Archive for May, 2012

ABBA by Micke

24 May, 2012

ABBA by Micke – FANtastic Moments! is a great new book by German ABBA fan Micke Bayart.

The book tells Micke’s personal story of growing up as an ABBA fan in Germany. As he got older between 1984 and 1988 Micke travelled across Europe to television studios, theatres, hotels, wherever the four former ABBA members were appearing to promote their latest projects.

During this time he was a member of the team that put together the German fanzine ABBA Fan Blatt. Many of those meetings were documented in the pages of the fanzine, with exclusive interviews that are reproduced in the book.

The book features many unique personal photographs by Micke and his friends, plus some rarely seen photos by professional photographers. The book is obviously a labour of love dedicated to a very special time in Micke’s life.

ABBA by Micke was published in September 2011. See the book’s  website for more information about the book and ordering links. Note: if you are ordering from outside the UK use the second link, not the one for Instant Books fulfilled by Amazon.

The great ‘Head Over Heels’ mystery

15 May, 2012

Fans have been mystified that an alternate mix of ‘Head Over Heels’ has appeared on The Visitors Deluxe Edition CD, released in late April.

There are slight variations in the vocals in the first chorus, and most obvious is the drum triplet (three beats played in quick succession) missing at 1.09, immediately after the line “she’s a girl with a trace for the world”. This triplet is present in the second and third choruses.

The mystery has been discussed around fan circles for quite some time, even before The Visitors Deluxe was released. Late last year it was found on an East German EP from 1983, though at the time to many ears it just sounded like a dull, flat vinyl pressing. A few months later it was found on a download from a then-unknown vinyl source, later identified as The Visitors LP from The Vinyl Collection box set (2010). Once the differences were pointed out it was obvious to all.

It has since been found on the original VHS releases ABBA Music Show 3 (Polar Bonnier, Sweden 1983) and More Video Hits (Pickwick, UK 1988).

The original 1981 Polar LP of The Visitors (and presumably every other LP pressing around the world) had what is now being called the standard version, as does every previous CD release. Apparently the second chorus was “flown in” to replace the first chorus, for some unknown reason.

But why has this alternate version surfaced now, and why has it appeared on some releases and not others?

(Thanks to Lex Corbach, Carl Magnus Palm and especially Rudolf Ondrich for information)


6 May, 2012

After the success of last November’s ABBA night in Sydney (Australia), and by popular demand, ABBA CELEBRATION! will be held again on Saturday 26 May 2012.

ABBA CELEBRATION! will be held at RAILZ on Regent, 56 Regent Street, Redfern, from 7 pm through till midnight. Five hours of non-stop ABBA for all fans and their friends.

There is a $10 cover charge to cover costs for security and DJ hire, plus a selection of hot snacks. We’re taking over the entire upper floor of the venue – there’s an outdoor area to grab some fresh air, and a pool table if you get bored with all that ABBA music – yeah, right!

If you’re in Sydney, or can get to Sydney for the night, you’re more then welcome. See here for more information. If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP here.

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