Barroso: Thank you for the music

20 09 2012

Commission president meets Bjorn Ulvaeus to discuss culture

European commission president Barroso urged representatives from
Europe’s cultural world, to ‘take a chance on me’ at a meeting in the
commission headquarters, a few kilometres from the site of the battle
of Waterloo. The hour-long meeting was followed by an
hour-and-a-half-long dinner with the representatives, who included
Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus.

Addressing the gathering, the commission’s own super trouper,
President Barroso explained that culture wasn’t all about ‘money,
money, money’ or ‘the winner takes it all’, but more a case of using
culture to create an emotional bond between citizens, a case of
‘knowing me, knowing you’.

“My vision of culture is not culture as an instrument. As science,
culture is a way for people’s fulfillment,” Barroso said.

The meeting between the world of culture and politics sought to
explore how culture contributes to the European project and how Europe

can better support culture. With participants representing all
artistic disciplines, from visual arts to cinema, literature,
performing arts, classical and popular music or also science, the
meeting provided an inspiring moment to address – through cultural
lenses – global challenges such as the European crisis and the growing
Euroscepticism of citizens, including among young people.

According to Barroso, ‘the name of the game’ was a continual dialogue
and he proposed an Agora on Culture to continue in 2013 and beyond the
debate with a higher visibility and a stronger emphasis on civil

He continued, “Let’s do something formidable. Let’s create platforms
to communicate where women and men from culture debate Europe and
where we all engage with citizens in a serious conversation about the
future of Europe.”


ABBA 5 disc DVD set

18 09 2012

Abba: Maestro’s from the Vaults Collection (5 Discs)

Due for release on 12 November 2012.


12 09 2012

November 2012 will see another release in the ABBA Deluxe Edition series. Hot on the heels of the well-received Deluxe Edition of The Visitors,this time the 1975 album simply entitled “ABBA”, featuring classic hits such as ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘SOS’ and ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’, will receive the Deluxe treatment.

The first disc in this 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus three bonus tracks, all of which have been remastered especially for this release.  The second disc is a DVD, featuring 60 minutes of previously unreleased television performances, including the complete 1976 television special ABBA In Australia – the export version of the famous The Best Of ABBA special, which had higher viewer ratings than the moon landing in Australia. 6 of the 12 songs in the special are performances of tracks from the ABBA album. In addition, there are three songs from the 1975 television special Made In Sweden – For Export, along with two fab performances from the BBC archives: ‘SOS’ on Seaside Special, first broadcast in 1975, and ‘Mamma Mia’ on Top Of The Pops (1976). To round off the DVD there are two vintage television commercials, one for the Australian hits album The Best Of ABBA (along with the other albums released by ABBA in Australia up to that point) and the other for ABBA’s Greatest Hits album.

The package also includes a 24-page booklet featuring an extensive essay on the making of the album, for which ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have contributed fresh insights and stories.

Don’t miss out on this Deluxe Edition of ABBA – featuring the hits that made Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida household names all over the world!



1.  Mamma Mia

2.  Hey, Hey Helen

3.  Tropical Loveland

4.  SOS

5.  Man In The Middle

6.  Bang-A-Boomerang

7.  I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

8.  Rock Me

9.  Intermezzo no 1

10.  I’ve Been Waiting For You

11.  So Long

Bonus Tracks:

12.  Crazy World

13.  Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton – On Top Of Old Smokey – Midnight Special

14.  Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)


1. ABBA In Australia (Television Special Export Edition)

Mamma Mia

Hasta Mañana

Ring Ring

Tropical Loveland (Hawksbury river clip)


I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

Rock me

Dancing Queen (not included on Australian edition)

Honey, Honey


So Long


2. Made In Sweden – For Export (SVT)

Mamma Mia

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

So Long

3. SOS (Seaside Special, BBC)

4. Mamma Mia (Top Of The Pops, BBC)

5. The Best Of ABBA, TV Commercial

6. Greatest Hits, TV Commercial

7. International Sleeve Gallery

ABBA are latest additions to Madame Tussauds

7 09 2012

Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid – will add a colourful dimension as they take up a short term residency in the Music Zone at the London attraction.

The waxworks will then make their way to Madame Tussauds’ attractions around the world.

ABBA will be captured in the iconic style from their 1975 video for SOS.

Agnetha and Anni-Frid will be wearing replicas of the popular yellow and blue feline themed outfits teamed with pristine white knee-high leather boots, while Benny and Björn will wear outrageous white seventies outfits encrusted with diamantes and sequins, finished off with flares and platform boots.


6 09 2012

ABBA’s Greatest Hits collections are legendary! They are some of the biggest selling albums of all time and have hit the number 1 spot in dozens of countries all around the world . The Essential Collection is latest addition to this series and is in shops this week!

Featuring 19 Top 10s and 9 number 1 smash hit singles includingWaterloo, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All and Mamma Mia and, included on DVD for the very first time, two previously unreleased videos for the Spanish versions of Knowing Me, Knowing You and Thank You For The Music, along with all of the official ABBA promotional videos, now newly remastered.

Available as 2CD, DVD and limited edition 2CD/DVD and a beautifully illustrated 28 page booklet.

It’s most certainly Essential!

ABBA – Interactive Timeline

3 09 2012

Frida’s charity Auction -Video.

2 09 2012