Sunday, January 22, 2012

Unofficial - but still 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 might also notice 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 was saying, I asked my Swedish friend Henrik to help me with the translation of the audios into English. All you are going to read below was translated by him, so that I thank him so much for such precious 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”.


  1. I really like Burning my Bridges, Crying Over You and Just Like That :)