Whatever you do, don't knock ABBA!

Published June 10, 2017

It's August 1975 and ABBA are still in their post-Eurovision slump in the UK. Harry Doherty of UK music paper Disc has just given the group's eponymous album a one-star review - that's one star out of four. "Stick to singles, Abba. You're just a mediocre albums' band", is the harsh verdict, and Doherty (signing his review as "HD") doesn't even include 'SOS' and 'Mamma Mia' among his single candidates.

But wait! Two weeks later Disc publishes a letter from an irate reader, proving that ABBA did indeed have their ardent supporters in the UK even back then. I must admit, I have a certain fondness for angry fan letters to the editor, written at the time and not with the benefit of hindsight we have today. There's something truly touching about the passion contained therein, especially when it's for an act that isn't particularly successful.

Read the letter here.

And the full story of how the "mediocre" ABBA album was written and recorded, is of course available over 30-or-so pages in the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

The ABBA album - it was mediocre and not even SOS and Mamma Mia were single candidates.