By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a tune known as Isnt It effortless to claim, which marked the start of a songwriting and checklist generating partnership that has persevered to today. because the 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 probably the most profitable recording careers the realm has ever identified and claimed a special position within the background of renowned music.
That quartet used to be in fact 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 huge learn and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 contributors of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and lots of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the full Recording classes recounts their tale in a manner that hasn't ever been advised ahead of.
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Today, Benny cannot recall the piano player's name (Janne Schaffer does not remember the incident, but says that it could only have been John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, who had come to Sweden as part of the backing band for reggae singer Johnny Nash), but apparently the outcome was not completely satisfactory, since he redid the piano part himself at a later stage. It is not known what became of the second untitled track recorded on this day. 16th October A shot from the 'Waterloo' album cover photo session Metronome Studio.
On a happier note, it was about this time that the'Mamma Mia' promotional film was shown on Australian television, leading to ABBA's big breakthrough in that part of the world. ABBA had also prepared promotional films for three other songs off the album, 'SOS', 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do', and 'Bang-A-Boomerang'. The films were directed by Lasse Hallström, whose first ABBA assignment had been the films for 'Ring Ring' and 'Waterloo' in the summer of 1974.
One measure she had taken in order to achieve this was to henceforth leave the lyric writing to others, in this case Bosse Carlgren. " Nevertheless, she always wrote a demo lyric in English which indicated what the theme of the lyrics should be, as exemplified by the 20th August 1975 session sheet for "The Boy Is Waiting', eventually titled 'Och Han Väntar På Mej (And He's Waiting For Me)'. "It was often hard to come up with a Swedish translation that suited the song as well as these demo lyrics," Agnetha remembers.
ABBA: The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis