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Gracias Por La Música Deluxe Edition

11 September, 2014

Gracias Por La Música Deluxe EditionABBA’s 1980 Spanish-language album is to be released as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD on 10 November 2014.

The Deluxe Edition will feature the ten tracks featured on the original album, plus ABBA’s five other Spanish recordings: ‘Ring Ring’ (recorded in 1973, but unreleased until 1994), and tracks recorded for Super Trouper (1980) and The Visitors (1981), included on those albums in Spain and Latin America. As always it also includes a DVD of television performances, this time with every TV performance of ABBA’s Spanish songs.

I was quite surprised to hear that Gracias was to be re-released. In the modern ABBA catalogue it has been replaced by ABBA Oro, which has featured those same 15 songs since 1999. But many fans have a fondness for the original album, so should be very happy that it’s finally seeing a worldwide CD release. Previously, Gracias Por La Música has only had limited release on CD in the 1980s and early 90s, in Japan and Argentina. It has been something of a lost album.

The package includes the usual detailed history of the recording of the album, plus a special greeting from Frida, in Spanish and English.


Ring Ring Deluxe Edition

6 July, 2013

00602537349449In the year of the fortieth anniversary of its release, ABBA’s debut album Ring Ring is getting the deluxe treatment.

Ring Ring Deluxe Edition features the 12 tracks from the original international version of the album, plus the Swedish, German and Spanish versions of the title track, non-album B sides, and a DVD of previously unreleased television performances, including a fascinating look at the recording of ‘Ring Ring’, in which Benny plays various elements of the songs mastertape, showing how the pieces of the song came together.

Uniquely it also includes six pre-ABBA recordings, four of which are sung by other artists. These include early versions of two songs from the Ring Ring album, and other songs that demonstrate the coming together of the four to become ABBA. All the extra bonus tracks bar one were written by Benny and Bjorn, and clearly feature the backing vocals of future ABBA members. Some of the songs are making their CD debut.

Fans everywhere have been discussing the release at length since the announcement on June 27th. The most common comments are the exclusion of the B side of the Swedish ‘Ring Ring’ single ‘Åh, vilka tider’ (it was vetoed by Benny and Bjorn), the inclusion of the pre-ABBA song ‘She’s My Kind Of Girl’ (it was the B side of the English version of ‘Ring Ring’ in Scandinavia, and replaced the Swedish version of ‘Ring Ring’ on the album on all international releases of the album), the inclusion of songs by other artists, and the exclusion from the DVD of some known television appearances of the time (sometimes footage is not available, or it is not cost effective to include it).

Ring Ring Deluxe Edition will be released on October 4 2013, and is the seventh ABBA Deluxe Edition (eight, if you include 2004’s Waterloo 30th Anniversary Edition).


ABBA Deluxe Edition

10 November, 2012

My first and favourite ABBA album is finally being released as a Deluxe Edition.

The Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s self titled album, originally released in April 1975, will be released on 19 November 2012 (check local sources for local release dates).

ABBA was the album that really broke ABBA internationally, with hit singles ‘SOS’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’. After two hit-and-miss albums ABBA had finally found their own sound on this album.

Curiously, every song on the album appeared on single A or B side somewhere in the world during 1975/76, and five of the album’s songs appeared on ABBA’s first Greatest Hits album.

The Deluxe Edition adds three songs to the original 11-track album – B sides ‘Crazy World’ and ‘Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight Special’ and the Spanish version of ‘Mamma Mia’. The CD tracklist is actually identical to the ABBA disc in the box set The Complete Studio Recordings (2005).

As always it’s the DVD that has the fans most excited. The highlight of the DVD is the classic 1976 television special ABBA in Australia, filmed during ABBA’s first visit to Australia in March, 1976. The version included here was compiled for overseas market, which features ABBA appearing between songs at a wildlife park near Sydney, and during ‘Tropical Loveland’ ABBA are seen boating on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, and enjoying a beach barbecue. The domestic version (titled The Best Of ABBA) was taped entirely in the studio.

Also on the DVD are ABBA’s three songs from the television special Made In Sweden – For Export; BBC TV performances of ‘SOS’ and ‘Mamma Mia’, which feature re-recorded backing music and live vocals; TV commercials for The Best Of ABBA (Australia) and Greatest Hits (UK) compilation LPs; and a gallery of international album and single sleeves.

This release has come as a huge surprise, as this year we’ve already had the Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s final album, The Visitors, released in April, plus the new compilation CD and DVD The Essential Collection.

As I say above, ABBA is my first and still my favourite ABBA album. I wrote previous blog posts about falling in love with ‘Mamma Mia’ and getting this album for Christmas 1975.

See ABBA | The official site and Carl Magnus Palm for more details. Click on “Read the rest” below for the full tracklist. (more…)

The Visitors Deluxe Edition

27 January, 2012

This week fans everywhere were excited at the news that a Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s final album, The Visitors, will be released on April 23rd.

The CD/DVD package includes the original 9-track album from 1981, the non-album b-side of the first single released from the album (‘Should I Laugh Or Cry’), five of the six tracks recorded the following year (both sides of the two 1982 singles, plus ‘I Am The City’, not released until it was featured on More ABBA Gold in 1993). The accompanying DVD includes two songs from the 1981 television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA (one of ABBA’s few group TV appearances during 1981), the original promotional clip for ‘When All Is Said And Done’ (with an alternate version of the song), some of ABBA’s final TV appearances from late-1982, TV commercials and sleeve gallery.

Most exciting to fans is the news that it will also include previously unreleased ABBA music, the first time any “new” material has been allowed out of the so-called vaults since the Thank You For The Music box set in 1994.

The intrigingly-titled ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’, described as “a medley of demos”, hints at unheard versions of the albums closing track “Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’. It is known that there were several different attempts at recording the song (thanks to Carl Magnus Palm’s book ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions) before the final version was recorded just a few weeks before the album’s release. One of those early versions had the working title ‘Twinkle Twinkle’.

The world’s media has picked up on the “unreleased track” news, with the story spreading like wildfire to seemingly every news outlet in the world over the last few days. Perhaps unsurprisingly as the news spread it started to morph into stories of “a new song”, “a new single”, even hints of a group reformation.

Fans of course lament the non-inclusion of the sixth song recorded in 1982, the legendary ‘Just Like That’, the rest of the Dick Cavett TV special, ABBA’s appearance on Show Express in November 1982 (when they performed three of the four songs released that year), and other potential inclusions from the period. There are, no doubt, valid reasons that may become clearer later.

The Visitors is the sixth ABBA studio album to receive the deluxe treatment, after Waterloo 30th Anniversary Edition (2004), Arrival (2006), ABBA – The Album (2007), Voulez-Vous (2010) and Super Trouper (2011).

Read the announcement, including the full track list, at ABBA – The Official Site, and a little more information on Carl Magnus Palm’s site.

Which ABBA album should be the next Deluxe Edition?

18 June, 2011

ABBA’s albums Arrival, ABBA – The Album, Voulez-Vous and Super Trouper have all been subject to Deluxe Edition releases, with bonus CD tracks and DVDs of television performances and other material.  Which of the other four ABBA albums do you think should be the next Deluxe Edition?

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition

11 March, 2011

A couple of weeks ago ABBA fans everywhere erupted with excitement and anticipation when this announcement about the forthcoming Super Trouper Deluxe Edition was made.

A week later many dreams came when the contents were announced. Most of the contents had already been guessed by fans on various forums, though there were a couple of surprises that no one could have anticipated.

Alongside the expected CD bonus tracks is the previously unreleased stereo mix of the long version of ‘On And On And On’, with an additional verse and chorus not heard when the songs was released on Super Trouper in 1980. The mono mix has appeared on various VHS and DVD releases, and on CD in the 2005 box set The Complete Recording Sessions.

The DVD includes many expected items – German TV appearances of several Super Trouper tracks and the special Words and Music. Completely unexpected is a brand-new featurette Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA, with footage filmed on the night the elaborate album sleeve was photographed.

As always there are some who have called the selections “boring” and “nothing new”. I don’t know how they can say that, with one all-new audio track fans have been clamouring after for 30 years, and 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage. I guess there’s no pleasing some people. Happily most fans seem happy with the content, with many already calling this the best ABBA Deluxe Edition ever!

For more about the background of the Super Trouper Deluxe Edition see here. It is released on May 9.

No Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition?

5 September, 2009

Voulez-VousOne of the most anticipated and expected ABBA releases this year has been the Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition.

We have had precedent with the Waterloo 30th Anniversary Edition in 2004, which should have been in the Deluxe Edition series but wasn’t; Arrival Deluxe Edition in 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of that album’s release; and ABBA – The Album Deluxe Edition in 2007.

The Deluxe Editions don’t necessarily coincide with the anniversary of the albums’ release.

It seems that this year we won’t be getting a Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get one at some point in the future, nor that we might not get Deluxe Editions of other ABBA albums. This year it appears that priorities have been elsewhere – the highly anticipated ABBA in Japan DVD for one.

Many fans have written to Carl Magnus Palm asking whether there will be a Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition or for news of the ABBA in Japan DVD or whatever other new releases might be in the pipeline. Unfortunately he’s constrained by what has been announced. As many of you would know I’ve been honoured enough to work with Carl Magnus on many ABBA releases over the years. I can assure you that he and Universal Music are well aware of what’s out there and what sort of releases the fans would like to see.

Visit Carl Magnus for much information on the work he has put in to so many ABBA releases so far and hints at other releases he would like to see in the future.

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