Updates and corrections

Some additional information not included in the book, plus a few updates of details in the book.

Page 4, 5th paragraph: the website ABBA Charts is back online.

Page 7, 2nd paragraph (also page 98, 5th paragraph): References to the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart should be the Disco Top 60. The chart changed its name and the number of songs included many times since it was introduced as the Disco Action chart in 1974, and it is difficult to determine exactly when changes were applied (I've finally seen a copy of the actual published chart). Today it is the Dance Club Songs chart.

Page 10, last paragraph: The translation of Festfolk is missing. It means "party people", while the homophonic Fästfolk means "engaged people".

Page 18, 4th paragraph: 'People Need Love' was also released as a single in the Netherlands, or at least, it charted on a radio singles top 40 list. As it was listed as released on the Vogue label, it may have been an import from France.

Page 19, last paragraph: 'Nina, Pretty Ballerina' was also released as a single in the Philippines and Kenya in 1977.

Page 25, last paragraph: 'Åh, vilka tider' was first released internationally on the 2005 box set ABBA - The Complete Studio Recordings, not Thank You For The Music in 1994. An unfortunate cut-and-paste error duplicated from the previous entry for 'Santa Rosa'.

Page 30, last paragraph: 'I've Been Waiting For You'/'King Kong Song' was not listed as a double a-side single in New Zealand, contrary to earlier available information.

Page 37, ABBA album credits: the string and horn arranger's name is Björn J:son Lindh (with a colon), not J'son (with an apostrophe).

Page 41, 'SOS' credits: the single was released in Denmark in June, in Norway in September.

Page 47, first paragraph: 'I've Been Waiting For You' reached no. 8 in New Zealand in 1977.

Page 52: In September 2021, Rolling Stone magazine published its updated The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list (last published in 2004). 'Dancing Queen' came in at number 286, ABBA's only entry on the list. On the 2004 list, 'Dancing Queen' was at number 174.

Page 55: Some additional information about 'Dancing Queen' that I had meant to include:

'Dancing Queen' had become such a part of the zeitgeist near the end of the 20th century that it the song has been referenced in at least four songs by other artists: 'Spice Up Your Life' by the Spice Girls on the 1997 album Spice World; 'Ballad Of Cleo & Joe' by Cyndi Lauper on her album Sisters Of Avalon, also in 1997; 'Disco Down' on Kylie Minogue's hit "comeback" album released in 2000, Light Years; and 'When I Was Cruel no. 2' by Elvis Costello on his album When I Was Cruel in 2002.

Read more about this in the ABBA Omnibus blog.

Page 57, 3rd paragraph: An anecdote I neglected to include about 'Knowing Me, Knowing You': during the first previews of the musical Mamma Mia! in London in March 1999, the chorus did not inlcude the 'aha' sung after the title, as it was thought to be 'naff' and would detract from the serious scene. The audiences sang it anyway (as they often do to this day), so it was reinstated as an essential element of the song, sung by an offstage choir.

Page 65: ABBA - The Album missing musician credit Lars O. Carlsson - saxophones and flutes.

Page 92, 5th paragraph: The television series Scenes From a Marriage was edited into a feature film in 1974. The reference quoted from British writer Bob Stanley may have been about the film, not the television series.

Page 97, 6th paragraph: Saltumas should be correctly spelt saltamus. It seems I have as much trouble with Latin spelling as I do with Swedish.

Page 98: In June 2020, Slant magazine declared 'Lay All Your Love On Me' as no. 66 in a list of The 100 Best Dance Songs Of All Time, describing the song as 'sexy and poignant'.

Page 107, footnote for 'I Let The Music Speak': For listeners curious to hear The Beatles' 'Revolution 9', here it is.

Page 115, 4th paragraph: It has come to light that a British ABBA Fan Club newsletter dated October 1982 details upcoming ABBA releases: the single The Day Before You Came/Cassandra on 15 October, "10th Anniversary Album" ABBA Singles [sic]in November, and the single Under Attack/You Owe Me One in December.

Page 125: 'Johan på snippen' was written by Gaston René Wahlberg, not Gideon Wahlberg. 'Polkan går' was written by Pierre Nymar, not Nyman. Additional information came to light after initial research.
The entry for 'Johan på snippen' and 'Polkan går' should mention one other piece of non-ABBA music in ABBA: The Movie: the opening instrumental 'Please Change Your Mind' (1.30), written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, peformed by Nashville Train. The group, which included several musicians who had played on ABBA's albums, recorded an album ABBA In Our Way (aka ABBA Our Way) in 1976, with country & western versions of twelve ABBA songs, including a vocal version of 'Please Change Your Mind'.

Page 128: 'Ekorren' was also sung by Frida and Benny for the cameras on 28 March 1980, in the film ABBA - '80 Concert Tour In Japan, which is included on the bonus disc of the ABBA In Japan Limited Special Edition two-disc DVD set. The song seems to have been a running gag with the Japanese film crew following ABBA on both their 1978 and 1980 visits: Frida can be heard singing snatches of the song a few times in both the 1978 film ABBA In Japan Nov. 80 and ABBA - '80 Concert Tour In Japan. In both cases the "full" versions of the song were sung at New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport), just before ABBA boarded their planes to return home to Sweden.

Page 128: one song missing is ABBA's short rendition from the traditional English Christmas carol, recorded on 10 December 1978. As it is only one line sung from the song, lasting a whole four seconds, I chose to leave it out. It was taped for a greeting played on the Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops that year.

Page 128: In December 1978, Agnetha and Frida recorded a duet of the Swedish Christmas song 'Nu tändas tusen juleljus (Now a thousand Christmas candles are lit) (0.55), and backed young German singer and radio presenter Anke Engelke on 'Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht' (Silent Night, in German) (0.57), for the RTL radio in West Germany. Agnetha accompanied on piano on both songs. Somehow I was completely unaware of this recording until after the book was published.

Page 130, 2nd paragraph: In addition to the title 'I'm Still Alive' making a cameo appearance in the middle eight of 'Super Trouper', the very next line "[and] when you take me in your arms" is an English translation of the title of Agnetha's 1979 solo single 'När du tar mej i din famn'. Coincidence?

Page 130: I neglected to include in the book 'Stilla natt' (Silent Night, in Swedish) (2.44), sung by Frida and accompanied by Benny on synthesizer, recorded in 1979 allegedly for a radio broadcast.

Page 135, 7th paragraph: The box set Thank You For The Music was released in October 1994 (as correctly noted in the entry's heading), not November (though it was released in my native Australia on 14 November).

Page 136, 6th paragraph: Swedish ABBA tribute band Arrival (later renamed Arrival from Sweden) recorded the full version of 'Just A Notion' in 1999, with ABBA's blessing. The recording was produced by long-time ABBA bassist Rutger Gunnarsson. Arrival re-recorded 'Just A Notion' in 2008, allegedly because they were unsatisified with their 1999 recording. That's ironic.

Page 136, last paragraph: The melody of 'Hamlet III" can be heard played on synthesizer and electric guitar (running for around 16 seconds) in the short documentary film ABBA - '80 Concert Tour In Japan, during rehearsal for ABBA's first concert in Tokyo, Japan.

Page 146, 1st paragraph: the original Australian edition of ABBA Gold replaced 'Super Trouper', 'I Have A Dream', and 'Thank You For The Music' with 'Ring Ring', 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do', and 'Rock Me'. The original Spanish edition replace English versions of 'Chiquitita' and 'Fernando' with the Spanish versions. Current versions in both territories today feature the standard international tracklist.
2nd paragraph: On 2 July 2021, ABBA Gold reached its 1,000th week in the British Top 100 Albums Chart.

Page 148, 1st paragraph: The two additonal tracks on the Australian release of The Definitive Collection were 'Rock Me' and 'Hasta Mañana', both of which had previously been single B-sides (of 'I Do, I Do, I Do I Do, I Do' in 1975 and 'So Long' in 1974 respecitvely), both of which entered the local singles chart in their own right in 1976.
2nd paragraph: In September 2020 Rolling Stone updated The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, placing ABBA's The Definitive Collection CD at number 303, down from 179 on the 2012 list.

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