What is your favourite Abba TV Special I have a few Abba special which appeared on the Abba deluxe. There first visit to Australia. The German Special The Best Of Abba Abba in Switzerland In New Zealand in early '77 They had a special here where they played Abba video clips and had interviews with Abba from previous shows. They then spoke to Bjorn live from Stockholm and I can remember him saying they were hoping to get to NZ but sadly the closet they came was Australia.
I liked the Made In Sweden show, it was aired prime-time on RTE here in Ireland back in the day, and gave them massive exposure. I still remember them jumping out of the wooden crate. When they appeared live on the Late, Late Breakfast show (1982) on BBC1, you could actually tell it was to be one of their last ever appearances. Agnetha gave a powerful rendition of Thank You For The Music, but kind of sad in a way. It was always exciting to wait for the new video to appear on Top of The Pops on Thursday evenings, after a new single was released. Summer Night City stands out as a great clip at the time. That was when there was no MTV or dedicated music channels, so the novelty factor was huge.
I liked the Made in Sweden special, particularly the performance of So Long
That was a great performance
I like that special also - and the Seaside Special from UK - and particularly the Don Kirshner's Rock Concert from 1975. They give us a really good look at how ABBA performed in the earlier times - before they became more kind of 'refined'. I love these performances
The Made In Sweden performances are absolute stunning the girls just look amazing in these ones I wish they would releases the songs sung in the Won Kirshners Rock concert I did have it on VHS but tape broke Maxisaxi
The Best of ABBA special would be my favourite as that was the one that made me an ABBA fan, also The Musikladen special, I remember it being played at 2:00 in the morning the only time I would stay up late so I could tape it sadly I can't watch it now as I don't have my Video recorder anymore.
Although it was mostly live performances and just monologues, we can at least see how the Japanese choreography would be like if they were joint-headliners. It's too fabulous for me to handle, anyway, in a good way! One try, and probably... well, those dancers should be used on occasion. Too much flare and ooh, aah, kind, might cause them to not be much of a serious show. But I'm glad that a year or two later, Frida made self-choreography her dominant niche, somewhere else in the Wembley special. :-)
Sometimes I wish ABBA specials (or movie if we want to go that far; but that movie has a journalist as a main core of the story, which is I'm not too fond with. I'm used to the Beatle-esque style of musical movie; think A Hard Day's Night, where the quintet of any band is the main focus of the story) have a tight plot like Agnetha's accordion being stolen, or Björn becoming a rock star-hero kind of it, as well as putting in references from old Swedish movies every English speakers know of.