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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Benny Andersson To Record Solo Piano Album 2016



In an interview with icethesite Benny announced that he has decided to mark his upcoming 70th birthday with the release of a solo piano album.

“I’ve actually been thinking about it for a while but haven’t had the time. Now I do and it kind of feels right,” Benny said. “I think it’s going to be fun!”

Although he has not chosen exactly which tracks to record yet, they will all be his own melodies and he says that he intends to include pieces from every phase of his musical career from 1965 through to 2016.

“Some pieces, such as Mountain Duet from CHESS, are really suitable as piano solos whereas others, Waterloo for example, just don’t work,” he said. “It will depend on what feels good in my hands when I play.”

Benny hopes to start work on the project next week, but as he wants to record the album on the piano that is currently in his office rather than the one in the studio, he needs to get it moved first.
“My office piano has electro-magnetic sensors which makes editing easier,” he explained. “I fear that I am getting rather particular, but I don’t want to hear myself playing sounds that are too perfect,” he said.

Benny doesn’t plan to feature any other musicians or an orchestra on the release, making it the solo recording that many people have hoped he would make for a long time.

The album will be released on vinyl as well as CD and digital file formats. In addition, a book of sheet music will also be made available.

“I like the idea that anyone who can play a little, young or old, talented musicians or otherwise, can take it home and give it a go themselves,” Benny told us.

Benny is not sure if he will get the album completed before his actual birthday on 16 December due to the pressure of other commitments.

“Probably not, but we’ll see,” he said. “It would be nice if I could, but Spring 2017 is more likely,” he concluded.

http://www.icethesite.com/2016/09/benny-andersson-solo-album/



Monday, 19 September 2016

ABBA Facebook Group - ABBA Said And Done



Just a little post to let you know about a great ABBA Facebook group called 'ABBA - Said And Done'.

It's a fast paced interactive group with wonderful admins - Petra, Marc, Greg & James - who ensure a happy, friendly and spirited environment for everyone. They are super nice, super crazy and very welcoming :)

You can share everything ABBA related there - videos, photos, your collection, news, information - anything at all.

No harsh rules - no fighting - no bitching - no hectic restrictions - just plenty of fun & conversation.

Be sure to check it out, join the group and meet the gang here:

ABBA - Said And Done

The Welcome message:

Hello and welcome to Abba - Said and Done.
We would like to introduce ourselves as your Admins.
James Buck is from the USA and his favourite Abba member is Agnetha Fältskog. His favourite song is The Name of the Game.
Greg McDonald is an Australian living in Bahrain and he also nominates Agnetha as his favourite of the Fab Four. Greg's favourite song is The Winner Takes It All.
Marc Vanhaeren resides in Belgium and he adores Frida Lyngstad. Marc's favourite song is also The Name of the Game.
And I, Petra Sabina live in Australia and I adore Benny Andersson. My favourite song of all, is Hasta Mañana.
If you are looking for something rare by Abba and having no luck, please feel free to ask one of us to try and find it for you. We will do our very best.
All posts MUST be Abba related. We are on Admin Approval so we will refuse anything that we feel is inappropriate. Anyone trying to post porn or anything else of that nature will immediately be removed from our group.
Please refrain from posting from 'gossip magazines' as the information is very often inaccurate and can cause arguments which we want to avoid.
If you have any complaints to make against another member, something posted that offends you, if anyone abuses you in public or if you receive messages from other members that are upsetting, please message one of us straight away and we will deal with it for you.
We do not allow the selling of merchandise or advertising in our group - even if it is Abba related. However you are allowed to advertise your Abba groups and pages with us.
Our Admin Team reserve the right to remove any posts or abusive comments that we may see. We also reserve the right to remove a member who blocks one of our Admin Team.
Our group is on privacy setting 'Closed' so all posts and comments will be seen by members only.
On that note please enjoy our group.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

ABBA 'Arrival' 40th Anniversary Releases Confirmed ! Picture Discs Plus More !!

OMG !!

The releases for Arrival's 40th Anniversary have been confirmed and they are fabulous !!

A limited edition 7” box set will feature the four singles from the album – the worldwide No.1 smash hit ‘Dancing Queen’, along with ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Fernando’ – all on coloured vinyl. This box will only be available through ABBA The Museum Shop and D2C shops.

You can pre-order all items at the following sites:

ABBA The Museum

The Sound Of Vinyl

uDiscover Music

‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Fernando’ will be released separately as a limited-edition picture disc.
Finally, a 2LP, half-speed mastered, 45rpm cut of the original album will be released. This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut high-end frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produced a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record. The album reissue will include new liner notes including a brand new interview with Michael B Tretow, ABBA’s acclaimed producer and “fifth member”.


All products will be released October 7th 2016.








Saturday, 3 September 2016

ABBA 'Arrival' 40th Anniversary Releases Coming Soon !


Well, it appears that 'Arrival' is going to be released on a Limited Edition 12" vinyl to celebrate the 40th Anniversary - release date is October/November at this point.

But wait, there's more ! 4 singles from the album will also be released on 7" vinyl and in their original Polar sleeves.

Singles being released are:

Dancing Queen
Fernando
Knowing Me Knowing You
Money Money Money

The Deluxe Edition of Arrival has also been re-issued in a jewel case.

The LP and singles can be pre-ordered now from WOWHD and Amazon as far as I can tell but will update information here as it comes to hand.

The LP is listed at over $70AUD so let's hope it's going to be something special !

Pre-order the vinyls here:

WOWHD

And don't forget to check out ABBA The Museum for the Anniversary T-shirt and badges !

ABBA The Museum Shop



Singles to be releases: