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    Quote Posted by Sérénité (here)
    Some music is just unique...you actually feel it in your heart chakra, like it’s literally opening it up and clearing the blocks.
    All ABBAs songs do that 💫
    Yes, I really do think that may be happening. One of the reviewers I listened to last night said, rather clumsily but I think very perceptively, that even Abba's sad songs make you feel happy.

    Quote Posted by Feritciva (here)
    As a 80's child who was into heavy metal and especially NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) ABBA was always too cheesy for me & my friends.
    Yes, 'cheesy'. Many have used that word. (But also, like Pete Townshend, secretly admire the music. )

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    I have to take myself to bed right now, or I risk losing balance completely. I'll take stock again in the morning, after two strong cups of — and see if I still feel the same in the cold light of day.
    I didn't get that much sleep. In all honesty, I was just too emotionally scrambled, like something whipped up in a blender. Now I'm on my second , I think I may have figured it all out.

    The last few months or more, I've been paying close attention almost every day to world events. This is a difficult time. There have been tragedies — illnesses and deaths — that have affected people I know well. There's something very dark and evil happening on the planet. I barely need to say more about that here.

    So every day, it's my job to listen carefully to folks like Clif High, Mike Adams, Alex Jones, Dr Lee Merritt, Dr Reiner Fuellmich. And many others. That all piles up sometimes, and it's quite a load. I mitigate that by heading to the mountains regularly with my dog. It's a simple remedy, but it works well to help me healthy and balanced.

    That remedy is because when I go to the mountains, I kind of go through a portal into a simple world without evil. I see delightful natural things: birds, deer, rainbows, surprising views, stunning landscapes, tiny alpine flowers by the thousand.

    It's a blessing when the sun shines, but I don't even care if it doesn't. And all that time, rain or shine, my dog Mara is as excited and happy as a small child. And so am I.

    But this is also the world of Abba. Theirs is a universe without evil. Where humans definitely make mistakes and encounter setbacks, but often manage to get by anyway and frequently find solace in music or beauty.

    I have to be careful in the mountains, too, and make all the right decisions. But there's no-one out there trying to get me.

    Abba's songs have that same innocence, while the maturity of complex adult experience is surprisingly often right in there as well. But all that time, the radiance and perfection of their harmonies and compositions can be heard throughout, as if to say:
    Look, bad things can happen in the world. But that doesn't mean it's a bad world.
    If I'm feeling down, I don't want to listen to Zeppelin or Hendrix or AC/DC. Even the story of a difficult human failure like Knowing me, Knowing You, like the rain in the mountains, can lift the spirits. That's why sad songs can make one feel happy. It's a simple world we all secretly long for.

    I think this is why so many thousands of people wept uncontrollably when they heard the new song. It took them right back to the innocence of their younger days — before they got sick, before their loved ones passed away, before they realized there was evil in the world.

    Today, Clif High may be publishing a new video. Of course, I'll be sure to watch it. But I feel my pressured soul, strong though it is, would rather be listening to Abba.

    Last edited by Bill Ryan; 14th September 2021 at 12:37.

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    I just want to say that I've always loved the music of ABBA. I'm a life long musician, not professionally anymore but semi pro when younger and I also got into Berklee on a scholarship,so music has been a big part of my life ever since I was a young tot. While I never played or composed what you could consider pop music, I recognize the genius in ABBA. Perfectly constructed songs, loaded with hooks, yet a completely unique sound especially when they first blew up back in '74 or so. I'm glad Bill started the thread and I think it's great that they are together again. I also think it's great that growing older doesn't mean stopping what you love to do. I haven't watched the clip yet but I will as soon as I'm done listening to the grateful dead live from Vancouver in 1973 ( hot stuff).

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    Thank you for this, Bill. I enjoyed it. Heartfelt...

    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    I didn't get that much sleep.
    Continued...
    In all honesty, I was just too emotionally scrambled, like something whipped up in a blender. Now I'm on my second , I think I may have figured it all out.

    The last few months or more, I've been paying close attention almost every day to world events. This is a difficult time. There have been tragedies — illnesses and deaths — that have affected people I know well. There's something very dark and evil happening on the planet. I barely need to say more about that here.

    So every day, it's my job to listen carefully to folks like Clif High, Mike Adams, Alex Jones, Dr Lee Merritt, Dr Reiner Fuellmich. And many others. That all piles up sometimes, and it's quite a load. I mitigate that by heading to the mountains regularly with my dog. It's a simple remedy, but it works well to help me healthy and balanced.

    That remedy is because when I go to the mountains, I kind of go through a portal into a simple world without evil. I see delightful natural things: birds, deer, rainbows, surprising views, stunning landscapes, tiny alpine flowers by the thousand.

    It's a blessing when the sun shines, but I don't even care if it doesn't. And all that time, rain or shine, my dog Mara is as excited and happy as a small child. And so am I.

    But this is also the world of Abba. Theirs is a universe without evil. Where humans definitely make mistakes and encounter setbacks, but often manage to get by anyway and frequently find solace in music or beauty.

    I have to be careful in the mountains, too, and make all the right decisions. But there's no-one out there trying to get me.

    Abba's songs have that same innocence, while the maturity of complex adult experience is surprisingly often right in there as well. But all that time, the radiance and perfection of their harmonies and compositions can be heard throughout, as if to say:
    Look, bad things can happen in the world. But that doesn't mean it's a bad world.
    If I'm feeling down, I don't want to listen to Zeppelin or Hendrix or AC/DC. Even the story of a difficult human failure like Knowing me, Knowing You, like the rain in the mountains, can lift the spirits. That's why sad songs can make one feel happy. It's a simple world we all secretly long for.

    I think this is why so many thousands of people wept uncontrollably when they heard the new song. It took them right back to the innocence of their younger days — before they got sick, before their loved ones passed away, before they realized there was evil in the world.

    Today, Clif High may be publishing a new video. Of course, I'll be sure to watch it. But I feel my pressured soul, strong though it is, would rather be listening to Abba.



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    • Rare ABBA interview: band members on songs, Mamma Mia and world tour:
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    There is something magical about witnessing great talent that has endured for decades, I felt like this when I attended a John Fogerty concert at a Vineyard venue here in Perth in the hills, CCR were my very first rock concert back in 1972, and I was literally thrilled by their music as a young teenager. I was inspired to learn guitar and perform music myself as a result. John Fogerty appeared and struck up the band for 'Born on The Bayou' and the hair on the back of this man's neck was bristling and the atmosphere was so powerful, all those Boomers in nostalgia mode! ABBA of course were considered light, pop disposable music by many rock people, but I always liked them, their arrangements are absolutely superb, and the talent is just ridiculous, anyone with a musical sensibility knows that ABBA are amazing! I do not care about snobs and their lofty disdain for popular music, ABBA are alright with me!

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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)

    And I totally bet it makes you cry again.
    Yes...it did...thank you ABBA ... and Bill for posting it.
    Last edited by Bill Ryan; 14th September 2021 at 14:29. Reason: fixed the quote formatting <3

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    This is tremendous, thanks so much for posting it Bill. I grew up with Abba. I was so lucky to be born into an era of such diverse and awesome music. I can thank my older brother for that really, a true pop music maven, who as a matter of course played daily on his stereo the likes ELO, Queen, Genesis, Elton John, Billy Joel, Wings, Blondie, Hall & Oats, Pink Floyd, and many more, nearly always in the rock genre (the school into which I was initiated), but he would very often spin up the latest Abba songs too, and Boney M as I recall. So they've always had a place in my heart.

    It only strengthened over the years as I listened more, listened deeper, reflecting on the intricacies of Benny and Bjorn's masterful compositions, and the purity, almost ethereal grandeur that is Agnetha and Frida on vocals. They were killing it decades before today's ghastly pretenders, who by comparison just cannot sing, and require auto-tune and god knows what else just to be saleable. Abba put out infinitely superior harmonies on their B-sides than any of today's bland computer generated dross.

    So thrilled to see them back, and I agree, at a time when their beautiful energy is needed most. I only wish they hadn't left it sooo long. I remember when they split. 1982. Wow. Cannot wait to hear what else they've come up with. And wouldn't it be amazing if they reached Number One!

    I will post my favourite Abba track. The exquisite excellence of this track cannot understated. It's pure tour de force from start to finish; beautifully performed by Agnetha (especially when you know the very personal backstory), bringing delicate harmonies, a rousing hook, astonishingly raw lyrics, and underlined throughout with heart-aching melancholy. Surely one of the best pop ballads in history.

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    I can’t recall the woman’s name, but I was watching a YouTube video the other day and she wondered if the Universe encouraged them to reform again in order to raise the frequency of the planet - to help peoples hearts and spirits heal from all the darkness. It’s a lovely idea.
    Abba are wonderful - warm hearted and genuine.
    Thanks for this post Bill xx

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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    I think this is why so many thousands of people wept uncontrollably when they heard the new song. It took them right back to the innocence of their younger days — before they got sick, before their loved ones passed away, before they realized there was evil in the world.
    Oh yes Bill, I heartily agree. It was our age of innocence, before most of us knew about evil Illuminati, Operation Gladio, etc. etc., and all the nefarious forces that were shaping our world. The world around us was far more black and white.

    If you read a history book about 1970s Britain, you'd think that it was a depressing world - inflation, IRA bombings, terrorism in Europe, strikes and power cuts. Yes, those things happened but we were raised by the war time generation and those things weren't going to defeat us. Also my generation didn't yet have the wisdom that age brings, few of us would question what we were taught and we lived in the moment.

    I loved the 1970s. This is my favourite ABBA song, I bought the 45rpm single (those were the days!) when it came out and it still lifts my spirits.


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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Quote They have now agreed to perform together again with a gig at London’s Olympic Park and new singles I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down.
    DON'T SHUT ME DOWN (3:57 min)

    I think I need to hear the first song (I Still have Faith in You) again a few times, it's very good indeed, but WOW, this one - 'Don't Shut me Down' - which I've just listened to, and only once, has me sitting here kind of stunned. Literally stunned. It's like I've shifted into an alternate reality of Earth, one that is 99% identical to ours, but in this one Abba had a massive hit years ago that maybe sat in between 'Take a Chance' and 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!', which was never released in my reality, and I've just heard it for the first time. It's so perfectly Abba, right out of '78 or '80 or thereabouts. How the hell did they just 'create' this out of nothing as though no time had passed?!

    I guarantee a thousand artists are listening to this right now thinking they would sever their right arms to have a pop song this good. And Abba get together again, snap their fingers and voila. Like it's nothing. Perfect melody, beautifully made, strong hook, harmonies, it''s all there just as it always was. This is very weird and I cannot quite believe it.
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    I sent this to a very close friend of mine this morning, who was unaware that this had happened. They thanked me immediately, saying that it was
    A shaft of blazing light and love in what has been an extraordinarily dark and difficult few days.
    I replied:
    I'm so very sorry... there are many, many people going through depths of stress and anxiety right now, with no end in sight, with almost everything they thought they could trust evaporating like mist.

    The new song seems to have been an inspiration for millions of people who can't stop listening to this, feeling that a little miracle has occurred, like an orchid in the barren desert.


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    I just looked at the UK Charts, probably for the first time in maybe 20 years. 'I Have Faith in You' is in at Number 14, and 'Don't Shut Me down' at Number 9. Incredible. Apart from a re-release of Dancing Queen in '92, it's their first chart since 'Under Attack' in late 1982 which got to No. 26, and their first top ten since 'One of Us' in late '81, which reached No.3. There was also 'Thank You For the Music', in '83, but that was also a re-release, and their swan song. Could they make it to No. 1? That would be astounding.

    Their last No.1 single - and their 9th over all - in the UK was 'Super Trouper' in November 1980. I remember two girls who sat behind me in class getting reprimanded for singing it during a geography lesson (our teacher Miss Thorpe, a real curmudgeon, hated Abba), she told them to shut up and go stand in the corner! lol
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    Wonderful memories and a deep, gentle, warm smile from my heart.💖

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    Well I listened to the song and thought it really good. As I expected, some super well constructed ABBA music. I was most impressed by the lead vocals (Freida?). Her voice still sounds great and they did a good job capturing the emotion in her track. The video was cool too but I'm of those old people that still listens with my ears,not my eyes like most of the kids today.lol. I also watched a thing about how they're going to be doing some kind of partial live repeating show in London using their digital selves to perform like in the video and I guess that's cool. Personally I think they should just take the stage with their real selves and be at peace with how they look now but that's just me. I get that they're going for a nostalgic vibe so more power to them.

    Bill Ryan, you sent me on a unplanned ABBA whirlwind this morning, I ended up checking out old ABBA concerts on YouTube for about an hour! so many great songs. As much as I think the internet is destroying our society there are definitely some pluses still (in addition to Avalon, of course)!

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    • Instant Classic: Abba - "The Last Video":

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    Bill I thank you for this. I am doing my final editing on my Musical Hypnotta and came across your post. ABBA is a band I once viewed as being uncool because they were too good.
    Their songs infectious, the most wonderful melodies and harmonies, the best voices anywhere. It cant be!!! I remember when much younger I pushed them out as silly as it sounds. Well humans sure are silly and I was one of them. It was all to beautiful.

    Today In my car everyday , ABBA is on my lineup of the same songs played over and over again. Yep its good enough for me. Abba, the doors, moody blues, Elvis, Bobby Darin, the B GEES the Supremes, all Motown , to name a few.

    Yeah I know whats out there but i dont care . This lineup makes me happy

    ABBA just too unfashionable and just too good! Thanks for sharing some beauty again.

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    Always loved Abba and was a bit (like many men of young age, or boys..) in love with Agnetha somewhat.

    I rediscovered them for me already in the mid-00-years (still pre-YouTube area) and did a compilation of their best songs for me and burnt it on CD (yeah, as said it was the 00-years).

    Today I go jogging with an mp3-player (I'm old fashioned and do NOT use a smartphone) and once in a while my favourite Abba song comes on. It gives me so much energy that I run better and faster when it's on. Sometimes I push the repeat button because it is so good and uplifting. Once I heard it even 10 times or so in a row, no joke.


    Also no joke that I consider this song a kind of musical masterpiece.

    Here it the tune I mean, I love it to bits:



    Imv, Abba is ALL that is good in pop music and it proves that 70ies and 80ies pop/charts music was so much better than almost all of what is consumed as 'hits' today.
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    Thanks for all the ABBA this morning. I have a new mind worm to keep me off all the negative stuff going on today. Even while out gardening I was humming the tunes while working in the dirt! Great thread!

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    Most Popular Song Each Month in the 1970s (Guess how many times ABBA is on this list?):

    01. May 1974
    02. January 1976
    03. May 1976
    04. September 1976
    05. December 1976
    06. November 1977
    07. March 1978
    • is it just me, that it feels like there is so much more Soul in the music back then?
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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    I will post my favourite Abba track. The exquisite excellence of this track cannot understated. It's pure tour de force from start to finish; beautifully performed by Agnetha (especially when you know the very personal backstory), bringing delicate harmonies, a rousing hook, astonishingly raw lyrics, and underlined throughout with heart-aching melancholy. Surely one of the best pop ballads in history.

    Oooh yeah. Couldn't count the times this was a go to, singing and sobbing, on endless repeat, but coming out feeling uplifted. Go figure . . . there's a loving friend with a hug in every song.

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