What's left? | 21 July 2014
Polar has finally granted the wish of many, many fans and announced the release of the Live at Wembley album. So you wonder what other releases the ever so demanding ABBA fan community want.
First that comes to mind is a demos and outtakes album. And that would be incredible. Some sort of box with Beatles anthology like recordings would be ideal: early mixes, never before released outtakes. But what are the odds that this will ever happen? I think that a reunion world tour is more likely to be scheduled.
Oh well, you can't ever rule it out: stranger things have happened. The Like An Angel Passing Through demo track on the Deluxe edition of The Visitors and the alternate version of Andante, Andante on the 40th Anniversary 7" vinyl box set are very recent examples of rare recordings that have been released officially.
I wonder if Polar and Björn & Benny were trying to see what fans thought of that? Before spending money on research and remastering record companies will probably want to know if there is a market for such a release. And this was the perfect opportunity. Well, we have to wait what happens, but I for certain don't have much hope.
Another live album then? Suppose the Wembley album sells well. Would it be possible that we will ever see a full 1977 Australia concert on CD? I know that there is a demand for it. It would even be more interesting for the hard core ABBA fans than the upcoming album, simply because of the possible appearance of "I'm an A" and the full mini-musical "The girl with the golden hair".
And then? Well, there probably is something left in the can, for instance a DVD of tv performances maybe. But that seems a lot less interesting. For me anyway, because I've always liked the music more than the visual aspect.
TV performances are great, but it usually is a play back performance that add hardly anything to the original record. And besides: we've already got most of the important stuff yet: ABBA in Japan, the ABBA in Switzerland special and various other clips.
A proper restoration of the official video clips would be nice. But preferably in the very expensive way the Beatles movies catalogue has been handled. Frame by frame "remastering" might do the magic. But again it will be nothing new. It would only be something better looking.
But hey, I'm not complaining! For what it is worth: I am more than happy with the first proper ABBA Live album, 35 years after the original concerts. And with a remastered Chess with bonus tracks on its way too, the second half of 2014 will be as exciting as the first half.
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