I recorded in the same studio as ABBA

Published June 15, 2017

As some long-time followers of my blog posts may remember, I sang four songs on a children's album back in 1975. Because of my current profession, I thought it would be fun to identify any possible ABBA connections, and found three:

• Ola Brunkert was the drummer on the children's album
• Steel guitarist Janne Lindgren ('Happy Hawaii') appears on the album
• The sleeve pictures were taken by Bengt H. Malmqvist (innumerable ABBA publicity photos including park bench pic and Ring Ring album sleeve)

But during the writing of the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions I found that there's one more connection, of perhaps even greater significance. I was able to confirm something I had a hunch about, which is that Ljudkopia, where the backing track for 'Bang-A-Boomerang' was recorded, and Polyvox are one and the same studio. In early 1975, when 'Bang...' was recorded it was still known as Ljudkopia, but by the summer of the same year, when I recorded those songs, it had changed its name to Polyvox.

Furthermore, according to the recollections of drummer Rolf Alex, some mixing work for 'Summer Night City' was made there as well, and this is where Rolf overdubbed his hi-hat on that recording. So the fact of the matter is that I've recorded on the same premises as ABBA. Call me silly, but I think it's kind of fun!

Of course, ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions features several essays about the recording studios most frequently used by ABBA, and a few paragraphs about Ljudkopia/Polyvox as well.

Order your copy of the book here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


Recording sessions for Du, pappa... album, summer 1975. Left to right: Kjell Öhman (keyboards), Mats Winqvist, Jan Bergman (bass), Lotta Winqvist, me, Ola Brunkert (drums), Lennart Nyhlén (guitar).