Hi, If Benny and Bjorn had decided to release Just Like That in 1982 it would have undoubtedly become a massive hit for ABBA. A pop masterpiece in the same league as The Winner Takes It All, One Of Us and The Day Before You Came. Why did Benny and Bjorn dislike it so much? Agnetha and Frida, I understand liked the song a lot. It is such a shame that it was shelved. Thank you for uploading the video.
In words of another track...." When All Is Said And Done" they didn't really like the ABBA version.. did they really like the Gemini version ?
JLT has reached a sort of cult status, because of it never being released and is a complete track....so it's taken on a Holy Grail, mythical status.. as for it being a massive hit.. ( as much as I would like it to have been) if released in 1982/3 it probably would have flopped making somewhere between 20 and 40 ,like all their stuff at that time, here in the UK, If it was released earlier 78/79 yes a big top 10. Its a great " bouncy track" sax version is good.. but truthfully guys would it really be among your top 10, if it didn't have " this status"
Its like being a child, many fans wanting what they can't have...
Alas I don't think we will ever see the full release by ABBA, they have had many opportunities to do so... we may have to wait for that day when none of them are around, and by then many like myself won't be either🙄
But we should never ever say never... look what's potentially happening this year..who hand on heart really would've thought....
All the 1982 songs sound like album tracks or B-sides to me. That is to say, they all sound good but none of them sounds like a huge hit or a classic. Just to be contrary, my favourites among them are I Am The City and Cassandra! I can’t understand the huge love for The Day Before You Came or Just Like That, but each to their own!
I like all of the 1982 recordings except for You Owe Me One and it still puzzles me why that one was considered good enough to be released while Just Like That wasn't. But I guess they didn't have anything else to put on the B-side of Under Attack at the time (JLT and IATC both probably intended to be released later on ABBA's next studio album). But gary is right, that none of them sounds like a hit single. I love The Day Before You Came but I understand why it wasn't a hit. Maybe I Am The City would stand a better chance, as it sounded more like ABBA of the 70s (shared lead vocals, unisono singing in the choruses, multilayered production…). But there's probably a big truth in what foreverfan said, i.e. whatever ABBA had released in 1982 would have flopped probably…
As for the Gemini version of JLT... it is a completely different song to me. I listen to it sometimes, but ABBA's version sounds so much better. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened, had Just Like That made it into the Mamma Mia musical, as originally intended...
Benny mentions in the video that the melody of the verse of Just Like That was used in When The Waves Roll Out To Sea, which I didn't know. I had heard of WTWROTS, but I can't find any mention of it in any of the books I have, including The Complete Recording Sessions and Bright Lights Dark Shadows.
I love the chorus in ABBA's version. The Andrews Sisters-style harmonies are terrific, and the tempo and instrumentation are spot on. That said, I agree with Benny that the verse does not naturally lead to that chorus (the lyrics seem a tad stilted, too, if you ask me) and that sax playing wrecks my head. It is too busy and too repetitive and - in my personal, subjective opinion - should have been kept for an instrumental break and/or the outro.
I prefer the lyrics and melody of the verse in the Gemini work much better (for me). But there are problems. First, the tempo is too slow and plodding. Secondly, that elongated passage after "I led him on" derails the chorus - the original version is much snappier. Personally, I'd use those lines as a middle eight and stick to the original chorus and tempo. As for Karin's vocals.... I agree that she over sings it.
As much as I like the song, I tend to agree with the theory that we wouldn't hold it in such high esteem if it had actually been released at the time. Part of me wonders if Benny and Bjorn are enjoying tormenting the fans with it!
I also agree with Benny about Just Like That. But I don't think that the verses and choruses of LAYLOM transition 'organically', either. To my ears, the chorus has a very different character to the verse. I like the song, however,, and somehow, magically, it works for me - unlike JLT. But I'm curious that Benny and Bjorn couldn't or wouldn't write a different verse-melody for JLTthat matched that great chorus But of course that's planned for their new and last great album. If only...
Many people seem to dislike the verse of Just Like That. I like the song as a whole. I only have a problem with the sax overdub. It somehow doesn't sound right to me. As for the alleged incompatibility of the verses and the chorus... oh come on. Just listen to Should I Laugh Or Cry - that's two different songs screwed together and still it was released as late as 1981!
Like the song . But was not part of it used in Under Attack? This would make it unlikely to have been included in any further studio album.
Yes, there is a riff right before each verse that became the melody of parts of the verses of Under Attack. The riff can't be heard in the sax version (if it is even there), but it is easily heard in the other mixes.