The history book on the shelf | 27 December 2004
With Christmas 2004 rapidly fading out of our memory it's time to look back at an ABBA year that can be seen as an ABBA rollercoaster.
There have been new album releases by Agnetha and Benny, a new song by Frida and there even was even a brand new ABBA product, called Their Last Video. And of course this was the year of the Live in Concert DVD and the DVD documentary Super Troupers.
So if you ask: was it a great ABBA year, release-wise, you can not say anything else than YES IT WAS!
If you ask me what my favourite ABBA release was this year, then it's not easy: Number one is probably the Waterloo 30th anniversary digipack CD/DVD with the previously unreleased tv performances. A close second is the Last Video DVD. So un-ABBA, so funny and the first ever appearance in a long, long time of all four members on a new product. Number three: probably the BAO! Album.
It's very strange but I like it a lot more than Agnetha's new CD. In fact that album hasn't reached my CD player in the second half of the year. It just doesn't grow on me. There's one strong track that I like, but I don't care about the rest.
My personal highlight of the year was the Mamma Mia! Celebration in London. It was a crazy 24 hours: I travelled by train to Schiphol airport, flew to London, took a bus to the city of London, saw B,B, & F arriving at the red carpet, saw B, B & F on stage, went to the after party venue, took a bus to Luton airport, flew back to Amsterdam, and finally took a train back home.
An exhausting trip but definitely worth it. As I have told in an earlier column, I never saw ABBA live in concert. So seeing three of the four former members of ABBA on stage is probably the closest thing for me ever to the real thing. In my heart I don't believe we will see them together as a group again. Not even in Stockholm at the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia!, next February. Of course I hope to be proven false, but I just don't see why it will happen there.
What will we see in 2005? Probably a lot more Mamma Mia! And hopefully a superb release of ABBA The Movie. The latter is the release that I really, really want.
For now I want to wish all visitors of ABBA Plaza a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Thanks for all your continued support throughout the year.
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