The four members of the famous Swedish pop-rock group ABBA recently did what most musical groups can’t or won’t: they put the band back together.
Composed of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, ABBA is widely known for their single “Dancing Queen” and songs adapted for the musical. Mama Mia!. These contributions to the music community are in themselves unprecedented, and the quartet recorded 47 more hit singles to become one of the best-selling groups of all time.
So when ABBA disbanded in 1982, fans were devastated. Until this year.
ABBA recently announced the release of a new album, titled Trip, November 5. The album, recorded at Andersson’s studio in Stockholm, includes the previously released singles “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”. On October 22, the group released “Just a Notion”, the third single from their upcoming album.
“Benny recorded a new backing track to which we added drums and guitars, but all vocals are from the original 1978 tracks,” says Ulvaeus. “In a way, it shows what we plan to do with ABBA Voyage in 2022. There we’ll have a live band, but all the vocals will be from the old recordings.”
He adds, “‘Just a Notion ‘is a ridiculously happy song and I hope it cheers you up in these dark times!
Despite the immense excitement surrounding ABBA’s return, the band also announced that this record would be their last record. “This is it,” Andersson said The Guardian. “It must be, you know.”
“I didn’t really say ‘this is it’ in 1982,” he continued. “I never told myself that Abba was never going to breed again. But I can tell you now: that’s it.
You can pre-order the group’s grand finale here.
Listen to ABBA’s “Just a Notion” below.
Photo by Baillie Walsh