May 30, 2011 – 3:15 am

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We Owed You One [Mistral Music, 1CD]

Outtakes, unreleased and live tracks.

In May 2010, I shared some ABBA material here, and someone mentioned this CD and how rare it is. I looked in my collection, and found that I have this disc, and so here it is. The pre-ABBA Bjorn & Benny tracks, Rock And Roll Band and Love Has Its Way, are now available on expanded CD edition of Lycka. These two tracks were from a Japanese Epic Records single, but Epic lost the tape, and so Universal had to do the same thing that the bootleggers did and dubbed it from an original vinyl single. The master tapes of Bjorn & Benny’s earliest [BASF label] German language tracks met the same fate. - Philip Cohen

For those who want something light and frothy for the Memorial Day holiday…

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Cassandra (7.6MB)
Recorded for a German TV show, November 11, 1982.

02. Rock and Roll Band - omitted
Tracks 2 and 13 available on the expanded CD edition of Bjorn & Benny’s pre-ABBA album, Lycka.

Track 03. I’m Still Alive (6.3MB)
Recorded in Paris, France during the 1979-80 World Tour.

Track 04. Every Good Man (3.4MB)
Recorded in 1982 and unreleased by ABBA but reworked in Chess as Heaven Help My Heart.

Track 05. I’ve Been Waiting For You (3.9MB)
Live version recorded in Australia in 1977.

Track 06. Opus 10 (5.6MB)
Unreleased instrumental title track for the album that never was. Later reworked as Anthem in Chess.

Track 07. Just Like That (8.1MB)
Another demo from the Opus 10 versions.

08. Slipping Through My Fingers - omitted
Available on Thank You For The Music boxset.

Track 09. Under My Sun (2.5MB)
Demo version, complete with studio chatter.

Track 10. Under My Sun (5.4MB)
The second demo version, lead vocals by Frida.

11. Voulez-Vous - omitted
Available on the the two-disc Deluxe Edition of Voulez-Vous.

Track 12. Does Your Mother Know (6.6MB)
Live from the 1979 ABBA In Switzerland TV special.

13. Love Has Its Way - omitted

Track 14. Summer Night City (9.0MB)
Recorded at Wembley Arena in 1979, not included on the Live album.

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  2. Thanks for the post and sharing

    By Cowgill on May 31, 2011

  3. Thanks, Philip, not so much for the music as for validating a pop music fan listening to (and liking) both The Yardbirds and ABBA. Different times but top quality pop from both bands. Now if we could only do something to improve that Bieber kid’s material.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 2, 2011

  4. i am not sexist, but the blonde in Abba had a wonderful rear end….

    By rick harper on Oct 31, 2014

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