My favourite slow version of WAISAD is by Benny with Viktoria Tolstoy. It was a bonus track on a tribute album. Sublime. I'd love if Benny could have taken this arrangement to Frida in recent times. That tender piano arrangement with Frida's age-weathered voice delivering those lyrics.... it would be a thing of incredible beauty
We need a new injection of news I believe, it’s getting a little quiet in here again.......?
No news means less forum input, agreed.
So ABBA needs to make some news by announcing their next project soon, otherwise forums like this will go quiet!
I wonder if a forum such as this has much of a future. Bjorn and Benny have said that Voyage is it. Going by their past remarks, it's tempting to think that they don't really mean it and that we'll get something more. But their ages - and ours; and younger fans' continued interest - is against it, I think.
By the way guys, are your current placings of songs still current, even after a few days? And do those placings mean you simply prefer them or think them musically/lyrically/arrangement-wise superior to those not on your list? I ask because, for example, I think I prefer listening to Dum Dum Diddle to Money Money Money,even though, all round, I regard MMM as a better song on Arrival. It's amazing really how diverse our preferences can be even when it comes to ABBA; for example, my favouite ABBA track, The Visitors, doesn't even make Gary's list!
I wonder if a forum such as this has much of a future.
I think the demise of the forum (I mean the general media entity, not this one specifically) might have slowed a bit. Social media has destroyed many, but now things seem to be shifting again. Facebook has fallen out of favour with many. Instagram has turned itself into an absolute mess and TikTok seems to be so youth-oriented that codgers like me have neither a clue nor an apparent welcome. Twitter occupies some strange space where a battle between good and evil rages alongside cat videos, Russian bots, radicalised soccer moms and K-pop hysteria. Try discussing your personal Top 40 in 128 characters or less. So as long as there remains some impetus to actually get into a chat, these forums might still have a weak pulse. Of course, given my track record with predictions, we could easily be in our local coffee shops this time next week, lecturing innocent bystanders about the merits of Happy Hawaii and why I Am Just A Girl is the most probable cause of conflict in the Middle East.
The Voyage album ignited a decent amount of discussion here but not as big an uptick in new membership as I expected. I think the shows may well grow a new fanbase - certainly a better-focused one than the Mamma Mia franchise created. It might bring a trickle of visitors over time but I wonder if they'd have the patience for some of the nitpicking and "well actually..." that arises from long-term fandom. And I mean that in a positive sense: we sometimes get stuck into the details of a discussion that no civilian or spouse would be expected to tolerate. It's a support group for anoraks like me.
I wonder if a forum such as this has much of a future.
I think the demise of the forum (I mean the general media entity, not this one specifically) might have slowed a bit.
Hope you're right about that, Tony. I do recall that there wasn't a single post here for several days, maybe a couple of years back. But that was probably partly attributable to people's disappointment that 'the two new songs' were failing to appear. Then Voyage appeared, of course. This forum is not going to be a buzz of activity - it's unrealistic to expect that. But let's hope it avoids becoming a one-post-every-other-day affair.
Yeah, I think the quiet periods will be increasingly regular features. The 30th anniversary of Gold may generate a tiny bit of chat. The overdue releases for The Visitors might generate a bit more. After that, I think it'll be stuff like Voyage setlist changes. The lead-up to the 50th anniversary of Eurovision might be interesting. I can't imagine that there won't be some commemorative re-issues and a compilation.
Prior to summer 2021, we did pretty well to find stuff to discuss about a retired group and a decades-old back catalogue.
I was wondering what my 1000th post was going to be.. something of great new news, a new single, but alas it’s to agree with the above..lol Marketing is a strange and wonderful tool, and the older I get the more I think it’s “ US” ( not specifically, general public) who are the fools who get sucked into buying a product, a must have.. ( for instance the new designer handbag on TV this morning, resembles a dustbin plastic sack! and is selling for 100s if not 1000s of pounds, who are the bigger fools... not those that market, as I’m talking about the stupidity, but those who will cast it aside in a few months! ).
So the “ new” Gold will service those Devote collectors and those who wish to replace their scratched CDs, but alas not me.... It looks all good and as for price, does it really matter. I’m just hoping with the 50th around the corner that we will truly get something worth having, time will tell of course.
So my 1000th has turned into a little rant..lol.
I hope this forum continues, I just wish more would contribute, there’s over 600 members now, how many post.. 25 , 30 at most., I’d love to hear more from the younger/ new members and their views... come on please put finger to keypad.....
The lead-up to the 50th anniversary of Eurovision might be interesting. I can't imagine that there won't be some commemorative re-issues and a compilation.
I'm quite certain that 2024 will be a busy year for ABBA fans. The 40th anniversary of Waterloo back in 2014 was very interesting - Waterloo Deluxe, The Official Photo Book, Live at Wembley Arena, the vinyl singles box, Chess Deluxe... have I forgotten anything? So I can't imagine they would not make the most of the 50th anniversary. But after that? Who knows. Unless Benny and Björn finally relent and give their blessing to releasing something from the vaults now and then, it will be over. I'm sure they will find a way to re-release the whole back catalogue again but how many times yet it can be done?
I hope this forum continues, I just wish more would contribute, there’s over 600 members now, how many post.. 25 , 30 at most., I’d love to hear more from the younger/ new members and their views... come on please put finger to keypad...
Apart from Voyage, has there been much to say about ABBA that hasn't been said before on previous forums from years ago? Of course, that's not a reason to stop discussing the group - any more than avoiding talking about the weather with a friend, or refusing to prepare a meal that includes potatoes yet again! But maybe a few who might otherwise post are reluctant to do so for fear of repeating others' views that they may remember reading elsewhere before. It's a difficult one if, like me, you're not into discussing the wrinkles and niceties of yet another release of old tracks, for example. But I really like reading about others' responses to ABBA's songs, positive or not.