By Carl Magnus Palm, Dick Wallis
In 1966 younger males from Sweden wrote and recorded a track referred to as Isnt It effortless to assert, which marked the start of a songwriting and list generating partnership that has persisted to at the present time. because the Nineteen Sixties drifted into the Nineteen Seventies, they all started making recordings with lady singers (who additionally later grew to become their wives), a operating dating that will proceed till August 1982. in the course of that interval the foursome recorded a set of songs which heralded essentially the most profitable recording careers the area has ever identified and claimed a special position within the heritage of well known music.
That quartet used to be in fact Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, larger often called ABBA, and this publication is the tale of those humans and their recordings. according to vast learn and numerous hours of unique interviews with all 4 individuals of ABBA, their engineer Michael B. Tretow and lots of of the musicians that performed with the band, ABBA - the full Recording periods recounts their tale in a fashion that hasn't ever been advised sooner than.
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AMIGA STEREO 8 55 465 recently quit his job at the Metronome Studio and started working at Glen Studio instead, and wherever he went, ABBA went too. If it had been up to ABBA though, they would have continued working at the Metronome Studio, which would remain their favourite until their own Polar Studio opened in 1978. "The recordings at Glen Studio almost never turned out that well," says Benny. " However, Michael's terms of employment stipulated that his compensation for working overtime was that he could use his free time to work at other studios if he chose to, which is how a few ABBA sessions could be held at other studios during the two years of Michael's Glen Studio employment.
8th May Glen Studio. Recording 'Ring Ring'. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest, ABBA had seen the 'Waterloo' single hit the Number One position in the UK charts in May. For a follow up, they decided to re-release 'Ring Ring', which had not been a success in the UK upon its first release in October 1973. This time around, however, they added some new guitar work by Janne Schaffer and a saxophone overdub by Ulf Andersson to the recording. Also present while mixing was a representative from Epic Records, Polar's UK licencees.
The song was not to be performed by ABBA in the contest, but by Polar act Svenne & Lotta, and it was also decided that the composition would benefit from a slight rewrite (see 16th September 1974), which was completed by Benny and Björn over Christmas, A new backing track was accordingly recorded on this day, and Svenne & Lotta subsequently overdubbed their vocals. However, when they performed the song in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest heat on 15th February, it only finished third, and thus somewhat lessened their chances of making an impression in Europe with the song.