ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions: its format and contents (part 02)

Published June 23, 2016

In an earlier blog post, I began describing in more detail what the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is going to be like. In that post I discussed the diary format and the prose, and in today's post I will share some more insights.

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is not going to be an overly technical book. The focus is on the creativity and feelings of the human beings involved and not so much on the tecnhical equipment in the recording studios, although effect boxes and such will be referred to when they have relevance for something that was done with a particular song. Nor will there be too many detailed discussions of, say, how this or that guitar part was played, and references to musical terms - chords, notes and so on - will be kept to a mininum except when they are absolutely necessary to get a point across. In other words, you shouldn't have to be extremely familiar with the technology of recording studios, nor musically educated, to enjoy the book.

This book is primarily about the text: I want the reader to learn as much as possible about how ABBA's music was made. Therefore, photographs will be kept to a minimum, although there will of course be pictures in the book, along with illustrations of documents, record sleeves etc. Which leads us into what seems to be the holy grail for so many ABBA fans: previously unpublished pictures! Will there be any such photos? I'm pleased to report that I have been in contact with someone who has photographs from a particular recording session that he claims have never been published anywhere before - I have seen the pictures and I certainly don't recognise them. It looks very likely that some of these will be made available for publication in the book, and I also have a few other unseen (I think!) pictures up my sleeve, which I hope to be able to clear. Fingers crossed...

More details about the book contents in an upcoming blog post. And, finally, apropos of nothing, my current ABBA favourite track is Voulez-Vous - what an exciting, energetic recording. It doesn't hurt that over the past few weeks I've learned so many new things about the making of it, and I can't wait to share it with you all in the book.

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ABBA at the recently opened Polar Music Studio in 1978.