Saturday, 25 February 2017

Abba Compilation

This Abba compilation CD was released in France in 2008 and included the following track list -

  • Waterloo
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  • Rock Me
  • Love Is'nt Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  • Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
  • S.O.S
  • When I Kissed The Teacher
  • The Name Of The Game
  • Hole In Your Soul
  • Why Did It Have To Be Me
  • On And On And On
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • The Visitors
  • Kisses Of Fire
  • When All Is Said And Done
  • Ring Ring

Abba Date - 26th February 1977

Today in 1977 Abba's "Knowing Me, Knowing You" entered the charts in the Netherlands where it reached number 3...

Abba Date - 26th February 1977

Abba's "Dancing Queen" entered the charts in Canada on the 26th February 1977 where it stayed for 21 weeks reaching number 2. In the end of year chart "Dancing Queen" was the 5th biggest selling single of the year in Canada.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Abba DVD

The image below shows the DVD of Abba videos which was included with "The Definitive Collection" compilation...

Abba Date - 25th February 2002

The Abba compilation album "The Definitive Collection" first entered the charts in German today in 2002 where it reached number 35. The album would re-enter the charts on a number of occasions as shown in the table below -

  • July 2002 reaching number 23
  • April 2004 reaching number 14
  • January 2005 reaching number 63
  • November 2005 reaching number 54

Abba Date - 25th February 1974

Today in 1974 Abba were photographed outside the Polar Music Office in Stockholm...

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Hazell Dean Interview - Part 2

Here is the second part of my interview with Hazell Dean who's album of Abba tracks "Re:Visited" is released in the today...

The closing track from Abba's "Super Trouper" album "The Way Old Friends Do" was included on last years CD single however it's not included on the new album - are there other Abba tracks which you have recorded which may see the light of day at some time ?

No, there are no other ABBA covers lurking in the archive. “They Way Old Friends Do” was part of the Christmas release along with “Happy New Year”. The sentiment of both songs fit so well together.

I wanted to Include “The Way Old Friends Do” in memory of a lovely friend who died following a very tough fight with breast cancer in 2016. It was dedicated to Jayne, her mother and her daughter from all the friends who mourn her. It was special for Christmas 2016.

Back in 70's and early 80's were you a fan of Abba and if so what were your favourite singles ?

Everyone loves ABBA don’t they? Of course I was a fan. I sang ABBA songs in big bands long before becoming a successful solo recording artist, so they are part of my history. “The Winner Takes It All” has to be my favourite.

Your first big hit in the UK was "Searching (I Gotta Find A Man)" which reached number 6 in 1984 by which time Abba were over - did you ever meet any of the group whilst they were promoting any of their solo work or musicals ?

Sadly no. I have never met any of ABBA, so if anyone would like to introduce me, I would be very happy….. and a little starstruck!

Were there any of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced singles which you had wished at the time had been given to you to record ?

My favourite SAW track always was and always will be Donna Summer’s “This Time I Know Its For Real”. Oh how I wish it were mine.

If you could arrange for Abba to cover one of your own tracks which one would it be and why ?

“Nightlife” the title track of my album “NIGHTLIFE”. I can imagine them doing it with a “Summer Night City” feel. Plus they would sell millions of copies and I could retire! LOL

If you were to record an album based on another artist who do you think it would be ?

Ahh, I can’t answer that one as its never gonna happen, this is my first and last album of another artists work. There is only one ABBA!

I would like to thank Hazell and her management for agreeing to the interview - for more information please visit Hazell's website hazelldean.net - the album "Re:Visited" is released today and you order it from Energise Records at energiserecords.com.