A few more November pictures from old Abba calendars...
Saturday, 31 October 2015
Friday, 30 October 2015
Abba's "Happy New Year" is included on a new compilation album titled "Now That's What I Call Christmas" - this CD box set is released in the UK on November 6th and also includes tracks by Wham, Elton John, Slade, Boney M and Kelly Clarkson.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
The picture below shows a 7" Abba single originally released in Mexico from my collection ; "Gracias Por La Musica" (Spanish version of "Thank You For The Music") with "Dame! Dame! Dame!" on the B side. The single, released by RCA in 1980, reached number 15 in the charts and includes the lyrics to both songs printed on the back of the cover.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
The table below shows some of the world wide chart positions for Abba's "Greatest Hits Vol. 2" -
- Number 1 - UK, Belgium, Canada
- Number 2 - Japan, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Austria
- Number 3 - Argentina, New Zealand
- Number 4 - Netherlands
- Number 5 - Finland, France
- Number 6 - Germany
- Number 20 - Australia, Sweden
- Number 25 - Norway, Spain
- Number 46 - USA
On the 29th October 1979 Abba released the 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 top 5 selling albums in the UK that week were as follows -
- Abba "Greatest Hits Vol 2"
- Rod Stewart "Greatest Hits"
- Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"
- The Police "Reggatta Del Blanc"
- Various "Rock 'n' Roll Disco"
The pictures below are from an Abba photo shoot in 1976 which was part of the promotion for their "Arrival" album - as I mentioned earlier today one of these images was used for the cover of the Saudi cassette of "The Visitors" with various hints of flesh (Agnetha and Benny) covered up...
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The most recent Abba cassette to be added to my collection is this version of "The Visitors" - I am not 100% sure but I believe that it's from Saudi (if anyone can confirm please let me know) as it is similar to other cassettes I have from there.
There are two odd things about the picture of the group used on the cover, firstly it's a picture from the 1976 "Arrival" session and secondly having checked some of the images from the original photo session (which I will post later) the chest area of Agnetha and Benny have been covered up. I assume this was due to some local religious requirements about not showing cleavage or chest hair...
Monday, 26 October 2015
Sunday, 25 October 2015
As well as being a hit in Sweden Agnetha's duet with Tomas Ledin, "Never Again", charted in a number of other countries as shown below...
- Number 2 - Sweden
- Number 5 - Norway
- Number 9 - Belgium
- Number 19 - Finland, Netherlands
- Number 37 - Germany
- Number 44 - France