Live at Wembley Arena
Live album by
Released26 September 2014
Recorded10 November 1979
VenueWembley Arena
(London, England)
GenrePop
Length109:57
LabelPolar
Universal
ProducerLudvig Andersson
ABBA chronology
The Albums
(2008)
Live at Wembley Arena
(2014)
Voyage
(2021)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Live at Wembley Arena is an album of live recordings by Swedish pop group ABBA, released by Polar Music on 26 September 2014, on 2 CD, 3 LP and digital format.

The album, produced by Ludvig Andersson, includes the complete concert at London's Wembley Arena (now The SSE Arena, Wembley) on 10 November 1979, the last of a six-night residency at the famous venue.

It features most of ABBA's hit singles and album favourites from their first eight years as a unit, as well as the never-before-released "I'm Still Alive", written by Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus.

Overview

ABBA played to packed crowds at London's Wembley Arena from 5 to 10 November, as part of their North American and European Tour of 1979, also known as ABBA: The Tour. Band members Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog agreed that those concerts were the highlight of the tour. Music stars such as The Clash's Joe Strummer and Ian Dury were among the audience.

Several songs from the Wembley concerts were filmed for the TV special ABBA in Concert, broadcast the following year. The song "The Way Old Friends Do", performed during the encore, resurfaced as the closing track of their 1980 album Super Trouper. Songs from Wembley also appeared on 1986's ABBA Live, but were overdubbed in the studio by producer and sound engineer Michael B. Tretow. The BBC compiled its own one-hour version of the concerts and aired it on Christmas 1979. This circulates as a bootleg entitled "ABBA - Live In London".

In an interview with the webpage Ice the Site, in December 2013, songwriter and pianist Benny Andersson confirmed that a live album would be released "exactly as it was" sometime in 2014, as part of the band's 40th anniversary. Andersson detailed that his son Ludvig went through hours of tapes, choosing the right material. Ludvig selected the November 10th 1979 concert to be released. The decision was approved by all the members of ABBA, including Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who listened to it at a studio in Stockholm.

On June 9, 2014, ABBA's official Facebook and Instagram accounts confirmed the release. The next day, June 10, the full track list was revealed.

The album omits the song "Not Bad At All", performed on tour by backing vocalist and fellow Swedish pop singer Tomas Ledin.

Track listing

All tracks written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gammal fäbodpsalm"
  • Traditional
  • Andersson[a]
1:43
2."Voulez-Vous" 4:11
3."If It Wasn't for the Nights" 5:18
4."As Good As New" 3:26
5."Knowing Me, Knowing You"
4:30
6."Rock Me" 3:34
7."Chiquitita" 5:34
8."Money, Money, Money" 3:57
9."I Have a Dream" 6:51
10."Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" 5:34
11."SOS"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:30
12."Fernando"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
4:13
Total length:52:21
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Name of the Game"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:09
2."Eagle" 6:10
3."Thank You for the Music" 3:52
4."Why Did It Have to Be Me?" 4:32
5."Intermezzo No. 1" 4:06
6."I'm Still Alive"4:29
7."Summer Night City" 5:28
8."Take a Chance on Me" 4:25
9."Does Your Mother Know" 3:58
10."Hole in Your Soul" 4:39
11."The Way Old Friends Do" 3:05
12."Dancing Queen"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
5:52
13."Waterloo"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
3:51
Total length:57:36

Notes

Charts

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 28
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[5] 16
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 12
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[8] 87
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 30

References