Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Abba Happy New Year...



Abba Date - 31st December 1981

On the 31st December 1981 Abba's latest single in America "When All Is Said And Done" entered the Billboard charts where it performed well in three of the charts -

  • Billboard Hot 100 - number 27
  • Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart - number 10
  • Billboard Dance / Disco Chart - number 7


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Goodbye 2014...

Well it's the last day of 2014 and it has been a great year for Abba fans around the world. The 40th Anniversary celebrations certainly lived up to expectations - my highlights were the photo book and the release of "Abba Live At Wembley Arena".


Guardian - Bjorn And Frida Interview 2014 Highlight

The Guardian newspaper in the UK has picked its discussion with Bjorn and Frida as one of the best music interviews of 2014 - click the image below to read the full article...



Agnetha The Fan Magazine #5

The 5th issue of the Agnetha Fan Magazine was published during August 1985 and included news / features -

  • Copies of the first two issues of the magazine had been sent to Agnetha and she had returned them signed together with a signed "Eyes Of A Woman" postcard
  • A few of the readers letters commented on Epic's lack of promotion for Agnetha's single "One Way Love"
  • One lucky reader told the story of his meeting with Agnetha in 1979
  • Lots of readers reviews of "Eyes Of A Woman" mostly commenting that "The Angels Cry" would have been a better single than "I Won't Let You Go"




Official 1983 Abba Annual

Here are some pictures from the official 1983 Abba Annual which included the following articles -

  • A three page article titled "Abba In a The 80s"
  • A quiz called "Abba Openers" in which you had to guess the title of an Abba song based on the first line
  • Three pages discussing the official Abba Magazine
  • A piece covering Frida's solo album
  • A track finder which allowed the reader to match Abba songs and albums
  • An article discussing Abba picture discs
  • Discographies for Japan and the United Kingdom


Monday, 29 December 2014

Collection - Abba 7" Spanish Singles

Here are four Spanish Abba 7" singles from my collection -

  • Dame! Dame! Dame!
  • Gracias Por La Musica
  • Estoy Sonando
  • Chiquitita


Collection - More 7" Singles From Japan

As a follow-on from my post earlier this morning here are a few more 7" Abba singles from Japan from my collection -

  • Voulez-Vous
  • Under Attack
  • Fernando
  • Summer Night City
  • Chiquitita
  • Dancing Queen


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Collection - Abba 7" Singles From Japan

Here are four Abba 7" singles from Japan from my collection all from the "Super Trouper" album -

  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Super Trouper
  • On And On And On
  • Lay All Your Love On Me


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Collection - Frida 7" Singles From Japan

I have three Frida 7" singles from Japan in my collection ;

  • I Know There's Something Going On
  • Shine
  • Tell Me It's Over



2015 Abba Calendar

Here are the front and back covers of a 2015 Abba Calendar that I received as a Christmas present ; I will post the individual monthly pictures during the year...


Friday, 26 December 2014

Agnetha Singles From Japan

Here are some pictures of Agnatha 7" singles from Japan which I have added to my collection over the years ;
  • Never Again
  • I Wasn't The One (Who Said Goodbye)
  • Can't Shake Loose
  • Let It Shine



Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Collection - Abba Picture Discs

Here are some pictures of the UK versions of the "One Of Us" and "Under Attack" picture discs from my collection - just a shame that Epic didn't release "The Day Before You Came" in the same format.


Monday, 22 December 2014

Collection - Frida 7" Single

The most recent Frida 7" single to be added to my collection is "Here We'll Stay" (b-side "Strangers") from Japan on the Discomate record label.


Abba Christmas....

"I Have A Dream" 12" Single...

Continuing today's "I Have A Dream" theme I am currently listening to the 12" single release...


Smash Hits "I Have A Dream" Lyrics...

As a follow on from my blog earlier this morning here is a scan from Smash Hits magazine where they printed the lyrics to "I Have A  Dream"...

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Abba Date - 22nd December 1979

On the 22nd December 1979 Abba's latest single in the UK "I Have A Dream" jumped up the singles chart from number 21 to number 2 in the Christmas chart. The top five that week was as follows -

  1. Pink Floyd "Another Brick In The Wall"
  2. Abba "I Have A Dream"
  3. Police "Walking On The Moon"
  4. Fiddler's Dram "Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time)"
  5. Tourists "I Only Want To Be With You"

During 1979 the sales of 7" singles hit a peak in the UK and it was also the year in which Abba had the most Top 10 hits in the UK -

  • "Chiquitita" - number 2
  • "Does Your Mother Know" - number 4
  • "Angeleyes / Voulez-Vouz" - number 3
  • "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" - number 3
  • "I Have A Dream" - number 2

These five singles spent a total of 51 weeks in the charts.

The single was also a big hit in other countries reaching number 1 in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland.


Abba Christmas....


More 1982 Abba Annual Pictures...

Here are some more images from the 1982 Abba Annual...