ABBA's recording sessions - it's a human story

Published February 09, 2017

In discussions about the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, there has been much focus on the many alternate mixes and other tapes I've heard during work on the book. This has perhaps led some to believe that this will be a dry-as-dust read, with nothing but itty-bitty details about session dates and variations in the recordings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While the descriptions about the music and how the various mixes differ will certainly be there, this is mainly a book about the human beings who created ABBA's music - the four members, Michael B. Tretow, the musicians - and how they thought and felt while those songs were written and the recordings made.

For example, in the attached picture you see a spread from the book, showing the first two pages of the 5,700 word essay about Agnetha and Frida's vocals: how they approached their singing, both in terms of method and from an emotional perspective. This essay features a number of comments from my original interviews with the female half of ABBA that didn't make it into the first edition of the book, plus, of course, I've scoured other sources for additional comments. I'm quite proud of the result, even if I say so myself.

So, don't forget: ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is, above all, a human story.

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ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions features a 5,700 word essay on Agnetha and Frida's vocals.