ABBA fans, get ready for new CD
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.pozible.com/ project/183493.
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