All about the Voulez-Vous album in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions

Published August 24, 2018

Forty years ago, ABBA were struggling with the sessions for what was to become the Voulez-Vous album, a story detailed across 56 pages in my book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com). Around this time, back in August 1978, the group would have been working on 'The King Has Lost His Crown' and 'Just A Notion', the latter being one of many unreleased recordings from the Voulez-Vous sessions. Although they'd hoped to have the album finished in time for Christmas, that was not to happen - in fact, they admitted defeat as early as October. This is how I describe it in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions:

--- What had they accomplished so far? There had been plenty of recordings made, certainly, but most of them had been abandoned in various stages of completion: ‘Dr. Claus von Hamlet’, ‘Free As A Bumble Bee’, ‘Just A Notion’, ‘Hamlet III’, ‘Dream World’ and ‘Crying Over You’. ‘Lovelight’, which Björn and Benny had professed being so happy with earlier in September, had probably been deemed suitable B-side material at this stage, or would be very soon. Left for inclusion on the album, then, were ‘Lovers (Live A Little Longer)’, the full-length version of ‘Summer Night City’, and ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’; it wasn’t even enough tracks for an EP. “The prospects are not good. It’s worse than ever,” sighed Benny to a reporter. “We have no idea when we’ll be finished.” ---

Of course, Voulez-Vous was ultimately released in April 1979 and was well worth the wait, but it was certainly ABBA's most difficult album. The full story of how it and every other ABBA album came to be is in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Learn more and order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


The complicated making of ABBA's classic Voulez-Vous album is described across 56 pages in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions.