Friday, March 2, 2012

Good bye

I'd like to thank to everyone who has followed and enjoyed my blog until now. It's been two years and a half since I created it, but now it's time to go. I don't know if I'll return, but I really hope so.

I hope you have had a really great time finding out the pictures and reading the articles I've posted on this blog. I can say I had a really wonderful time here, so I feel sad for leaving it. You can be sure that I'll keep my blog on for everyone who wants to access it, though.

Thank you very much for everything.

- Karen

Friday, February 24, 2012

Covers

I'm not a great fan of covers of any band or solo artist, although I confess that there are some good performances of ABBA songs by other artists. Here I bring you the videos of the best ABBA covers that have ever been made, in my opinion. Compare the covers with the original performers. What do you prefer?


This is Madonna's cover for Like An Angel Passing Though My Room, one of my favorite ABBA songs
I think it's the best cover for an ABBA song so far...

... although Madonna's voice and the arrangements she's put on it can't be so marvellous as Frida's voice and B&B composition

A country and instrumental performance of I Am Just A Girl by Nashville Train, a band formed by ABBA musicians, who covered some ABBA songs and released them on the album ABBA Our Way from 1977...

... and the original I Am Just A Girl, from ABBA's first album, Ring, Ring

An amazing cover of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (a man after midnight) by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen...

... and ABBA's original song and one of the band's greatest hits

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Because Valentine's Day is everyday

If you liked the post I made for Valentine's Day, you may also like this one with Benny and Frida's even rarer pictures. After all, if everyday is a Valentine's Day, everyday should also be a Benny and Frida's love celebration.

Benny and Frida at the premiere of Bond in 1971
Note it is not a James Bond movie, but a cigarette brand!

Most of ABBA fans may know this lovely picture...

... but what about this one, even better?!
They're looking so relaxed and amused here!

Posing for a photo in 1975
I like the way Benny was always bonded to Frida 

Benny and Frida enjoying the sun by the pool in 1976
Note that Frida has a band-aid on her chest!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Let's celebrate love!

Guess what?! This is Valentine's Day

To celebrate this, I bring you some pretty unusual Benny and Frida's pictures, showing the most romantic ABBA couple in some of their nice days together. 

The couple in the early 1970s

Benny and Frida singing - and almost kissing each other - during a concert from ABBA 1977 Tour

Enjoying their free time in 1978
This one is specially lovely, although its size and quality aren't very good...

Even though they were close to their divorce, they seem really lovely in this picture...
Thanks to my friend Karine, from ABBA Joy, for this picture

Another picture from 1980, showing a really joyful couple

This one in from the late 1980... but it's still a great memory

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Four individuals

The pictures below are part of a very well-known ABBA photo shoot. The group members look specially nice and elegant in it and - what is even more curious - there are lots of individual shots of them. Since those individual pictures are the ones I like most, I'm posting here my favorites of this sort. Enjoy!  

Frida and her classical beauty

Benny in a very serious way 
Or would it be his "boy charm", as Frida used to say?

Agnetha using her seductiveness as usual

Björn with an indefinite expression, which seems worried and absent-minded at the same time

Saturday, January 28, 2012

During a break time

While Frida was waiting for the recordings in ABBA - The Movie, the photographer saw a great opportunity to take some pictures of the Beauty of ABBA. I think he did a nice job, don't you? 

Frida smiles friendly to the camera

Here she looks really happy
Oh, I'd be so happy if I got an ABBA necklace like hers!

Frida probably enjoys the photographer with her deep and velvet voice...

... and finally she enjoys the countryside around her

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Unofficial, but great

The three videos below bring songs that ABBA has never recorded officially. It's a pity, since some of them are really good tracks, with catchy melodies and promising vocals, like Scaramouche, Hamlet III and Just Like That. While listening to the audios, you can also note that the band members were having a lot of fun with the songs Summer Night City, Money, Money, Money and Here Comes Rubie Jamie. It's also interesting to pay attention to the nice piano solo for Take A Chance On Me.

As I don't speak Swedish and I was really curious to know what ABBA is saying, I asked my Swedish friend Henrik to help me with the translation of the audios into English. All you can read below was translated by him, so that I thank him so much for such contribution.  

ABBA Undeleted - Part I - video by mozpiano2


First song (from 0:00 to 0:50): Scaramouche

After Scaramouche, Frida asks "Why should it always be so serious?" and Agnetha seems to agree with her and says something like "In England, it wasn't so". Around 0:57, Björn, Agnetha and Benny play around while say their names and, as Benny says it with a low and feeble voice, Frida laughs and asks him "Is it hard to talk?". Björn laughs too and says "It's difficult with this announcement".

Second song (from 1:08 to 1:29): Summer Night City/Money, Money, Money (the band is just playing around with them)

Third song (from 1:37 to 3:30): Take A Chance On Me

After Take A Chance On Me, Frida says “You have to turn down the piano, because it is sharp in the ears.” So Björn claims: “Very miserable listening...”. Soon after Agnetha says “I only hear Frida in my headphones.” And Frida: “And I only hear you”. They all start to joke with each other with silly voices: “How to do now?...”; “Fix better listening!...”; “Yeah, Yeah!”; “I sink!”; “I sink too!”; and so on.

Fourth song (from 3:51 to 4:55): Baby (this song, sung by Agnetha, was the first version of Rock Me, witch has Björn on lead vocals)

Fifth song (from 4:56 to 6:33): Just A Notion

After Just A Notion, Benny or Björn asks “Is it good?” The other answers “Well, I think we can have that, it is also a bit unusual!” and then, the first one says “That's it, nowadays”. Someone says something in the background that makes everyone laugh. It’s difficult to listen to, though, because of lots of other sounds all the time.

Sixth song (from 6:46 to 8:54): Rikky Rock ‘N’ Roller
 
ABBA Undeleted - Part II - by mozpiano2

First song (deom 0:00 to 1:25): Burning My Bridges

Everybody agrees that Burning My Bridges isn’t good at all and someone jokes about it in a way that unfortunately only Swedes can understand (according to Henrik).

Second song (from about 1:35 to 2:45): Swedish and original version of Fernando

After Fernando, someone says (maybe Björn) around 2:46 that the song worked really well. They all agree with that.

Third song (from 2:50 to 3:25): Here Comes Rubie Jamie

After Here Comes Rubie Jamie, someone says “A f*** nasty situation...”. And all of them laugh.

Fourth song (from 3:30 to 5:48): Hamlet III

ABBA Undeleted - Part III - by mozpiano2

First song (from 0:00 to ~1:39 ): Free As A Bubble Bee

Second song (from ~1:40 to 3:09): Rubber Ball Man

Third song (from 3:10 to 4:28): Crying Over You 


After Crying Over You, someone says “Nice...” and then they start to count up for the next song, “One, two, three”.

Fourth song (from 4:31 to 6:33): Just Like That (sax version)

Fifth song (from to 6:34 to 8:32): Givin’ A Little Bit More
 
After the song Givin’ A Little Bit More, someone says “Okay, this we will take, no?” And the others answer “Yes”.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ring, Ring

ABBA really had a hard work not only at the studios, but also at their office. Just look at the following pictures and you'll see how serious their work was. 

Benny: "Hello! Who is it?"
Björn: "What do you think it is?"
Benny: "Oh, Agnetha? How are you? May I talk to Björn, please?"
Björn: "Don't you recognize my voice?!"
Benny: "Of course I do, Anna. You sound like an angel, you know? But I really have to talk to your husband."

Björn: "But It's ME!"
Benny: "Ohh..."
Björn: "Now you see?"
Benny: "Well... if Björn can't talk to me now, please, ask him to call me later! Bye bye!"
...
Björn: "Benny?! WHAT THE HELL?!"