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Post  misery guts Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:11 am

Frida turns 75 tomorrow  cheers
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Post  misery guts Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:03 am

ABBA - In Their Own Words
A new-ish retelling of the familiar story, reliant on archive of the band, and some new stuff. Donny Osmond and Barbara Dickson were less familiar names offering their thoughts.
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Post  misery guts Sat Jul 03, 2021 6:20 am

Their 1992 compilation "Gold" is the first album to spend 1,000 weeks in the UK album charts, and is the all-time 2nd-best seller, behind Queen's Greatest Hits.
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Post  misery guts Sat Aug 28, 2021 12:43 am

misery guts wrote:They're back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43924609
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.
What a day.
Supposedly a big announcement is finally happening this week, a mere 3 years after this last update...  Exclamation
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Post  misery guts Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:15 am

It's for real - a new album, Voyage, and some kind of virtual world tour too!  Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
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Post  misery guts Sat Sep 11, 2021 1:09 am

Of the two singles so far released, I Still Have Faith In You entered the UK chart at #14, whilst Don't Shut Me Down went in at #9, their first new top 10 hit since One Of Us in 1981.
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Post  misery guts Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:28 am

The singles dropped down heavily in their 2nd weeks.

ABBA's Greatest Moments
A top 30 rundown with a multitude of contributors relevant and otherwise. The top 5 were:

5 - Waterloo winning Eurovision
4 - Knowing Me, Knowing You
3 - the Mamma Mia movie
2 - The Winner Takes It All
1 - Dancing Queen.
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Post  misery guts Sat Nov 13, 2021 8:38 am

"Voyage" was released this week, and went to #1, as had their last proper pre-hiatus album The Visitors. They got the highest first week sales since Ed Sheeran's Divide, a few years back.
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Post  misery guts Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:54 am

misery guts wrote:ABBA - In Their Own Words
A new-ish retelling of the familiar story, reliant on archive of the band, and some new stuff. Donny Osmond and Barbara Dickson were less familiar names offering their thoughts.
ABBA - Then and Now - In Their Own Words
Amusingly updated with the news of the new (final?) album, there was some new footage of band members talking, but a lot was pointedly from previous similar shows (one in 1999 came up a few times).

ABBA In Switzerland
A special from 1979 at the ski resort of Leysin. Besides the band running through several numbers (particularly from their then-current Voulez-Vous record) in a circus tent backdrop, there was a couple of guest performances, with Roxy Music doing Dance Away, and Kate Bush doing Wow.
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Post  misery guts Sat Jan 29, 2022 8:33 am

Benny turned 75 last month  Basketball

Voyage has been a big success; amongst other things it's been credited for 2021 seeing the largest vinyl sales since 1991.

I picked up Arrival and More Abba Gold the other week, which I'm quite pleased to have done  cheers
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Post  misery guts Fri May 27, 2022 6:44 am

misery guts wrote:It's for real - a new album, Voyage, and some kind of virtual world tour too!  Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
The tour was launched last night in London, with all 4 band members present to witness what are called, ABBA-tars  Rolling Eyes

ABBA: The Missing 40 Years
How to keep re-telling the old story? This looked at the dwindling end to their initial run, their post-band projects, the 90s revival, and eventual reconciliation. Frida made a solo record with Phil Collins (and Phil's producer Hugh Padgham) because she liked "In The Air Tonight". Sure enough "I Know There's Something Going On" sounds like ITAT. Agnetha had mixed luck with her own. Erasure's tribute EP in 1992 helpfully preceded the Gold compilation which sold tons. Then there was Mamma Mia the musical and film, and so on.
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Post  misery guts Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:27 am

ABBA - Best Covers Ever
A mixed selection, with Andy Bell willingly talking about Erasure's 1992 triumph which arguably helped start the ball rolling on the whole revival, Carla Bruni talked about doing The Winner Takes It All in an Edith Piaf chanteuse style, Neil Arthur talked about how Blancmange put a spin on The Day Before You Came, Adrian Utley discussed why Portishead made S.O.S. even sadder, and there were also takes from Madonna, Cher and Sinead O'Connor.
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