UPDATE: 07 July 2009
Current release date quoted is 23 September 2009. This time with two discs, if HMV Japan is to be believed. Many thanks to Ken for this news.
Original article below – last updated 23 April 2009:
The Japanese release will feature the Japanese TV show ABBA Special aired in 1978 and three other TV programs starring ABBA. Details are scant but see below for a link to pre-order the disc which is listed as being in NTSC format with Region 2 (Japan, Europe, Middle East, and South Africa only) encoding.
There is currently no information about whether the material has been restored or remastered in any way but the DVD will be released outside of Japan according to the Official ABBA Fan Club.
There is a wealth of information about ABBA’s TV appearances in Japan on Sara Russell’s ABBA on TV website. Select 1978 from the menu and look between 17 and 26 November. You will find a selection of Japanese appearances, from which the other three programmes described as being included on the DVD, will almost certainly be taken:
Songs performed in ABBA Special:
- Take A Chance On Me
- Money Money Money (Live)
- SOS (Live)
- That’s Me
- Dancing Queen
- Fernando (one verse only)
- Summer Night City
- Knowing Me, Knowing You
- If It Wasn’t For The Nights
- Thank You For The Music (Live)
NB. The Name of The Game was also filmed at the same time as Knowing Me, Knowing You and If It Wasn’t For the Nights but not included in this programme, says Sara.
Thanks to Sara Russell and Billy Strachan.