Archive for September, 2008

My very best – Agnetha Fältskog

24 September, 2008

My Very Best - Agnetha FältskogThis 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.

ABBA the Museum opening delayed

11 September, 2008

FLASH! Today the official site for ABBA the Museum posted an announcement that the opening has been delayed indefinitely. The statement says that “the project is more complicated” than expected, and at this time it is not clear whether the museum will even open in its announced location. See the statement here.

Fans from all corners of the world have already made their travel arrangements, booked accomodation and flights at one of the more expensive times of the year in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Many have probably made bookings that are non-refundable to get the best deals. Now they will be stuck with travel plans that they may not have necessarily made otherwise.

I know a lot of people from North America, Australia and even within Europe who have already made their travel bookings. Some of them have had to work hard to afford it or take leave at that time of year. Some have used the Museum opening as the basis of their first-ever, once-in-a-lifetime overseas trip. Will they be able or willing to do it again when/if the Museum does finally open?

Three thousand expensive opening packages have been sold since December, as well as untold numbers of other tickets since they went on sale in March. Museum ticket refunds have been offered, though no mechanism for claiming a refund has been announced. But who will recompense for redundant travel plans?

There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the Museum since it was first announced. But there has also been just as much skepticism. Now I fear the skeptics will say they were justified.

Now it seems obvious why updates on the website had come to a halt – the “About ABBA” feature hadn’t been updated since June – and why the link to buy tickets disappeared without explanation a few weeks ago.

A lot of people are going to be very pissed off over the next few days, and all the goodwill that has been generated over the past year or so will evaporate.

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