Nothing can capture a heart like... The ABBA Thread

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    This cover makes perfect sense (certainly more than Suzi Q version of Brucey's 'Born to Run').
     
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    At first my brain started to protest, because it's not them. And then I had this crazy thought, imagine if ABBA had never recorded it, and this was the first, original version. And then it sounds pretty awesome.
     
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    And it stops you thinking about them and instead you just focus on the song itself and realise all over again that, as you say, it's pretty awesome.
     
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    Yes, it just made me realise all over again that it's an amazing song. Even if not performed by ABBA.
     
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    But sometimes it takes a different version to hear it for the first time. It is a fantastic song but I've heard ABBA's version so many times already I think I've taken it for granted.
     
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    Pop group Abba have returned to the studio to record their first new music since the 1980s.

    The Swedish quartet said the new material was an "unexpected consequence" of their recent decision to put together a "virtual reality" tour.

    "We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the studio," the band said on Instagram.

    "And it was like time stood still."

    No release date has been set for the new songs - but one of them, titled I Still Have Faith In You, will be performed in December on a TV special broadcast by the BBC and NBC.


    Abba's spokesperson Gorel Hanser described the new songs, saying: "The sound will be familiar, but also modern."

    The studio sessions were "like old times", she told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    "Easy as anything. It didn't feel weird that they hadn't been in the studio together for 35 years."

    But Hanser said the group would not perform live, other than as holograms in the forthcoming Abba Avatar tour.

    "No, you can not expect them to join forces on stage again," she said. "They will not do that."

    The band have resisted pressure to reform since they stopped recording together in 1982, despite a reported $1bn (£689m) offer for to tour in 2000.

    In an interview with the BBC in 2013, Agnetha Faltskog said she preferred to leave the band in the past.

    "It was such a long time ago, and we are getting older, and we have our different lives," she explained.

    News of the new material comes in a bumper year for Abba fans. An immersive exhibition based on the band's career is running on London's South Bank, while Chess, the musical Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson wrote with Sir Tim Rice, is being revived in the West End.

    A sequel to the film version of Mamma Mia!, starring Amanda Seyfried, Lily James and Cher, will be released on 20 July.

    Speaking to BBC News, Rod Stephen, founder of Abba tribute act Bjorn Again, described the new material as "a whole new beginning".

    "I heard about Abba releasing new songs and I was instantly, like everyone else in the Abba community, really excited to know what the songs were and how they're going to sound. Will it have that 1970s sound or will it be up to date?

    "It's brilliant really, because we love Abba's music to death. I just hope they're great songs, I hope they're equivalent to Dancing Queen or Mamma Mia.

    But, he added: "I know Benny and Bjorn wouldn't release something in this way unless they were good songs."

    And, speaking to the BBC's Adam Fleming last week, Ulvaeus hinted that there could be new material. Here's what he said:

    How did the Abba avatar idea come about?

    We were introduced to an idea by Simon Fuller who is, as you know, an entertainment entrepreneur - [creator of] the format of American Idol and manager of the Spice Girls and so forth.

    He came to Stockholm and he presented this idea to us that we could make identical digital copies of ourselves of a certain age and that those copies could then go on tour and they could sing our songs, you know, and lip sync. I've seen this project halfway through and it's already mind-boggling.

    What does it actually look like? Does it look like a younger you?

    Yes. Real. And they say once it's finished you'll never see that it's not a human being. And what attracted me personally to this is of course I'm always curious, scientifically-curious and this is new technology and we are pioneers. So I thought, 'Yeah let's go for it,' and you know the other three went for it as well.

    What is the actual format of the tribute show going to be? Is it going to be these Abba-tars all the way though?

    No, other people as well. And as for the format I'm not entirely sure what it's going to look like but some sort of tribute show with these Abba-tars for want of a better word as the kind of centrepiece.

    Will you write new material for it?

    We don't know what the Abba-tars will sing yet but there's lots to choose from of the old stuff and yeah, I'm not ready to say that yet.

    So there could be new songs…

    I'm… it's up in the air.

    Stay tuned…

    Yeah.

    Why not reform and have a reunion? The real you, rather than the virtual ones.

    Yeah, why not? Well… it never seemed like a good idea. It's not that we haven't had offers over the years. But somehow we always thought that the Abba that people have in their minds are the once-young and energetic group from the '70s. And we just never felt the urge to go on tour, I guess.

    On the whole we toured very little. We had like 10 years together and of those 10 years maybe we toured, like, seven months. Not more than that. So to go on tour as a geriatric, I don't know!
     
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    What a time to be alive... lol... New ABBA songs coming our way.
     
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    Yeeesss, Abba are coming back together again :spinning:, Oh i couldn't believe it when the news came on tv today, i'm so happy they are going to release two new songs, i still hope for a full new studio album, that would certain make my day happy. :p

    Now i wanne hear some Abba songs all day long. ;)

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    Thanks for the great article BF. :)

    I am really happy and excited that ABBA are releasing new music too after 35 years!
    I do hope that they will go ahead and record a whole new album too. It seems like they really enjoyed working together again so that's a good sign.
    Also regardless if they do record a new album or not, two new songs are really great. So I'm definitely looking forward to hearing those! :danc:
     
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    So... yeah. A new song is released at the end of December.
     
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    I'm here for Happy New Year 2019! Bring it on.
     
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    These couple days m in a Debby Boone mood, and i just found out she also recorded a old Abba song "Hasta Manana" for her album "You Light Up My Life"

    And i really love Debby's version of this song, she did a great job. :)

     

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