ABBA was the biggest selling pop group of the Seventies. Between their first single in 1972, when the group was not yet called ABBA, and their final singles in 1982, ABBA recorded and released 98 unique songs. In addition they recorded versions of some of their biggest hits in Swedish, German, French, and Spanish; performed a number of songs in concert that were never released on record; and recorded a number of songs that didn't see the light of day at the time, but have been released from the archive the decades since the group took a break at the end of 1982.
Everyone remembers ABBA's biggest hits - songs like 'Waterloo', 'Mamma Mia', 'Fernando', 'Dancing Queen', 'Take A Chance On Me', 'Chiquitita', and 'The Winner Takes It All' - but there are many gems to be found on the eight studio albums and 21 singles released during the group's lifetime. ABBA: Song by Song is a look at every single song by the Swedish supergroup, written by a life-long ABBA fan. Find out what inspired the songs, what went in to recording them, and their impact around the world in the 1970s and 80s and beyond.
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16 April 2020
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 ABBA; 2 Ring Ring; 3 Non-Album Tracks, 1972-1973; 4 Waterloo; 5 ABBA; 6 Non-Album Tracks, 1975; 7 Arrival; 8 Non-Album Tracks, 1976; 9 ABBA: The Album; 10 Voulez-Vous; 11 Non-Album Tracks, 1978-1979; 12 Super Trouper; 13 Non-Album Tracks, 1980; 14 The Visitors; 15 Non-Album Tracks, 1981; 16 Final Sessions: Non-Album Tracks, 1982; Epilogue; Appendix I; Appendix II; Bibliography.
Ian Cole as born in Sydney, Australia. As a teenager in 1975 he became a life-long ABBA fan after hearing 'Mamma Mia'. A highlight of Ian's life was attending ABBA's first concert in Sydney in 1977, forever famously known as the 'rain concert'. In the Eighties and beyond he became a member of a group of fans that hosted ABBA fan events. Ian has contributed to many ABBA projects including official ABBA releases from Universal Music. He is a regular contributor to the Official International ABBA Fan Club Magazine. He runs his own fan website ABBA Omnibus.