Archive for September, 2010

I've been ripped off!

24 September, 2010

Imagine my surprise this week to see an image that I created on Australian national television!

This week the unfortunately popular A Current Affair featured a rare interview with legendary television producer Reg Grundy. Mr Grundy started his TV career hosting game shows in the 1950s, but moved into production of TV dramas and game shows, producing such renowned shows as Sons & Daughters, Prisoner and Neighbours (to name just a tiny sample of international recognised titles).

In 1976 Reg Grundy Productions made the TV special The Best Of ABBA, and was also awarded with the licence to produce ABBA merchandise – all those t-shirts, socks, bubble gum cards, jigsaw puzzles, posters, etc. In 1977 Grundy co-produced ABBA – The Movie.

During a montage of images depicted Grundy’s many successful productions up popped an image for ABBA – The Movie that I created for my website The ABBA Phenomenon in Australia. It’s easy to recognise the image from the colouring, the placement – it’s a colour representation of the black & white newspaper ad, it was never rendered in colour – and the watermarked name of the website can be faintly made out in the top left corner. My image has been copied across the internet – on Wikipedia it is used to represent the ABBA – The Movie poster.

See my original image here. The full interview can be seen here.

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ABBA – The Vinyls box set

23 September, 2010

ABBA - The VinylsFans of the sound of ABBA music on vinyl records will soon have the chance to hear brand new pressings with the release of a new nine disc box set, ABBA – The Vinyls.

ABBA – The Vinyls contains ABBA’s eight studio albums released between 1973 and 1981, with original sleeves and labels, including inner sleeves, as conceived by ABBA and Polar Music. This means that Ring Ring and Waterloo will contain the Swedish and English versions of their respective title tracks, Ring Ring will not include ‘She’s My Kind Of Girl’, and none will feature any bonus tracks.

The ninth disc, ABBA Tracks, contains ABBA’s five non-album single A-sides, with five other non-album tracks on the B-side, “personally selected by Benny Andersson”, which probably really means that he approved them from a list of the dozen or so songs that were not on ABBA’s eight albums.

ABBA Tracks sees the first ever vinyl release of the 1980 outtake ‘Put On Your White Sombrero’. All songs are being remastered from the original album tapes. Previous vinyl reissues in 2001 and 2008 used tapes remastered for CD.

The first 2,000 people who order the box set before September 25 2010 will have their names printed in the box set’s booklet.  ABBA – The Vinyls will be a strictly limited edition, scheduled for release on December 6 2010. It can be ordered now for Europe, USA, UK and the rest of the world. Read more about the box set at Carl Magnus Palm.com.

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Frida sings!

20 September, 2010

ReconnectionTo the surprise of almost everyone last Tuesday afternoon (CET) Swedish Radio premiered the first new recording by Frida in six years. There had been rumours that Frida had recorded something new after comments she made during interviews at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in March.

Frida has recorded a version of the popular hymn ‘Morning Has Broken’, as the opening track on Swedish guitarist Georg Wadenius‘ new CD Reconnection. Reconnection features songs sung by a number of Swedish artists, including Helen Sjöholm and Peter Jöback.

Widenius has had a long career in both Sweden and the USA since the 1960s. During his career he has worked with many domestic Swedish stars plus some of the biggest names in the international music world. In recent years he has worked on other ABBA-related projects, including Helen Sjohölm’s CD Visor (2002) and Anne Sofie Von Otter’s tribute to the Benny and Björn songbook I Let The Music Speak (2006)

Like almost everything else that Frida has recorded in the last decade the song has strong religious overtones, but also a strong personal connection for Frida. The lyric for ‘Morning Has Broken’ was written in 1931 by British poet Eleanor Farjeon, based on a traditional Gaelic tune that had been used as a Christmas carol in the 19th century. It is best known to most people in the hit single by Cat Stevens in 1972. Read more about ‘Morning Has Broken’ at Wikipedia.

Reconnection will be released on October 25 2010.

Vote for the UK's favourite ABBA song

14 September, 2010

UK television network ITV is asking ABBA fans to vote for “The Nation’s Favourite ABBA Song” for a new 90-minute TV special to be broadcast later this year.

Fans have a choice from ABBA’s 25 UK chart hit singles, from Eurovision winner ‘Waterloo’ in 1974 to ‘Thank You For The Music’, released in 1983, six years after its appearance on ABBA – The Album, to promote a compilation album of the same name. Missing are the orignal 1973 release of ‘Ring Ring’ and the 1974 single ‘So Long’, both of which did not enter the UK singles chart, and the 1979 number 3 hit ‘Angeleyes’, the UK’s preferred side of the double A side with ‘Voulez-Vous’ – probably because ‘Angeleyes’ does not have a video, while the other side of the single does.

ITV promises that “band members Bjorn [sic] and Frida tell all about how these 25 songs came about”, but stories now circulating like this one probably exaggerate their participation – interviews with Björn and Frida, plus other ABBA-connected people and various celebrities have already been recorded.

Vote now at ITV.com. Voting closes on Monday 11th October 2010. It is unclear from the website whether votes from non-UK visitors will be counted.


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