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ABBA – Ring Ring album era (1972–1973)

Contributed by Alex Bury on May 31st, 2019. Artwork published in
circa 1972
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    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
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    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of Gill Sans Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.

    Ring Ring was ABBA’s first album, released in 1973. I will share the fonts used for this album and the related singles. In this early period the band didn’t identify as ABBA yet. Instead, the covers spell out the names of the four members: Björn & Benny with Agnetha & Anni-Frid. In many cases, the women’s names are given as “Anna & Fri(e)da”. “Björn” often has to do without a trema on the o.

    “People Need Love” (1972) was the first ever single released by ABBA. The “Ring Ring” single was released worldwide. “Nina, Pretty Ballerina” was only released in France and Austria. That single gained a #8 in the Austrian charts.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://www.discogs.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Released on 1 June 1972, “People Need Love” (Sweden) was the first ever single by ABBA. Fonts in use: Annonce and Helvetica.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://www.45cat.com Scan: Meandi74 / 45cat. License: All Rights Reserved.

    French pressing of “People Need Love” on Disques Vogue, featuring Neil Bold and Akzidenz-Grotesk.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
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    German release of “People Need Love” on Polydor. The fonts in use are Churchward Marianna and Helvetica Inserat.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    The sleeve of the Danish version of “Ring Ring” by Polar combines Stencil and Compacta.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://www.discogs.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    In Sweden, the “Ring Ring” single was packaged in Polar’s generic typographic sleeve featuring Sans Serif Shaded.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Scan: Horst Adomeit. License: All Rights Reserved.

    French pressing of “Ring Ring” on Disques Vogue. Fonts in use: Annonce and Frankonia, in all caps.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Dutch sleeve for “Ring Ring” (Polydor) pairs the descenderless Broadway with caps from Futura Display. Note the “surprised frog” Ö with affixed dots in “Björn”.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://www.imdb.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    German release on Polydor. “Ring Ring” is in ITC Pioneer, the rest in the equally squarish Diamante.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    Source: https://shop.totallyvinyl.com Totally Vinyl (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.

    Spanish version by Carnaby. The typeface is Pluto with a two-color fill.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Nina, Pretty Ballerina” as released in France by Vogue. The font in use is Windsor Elongated.

    Ring Ring by Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida, released on 26 March 1973 on Polar Records, Sweden. The cover was designed by Peter Wiking, with photography by Bengt H. Malmqvist and a tightly spaced version of  Extra Bold with enlarged dots. The ampersand appears to be a custom addition.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Austrian version of “Nina, Pretty Ballerina” (Polydor) features Normande Italic and Flyer.

    Typefaces

    • Gill Sans
    • Annonce
    • Helvetica
    • Neil Bold
    • Akzidenz-Grotesk
    • Churchward Marianna
    • Helvetica Inserat
    • Stencil (ATF)
    • Compacta
    • Thorowgood Sans Shaded
    • Frankonia
    • Broadway
    • Futura Display
    • ITC Pioneer
    • Diamante
    • Pluto
    • Windsor
    • Flyer
    • Normande

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