For the original edition, the author had access to written documentation and tape boxes etc. and the cooperation of ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, but crucially only had limited opportunity when it came to hearing the actual audio archive, which at that time was still only accessible via the 24-track multi-track tapes.
These days everything is now available in digital form, and Palm – with the encouragement and support of Polar Music International/Universal Music and Björn and Benny – can revisit those tapes and spend as long as he needs listening to alternate takes, and understanding the development of the recordings of classic pop songs such as Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All and Mamma Mia.
The new edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions will be re-written from the ground up and will offer
• More facts and stories about ABBA’s recorded work: released as well as unreleased songs, alternate takes and alternate mixes
• More observations and insights into the writing of the songs
• More detailed info from Björn and Benny
• More comments from other people who were involved in ABBA’s recordings
• More reflections on the completed albums and singles
In fact, this new volume will be about 400 to 500 pages long, compared to the 128 pages of the first edition.
Carl Magnus Palm is self-financing this project through a Kickstarter campaign with a provisional publication date of late 2016. If you like what you hear in terms of this new edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions then head over to the campaign page and back this project.
February 5, 2015 by Paul Sinclair