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@ABBA IN THE STUDIO

WITH ABBA RECENTLY ANNOUNCING THEY’VE FINISHED TWO NEW SONGS – THEIR FIRST NEW MATERIAL FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS – CLASSIC POP TRACES THE BAND’S LIFE IN THE STUDIO AND SPEAKS TO ONE OF THE BAND’S HISTORIANS AND RECORDING EXPERT, CARL MAGNUS PALM

The announcement of a new ABBA tour – albeit one with just on-stage digital avatars – was greeted with unabashed joy among the band’s huge fanbase. They (and we) had given up on the chance of ever seeing the quartet together again on stage so, four decades after they last played live, even holographic recreations will do. This virtual tour has now led to an even greater event in the ABBA-sphere, as the band itself revealed: “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did…”

This, as you know by now, meant that Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid recorded two completely new ABBA songs and their huge global fanbase, already in ecstasy over the avatar tour, is now in a state of extreme anticipation. What are the songs like? How are the voices holding up? Could the new tracks possibly be as good as the classics? Will they be happy or sad songs? Did they all get on?

Questions, questions… but the only thing we know for sure is that the end of this year will herald yet another ABBA revival. It’s going to be bigger than when Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert propelled them back into the spotlight in 1994. Bigger even than when Mamma Mia! the musical opened in 1999, or when the movie came out in 2008. Bigger than that 30 million-selling ABBA Gold album. This is avatars belting out the hits and NEW ABBA MUSIC! Mamma Mia…! This is going to be HUGE

Björn Ulvaeus in a recreation of Polar Recording Studios. This immersive exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre charts the band using objects from Stockholm’s ABBA: The Museum and the group’s private archives
© Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock
Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Michael B Tretow in the recording studio
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