ABBA: Thank you for the music contains the entire ZDF Kultnacht: ABBA programme that has been screened in Germany several times over the last few years, featuring ABBA and solo appearance by Frida and Agnetha on the German popular music programmes Disco, Musikladen and Show Express, plus songs from the Dick Cavett Meets ABBA TV special.
Picture and sound quality are infinitely better than the last Brazilian DVD I wrote about here, ABBA Live TV. But like that DVD this is not an official release from Universal Music. I don’t understand the legalities of releasing things like this in Brazil – they’ve got a history going back to the first unauthorised DVD release of ABBA Gold around 2001.
This DVD covers every period of ABBA’s history right from the start, with a performance of ‘People Need Love’ that infamously features Frida’s friend Inger Brudin substituting for Agnetha, who had only recently given birth to daughter Linda. Right through all the biggest ABBA hits and on to beyond the end of the group, with solo performances by Frida and Agnetha, and a bizarre performance of ‘One Night In Bangkok’ from the Benny Andersson/Tim Rice/Björn Ulvaues musical Chess, featuring Björn, Benny, Karin Glenmark and Frida miming the backing chorus – Frida happened to be on the same show promoting her new album Shine.
1. People Need Love
3. Honey, Honey
4. So Long
5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Mamma Mia
9. Dancing Queen
10. Money, Money, Money
11. Take A Chance On Me
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)/Summer Night City
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
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)
28. Thank You For The Music
See Coqueiro Verde Records website for more information.