Abba Gold
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Abba Gold

October 18, 2008

  Song Title
Dancing Queen
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Take A Chance On Me
Mamma Mia
Lay All Your Love On Me
Super Trouper
I Have A Dream
The Winner Takes It All
Money, Money, Money
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Does Your Mother Know
One Of Us
The Name Of The Game
Thank You For The Music

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  • Label: Polydor
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  • Total Length: 1:18:29
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (630 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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163 of 176 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs You Didnt Know You Liked...The ABBA Enigma August 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was in high school when most of ABBA's work was originally released. At that time, no one considered cool would have admitted to enjoying stuff like this. All the cool people I knew were listening to Lynyrd Skynrd and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Now, all these years later, it is at last safe for me to admit I love these songs.
There is a whole new generation of kids listening (or perhaps pretending not to listen) to ABBA's music as interpreted by the new Swedish group, the A-Teens. I must say, I'll have to stick with these originals. If you think you need only one silly seventies pop-dance album, this may be the one for you.
Most of ABBA's songs are syrupy sweet with a dance-able swaying thump in the background, ala Dancing Queen, Fernando, Knowing Me, Knowing You. I love them all. I can never quite decide whether these are smirky camp or absolutely serious, but perhaps that is part of the appeal. The enigma of ABBA.
What surprised me, revisiting some of the early songs, like SOS and Waterloo, is the almost rock and roll feel. The beat is harder and faster before the group went completely disco.
Still, I think if ABBA has a live-forever pop classic, it has to be Dancing Queen, which has pride of place here as the first track. This really sums up everything you need to know about Pop.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pop October 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It would be easy for me to give any Abba CD less than 5 stars, if you consider their music in comparison to all rock music. However, if you consider their music in comparison to all pop, the rating must be different. Abba didn't create good pop, they created excellent pop. Bennie and Bjorn could churn out one catchy tune after another, and Agnetha and Frida could sing in harmony well enough that those of us that watched them on tv fell in love instantly and became immediate Abba fans.
This CD collects the majority of Abba's biggest hits, though they may have been hits in Germany or England or the United States. I know that when I bought this CD (which I purchased after "More Abba Gold" - which I'll talk about momentarily) I recognized nearly every song, which says that most of them did get good airplay.
Most of these songs are classic 70s pop songs, with very little if any disco influence. And while most of the songs are catchy and do little to press the boundaries of rock music, there are a few songs that transcend the genre. Most particularly "Lay All Your Love On Me", "I Have a Dream", "Fernando", "One of Us", and "Thank You for the Music", which in hindsight is the group's goodbye and thank you to fans.
I enjoy Abba's music. It's generally easy on the ears, you can sing or hum it, and pretty darn well written. However, Abba is much more than the music on this CD. If you like this CD you may want to try "More Abba Gold", which has miscellaneous hits of somewhat lower stature (less sales) than those on this CD. While the "More Abba Gold" CD songs sold less than these, I think the music is more complex in some cases, and often shows that Abba was more than just catchy tunes.
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140 of 164 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-Mix, not Greatest Hits December 1, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I recently bought the ABBA Gold Greatest Hits CD and something just doesn't sound right! I have the original recordings on LP and 45, so I have a reference other than memory. Someone has done some serious re-mixing on this compilation. It almost sounds like they are singing in a living room with overstuffed chairs. The rhythm track sounds like someone beating on a plastic garbage can with a broom. The originals had heavy compression on the vocals and lush reverb which was an integral part of the ABBA sound. It sounds like in this version they are using some sort of noise gate on the vocals, because they tend to unnaturally disappear between syllables. I was amazed that of all the 173+ reviews only one shared my disappointment with this compilation from a technical standpont. I certainly agree with that review. that "the new (1993) version is extremely boring and in no way reproduces the musical excitement of the real ABBA from the 70s and 80s." The recordings, as originally released, were masterpieces that did not need to be "improved upon".The A-Teens recordings sound closer to the originals in terms of production technique than this collection does.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ONE YEAR LATER, November 26, 2004..... I wrote my original review of ABBA Gold back on December 2, 2003, and my opinion of it has not changed. It does not sound like the original ABBA recordings, even though Michael Tretow, the original recording engineer produced this CD. I have gained some insight into the magic Michael Tretow put into the original mixes. I recently purchased The Winner Takes it All (The ABBA Story) DVD. Michael talks about doubling up the instruments and the vocals to make the recordings sound bigger than life. Read more ›
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncool? Not anymore! September 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I also was in Jr. High School and High School when Abba was cranking out top 10 hits. In those days I snuck into the record shop and hid my Abba albums under the cover of Led Zeppelin and then ditched the Zeppelin at the check out counter. It was imperative to hide your face while purchasing Abba albums. They were that uncool. To admit you loved Abba in geometry class was to court disaster and be ostracized for the rest of your life.
Such nonsense mattered as a 14 year old, now I can openly say Abba's music is wonderful and their arrangements were as innovative as anything coming out of the 70's. It is simply impossible to listen to Dancing Queen or Take a Chance on Me and not want to hear the songs again and again. The vocal intricacies on Take a Chance are equal to the harmonies on most Beach Boys records. How about Waterloo? Three minutes of the most pulsing, catchy music ever put on a disc.
Abba's music sounds better today than it ever did, particularly when you know what dreck was produced by other bands in the intervening years. They might not have been Dylanesque lyrically, but few have ever written songs with such clever hooks, bridges and infectious rhythm. Thirty years after the fact, the impossible has happened: Abba has finally become cool!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Music, Music, Music
I thoroughly enjoy this great music, in retrospect. Appreciated by an 84 year old Big Band Fan of 1930-1950 Swing Era.
Published 2 days ago by Charles T. French
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA is always the best
Abba is so awesome that I wish there was a backward B permanently on my keyboard. They were a one-of-a-kind force through the 70s and 80s!
Published 2 days ago by Michael Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars There is not one song on this cd that i do not like!
what can i say again but this is one of my favorite cd's of all times i love every song on it!
Published 3 days ago by michael widman
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Gold
Hey, it's ABBA what else do you need. If you are a fan, all the best songs are on this album
Published 9 days ago by oldmodelT
4.0 out of 5 stars Abba, what can I say
I purchased this for my 13 year old nephew and I guess that says it all. He just loved it as did I
Published 22 days ago by Robyn Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba brings back memories
Great music! Was reminded of mama Mia and wanted the originals. So I got it so my teenage daughter could listen too.
Published 25 days ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for Abba lovers
I had the cd and i wanted the mp3 . so i bought the digital version. This include all their famous songs. 5 stars !
best band ever
Published 1 month ago by Narayan S. Kamath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
This was one of my favorite groups back in the 70s. This album has quite a number of ABBA's hits that I loved.
Published 1 month ago by James K. Rudisill
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA
This is such a great cd to listen to when you are cleaning the house or relaxing in a nice hot tub.
The music is so amazing and they know how to harmonize perfectly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by icefire2
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
Great price and handy way to purchase and not have to drive all over looking for what I want and the best price.
Published 1 month ago by S. Henderson
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