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ABBA: 40 years... and still a-live!

06 November 2014 at 18:01 CET
ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. EBU

In 1974 α—…α—Ία—·α—… won the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Sweden with Waterloo, a massive hit not only in Europe but also in the US. It even topped the World Charts that summer launching a career that has sold over 380 million records and which is still relevant nowadays.

α—…α—Ία—·α—… toured North America and Europe in 1979 in what were their last series of concerts together, the successful α—…α—Ία—·α—…: The Tour. Exactly 35 years ago they made a stop in London for an unprecedent six sold-out nights at the Wembley Arena.

Still "a-live"

It was filmed and broadcast in 1980 as α—…α—Ία—·α—… In Concert and even released on video back then, but never until now it had the sound been remastered and released as an album "exactly as it was", as band member Benny Andersson confirmed. It is Benny's son, Ludvig, who directed the process and produced the album.

Live At Wembley Arena features most of α—…α—Ία—·α—… hits up to 1979, including a previously unreleased track by Agnetha called I’m Still Alive and the Eurovision Song Contest winner Waterloo as the show's encore song. Since its release some weeks ago it has reached the Top 20 in several European album charts.