|Filmed||late January 1976||
|Broadcast||31st March 1976 on NDR, Germany (and again 21st August 1976 on
June 1976 in Sweden
09 October 1977 on BBC1, UK (between 16:53-17:29pm)
23 June 1976, Channel 7, Australia under the title "ABBA in Europe" and was sponsored by SANYO
7 April, 2005 at 6am, Uhr, Germany
'Fernando' was broadcast on German TV channel NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the local channel of the ARD/ZDF for the north of Germany) on 'Das große Wunschkonzert' ('The big musical request programme'). It was cut to 16:9 and it was the original alternative mix on the soundtrack.
27 December 2013, Germany
|Released||'Dancing Queen' has been released officially on the
Arrival Deluxe Edition
This Musikladen programme was released by ARD in August 2010 on their 1972-1976 "Best of" DVD box set of 10 DVDs (there were three available at 99.95 Euros each or 249 Euros for all three). The box set 1 included a 44-page booklet with liner notes and information about each episode and also includes some pictures. For episodes 20 and 25 there are a few lines about ABBA while for episode 27 they explain how the Double LP The Very Best Of ABBA, ABBA's Greatest Hits came about. However, since November 2010, these boxes (including Box 2: 1976-1980 incl. Chiquitita (1979) and Box 3: 1981-1984 incl. solo performances) are no longer available because of copyright issues between the ARD and "a music company". According ABBA Intermezzo, in December 2010, "We have heard that fans are discussing whether it could be Universal objecting to the release of the Musikladen DVDs featuring ABBA performances. Unfortunately we can't tell you which record company is taking action against the release, but we can 100% confirm you that it's not because of the ABBA performances. A permission for this has been granted long ago."
'Musikladen' was a Radio Bremen production, run on ARD from 13 December 1972 till 29 November 1984 and contained 90 episodes.
This TV show (also known as 'Musikladen Extra', 'The Peter Frankenfeld Show'; 'ABBA in Europe' (in Australia); and 'ABBA at The Beat Club' (in the UK), featured the songs:
The opening of the programme featured a few lines of Ring Ring (Swedish version).
SOS had been recorded in 1975 and inserted into the programme. There was also a brief interview with the group interspersed with the songs. Benny had never sounded as Swedish.
The mix for 'Fernando' is a different mix from the version released on record. The differences are most noticeable in the instrumental spaces between lines of the chorus - the chime-like keyboards and guitar strums are much 'hotter' in the mix and it sounds a little "Christmassy".
'Mamma Mia' also sounded a bit different compared to the released version. In the special it sounds like the drums are more noticeable (having a tougher, dry, punchier sound).
The outro of 'Dancing Queen' sounds different to the released version. It seems to be a few seconds longer and you hear the almost bare instruments a bit better.
'Mamma Mia' and 'Fernando' only were first shown on a regular 'Musikladen' programme on 6th March 1976 (episode 25). The full programme 'Musikladen Extra' included all the songs.
Pictures from the performances from 'Musikladen' were featured heavily on the
cover of the album The Very Best of ABBA
released in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands.
According to newspaper-reports from the time, this programme was sold to over thirty countries.
After a few years of speculation finally Musikladen will be produced for a DVD release in August 2010. Apparently it was given up on originally because a long list of right-holders would not give their permission to give it a DVD release. Someone is however keeping an eye on YouTube because clips keep disappearing with the words, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH (SHDM)"
The programme was directed and produced by Michael Leckebusch.
German TV special - Thank you For the Music (25 Jahre ABBA), 1999
It is increasingly obvious that this programme broadcast some special gems relating to this Musikladen/Best of ABBA programme.
A different edit of 'I've Been Waiting For You' has materialised on YouTube with a cold start (you see them standing waiting for the music to
start) and other camera angles although much of it is still the same as the
original. At the end, notice Agnetha turns around full circle and you
get wonderful shots of the back of her head! There are no red
kaleidoscope effects in this different edit also. Thanks so
much to Erik Liebstaedter and
SADL00KINM00N for the link. This was NOT part of
the German TV Special 'Thank
you For the Music (25 Jahre ABBA)' - so where does
it come from?
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|Transcript||Click here for a transcription|
|Pictures||Click on an image for a larger view (includes SOS recorded in 1975)|
Thanks to Petri Kaasalainen, Maria Nicholas, Joachim, Harold Hanlon, Henk, Walter
Veldman, Markus, Ronnie Mehlis, Martin Borus,
Jozsef, Erik Liebstaedter, Jun Seo, Jason
Swan, Guido, Karen Danzilio, Sam
Shervz and Ian Cole.
Thanks to Robert
Verbeek, Richard Knight, Luke Rogers, Grant Whittingham and Ken Griffin c/o ABBAMAIL.
Huge thanks to Dustin and Karin Angeleyes.
More thanks to Dionne Kennedy, Pascale Ranson and Roxanne Dickson c/o ABBA Village and Regina Grafunder at Intermezzo
YouTube links c/o Dodinho85, 2Shaymcn and SADL00KINM00N and Engelauge
YouTube links c/o RAREABBAVIDEOEDITS