My 2014 Abba calendar has a nice group photo to celebrate the month of August...
The latest Abba 7" single to be added to my collection is the Australian release of "Knowing Me, Knowing You". The single (which included "Happy Hawaii" on the b-side) first appeared in the Australian singles chart on 7th March 1977 where it peaked at number 9 spending a total of 15 weeks in the charts.
The latest casette I have added to my collection is a Saudi Arabian version of Abba's 1980 album "Super Trouper" - as with the last Saudi casette I included on here I am not sure these are 100% official however I had feedback following the last entry saying that you could buy them in shops.
As usual with releases from Saudi the album tracks are never quite as you expect - for example "Elaine" is included which you can sort of explain as it was the b-side to "The Winner Taies It All" - however it also includes "Fernando" which is a little harder to explain.
Additionally there is a track called "All Your Love" - which I think it's safe to assume is "Lay All Your Love On Me".
The eagled eyed amongst you may also have noticed something slightly different with the picture - both Agnethan and Frida's outfits have been photoshopped to ensure that they are showing less cleavage - I guess this is something to do with Saudi customs or laws.
I just read this article on-line from an Australian newspaper which looks back at the countries biggest selling singles and albums which includes quite a few Abba entries. Click the image below to read the whole article....
As part of my birthday last weekend I received a Crosley Briefcase turntable which means that for the first time in around 20 years I have been able to listen vinyl.
However in a nod to modern times I have connected the turntable to my Sonos system so that I can have the music playing around the house rather using the built-in speakers on the Crosley.
In the picture below I had just finished listening to an Abba hits compilation picture disc from Brasil.
The 30th edition of the Abba Magazine was published during December 1980 and included the "Super Trouper" album image on the front cover. The editorial started with the news that Abba had recorded a video for their next single "Happy New Year" in English and Spanish together with a Spanish video for "Andante Andante".
The first main article tells the story of how the original plan to film the video for "Super Trouper" around Piccadilly Circus in London at 3am on a Sunday morning was halted due to a law stating that no outside entertainers or animals were allowed within a three mile radius of Charing Cross.
The second major article was a continuation of an interview with Bjorn for Capitol Radio from earlier in 1980. In the interview Bjorn discussed the groups struggle to loose the Eurovision one-hit wonder tag, their work in the studio and how he kept up to date with current music from America and the UK.
On the 25th July 1972 Abba's single "People Need Love" first entered the Swedish chart, although as you can see from the pictures below at that point they were still called Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid. The single reached number 17 and spent a total of five weeks in the charts.
The latest sheet music book I have added to my collection is for Abba's final studio album "The Visitors". The book contains the music and lyrics to all of the album tracks (including "Should I Laugh Or Cry") and various pictures of the group from the period.