This year marks the 40th anniversary of Agnetha’s first hit single, ‘Jag var så kär’ (I was so in love).
To commemorate Sony BMG Sweden is releasing a new compilation CD My Very Best – Agnetha Fältskog on October 8.
So far details are sketchy. A media release this week announces that it will encompass all of Agnetha’s recording career, from that first 1968 hit, through her five Swedish albums, her three English albums in the 1980s, to songs from her last album to date, My Colouring Book from 2004. (read the press release here and an English translation at icethesite)
The media release makes references to Agnetha’s input, the inclusion of an introduction by Agnetha, “unique images” in the booklet and the inclusion of Agnetha’s “special favourite from the ABBA period” which makes it sound like a revised version of the 1996 compilation My Love My Life.
I’m disappointed that yet again an image from an ABBA photo session (in this case from 1978) is being used to sell what is essentially Agnetha’s output before and after ABBA.
There will apparently be single and double-disc versions. Both will be available in both plastic jewel cases and digipaks. The track list has yet to be announced, though it’s been said there are 35 tracks – presumably on the double disc.
Agnetha fans will also be treated to a new five-disc set including all her Swedish albums from 1968 to 1975. This collection is part of a series of Original Album Classics released for a number of Sony BMG artists in Scandinavia.
Both can be ordered now from Swedish webstores and some other European ones, or the ABBA Fan Club Shop.