Abbacadabra (We Love Abbacadabra)

“It’s absolutely brilliant! The perfect final-curtain ‘grand finale’ for Abbacadabra!”

WE LOVE ABBACADABRA: The Mamma Mia Dance Collection!

THE FINAL ENCORE! As the best-selling act of all time on the Almighty artist roster, Abbacadabra have been quite content to rest on their legendary laurels, enjoying a well-earned respite after many years of chart-topping success around the world. Getting them back into the studio was no easy feat. All it took was….Meryl Streep?

News of this summer’s extravagant new feature film Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is evidently what finally got the Abbacadabra girls excited enough, enthused enough and motivated enough to return to the studio one final time with the Almighty team to record exclusive brand-new tracks for a very special new retrospective set entitled ‘We Love Abbacadabra: The Mamma Mia Dance Collection’. This will be the last Abbacadabra album ever, and both Abbacadabra and Almighty wanted it to be extra special.

Abbacadabra’s reunion with the Almighty production team has proven to be magical, resulting in not one (as originally planned) but three extraordinary new dance tracks that rank amongst the best Abbacadabra club cover anthems ever. ‘Just Like That’ is a rare gem from the catalog of songs written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus but never released! It’s a song that many Almighty and Abbacadabra fans had been clamoring for over the years, and now it’s a reality! The exquisite beauty of Andersson & Ulvaeus’ equally rare ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’ is the second new ABBA jewel that’s been polished and perfectly crafted into the consummate Abbacadabra dance anthem. Last but not least, the world’s dancefloor will be ‘Under Attack’, as the Almighty team launches their third and final, full-throttle club kicker from the 2008 recording session. All three of these new Almighty productions are absolutely brilliant, and absolutely essential additions to any Almighty fan’s collection.

Over the last seventeen years, six albums and fifteen singles, this 'semi-secret' dance combo have proved to the world that they possess a real star quality and an enduring pop appeal almost as widespread as the original Swedish superstars (ok...we admit that's a slight exaggeration!) and with various vocalists taking the leads on the Abbacadabra project, it was always going to be a tough one to break. We would now like to thank Linda Taylor, Karen Boddington, Martin Jenkins, Pam Sheyne, Tracey Ackerman, Belle Lawrence, Jamie Knight and a host of other singers who have helped create the unique blend of Abba-esque sounding vocals (not forgetting of course the Almighty Crew who were compelled to regularly do BVs). At the same time, we would also like to thank Maria Grimshaw and Nina Madhoo who took the Abbacadabra show on the road. Abba's originals still, to this day, have never been remixed — but now DJs, Abba enthusiasts and fans of great music the world over, can once again rejoice in the magic of Abba through Abbacadabra who still provide the best dance versions to this day.

How did it all begin then? It was back in 1991 that the group released their first single 'Knowing Me Knowing You' — which was an immediate DJ favourite. Within a few months came the exciting follow up single 'Lay All Your Love On Me'. 'Dancing Queen' shortly followed and was a pivotal moment in both Abbacadabra and Almighty’s history. Such was the interest in this single, that after selling out completely of it’s initial pressing of vinyl and cd’s on the first day it helped label boss Martyn Norris to decide to give up his full-time job and dedicate his full time and attention to Almighty. ’Dancing Queen’ received so much international acclaim that by the time Abba's own celebratory revival kicked in at the end of '92, Abbacadabra's roots had been firmly planted. Legendary pop producer Pete Waterman started playing both ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ on his late night TV show: ‘The Hit Man And Her’; this generated so much interest that he decided to pick up ‘Dancing Queen’ for a full scale release and promotion on his own label PWL. It entered the national charts, was ultimately licensed to many compilations and enjoyed sustained sales in many countries around Europe. By the time they had issued their next few singles, 'The Winner Takes It All', ‘The Visitors', 'One Of Us', 'SOS' and 'Eagle' they had enough material for an album.

The stunning debut album, 'Abbasalute' was a cleverly compiled 9 track selection of Abba classics, which ultimately became one of Almighty's biggest selling albums. It contained the much loved Abba track 'The Day Before You Came' (one of Abba's last releases), which was to have been the last release for the group. The American Almighty supporters (who have always been so fantastically keen) had other ideas. After an article had run in US DJ bible 'DMA' claiming that Abbacadabra had 'called it a day', a barrage of faxes, phone calls and a rather weighty post bag of despairing letters arrived all passionately pleading for an Abbacadabra return! With so much support evident Stateside and with the group's back catalogue still going strong, Almighty decided that if they were going to keep the group relevant then they would have to move forwards with an even fresher sound. It was two years later when dance trends had moved on with amazing speed when Almighty’s newly created in-house production team of Jon Dixon, Graham Willcocks and Ian Gant started work with the next series of recordings. 'Voulez Vous' was the obvious choice to use this new 'full-on' club sound on for Abbacadabra's return. And what a comeback! Catapulting them to the top of DJ charts and playlists all over the world, this more updated club sound then followed through on the next few releases 'SOS', 'Fernando', 'Dancing Queen' and 'The Name Of The Game', all of which were hailed by many to be their finest attempts to date. 'Waterloo' (always difficult to do) hit the stores in early '97 and in the summer of that year 'Angeleyes', was released with a different sound including outside mixes from Marc Andrews and D-Bop. A year on, the single 'Summer Night City' became yet another excellent excursion into the sound of the day – a pumpin’ full-on timeless production that recaptures the real magic of Abba but also with a fabulously clubby edge.

It is internationally that Abbacadabra have gained the greatest commercial achievement and recognition - In Japan, at first with Avex and then to a greater extent being taken on by the major Toshiba/EMI - In the US, the popular remix team Love To Infinity helped 'Dancing Queen' become a huge club hit while the act were signed to BMG.

Abbacadabra’s last major single in the UK ‘Mamma Mia’ has an added relevance — the musical of the same name had just opened in the West End and any Abba related recordings were in the public’s prime gaze again! Almighty, not shy to take advantage of the situation, prior to the show’s opening released the album ‘Mama Mia’. In edition a number of the songs were used in the UK and original hit TV show ‘Queer As Folk’. ‘Dancing Queen’ was also used in the US spin-off of ‘Queer As Folk’, which ran for 5 series.

Now, in 2008, comes the final Abbacadabra album, where Abbacadabra fans will find full-length Almighty 12” Anthem Mixes included for all three new tracks on this beautifully packaged, full-production, compilation set. These three new extended Almighty club mixes are the most anticipated in Almighty history! Additionally, classic Abbacadabra dance versions of nearly every song featured in the soon-to-be-released Mamma Mia movie are included here as well, along with additional favorites from the timeless Abbacadabra catalog (with many rare and hard-to-find mixes too!).

Perhaps best of all is the third disc in this set, a brand-new 2008 ‘Drive Time Mix’ Abbacadabra show stopper that includes twenty of the most beloved ABBA favorites, creatively woven into one of the most exciting, most dazzling, and most uplifting, non-stop Almighty dance parties ever conceived. Recently we re-issued Abbacadabra’s all-time classic ‘Dancing Queen’ with all mixes included over 2 collector CDRs. Over the coming months we will be re-issuing ALL the Abbacadabra singles with a complete package of their mixes in full quality. It’s absolutely brilliant, and the perfect final-curtain ‘grand finale’ for Abbacadabra!

Finally we would like to thank all the following for their contribution to the success of the Abbacadabra project: Richard Cottle for his amazing original vocal productions on the very first Abbacadabra tracks; Jon Dixon, Graham Willcocks (aka Gemini Jones) and Ian Gant who have contributed hugely to the ongoing and definitive sound of Abbacadabra, Jon Dixon has been involved in the production team for all the Abbacadabra tracks we have produced since 1995 and has produced the final three tracks for this album; Julian Gingell and Barry Stone (Jewels and Stone) whose work on the Mary Brazzle mixes still sound as fresh today as they did 10 years ago. Julian also worked on the PWL mix of 'Dancing Queen'; Ian Stephens for compiling and remixing this album and the last 'Mama Mia' album and who has remixed a number of Abbacadabra tracks; Gary Miller and Dave Ford who worked on the LWP mixes at PWL; the lads who worked there at the time in the PWL hayday - Craig, Nobby and Les; Jon Musgrave for compiling this album and expertly putting together the megamixes on both this album and 'Mama Mia'; Former Almighty Director Alison Travis and other members of the Almighty team who were forced to dress up in wigs for numerous photo-shoots (we hope at some stage to be able to publish some of these photographs); Dean Ferguson for his years of support in both retail and editorial contribution; Marc Andrews who gave us such joy at London’s Fridge Nightclub – we were mesmerized; Mike Coppock; Lynn Cleckner who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the information gathering lost information and endless ISRC codes; and finally to all of you who have bought and supported Abbacadabra – our greatest thanks.