By Carl Magnus Palm
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a track referred to as 'Isn't It effortless To Say', which marked the start of a songwriting and checklist generating partnership that has persevered to at the present time. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Seventies, they all started making recordings with lady 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 set of songs which heralded probably the most winning recording careers the realm has ever recognized 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, higher referred to as ABBA, and this booklet is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in line with wide learn and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 individuals of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and plenty of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the full Recording classes recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been instructed prior to.
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Polar POS 1187. LP release: 'Waterloo'. Polar POLS 252. A: 'Waterloo (Swedish version)'; 'Sitting In The Palmtree'; 'King Kong Song'; 'Hasta Mañana'; 'My Mama Said'; 'Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)'. B: 'Honey, Honey'; 'Watch Out'; 'What About Livingstone'; 'Gonna Sing You My Lovesong'; 'Suzy-Hang-Around'; 'Waterloo (English Version)'. Simultaneous releases of the Swedish and English 'Waterloo' singles, and of the album, a stronger effort than 'Ring Ring', but according to Björn, still with too many weak moments to be completely satisfactory in hindsight.
21st October Glen Studio. Recording 'Didn't I' (working title of 'Baby', a working title of 'Rock Me'). Drum overdubs by Roger Palm. 22nd October Glen Studio. Mixing 'So Long'; 'I've Been Waiting For You'. 23rd October Glen Studio. 1'). A tenor saxophone overdub arranged by Björn J:son Lindh, and played by Ulf Andersson, for 'Man In The Middle', and strings and horns overdubs for 'Crazy World' and Intermezzo No. 1', also arranged by Björn J:son Lindh and played by Gunnar Gunrup, Gösta Nilsson (trumpets), Gunnar Michols, Claes Nilsson, Bertil Orsin, Harry Teike, Snorri Thorvaldsson (violins), Lars Arvinder, Nils Heie (violas), Hans-Goran Eketorp, Erik Dybeck (cellos).
There to help them with the pronunciation was Claude-Michel Schönberg, who together with lyricist Alain Boublil (writer of the French 'Waterloo' lyrics) would go on to compose the successful musical Les Miserables. Although at least Björn and Benny were not really fond of doing these "European" versions of their own songs, they simply regarded it as something that had to be done. "When everything is going at full speed like it did after the Eurovision thing, and you do four photo sessions and four interviews and TV shows one day, it might as well be a recording in French the following day," says Benny.