By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a tune known as Isnt It effortless to assert, which marked the start of a songwriting and list generating partnership that has endured to today. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Nineteen Seventies, they all started making recordings with lady singers (who additionally later turned their wives), a operating dating that might proceed till August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a suite of songs which heralded some of the most profitable recording careers the area has ever identified and claimed a distinct position within the historical past of renowned music.
That quartet was once in fact Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, larger referred to as ABBA, and this publication is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in response to vast examine and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 participants of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and lots of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the total Recording periods recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been advised ahead of.
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Recording 'Dance (While The Music Still Goes On'; '(untitled)'. John 'Rabbit' Bundrick? (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Per Sahlberg (bass, percussion), Ola Brunkert (drums). 32 The Complete Recording Sessions On 15th June, Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida had embarked on their first Folkpark tour, doing 80 concerts although they only performed at weekends. In the meantime, something had to be done about their unmanageable name. Stig Anderson had apparently taken to referring to the foursome as ABBA every now and then, and when a 'think of a name for Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida' competition held in a newspaper reached the same conclusion, the decision was sealed.
On this day, the Swedish version of 'Ring Ring' was mixed, as well as the demo version that was sent to Neil Sedaka. 25th January KMH Studio. Recording 'Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother'; 'Love Is Always Young'; 'Feel'. Benny Andersson (keyboards), Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Roger Palm (drums), 'Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother', with lyrics by Benny, was yet another track for the forthcoming album, The other songs recorded on this day were two demo tracks not written by Björn and Benny, one of which ('Feel') was to be performed by Frida in a Song Festival in Caracas, Venezuela in February, According to Frida, they were never intended for release on record, however, 14th February Single release: 'Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal) (Swedish version)'/'Åh, Vilka Tider'.
Interspersed with the Björn and Benny track 'Rock'N'Roll Band', the melodically pleasant but otherwise unremarkable Agnetha track 'Disillusion', the somewhat anonymous 'I Am Just A Girl', and the somnambulist 'I Saw It In The Mirror' - unfocussed recording sessions had certainly produced an unfocussed album! Nevertheless, on their own terms, most of the tracks The Complete Recording Sessions 31 were quite enjoyable, and 'Ring Ring' accordingly entered the Swedish combined singles and albums chart at No.
ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis