OMG it’s Abba.
The Swedish sensation announced plans to reissue its eighth studio album, The Visitors on April 23 promising several bonus selections along with a DVD of rare and previously unreleased material from the archives. The demo track “From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel” is now having its world-wide premiere and should be a real highlight for Abba enthusiasts.
The album, originally released in 1981, contains the tracks “Head Over Heels,” “When All Is Said And Done,” “One Of Us” and “Slipping Through My Fingers,” featured in the musical Mamma Mia!
This will be a first for Abba who are not a band well known to rummage through their archives. The last trip through Ikea’s tape vault produced 1994s Thank You For The Music box set.
Interest in the band who brought us hits such as “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” and “The Winner Takes It All” has never diminished.
Though the band made an appearance together in Stockholm, Sweden for the film premiere of Mamma Mia! in 2008, hopes of a reunion were dashed when all members refused to show for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Speaking with the Sunday Telegraph, Bjorn Ulvaeous said nothing will get the band back on stage again.
“There is simply no motivation to re-group. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were.
“Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition. I remember Robert Plant saying Led Zeppelin were a cover band now because they cover all their own stuff. I think that hit the nail on the head.”
The Visitors – Deluxe Edition
DISC 01: CD
1. The Visitors
2. Head Over Heels
3. When All Is Said And Done
5. I Let The Music Speak
6. One Of Us
7. Two For The Price Of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came
Extra Bonus Track:
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)
DISC 02: DVD:
1. Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
2. Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
3. When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
4. ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
5. ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
6. The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
7. The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
8. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
9. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
10. International Sleeve Gallery