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Abba: Ring Ring to get Deluxe Edition reissue

Album reissue: ABBA - Ring Ring Deluxe Edition
Label: Universal
Release date: October 14, 2013

The next release in the ABBA Deluxe Edition series revisits ABBA’s debut album, 'Ring Ring', originally issued in 1973. Featuring the very first ABBA recording, ‘People Need Love’, along with well-known tracks such as ‘He Is Your Brother’ and the groundbreaking title track, the original album has been expanded with no less than 13 bonus tracks, 4 of which are new to CD, plus a DVD of rare television material. 'Ring Ring Deluxe Edition' will be released October 14, 2013.

The first disc in the 2-disc package is a CD, which features the original album plus 13 bonus tracks. The bonus selections seek to expand the view of the album by including not only various non-album single sides, but also the rare original versions of the album tracks ‘I Saw It In The Mirror’ and ‘I Am Just A Girl’, both of which were Björn and Benny productions for other artists.

The scope of ABBA’s early years is further expanded by bonus tracks such as the rare 1970 recording ‘There’s A Little Man’, featuring Agnetha on backing vocals, her first contribution to a recording written and produced by Björn and Benny; ‘Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan’, a 1972 hit single for Frida featuring backing vocals by her fellow ABBA members; ‘En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer’, an ultra-rare spoken-word promotion single from 1972 on which the four ABBA members talk up their 1973 tour of Sweden; ‘Hej gamle man!’, the 1970 hit recording that was the first to feature all four ABBA members; and the 1971 single ‘Välkommen till världen’ by Lill-Babs, written and produced by Benny and enhanced by prominent backing vocals by the four future ABBA members.

The DVD features rare television performances of ‘People Need Love’ and ‘Ring Ring’ from Swedish and Austrian TV, respectively, plus a 2012 report from Swedish television wherein Benny tells the story of the writing and recording of ‘Ring Ring’, the first song to feature the famous multi-layered ABBA sound. In the report, Benny goes in-depth on the group’s creative process, isolating the different tracks on the original multi-track tape.

The package also includes a 20-page illustrated booklet featuring an extensive essay on the making of the album.

Don’t miss out on this Deluxe Edition of Ring Ring – featuring Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida’s first steps towards international stardom!

Tracklisting


CD


1. Ring Ring
2. Another Town, Another Train
3. Disillusion
4. People Need Love
5. I Saw It In The Mirror
6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina
7. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
8. Me And Bobby And Bobby’s Brother
9. He Is Your Brother
10. She’s My Kind Of Girl
11. I Am Just A Girl
12. Rock’n Roll Band 

BONUS TRACKS 

13. Ring Ring (bara du slog en signal)
14. Merry-Go-Round
15. Santa Rosa
16. Ring Ring (spanish version)
17. Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe Steht (german version of another town, another train)
18. Ring Ring (german version)
19. En hälsning till våra parkarrangörer (promotional release advertisesing 1973 tour of Sweden)

EXTRA BONUS TRACKS – EARLY VERSIONS

20. Hej gamle man / Björn and Benny
21.There’s A Little Man / Billy g-son
22. I Saw It In the Mirror / Billy G-son
23. Jag är blott en man / Jarl Kulle
24. Man vill ju leva lite dessemellan / Anni-Frid Lyngstad
25. Välkommen till världen / Lill-Babs 

DVD

1. People Need Love (Vi i femman, SVT)
2. Ring Ring (Spotlight, ORF)
3. Ring Ring revealed (SVT)
4. International sleeve gallery

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Eurovision Song Contest - 3 Disc DVD set

Eurovision 2013

DVD release: Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013 - 3 Disc DVD set
Label: Universal
Release date: June 10 2013 

More than 170 million viewers across 36 countries tuned into the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden, won by Emmelie de Forest with Only Teardrops bringing the trophy to Denmark.

Sweden and the city of Malmö proved to be worthy hosts of Europe's favourite TV show with a wonderful evening of entertainment put on by host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). The show was opened with an Olympic-style flag march where the artists entered the arena to the anthem We Write The Story, written by none other than ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

DVD contents

  • The 2 Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.
  • Winner's interview: interview with Emmelie de Forest from the press conference right after the show
  • Behind the scenes: Opening party, Backstage, Reactions after the show, Backstage video

Tracks

DVD 1: Semi-final 1

  • Austria: Natália Kelly - Shine
  • Estonia: Birgit - Et Uus Saaks Alguse
  • Slovenia: Hannah - Straight Into Love
  • Croatia: Klapa s Mora - Mižerja
  • Denmark: Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops
  • Russia: Dina Garipova - What If
  • Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich - Gravity
  • The Netherlands: Anouk - Birds
  • Montenegro: Who See - Igranka
  • Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis - Something
  • Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya - Solayoh
  • Moldova: Aliona Moon - O Mie
  • Ireland: Ryan Dolan - Only Love Survives
  • Cyprus: Despina Olympiou - An Me Thimasai
  • Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills
  • Serbia: Moje 3 - Ljubav Je Svuda

DVD 2: Semi-final 2

  • Latvia: PeR - Here We Go
  • San Marino: Valentina Monetta - Crisalide (Vola)
  • FYR Macedonia: Esma and Lozano - Pred Da Se Razdeni
  • Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov - Hold Me
  • Finland: Krista Siegfrids  - Marry Me
  • Malta: Gianluca - Tomorrow
  • Bulgaria: Elitsa & Stoyan - Samo Shampioni
  • Iceland: Eyþór Ingi - Ég Á Líf
  • Greece: Koza Mostra featuring Agathon Iakovidis  - Alcohol Is Free
  • Israel: Moran Mazor - Rak Bishvilo
  • Armenia: Dorians - Lonely Planet
  • Hungary: ByeAlex - Kedvesem

DVD 3: The Grand Final

  • France: Amandine Bourgeois – L’enfer et moi
  • Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis - Something
  • Moldova: Aliona Moon - O Mie
  • Finland: Krista Siegfrids  - Marry Me
  • Spain: ESDM - Constigo Hasta El Final
  • Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills
  • Estonia: Birgit - Et Uus Saaks Alguse
  • Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya - Solayoh
  • Malta: Gianluca - Tomorrow
  • Russia: Dina Garipova - What If
  • Germany: Cascada - Glorious
  • Armenia: Lonely Planet by Dorians
  • The Netherlands: Anouk - Birds
  • Romania: Cezar  - It's My Life
  • United Kingdom: Bonnie Tyler – Believe in me
  • Sweden: Robin Stjernberg - You
  • Hungary: ByeAlex - Kedvesem
  • Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops
  • Iceland: Eyþór Ingi - Ég Á Líf
  • Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov - Hold Me
  • Greece: Koza Mostra featuring Agathon Iakovidis  - Alcohol Is Free
  • Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich - Gravity
  • Italy: Marco Mengoni – L’Essenziale
  • Norway: Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love
  • Georgia: Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani -Waterfall
  • Ireland: Ryan Dolan - Only Love Survives

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Here is Your Temple announce debut EP

EP release: Here Is Your Temple (self-titled EP)
Release date: April 15 2013
Label: Bolero Records
Listen: on official website

Here Is Your Temple invite you into their theoretical world of fears, obsessions, love, hate and progress. Acting as distant observers in occupancy of a universe separate to our own, this debut EP is a veritable brocade of heavy, dreamy, alt-pop that channels the spirits of Nico and Beach House (while paying homage in their own way to the likes of Depeche Mode and Fleetwood Mac) before adding their own layer of sedate gloss. On this debut EP, the Swedish 5 piece (completed by vocalist Emily McWilliam, guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, drummer Olle Nyman, bassist Ille Borg and Mikael Svensson on keys) look to cinematic works for inspiration.  

From the first synth experiments in Tarkovsky’s Stalker to the cut-up soundtracks of Godard to Vangelis' Blade Runner, Here Is Your Temple value their music’s ability to conjure stark imagery; the band often use a backdrop of Kenneth Anger’s silent movies in their writing process. This becomes evident as the listener wades through the swirling synth of opening track, and forthcoming single, So High. Here Is Your Temple immediately set about demonstrating their possession of that very special transportative quality that inducts you into their thick, icy, Scandinavian surround. McWilliam’s vocals shimmer, melt and glisten across wildly expansive soundscapes.

So High’s pulsing bass line, icy underlying synths and chiming guitar punctuation soon make way for the world-weary Once Rich before Say Hey fills the air with its swelling, silver-plated folk crescendo. It builds like Boxer-era The National with a lyrical refrain (‘hey, what could we have done to make this go away?’) that could have been plucked straight from the lips of Matt Berninger. Big Way, by contrast, shows the band’s more extroverted side before closing track Daniel broods along a glitter-flecked road to its climax.

If Here Is Your Temple are of their own universe, then they represent their own 5 planet solar system, one that pushes, pulls, implodes and explodes, striving to find balance in the space in between. Just like black matter, the noise in between is equally important.

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I Used to Be a Sparrow - new album out April 15

Album release: You Are An Empty Artist by I Used To Be A Sparrow
Release date: April 15 2013
Label: Paper Wings Music
Listen: on Tumblr

Swedish indie rockers I Used To Be A Sparrow brought their music around the world with their debut album, Luke. One year later they are ready to pick up from where they left off with their sophomore You Are An Empty Artist.

The duo of Dick Pettersson and Andrea Caccese created an act that embodies a compromise between the urgency of a garage band and the impact of epic indie rock slicing in, electronica and pop wherever they can.

With a straight-forward and heartfelt approach the Västerås pair are all about taking chances and following instinct when it comes to their music. Swapping stories, songs and favourite records quickly led to an effortless song-writing partnership.

Blending influences as diverse as pop, alternative rock and electro-folk while maintaining a common watermark is a theme that has continued since their debut, however “You Are An Empty Artist” reinforces their genre-defying approach, bringing their music to a more personal and kaleidoscopic dimension than ever before.

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