Super sound on Super Trouper

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is an exciting double disc package of a classic ABBA album, in the vein of previous Deluxe Editions of Arrival, ABBA – The Album and Voulez-Vous. We have already revealed the track listing of the CD and the DVD included in this package, the latter of which features previously unreleased television performances. We would also like to share some information on the work that has gone into the remastering of the original album.

On Super Trouper Deluxe Edition, all tracks on the CD have been remastered especially for this release. All of the recordings used in this process have been taken from the original master tapes of each individual track on the original album. In other words, these tapes are as close to the original recording as they could possibly be, making for the pure, unadulterated sound of ABBA in the studio. The same is also true of the bonus tracks.

The philosophy behind the CD mastering, made by Erik Broheden at Masters Of Audio in Stockholm, Sweden, was to remain as close to the original tapes as possible, retaining the original dynamics. Any enhancements have only been made to further bring out the sound as originally produced by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus in collaboration with their invaluable sound engineer Michael B. Tretow.

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is out now!

Smiling, having fun – Super Trouper Deluxe Edition to be released in May 2011

A Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s seventh studio album, Super Trouper, will be released on May 9, 2011. Originally released in 1980, Super Trouper features classic hits such as the title track, ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, along with the original version of one of the more poignant songs in the Mamma Mia! musical, ‘Our Last Summer’.

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is a 2-disc release, featuring a CD with a remastered version of the original album along with relevant bonus tracks, plus a DVD of rare television performances and interviews from the archives, including previously unseen footage. More details about this exciting release will follow next week. Watch this space…

SUPER TROUPER DELUXE EDITION – THE TRACK LIST REVEALED

Last week, The Official ABBA Site announced the forthcoming release of Super Trouper Deluxe Edition, the latest in the series of ABBA Deluxe Editions. This week we are happy to reveal the track list for this attractive 2-disc package.

Disc 01: CD
01 Super Trouper
02 The Winner Takes It All
03 On And On And On
04 Andante, Andante
05 Me And I
06 Happy New Year
07 Our Last Summer
08 The Piper
09 Lay All Your Love On Me
10 The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks
11 Elaine
12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)
13 Put On Your White Sombrero
14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)

Disc 02: DVD
01 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF)
Songs performed:
The Winner Takes It All
Super Trouper
On And On And On
02 Happy New Year (SVT)
03 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)
04 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA
05 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)
06 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)
07 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)
08 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)
09 International Sleeve Gallery

A few comments on the track list:
The original album and the bonus tracks have been remastered especially for this release, sounding better than ever. As for the bonus tracks, an exciting discovery was the stereo mix of the original, full length version of On And On And On, previously only available in mono. We are very happy to be able to include it on this Deluxe Edition of Super Trouper.

The DVD contains a number of television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album, none of which have been released on DVD before. The same goes for the vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music International, which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in the immediate aftermath of the album’s completion.

We are especially thrilled to be able to include a brand new featurette, entitled Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA. This featurette is a brand new production, compiling footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been gathering dust in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now.

As a bonus, we have included the original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.

The Official International Fan Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary

The Official International Fan Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a spectacular ABBA Weekend from Friday, the 1st of April, to Sunday, the 3rd of April.

On the first day of the ABBA Weekend, Friday, there is going to be a Swedish buffet with entertainment by Katja and Camilla, better known as Waterloo and famous for their work with ABBA The Show. We have prepared a music quiz, and the evening gives you a chance to catch up with your friends (and make new ones) before the rather busy Saturday.

The main day is, as always, the Saturday with the big record and memorabilia fair, a disco that runs till midnight and quizzes and contests with more prizes than ever before. To mark the occasion, we have invited a number of special guests for you who will do interviews, on-stage presentations, exhibitions, tell you about their work with ABBA and/or play you some music:
Görel Hanser – the vice President of Polar Music, who today is Björn and Benny’s right hand and still very much in touch with all the former members of ABBA;
Bubi Heilemann who took many of the most iconic ABBA photos;
Janne Schaffer who played the guitar on most of ABBA’s records;
Ulf Andersson, best known for his sax solo on I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, but who also toured with ABBA.

On Sunday, we meet at the cinema to watch ABBA The Movie on the big screen.

The 25th anniversary celebrations are continuing throughout the year in the magazine that all members of the Official International ABBA Fan Club receive four times a year.

For more information and bookings go to http://abbafanclub.nl/abbaday/

ABBA SINGBOX CHRISTMAS NEWS!

ABBA Singbox is now not only available on iPhone but also on Android 2.2 + more songs to get!

Now you can enjoy the following ABBA classics on your Singbox:

Happy New Year
The Winner Takes It All
Dancing Queen
Mamma Mia
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme ! (A Man After Midnight)
Waterloo
Super Trouper
Money, Money, Money
Does Your Mother Know
Fernando
Ring Ring

and to round off the holiday season – don’t miss the end of year favourite:
Happy New Year

ANDROID
Finally the ABBA SINGBOX app is now available for Android 2.2 !
Get into the spirit of things and sing along to some of your all time ABBA favourites whilst seeing the classic videos and images. Post your score on the global scoreboard and challenge your friends.

Songs available:
Happy New Year
The Winner Takes It All
Dancing Queen
Mamma Mia
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Waterloo
Super Trouper
Money, Money, Money
Does Your Mother Know
Fernando
Ring Ring

We are also announcing a competition NOW. The winning score for ABBA’s classic end of the year favourite HAPPY NEW YEAR will win the exclusive limited ABBA THE VINYL COLLECTION box. Competition ends January 10th so start singing and report your highscore.

ABBAWORLD returns to Sydney!

After more than 30 years since ABBA’s first live performance in Australia at the Sydney Showgrounds in Moore Park on that wet evening of 3 March 1977, ABBA will return to Sydney in the first official exhibition about the 1970s global pop sensation. The exhibition, ABBAWORLD, is showing exclusively in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum from 17 December 2010.

The exhibition will capture the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon and whose music almost four decades later continues to attract new generations of fans.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: “It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner?

“We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!”

ABBAWORLD will examine where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It will feature ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show – Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia!.

The exhibition will feature more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind the scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

Replicas of an ABBA concert dressing room where a team of costume makers and make-up artists worked; the writing studio on Viggsö – an island in the Stockholm archipelago – where many of ABBA’s most popular songs were written; and ABBA’s own state of the art recording studio – Polar Studio in Stockholm – where they recorded their last two albums, will feature in the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives. These will include performing on a stage with ABBA, dancing in an ABBA video, recording a sing-a-long with ABBA and photographing yourself on an ABBA album cover.

The exhibition comes from Sweden, following its successful debut in London last January and a season at Federation Square in Melbourne earlier this year. For the Sydney season, new content about the group’s appearances in Australia and their impact on Australian pop culture will be added to the exhibition by the Powerhouse Museum.

According to Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, the producers of ABBAWORLD: “No group has ever had such crossover success, bringing fans of all ages together, bridging generation gaps and cultural differences. This is a unique opportunity for the people of Sydney to see original ABBA material.” Danielsson continues, “The Sydney exhibition will be running in parallel with a run of ABBAWORLD in Györ, Hungary. ABBAWORLD has a universal appeal and we work hard to make it available to fans around the globe.”

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

On View: ABBAWORLD
Date: 17 December 2010 to 6 March 2011
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Website: www.powerhousemuseum.com
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm (closed Christmas Day)
Admission: Adult $22/member $12; child $12/member $6; family $50/member $25 Concession / seniors $16

ABBA AUCTION

Next year, The Official International ABBA Fan Club celebrates its 25th anniversary with a big ABBA Weekend in the first week of April. To raise money to pay for the expenses of special guests and to make arrangements for an unforgettable party weekend, they are hosting an internet auction with lots of desirable items that will make the hearts of ABBA fans and collectors race.

Among the items are CD boxes, DVDs and posters signed by all four ABBA members, CDs to be autgraphed with a personal greeting to the winner by Benny, a unique ABBA photo by Bubi Heilemann signed by the photographer, rare books, records and posters – many of which are signed by Agnetha, Björn, Benny or Frida. There is also promo material from days gone by and much, much more. The auction starts on the 10th November ends on November 30 on the Fan Clubs website www.abbafanclub.nl/auction.

ABBAWORLD goes Hungary

The story of ABBAWORLD continues; from London by the way of Melbourne, the interactive multimedia exhibition is about to arrive in Györ, 100 kilometers west of Budapest, Hungary. Through the collaboration between promoters ShowTime Budapest, ETO Park in Győr and Viva Art Music, ABBAWORLD will open at Eto Park on the 4th of December. “The ABBAWORLD exhibition has been a success both in London and Melbourne,” says Marton Brady, Managing Director of ShowTime Group. “We are now ready to bring this exciting event to Hungary, and we are very much looking forward to hosting this exhibition.”

Magnus Danielsson, president of Touring Exhibitions, the producer of ABBAWORLD, is confident that the exhibition will bring joy and happiness to all its visitors. “ShowTime Group and Viva Art Music have all the experience needed to make ABBAWORLD into a successful event,” he says. “ABBA was hugely popular in Eastern and Middle Europe in the 70s, and ABBAWORLD will generate a lot of interest among all age groups – and you don’t need to be a fan of ABBA to enjoy the exhibition. It’s fun for everyone.”

For the original members of ABBA, the exhibition in Hungary is a form of compensation for the past.

“We are very happy to see ABBAWORLD come to Hungary,” the group says in a joint statement. “We never managed to tour Eastern Europe, and it feels great to finally give our fans there the opportunity to recreate the experience through ABBAWORLD.”

The interest in ABBAWORLD not only spans generations, it crosses borders all over the world. Marton Brady hopes ABBAWORLD will do just that. “We will be perfectly situated geographically in Györ,” he says. “We are as close to Budapest as we are to Vienna, and we are just 50 kilometers south of Bratislava. Six million people live within an hour’s distance from ABBAWORLD. It will be the perfect day trip for anyone looking for a unique experience.

Showtime Budapest has promoted several large exhibitions in Hungary, such as the Titanic, Dinosaurs, Diana, Beatles and the CSI exhibition. ShowTime is currently running a Da Vinci exhibition at the ETO Park that will end in November. Details on tickets for ABBAWORLD will be disclosed in the near future.

Check out ABBAWORLD here »

Kristina :The UK premiere of the musical in concert

THE UK PREMIERE OF THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT with Helen Sjöholm Russell Watson Louise Pitre Kevin Odekirk

Kristina is the inspiring story of one woman and her family’s struggle in Sweden and their subsequent emigration to America in search of a better life.

With stirring music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame, this moving musical production has won awards, critical acclaim and is the most popular musical theatre piece in Swedish history. This epic masterpiece will be performed in English with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer and will make its UK premiere for one night only in concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 14th April. Be part of this historic evening featuring a cast of over 30 performers led by the original Kristina, Helen Sjöholm, together with Russell Watson, Louise Pitre, Kevin Odekirk and Symphony Orchestra and Choir conducted by Paul Gemignani.

Go to Kristinas website for tickets and more info »

ABBAWORLD to premiere at Earls Court on 27th January

THE WORLDS FIRST CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH ABBA AS PART OF A UNIQUE MULTI-MEDIA EXPERIENCE ‘ABBAWORLD’ THANKS LONDON FOR THE MUSIC AND CHOOSES EARLS COURT FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE

Fully approved and supported by ABBA, ABBAWORLD will make its stunning, sequin spangled, world debut in London at Earls Court on 27 January 2010. The hugely interactive experience will take visitors on a mind-blowing journey through ABBAWORLD’S 25 rooms, bursting with exclusive music, footage, images and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the personal collections of the world’s most cherished pop icons; Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida.

 

 

An engaging introductory movie by critically acclaimed film director, Jonas Åkerlund, will start the experience and a free audio guide will move visitors through the magical space at their own pace.

The phenomenon of ABBA will be brought to life with interactive highlights including ‘Perform with ABBA’ which will allow fans to get up on stage with their idols, as part of a stunning 3D holographic illusion. ‘Tretow MIX Challenge’ – a chance to mix things up and re-create the ABBA sound, the ‘ABBA Quiz’ which will test fans knowledge. There is also the opportunity to Sing-A-Long and dance with ABBA, plus a chance for fans to see themselves as part of an ABBA video.

Better still, as part of the ticket, all interaction will be recorded so people can choose to access it later online at http://www.abbaworld.com/, allowing their experience to live on and on, just like the music. On entry to ABBAWORLD, guests will have their photograph taken, this will appear during a number of the interactive features; fans will see themselves as part of ABBA album covers, posters and other iconic pictures.

London is the obvious choice for the world premiere of ABBAWORLD. The UK has a special place in the history of ABBA and it was here that global ABBA fever started with the glorious win of ‘Waterloo’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton in 1974. ABBA topped the charts in the UK more times than anywhere else in the world and through the smash hit musical Mamma Mia and its ten-year success in London together with the Mamma Mia movie being the highest grossing movie of all time at the UK box office, a new audience has taken ABBA to their hearts.

The Swedish super group created a legendary sound that sold close to 400 million records and made the whole world take to the dance floor. ABBA once again create history through ABBAWORLD; the interactive and audiovisual experience of the world’s most loved pop icons. This major world event is a close collaboration with all four members of ABBA, making ABBAWORLD the definitive experience of this groundbreaking group. ABBAWORLD will bring fans closer to the music, the magic and the memories than ever before.

Frida said “On behalf of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and I, we are delighted to be part of ABBAWORLD and to have the opportunity to share our amazing experiences with our fans. The interactive elements mean this is the first time we can actually take them on the journey with us. London has a special place in all our hearts and we are looking forward to the world premiere of ABBAWORLD in January”

Tickets go onsale at 9am on Thursday 3rd December 2009 and are priced at £22.00 / £19.50 (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/

For more information about ABBAWORLD and the exhibition please log on to:
http://www.abbaworld.com/