|Broadcast||This was NOT broadcast on TV, but shown in local halls in Japan|
|Released||This programme was released officially on DVD in October 2009|
|Notes||Documentary following ABBA around Japan at the press conference, radio &
TV appearances, scenes at Narita Airport (where they also
sing a little
traditional song "Ekorren"
(The Squirrel), in rehearsals for the TV special, etc.
It looks like they are filmed at the
Ginza Now TV
appearance and also during the
**Thanks to some Japanese fans, it's now clear WHY no-one previously had a good quality copy of this documentary on video. Here's the explanation from Japanese fan Reiko:
"During the 1970s before MTV existed, there were not many opportunities to see foreign acts. Of course, there were video tapes to buy, but they were too expensive at that time, about 4 to 5 times more expensive. So, music shops used to rent the "promotion films" (36mm format) from the record companies and then show them to fans at big local halls. Behind-the-scenes shots during their promotional tour tour in Japan were of great interest for the Japanese fans, so it it assumed that it was made by ABBA's Japanese record company , Discomate. I saw this film at the city hall, when I was at high school."
"During this period, the film was rented out everywhere in Japan. But, Discomate went bankrupt in the mid 1980's and since then, this film has been forgotten. So, the record company made the 36 mm form film for general use and then they also made a copy on a video tape to secure the product." So it would appear that somewhere along the line, a video copy has found its way into the fan market and been copied and copied - hence the bad quality that most of us have - until October 2009 that is!
|Watch Out For||
Agnetha, Benny and Frida caught smoking
|Pictures||Click on image for a larger view:|
|Related Links||Universal Music - ABBA in Japan; ABBA in Japan locations c/o Mayumi Taheri;|
|Credits||Thanks to Alexandre Carvalho, Mayumi Taheri, Jun Seo, Jozsef and Reiko Jesperson.|