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All of the singles, all of the albums, the entire excursions, the entire television specials and movies... the entire ABBA! For 4 a long time ABBA - the mixed abilities of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - has been an international song phenomenon, clocking up list revenues of over 360 million. definitely some of the most revered and recognisable manufacturers in pop, Scandinavia's all-conquering musical export really remained jointly for under ten years however the group's impression resonates as a lot this day because it did within the Nineteen Seventies. due to the worldwide good fortune of the musical Mamma Mia!, ABBA's hit songs are loved through thousands of latest admirers, however it is the unique recordings which set the bench-mark for twentieth century pop. the attractive, cascading melodies and unmistakable harmonies of Dancing Queen', SOS', Take an opportunity on Me' and The Winner Takes all of it' have a different energy to encourage ardour and devotion in equivalent degree. For the first actual time the entire ABBA compiles the entire Swedish supergroup's singles, albums, television specials, excursions and flicks. starting with their 1972 debut unmarried humans desire Love', the e-book chronicles the band's very good tale all through to Björn and Benny's effective thanks for the track tribute live performance held in London in 2009, and past, to 2012, the band's fortieth anniversary. this is often all of the ABBA you are going to ever want!

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Again in Britain ‘Waterloo’ turned the 1st of ABBA’s 9 chart-toppers, when in Sweden, the place the tune used to be published ahead of the contest, the Swedish-language model stalled at quantity 2, one position in the back of by way of the English model. ABBA’s victory set the benchmark for all additional Eurovision successes. Expressly it really is Björn, Benny and Stig’s Euro-vision which has supplied the template for dozens of alternative festival entrants, a few highly profitable, others no longer so. it's no twist of fate that Britain’s later Eurovision victories, in 1976 and 1981, specifically Brotherhood of Man’s ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’ and greenbacks Fizz’s ‘Making Your brain Up’ have been boy/girl four-pieces acting uptempo bubblegum songs. After ABBA’s win, Björn informed newshounds he really believed that the cobwebs were good and actually blown from ‘old kind’ Eurovision and he expected that the likes of David Bowie may simply participate in the longer term. after all, that used to be hugely not likely, yet definitely no-one has ever come with regards to the top of Eurovision good fortune which ABBA accomplished. 3 many years later a win at Eurovision holds little or no international foreign money. when Benny and Björn have chuffed stories in their 1974 jubilation they now think somewhat ambivalent in the direction of the pomposity of the full festival. ‘What it truly is now could be potentially an exceptional tv occasion, yet for song it ability nothing,’ Benny instructed the BBC in may possibly 2009. ‘I don’t watch Eurovision, it’s develop into so large. It was once a smaller scale in 1974 than it truly is now. it may were a bit extra significant once we entered, but... musically it’s no longer what it may be. ’ ABBA used Eurovision as a magic door to a much bigger area, yet eventually it replaced every thing for Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida and not anything may ever be an identical back. ‘It gave us loads of paintings and many travelling,’ Agnetha stated decades later, ‘and it replaced my existence to be an ‘official’ individual, a superstar. ’ Recalling how he felt whilst he ultimately climbed into mattress after their Brighton win Björn realised that vary was once enormous: ‘I knew whatever had occurred that used to be this kind of turning element in my existence it’s virtually very unlikely to visualize. i presumed, “We have the realm at our ft virtually. we have now each danger on the planet. ”’ ‘WATERLOO’ (ALBUM) published March 1974 (Sweden) Produced by means of Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Written through Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (tracks 2, three, five, 6, 8-11) Written by way of Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson & Björn Ulvaeus (tracks 1, four, 7) Engineered by way of Michael B Tretow maximum chart place: no 1 (Sweden) #28 (UK) #18 (Australia) tune directory: ‘Waterloo’ ‘Sitting within the Palmtree’ ‘King Kong tune’ ‘Hasta Maňana’ ‘My Mama acknowledged’ ‘Dance (While the tune nonetheless is going On)’ ‘Honey, Honey’ ‘Watch Out’ ‘What approximately Livingstone’ ‘Gonna Sing You My Lovesong’ ‘Suzy-Hang-Around’ extra tracks on 2001 reissue: ‘Ring Ring’ (1974 remix model) ‘Waterloo’ (Swedish model) ‘Honey, Honey’ (Swedish model) ABBA’s first overseas album unencumber marked a daring new starting for the crowd; this wasn’t, as ‘Ring Ring’ were, simply an workout in scraping jointly a handful of disparate tunes from the studio ground, nor was once this a self-indulgent self-importance venture through 4 both gifted Swedish performers.

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