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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 out of a love of ABBA.  The line-up is vocalists Pauline Berry, Gabby West, Dixon Nacey (guitar and vocals) and Stuart 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.

 

THE ABBA BAND SOUND

 

Benny & Bjorn have said that each recording is like a Swiss time piece, everything fits together precisely. The vocalists and the producer of The Mermaids align themselves with this aim.

 

This band’s producer Stuart Pearce 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 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 VOCALS

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 ringing vowel sounds.

 

 

 

THE FUN FACTOR

Highly interactive, the audience and the band irresistibly take part in celebrating the love of ABBA. The audience often dresses up in their disco glories and glam 70’s gear, and always sings along because everyone knows the words. So much fun! ABBA fans travel 100’s of kms to attend shows again and again.

 

 

THE TRIBUTE COSTUMES

The female vocalists wear eye popping Glam Rock outfits authentic to the era of ABBA. These include 1970s jumpsuits, knickerbockers, gold lame, metallic over the knee boots, sequins galore. Many costumes have been added to the show since it began. The band are delighted to see audiences dress up similarly all over New Zealand – so much fun!

 

The songs currently performed are:

  1. Andante Andante
  2. Arrival (instrumental)
  3. Angel Eyes
  4. Chiquitita
  5. Dancing Queen
  6. Does Your Mother Know
  7. Fernando
  8. Gimme Gimme Gimme (AKA A Man After Midnight)
  9. Hasta Manyana
  10. Honey, Honey
  11. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
  12. I Have A Dream (AKA I Believe in Angels)
  13. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  14. Lay All Your Love On Me
  15. Mamma Mia
  16. Money, Money, Money
  17. Name of the Game
  18. Nina Pretty Ballerina
  19. On and On and On
  20. One of Us
  21. Rock Me
  22. Ring Ring
  23. SOS
  24. Super Trooper
  25. Take a Chance on me
  26. Thank You for the Music
  27. Voulez Vous
  28. Waterloo
  29. When I Kissed The Teacher
  30. Why Did It Have To Be Me
  31. The Winner Takes It All

 

Playlist of videos (2019 line-up, includes two members who have been since replaced in 2020).

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