Monday, 28 April 2008


'Slowly' is a song written by Benny and Björn, with the possible intention of recording it with ABBA for their never-finished 9th album (unconfirmed). Instead, or otherwise, it was given to Frida for her solo album 'Shine'.

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.

Just Like That (OOPSed)

Here's an interesting one. It's the snippet of Just Like That from the ABBA Undeleted medley, with the OOPS (Out Of Phase Stereo) audio effect applied.

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.

Just A Notion (Extended Mix)

Here's an extended mix of Just A Notion, made by myself. Enjoy! :)

Monday, 21 April 2008

Arrival/Björn Again Sing Rarities

Here's a chance to hear the full version of Just A Notion, of which only a small re-edited snippet was released in the ABBA Undeleted medley. It's not sung by ABBA; rather, it's sung by ABBA tribute group Arrival.

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.