Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Abba Date - 1st February 1978

Today in 1978 "Abba - The Album" entered the charts in Switzerland where it reached number 1 and stayed in the chart for 36 weeks...

Abba Date - 1st February 1979

Today in 1979 Abba's single "Chiquitita" entered the charts in Ireland where it spent 3 weeks at number one - at that point that was the groups eighth chart topper in Ireland...

February Abba Calendar

Here is the picture for February from my 2017 Abba Calendar...

Abba Single

The picture below shows Abba's single "Mamma Mia" as released in Madagascar...

Monday, 30 January 2017

Abba Cassettes

A few different versions of Abba's "Abba" album on cassette...

Russian Abba Album

The picture below show's the Russian release of Abba's "Abba" album from my collection...

Abba Date - 31st January 1976

On the 31st January 1976 Abba's "Abba" album entered the UK album chart where it would stay for 10 weeks reaching number 13 - after this album Abba would go on to enjoy a run of 8 number 1 albums in the UK from "Greatest Hits" to "Abba The Singles - The First 10 Years"...

Abba Date - 31st January 1983

Today in 1983 Abba's "The Singles - The First 10 Years" entered the charts in Canada where it reached number 31...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Phil Collins Biography

I have just finished reading Phil Collins excellent biography "Not Dead Yet" in which there are several Abba related stories...

  • Genesis recorded their album "Duke" at Abba's Polar Music Studio
  • He described Frida as "fragile" whilst working with her on the album "Something's Going On"
  • It seems Stig was not too impressed with Frida's album - after he heard it for the first time his comment was "Is that it?"
  • Phil helped produce Adam Ant's album "Strip" at Polar Music Studio on which Frida provided some backing vocals for the title track

Abba Date - 30th January 1981

On the 30th January 1981 Abba's album "Super Trouper" entered the charts in Zimbabwe where it spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts...

Abba Date - 30th January 1982

On the 30th January 1982 Abba's single "When All Is Said And Done" entered the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart where it stayed for 9 weeks reaching number 4...

Abba Date - 30th January 1975

Today in 1975 Abba were in West Germany where they appeared on the TV show "Disco" performing their single "So Long"...

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Abba Compilation

This Abba compilation CD "Collection Series" was released in Australia in 1996 and included the following tracks -

  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Ring Ring
  • On And On And On
  • When I Kissed The Teacher
  • If It Wasn't For The Nights
  • As Good As New
  • Eagle
  • Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
  • The Visitors
  • When All Is Said And Done
  • So Long
  • Bang-A-Boomerang
  • Me And I
  • Move On
  • Gonna Sing You My Love Song
  • Arrival

Friday, 27 January 2017

Agnetha Photo Shoot

More pictures from an Agnetha photo shoot in 1968...

Agnetha Photo Shoot

A few pictures from Agnetha's first professional photo shoot...

Agnetha Promotion

The image below shows Agnetha in a record store in Jonkoping promoting her first single...

Abba Date - 28th January 1968

Today in 1968 Agnetha's first single "Jag Var Sa Kar" entered the charts in Sweden where it reached number 3...

Abba Date - 28th January 1975

On the 28th January 1975 Abba's single "So Long" entered the charts in Sweden where it stayed for 8 weeks reaching number 7...

Abba Compilation

I recently found details of this Abba compilation CD titled "Take A Chance On Me" which was apparently released in the UK in 2006 although I have to say I don't think I have ever seen it. The tracks included on the album are as follows -

  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  • Rock Me
  • Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
  • Gonna Sing You My Love Song
  • S.O.S
  • When I Kissed The Teacher
  • The Name Of The Game
  • Hole In Your Soul
  • Why Did It Have To Be Me
  • On And On And On
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • The Visitors
  • When All Is Said And Done
  • Ring Ring

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Abba Compilation

This Abba compilation CD simply titled "Best" was released in Japan in the 1990's and included the following tracks -

  • Dancing Queen
  • Honey Honey
  • Waterloo
  • Fernando
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • Mamma Mia
  • S.O.S
  • The Name Of The Game
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Eagle

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Abba Date - 25th January 1976

Today in 1976 Abba's album "Abba" was released in Japan...

Abba Date - 25th January 1979

Today in 1979 Abba's single "Chiquitita" entered the charts in Japan where it would stay for 21 weeks reaching number 19...

Abba Date - 25th January 1976

On the 25th January 1976 Abba's single "S.O.S" / "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" entered the charts in Japan...

Agnetha Photo Shoot

A few pictures from an Agnetha photo shoot which were used for the cover of her single "The Last Time"...

Monday, 23 January 2017

Abba Compilation

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.

Frida Pictures

Pictures of Frida from the 1979 Swedish magazine which was published on the 24th January....

Abba Date - 24th January 1979

On the 24th January 1979 the Swedish weekly magazine "Damernas" was published which included Frida on the front cover together with an article and several pictures...

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Abba Compilation

The picture below shows the cassette version of an Abba compilation titled "The Love Songs" which was released in South Africa in 1983 - the tracks included on the cassette were as follows...

Side A

  • Cassandra
  • One Man, One Woman
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • My Love My Life
  • Andante Andante
  • One Of Us

Side B

  • The Day Before You Came
  • I've Been Waiting For You
  • Move On
  • I Have A Dream
  • Slipping Through My Fingers
  • Happy New Year

Abba Date - 23rd January 1982

Today in 1982 Abba's single "One Of Us" entered the charts in South Africa - the single went on to reach number 4 staying in the charts for 13 weeks...

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Arrival Song Book

The picture below shows a song book for Abba's album "Arrival" which was produced in Australia in 1976...

Abba Box Set

This CD box set of Abba's albums "Arrival" and "Abba" was released in Brazil in 2000...

Arrival Poster #2

This poster featuring Abba's album "Arrival" and their single "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was released in France...

Arrival Poster #1

The picture below shows a poster for Abba's album "Arrival" which was issued in America...

Abba Date - 22nd January 1977

On this day in 1977 Abba's album "Arrival" entered the Billboard chart in America where it stayed for 50 weeks reaching number 20. During their career only three other Abba albums would reach higher positions ; "The Album" number 14, "Voulez-Vous" number 19 and "Super Trouper" number 17.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Abba Date - 21st January 1983

Today in 1983 Abba's single "The Day Before You Came" entered the charts in Zimbabwe where it reached number 14...

Abba Date - 21st January 1985

On the 21st January 1985 Murray Head's "One Night In Bangkok" from the musical "Chess" entered the charts in Australia where it would stay for 22 weeks including 1 week at the top of the charts...

Abba Date - 21st January 1983

Today in 1983 Frida's single "Tell Me It's Over" (b-side "I Got Something") was released in Japan...

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Abba Compilation

The picture below shows the Abba compilation album "Aniversario Los 10 Anos De Abba" which was released in El Salvador in 1981 on red vinyl and included a English and Spanish versions of the groups hits...

Agnetha Pictures

These pictures of Agnetha were taken in the offices of Polar Music during 1983....

Agnetha In The Recording Studio

A few pictures of Agnetha in 1983 whilst she was recording her solo album "Wrap Your Arms Around Me"...

Abba Date - 20th January 1983

Today in 1983 Agnetha was in the Polar Studios with Mike Chapman in Stockholm where they started the recording sessions for her solo album "Wrap You Arms Around Me"...

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Abba Compilation

This Abba compilation album titled "Best Of The Best" was released in South Korea in 1991 and included the following tracks -

Side 1

  • Dancing Queen
  • Mamma Mia
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Chiquitita
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  • Waterloo

Side 2

  • S.O.S
  • The Name Of The Game
  • Eagle
  • Honey Honey
  • Fernando
  • Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
  • Ring Ring

Abba Article

This read this Abba related article click here...

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Abba Single From Bolivia

The picture below shows Abba's single "The Winner Takes It All" release from Bolovia from my collection...

South African Abba Compilation

This Abba compilation album titled "Legends" was released in South Africa in 1986 and included the following tracks -

Side 1

  • Waterloo
  • Ring Ring
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • Dancing Queen
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Thank You For The Music
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Happy New Year

Side 2

  • Hasta Manana
  • Fernando
  • Mamma Mia
  • S.O.S
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Chiquitita
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  • I Have A Dream
  • Voulez-Vous

Abba Date - 17th January 2009

Today in 2009 the Abba compilation "Number Ones" entered the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart in America where it reached number 43...

Monday, 16 January 2017

Four Track CD Single From Japan

As part of the promotion for the compilation album "S.O.S - The Best Of Abba" in Japan "Dancing Queen" was re-released as a CD single which included the following tracks -

  • Dancing Queen
  • Eagle
  • Lay All Your Love On Me
  • The Way Old Friends Do

Abba Date - 17th January 2007

In Japan the Abba compilation "S.O.S - The Best Of Abba" entered the charts today in 2007 where it spent 21 weeks reaching number 3.

Abba Date - 17th January 2009

Today in 2009 "Abba Gold" entered the charts in Finland for the 5th time staying in the charts for 14 weeks reaching number 4...