Well I never...

Published November 19, 2015

Still listening to alternate mixes of ABBA songs for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, but I'm nearing the end. However, contrary to my expectations, the time for jaw-dropping experiences is clearly not over.

Some of the mixes are not overly different to the released version of the songs in question, and I kind of thought that I'd heard all the really major differences by now. The other day I listened to a reference disc that I'd sort of saved for last because I didn't expect it to feature any major revelations. Popping it into the CD player I thought this was going to be a fairly quick experience: listen, make a few notes, and then on to the next disc.

Well, how wrong I was, because here was an early version of a particular ABBA song with lyrics that were at least 90% different to what was later released on record. I couldn't quite believe what I heard. There were also other recordings on that disc that expanded my view of those tunes. In other words: my mind was thoroughly blown - again - and I can't wait to share the details with you all in my book.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: When you get down to it, ABBA is their music, and ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will be riddled with long-forgotten or hitherto unknown facts and stories about how that music was made. You will not want to miss this book. Pre-order here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


ABBA and sound engineer Michael B. Tretow at Polar Music Studio in 1979.