40th Anniversary Of ABBA – The Album

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40th Anniversary Of ABBA – The Album Celebrated With Superb Reissues

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First released in Scandinavia in December 1977, ABBA – The Album took the world by storm, hitting number one in countries such as Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands. It also entered the Top 15 in the US, becoming their highest-charting album in that country.

Naturally, this being ABBA, the album also featured a number of major hit singles: ‘The Name Of The Game’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and ‘Eagle’. Both these hits and the album itself showed how ABBA tried to develop and challenge themselves, taking significant steps forward in terms of musical complexity, yet remaining catchy and compelling.

In celebration of the album’s original release four decades ago, Polar Music (via Universal Music Group) are releasing several tantalising anniversary reissues. They are as follows:

• A limited edition 7” box set featuring the three singles from the album on coloured vinyl, featuring the UK number one ‘The Name Of The Game’/ ‘I Wonder (Departure)’, the international Top Three smash ‘Take A Chance On Me’/ I’m A Marionette’ and the European Top Ten hit ‘Eagle’/’Thank You For The Music’

• The three 7” singles released separately as limited-edition picture discs.

• A half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut double-LP version of the original album. This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut high-end frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produced a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record.

This reissue of ABBA – The Album will also feature new liner notes by noted ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, detailing the story behind the album.

All products will be released November 3, 2017.

Pre-order: www.abbathemuseum.com/shop

DIGITAL ABBA

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(Stockholm and Los Angeles 26.10.2016) Nearly 35 years after their last public performance together, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans around the world what millions of them have long dreamed of but considered impossible: A new entertainment experience.

World-renowned entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, the members of ABBA, and Universal Music Group are partnering together in a groundbreaking venture that will utilize the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology. The aim is to create an original entertainment experience with the Swedish Pop Superstars, which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.

Simon Fuller has been at the cutting edge of social and technological change for three decades, using his insights to transform popular culture. His business has been quietly investing in virtual reality technologies, developing hyper-realistic digital humans in the field of entertainment, for several years. The collaboration with the four members of ABBA, who first formed in Stockholm in 1972 and who remain among the most iconic and enduring talents in the world, marks a key moment to fully realize the possibilities of virtual reality ahead of the curve – and in the process transform the face of popular entertainment.

The members of ABBA will be involved throughout the creative process maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the bands original vision within this exciting new realm of entertainment possibilities.

Benny Andersson: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”

Frida Lyngstad: “Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!”

Simon Fuller, Founder and CEO of XIX Entertainment: “The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of ABBA over the past few months have filled me with great excitement. We are exploring a new technological world, with Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group: “Having the privilege of working closely with the band for over two decades, I can comfortably say there are few recording artists who like ABBA bring together their mastery of craft, a high level of professionalism and enormous commercial success. I’m thrilled to be involved in this innovative new project that will introduce the band who are responsible for some of the greatest songs and melodies in pop music to a new generation of fans.”

Further details of this pioneering collaboration to be announced in 2017.

Solo Albums Reissue!

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Six ABBA Solo Albums 180g Vinyl Reissue, In Black And Limited-Edition Coloured Run 

ABBA: four letters; four unique talents. Collectively, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are known for creating some of the most vital pop music in the world; individually, however, they were just as creative.

Their solo albums may sometimes remain best-kept secrets for ABBA’s long-term fans, but, taken together, they see the four individual members explore a range of styles, from the understated folk-rock leanings of Björn and Benny’s 1970 outing, Lycka, to the contemporary pop-rock of Anni-Frid’s 1982 album Something’s Going On, which was produced by none other than Phil Collins and went on to become the first English-language solo album by an ABBA member – and the best-selling ABBA solo album to date.

In 1985, Agnetha Fältskog enjoyed similar success with the globe-trotting Eyes Of A Woman (it featured contributions from seasoned British musicians, among them The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward, and was produced by 10cc’s Eric Stewart), which comfortably became a hit around the world, entering the Top 40 in the UK, the Top 20 in Norway, and peaking at No.2 in her Swedish homeland.

Which, for ABBA, of course, is where it all began. The low-key, Swedish-language Lycka might be credited to Björn and Benny, but Agnetha and Anni-Frid lent their vocal talents to the hit single ‘Hej, gamle man!’ (‘Hey, Old Man!’). Topped the Swedish Svensktoppen chart for 15 weeks in 1970, the song holds a special place in history, as it marks the first time that all four ABBA members sang together on record.

With original artwork, 180g vinyl and a download card, these reissues are essential for all fans of ABBA’s music. A limited run of coloured versions will also be made, more details of which are below.

Björn Ulvaeus And Benny Andersson: Lycka (1970; blue-and-yellow vinyl)

Side One: Lycka, Nånting är på väg, Kära gamla sol, Det där med kärlek, Välkommen in i gänget, Lilla du, lilla vän

Side Two: Hej, gamle man!, Liselott, Kalles visa, Ge oss en chans, Livet går sin gång

 

Frida: Ensam (1975; white vinyl)

Side One: Fernando, Jag är mej själv nu, Som en sparv, Vill du låna en man, Liv på Mars?, Syrtaki

Side Two: Aldrig mej, Guld och gröna ängar, Ett liv i solen, Skulle de’ va’ skönt, Var är min clown

 

Frida: Something’s Going On (1982; violet vinyl)

Side One: Tell Me It’s Over, I See Red, I Got Something, Strangers, To Turn The Stone

Side Two: I Know There’s Something Going On, Threnody, Baby Don’t You Cry No More, The Way You Do, You Know What I Mean, Here We’ll Stay

 

Frida: Shine (1984; light green vinyl)

Side One: Shine, One Little Lie, The Face, Twist In The Dark, Slowly

Side Two: Heart Of The Country, Come To Me (I Am Woman), Chemistry Tonight, Don’t Do It, Comfort Me

 

Agnetha Fältskog: Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983; pink vinyl)

Side One: The Heat Is On, Can’t Shake Loose, Shame, Stay, Once Burned, Twice Shy, Mr. Persuasion

Side Two: Wrap Your Arms Around Me, To Love, I Wish Tonight Could Last Forever, Man, Take Good Care Of Your Children, Stand By My Side

 

Agnetha Fältskog: Eyes Of A Woman (1985; red vinyl)

Side One: One Way Love, Eyes Of A Woman, Just One Heart, I Won’t Let You Go, The Angels Cry, Click Track

Side Two: We Should Be Together, I Won’t Be Leaving You, Save Me (Why Don’t Ya), I Keep Turning Off Lights, We Move As One