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Live At Wembley Arena [3LP] [Live]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,666 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a surprisingly good live show. When this release was announced, I was less than excited. Some of this music was previously released--overdubbed--as the forgettable Abba Live in 1986. That one was a listen once and file experience.

This is different. First off, they've chosen to release a full concert, not a set of songs chosen from a variety of shows. The idea is that there may be some mistakes, but they humanize the experience, and make it more interesting. I agree. But again, it also helps when you are dealing with ABBA. Not only are the lead vocals generally spot on and lovely/terrific, but the ample backing musicianship fully fleshes out the songs.

The collectors bait here is a previously unreleased song, Agnetha's "I'm Still Alive," available legitimately for the first time. It's actually a good song and not just a reason for completists to grudgingly open their wallets again.

But this set is hardly just for collectors or fanatics. This is an excellent show that reveals how gifted ABBA were.

My only complaints are that since this is 1979 it misses a good number of crucial ABBA hits and classics from the subsequent few years, and that there isn't an accompanying full length concert video.
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6 of 6 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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7 of 8 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last after 35 years a full concert to savor! October 1, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As an ABBA fan from the beginning I had my doubts there would ever be a full concert on audio. We can thank the musical "Mamma Mia" for the renewed interest in ABBA that kicked off many special edition CD's and DVD's. If not for the musical this Wembley concert likely never would have been released. There was an "ABBA: Live" CD many years ago that was very good but only half as long and jumped all over from concert to concert whereas this CD is all Wembley in one evening. I wish it had been a DVD but for now an audio performance will do. There was of course the "ABBA: In Concert" DVD but it contained some chopped up and full songs as it was really only released as a TV special.
The sound is mostly excellent. "Live" performances are very hard to reproduce, let alone one 35 years ago when audio wasn't as good. Sometimes the music drowned out the singing but they did a nice job however This was ABBA's last concert after being there a week which makes this a historical and significant performance. The voices can be tired at times and the energy was low at first but it ramped up and disk 2 is especially awesome. I was surprised at how subdued the crowd was for most of the concert however. They rarely were into it but maybe thats the nature of the crowds there? I know I would have been on my feet cheering until I was hoarse.
Hearing Agnetha sing for the first time "I'm Still Alive" was worth the cost alone. Her voice has always been timeless but this was 100% pure Agnetha and beautiful. All of ABBA's hits into 1979 are on this CD and mostly sound great but as I said you could tell they were tired at times. This only makes them all the more human and real. "As Good As New" caught my ear because it sounded like it was double speed and you could even hear Agnetha breathe hard to keep up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the "I'm still alive" song - it was the ...
An instant classic! I have played it over and over. I love Agnetha's "I'm still alive" number - it is so heartfelt!. Read more
Published 3 days ago by James
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 11 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 13 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 14 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 20 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 20 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 21 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 22 days ago by cnsf
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and enjoy.
ABBA. Live. Listen and enjoy.
Published 23 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 24 days ago by C. LIN
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