Archive article: Gothenburg sessions, 1977

Published March 29, 2015

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Today's vintage article comes from a local Gothenburg newspaper, September 1977. The report was made when ABBA were in the town of Kungälv on the west coast of Sweden, mixing their upcoming single The Name Of The Game plus recordings intended for ABBA - The Movie.

Benny, Björn and Michael Tretow mixing tracks in Gothenburg, 1977.

As you can see in the pictures, there were also plenty of fans waiting outside the studio, asking for autographs - around 40, according to the report. "Björn and Benny write autographs for all they're worth, and even if they would remain in the doorway writing for a week without satisfying the need, they politely but firmly ask to be allowed to stop after a quarter of an hour." Plus ça change, eh?

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Benny, Björn and Michael Tretow mixing tracks in Gothenburg, 1977.