ABBA On Record – Packaged Promoted Reviewed by Carl Magnus Palm widens the scope of the author’s most recent book, the critically acclaimed and award-winning ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions, by taking a look at what happened with ABBA’s music once it had left the recording studio: single by single, album by album. It will present the stories behind the iconic album sleeves, explore how the record companies worked with ABBA releases in presenting them to the record-buying public, show what kind of success – or lack thereof – they enjoyed, and present a selection of review excerpts to give a flavour of how the singles and albums were received by the media at the time. This eye-opening story, based on original archive research and extensive interviews with record company people, provides many new insights into the ABBA universe.
The book also features supplementary sections, no less fascinating than the main story. Perhaps the most exciting chapter examines the contents of several hours of tapes from the archives of Michael B. Tretow, ABBA’s trusted sound engineer. Tretow sometimes ran on-the-side tapes, capturing in real time what was going on during a recording session and offering a unique peek into ABBA’s working process as it really was. These revelatory tapes also feature alternate versions of familiar songs, along with previously unheard tunes that were never recorded properly. Furthermore, there are tracks that were considered for the 1994 box set Thank You For The Music and/or that box set’s 23-minute medley of outtakes, ABBA Undeleted, including some recordings that were rejected, and some that made it into the medley but are featured on the Tretow Tapes in more complete form.
• The Music That Inspired Them – a detailed essay exploring the four members’ musical influences, or simply the music that they themselves enjoyed as children, teenagers and up until the ABBA era ended in 1982.
• What Is A Schlager? – an attempt at explaining in more detail this genre of music from continental Europe, an important ingredient in ABBA’s mix of influences throughout their career.
• Lyrics Sentiment Analysis – an ABBA fan who works in statistics and data analysis has analysed ABBA’s lyrics with some interesting results.
• The New Songs – as has been widely reported, ABBA went back in the studio in June 2017 to record two new songs for their forthcoming digital avatar live tour; the new songs will of course be discussed in ABBA On Record.
The 448-page book ABBA On Record – Packaged Promoted Reviewed is designed by Maria Nicholas, the art director who also designed the revised and expanded edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions. The first edition is hardcover, 200 x 240mm, clothbound with dust jacket; both cover and insides are printed in full colour, and the inside pages are on high-quality matte paper stock.
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