Twelve months into ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions

Published December 10, 2015

In less than a week from now it will be exactly a year since I first announced that I was going to do a revised and expanded version of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. And what a year it's been! As those who have watched this journey will recall, the first crowdfunding campaign didn't quite work out, but, fortunately, a second attempt, ending on 9 April 2015, was successful. My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who participated in the crowdfunding and helped support it in various ways, as well as to those who have placed their pre-orders after the campaign ended.

Because of all the research involved in such a project, not to mention all the analysis of facts plus the many details one needs to include, work on a book like this moves forward very slowly. The impatient side of me sometimes wishes that everything could go a little quicker - "I want all ABBA fans to learn about all the interesting stuff I've found now!" - but the more realistic side realises that this is the kind of project that simply cannot be rushed. However, in about a year from now, I do hope that the book will be in everybody's hands; publication will only be postponed in the interest of making a better book.

Today, I've been getting some writing done and what I really find fascinating with this project is how the sheer amount of detail and information amassed means that I'm constantly surprised at things I discover in my notes. For instance, when listening to alternate mixes of ABBA tracks, you'd think I remember everything I hear for the rest of my life, just because it's so exciting. This turns out not to be the case, as I discover when I go back to my notes: "Oh, that's right, there were all these variations on this particular song!" Fortunately, the notes are detailed enough that I do remember what I heard once I read it all again. There's also the factor of a story emerging from the notes, one that you didn't realise was there until you bring all the information together. That's truly exciting.

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions yet, I urge you to do so here: You will not be disappointed, and every single pre-order helps make this book even better. Your support matters!


ABBA at Polar Music Studio, summer 1980.