Money, Money, Money | 4 March 2014

2014 promises to be quite an expensive year for ABBA fans. What can we expect and what do we already have?

There is of course the fabulous new version of Bright Lights, Dark Shadows, which still is ABBA's ultimate biography. Carl Magnus Palm did a splendid job again. If only a revised edition of his other brilliant project The Complete Recording Sessions would emerge someday.

We will all soon get our sweaty, obsessed hands on the Waterloo Deluxe Edition. This will be a nice addition to the series and in fact a closure to the Deluxe Edition studio albums.

And what about Ingmarie Halling's book The Backstage Stories? Looks pretty promising to me. It will hit the shops pretty soon and I for sure will be buying it. It's nice to have another book from an ABBA insider. Will it reveal a lot? Knowing how closed the inner circle around ABBA is, I don't think so, but you never know.

A milestone in ABBA history is the Official Photobook. I have reserved the Super Trouper Deluxe edition and it better be worth the 200 Euros I spent on it. Oh, I bet it will :)

Of course I also reserved a copy of the Waterloo picture disc single. That's a treat every ABBA fan should buy. It's pretty cheap, widely available and within everybody's budget.

A recently announced completely over the top project is the box set with 40 singles. It's pointless. Will I buy it? Of course I do. Why? I really have no clue whatsoever. I already have every single track in that box. Multiple times. On hundred or more records in most cases. But it looks nice and Universal knows that hard core fans like me will get it. So there goes another bunch of Euros towards Stockholm.

But there is more: the umpteenth version of ABBA Gold is cashing in on 40 years of Waterloo. The ridiculous addition of a third disc to the ABBA Gold / More Gold set is beyond anything I could ever imagine. The big question is: WHY? To get Universal more Money, Money, Money maybe? Certainly not from me this time, but there will be plenty of people buying it.

Luckily for real ABBA fans there might be other, much more promising projects on the horizon. Budget wise I hope there won't be too many. But I noticed that there might be a Gracias Por La Musica Deluxe edition, probably in November. That could be interesting. It's not the release I get most exciting about though; I never truly liked the Spanish songs much.

What tops the list of wannahave items is the Live album that Benny talked about on Ice The Site. A full live concert without too much trickery would be awesome.

So I better start saving. Because after 2013 with its costly museum opening in Stockholm, 2014 is an even more expensive year.

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