I Saw It in the Mirror

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"I Saw It in the Mirror" is a song by ABBA, released in their 1973 album Ring Ring.

Production and release[edit]

The song was recorded in early 1970.[1]

The deluxe reissue of the Ring Ring album is set to include a rare original version of I Saw It in the Mirror - by Billy G-son.[2][3]

Composition[edit]

Björn and Benny are lead vocalists on this song.[4] The song includes an electric piano and a synth bass. The song has a chord-per-bar pattern that is sometimes broken due to filigree.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba describes it as "dirge-like", and says it "holds the dubious distinction of being the least-liked Abba track ever among the group's hardcore fans", adding that it is a leftover from an earlier project.[6] ABBA: Let The Music Speak notes that this song was an "uninspired attempt at laid-back R&B", adding though that the song gave Angetha and Frida some isolated moments by way of their "'echo' vocals".[1] It also refers to the song as "less remarkable",[7] "filler track", and "lacking trademark ABBA vocal ambience".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 8. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  2. ^ http://sosogay.co.uk/2013/ring-ring-abbas-debut-album-set-deluxe-package-reissue/
  3. ^ http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2013/09/preview-ring-ring-deluxe-edition-abba.html
  4. ^ Tobler, John (2012-01-04). "Abba - Uncensored on the Record". ISBN 9781908538239. 
  5. ^ Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 117. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  6. ^ Palm, Carl Magnus (2008-09-01). "Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba". ISBN 9781847724199. 
  7. ^ Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 11. ISBN 9780646496764. 
  8. ^ Tesch, Christopher Patrick ; editor: Matthew (2008). ABBA : let the music speak : an armchair guide to the musical soundscape of the Swedish supergroup (1st ed.). Fairfield Gardens, Qld.: Christopher J N Patrick. p. 391. ISBN 9780646496764.