The Superlative album

31 03 2011





Charm School! Amazing!

28 03 2011

Roxette are back! The first new album for 9 years has finally been released in the UK today. This album is awesome! Buy it here “Other” section.

Charm School” is already album of the week on BBC Radio 2, and “She’s Got Nothing On (but the Radio)” is improving its position on the UK airplay chart!

You can buy the album in the UK from the following online shops from next Monday (28 March):

Amazon and HMV

They are also now on Apple Ping!






ABBAWORLD Next Stop-Prague.

23 03 2011
The glamour and glitz tour of ABBAWORLD, the spectacular multimedia exhibition show, continues. After London, Melbourne, Sydney and Györ in Hungary, the next stop on the calendar is Prague. The members of ABBA are happy to see ABBAWORLD arrive in the blooming capital of the Czech Republic in springtime.

”ABBAWORLD is going places where we never had a chance to play when we were still active as a group and that’s great!” says Bjorn. “We wish all visitors a happy experience.”

The exhibition, which will premiere on 6 May 2011 at Slovansky Dum in the centre of the Czech capital, is presented by Sony Music Prague, in cooperation with Viva Art Music.

”We are looking forward to this exhibition with great excitement,” says Zbynek Knobloch, managing director of Sony Music Entertainment Czech Republic. ”This is an exhibition that allows the visitors to engage and interact in ways that we never thought possible a few years ago.”

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, the production company of ABBAWORLD, has followed the tour over the world.

”It has been a very succesful tour and our visit in Hungary showed us that there is a pent-up demand for ABBA in a lot of the countries that never saw them tour there. Now you don’t have to regret that you never got to see ABBA live – the exhibition even adds another dimension to the experience, you can take part on stage too.”

Tickets will be available 24th of March 2011, by TicketPro.

 





Super sound on Super Trouper

20 03 2011

The forthcoming Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is an exciting double disc package of a classic ABBA album, in the vein of previous Deluxe Editions of Arrival, ABBA – The Album and Voulez-Vous. the track listing has already been  revealed for the CD and the DVD included in this package, the latter of which features previously unreleased television performances. Now some information on the work that has gone into the remastering of the original album.

On Super Trouper Deluxe Edition, all tracks on the CD have been remastered especially for this release. All of the recordings used in this process have been taken from the original master tapes of each individual track on the original album. In other words, these tapes are as close to the original recording as they could possibly be, making for the pure, unadulterated sound of ABBA in the studio. The same is also true of the bonus tracks.

The philosophy behind the CD mastering, made by Erik Broheden at Masters Of Audio in Stockholm, Sweden, was to remain as close to the original tapes as possible, retaining the original dynamics. Any enhancements have only been made to further bring out the sound as originally produced by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus in collaboration with their invaluable sound engineer Michael B. Tretow.

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition is released May 9, 2011.

Source: abbasite





ABBAWORLD Sydney.

18 03 2011

Press release from ABBAWORLD

ABBAWORLD, the exhibition about the 70s global pop sensation ABBA whose music almost four decades on continues to attract a new generation of fans, has now been extended at the Powerhouse Museum until 26 June 2011.

Powerhouse Museum Associate Director, Mark Goggin, said: “Tens of thousands of Sydney fans have really enjoyed this exhibition for the pure fun it offers visitors as they relive the era of ABBA that captured audiences worldwide through their engaging music, glitzy costumes and invigorating performances. We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to extend ABBAWORLD’s season in Sydney before the exhibition returns to Sweden.”

ABBAWORLD captures the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon.  It explores where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It features ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show –  Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia.

On display are more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind-the-scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

The ABBA concert dressing room, the writing studio on Viggsö – an island in the Stockholm archipelago where many of ABBA’s songs were written, and ABBA’s recording studio Polar Studio in Stockholm where the group recorded its last two albums, are also recreated in the exhibition.

Visitors can relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives including perform on a stage with ABBA, dance in an ABBA video, record a sing-a-long with ABBA, or be photographed on an ABBA album cover.

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today.  ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: “It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner? We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!”

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions says: “We´re happy for the big crowds ABBAWORLD has attracted so far at Powerhouse Museum and are looking forward to an even stronger finishing run of our Australian visit.”

On View: ABBAWORLD
Date: Until 26 June 2011
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Website: www.powerhousemuseum.com
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Admission: Adult 12, family 16.
Book tickets at www.powerhousemuseum.com/abbaworld





The Story Of ABBA – DVD

14 03 2011

This TV special was recorded in November 1982 in Stockholm for Dutch TV channel “Veronica”. Exclusive interview with Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida  talking about their lives as musicians and how everything started.  Stikkan Anderson was also interviewed. The interview is mixed with videos from the solo years to 1982 as well as excerpts from the tours in 1977 and 1979. First aired on December 12th 1982.






SUPER TROUPER DELUXE EDITION – THE TRACK LIST REVEALED

3 03 2011

Super Trouper Deluxe Edition, The Official ABBA Site  has now announced the track list for the 2-disc set.

Disc 01: CD

01 Super Trouper

02 The Winner Takes It All

03 On And On And On

04 Andante, Andante

05 Me And I

06 Happy New Year

07 Our Last Summer

08 The Piper

09 Lay All Your Love On Me

10 The Way Old Friends Do

Bonus Tracks

11 Elaine

12 On And On And On (Full length version, stereo mix)

13 Put On Your White Sombrero

14 Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)

15 Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)

Disc 02: DVD

01 ABBA On German TV (SHOW EXPRESS, ZDF)

Songs performed:

The Winner Takes It All

Super Trouper

On And On And On

02 Happy New Year (SVT)

03 Words And Music (DOCUMENTARY)

04 Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA

05 Super Trouper (Remastered promo clip)

06 Happy New Year (Remastered promo clip)

07 Super Trouper TV commercial I (UK)

08 Super Trouper TV commercial II (UK)

09 International Sleeve Gallery

A few comments on the track list:
The original album and the bonus tracks have been remastered especially for this release, sounding better than ever. As for the bonus tracks, an exciting discovery was the stereo mix of the original, full length version of On And On And On, previously only available in mono. We are very happy to be able to include it on this Deluxe Edition of Super Trouper.

The DVD contains a number of television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album, none of which have been released on DVD before. The same goes for the vintage documentary Words And Music, produced by Polar Music International, which features the group talking specifically about the Super Trouper album in the immediate aftermath of the album’s completion.

We are especially thrilled to be able to include a brand new featurette, entitled Somewhere In The Crowd There’s You – On Location With ABBA. This featurette is a brand new production, compiling footage that was shot on the night when ABBA and their album designer, Rune Söderqvist, assembled a crowd of friends and circus performers to create the spectacular photograph featured on the Super Trouper album sleeve. This archive footage has been gathering dust in the archives for three decades without ever being made public – until now.

As a bonus, we have included the original promo clips for ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Happy New Year’ – both of which feature footage shot on the “album sleeve night” – to give the viewer further glimpses of what took place that night. The sequences included in the promo clips, shot by director Lasse Hallström, are completely different to the footage in the featurette, filmed by a separate film crew. The promo clips are the newly restored and remastered versions, out of which only ‘Super Trouper’ has been released before (on last year’s ABBA Gold CD/DVD Special Edition); the restored ‘Happy New Year’ is seen for the first time.

Source abbasite.com