By Carl Magnus Palm
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a tune referred to as 'Isn't It effortless To Say', which marked the start of a songwriting and list generating partnership that has persevered to at the present time. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Seventies, they began making recordings with lady singers (who additionally later grew to become their wives), a operating dating that will proceed until eventually August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a set of songs which heralded essentially the most profitable recording careers the realm has ever recognized and claimed a special position within the background of renowned music.
That quartet used to be after all Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, greater referred to as ABBA, and this booklet is the tale of those humans and their recordings. in line with wide examine and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 individuals of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and lots of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the full Recording periods recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been informed earlier than.
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The B-side of the 'Waterloo' single, 'Watch Out', has perhaps aged with less grace. "If it hadn't been for Janne Schlatter's guitar riff, it would have been a completely worthless track," is how Benny dismisses it today. 18th December Metronome Studio. Recording 'Sitting In The Palmtree'; 'Who's Gonna Love You'(working title of 'Hasta Mañana'). Benny Andersson (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums), Malando Gassama (percussion). Although in hindsight it goes without saying that out of the songs written around this time, 'Waterloo' was the only realistic choice for a Eurovision Song Contest contribution, Björn, Benny and Stig were far from sure themselves.
Benny Andersson (keyboards), Janne Schaffer, Björn Ulvaeus (guitar), Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums). "'What About Livingstone' is one of those fun tracks in the 'Nina, Pretty Ballerina' mould," says Benny. "A lot of our songs are a bit odd like that, a bit tongue in cheek. " 'Honey, Honey' was written at Viggsö, and featured a lyrical contribution by Stig Anderson. "I remember that Agnetha and I tried to sound a little sexy when we recorded the vocals," says Frida. " 24th October Metronome Studio.
Instead, Stig settled on 'Waterloo', a name which he found in a book of familiar quotations. With its insistent beat, strong vocals, incredibly catchy chorus, and ingenious guitar and bass riff invented by Janne Schaffer, 'Waterloo' is as close a definition to the word 'hit' as anyone could come up with. It came as no surprise, then, that ABBA won both the Swedish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest in February and the finals on 6th April 1974. The B-side of the 'Waterloo' single, 'Watch Out', has perhaps aged with less grace.
ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm