The basic facts about ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions

Published November 29, 2016

Attention, class! Stop singing, the four of you - this is important! Today I'm going to teach you the basic facts, not of life, but about the upcoming book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions ( The facts are as follows:

Fact 01: ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is a revised and expanded edition of a book originally published in 1994. The book details how ABBA's music was written and recorded and has been re-written from the ground up. The original book encompassed 128 pages - the new edition will land at 448 pages. The book will be published 31 March 2017.

Fact 02: The author has been granted permission to listen to every surviving alternate mix tape of ABBA's classic recordings, stored in the Polar Music archives in Stockholm. The mixes have revealed many hitherto unknown aspects of how ABBA's songs evolved in the recording studio: overdubs that were tried out only to be dismissed; integral parts of the arrangement that were only added at the last minute - and much more.

Fact 03: New research and new interviews have been conducted with engineers, musicians and other people involved in ABBA's recordings. Plenty of new or long-forgotten stories are included in the book as a result. There has also been some input from ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

Fact 04: The book is text-based, but will feature illustrations in the shape of recording documents, record sleeves and vintage ads, as well as a number of photographs, including some that are never-before published.

Fact 05: Everyone who pre-orders before 1 December will be acknowledged in the book, so only two days left before the deadline. (If you've already pre-ordered your name will be listed automatically, you won't have to do anything else.)

Pre-order here:

Thanks for listening. Class dismissed!


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