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Review

Abba docs are ten a penny (or tretton pa dussinet in Swedish), but to tease the launch in London of Abba Voyage later in the week, this one condenses four decades of contrasting, less well-remembered, fortunes. From the title you’d think the gap between separation in 1982 and the return to recording were wilderness years — of course they were anything but. Bjorn and Benny both remarried, and played Chess on a global stage, while the more tentative Agnetha and Frida had initial solo success with Mike Chapman and Phil Collins respectively as producers – but then lean, and unbelievably dark times.

There are no new interviews with the four and amid all the squashing-in of material, some songs and archive really do need time to breathe (Frida feeling her way in the studio with Collins and her first post-Abba team; Gary Barlow luring Agnetha back on stage for the first time in 25 years), but there’s wise input from the likes of Elaine Paige and Hugh Padgham, and the shiversome comeback hit I Still Have Faith in You tops a spectacular journey. Who can live without them?

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