By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a tune known as Isnt It effortless to claim, which marked the start of a songwriting and list generating partnership that has persisted to this present day. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Nineteen Seventies, they all started making recordings with woman singers (who additionally later turned their wives), a operating dating that may proceed until eventually August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a suite of songs which heralded probably the most profitable recording careers the area has ever identified and claimed a special position within the background of renowned music.
That quartet was once after all Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, larger often called ABBA, and this booklet is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in accordance with vast examine and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 participants of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and plenty of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the whole Recording periods recounts their tale in a fashion that hasn't ever been advised ahead of.
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Its prime exponent is perhaps 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do', heavily influenced by American orchestra leader Billy Vaughn, who had hit it big in Europe in the fifties with his versions of songs like 'Sail Along Silv'ry Moon'. "The sound of saxophones playing in parts, with lots of echo on them, was typical for him, and 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do' was our attempt at a kind of Billy Vaughn pastiche," says Benny. The result became one of Frida's ABBA favourites, 12th March Metronome Studio. Recording 'Mamma Mia'.
Polar POS 1172. 14th March Metronome Studio. Recording 'Disillusion'; 'Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)'. Benny Andersson (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Mike Watson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums). 30 The Complete Recording Sessions 15th March Metronome Studio. Recording 'I Saw It In The Mirror'. Benny Andersson (keyboards), Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Mike Watson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums). Sessions for the Ted Gärdestad album and the recording of "Ring Ring' (the song) took up most of January 1973, while February was focussed around the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest heat and Agnetha's pregnancy (on 23rd February she gave birth to daughter Linda).
Above: The 'Waterloo' LP cover. Top right: The East German Waterloo LP. Bottom right: ABBA with Sven-Olof Walldoff at the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest heat. Bottom left: Two different translations of the 'Waterloo' lyrics into German. The Gerd Müller-Schwanke version was finally used. Below right: An Australian EP release. Below top: An apprehensive ABBA before the competition. Below middle: ABBA receive their first British Gold Disc for sales of 'Waterloo'. Below bottom: ABBA with the Wombles who provided the Eurovision cabaret.
ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis