Book celebration event with previously unheard music

Published February 24, 2017

As previously announced, there will be book launch event for the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions in London on 8 April. The event is hosted by the Facebook group ABBAtalk, who've just announced some more details.

The most exciting aspect is of course the following: "By special permission of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a professional pianist and two vocalists will perform unreleased melodies and/or lyrics which were recorded by ABBA and exist only in the Polar Music archives."

So if you attend the event you will be able to hear some of the unheard music and/or lyrics performed live. Out of respect to the former ABBA members, recording will be strictly prohibited, so this is very much a one-time thing.

If you're attending the event, you may pick up your pre-ordered copy of the book at the venue and I will sign it for you right there and then. So if you'd prefer to have it signed at the event, rather than having it sent via mail, I'd be more than happy to do that. Please contact chris@abbatalk.com if you'd like to pick up your book in person in London.

For more details about the event and to purchase a ticket, please click here.

Pre-order your author-signed copy of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

 

 

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions dust cover

Published February 23, 2017

The printing of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions has been set in motion. Yesterday I received this fab test print of the dust cover. To these eyes, it looks like the printers have done a great job in reproducing the brilliant work by my ace designer Maria Nicholas. I'm very happy!

Pre-order your author-signed copy of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, with a personal dedication, before 15 March: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions dust cover snapshot.

Which ABBA song was originally sung by Agnetha...

Published February 22, 2017

...but then assigned to both her and Frida? And which song was originally sung by both girls, but then turned into an Agnetha solo performance?

Find out in the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, published 31 March.

Pre-order your author-signed copy, with a personal dedication, before 15 March: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

Order your signed copy before 15 March

Published February 15, 2017

Yesterday, my ace designer Maria Nicholas delivered to me a pdf file of the completely designed layout of the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions - all 448 pages of it. It looks great! It's been a long journey, but I'm finally able to sign off on this book project. No doubt we'll go on tweaking some bits here and there over the next few days, but after that it's time to print.

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will cover the recordings made by ABBA during their heyday with as many details as possible on where, when and how it all happened. There will be plenty of background stories and insights from those who were there at the time: the four ABBA members, their invaluable engineer Michael B. Tretow, many of the musicians who contributed to the recordings, as well as others who had a hand in the recordings or witnessed them come to life.

If you want a SIGNED COPY of the book, please remember to pre-order NO LATER THAN 15 MARCH - in other words, within a month from today's date. Books purchased after 15 March will not be signed, as signed copies are "rewards" strictly for those who pre-order.

Pre-order your signed copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com

 

 

 

 

ABBA's recording sessions - it's a human story

Published February 09, 2017

In discussions about the revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, there has been much focus on the many alternate mixes and other tapes I've heard during work on the book. This has perhaps led some to believe that this will be a dry-as-dust read, with nothing but itty-bitty details about session dates and variations in the recordings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

While the descriptions about the music and how the various mixes differ will certainly be there, this is mainly a book about the human beings who created ABBA's music - the four members, Michael B. Tretow, the musicians - and how they thought and felt while those songs were written and the recordings made.

For example, in the attached picture you see a spread from the book, showing the first two pages of the 5,700 word essay about Agnetha and Frida's vocals: how they approached their singing, both in terms of method and from an emotional perspective. This essay features a number of comments from my original interviews with the female half of ABBA that didn't make it into the first edition of the book, plus, of course, I've scoured other sources for additional comments. I'm quite proud of the result, even if I say so myself.

So, don't forget: ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is, above all, a human story.

Pre-order your author-signed copy of the book here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


Two months until ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions ships

Published February 02, 2017

In less than two months, ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions will start shipping to everyone who has pre-ordered it. Here's a summary of what the book is about:

ABBA - THE COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS is a revised and expanded edition of a book first published in 1994, dealing with the writing and recording of ABBA's music. This is not just a rehash of the previous book, but a completely rewritten volume with lots and lots of new information about ABBA's music. The original book encompassed 128 pages - the new version covers 448 pages. This is "ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions 2.0".

THE AUTHOR HAS LISTENED to hours and hours of unreleased mix tapes that weren't accessible back in the 1990s, discovering so many things about ABBA's music that we never knew before. Further research has also been conducted in a myriad of sources, digging up new or long-forgotten facts.

THE FOUR ABBA MEMBERS were all interviewed for the original book along with their sound engineer, Michael B. Tretow, and some of the most frequently used musicians. Comments and observations made by ABBA, Tretow and the musicians at the time, but not included in the original volume, have been incorporated in the new book. Benny also sat down with me a couple of times to answer some questions specifically for the present volume, while Björn contributed via email. Several more people have been interviewed, including the musicians who played on the Voulez-Vous session in Miami Florida, the drummer/percussionist who was the last outside musician to contribute to an ABBA recording, and more than a third of the children who sang on I Have A Dream - just to name a few. 

THE TEXT IS THE STAR in this book, meaning that the details and the information about ABBA's music takes precedence over illustrations. My ace designer, Maria Nicholas, has done a marvellous job in ensuring that the pages look attractive and that the text is reader-friendly.

THERE WILL BE ILLUSTRATIONS in the book but mostly record sleeves, vintage ads, track sheets and Björn's original lyric sheets. However, there are photographs in the book, and I have pictures of ABBA working in the recording studio from two photo sessions that, to the best of my knowledge, have never been published before.

PRE-ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPY with a personal dedication to you before 15 March: if you like ABBA and are interested in exactly how one of the world's biggest pop acts created their music, this is the book for you.

PRE-ORDER AT abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com.