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ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (US 7″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 13th, 2015


Side A


“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, (working title “Been and Gone and Done It”), is a song by Swedish band ABBA. It was recorded and released in 1979. It appears on ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was written and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the lead vocal sung by Agnetha Fältskog. Agnetha, as the narrator, weaves the image of a lonely young woman who longs for a romantic relationship and views her loneliness as a forbidding darkness of night, even drawing parallels to how the happy endings of movie stars are so different from her own existence.

The song was recorded at Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, in August 1979, and was ready for release in October of that year, in conjunction with the group’s tour of North America and Europe.

The single version of this song, which was released in its full length of 4:48 everywhere else in the world, was released in the United States and Canada in an edited format, being just 3:39 in length. This was done by removing the first half of the opening instrumental, the first four of the eight bars of the instrumental bridge between the second and final chorus, and fading the song out early. It is believed the edit was done by Atlantic, ABBA’s North American record label, and not Polar, hence the reason why it was available only in the USA and Canada. This single version has never appeared on any commercial CD issued by Polar/Universal to date, and along with the US radio edit of Chiquitita, it marked the only time Atlantic ever commercially released an edited version of an ABBA single while they had the North American rights to release ABBA recordings.

The single was never released by Polar Music in the group’s native Sweden, instead being featured on the “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” album, which did get a Swedish release. While Polar released the single in neighbouring Norway, Denmark, and Finland, copies of these versions were not made available in the Swedish record stores, who thus arranged to import copies of the United Kingdom version on Epic Records. Sales of these imports were sufficient for the single to reach no. 16 on the sales chart in Sweden.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was another highly successful song for ABBA. It hit no. 1 in Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, and Switzerland, while reaching the Top 3 in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Norway. It also proved to be ABBA’s most successful song in Japan, hitting no. 17.

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Long Version) 4:48

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Short Version) 3:39

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

Label: Atlantic ‎– 3652
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Pop
Style: Disco

Engineer – Michael B. Tretow
Mastered By – GP*
Producer, Arranged By, Written-By – Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus*

From the Atlantic LP “Greatest Hits Vol. 2”

Find the 7″ on DISCOGS

Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (US 7″ Promo)”

  1. André Says:

    ABBA! My guilty pleasure! A super rip of a rare edit. Thank you!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome André 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    Very cool way to end a wonderful week here on Burning The Ground. My wife Karen really, really LOVES ABBA so she will be happy about this longer mix. It’s funny, but the first I heard of this song was through Erasure and their remake back in college. Although I did grow up with listening to ABBA on Top 40 radio, I wasn’t aware of this song. I love it now though, of course and it’s cool that it’s here on your site Paul.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for all the great music!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff hope your week has been good to you. Actually the “Short Version” is the gem here it was only released in the US and never appeared on CD. The “Long Version” is the album version. Have a nice weekend hope we talk soon 🙂


  3. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  4. Jonathan Says:

    Thanks! I Love ABBA , In Brazil ABBA is very popular till today , in the end of year , the Brazilian television catolic channel Rede Vida always play ABBA Specials , Like In Concert and Definitive Collections , even the brazilian childrens love ABBA!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jonathan 🙂


  5. CL Says:

    Thanks a lot Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂


  6. Jermajesty Says:

    Didn’t know this existed – thank you Paul. Great song, amazing band. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty 🙂


  7. Davos Via 45 Says:

    One of the all time greatest pop groups. Their songs just seem to be around forever as you can hear them on the radio every day since they were released.


  8. rough-diamond Says:

    Abba is my greatest musical passion! Proud of the 375 millions records sales (2010)! One of the most prolific group ever!


  9. Mike Says:

    Very cool! Thank you. One of my favorite ABBA songs.


  10. Brand0 Says:

    +++thanks for sharing+++


  11. Stefano Says:

    Thanks for sharing the edited version, made for the US market. Really love the beat of the song. On this single the strings play an important part. Between 1977-1980 Abba used strings on their productions.


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