29 02 2012

Kristina från Duvemåla has it premiere in Finlad, and both Benny and Björn were there for the show.

you can watch a video of the night on Aftonbladets site

More picture and video are available at our web site


27 02 2012

vist our newly designed web site.

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26 02 2012

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25 02 2012

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24 02 2012

The relaunch will happen Monday. Thanks for all the wonderful emails,hope you’ll like the new site!

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23 02 2012

Update on The Visitors Deluxe edition

19 02 2012

Polar have released a few more details about the Extra Bonus Track, ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’ . It traces the evolution of ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’, the closing track on The Visitors. Back in 1981, this particular song was one of the more challenging tunes during original recording sessions for the album. With the first demos and backing tracks being laid down in May 1981, it wasn’t until several different versions later, in November 1981 – only three weeks before the album reached record shops! – that ABBA finally landed on the version heard on the album.

As the Deluxe Edition of The Visitors was put together, ABBA’s Benny Andersson had the idea that it would be interesting to revisit the various recordings of the song and put together a medley. And this he did in October and November of 2011. The nine-minute medley takes us from the very first demo, with vocals by Björn, to a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals, similar to the final version. In between are a demo recording by Frida and Benny (on grand piano) with alternate lyrics entitled ‘Another Morning Without You’; a completely different “disco” attempt, played by a full band and with the final lyrics in place; and a ballad interpretation, also with a full band backing, featuring Frida on lead vocals. “It was fun to put this thing together, just to show what the process can be like,” says Benny Andersson. “It’s an interesting observation on how you labour over things before you reach the final result.”

Elsewhere on The Visitors Deluxe Edition, the original album has been expanded with bonus tracks to include ‘Should I Laugh Or Cry’, recorded during sessions for The Visitors but only used as the B-side of the ‘One Of Us’ single. The Deluxe Edition features a version with a brief count-in, which was originally released on the ‘One Of Us’ single in Great Britain and South Africa. The remaining bonus tracks cover ABBA’s final singles and recording sessions in 1982.

The DVD of this Deluxe Edition opens with two performances from the television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA, where ABBA previewed two tracks from their forthcoming album: ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. Another selection from the original broadcast of the TV special is the video for ‘When All Is Said And Done’, which featured an edit that differs slightly from the version heard on the album – this video is included here with its rare original soundtrack in stereo.

Also featured are two lengthy television appearances, which ABBA made as they were promoting their 1982 singles ‘The Day Before You Came’ and ‘Under Attack’, along with the compilation album The Singles – The First Ten Years. The first comes from Great Britain and the second from Sweden, wherein the group also performed ‘Under Attack’. Rounding off the DVD are four vintage commercials for The Visitors and The Singles – The First Ten Years, and a gallery of selected sleeves from the 1981–1982 era.

New Björn Interview.

19 02 2012

“life is more important than all the money in the world”

Interview with  Björn

With ABBA, he has written worldwide hits: Bjorn Ulvaeus, the one in the B band name. He is now 65 – and ABBA celebrates its 40th anniversary To celebrate Bavaria has led an interview with the musician. The conversation about German houses, music and a possible return to the stage.

Björn: Hello?

Bayern 1: Hello, here is Bayern 1, we speak with Bjorn?

Björn: Yes you do!

Bayern 1: May we call you Bjorn?

Bjorn: Of course, what did you think? Professor Ulvaeus? (Laughs)

Bayern 1: Well Bjorn, thank you! And also thank you for taking the time for us.

Björn: I thought this is a wonderful idea, this action program, and by the way: I will in a few weeks to come to Munich to celebrate the  70th birthday of an old friend.

Bayern 1: Oh, really? When will you be there?

Bjorn: In a month or so …

Bayern 1: It would be great if you could then visit us.

Bjorn: Yeah, maybe.

Bayern 1: Of interest to us, Björn: You work together with Benny still, write and produce music together. What are you working for now?

Björn: We just put together a musical on stage, on 29 February is premiered in Helsinki.

Bayern 1: Will also go on tour?

Björn: We have already performed the play in Sweden, which was a huge production. Now the whole thing  is smaller, so that it can travel well. We would like to do already. Let’s see. We’ll be in for the premiere guests from Germany with us who watch it. We’ll find that it is suitable to all cases for the Scandinavian countries are very good, and for Russia, perhaps even for the Baltic Länder.Warum not for Germany?

Bayern 1: And then, hopefully, with Bayern on the list of tour locations.

Björn: But yes, absolutely!

Bavaria 1: Is there a new song by Benny and Bjorn?

Björn: We occasionally write for Benny’s band, the Benny Andersson Orchestra. The Swedish texts are usually, but some are in English. Apart from that we have in recent years  not really done so much together. But who knows what the future holds even more. If we feel the urge again, maybe something for a movie.

Bayern 1: At the moment, of course, delighted the fans on the new ABBA album to come out in April.

Bjorn: So it’s not really new.

Bayern 1: sort of “new” then.

Bjorn: Yeah, exactly!

Bayern 1: Many of us are familiar with even the original 1981 “The Visitors”, but on the new version is an extra song: “From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel”.

Björn: It’s a little medley, an example of how a title is created. In fact, from the song “Like An Angel Passing Through My Room” was. That’s on top of the ’81 album. But before that we had different versions and the recording starts with the fact that I make a wrong – demo text -, sing a different version with Frida and gradually to the released song. So no new song, just one example of how we worked.

Bayern 1: Can you give us an impression of how it sounded back then?

Bjorn: That impression is on the record. I sing as “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”.

Bayern 1: When you get a little time that’s private: Do you see your ex-wife Agnetha ?

Bjorn: Yeah! Quite often. We have three grandchildren, so I see them every Christmas, on birthdays. By the way: Next week I see them too, because one has our grandchildren’s birthday.

Bayern 1: So you really have a good relationship?

Bjorn: Yeah!

Bayern 1: You have become good friends over the years?

Bjorn: Yeah, we were lovers, we were more neutral for a while, now we are friends.

Bavaria 1: This is beautiful!

Björn: Yes. (Laughs)

Bayern 1: So you’re still working together with Benny, you have a very good relationship with Agnetha. Excuse me, that we ask this: But everybody wants to know if you someday again appear together as ABBA?

Bjorn: No! That will never happen again!

Bayern 1: We heard you were offered a billion dollars on a tour , but you declined.

Bjorn: Yeah, it’s been a few years ago. I am sure that this money could have done a lot of good, but it would have shortened our lives by ten years! You can not even imagine what that means for stress what is going through since! At the end we said: It’s not really worth it!

Bavaria 1: Life of course, is far more valuable than all the money in the world.

Bjorn: That’s right, I would not allow anyone to take away ten years.

Bayern 1: Of course not. But it would have to be not a whole tour, maybe only one concert, a short, say two or three songs?

Bjorn: The preparations for it were also a great effort. No. The music simply lacks motivation. If we had something new, something that would necessarily would have to hear the world, then we do that too. But we just did not. Nevertheless, we are very proud of our active time in the 70s.

Agnetha-“Thank you all so very much from my heart”.

17 02 2012

– What a reception. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you! I’m very honoured over this prize. I hope that this despite the date (Friday 13th) everyone will have a great evening. I’m already having one! 

“Thank you all so very much from my heart”

Page from the latest issue of ELLE in Sweden  

(Scan Mikory)

New site coming soon!

10 02 2012

Our new web site for the fan club will be on line very soon, stay tuned for more details.

The old site is no longer available. But all the old features will be back better than ever!