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ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis

By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis

In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a track referred to as Isnt It effortless to assert, which marked the start of a songwriting and checklist generating partnership that has endured to at the present time. because the Sixties drifted into the Seventies, they began making recordings with lady singers (who additionally later grew to become their wives), a operating courting that might proceed till August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a suite of songs which heralded essentially the most profitable recording careers the realm has ever recognized and claimed a different position within the background of renowned music.
That quartet used to be after all Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, greater often called ABBA, and this publication is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in accordance with vast learn and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 contributors of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and plenty of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the full Recording classes recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been advised ahead of.

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Their failure was probably due to the fact that the jury was made up of musicians, critics and other people active in various parts of the music business, who perhaps favoured melodic complexity over catchiness. The winner, 'Sommaren Som Aldrig Säger Nej', was in fact a very good song, but perhaps not really suitable for the Eurovision Song Contest. Performed by duo Malta (one half of which was Claes af Geijerstam, who The Complete Recording Sessions 29 would later be the sound engineer on some of ABBA's tours), the song finished 5th in the finals.

Recording 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do'. Alto saxophone overdubs by Ulf Andersson. Björn and Benny are both big fans of the European 'schlager' music, romantic and sometimes saccharine songs with strong melodies, rooted in Germany, Italy and France. 50 The Complete Recording Sessions In fact, the 'schlager' tradition can be said to be a vital ABBA ingredient, both in terms of melody structure and when it comes to arrangements. Its prime exponent is perhaps 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do', heavily influenced by American orchestra leader Billy Vaughn, who had hit it big in Europe in the fifties with his versions of songs like 'Sail Along Silv'ry Moon'.

That's When The Music Takes Me' (a 1973 Neil Sedaka hit) even had Swedish lyrics written for it entitled 'Med Lite Hjälp Av Music'. A version of the Dixie Cups' 1964 hit 'Chapel Of Love' would however be produced by Björn and Benny for Svenne & Lotta in 1975, albeit with a new backing track. April Single release: 'Honey, Honey'/'King Kong Song'. Polar POS 1192*. 18th? April (Studio unknown). Recording 'Waterloo (French Version)'. 38 The Complete Recording Sessions ABBA's all-important Eurovision Song Contest breakthrough in Brighton on 6th April was followed by a hectic promotional schedule throughout the rest of April, including their very first Top Of The Pops appearance, taped on 10th April, and several visits to Germany and Holland.

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