Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
I would like to take this opportunity to make a brief apology for the lack of updates here recently. University has kept me very busy over the last few months, so I have found little time to be able to update this blog. However, over the next month or so I will have some more free time on my hands, so I plan to be updating regularly once again within the near future.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Now, over the last few weeks or so, I have been eagerly keeping up with the so-called "ABBA Gold Anomalies" series on YouTube, by MarkPMus. All of the videos to date are included below, in the following order: [Introduction], Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Take A Chance On Me, [CD vs. Vinyl Mixes], Mamma Mia, Fernando, Lay All Your Love On Me, Super Trouper.
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Take A Chance On Me
[CD vs. Vinyl Mixes]
Lay All Your Love On Me
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
As a slight bonus, here's a Dutch radio interview with Björn and Benny, about the movie, that took place on the 2nd July.
Monday, 30 June 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
In 1994, the song was covered by Mexican band Timbiriche, this time sung in Spanish. The title is 'Muriendo Lento'.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
This recording has previously been reported as 'fake', but to any skilled listener it most certainly is not. If you listen carefully, you can just about make out Angetha and Frida's vocals in various points of the song (most notably, Frida singing 'Without you' towards the end).
Also, here's Svenne & Lotta's version of the unrecorded and unreleased ABBA song Funky Feet, which was thought too similar to Dancing Queen. They are singing over the original unused ABBA backing track:
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
Listening to the song, it is not hard to realise that it is, at heart, an ABBA track. It also seems to have that same eerie solemness as Like An Angel Passing Through My Room. Though not produced by Benny and Björn, Frida sings it very well, and it is a pleasure to listen to.
If you've never heard about the OOPS effect before, you can find out more about it here.
Back to the song, and it's quite nice to be able to hear a bit more of the backing track, without that overpowering saxophone. You can also quantify the sheer amount of echo that has been added to the girls' vocals in the chorus during mixing. If you listen carefully, you can also just about make out the backing vocals.
Monday, 21 April 2008
While the vocals can certainly not be compared to those of Agnetha and Frida's, the real reason for listening to this recording is essentially to get a feel for how the full ABBA version would have sounded.
Also, Björn Again's live version of Just Like That, with an excellent synthesiser melody in place of ABBA's nothingness/nananas/saxophone, is possibly the best-produced ABBA tribute song ever. It captures the energy and emotion that Björn and Benny were originally, and - at least in their opinions - unsuccessfully, looking for when recording Just Like That with ABBA.
Monday, 10 March 2008
I have included my personal favourites here: Every Good Man, Paternal Supervisor, and the demo of One Night In Bangkok (supposedly using Bjorn's original lyrics). Enjoy! :)
Friday, 22 February 2008
Thursday, 31 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
After that funky attempt at recording a backing track for When All Is Said And Done, naturally Bjorn and Benny felt the need to rerecord it with a completely different arangement. It's the arrangement we've come to know (and love), as this was the version released on The Visitors (1981). However, the final release is a slightly cut-down one; the following video includes the complete original recording. (I don't want to spoil the surprise, but essentially at the end of the song there is a repeat of the first verse.)
Saturday, 19 January 2008
...And here is the complete version:
I'm not obsessed. Honest.
Now, enough of my own material already! :P
Friday, 18 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Just Like That was written by Björn and Benny in May 1982, and recording sessions began that same month. At least three versions were recorded: the first attempt at recording the song has become known as the 'original', 'slow' or 'dream' version (the version used in my video here). The second version of the song is known as the 'Nanana' or 'Lalala' version. The last known version of the song has become known as the 'saxophone' version.
After recording of the 'saxophone' version in June 1982, Just Like That was left unsatisfactory by Benny and Björn. They stated some time afterwards that the song simply sounded 'wrong': the verses and the choruses did not go together well, and that is why it was scrapped.
Ah well, we can always hope they'll change their minds. :)