My 2014 Abba calendar has a nice group photo to celebrate the month of August...
The latest Abba 7" single to be added to my collection is the Australian release of "Knowing Me, Knowing You". The single (which included "Happy Hawaii" on the b-side) first appeared in the Australian singles chart on 7th March 1977 where it peaked at number 9 spending a total of 15 weeks in the charts.
The latest casette I have added to my collection is a Saudi Arabian version of Abba's 1980 album "Super Trouper" - as with the last Saudi casette I included on here I am not sure these are 100% official however I had feedback following the last entry saying that you could buy them in shops.
As usual with releases from Saudi the album tracks are never quite as you expect - for example "Elaine" is included which you can sort of explain as it was the b-side to "The Winner Taies It All" - however it also includes "Fernando" which is a little harder to explain.
Additionally there is a track called "All Your Love" - which I think it's safe to assume is "Lay All Your Love On Me".
The eagled eyed amongst you may also have noticed something slightly different with the picture - both Agnethan and Frida's outfits have been photoshopped to ensure that they are showing less cleavage - I guess this is something to do with Saudi customs or laws.
I just read this article on-line from an Australian newspaper which looks back at the countries biggest selling singles and albums which includes quite a few Abba entries. Click the image below to read the whole article....
As part of my birthday last weekend I received a Crosley Briefcase turntable which means that for the first time in around 20 years I have been able to listen vinyl.
However in a nod to modern times I have connected the turntable to my Sonos system so that I can have the music playing around the house rather using the built-in speakers on the Crosley.
In the picture below I had just finished listening to an Abba hits compilation picture disc from Brasil.
On the 25th July 1972 Abba's single "People Need Love" first entered the Swedish chart, although as you can see from the pictures below at that point they were still called Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. The single reached number 17 and spent a total of five weeks in the charts.
The latest sheet music book I have added to my collection is for Abba's final studio album "The Visitors". The book contains the music and lyrics to all of the album tracks (including "Should I Laugh Or Cry") and various pictures of the group from the period.
Another Frida 12" I have in my collection is "Heart Of The Country" which was the second single released from Frida's "Shine" album in the UK in 1984. The track was written by Stuart Adamson from the group Big Country.
The b-side includes two tracks "I Know There's Something Going On" and "Slowly" which was written by Bjorn and Benny.
"Heart Of The Country" was only issued as a single in the UK ; in other countries "Come To Me (I Am Woman)" was released with "Slowly" as the b-side.