ABBA THE ALBUMS presents....
ABBA & ABBA SOLO -RARE , UNRELEASED
LISTS Of rare songs that ,god darn it ,need compiling!!!!!
Rare and unreleased ABBA tracks..
The Music of Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
FRIDA-RARE DUETS and unreleased recordings
AGNETHA,HOOTENANY SINGERS , HEP STARS, WHOMEVER ELSE.....
Unlike most of the other pages on this site-the page deals just with songs and not with actual albums. It's a not 100% complete, but it tells you most of what you need to know about hard to find ABBA and ABBA solo stuff...
A list of ABBA's Rare and unreleased tracks..
ABBA'S body of work includes a number of rarities.. A few of the tracks are songs that were released only in Sweden , some were recorded for private use. A few are a important live recordings that never have been officially released, some are songs that simply have never been released..
ABBA didn't actually leave a lot of extra songs "in the can" when recording their albums. Bjorn and Benny never wrote no more than 18 possible songs (usually no more than 14) during the preparation of an album. For most of the their albums there appear to be only a handful of extra tracks, many of which have appeared either as b-sides or were unearthed in 1994 on the ABBA box set. What follows is a list of the best known rare and unreleased songs.. Not included are any of the (mostly b-sides) bonus songs found on any of the eight 2002 remastered studio albums, working titles ,or songs that have never been bootlegged..
Early Rarities 1970-1974
California Here We Come (Tv performance by Festfolk, 1970)
Cecelia (unreleased track)1972
En Karusell (Swedish version -Merry Go
Ring Ring (various mixes)
Im Wartesaal Der Liebe Steht
Another Town, Another Train (German
ABBA's early singles included a handful of Swedish, German, and French versions of songs that were also released in English, as well two Bjorn vocals that were only released in Swedish...There was also a rare greetings to Folk park record (not listed) which doesn't include any new music on it...
Outakes from ABBA's 1975 album
Rikki Rock and Roller 1974
These early songs we have heard on the box set in truncated versions...
Outakes from Arrival sessions
Fernando 1975 (swedish demo version)
heard on the boxset
Monsieur,Monsieur (unreleased) 1976
The early version (and A very interesting version )of My Life, My Love...
The "National" commercial 1976
A new version of "Fernando' that had lyrics trying to sell appliances for an Australian firm called "National".. The most notable of the rare attempts to use ABBA music in a commerical...
"Dancing Queen" alternate lyric-
A filmed studio rehearsel of the sessions for "Dancing Queen The clip was first shown on the MR. Trendsetter Swedish TV special about Stig Anderson this was also is seen and heard on "The Winner Takes it All" and Super Troupers special. It has a couple of lines of lyric not heard on the final version...Why are those girls wearing sunglasses inside?
Live outakes 1977
a.Thank You For The Music
Original live version of the mini-musical ,Girl With the Golden Hair included..four songs and incidental dialogue and music (unreleased) These versions are significantly different than the final studio versions....
More live rarities from 1977 tour, three of which were ignored when it came to compiling ABBA's live album..."I am an A"and "Get on a Carousel", are two completely new but only recorded live songs rejected for release by B&B....Both of which are worthy of being released.
Outakes from THE ALBUM
Take A chance on me (instrumental working version)
heard on the boxset in snippets
Outakes from Voulez-Vous
Once again, more songs heard only heard on the box set in truncated versions...
The Chiquitita Story (Arms of Rosalita) (unreleased) 1978
This mix was put together for use on the 1994 box set by Micke Tretow to show the ABBA recording process on the song Chiquitita but this idea was rejected by B&B, You can hear a snippet of this track in the THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Video...
Chiquitita (Live at Unicef) 1979
lip sync with live clapping...There
also numerous other interesting ABBA TV recordings all of which
will probably never be released on records...
Privately released 12 inch single given in June 1979 as a tribute to Polar Vp Ms. Gorel Hanser, and a very good record,worthy of release.
Infectious and memorable
but unfinished rehearsel track..The alternate version of "Rubber
This is the more finished ,but still truncated box set version of under My Sun/Rubber Ball Man, and the great melody is shot down by some pretty stupid lyrics. This melody was probably worth another try.
I'm Still alive (unreleased)
These last four songs are LIVE tracks from the 1979 tour, I'm Still Alive was actually a new song written by Agnetha, and Bjorn....Gammal Fabodpsalm is a instumental.
Burning My Bridges 1980
A Bjorn vocal found truncated on ABBA undeleted medley.
ON AND ON AND ON 1980 Version with additional lyrics (made available on 2005 Box set)
this version was originally
heard on the promo clip for this song.
Nationalsång (unreleased) 1980
The early totally instrumental
version of "Anthem" from Chess..
This two sided record was privately issued in January 1981 This was a tribute record for Stig this time, not as good as "Sang to Gorel" but still listenable.
Ja må hon leva (Sång till Gudrun)./Happy Birthday to You ) 1981
A Happy Birthday tribute
done for Stig's wife, Gudrun which is not that interesting...
truncated box set track
Fanfare for Ice hockey World Championship '81
a short synthesizer fanfare that was released only privately as part of a Polar annual report ,but also used as a opening fanfare for the Dick Cavett meets ABBA special.
Don't Fence Me In (impromptu singing)
From Dick Cavett meets ABBA special.
Nu er det jul igen 1981 (unreleased)
A German radio recording of members of ABBA somehow performing this Swedish traditional Christmas song..One source says this comes from 1974.
Just like that (La La version )(1982)
The holy grail of unreleased ABBA records, simply because it's probqably the best of their unreleased recordings.
.Just like That (sax version)(released in
truncated box set version))
The three of the six 1982 tracks that have not made onto one of the remasters . All great records, of course.
Not really ABBA, this is an unreleased Chess demo, the only one to feature one of the girls, this is the early version of "Heaven Help My heart" .Sadly, It's hard to imagine this recording ever being released officially because the lyrics are just dummy lyrics that do not make any gramatical sense.
"When The Waves Roll Out to Sea" and others
There were other Chess demos some of which have been bootlegged, but the only ABBA member featured is Benny..
Tiveds Hambo 1986 (unreleased)Swedish TV recording.
The last time A,B,B, F sang professionally together was on Tv tribute to Stig.
It was a ragged unrehearsed version of an old Stig song.....Touching really....Of course they hated the greedy bastard at that point, but we wont get into that....
1988 Non existent rumoured recordings
John Tobler said in one of the books that it was rumoured that four songs recorded for a 1988 ABBA comeback with the titles -"It's Been Swell", "Something On My Mind", "It's Alright Darling", and "I Just Wasn't Thinking". but this was totally untrue...Geez, even ABBA never had songtitles that bad...
The Music of Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus outside of ABBA!
This list includes most of the key songs written or produced by Bjorn and or Benny outside of ABBA ,all of which were released ,many of which are available,some of which of are not ...
1. Isn't it easy to Say-Hep Stars 1966
2. No Time-Hootenanny singers 1966
3. Mrs. O grady-Hootenanny singers 1968
4. Flower in My Garden -Hep Stars 1968
5. Ljuva Sexital-Brita Borg 1969
6. Peter Pan-Frida 1969
7. Fangans Marknad -Anna-Lena Lofgren 1969
8. Speleman -Hep Stars 1969
9. Precis Som All Andra -Hep Stars 1969
10. Inga Theme B&B 1969
11. Liselotte B&B 1970
12. Hej Gamle Man B&B 1970
13. Ge oss En Chans B& B 1970
14. Min Egan Stad-Frida 1971
18. Tank Om Jorden Vore ung B&B 1971
19. Valkommen till Varlden-Lilli Babs 1971
20. Love Has It's Ways B&B 1972
21. Ture Sventon-Kulle 1972
22. Sag Det Med En Sang-Lena andersson 1972
23.Funky feet -Svenne and Lotta
24.Bravo Tu as Gagne(french vers of TWTIA) by-Mirelle Mathiue 1980
25. Den Blomsterittid
Nu Kommer -Benny 1983
26. I am the Seeker-B.A.Robertson 1983
27. Slowly -Frida 1984
29. Nobody's Side-Elaine Paige 1984
30.One Night in Bangkok-Murray Head 1984
31. I Know Him So well-Paige & Dickson 1984
32.. Anthem-Tommy Korberg 1984
33. Just Like That -Gemini 1985
34.. Have Mercy-Gemini 1987
35.Another You, Another Me- Gemini 1987
36. Fodelsdagsvals till mona-Benny Andersson 1987
37. Efter Regnet-Benny Andersson (featuring Korberg & K.Glenmark) 1987
38. Klinga Mina Klockor-Benny Andersson(and friends) 1987
39. T.L.C-Gemini 1987
40. Mio Min Mio(swedish single)-Gemini 1987
41. Someone's Else Story-Judy Kuhn 1988
42. The Conducator-Benny Andersson (featuring Tommy Korborg) 1989
43. Novell # 1 -Benny Andersson 1989
44. Stockholm by Night-Benny Andersson 1989
46. Beatrice- Kalle Moreaus 1991
47. Lassie-Ainbusk 1992
48.Surprise,Surpise - Josefine Nillson 1993
49. Now You See it Now You dont-Josefin Nilsson 1993
50. Where the Whales have Ceased to Sing-Josefin Nilsson1993 51.VENNERMANS SÅNG/DUO JAG Mono single release 1994
52.Sunday in Battery Park-Orignal Cast Kristina
53.Guldet Blev Sand-Peter joback (from Kristina) 1996
54.Du Maste Finnas -Helen Sjoholm (live version from B&B concerts) 1998
55. Innan Gryningen-Emma Hardelin 1999
56.Vår Sista Dans (with Helen Sjöholm)
57.Du är min man (vocals - Helen Sjöholm)
Records in Red are hard to find or out of print. as of December 2005
2. FRIDA-RARE DUETS and unreleased recordings
Frida has recorded over a dozen released duets with various artists, was as well may unreleased recordings -a collection of these tracks would be welcome if perhaps, unlikely....
Many of these are duets she has recorded with other acts can be found on CD's or Lp's
by those acts. Some of the rare singles tracks which can only be found on those singles many of which were only released in Sweden.
Frida's also has a number
of unreleased recordings are mainly drawn from TV appearances
THE RELEASE OF FRIDA's
new video collection FRIDA
-THE DVD 1967-2005 provides video documentation of some of
the songs listed below as well a number of other filmed rarities
Orchestra. Frida also made a series of TV specials from the Grand Hotel in Stockholm in 1982 which included many songs not available elsewhere. Many of these songs can found on a CD issued by ABBAMAIL called TELEVISION. TELEVISION also has her very first appearance on Swedish TV doing "En Ledig Dag" in 1967. Frida also sang some duets in concert with
Marie Frederickson that haven't been released. There at least one track was known to have been left off the SOMETHING's GOING ON album -"Shot Down In Action". There were two unreleased tracks left off the 1971 Frida album, and a couple of the songs Frida wrote for the Shine album were left unrecorded? and unreleased.
Frida duet with Ratata
(" Sa lange Vi
Har Haran") is available on Ratata's album called Mellan
Dröm Och Verklighet (1987) -as well as on the Swedish complimaton
album called Duetter.
Frida's a Capella duet version of "Dancing Queen " done with THE REAL GROUP is available on Varför Får Man Inte Bara Vara Som Man Är? (1994) as well the recent American ABBA tribute album called ABBA-A tribute THE 25th Anniversary Celebration. The list below does not include any of her work with other ABBA members or as part of ABBA.
FRIDA's HARD TO FIND RARITIES AND DUETS:
- Nu Vissla I Ett Slag (Whistle While You Work) Not a duet but a hard to find rare track 1971
Med Varann (duet with Björn Skifs) 1974
Moviestar( Harpo) backing vocals
Strip (Adam ant) backing vocals
Here We'll stay (solo version) non lp single 1982
Here Well stay duet with Phil Collins 1982
Belle (duet with Daniel Balavoine) 1982
Time (duet with B.A. Robertson) 1983
That's Tough ( B-side) not a duet but a non album bside 1984
Sa lange Vi Har Haran (with Ra Ta Ta ) 1987
AS Long As I have You (with Ra Ta Ta ) 1987
Anglamark (with Artister for Miljo:Frida Lyngstad / Marie Fredriksson / Håkan Hagegård and Tomas Ledin) 1992
Saltwater- not a duet but a non-album B-side single 1992
Tango i det gröna -not a duet 1990 radio recording///
Dancing Queen -(with The Real Group)1994
Alla mina bästa år (duet with Marie Fredriksson) 1996
"La Bacarolle" Fillippa Giordano opera duet 2002
I Have a dream /Lieber Gott both with Dan Danille 2003
"The Sun Will Shine" Solo vocal on Jon Lord album 2004
"In the Bleak Midnwinter " Voca found only on Jon Lord DVD 2004
AGNETHA FALTSKOG SOLO
Most of Agnetha's B-sides have made on to CD somewhere, especially with the release of the recent remasters Her long hard to find Spanish versions, and b-sides such as "P&B" were finally compiled on the 2005 remasters.Agnetha's version of " Ljuva Sexital" found on Polar Roliga Timme" is no longer available...Her many interesting videos are often hard to find...The hard to find single Cd version of Agnetha Faltskog Volume 2 includes a few rare tracks most of which were recorded off a tv program.../Nu Ska Vi Opp Opp Opp/ and a Medley:3 songs .a.-Värkänslorlb.Det kommer en var c) Nu ska vi vara snälla / En stilla flirt.
THE HOOTENANNY SINGERS
Nearly all of the Hootz original 1960's studio albums are not in print, let alone rare the a& b-sides, ep tracks or foreign language tracks,some of which were never compiled on albums. .It was would nice to have greater availabilty of the Hootnanny's Early sixties work. Perhaps a well annoatated two -cd set would do the trick....the work of the Hootenanny's does not sell as well as it used to....
The HEP STARS
Most of the tracks on their singles have been compiled-and most of their 1960's stuff is on Cd, with the exception of their It's Been a Long Long Time which seems to be out of print.
The HEP STARS various post Benny studio albums are out of print and have not made it onto CD....
BENNY ANDERSSON SOLO
Benny's music for film is hard to find as are many of the songs that he produced for other people.FONT>
WHOMEVER ELSE-RELATED ARTISTS and Tributes
There are literally hundreds of hard to find records in this category, not that you would really want to hunt most of of this stuff down...Among the most interesting are the 1950's work of Stig Anderson, the soundtrack to the ABRACADABRA French TV special and the various Swedish language covers of ABBA songs..
..HAPPY SEARCHING....Montief's handy guide to ABBA the Albums
|MONTIEF'S HANDY GUIDE TO ABBA THE ALBUMS!!!|
|HOME-ABBA-THE ALBUMS||All ABBA Albums 1972-1982||All Abba Albums 1983-2006|
|1970-1972 The Early Years (Lycka, Pa Svenska, Early singles)||1973 Ring Ring||1974-Waterloo|
|1975-ABBA'S 1975 studio album||1975/1976 ABBA's first Greatest Hits album||1976/1977-Arrival|
|1977/1978- The Album||1979 Voulez-Vous and Greatest Hits Volume 2||1980-Super Trouper|
|1981-The Visitors||1982-The Singles-The First Ten Years and other 1982 sessions||1986-ABBA Live|
|ABBA's Spanish &Non English recordings||ABBA Box sets||ABBA Rare and Unreleased|
|1970's& 1980's ABBA Compilations and Reissues||1990's/2000's ABBA compilations||Index of all albums on the site|
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