The Complete Recording Sessions new edition May 5, 2017 21:04:33 GMT
Post by dq on May 5, 2017 21:04:33 GMT
I am a new member and I don't see a thread for discussing the revised edition of the complete recording sessions, so I'll just make my comments here. I got my copy of the revised and expanded edition a few weeks ago and have nearly finished it. Maybe I'm the first one to say I feel slightly underwhelmed by this expanded edition. There was all this anticipation building up over the past two years and many fans could only speculate as to what undiscovered ABBA demos might be found, and I realize the book isn't strictly about ABBA demos, but for me, there didn't seem to be any earth shattering revelations. Most of the unfinished demos mentioned we already knew about from the first edition. As for all the different mixes that are described, it gets to be rather tedious reading hearing about alternate mixes where there's a snare drum at 1:43 that isn't in the familiar mix....there's some mini moog playing at 2:47 that wasn't included in the final mix....or, there's a flute overdub that was left out of the familiar mix....etc. Another thing that I'm disappointed about is I thought the author said that 'everything' had been digitally transferred from the original multi track tapes. However, after reading most of the book, it seems there are some things that weren't digitally converted. For instance, for "Monsieur Monsieur", it says that it exists only as a 24 track tape, but not in the Polar tape archives as a mix. So it seems not everything from the multi tracks was converted digitally. Then there are other tracks which I think he could have elaborated on a bit more such as "Just A Notion". The reasons it never has been released in full still are a little vague to me. "Unmixable" is what Bjorn said about it. Michael B. Tretow said it had "an inherent weakness" that they couldn't get around, but what couldn't have been fixed with some editing/overdubbing in the mixing process? There could have been more info given about "Terra Del Fuego" than what was written, such as lyrics to the chorus and second verse, or if they ever made it to the second verse before Bjorn suggested they stop halfway through the track. I'm glad I bought the book though maybe my expectations were too high.