Thursday, January 26, 2012

ABBA to release first new song in 18 years

This spring, ABBA are releasing their first new song in 18 years.

The Guardian reports the Swedish pop supergroup will release a previously unheard track, “From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel,” recorded in 1981.

The song will be included on the forthcoming reissue of “The Visitors,” due April 23. This was Abba's final studio album, including the singles “One of Us” and “Head Over Heels.”

“From a Twinkling Star…” was intended for that final record, but although the group recorded a "demo medley" version, they decided to not issue it at that time.

The last time ABBA fans were treated to new material was the 1994 box set “Thank You For The Music.”

Despite years of rumors, ABBA's leaders, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, have remained staunchly opposed to a reunion.

"We would like people to remember us as we were," Ulvaeus said in 2008. "Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." They did not responded publicly to last year's suggestion by bandmate Agnetha Fältskog that the group "meet, chat about the old days and perhaps perform together."

"The Visitors" reissue will include one CD of bonus songs and a DVD of rare video, including footage of ABBA on the BBC's The Late Late Breakfast Show.



01. The Visitors
02. Head Over Heels
03. When All Is Said And Done
04. Soldiers
05. I Let The Music Speak
06. One Of Us
07. Two For The Price Of One
08. Slipping Through My Fingers
09. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room

Bonus Tracks:
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came

Extra Bonus Track:
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)


01. Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
02. Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
03. When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
04. ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
05. ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
06. The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
07. The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
08. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
09. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
10. International Sleeve Gallery


ABBA – Head Over Heels (1981)