Benny Andersson has confirmed that all eight songs, with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, together with incidental tracks from the new musical Hjälp sökes will be released on CD, with vocals by Sofia Pekkari, Johan Ulveson and Magnus Roosman.
Hjälp sökes which features ballads, including Bortom Sol och Måne (Beyond The Sun And Moon), alongside Russian-type marching music, pop, rock and circus-style pieces, has received fantastic reviews following its premiere at Stockholm’s Orionteatern on 8 February.
“Now the premiere is over we are recording the whole thing.” Benny told Aftonbladet. “It will take a few weeks.”
Benny told icethesite: “If all goes well, I hope that the CD will be available in May.” (UPDATE: 21 April 2013 – CD release delayed)
However, the CD is not the only place we may hear the new music, Hjälp sökes director and Benny Anderssons Orkester member, Lars Rudolfsson, has suggested that some of the tracks may be suitable for BAO to play.
Benny agrees that it would indeed be fun and adds that he is also eager to write a few more new numbers for his band to perform during BAO’s summer tour which commences in Gothenburg on 18 July.
Meanwhile, Björn Ulvaeus has spoken of his involvement with ABBA The Museum, which opens to the public on 7 May: “The Swedish Music Hall of Fame occupies all my time now, and oh, oh, oh what a great deal of time that is!”, said Björn. “But it’s fun. I think it will be very good. A major attraction in Stockholm.” he added.