Carl Magnus Palm has written about the new Deluxe edition of Voulez-Vous, and how it will contain a new full length version of DREAMWORLD!
THE HISTORY OF VOULEZ-VOUS
Voulez-Vous was first released in Sweden in April 1979. Although sessions had begun more than a year earlier, the recording period resulted in a number of unreleased tracks in various stages of completion, and half the album was actually written and recorded in a burst of creativity in the last few months before the release. Featuring hit singles such as ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Does Your Mother Know’, ‘Voulez-Vous’ and ‘I Have A Dream’, it was not an all-out disco album, although several of the tracks featured an insistent dance beat and funky rhythms, and the sleeve was shot at the Alexandra’s discotheque in Stockholm.
PUTTING TOGETHER THE DELUXE EDITION
Following on from the Deluxe Editions of Arrival and ABBA – The Album, work on the Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition begun back in 2008. Although much was accomplished back then, for various reasons it was put on the back-burner and not revived until the autumn of 2009. The format is the same as for previous Deluxe Editions: one disc a CD of the original album plus bonus tracks, one disc a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material relevant to the Voulez-Vous era. All tracks on the CD have been remastered especially for this release, all in an effort to further improve the sound quality on ABBA releases.
The bonus track ‘Dream World’, recorded during the Voulez-Vous sessions but not released until 1994, should be of special interest to completists. When this track was first issued on the Thank You For The Music box set, it was faded in to conceal a damage on the master tape. For the Voulez-Vous Deluxe Edition release we managed to locate a tape without the damage, meaning that ‘Dream World’ now appears “in full” for the first time on CD.
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