Friday, 31 October 2014

Abba Calendar - November

A great picture of Frida during the 1979 tour is what we have for the month of November ...


Abba's "Dancing Queen" Voted No. 1 Floorfiller

The Express and the Mirror newspapers in the UK are both running stories on their websites that report on a poll showing Abba's "Dancing Queen" as the nations favourite Floorfiller.

Click the images below to read the story on the Express website...



Thursday, 30 October 2014

Agnetha The Fan Magazine #3

The third issue of the Agnetha Fan Magazine was published in June 1985 and started with a note that Agnetha had performed "One Way Love" at the Montreux Rock Festival.

The magazine contained a few other pieces of news, letters, fan reviews of "Eyes Of A Woman" (where "The Angels Cry" seemed to be everyone's favourite), pen pals and an Agnetha chart voted for by the readers in which the top 5 was as follows -

  1. I Won't Let You Go
  2. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
  3. Man
  4. The Angels Cry
  5. Can't Shake Loose


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Collection Update - Abba Cassette Single

The latest Abba cassette single to be added to my collection is the 1992 re-release of "Voulez-Vous" which also included the track "Summer Night City".

The single was released in the UK and Germany and was also available as a 7", 12" and CD. The CD single also included the tracks "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" and "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do".


Abba On BBC iPlayer App

On the BBC's iPlayer app there is an Abba collection which includes the following four programmes ;

  • The Joy Of Abba
  • Abba At The BBC
  • Agnetha : Abba And After
  • Disco At The BBC


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

TodayOnline Article On Abba Album

The website has a good article mentioning "Abba Live At Wembley Arena" - click the image below to read the piece...


Abba Date 29th October 1979

On the 29th October 1979 Abba released their compilation album "Abba Greatest Hits Vol. 2" which included the latest single "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme".

The album entered the UK album chart at number 8 reaching number 1 the following week (replacing Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk") where it stayed for 4 weeks.
The album was the 6th biggest selling of 1979 in the UK (pretty good as effectively it was only available for 2 out of the 12 months) and the 17th biggest selling album of 1980 ; "Super Trouper" being top of the list for that year.
What I found interesting when looking at other charts from around the world was that the album only reached number 1 two countries other than the UK ; Belgium and Canada.
When you consider that Abba had been on tour promoting most of the tracks on this album during 1979 I would have expected it to top a few more charts ; although it could be down to the Christmas competition and that the album only featured one new track.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Archive - Film Review Magazine

Abba featured In the April 1978 edition of the Film Review magazine which included an article on "Abba The Movie", a review of "Abba The Album", images from the film and an advert for the album.

Mojo Magazine Abba Review

The latest issue of Mojo magazine in the UK includes a review (of sorts) of "Abba Live At Wembley Arena" - see the scan below...


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Waterloo On New Compilation Album

Abba's single "Waterloo" is the first track on a new compilation album titled "Jackie The Party Album" which is released today in the UK.


Collection - Abba The Love Songs

The compilation "Abba The Love Songs" was released in the UK in 1989 on the Pickwick Music record label. The album included 14 tracks which are described in the liner notes as "the bands best and most popular love songs".

I think the majority of the tracks fall into the category of love songs other than "Under Attack" and (especially) "So Long" which is pretty much the opposite of a love song.


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Poll Shows "Dancing Queen" Is Good For Your Health

Today the BBC Website includes a report on a recent poll which asked people what song they listen too if they are feeling unwell or down. Abba's "Dancing Queen" came second in the survey behind Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Click the image below to read the whole article...