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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005CDNF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Abba took a risk by launching this 1975 album (their second) with "Mamma Mia." How do you possibly follow that up? Simple--wait two songs and then zoom into "SOS," one of the best pop songs ever written. The rest of the album does not quite reach those dizzying heights, but it's strong nevertheless. Abba is all over the map, as if the band was still putting the finishing touches on its identity. Some songs, most notably "Hey, Hey Helen" and "Rock Me," are sustained by classic glam, Gary Glitter-like riffs. There's also the neoclassical, quasiprog instrumental "Intermezzo No. 1." This CD's two bonus tracks include the rather banal "Crazy World" (the B-side of the "Money, Money, Money" single) and the downright bizarre "Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special." The only cover Abba ever recorded, this medley was recorded in 1975 for a German charity album and was remixed in 1978 for the B-side of the "Summer Night City" single. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

Classic, catchy pop song with terrific vocals from Agnetha and Frida.
Remastered on CD and sounding even better, buy it for the bonus tracks previously only available as b-side vinyls (eg Crazy World).
You don't need to be an ABBA fan to enjoy this album; although you will likely be an ABBA fan after hearing it.
Stephen J. Flanagan

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The third album by the Swedish quartet is not only one of my favourites by them, but established their staying power by two Australian #1s, one of which spent eleven weeks at the top, and made them more visible by their putting promotional film clips, nowadays called videos, for four of their songs. It's also more tightly produced than Waterloo, which was a proving ground for superstardom.
First, the song that became ABBA's second #1 UK hit and the eleven-week Aussie hit: "Mamma Mia" with its bursts of guitar, catchy dual harmony vocals by Agnetha and Frida, and synths that have a slightly classical tinge to it. One thing in learning about these guys is that they were a big hit in Australia, small wonder then that this song and other ABBA references were heard in the Adventures of Priscilla movie, Australian, of course.
The worldwide hit and third single, "SOS" featuring a pleading vocal from Agnetha set amid the usual awash guitar and synth, was considered by many to be ABBA's first classic single, but I tend to give that honour to "Waterloo."
The slower-paced "Hey Hey Helen," punctuated by a hard rock guitar and bass, portrays the cost of a woman who's free from the responsibilities of motherhood and getting that second chance, at the cost of leaving behind her husband and children. A song fitting with the rise of feminism in the 70's. And at least alternative group Lush saw fit to cover it on their Gala album.
The mid-paced "Tropical Loveland" is their shot at reggae.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marc bolan on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The eponymous ABBA LP was actually the 3rd by the Swedish quartet after 1973 Ring Ring and 1974 Waterloo. It is true that it shows a group still looking for its own identity. But here, Abba are starting to find their very own sound : SOS (which by the way was recorded and released as a single before Mamma Mia) is widely considered as a milestone in this perspective. Although the classic sound which will be present from 1976 is not fully blown yet on "Abba", the whole album is already giant steps away from the two first albums : the overall quality is there, almost all the tracks ended up being released on singles : out of eleven songs, seven were A-sides in at least one country and thus made it to the charts. Even some of the glam rock attempts, like So Long or Rock Me, have some kind of charm about them, although they're obviously not what Abba did best. If you don't own any of the original albums yet, this might not be your first choice, but it should definitely not be forgotten.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Ghostly on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this is ABBA's best album. Sure, they had many hits after this release but the true, at least classic, ABBA sound is all over the place here. What I mean by that is; their later songs (as good as they were) moved in the disco pop direction, while here we get timeless pop rock at its finest. To me this is their "Tapestry" (legendary Carole King album) filled with monster song upon monster song. How can you beat an album featuring hits like "Mamma Mia", "S.O.S.", "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do", and "So Long" ?. Add to that gems like the catchy "Bang-A-Boomerang", "Rock Me" (shades of Slade), and the ballad "I've Been Waiting For You". -Not only one of their best ballads, but one of the best pop ballads ever. That's nearly the whole album right there, I might as well mention the rest; the excellent and underrated "Hey, Hey Helen", the seductive "Tropical Loveland", the funny "Man In The Middle", and the superb instrumental "Intermezzo No. 1". -Pop music doesn't get much better than this, folks. A classic album from start to finish, with two interesting bonus tracks. Like I said, they were to write many more great songs, but in pop history this remains their classic album and deserves to be seen as such. At least in my humble opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album was released when Abba's future was uncertain. They might have been just another one hit wonder. Waterloo had been a worldwide smash hit, but the other singles from that album flopped. Depending on your viewpoint, this album demonstrates Abba's versatility (if you like it) or it is a mixed bag (if you don't). I love it.
The original album (the first eleven tracks) yielded three singles that met with varying degrees of success. I do I do I do I do I do was a big hit in Australia and a number one in New Zealand but a modest hit in Britain. It eventually went top 20 in America. S.O.S. was much more successful in Britain, where it was a top ten hit. It went top 20 in America, where it was the first single taken off the album.
Mamma Mia, on the other hand, was a number one hit in Britain and gave Abba a direction to go in for their next album, which would be Arrival. It wasn't very successful in America, where it was only a minor hit. Abba were never able to achieve consistent success in America, perhaps because they rarely visited. They were kept busy elsewhere.
Of course, those songs can be found on various Abba compilations, so it is the other tracks that are the reason to buy this now. Tropical loveland and I've been waiting for you are lovely ballads. Rock me and Hey hey Helen veer almost into glam-rock territory. Intermezzo No. 1 is an instrumental that sounds like Benny and Bjorn were trying to write a classical piece - I wonder what it would sound like if played by a philharmonic orchestra. Contrast that with the medley of traditional folk songs - one of two bonus tracks listed here. Apparently this medley was recorded for charity. As far as I know, this is the only time that Abba covered anybody else's songs.
So, this is a very varied selection of songs.
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