ABBA-related material on Björn Skifs DVD box set

Published July 28, 2014

Most long-time ABBA fans know who Björn Skifs is: singer, actor, comedian, pal of ABBA, lead vocalist on the Chess song 'The Arbiter', and so on - not to mention the first Swedish artist to reach number one on the Billboard singles chart (with 'Hooked On A Feeling' back in 1974).

In 2010 a massive DVD box set was released, entitled Björn Skifs XL3 Deluxe and chronicling his life and career up until the present day. I never got around to buying it when it was first released, but recently I finally invested, and made a couple of fairly interesting discoveries for the ABBA fan.

The box set follows the format of Frida - The DVD, with current interview clips with Björn Skifs followed by vintage television performances and video clips - indeed, this box set was produced by the same people who put together Frida's DVD. The life-and-career overview takes up three DVDs, while the remaining three discs feature three movies that Björn co-wrote and starred in: Strul, Joker and Drömkåken. None of the DVDs in the box set feature English subtitles.

Of interest to the ABBA fan and collector are the excerpts from the 1970 TV series När stenkakan slog. Frida was one of the singers in this production and many of her songs were released on Frida - The DVD, including 'Kalle på Spången' (performed by Frida, Björn Skifs, Sten Nilsson and Mona Wessman), which is also featured in this box set. However, Frida also takes part in another song included in the Björn Skifs box set, namely 'Flickorna i Småland'. The song itself is performed by Björn Skifs and Sten Nilsson, but Frida and Mona are extras, mainly seen from afar in the clip. Not a very prominent contribution, admittedly, but she is in it - and it's a commercial DVD release. Both clips can be watched here for those who will make do with Youtube picture quality.

Although Björn Skifs doesn't talk about his Chess experience in the interview segments, the box set also features the official video clip of his performance of 'The Arbiter'. Presumably, this clip will be included on the DVD included with the upcoming remastered edition of the Chess concept album, but I believe Björn's box set may be the first time one of the Chess videos has been commercially released on DVD (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong in this regard).

CDOn are selling this box set at a bargain price at the moment, please use the convenient ordering links to the right.