ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis

By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis

In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a tune known as Isnt It effortless to claim, which marked the start of a songwriting and checklist generating partnership that has persevered to this present day. because the Sixties drifted into the Nineteen Seventies, they begun making recordings with woman singers (who additionally later grew to become their wives), a operating dating that may proceed until eventually August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a suite of songs which heralded some of the most winning recording careers the realm has ever identified and claimed a different position within the background of well known music.
That quartet was once after all Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, greater often called ABBA, and this booklet is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in keeping with vast study and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 participants of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and plenty of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the entire Recording periods recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been instructed earlier than.

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The initial idea of calling the song 'Honey-Pie' was discarded because it was hard to build a set of lyrics around that title. Instead, Stig settled on 'Waterloo', a name which he found in a book of familiar quotations. With its insistent beat, strong vocals, incredibly catchy chorus, and ingenious guitar and bass riff invented by Janne Schaffer, 'Waterloo' is as close a definition to the word 'hit' as anyone could come up with. It came as no surprise, then, that ABBA won both the Swedish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest in February and the finals on 6th April 1974.

The first song to be recorded, 'Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)', was one that both Björn and Benny remember being especially pleased with when they had written it, "It's very close to those early sixties Phil Spector type of songs that we really liked," explains Björn. "I also remember writing the lyrics in a small Stockholm flat that Polar owned. I thought the title was too long, but there was no getting around that, because we couldn't call it just 'Dance'," The recording session was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few times that ABBA used a musician outside their normal circle of Swedish session musicians.

However, Benny is not so fond of the 'howling' sound of the recording, and the song was actually among a few tracks that Björn and Benny considered might benefit from an ultimately never realised ABBA remix project, instigated by PolyGram a few years ago. "We had this idea that if we were to do a remix album, we would not only choose the obvious dance tracks, but also certain songs we liked, but where we were less satisfied with the outcome of the recording," explains Benny. The dissatisfaction in this case had nothing to do with the singing however, with Agnetha delivering a sterling lead vocal performance.

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