|About the Book|
In 1966 two young men from Sweden wrote and recorded a song called ‘Isn’t It Easy To Say’, which marked the beginning of a songwriting and record producing partnership that has continued to this day. As the 1960s drifted into the 1970s, they startedMoreIn 1966 two young men from Sweden wrote and recorded a song called ‘Isn’t It Easy To Say’, which marked the beginning of a songwriting and record producing partnership that has continued to this day. As the 1960s drifted into the 1970s, they started making recordings with two girl singers (who also later became their wives), a working relationship that would continue until August 1982. During that period the foursome recorded a collection of songs which heralded one of the most successful recording careers the world has ever known and claimed a unique place in the history of popular music.That quartet was of course Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, better known as ABBA, and this book is the story of these people and their recordings. Based on extensive research and countless hours of original interviews with all four members of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and many of the musicians that played with the band, ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions recounts their story in a way that has never been told before.Beginning with that very first mid-sixties recording session and tracing the formation of the group through their first tentative collaborations, Carl Magnus Palm takes us on a fascinating journey through ABBA’s sensational career. Continuing with the watershed March 1972 recording of the group’s first single ‘People Need Love’ he recounts the full story behind such hits as ‘SOS’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘The Name Of The Game’. He reveals the facts behind ABBA’s final years and such classics as ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘The Day Before You Came’, as well as many lesser known tracks.This definitive book “ought to be of interest not only to the avid ABBA fan, but also to anyone who wants to know more about a group that had a fair amount of impact during the seventies”, as Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have written with typical reserve in their forward. It details the numerous unreleased recordings that the group left behind and is fully illustrated with many rare photos, record sleeves, and original recording documents and lyric sheets that have never before been published. ABBA – The Complete Recording Sessions is the first book in which all four members look back on their career.