Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Let the music speak – a new book

8 October, 2008

ABBA Let The Music SpeakABBA Let The Music Speak – An armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup is an exciting new book by Australian musician and ABBA fan Christopher Patrick.

Let The Music Speak is a unique guide to ABBA’s music from a musician’s point-of-view. In the book Chris disects both the songs’ melodies and the arrangements of the recordings. Though the book is heavy in musical terms, it’s written in an easy-to-read style that anyone without a musical eduction will be able to understand.

I’ve been lucky enough to read the book in draft. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m glad that soon it’s going to be out in the world and people will finally be able to read it. I have to say that if you love ABBA’s music, you’ll want to read this book. It should be available from November 2008.

More information about Let The Music Speak including ordering details will soon be posted to

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Madonna's Like An Angel

16 August, 2008

When Madonna released her ABBA-sampling hit ‘Hung Up’ in 2005, there were reports that this was not her first stab at the ABBA catalogue. It was said that a few years earlier she had recorded but not released a cover of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’, the final track from ABBA’s eighth and final studio album The Visitors.

Now on the eve of the megastar’s 50th birthday her version of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’, apparently recorded during sessions for her 2000 album Music and produced by William Orbit, has leaked out on to the internet.

Hear it at:
You Tube
Madonna Radio

For a contrast, here are some other performances of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’:

German songstress Nina Hagen from a 2004 ABBA TV tribute on ZDF.
Swedish soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, who recorded it for her Elvis Costello produced album For The Stars.
Norwegian singer Sissel.

Finally, here is an early ABBA version, Another Morning Without You, with prominent vocalising from drummer Ola Brunkert. Michael B. Tretow once played this on Swedish Radio.

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