An interview with Agnetha Faltskog from 2013 about her new album and music with Abba
ABBA (stylised as ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and are the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.
ABBA’s record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 140 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the best-selling music artists. ABBA were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and on a lesser scale, the US. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Hispanic American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.
During the band’s active years, Fältskog & Ulvaeus and Lyngstad & Andersson were married. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus–Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson–Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics in contrast to their usual pure-pop sound.
After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA’s catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992 which became a worldwide smash. Several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived public interest in the group and the spawning of several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year.
ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2016, the members of ABBA announced an upcoming project in 2017. – Wikipedia
“Great Soul Performances” this evening will have a very diverse playlist. Since Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, all of our music will reflect “Thanks,” “Thank You,” “Thankful,” and even “Thanksgiving.” You’ll be hearing from: Boz II Men, Abba, Enchantment, Alanis Morissette, Sly & the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Brook Benton, Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, Adam Sandler, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shania Twain and many others. The “Thankful” fun begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Make sure you bring me some egg nog and cranberry sauce when drop by to check out “Great Soul Performances” later today on the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
It’s Seventies Prom Night tonight at 7:00 pm ET. Tonight we’ll feature tunes popular on Prom Night throughout the Seventies. You’ll hear Bob Welch, Captain and Tennille, The Raspberries, Led Zeppelin, Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Peaches and Herb, ABBA, Billy Joel, Chicago, ELO, Grand Funk Railroad, Jim Croce, Eric Clapton, Bread, Heatwave, Player, Thin Lizzy and so much more.
ABBA (stylized ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. The band became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. They also won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at the Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the competition. Ulvaeus and Andersson are also known for writing the Broadway musical “Chess” in 1980. – Wikipedia
We feature their singles from 1972 – 2014
With The Visitors, ABBA took several steps away from the “lighter” pop music they had recorded previously and the album is often regarded as a more complex and mature effort. The opening track, “The Visitors”, with its ominous synthesizer sounds and the distinctive lead vocal by Frida, announced a change in musical style. With Benny and Frida going their separate ways, the pain of splitting up was explored yet again in “When All is Said and Done“. The major hit single on the album, “One of Us” also depicted the end of a love story. Elsewhere there were current Cold War themes—highly topical at the time—and further songs of isolation and regret.
The Visitors album was one of the first records to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be manufactured on the new CD format in 1982 on Atlantic. The Visitors has been reissued in digitally remastered form three times—first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set.
The Visitors Deluxe Edition was released on 23 April 2012. As with previous releases in the Deluxe Edition series, this version of ABBA’s final album offers a DVD of archive material along with CD bonus tracks – including the demo medley “From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel”, the first previously-unreleased ABBA recordings since 1994. (Source: Wikipedia)
|1.||“The Visitors (Crackin’ Up)“|
|2.||“Head over Heels“|
|3.||“When All Is Said and Done“|
|5.||“I Let The Music Speak”|
|6.||“One of Us“|
|7.||“Two For the Price of One“|
|8.||“Slipping Through My Fingers“|
|9.||“Like An Angel Passing Through My Room“|
|10.||“Should I Laugh Or Cry“|
|11.||“I Am the City”|
|12.||“You Owe Me One“|
|15.||“The Day Before You Came“|