Band Members Assessment of Recordings Jul 28, 2022 20:41:48 GMT
Post by truedogz on Jul 28, 2022 20:41:48 GMT
Gary I've suggested before that Benny can be a bit flippant or understated when he makes comments. I think we have to always keep in mind that English is a second language for the band members even for Bjorn and Benny who are quite proficient. I think its the comparison of songs that is important in some of his analysis.
In another interview Benny said out of the roughly 100 songs that ABBA recorded about 20 did not turn out as good as they expected and 20 turned out better than they thought they would. So TYFTM in his mind is one of those they could have done better with. I'll see if I can find a link to that interview.
If Benny says something is good I'd interpret it as he thinks its great while bad means in hindsight it could have been done better. Clearly he likes the tune and lyrics for TYFTM but thinks the arrangement could be improved. He often raises it in interviews or plays part of it so to him it is a bit of a signature tune.
I think there is a bit of a parallel in Just a Notion a tune he has said he always liked but for some reason he was not satisfied with the original recording. 40 years later he rearranged it and was happy enough with it to not only put it on Voyage but release it as a single.
Tony earlier suggested that Arrival and the Album had the best production and I agree with both of you. The clarity of some of the recordings is superb with the Album being a bit more consistent.