ABBA fans, get ready for new CD

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TONY and Gil­lyée Carey are recog­nised across the Wide Bay–Bur­nett re­gion as the founders of Pilot­light Pro­duc­tions in Childers.

What few re­alise is that these two lo­cal iden­ti­ties have an ABBA con­nec­tion.

Con­tact with mem­bers of the ABBA team, in­clud­ing Benny An­der­s­son, through his record­ing com­pany, has led to re­mark­able achieve­ments for the Careys in their ca­reers.

Since 2002, the Careys have paid trib­ute to ABBA and their ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic through live shows.

Mr Carey said it gave them great sat­is­fac­tion to as­sem­ble casts around Aus­tralia to help repli­cate the ABBA sound, with in­creas­ing suc­cess, and de­liver shows to Aus­tralian au­di­ences, not only fea­tur­ing the Gold hits, but also in­tro­duc­ing rarely per­formed ABBA songs.

In 2013 the cou­ple con­ceived of a stu­dio-based record­ing project, which they named ABBAnova, that would re­sult in an ABBA Trib­ute CD that was a world-first: a “new” ABBA al­bum of rare and un­re­leased songs, ar­ranged and pro­duced with the clas­sic ABBA sound.

Since the ini­tial con­cept, the CD has ex­panded into a three-year project, in­clud­ing three CDs, an EP, plus bonus tracks to ac­com­pany each CD re­lease.

In 2014, the goal is the first vol­ume, en­ti­tled Back Again: an al­bum of tracks writ­ten dur­ing ABBA’s hey­day.

To de­liver the project, the Careys cre­ated a nine-strong band, called Megga, and joined forces with crowd­fund­ing plat­form Poz­i­ble to cam­paign for fi­nan­cial sup­port for the first al­bum.

“Ba­si­cally, pledges will be re­warded with copies of the CD, or a dig­i­tal down­load, plus bonus tracks, and the funds will help us present a world-class, historic al­bum that hon­ours and con­tin­ues ABBA’s mu­si­cal legacy,” Mr Carey said.

The Back Again al­bum is a fan’s dream come true. Songs like I Am An A and I’m Still Alive have never been given the ABBA treat­ment in the record­ing stu­dio, un­til now.

“No one has heard Ar­rival sung with Björn’s lyrics in the ABBA style, or some songs in English,” Mr Carey said.

“Far more fa­mous trib­ute acts than us have not at­tempted a fresh al­bum of ABBA tracks. They’ve stuck to the same old tried-and- true songs, which doesn’t make sense to me, be­cause ABBA’s al­ready recorded them. Trib­utes tend to suf­fer from com­par­i­son to the orig­i­nal.

“ABBA is re­leas­ing I’m Still Alive as part of a two-CD set at the end of Septem­ber, but it’s a live record­ing, not a stu­dio record­ing like ours, and it’s just the one new song. You know all the oth­ers.”

Mr Carey said the “he­roes of the day” had been ABBA fans around the world who had gen­er­ously shared from their per­sonal col­lec­tions and sup­plied the miss­ing pieces from this very com­plex puz­zle.

To con­trib­ute to the Megga ABBAnova cam­paign and pre-order your copies of the Back Again al­bum, visit www.poz­i­ project/183493.


ABBA-SO­LUTELY FAB­U­LOUS: Megga seeks crowd­fund­ing for a new ABBA al­bum.

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