ring ring
20. I have a dream

Benny Andersson- Ring tone for the Swedish Red Cross November  2005
Benny wrote a 28 second ring tone for the Swedish  Red  Cross, it is only available for download in Sweden....the title of the song is "Red X-mas"...

Daniel Balavoine-Balavoine Sans Frontieres 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... Source:ABBAMAIL

MADONNA-Hung Up CD single November 2005 international release

This single went to number one in Britain..and actually reached #7 in the US. ..Madonna samples the 1979 ABBA single "Gimme Gimme Gimme on this song.  This is only the second song to officially use an ABBA song sample...  Madonna gave B&B songwriting credit...thus the writers of the song are listed as Madonna, Stuart Price, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus . The CD single features remixes...
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the new madonna single
MADONNA-Confessions on a Dance Floor November 2005 International CD
 
Madonna's latest CD features"Hung Up". "Hung Up" samples ABBA's "Gimme Gimme Gimme". She did this with Bjorn and Benny's approval...(They got songwriting credit as well.)
The rest of the album is also dance orientated, rather than ballads or covers of "American Pie"... The album is mildly controversial because of the track "Issac" offends some listeners...This album reached #1 on the American sales charts..Both "Hung Up" and "Sorry" reached #1 on the British charts...Track listing follows...

1. Hung Up 2. Get Together 3. Sorry 4. Future Lovers 5. I Love New York 6. Let It Will Be 7. Forbidden Love 8. Jump 9. How High 10. Isaac 11. Push 12. Like It Or Not

New Gemini collection
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Gemini - Det bästa med Karin och Anders Glenmark Swedish Cd November 1987

In English the title reads Gemini - The Best Of Karin And Anders Glenmark", but you knew that...This is the oft-promised Gemini collection that compiles seven songs each from their two 1980s albums. Both of these albums are hard to find. Both of the albums  were coproduced by Bjorn, Benny and Anders Glenmark..Rumours had been that this collection would have bonus tracks, and those rumours were correct...There are five tracks not found on the two original albums...a Gemini b-side, one unreleased track,one new recording,  and a single recorded before the two Gemini albums.. ( The  the Anders solo track-"Antiligen" was removed from the final track listing for the CD..

Tracks on new release

1.# TLC (1987) *2. #Mio min Mio(1987) *3. Sniffin' Out The Snakes (1987)4. #When I Close My Eyes ( unreleased recording) 5. #Den som sa det var det (new Swedish version of 'Too Much Love Is Wasted') * 6. Live On The Love (1985) 7. #Just Like That (1985) *8. Copy Love (remixed version of a track featured on the Another Me, Another you 12" single, previously unavailable on CD)9. #Slowly (1985) *10. Beat The Heat (1987) GF11. #Another You, Another Me 1985) * 12. #Too Much Love Is Wasted 1985) *13. Falling (1985) 14.# I Am The Universe( 1987) *15. There's No Way To Fool A Heart (1987) 16. #I'm A Bitch When I See Red (1987) * 17.# Have Mercy (1985)*

Bonus tracks:

18. Kall som is (1984, performed by Karin and Anders in the Swedish heats for the Eurovision Song Contest)19.Flyga fri (the B-side of the 'Kall som is' single)

# songs written by Bjorn and Benny

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ABBA-The Complete Studio Recordings 9CD/DVD Planned Release  mainly in Europe November 7, 2005

 ABBA-The Complete Studio Recordings 9CD/DVD Planned Release November 7, 2005


Following the example of last year's Japanese box set, Polar /Universal have put together a new "complete' box set.This is the first internationally released box set to compile all of ABBA's studio albums... The roomy blue box contains 9 Cd's, 2 DVd and two hard back booklets.  One of the books has lyrics , the other has commentary, and liner notes. The DVD's are NTSC standard...

The audio component features most of ABBA's released recordings including all eight studio albums, b-sides, foreign language recordings, most alternate mixes as well as the rarities that were released after ABBA broke up... The set has four alternate mixes  new to Cd- the mono mix of "ON and On And On" previously heard only on  videos,"Should I laugh or Cry " has Benny counting it in the beginning,  Waterloo is Swedish single mix and Summer Night City is  the correct full length version rather than a patched together version...

This set is the first to include Spanish versions as bonus tracks on every one of the eight studio albums.
The major exclusion here is of course, ABBA's live album and the half or dozen other officially released  live tracks..But they are not "STUDIO' recordings. 
Naturally,  unreleased studio recordings (like the full version of "Just Like That " or "Nationsang' ) have been not included here either.. Nor does one find private releases like "Sang to Gorel', "Fanfare for a  Ice Hockey Championship".


The DVD set features basically a repackaged version of THE DEFINITIVE Collection DVD set  on the first  DVD.  The   recent "OUR LAST VIDEO' puppet video is included as a bonus.

A history of ABBA (originally found on the ABBA GOLD DVD  and a short version of the 1981 DICK CAVETT TV special concert is on the second DVD.
There have been complaints from fans that the Dick Cavett segment only has five of the originally aired nine songs-Supposedly, they cant find the other four songs in the archives.
Annoyingly, this will be llimited edition release...So it may not be around forever...
ABBA: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS

 

Tracklisting:

CD1: RING RING
1. Ring Ring
2. Another Town, Another Train
3. Disillusion
4. People Need Love
5. I Saw It In The Mirror
6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina
7. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
8. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
9. He Is Your Brother
10. She's My Kind Of Girl
11. I Am Just A Girl
12. Rock'n Roll Band

BONUS TRACKS

13. Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
14. Åh, vilka tider
15. Merry-Go-Round
16. Santa Rosa
17. Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
18. Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe Steht (German Version of Another Town, Another Train)
19. Ring Ring (German Version)

CD2: WATERLOO
1. Waterloo
2. Sitting In The Palmtree
3. King Kong Song
4. Hasta Mañana
5. My Mama Said
6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
7. Honey, Honey
8. Watch Out
9. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Suzy-Hang-Around

BONUS TRACKS

12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
15. Waterloo (German Version)
16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
17. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
18. Waterloo (French Version)

CD3: ABBA
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

13. Crazy World
12. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton - On Top Of Old Smokey - Midnight Special (1978 mix)
14. Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)

CD4: ARRIVAL
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival

BONUS TRACKS

11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish Version of Dancing Queen)
14. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish Version of Knowing Me, Knowing You)
15. Fernando (Spanish Version)

CD5: ABBA ­ THE ALBUM
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
"The Girl With The Golden Hair" ­ 3 scenes from a mini-musical ­
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette

BONUS TRACKS

10. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
11. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)

CD6: VOULEZ-VOUS
1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have A Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn't For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire

BONUS TRACKS

11. Summer Night City
12. Lovelight
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
14. Estoy Soñando (Spanish Version of I Have A Dream)
15. Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
16. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish Version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! [A Man After Midnight])

 

CD6: VOULEZ-VOUS
1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have A Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn't For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire

BONUS TRACKS

11. Summer Night City
12. Lovelight
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
14. Estoy Soñando (Spanish Version of I Have A Dream)
15. Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
16. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish Version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! [A Man After Midnight])

CD7: SUPER TROUPER
1. Super Trouper
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. On And On And On
4. Andante, Andante
5. Me And I
6. Happy New Year
7. Our Last Summer
8. The Piper
9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do

BONUS TRACKS

11. Elaine
12. Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
13. Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)

 

 

CD8: THE VISITORS
1. The Visitors
2. Head Over Heels
3. When All Is Said And Done
4. Soldiers
5. I Let The Music Speak
6. One Of Us
7. Two For The Price Of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room

BONUS TRACKS

10. Should I Laugh Or Cry (Intro Version)
11. No hay a quien culpar (Spanish Version of When All Is Said And Done)
12. Se me està escapando (Spanish Version of Slipping Through My Fingers)
13. The Day Before You Came
14. Cassandra
15. Under Attack
16. You Owe Me One

 

CD9: RARITIES (all new Compilation)
1. Waterloo (Alternate Mix, briefly available as a single A-side in Sweden)
2. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special (original German charity album mix, released in 1975)
3. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
4. Summer Night City (Full Length Version, first released in 1994)
5. Lovelight (Alternate Mix, first released in 1993)
6. Dream World (outtake from Voulez-Vous sessions, first released in 1994)
7. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)
8. On And On And On (Full Length Version, issued as video soundtrack in 1980)
9. Put On Your White Sombrero (outtake from Super Trouper sessions, first released in 1994)
10. I Am The City (outtake from 1982 album sessions, first released in 1993)
11. ABBA Undeleted (medley of outtakes, first released in 1994): Scaramouche / Summer Night City / Take A Chance On Me / Baby / Just A Notion / Rikky Rock 'n' Roller / Burning My Bridges / Fernando / Here Comes Rubie Jamie / Hamlet III Parts 1&2 / Free As A Bumble Bee / Rubber Ball Man / Crying Over You / Just Like That / Givin' A Little Bit More

 

 

DVD1: THE VIDEOS
1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Mamma Mia
4. SOS
5. Bang-A-Boomerang
6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. That's Me
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music
17. Summer Night City
18. Chiquitita
19. Does Your Mother Know
20. Voulez-Vous
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
22. I Have A Dream
23. On And On And On
24. The Winner Takes It All
25. Super Trouper
26. Happy New Year
27. Lay All Your Love On Me
28. When All Is Said And Done
29. One Of Us
30. Head Over Heels
31. The Day Before You Came
32. Under Attack

BONUS VIDEOS
1. Estoy Soñando
2. Felicidad
3. No Hay A Quien Culpar
4. Dancing Queen (1992 Version)
5. The Last Video

 

HISTORY + LIVE IN APRIL 1981

The History: documentary (originally appeared on ABBA GOLD DVD)

Live In April 1981: selections from ABBA's final live concert, originally broadcast as part of the television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA.

LIVE IN APRIL 1981
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
2. Super Trouper
3. Two For The Price Of One
4. Slipping Through My Fingers
5. On And On And On


SOURCE: ABBA-THE SITE



ABBA-THE MOVIE 2DVD set(widescreen) September 2005 release , Also released in single DVD version(also widescreen) This will be playable on all dvd regions.  The 2DVD set does not appear to available everywhere...


Finally a re-release of ABBA-The Movie. ABBA's 1977 cinema theatre release. It has never released on DVD. 
It had out of print on video...
 
The Movie (if you didn't know) is largely a concert film with an amusing if thin story about a Australian dj trying to interview ABBA. The film is directed by Lasse Hallström.  Lasse was the   director of  most of ABBA's videos and would later go on to direct My Life is a Dog, Cider House Rules and many other films.
 
There are two versions of the movie.The single dvd version has no extras. The 2 DVD version has the film on one disc and bonus features on the second disc. The bonus features are an interview about the film with Lasse Hallström, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson,  the original ABBA - The Movie trailers; an ABBA - The Album TV commercial and a  picture gallery. Apparently, there were no live outtakes available.

Fan experts say there is more that could be included . There has been a delay in release in the  USA....Their was controversy over whether Warner (who had he original American movie rights) had the right  to release the DVD....However, The single DVD version is available in Canada...and the single DVD will made available in the Us in 2006.


Ella  Rouge -Ella Rouge Swedish CD October 2005

Benny's younger son- Ludvig andersson, latest band -Ella Rouge's new album. (that's quite a sentence). His first album was a solo album....Ludvig is lead singer/guitarist...The record is released on his own label..

. That's Me With The Gun 2. Holly Golightly 3. Jekyll N Hyde 4. Manhattan 5. Weary 6. The L.A. Dogs 7. ElDorado High 8. Into The Light 9. Light The Fuse 82's 10. Gender Jared 11. Famous Jack

ABBA- Music In Review: ABBA 1973-1982 October 2005 British DVD this DVD was also released as part of 3DVD ABBA-The Ultimate Review

A critical review of the music of Abba on record, on film and on stage with experts and tv clips.

Somehow, Classic Rock Legends was allowed to make this DVD which includes some licensed ABBA TV appearances from the BBC, Musikladen etc interspersed with inane interviews from "experts"..... (" a leading team of music critics among them members of "Bjorn Again" )...I haven't seen it, but people have given it mixed reviews due to the low quality of the clips and the experts chosen.
Includes a The 48-page book features a comprehensive track-by-track analysis of every Abba album from 1973 to 1982.

I haven't this DVD, but people have given it mixed reviews due to the low quality of the clips and the experts chosen.

Thess DVD's was also released as part of 3DVD ABBA-The Ultimate Review .This DVD was also released as part of 3DVD ABBA-The Ultimate Review It was also released as Reseña Musical: ABBA 1973-1982 2 DVD Spanish edition

 

DISC 1 1973-1976

1. Introduction -Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest 1974, ABBA Special in Japan 1978 and Starparade 1974)
Ring Ring (performed by Waterloo)
2. Waterloo album- Honey, Honey (Musikladen 1976)
3. ABBA album- Mamma Mia (Musikladen 1976)
Hey, Hey Helen (performed by Waterloo)
So Long (Musikladen 1976)
4. Arrival album- I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (Sylvester Tanzparty 1975)
Fernando (ABBA Special In Japan 1978, ABBA in Studio 2 1976, Musikladen 1976)
SOS (Musikladen 1976)
Dancing Queen (Disco 1976, Musikladen 1976, Royal Swedish Opera 1976 and ABBA Special in Japan 1978)
My Love, My Life (ABBAdabadoo 1976, ABBA in Studio 2 1976)
Money, Money, Money (ABBA Special in Japan 1978, ABBAdabado 1976, ABBA in Studio 2 1976, Disco 1976)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (ABBAdabadoo 1976, ABBA Special in Japan 1978)
When I Kissed The Teacher (ABBA in Studio 2 1976)
6. The Album album - The Name Of The Game (montage with ABBA in Studio 2 extract)
Eagle (Starparade 1978)Take A Chance On Me (Starparade 1978)
Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood Show 1978, ABBA Special in Japan 1978 and Dick Cavett Meets ABBA 1981)

DISC 21977-1982

1. Voulez-Vous album-
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA 1981) Chiquitita (promo) Voulez-Vous (Aplauso 1979)
2. Super Trouper album-
Does Your Mother Know (Aplauso 1979)
Summer Night City (ABBA Special in Japan 1978)
The Winner Takes It All (Show Express 1980)
Super Trouper (Show Express 1980)
3. The Visitors album & 1982 tracks
When All Is Said And Done (montage)
One Of Us (performed by Waterloo)
The Day Before You Came (Show Express 1982)
Under Attack (Show Express 1982)
4. The End-
Waterloo (Eurovision Song Contest 1974)
Mamma Mia (Musikladen 1976)
Dancing Queen ( Royal Swedish Opera 1976)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (ABBA Special in Japan 1978)
Chiquitita (promo)
The Winner Takes It All (Show Express 1980)
Thank You For The Music (Mike Yarwood Show 1978)

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ABBA -Exitos Eternos Summer 2005 International CD

A repackaging of 14 of ABBA's Spanish language tracks which is being issued by Universal Latino. It includes a video of Fernando, but for some reason leaves off the 15th ABBA spanish language track-" Andante, Andante"..


Tracks for this release-
Estoy Sonando / Felicidad / No Hay A Quien Culpar /
Ring, Ring / Hasta Manana / Mamma Mia / Gracias Por La Musica /
Se Me Esta Escapando /La Reina Del Baile / Conociendome, Conociendote /
Fernando /El Andar /Dame! Dame! Dame! / Chiquitita


Agnetha and Linda - NU TANDAS TUSEN JULEJUS August 2005 remaster of 1981 release Available Swedish CD also issued internationally.

Reissue of Agnetha's Swedish language Christmas album.. as part of the Polar remaster series. No bonus tracks..

1. Nej se det snöar
2. Bjällerklang
3. Nu tändas tusen juleljus
4. Två små röda luvor
5. Nu står jul vid snöig port
6. Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten
7. När juldagsmorgon glimmar
8. Poptpurri:a. Nu har vi ljus här i vårt husb. Tre små pepparkaksgubbar
c. Räven raskar över isend. Vi äro musikanter
e. Hej tomtegubbar f. Jungfru jungfru kär g. Nu är det jul igen
9. Hej mitt vinterland
10. Så milt lyser stjärnan
11. Mössens julafton
12. När det lider mot jul



Agnetha Fältskog-Wrap Your Arms Around Me August 2005 Remaster of 1983 release. Swedish CD also issued internationally

This is a reissue with a generous selection of bonus tracks-including the hard to find tracks "P&B" and "Ya Nunca Mas"

The Heat Is On (Palmer-Ashton)(3:50)
Can't Shake Loose (Ballard)(4:20)
Shame (Allen)(3:40)
Stay (Allen)(3:20)
Once Burned, Twice Shy (Tyler-Brannan)(3:40)
Mr. Persuasion (Lynch-Whitman)(2:45)

Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Chapman-Knight) (5:15)
To Love (Brandt-Goodrum)(3:49)
I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever (Ballard) (4:12)
Man (
Fältskog) (3:31)
Take Good Care Of Your Children (Ledin) (3:42)
Stand By My Side (deAngelis -deAngelis- Cowles)(4:16)

Bonus Tracks:
Never Again (duet with Tomas Ledin)
It’s So Nice To Be Rich (a-side)
P&B (b-side)
The Heat Is On (Super Dance Music Mix)
Ya Nunca Más (Spanish version of "Never Again")

 

Agnetha Fältskog-Eyes of A Woman August 2005 remaster of 1985 release Swedish CD, also issued internationally

Another Polar remaster ,also with five bonus tracks.


One Way Love (Jeff Lynne (3:36)
Eyes Of A Woman ( Edvinson-Flynner) (3:54)
Just One Heart Muggleton/Noble)(3:42)
I Won't Let You Go (
Fältskog/Stewart)(3:39)
The Angels Cry (Hayward)(4:22)
Click Track(Ince/Palmer) (2:51)

We Should Be Together ( Gruska-Keane)(3:59)
I Won't Be Leaving You (Eric Stewart)(5:34)
Save Me (Why Don't Ya) ( Eric Stewart)(4:37)
I Keep Turning Off Lights (Burton)(3:37)
We Move As One ( Downes-Wetton)(4:04

Bonus Tracks:
You’re There (b-side)
Turn The World Around (b-side)
I Won’t Let You Go (Extended Version)
The Way You Are (non-lp a side)
Fly Like The Eagle (b-side)


ABBA 18 Hits (International version) August 2005

The latest pointless ABBA compilation though it does have four foreign language versions of ABBA hits.

Tracks on this exciting release are as follows
1. The Winner Takes It All
2. Super Trouper
3. Waterloo
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
5. The Name Of The Game
6. Ring Ring
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. SOS
9. Fernando
10. Hasta Mañana
11. Mamma Mia
12. Lay All Your Love On Me
13. Thank You For The Music
14. Happy New Year
15. Honey, Honey (Swede Version)
16. Waterloo ((francais Version)
17. Ring Ring (German Version)
18. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish -Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! but you knew that.)


Nanne - 20 År Med Nanne 1985-2005 2005 Swedish CD

 A collection of 20 years of work by Benny's Daughter-in law.. from all four acts she has been part of...

Håll om mig, Jag sträcker mig mot himlen, Svarta änkan, Vem som helst, Avundsjuk, Om du var min, Nannes sommarvisa, Fördomar, Viktiga små ord, Jag har inte tid, Evig kärlek, Men-Nanne

Den vilda ,Highland The dolphin Kvarnen , Råttfångar'n - One More Time,

A life to live - Peter's Pop Squad,

Alexandra - Love me or leave me - Eldorado - One more lonely night - Sound of Music

Various Artists Fånga En Ängel/En Hyllning Till Ted Gärdestad  Mid 2005 Swedish CD

This is a tribute album  to the late Ted Gärdestad  which features ABBA related artists Helen Sjoholm, Janne Scaffer and Josefin Nilsson

Come give me love - Helen Sjöholm Oh, vilken härlig da´- Jill Johnsson, Sol, vind och vatten - Brolle Jr, The reason - Lisa Miskovsky, Äntligen på väg - Håkan Hellström, Lyckliga dagar - Josefin Nilsson & Mikael Rickfors, Satellit - Nina & Kim, Eiffeltornet - Patrik Isaksson, För kärleks skull - Fredrik Kempe, Himlen är oskyldigt blå - Victoria Tolstoy, Låt kärleken slå rot - Fame, Helena - Evan, Jag vill ha en egen måne - Janne Schaffer, I den stora sorgens famn - Åsa Jinder

ABBA -ABBA 18 Hits  Swedish CD May 2005

This is a new  Swedish markert only compilation  which features all four of ABBA tracks in Swedish as well as 14 other hits... Apparently this CD sort of replaces the 1990's out of print Polar Music compilation called PA SVENSKA which is the only previous CD to have all four Swedish language ABBA tracks....PA SVENSKA is better cos it had harder to find solo tracks .

A international release of this  was issued in August 2005 with a different track listing...

 Track listing

1. The Winner Takes It All
2. Super Trouper
3. Waterloo
4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
5. The Name Of The Game
6. Ring Ring
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. SOS
9. Fernando
10. Hasta Mañana
11. Mamma Mia
12. Lay All Your Love On Me
13. Thank You For The Music
14. Happy New Year
15. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
16. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
17. Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
18. Åh, vilka tider


The Swedish cast version- Mamma Mia Swedish June 2005
Remarkably, or not Mamma Mia had yet to be staged in Sweden, prior to 2005, so here it comes, in a Swedish language version ... ABBA originally only translated a hand full of their songs into Swedish-so this will be the first time many of the songs (especially the later ones) have been presented in the Swedish language...The Swedish version of the song lyrics were written by  Niklas Strömstedt along with Bjorn. Peter Dalle translated  the spoken parts in "Mamma Mia" into Swedish. The musical premiered at Stockholm's Cirkus in Stockholm in February 2005.  Both  Bjorn and Benny had some involvement with this production. Mamma Mia! is a Mono Music AB production will be released by Universal Music In Sweden only !
 
...in June 2005...
1. Overture
2. Jag har en dröm (I have a dream)
3. Honey, Honey
4. Money, Money, Money
5. Tack för alla sånger (Thank you for the music)
6. Mamma Mia
7. Chiquitita
8. Dancing Queen
9. I tryggt förvar hos mig (Lay all your love on me)
10. Super Trouper
11. Säg OK eller nej (The name of the game)
12. Voulez-Vous
13. Entracte/Under attack
14. En av oss (One of us)
15. S.O.S.
16. Väntar inte mamma på dig (Does your mother know)
17. Jag är jag, du är du (Knowing me, knowing you)
18. Sista sommarn (Our last summer)
19. Kan man ha en solkatt i en bur (Slipping through my fingers)
20. Vinnaren tar allt (The winner takes it all)
21. Tänk, det känns som vi (Take a chanCE on me)
22. Jag vill, jag vill, jag vill (I do, I do, I do, I do, I do)
23. Jag har en dröm (I have a dream)
24. Waterloo
 
 
The Frida Polar Remasters
Frida's three Polar Solo albums have been reissued on CD with some bonus tracks , though little in the way of liner notes...

Frida -Frida ensam 2005 reissue of 1975 release
1. Fernando 2. Jag är mig själv nu (Young Girl3. Som en sparv 4. Vill du låna en man (The Most Beautiful Girl) 5. Liv på mars? (Life On Mars 6. Syrtaki (Siko Chorpese Syrtaki 7. Aldrig mej (Vado Via8. Guld och gröna ängar (Wall Street Shuffle) 9. Ett liv i solen10. Skulle de' va' skönt (Wouldn't It Be Nice) 11. Var är min clown (Send In The Clowns)
New bonus tracks-:12. Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan)13. Ska man skratta eller gråta

Frida - Something's Going On 2005 reissue of 1982 release
1. Tell Me It's Over 2. I See Red 3. I Got Something 4. Strangers 5. To Turn The Stone 6. I Know There's Something Going On 7. Threnody 8. Baby Don't You Cry No More 9. The Way You Do 10. You Know What I Mean 11. Here We'll Stay

Extra tracks:12. I Know There's Something Going On (Single version))
13. Here We'll Stay (Solo Version)

Frida - Shine 2005 reissue of 1984 release
1. Shine2. One Little Lie3. The Face4. Twist In The Dark5. Slowly6. Heart Of The Country7. Come To Me (I Am Woman)8. Chemistry Tonight
9. Don't Do It10. Comfort Me
Extra Tracks: -11. That's Tough 12. Shine (Extended Mix)

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The Best of ABBA, South Korea

ABBA-THE BEST OF ABBA February 2005 South Korean CD
 
 Mamma Mia is now playing in Seoul and so Universal in Korea has released this compillation to take advantage of interest in ABBA......The choice of songs is pretty random, though perhaps that it a good thing since only abut eight of the songs listed here can be found on ABBA GOLD .
 
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Andante, Andante Move On I Have A Dream SOS Take A Chance On Me Dancing Queen Waterloo I Am Just A Girl My Love, My Life Super Trouper The Winner Takes It All Mamma Mia I Wonder (Departure) Another Town, Another Train One Man, One Woman Honey, Honey Head Over Heels Angeleyes People Need Love

2004

Agnetha's new box set
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Agnetha Fältskog-De Första Åren - Agnetha Fältskog 1967-1979 6CD SWEDISH BOX SET December 2004
Agnetha's first five Solo studio albums as part of box set as well as with a bonus disc of non-album tracks. All these albums are in Swedish, but they have the advantage of including many songs written or cowritten by Agnetha,,

Includes six CD's and a 40 page booklet.. the Cd's are in sleeves not jewel boxes.. The booklet is in English and Swedish. This covers her recordings on Cupol Records. the original front and back covers of each Lp are featured. The sound quality is Ok except on Agnetha's first album (they still haven't found all the original masters for that album.  The first two of her solo albums (AGNETHA FALTSKOG & AGNETHA FALTSKOG vol. 2) had been issued on CD before but, Agnetha's third(SOM JAG AR) fourth (Nar En Vackar Tanke Blir En Sang), and fifth (Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus) solo albums had never been treleased on CD prior to now. So far you still can not get those last three individually on Cd.


Agnetha's third, fourth, and fifth solo studio albums had not been released on CD prior to this box set .This is probably worth buying if you like Agnetha and dont have My Love, MY LIFE already...BONUS CD TRACK LISTING...
1. När du tar mig i din famn
2. Tio mil kvar till Korpilombolo
3. Vart ska min kärlek föra?
4. Nånting händer med mig (duet with Jörgen Edman)
5. En sång om sorg och glädje
6. Litet solskensbarn
7. Så glad som dina ögon
8. När ska du bli stilla?
9. Sjung denna sång (duet with Jörgen Edman)
10. Vi har kommit fram till refrängen
11. Here for your love
12. Golliwog
13. Queen of hearts
14. Interview with Lille Gerhard, Ulf Elfving, Agnetha
15. Borsta tandtrollen bort

ABBA-Thirtieth Anniversary Original Album Box DECEMBER 22, 2004 9CD BOX SET JAPANESE ONLY RELEASE
This is a limited box set features ABBA's original eight studio albums in their 2001 remasters version which including various bonus tracks. There is also a bonus CD with rare but not unreleased tracks. ABBA's albums have never really been put together in a box set before-so that at least makes this an interesting release. Includes the 2001 liner notes , as well as booklet in Japanese.. UNIVERSAL will release a similiar box set in Christmas 2005.
BONUS CD TRACK LISTING
 
1. Åh, vilka tider
2. Ring Ring (German Version)
3. Wer Im Wartesaal Der Liebe Steht
4. Waterloo (French Version)
5. Lovelight (West German Single Edit)
6. Waterloo (German Version)
7. Eagle (Single Edit)
8. I Am The City
9. I Wonder (Departure) (Live Version)
10. You Owe Me One

Jon Lord: Beyond the Notes -December 2004 German DVD

This DVD features a taping of of an October 5, 2004 perfomance at the Vulkanhalle in Cologne, Germany.

Ex-Deep Purple member Lord plays keyboards and is joined in his merriment by various other folks. Frida sings one song "The Sun Will Shine Again" though for some reason she lip-synched the performance, she does talk live, though...The song is found also on the Beyond the Notes CD

Track Listing: Sunrise - Pictured Within / Sarabande / I'll Send You A Postcard / Cologne Again / Pavane / Gigue / A Smile When I Shook His Hand - Here Comes The Sun / One From The Meadow / Unsquare Dance / November Calls / The Telemann Experiment / The Sun Will Shine Again / De Profundis / Boureé
Bonus : Interview with Jon Lord / Beyond the scenes / Biography / Discography

Jon Lord - Beyond The Notes September 2004 Internationally released CD

Includes one sung by  Frida!!The Sun Will Shine Again

Miles Away, De Produndis, One From The Meadow, Cologne Again, I'll Send You A Postcard, The Sun Will Shine Again (with  FRIDA), A Smile When I Shook His Hand, November Calls, The Telemann Experiment, Music For Miriam

Jon Lord was formerly a keyboardist with  the British rock band Deep Purple.

 

ABBA-TODO ABBA, sus grandes exitos...CD/DVD OCTOBER 2004 Spain and other markerts

=A sound and vision release for the Spanish speaking markert,,,This two disk package features a mixture of English, and Spanish language versions ...One CD and one DVD...Liner notes not C.M. Palm but by Juaquin Luque....

Each Track is found on both the CD and DVD:

1. Waterloo
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. Mamma Mia
4. Dancing Queen
5. SOS
6. Super Trouper
7. Chiquitita
8. Knowing Me, Knowing You
9. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
10. Voulez-Vous
11. Does Your Mother Know
12. Estoy soñando[
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
14. The Winner Takes It All
15. No hay a quien culpar
16. One Of Us
17. Fernando
18. Felicidad
19. Thank You For The Music

 

MAMMA MIA Dutch Cast album Netherlands CD Released Summer 2004

Yes/ now the Dutch also have their very own version of Mamma Mia in their own language...The Dutch are loyal ABBA fans and deserve such an honor...

 


Tracks included -Overture/prologue/ Honey Honey/ Money Money Money/ Dank Je Voor De Liedjes/Mamma Mia/ Chiquitita/ Dancing Queen/

Spaar Al Je Liefs Voor Mij/ Super Trouper/ Geef Me Geef Me Geef Me!/ Als 'K Maar Weet Hoe Het Heet/ Voulez-Vous/ Entr'acte/ Een Offensief/

Een Van Ons/ SOS/ Weet Je Moeder Dat/ Zo Ben Ik Zo Ben Jij/ Onze Zomer/ 'T Glipt Me Door Mijn Vingers/ De Winnaar Krijgt De Macht/ Pak Je Kans/ Ik Wil Ik Wil Ik Wil Ik Wil Ik Wil/ I Heb Een Droom
MAMMA MIA -ORIGINAL GERMAN CAST Album

This was released in the Spring of 2004..

ABBA-The DEFINiTIVE COLLECTION -SOUND AND VISION 2004

This combines the 2CD's of the Definitive Collection with the DVD of the same name....

ABBA-IN CONCERT ---DVD Released 2004

This is a documentary of the 1979 ABBA tour of North America& Europe directed by Swedish Tv pro -Urban Lasson. It mostly features musical segments from the concerts, but also documents life on the road for ABBA as well as a seemingly endless series of segments with roller skaters.....It has been shown before on TV (back in 1980) and been out on video, but had not been available recently... The main body of the original TV special included twelve songs- all but one of which could found in original studio versions on either the Greatest Hits Volume 2 or Voulez-Vous. Some Fans have objected that the performances of the songs are edited-but while not complete most the song segments are relativley long. Apparently, the camera did not actually film complete shows-so in many cases the songs were not filmed in their entirety. A few of the songs benefit from live presentation notably -"Summer Night City" and "I Have A dream" wheras some of ABBA's best songs -"Waterloo", "Dancing Queen" , and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" do not come off as well in live performances. .. This DVD new version features two songs not included on the original home video-The Way Old Friends Do and Thank You For The Music, as well as the full version of "I have A Dream" which was widely used previously as the official promo clip for that song.../. "The Way Old Friends DO" is easily the best moment of the film and seems strange that if was left out of some of the 1979-1980 versions of the TV special as,well on off the original home video released in 1980. This performance orginates from 1979 ABBA's concerts' at London's Wembley Stadium in one of the last important concert of their careers..(though they did not know it at time.) The song features Benny on accordion and the all the group singing. It almost borders on spontaniety, almost seems genuinely emotional , both of which were qualities in short supply for ABBA when performing live...At one point Lasson chooses a great back shot of the group which really gives one a sense that yes, we are looking at music legends.... I think that in general that Lasson did a good job on this special.. Some listeners have complained about the sound quality, which I cant comment on because i have not heard the DVD in 5.1 sound but I didnt really notice bad sound quality... The DVD features informative Interviews with ABBA's tour promoter, Thomas Johannson, and the film's director Urban Lasson and a Fully illustrated booklet with an essay by Carl Magnum Palm.. . This is the first time this title has been released on DVD. This is the fourth official ABBA product to be released on DVD... 1.Waterloo 2.Eagle 3.Take A Chance On Me 4.Voulez Vous 5.Chiquitita 6.I Have A Dream 7.Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 8.Knowing Me, Knowing You 9.Summer Night City 10.Dancing Queen 11.Does Your Mother Know 12.Hole In Your Soul 13.The Way Old Friends Do (Previously unreleased version on video & DVD) 14.I Have A Dream (Unedited and complete live version) 15.Thank You For The Music (Brand new version, previously unreleased/broadcast) 16.-17 interviews, 18 slide show of tour program..

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ABBA-Our Last Video- July 2004 International DVD/video release
 
ABBA thought to have some minor reunion to mark the 30th anniversary of their Eurovision breakthough A near reunion nearly occured at the fifth anniversary performance of Mammia 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....
All four members of ABBA finally 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 appearence together, but instead this near reunion was agreed to....The video features ABBA puppets and ABBA song references, The Dvd features the video , a making of the video segment, and some of the full original ABBA videos that were mentioned in the "Our FINAL VIDEO."


Benny Andersson's Orkester-BAO! June 2004 Swedish CD.



Similiar formula to Benny's three previous Benny albums , mostly instrumentals ,as well as three songs with Helen Sjoholm lead vocals....More on this album soon! Bjorn appears to have written just two lyrics for this album- "Du Ar Min Man", and " Midnattsdans". Midnattsdans" is a duet featuring Helen Sjoholm and Kalle Moreaus.


TRACK LISTING

Glasgow Boogie
En dans på rosor,
Du är min man (,vocals - Helen Sjöholm)
Vitalins vals
På en solskenspromenad
Jehu
Midnattsdans ( vocals Helen Sjöholm & Kalle Moraeus),
Riks1:an
Julvals
Skenbart ( vocals Helen Sjöholm)
Trettondagspolkan
Stora skuggan
Saknadens Rum (vocals Helen Sjöholm)
Kärlekens tid ( vocals - Helen Sjöholm & Duvemalakören)




ABBA-ABBA CD/DVD version Spring 2004



This essentially the remaster  of ABBA 's 1975 studio album with a bonus DVD. Like the Waterloo 30th Anniversary edition, this has a bonus DVD , but annoyingly the videos found on the DVD are previously released.



DVD contains; Mamma Mia, S.O.S., I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do



ABBA-Arrival CD'DVD version Spring 2004



This essentially the remaster with a bonus DVD. Like the Waterloo 30th Anniversary edition, this has a bonus DVD , but unfortunatly the videos found on the DVD are previously released.



DVD contains; Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Money, Money, Money



Nils Landgren-Funky ABBA Swedish CD



ABBA and the word funky- I just dont know....This album supposedly features Benny playing on one track-the version of "When Al l is Said and Done....



Ludvig Andersson - SRO 2004 Swedish CD

Ludvig is Benny Andersson's son with his wifre- Mona Norklit-thus he was not even born when Frida and Benny got divorced....



Before I fade away/ One touch/ Northern girl/ Deal with the devil/ 1968/ Crazy nights/ Neverending dance/ E/ Fallen man/ Stareyed boy/ Fear & loathing





Dan Daniell - Liebe Ist ... 2004 German CD



Well here is full length album with Frida's duet with Dan Daniell.



Liebe ist..../ Un Amie/ I Have A Dream*/ Benedictus/ Männertreu/ Geblendet Vom Licht/ Babylon/ Vater Unser/ Meine Seele Brennt/ Lieber Gott*/ Bye Bye/ Matterhorn



 



Mamma Mia! - Soundtrack - 5th anniversary edition 2004 International CD



I doubt people have anxiously awaiting this album, but here it comes anyway .This version includes new bonus tracks of Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Waterloo





Soundtrack from the musical "Mamma Mia!"

Track listing



Overture/prologue/ Honey honey/ Money money money/ Thank you for the music/ Mamma mia/ Chiquitita/ Dancing queen/ Lay all your love on me/ Super trouper/ Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!/ The name of the game/ Voulez-vous/ Entr'acte/ Under attack/ One of us/ SOS/ Does your mother know/ Knowing me knowing you/ Our last summer/ Slipping through my fingers/ The winner takes it all/ Take a chance on me/ I do I do I do I do I do/ I have a dream



Bonus: Mamma Mia/ Dancing Queen/ Waterloo



Various Artists -ABBA Forever Spring 2004 Double CD



A fairly interesting complimation of most of the important ABBA covers out there including the biggest hits-the Erasure version of "Takle A chance on ME, and Westlife's version of "I have a Dream"...



Trackl listing Westlife - I Have A Dream/ Erasure - Take A Chance On Me/ The Ten Tenors - Dancing Queen/ Mike Oldfield - Arrival/ Men Without Hats - S.O.S./ James Last - Fernando/ Dagmar Hellberg & Angelika Milster - Ich kann ihn versteh'n/ Marianne Rosenberg - Nur Sieger steh'n im Licht/ Nana Mouskouri - Ich leb im Traum/ Hilton McRae - Knowing Me/ Knowing You/ B*Witched - Does Your Mother Know/ Tanita Tikaram - The Day Before You Came/ Steps - I Know Him So Well/ The Black Sweden - The Winner Takes It All/ Stephen Gately - Chiquitita/ Nils Landgren Funk Unit - Summer Night City/ Peter Cetera with Ronna Reeves - S.O.S./ Steps - Lay All Your Love On Me/ Palast-Orchester & Max Raabe - Super Trouper/ Angelika Milster - Jeder gegen jeden - Allein/ Wind - Fernando (Und der Himmel war zum Greifen nah)/ Nils Landgren Funk Unit - Voulez-Vous/ Beverly Craven - The Winner Takes It All/ Blancmange - The Day Before You Came/ Madness - Money/ Money/ Money/ Dr. & The Medics - Waterloo/ The Leather Nunn - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!/ Hilton McRae & Siobhan McCarthy - I Do/ I Do/ I Do/ I Do/ I Do/ Martine McCutcheon - Mamma Mia/ S Club 7 - Dancing Queen/ Dune - One Of Us/ E-Rotic - Thank You For The Music



ABBA-The ULTIMATE COLLECTION 2004 British 4cd Released other countries, also...



Offered exclusively through Readers Digest-this set has the most tracks of any ABBA collection-80 in all, and all for 35 pounds.



The set covers tracks from every year of ABBA's career from 1972 to 1982. Included is yet more liner notes from ABBA expert Carl Magnus Palm...



There are no genuine rarities to be found here. All the tracks here that can not be be found on the recent remastered CD's .



 

ABBA- Waterloo 30th anniversary edition -2004 March 2004

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

HEP STARS- Cadillac Madness - 40 Years * 40 Hits * 1964-2004 Swedish CD MArch 2004
Benny Andersson's old band is releasing a double CD compliation featuring all the Hep Stars hits from the 1960's, a few albums tracks as well as two new tracks recorded recently- 'Love Is Coming Back', and a new version of the Hep Stars 1965 hit, "Cadillac", not surprisingly Benny does not appear on the new tracks,

AGNETHA Faltskog -My Coloring Book International CD release April 2004

 All the songs are recorded in English. Most of the songs are covers of songs by 1960's artists that Agnetha was inspired by like Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, and Cilla Black. . The album is being produced by Anders Neglin and Dan Strömkvist. "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" has been released as the leadoff single.. Prior to this album.,Agnetha didnt have much opportunity to do too many covers of classic 1960's pop music during her solo career because most of her material was newly written for her solo albums... The title of the album is after a song by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Like Agnetha's last couple of studio's album, this album will be released on the Warner Music label. This album has been released internationally.The sales for this album  were intially quite good  but  dropped off quickly.

---TRACK LISTING--- 1. My Colouring Book 2. When You Walk In The Room 3. If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind 4. A Fool Am I 5 The End Of The World 6. Fly Me To The Moon 7. I Can't Reach Your Heart 8. Love Me With All Your Heart 9. Past, Present And Future 10. Remember Me 11. Sealed With A Kiss 12. Sometimes When I'm Dreaming13. What Now My Love

ABBA Gold-SOUND AND VISION International release Fall 2003 -2CD/1DVD
 
This set  combines the new ABBA gold DVD  of ABBA videos with reissues of the ABBA GOLD and MORE ABBA GOLD  Audio CD's.
 
 Agnetha & Christian - Guldkorn/Kom Följ Med I Vår Karusell
 
Oh God it's back! Aggie's annoying kids album with her son Christian !.Originally issued in 1987 with the title - Kom Följ Med I Vår Karusel for some reason it is now called "Guldkorn'' which in English means -"Dont waste Your Money on this Drivel".
 
Tracks include-Karusellvisan, Våra valpar, Mitt namn är Blom, Vattenvisan, Maskeradbalen, Pelle Jöns, Tre vita råttor, Önskevisa, På söndag, Smurferifabriken, Min ponny, Nicko ticko tinn, Jag vill va' som du, Jag är kung, Alla färger and Liten och trött
 
FRIDA/DAN DANIELL -I HAVE A DREAM German fanclub single
a new version of " I HAve A dream" a limited benefit single , sales of which are are being organised through the German Fan Club known as ABBA Remember,  Available also as part of later Dan Daniell album..
 
 ABBA Gold-SOUND AND VISION International release Fall 2003 -2CD/1DVD This combines the new ABBA gold DVD with reissues of the ABBA GOLD and MORE ABBA GOLD CD's Agnetha & Christian - Guldkorn/Kom Följ Med I Vår Karusell Oh God it's back! Aggie's annoying kids album with her son Christian !.Originally issued in 1987 with the title - Kom Följ Med I Vår Karusel for some reason it is now called "Guldkorn'' which in English means -"Dont waste Your Money on this Drivel". Tracks include-Karusellvisan, Våra valpar, Mitt namn är Blom, Vattenvisan, Maskeradbalen, Pelle Jöns, Tre vita råttor, Önskevisa, På söndag, Smurferifabriken, Min ponny, Nicko ticko tinn, Jag vill va' som du, Jag är kung, Alla färger and Liten och trött
 
Ludvig Andersson -  One Touch Swedish CD single
New single by Benny youngest son ...Actually it's his  debut recording Contains: One Touch and  One Take
 
 Ainbusk - En Samling 2003 Swedish CD
A collection of some AInbusk best song including the songs Benny Cowrote with them- Lassie, Älska mej, Track listing: Min Gud, On du nånsin börjar tveka, Lassie*, Älska mej*, För evigt nu, Stolt att vara kvinna, Kom så far vi härifrån, Säg vad kärlek är, Honung och salt, Varje steg du tar, Gunatt, Under stjärnan, Fält av guld, Till dej, Som när pojkar vågar gråta, Jag har gått inunder stjärnorna, Allt gott
 
Alcazar - Alcazaried 2003 CD
This album has a new version the obscure mid 1970's  B&B disco song-"Funky Feet " that had originally performed by Svenne And Lotta. Track listing :I love the DJ/ Celebrate the night/ Ménage à trois/ Dancefloor docusoap/ Not a sinner nor a saint/ Funky feet / I go shopping/ Last days of disco/ Chemistry/ Love life/ Wonderland/ Singing to heaven/ Here I am/ Someday
 
Various Artists - Lasses Favoriter 2003 Swedish CD
A triple CD with these exciting ABBA related songs: , Älska mig - Ainbusk, Koppången - Kalle Moraeus & Hej Kalle Like an angel passing through my room - Anne Sofie von Otter, Är du kär i mig ännu Klas-Göran - Lill-Babs, Mio min Mio - Dana Drago , Vår sista dans - Benny Anderssons orkester with Helen Sjöholm as well as songs by Tommy Korborg, Peter Joback and other Lasse Berghagen
 
  Per Myrberg -'Sommernatt Swedish Cd June 2003
This album features Benny Andersson and his orchestra on two of the tracks and Benny helped with producing the record. The arrangments on the album are by Martin Östergren. The songs are Swedish folks songs by Evert Taube. Per Myrberg sang in CHESS PA SVENSKA. The album has received mixed reviews.
 
LENA ANDERSSON Musik vi minns ("Music We Remember") JUNE 2003 Swedish CD
Swedish blond backing vocalist on some of ABBA's tours, she is solo singer who sang for the Polar Music label, in the early 1970's. She sang a few of B&B 's songs, notably    (SÄJ DET MED EN SÅNG) "Better to Have Loved", "The Language of Love" and "Cecilia' She also did the original German covers of Hasta Manana " and "Fernando" and her solo records were often produced by B&B. 
 Track listing: Säg det med en sång /Hasta mañana /Sol, vind och vatten/Är det konstigt att man längtar bort nån gång/Tom, Tom käre vän/Language Of Love/Barn/Jag kommer/Du har en vän/Det bästa som finns

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ABBA THE ALBUMS is a Discography compiled by John Bernhardt between 1999 and now....The site is very much inspired by the 1970's book Beatles-The Illustrated Record-a book which offers reviews and track listings of all the major Beatles & Beatles solo records.

My focus here is on reviews and detailed facts about each release , as opposed to a notation of record label catalog numbers, song times, country by country variations or alternate timings or mixes. For various reasons, the site has never been very visually orientated.

The site has a special emphasis on the work of Benny Andersson, who sometimes get ignored in the ABBA histories and web sites...

I endeavor to be accurate with the facts noted on the site, but with thousands of pieces of information, I have on occasion gotten some facts wrong, usually when I attempt to guess about something.. Occasionally, you will find misspellings on the site. There also typographical errors and lots of word omission...I have not always used Swedish letters such as å,ö or ,ä. On occasion some songs are not listed by the proper title due to sloppiness such as "The Name of the Game" being listed as " Name of the Game"...Occasionally, for brevity some song titles are sometimes abbreviated For example, " Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight ) becomes "Gimme X3" I Do, I Do , I Do, I Do, I Do" becomes" I do X5", "Take A Chance on Me" becomes "TACOM"...

For brevity 's sake, the 1994 Thank You For The Music box set is often referred to as the box set even though there  are other ABBA box sets.

My writing Style for album length works is sometimes inconsistent, but usually album titles are  either bold faced or Italized, and song titles are listed in quotes...

The term " album" originated in the era of 78's and usually refers to any official recording listed on the site either CD, LP or cassette, that has five or more songs...

For an album, To be listed on the site I have had to have actually seen the album, or read about the album on a trusted source....

I have endeavored to find the actual month and year of release for every album listed on this site, occasionally sources disagree on what year an album was released, and often the exact month of release is not known...

There seem to be a endless amount of facts that one could plug into such a website, certainly there are a endless number of records that could somehow be listed here...And so incredibly,  some records are not listed here -bootlegs, various artists albums that have material available elsewhere, related artist records that don't actually include ABBA members playing on them, some record club releases,etc.


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