Thoughts and observations on the Swedish foursome
published December 16, 2022
As I'm typing this it's dead cold here in Stockholm, so it's not too hard to stay inside and work on my forthcoming book ABBA On Record. I am currently piecing together the story of how the Voyage album came to be - a year after it was released, it still feels unreal that Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida got together to record new music. But they did, and ABBA On Record will feature a Complete Recording Sessions-style chapter about it.
As so often when I write these in-depth pieces about ABBA, it's only when I bring all the disparate information together that the story materialises and I understand how things happened. In addition to the many stories in the media over the past few years, I've been fortunate in being supplied with some recording data, from sound engineer Bernard Löhr and ABBA representative Görel Hanser. I met up with Bernard, who gave me the recording data, and was kind enough to share some further insight into how the album was recorded. Invaluable stuff.
I am also very happy to report that I've conducted an interview with Baillie Walsh, who enlightened me about the thinking behind his design of the Voyage album sleeve and also the single sleeves related to the album. ABBA On Record is very much about the stories behind ABBA's album sleeve designs, so I am glad that I will be able to make it "complete" with the Voyage story. Baillie couldn't have been more generous with his time and his insight, for which I am so grateful.
Now, back to writing about the Voyage recording sessions ...
Sound engineer Bernard Löhr and designer Baillie Walsh have helped me piece together the story of the Voyage album.
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