Thoughts and observations on the Swedish foursome
ABBA recorded a couple of new songs in conjunction with their avatar project - the songs will of course be covered in ABBA On Record.
published April 04, 2019
Update, December 2021:
Since this was first posted, ABBA have released an entire album of new songs, which means that this part of the book has changed from a description of "the two new songs" to a chapter about the Voyage album. At the time of writing I don't know exactly what kind of information I will get access to, but I will do my best with what I get.
This is the sixth and final instalment describing the contents of the upcoming book ABBA On Record - Packaged Promoted Reviewed. Tomorrow, Friday 5 April, is when pre-ordering starts.
In addition to the discography, which constitutes the main part of the book (detailed in Saturday's blog post), there will also be five further sections. This is the fifth of these appendices:
06 THE NEW SONGS
Unless you're the kind of ABBA fan who's been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will be well aware that the group has recorded two new songs. The songs, 'I Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down', were conceived as a result of ABBA's forthcoming avatar project, where digital replicas of the four members will perform their songs in a concert environment.
While the band's most familiar songs are the backbone of this project, the four members felt it would be more valid if the avatars also had something new to sing. Thus they decided to enter the studio for the first time in almost 35 years, in June 2017, to record two new songs. When the news broke in April 2018, it caused headlines all over the planet, so sensational was it that one of the few legendary bands never to have a reunion was actually recording again. There has even been talk of a third song, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
The new songs, the first of which is presently scheduled to be made public in September or October 2019 (subject to change), will, of course, be covered in ABBA On Record. I will present them in the same diary format style used in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. At the time of writing, I don't know exactly what kind of information I will get access to, but I will do my best with whatever facts and stories I can get my hands on.
Note: The above content description is subject to minor changes and adjustments.
Tomorrow, Friday 5 April at 9am CEST, I will start accepting pre-orders for ABBA On Record - Packaged Promoted Reviewed. Your support matters: every pre-order helps the book project and will make it that much better.
If you've followed the daily blog posts presenting the contents of the book, you alredy know that it will feature plenty of exciting stuff across its 448 pages (the same number of pages as ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions). In case you haven't read them, all the blog posts have been collected here.
Everyone who pre-orders will get their contribution acknowledged in the book, plus you will get the book signed by me with a personal dedication. After I stop accepting pre-orders, no more copies of this will be signed by the author.
As an extra reward for those who pre-order during the first two months, I have knocked off 10% of the regular prices on the hardback book as well as the hardback + ebook package. These are the prices (including postage), grouped into shipping areas:
UK: EUR 84 (regular price EUR 93)
EUROPE: EUR 94 (regular price EUR 104)
REST OF WORLD: EUR 108 (regular price EUR 120)
PACKAGE: EBOOK + HARDBACK BOOK
UK: EUR 93 (regular price EUR 103)
EUROPE: EUR 103 (regular price EUR 114)
REST OF WORLD: EUR 117 (regular price EUR 130)
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