The wonders of Eagle

Published April 01, 2016

One of the nicest aspects of writing the revised and updated edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is how some songs, that were never my favourites, all of a sudden reveal themselves to me and I fall in love with them. This has now happened with Eagle. It's a song I've always admired and liked, but never loved. But recently, listening to it over and over again, it just hit me what a fantastic song and recording it is.

I love the "slow walk" tempo, I love Agnetha and Frida's beautiful harmony singing (rounded off here and there by the soft tones of Björn and Benny, which shouldn't be forgotten), I love the chord changes underneath "higher and higher" at circa 02:25, and I love the guitar and synthesizer solo - 'Eagle' has just wormed itself into my heart and, I guess, into my ABBA Top Ten.

I've also stumbled across a couple of quite different alternate mixes of this particular song, which I'm looking forward to telling you all about in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Support this project by pre-ordering your signed copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

 

Frida and Agnetha in Lasse Hallström's video clip for Eagle.