Well that's February over and we are thankfully heading towards Spring ! That also means I have just turned my 2015 Abba calendar over to another month so here is the picture I will be looking at for the remainder of March...
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Friday, 27 February 2015
At the end of February 1988 Agnetha released her third post-Abba (and my personal favourite) album "I Stand Alone" in the UK.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Here is a 7" version of "Lay All Your Love On Me" from my collection which was originally released in Japan during 1981 to promote the compilation album "The Very Best Of Abba".
According to the cover the b-side is "Super Trouper" however from what I can tell it is actually blank.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Abba's hit "Dancing Queen" is included on a new compilation album released in the UK next week titled "The Nations Favourite 70's Number Ones". This 3 CD collection also includes "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush and "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer.
The CD release is linked to a TV program scheduled to be shown on ITV in the UK on Thursday 5th March at 8.30 - the stations website includes the following information relating to the show -
"Featuring interviews with hit makers including Art Garfunkel, Blondie, Abba, Freda Payne, George McCrae, Kike Dee, The Four Seasons and Gloria Gaynor - this 90 minute countdown of the 20 greatest musical moments from a time when everyone knew every week just what was number one.
Narrated by Zoe Ball, the show tells the stories behind those irresistibly evocative hits that still hold a special place in our hearts four decades later - from Blockbuster to Bridge Over Troubled Water, Dancing Queen to Hot Love, I Will Survive to Heart Of Glass."
Monday, 23 February 2015
Following on from my earlier post I have put together an image showing other versions of Abba's "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" single...
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
The latest Abba album I have added to my collection is titled "Honey Honey" and features a picture of Abba on a jar of honey ! The album was originally released in Germany where it reached number 2 during July 1974 just two months after the "Waterloo" album had been at the top of the German chart.
It looks like the same track list as the "Ring Ring" album (although in a slightly different order) with the exception of "I Saw It In The Mirror" being replaced by the title track "Honey Honey".
Friday, 20 February 2015
On the 21st February 1983 Abba released "Under Attack" in Sweden ; the single had been released in the UK and a number of other countries during the previous December to coincide with the release of "Abba The Singles - The First 10 Years".
I have just noticed that Amazon UK have a Hep Stars compilation album "Like We Used To : The Anthology" available for pre-order. The album is released on the 23rd March and includes 25 tracks with six live versions - the Amazon description is as follows...
"In the 1960s, The Hep Stars were Swedens biggest band inspiring screams and Beatles-like devotion. For the first time outside Sweden, Like We Used To: The Anthology 1965-1967 collects them at their peak, from being one of the eras wildest bands emphasised on the live tracks to performers of affecting songs with a yearning atmosphere. The bands songwriter Benny Andersson later achieved global fame with ABBA and Like We Used To features classic early compositions, including the first-ever song he wrote. Also collected is a rare early collaboration with his future ABBA companion Bjrn Ulvaeus the first song they wrote together. Tracks are taken direct from the master tapes as they were meant to heard in the Sixties in the original mono. There is no after-the-fact stereo. Exploring the original masters turned up versions of songs either not issued at the time or released in territories beyond Sweden, including three versions intended for, but not used for, English release."
Thursday, 19 February 2015
The image below is of the 6th issue of the Agnetha Fan Club Magazine which was originally published during October 1985. The magazine included a number of letters (mostly regarding Epics lack of promotion in the UK), fan reviews (everyone loved "Click Track" and "The Angels Cry"), pen palls, fan swaps and details of where to purchase Agnetha and Abba merchandise.
Today I have been listening to an Abba compilation album titled "The Magic Of Abba" which from what I can tell was released by K-TEL in 1980 and contains the following tracks -
- Dancing Queen
- Take A Chance On Me
- The Name Of The Game
- Ring Ring
- Does Your Mother Know
- Knowing Me, Knowing You
- I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
- Mamma Mia
- Honey Honey
- Money, Money, Money
- The Winner Takes It All
- Super Trouper
- Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
- Summer Night City