ABBA has released the third new track, ‘Just A Notion’, from their upcoming comeback album, ‘Voyage’.
Swedish pop icons – Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – followed ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, their first new music in almost 40 years. , with the release of ‘Want-You’ in 1979.
Bjorn admitted that there remains a “mystery” as to why the upbeat song was not included in the final song list.
The 76-year-old songwriter explained, “Wikipedia says this track was recorded in September 1978, which sounds about right. That puts it between ‘ABBA’ the album and ‘Want You’, and it would have been included in the last one if we hadn’t decided against it. Why did we decide against it? Looking back, I have no idea. It’s a good song with a great voice. I know that we played it to a publisher in France and a few other people we trusted and as far as I can remember they liked it a lot. So it’s a mystery and it will remain a mystery . “
It features the original voices of the four members established in Stockholm in 1978, with new drums and guitars.
The ‘Waterloo’ hitmaker continued, “Now Benny has recorded a new backing track to which we’ve added drums and guitars, but all the vocals are from the original 1978 tracks. In a way, that demonstrates what we plan to do with ABBA Voyage in 2022. There we will have a live band, but all the vocals will be from the old recordings.
He added: “‘Just a Notion’ is a ridiculously happy song and I hope it cheers you up in these dark times!”
The “Dancing Queen” stars have also announced that more tickets will be available for their next avatar tour.
Additional tickets for ‘ABBA Voyage’, which will carry bookings through December 4, 2022, will go on sale from 10 a.m. on November 3, two days before the album’s release on November 5.
Tickets will be made from abbavoyage.com, with a presale for Amazon UK customers who pre-order a physical format of the new ABBA album available from 10 a.m. on Monday November 1 and a priority booking window for ABBA Travel database subscribers from 10 a.m. on November 2 .
ABBA will perform digitally as ‘Abbatars’ with a live band of 10 musicians next year as part of the ‘ABBA Voyage’ race, and Bjorn recently insisted that this type of concert means that the race could go on forever.
He said: “The abbatars never tire. They can do 10 shows a day. No private jets. No riders. No worries about the voices. “
The “Thank You For The Music” hitmakers teamed up with an 850-person team from Industrial Light & Magic – the company founded by George Lucas – to create digital versions of themselves for the gig, using months of motion capture and performance techniques. .
The “Voyage” concert experience kicks off on May 27, 2022 at ABBA Arena, a state-of-the-art 3,000-seat arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, and will feature their new music.