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Live At Wembley Arena [3LP] [Live]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 30, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00KYB2IE6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gammal fäbodpsalm (Side A)
2. Voulez-Vous (Side A)
3. If It Wasn't For The Nights (Side A)
4. As Good As New (Side A)
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You (Side A)
6. Rock Me (Side B)
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Side A)
2. SOS (Side A)
3. Fernando (Side A)
4. The Name Of The Game (SideB)
5. Eagle (Side B)
6. Thank You For The Music (Side B)
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Intermezzo no 1 (Side A)
2. I Am Still Alive (Side A)
3. Summer Night City (Side A)
4. Take A Chance On Me (Side A)
5. Does Your Mother Know (Side B)
6. Hole in your soul (Side B)
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This fantastic live release is available on CD and vinyl and encapsulates 25 songs from ABBA's landmark gig at Wembley Arena, London in 1979. As well as featuring a full rendition of classics, this is also the first time the track 'I'm Still Alive' has ever been released.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the ABBA live we've always wanted October 7, 2014
By DanniiM
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you were to just read interviews ABBA gave on the subject, you could be forgiven for wanting to give this live album a miss as something just for the super fans or complete-ists. You’d be missing out.

True - ABBA excelled in the studio, expanding and creating new layering techniques that are still used today. But they all started out their musical careers performing live; even coming together to do so as a foursome prior to ABBA being a band.

The years of their professional experience is captured in this concert. This is 1979, just prior to the releases of the seminal 1980 Super Trouper album and 1981’s darkly lyrical The Visitors. The poignancy of "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "SOS" is even greater knowing that Bjorn and Agnetha were in the midst of their divorce. Perhaps this led to (the never before officially released) “I’m Still Alive” - Agnetha’s last composition for the group apparently written for the tour. “I’m Still Alive” is quintessential ABBA, broken hearted person pulling themselves together after a relationship failure.

The new arrangements of old favorites such as "Voulez-Vous" and "Eagle" are great live. Barring a performance by one of their backing singers singing his own composition this is the entire concert - warts and all. The ad libs between songs and instrumental tracks showcase a band at the height of their creativity enjoying performing live for all their worth.

Kids - prior to singing over prerecorded “live” vocal tracks (you know who you are) this was how it was done - and to be fair, still is done today by the greats.

While we may never have their like again, being able to revisit this amazing concert from last century by one of the greatest bands in the world is going to be a treat for years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE Commemoration to ABBA THE "BAND" October 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simply Phenomenal!!! People often forget that much of the TRUE Success of ABBA, could not have been possible without the distinguished Talent and Commitment of the ABBA Band. As one may know, the overall FEEL of any ABBA Track is so intricate and detailed, that it not only takes a highly skillful TEAM to magnificently achieve in a studio, but an even more dedicated Team to achieve LIVE.

This Album is the "Product" of all their hard work. Most bands today rely on Auto-Tune, Back-Tracks, and even make it a routine to Lip Sync on stage. Though one may say ABBA weren't PERFECT Live, they deserved to be "Up There Among the Ranks!" It's also great to hear Benny and his many piano rifts come through a lot better. You can really feel the sense of conviction when he plays, especially in the track "Intermezzo No.1." In the "mock-live" Album of ABBA LIVE, you can barely hear the piano, and I found the mixing rough.

The Tracks on this album are pure and honest. It was a treat to hear every voice and every harmony as one, just as it should sound! Frida was lovely in "Knowing Me, Knowing You," and It was great to hear Agnetha sing and play the piano for "I'm Still Alive." I recently bought her album, "A" and it was so beautiful. All in all, the thing I loved most about this album was the fact that it was "ABBA being ABBA." Their work cohesively is a Testament in the music industry, and after hearing this album you can understand why they deserved to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. :] Like I said, "Simply Phenomenal!!!"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Live - you bet!!! October 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Quite impressive! Sound not as crisp as the studio recordings but pleasant and encompassing. And appropriate to the venue, I would judge. But a high energy show with the many talents of ABBA coming through quite nicely. Am old enough to have been around when the were initially popular, and was only a mild fan at that point. But with the advent of Mamma Mia stage presentation, I have come to really appreciate their work and its complexity. Pleased with the recording and the experience it provides. Think it's a worthy add to any pop music CD collection. Will be listening to this for years to come. I read somewhere somebody was criticizing the cover art. I look at it and think it exemplifies a live performance perfectly. But I guess as always, art is in the eye of the beholder, but would take issue with that criticism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Live at Wembley" is a revelation October 8, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I would say that "Live at Wembley" is an important album but that seems to burden it with more gravitas than it deserves. But it is remarkable, the first truly new Abba material released in many years. While some of this material can be heard on the concert DVD from the same 1979 tour ("Abba in Concert"), much of it has never been released before, and it has never sounded this good. The material is remastered but unenhanced , unlike the band's earlier ill-fated "Live" album (1986).

While Abba was always known for its creativity in the studio, "Live at Wembley" reveals just how amazing this band was on stage, backed by some of Europe's best musicians of the day. A friend who says he was forced to see the band perform on that tour says to this day it is one of the greatest concerts he's ever seen. Listening to this collection I can understand why.

There are a number of highlights, including Frida Lyngstad's soaring "Knowing Me, Knowing You", a song Elvis Costello has said is the best ever written about divorce, made even more poignant given that Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog's marriage was grinding to its end at the time. It's closely followed by Agnetha's plaintive "S.O.S.", concluding with the responsive "when you're gone" between her and Frida, later repeated to much less effect by Streep and Brosnan in the 2008 film version of "Mamma Mia!". Best of all is the driving medley of "Hole in Your Sole", highlighting Agentha's astonishing vocal range, together with Bjorn's indulgent rock star turn on "Does Your Mother Know". The latter showcases the band's remarkable backing band, including the great Rutger Gunnarsson on bass, Lasse Wellander on guitar and the late Ola Brunkert on drums, all of it powered by Benny Andersson's enthusiastic keyboards.

"Live at Wembley" deserves to be heard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Sound
Great Concert, poor sound even for 1979, interesting arrangement for money money, some transitions between songs are very abrupt, DVD sounds a lot better and this is the same... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Oscar Logrono Brache
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to hear the live sound again, wish I could go back in time and see them live.
Published 4 days ago by DAVID MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition to my ABBA Collection
I guess at this point true ABBA fans should be getting used to the re-release of all that previously released material that has been slightly repackaged or tweaked to some degree... Read more
Published 5 days ago by E. Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Agnetha's solo I'm Still Alive
I was a huge fan in from the beginning. In 1979 I wanted to go to the concert, but none of them were close to me. At last I get to hear what I missed! Read more
Published 11 days ago by sue a vaughn
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a pretty good CD
This was a pretty good CD. It sounds pretty much the same as their albums. But the back ground noise was a little much for me! Plus they played songs not on their CD.
Published 11 days ago by Donkey
5.0 out of 5 stars This live set is fantastic and beautifully packaged
What more can you say about ABBA? This live set is fantastic and beautifully packaged.
Published 11 days ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an ABBA fan, this is a "must" for your collection
So, I've listened to the album from end-to-end. First, I really enjoyed it being a lifelong ABBA fan. Read more
Published 13 days ago by cnsf
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and enjoy.
ABBA. Live. Listen and enjoy.
Published 14 days ago by C. Houk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear live recording of my favorite band of ...
It's magic. Great to hear live recording of my favorite band of all time. Thanks for the music!
Published 14 days ago by C. LIN
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Live at Wembley Arena (2CDs): Complete Concert with 25 songs;...
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ABBA, consisting of Anni-Frid “Frida’ Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Agnetha Faltskog. Read more
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