ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions

Carl Magnus Palm; foreword by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

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 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.

First published UK October 1994.

More information @ Carl Magnus Palm.com

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions


ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions

Revised, updated and expanded edition

Carl Magnus Palm

In 1966 two young men from Sweden wrote and recorded a song entitled 'Isn't It Easy To Say', marking the beginning of a songwriting partnership that has continued to this day. As the 1960s drifted into the 1970s, they started making recordings with two female singers (who later became their wives), a working relationship that would last until 1982. During that period the foursome recorded a collection of songs which heralded one of the most successful recording careers the world has known and claimed a unique place in the history of popular music. The quartet was of course Agentha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, better known as ABBA, and this book is the story of those young people and their recordings. Based on extensive research and countless hours of orginal 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 through the music they created together., Beginning with that very first mid-1960s recording sessons and tracing the formation of the group though their first tentative collaborations, Carl Magnus Palm takes us on a fascinating journey though ABBA's sensational career, He recounts the full story behind such hits as 'SOS', 'Dancing Queen', and 'The Name Of The Game'. He reveals the facts behind their later years and such classics as 'The Winner Takes It All' and 'The Day Before You Came', as well as many lesser-known and unreleased tracks. This is the dream book for anyone interested in how ABBA managed to create a body of work that still reaches into the hearts of music lovers evewrywhere.


This revised and expanded edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions comes 23 years after the book as first published. In the interim, the author has continued researching ABAB's music, unearthing plenty of unknown or long-forgotten facts. More pertinently, he was authorised by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and the grouo's record company, Polar Music International, to listen to all the available mix tapes of ABBA's music still in the archives, something that wasn't possible for technical reasons in the mid-1990s. These tapes reveal many hitherto unknown facts about how ABBA's music was created, and the process by which the group worked their way through their songs, trying out and discarding many ideas along the way. The author has also conducted many interviews for this revised version of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, talking to people who've never or rarely been interviewed about their work with ABBA, including more than a third of the children who sang on 'I Have A Dream', the backing band and the engineers behind the Miami-recorded backing track for 'Voule-Vous', the musician who was the last non-ABBA member to play on one of their recordings - and many more! Re-written from the ground up, this new edition of ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions is a completely new reading experience, with four times as much text as the original 1994 book.

First published 31 March 2017.


More information @ Carl Magnus Palm.com

ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions


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