ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions by Carl Magnus Palm is the groundbreaking book detailing how the Swedish band wrote and recorded their music. When first published in 1994, the book was the first to reveal the stories behind ABBA’s well-known hits, as well as album tracks, single B-sides, and unreleased recordings (many of which are unheard by the general public to this day). The book, for which ABBA’s Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida gave original interviews, quickly became a fan favourite and has been out of print since the late 1990s.
A revised and expanded edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions was published 31 March 2017. The book is chock-full of new and updated information about ABBA’s music. When the original book was written, because of all the tapes still being analogue only, there were hours and hours of alternate mixes that went unheard. Since then all these tapes have been transferred to a digital format and are easily accessible. The author has unearthed innumerable variations of ABBA’s recorded work – some of them of the mind-blowing variety – and all this new information has been incorporated in the new edition of the book. Moreover, the book expands the scope of ABBA’s musical universe by including new insights from the people who worked with the group – and much more!
The book has enjoyed a rapturous reception from both critics and fans. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus called ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions “a fantastic work”, and the book won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections award for Best Popular Music Discography.
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The 448-page revised and expanded edition of ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions is rewritten from the ground up. Designed by a professional art director, 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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