ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions: How It Was Researched And Written

Event May 09, 2019 11:00 AM

A lecture at the 53rd Annual ARSC Conference in Portland, Oregon.

I will be giving a lecture at the 53rd Annual ARSC Conference at The Benson hotel in Portland, Oregon. The lecture takes place on Thursday, May 9, at 11am.

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions: How It Was Researched And Written

ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions, detailing how the Swedish band wrote and recorded their songs, was first published in 1994. The book was based on research in ABBA’s tape archives and featured input from all four members. A thoroughly revised and expanded version was published in 2017, as ABBA authorized the author to listen to a treasure trove of previously unavailable alternate mixes and discarded recordings. In this presentation, Carl Magnus Palm tells the story of how the book was researched and written, including the day spent with ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and their invaluable sound engineer Michael B. Tretow, listening to recordings that no-one had heard for well over a decade at the time. Palm will also reveal how close examination of tape boxes enabled him to figure out which of ABBA’s often absurd working titles belonged to which finished song. Naturally, the presentation will include an overview of ABBA’s working methods in the studio, as they put together their painstakingly crafted recordings.