Where will I be on April 23?
Why inside a JB HiFi store thank you very much snapping up a copy of the Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s final album, The Visitors, released in 1981. As with all the other deluxe editions that have been released to near universal acclaim, and yes, let’s be honest, frothing mouths of excitement, it will contain a whole host of extra goodies from B-sides (including one of my favourite ABBA songs ever Should I Laugh or Cry), the final singles (The Day Before You Came, and Under Attack), and mall the TV show appearances a fan boy could want.
But what really sets this release aside from all the deluxe editions that have preceded it is the inclusion of a song called From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel. In reality it’s not a song as such; rather a collection of the various demos that eventually became the breathtakingly sad, poignant song, Like an Angel Passing Through My Room. It’s the first time the ABBA vaults have been opened since 1994 when the 4 CD collection, Thank You For the Music was released with a 20 plus demos medley titled Undeleted that included the never released gem, Just Like That.
Am I excited? Oh yes. Any doubts that the overly excitable fan boy of the 70s is dead and gone are erased well and truly when news like this emerges. I cannot wait!