ABBA WOW moments

Published June 02, 2016

"Just a quickie message about the new chapter: so many WOW moments!" Those were the words contained in a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm from ABBA expert Ian Cole a while ago; Ian is my friend and also one of my proofreaders for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. The text that prompted these lovely words was the 1977 chapter, dealing with the recordings from ABBA's tour of Europe and Australia, and the recording of ABBA - The Album.

It was something I needed to hear at the time, because after researching, writing, revising, re-editing, double-checking, triple-checking, and struggling to find the best way of relaying innumerable pieces of information - well, let's just say that over-familiarity can breed a barrelful of contempt. Profound reflections such as "Who wants to read this s**t anyway?" may sometimes travel through your mind.

Ian continued: "It's f*****g fabulous. You've found so much we never knew, not just from the listening sessions but the other research. I'm amazed that there is so much more we will learn from this." Certainly, I'm not going to pretend that I wasn't aware that I'd dug up some interesting stuff in various archives and libraries, and through interviews etc. But it was only after Ian had given me his quickie message that I browsed through the 1977 chapter again and realised that there's actually a lot more new and/or long-forgotten stuff in there than I'd realised when I sent it to him to read through. Not a bad chapter at all, even if I say so myself.

In other news, I now feel that I know more exactly what the revised edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is going to be like, and in my next blog I will give you more details about the type of content that will be in the book.

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, please support this exciting project by pre-ordering your signed copy of the book here:

Plenty of "WOW moments" guaranteed.


ABBA in 1977, at the time of recording ABBA - The Album.