Competition now closed: 05 August 2013. Winner: Twitter user @stuiewood – congratulations Stuart!
ABBA The Museum in Stockholm has an exclusive CD on sale to visitors to its gift store. The Polar Music International release is called Before ABBA and if you follow icethesite on Twitter you could win a copy!
Carl Magnus Palm, the noted ABBA historian said this on 10 July, 2013 about the release:
This CD collects selected tracks from the four ABBA members’ pre-ABBA careers: three tracks each by Hootenanny Singers, The Hep Stars, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and the duo of Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson. (A note: Kvinnan i mitt liv, credited to Hootenanny Singers on this CD, is originally a Björn Ulvaeus solo single, which was later included on a Hootenanny Singers studio album.)
My understanding is that at least some of the ABBA members personally chose which of their tracks should be included. I myself had no involvement in this CD beyond writing the very brief liner notes in Swedish and English.
The CD was produced at the request of ABBA The Museum and is only sold in their shop. At the time of writing, the Museum web shop has not opened yet (it is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2013) and I don’t know whether it will be sold through that channel as well.
Here are the songs that make up this very special collector’s item CD:
- 1. Omkring tiggarn från Luossa
- 2. Början till slutet
- 3. Kvinnan I mitt liv
- 4. Wedding
- 5. Sunny Girl
- 6. No Response
- 7. En ledig dag
- 8. Du är så underbart rar
- 9. Härlig är vår jord
- 10. Jag var så kär
- 11. Många ganger än
- 12. Fram för svenska sommaren
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
- 13. Hej gamle man
- 14. Lycka
- 15. Att finnas till
In order to win, you need to be a) following icethesite on Twitter, find this post and b) retweet (RT) to your followers.
If you’re not on Twitter or don’t want to be on Twitter, then fear not, there are more competitions with more great prizes to come and they’ll be open to all site visitors.
One lucky winner of the Before ABBA CD will be selected at random and reached via Twitter.
When the winner has been chosen and contacted, their name will be published in this article and the competition marked as closed.
As ever, good luck!