ABBA Heaven – All the Hits!
As New Zealand’s only dedicated tribute to the Music of ABBA, “ABBA Heaven – All the Hits!” is a concept that occurred naturally. With five ABBA songs in the repertoire already, the band wanted to perform still more. Band members enthusiastically embraced 24 additional ABBA tunes and fabulous, new super-glam costumes!
Already established as one of NZ’s most extraordinary female vocal bands, ABBA Heaven! is a great fit for this line-up consisting of Joe Cotton, Amber Claire, Pauline Berry & Stu Pearce (keyboards).
For The Love Of ABBA
This is a heartfelt, passionate reproduction and tribute to The Music of ABBA itself, rather than being an impersonation of the ABBA band members. ABBA’s music stands the test of time and is loved across generations, around the world. ABBA still sell a million albums each year. There is no chance of slowing down anytime soon. The soundtrack to “Mamma Mia: Here We go Again” was No. 1 around the world in 2018 – deservedly so! The soundtrack music was produced by Benny Anderson. Additionally two brand new recently recorded ABBA songs featuring Agnetha and Frida will be released sometime in 2019/2020.
The ABBA Band Sound
Benny & Bjorn have said that each recording is like a Swiss timepiece, everything fits together precisely. The vocalists and the producer of The Mermaids align themselves with this aim. The Mermaids Dance band’s producer spent 2000 hours in a recording suite creating the tracks for the show. Top session musicians from New Zealand and Australia were hired and recorded. Bringing to life, as authentically as possible, the sound of ABBA, this included some exotic instrumentation. Having put the work in on top of this superb musical foundation, the band are well pleased with their tribute to The Music of ABBA. Sound files just below the next paragraph.
All vocals are very detailed and the harmonies chosen are those that dominate on the original recordings. Considered as well were the musical roots of ABBA themselves, in order to not put a different “stamp” on the way the songs are sung. ABBA were influenced by European folk music, classical music, English pop, jazz, (but no blues), and also American pop music, such as The Beach Boys. Agnetha, Frida, Bjorn & Benny recorded in Swedish, German, French and Spanish as well as English. Their English diction being very pure, thus enhancing the songs with beautiful ringing vowel sounds.