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ABBA at 50

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From their humble beginnings in post-war Sweden to global superstardom, ABBA at 50 charts the remarkable story of this Swedish quartet. It was good, because I could just concentrate on finding the right tone for it – a different tone from what I’m usually writing, being a bit more free. among 20 top-10 singles – including classic hits such as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, ‘The Winner Takes It all’, ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Take a Chance on Me’.

I mean, the group’s real 50th anniversary – when they started recording together English language pop songs – is this year, because it was 1972. ABBA at 50 by Carl Magnus Palm is a delightful history of the individuals as well as the group, complete with beautiful photographs. The other thing is that, because everybody else is so super-excited about it, and, ‘Ooh, it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Responsible for ABBA music reissue liner notes and several books including the exhaustively comprehensive "Bright Lights, Dark Shadows", this book comes at a perfect time. Deep inside, I never thought they were going to do that, because the motivation didn’t seem to be there. The same goes for having each album's details at the end of each chapter; the integrated discography works for me in this presentation.

Beautifully illustrated with essential images, this book examines the group's enduring legacy and much-loved musical repertoire of perfectly crafted pop.And this companion volume has expanded to be very much a book in itself, and it’s taking much, much longer than I had hoped for. I interviewed people who used to work for CBS in the 1970s and who were involved with the ABBA catalogue, or putting together commercials, or running up to radio stations or whatever they had to do. The author balances the professional aspects (recording, touring and promoting, studio interactions) with the personal aspects (romantic relationships and children) seamlessly.

The biggest reason for the ABBA fan to read this book, however, are the pictures; the wonderful pictures public and private. But of the bands that are around today, the ones that I’ve bought every album and everything are the Fleet Foxes. It’s very detailed stories about how the album sleeves were put together, it’s about chart success, it’s about how the record company people in the UK and the US primarily promoted or tried to promote their music. This was an interesting book and I learned a lot about a band I loved and found it so interesting especially the beginning.The ABBA machine continues to function, and the industry around the band clearly continues to flourish. And not only is it now 50 years of ABBA, but soon you’ll be able to mark half a century of your own journey – your Voyage, I guess – with the band, in effect from that day as an eight-year-old you picked up your first ABBA single, ‘Ring Ring’. I received this is book from net galley and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.

Well, the problem when people ask me about this is that because of the nature of the work I do, people expect me to be super-excited about it. But the 1990s ushered in a new wave of ABBA appreciation, and their music found favour again in modern popular culture. For a nonfiction book it flows nicely in the story is put together well it’s all I would have to say I highly recommend this book it is a great read. ABBA at 50 charts the journey of the Swedish quartet, from humble beginnings in post-war Sweden to global superstardom. Even my teenage daughters love Abba and because I knew next to nothing about them I couldn’t wait to read this book.

The thing about ABBA during their heyday is that they were at least liked by most (even if secretly) and loved by many. Proud of his two grown-up daughters, now fostering with his long-suffering partner, wondering where the hours go as he walks his beloved rescue lab-cross Millie, spending any spare time catching up with family and friends, supporting Woking FC, and planning the next big move to Cornwall. However, while technology, fashions, interior design decor and lay-outs change, ABBA remain a force to be reckoned with, half a century after their first English language recordings. And it turned out to be the first of eight singles that appeared on debut LP, Ring Ring, which received a limited release in late March 1973.



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