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Ring Ring [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005CDND
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not issued in the U.S. until an early-'90s rerelease program, Abba's first album points toward the world-dominating pop of their later years. While the title cut has some vroom, others call for fine-tuning. The New Seekers-style anthem "People Need Love" offers the bizarre insistence that "People need love to make a good living"--at what?--and "Nina Pretty Ballerina" could be a pop song for toddlers. Not a bad thing, but not quite "Dancing Queen." And no, "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother" isn't a Springsteenian saga of felonious misadventure, but a jingling remembrance of playground days. The 24-bit remastered sound of this edition (which includes a Swedish version of "Ring Ring" among its three bonus tracks) does suggest the care Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were already taking with production. Their discs, however, would soon achieve the truly Abba-esque. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

This collection of the earliest ABBA sides didn't see a Stateside release until 1995, and it appears here with three bonus tracks including the Swedish-language version of Ring Ring ! Also here: Disillusion; People Need Love; Nina Pretty Ballerina; Rock 'N' Roll Band , and more. 15 tracks!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut album has some great songs February 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Nobody could claim that this is the best Abba album, but it is much better than some would have you believe. Indeed I prefer it to a couple of their later albums.

The title track was a hit in several European countries but not the UK, so this album never got a British release on vinyl. That is a pity, because the songs here are of a remarkably high quality. Five of them appeared on the first Greatest hits album - Ring ring, Another town another train, People need love, Nina pretty ballerina and He is your brother - every one of them superb. It might all have been different if Ring ring had been Sweden's entry in the 1973 Eurovision song contest. It came third in the qualifying contest. The Swedish public thought it should have been their entry. Voting rules were changed and Abba won for Sweden a year later with Waterloo.

Benny and Bjorn both started in Swedish folk groups, while Agnetha and Frida were Swedish pop stars, although Frida was actually born in Norway. At the time of its original release in Sweden, the name Abba had not been invented. This album provides a fascinating insight into the early development of the band. She's my kind of girl just features Benny and Bjorn. People need love features Benny and Bjorn with Svenska Flicka, but Svenska Flicka are actually Agnetha and Frida, so this (it would seem) was the first recording featuring all the Abba members, before the name existed.

This is a great album for Abba fans to have, but anybody not already familiar with their music should try some of their later albums first - I particularly recommend Arrival, The Album and Super trouper - before worrying about this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA: RING RING November 5, 2004
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I am upset with all of the people who don't like this DEBUT! album. Most of the songs on here are highly listenable. Except for "I Saw It In the Mirror" and "I Am Just a Girl" all of the songs are perfect. While this isn't my favorite album of ABBA's, it never fails to bring a bit of sunshine to my day. This album has a lot more Bjorn and Benny vocals than their later ones, so enjoy the male half of ABBA as much as you can now. Please buy this outstanding CD!



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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best debut album by any group May 24, 2012
By myshiak
Format:Audio CD
This album gets some undeserved criticism. I agree that it is not the best ABBA's album and some songs may appear immature, if to compare with their later albums (the melodies are still as good), but I can't think of any group whose very first album was that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is as close to nordic style as it gets for ABBA February 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Before the went pop all the way, ABBA was a home town group and this album reflects that sound. It is a MUST for ABBA fans to understand the roots of the team.

For me "Another Town, another Train" reminds me of life in northern Europe, where the sun goes down at 3pm in the winter and love blossoms in the spring.

Give it a good try, and after a few times you will enjoy the sound
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly ABBA's least popular album May 6, 2006
By William
Format:Audio CD
If you are an ABBA fan,you will need this CD in your collection for completeness ... but most of all, to see how the band started out. Most ABBA fans agree, this is possibly their least favourite ABBA album (next might be Waterloo) - however, it does contains some great songs, just not enough of them. Comments on each track are as follows:

1. Ring, Ring - this song has an interesting history. It made no impact on its initial release as a single, but was then remixed to present a rock flavour to it, and then soared the charts particularly in Australia where it went Top 10. The remixed version can only be found on the "Definitive Collection" CD.

2. Another Town, Another Train - a very catchy tune which almost has a folk flavour to it. Quite possibly the best track on the album.

3. Disillusion - a song written by Agnetha some years back for inclusion on her solo album. The English version appears on this album. Overall an ok, but dullish song.

4. People Need Love - a big hit in Sweden, and included on their first greatest hits album.

5. I Saw It In The Mirror - totally boring.

6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina - a silly song really, but has its moments.

7. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) - mediocre, the album continues to lose momentum.

8. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother - this is where the album starts to pick up again. I like this song for Frida's vocals.

9. He Is Your Brother - brilliant song, very catchy.

10. She's My Kind Of Girl - boring!

11. I Am Just A Girl - Very interesting song, love the girls singing on this.

12. Rock'N'Roll Band - the B side to the remixed version of Ring Ring single in Australia. ABBA does rock for this one!
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Finishing up third in the Eurovision Song Contest doesn't necessarily mean chucking in a prospective music career. That's what Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid (later Frida) Lyngstadt, the pair of married couples found out after what would become the title track of their debut album, despite it being very popular with the fans, did just that. However, that debut eventually made them one of the biggest groups in the 70's, taking them up to the early 80's. (Note: all songs sung lead by Agnetha unless otherwise noted).
There are two versions of "Ring Ring" here, the Swedish language version and the English language version, the former which at one time, topped the Swedish charts while its English counterpart, with English lyrics contributed by Neil Sedaka, was at #2 and the album being at #3. (Note: I don't know if it's that way still now, but back then, Sweden's chart was of singles and albums combined.) Both versions though have the infectious pop melodies, harmonies by Agnetha and Frida.
Not all of ABBA's songs were the cheery danceable pop songs like the later "Waterloo" or "Mamma Mia." Bjorn sings lead on the sad farewell of "Another Town, Another Train", while the chirpy mellotron contributes to the melody. "Disillusion," the only song with an Agnetha co-contribution, proved their worth at sad "the love is gone" songs, with only the guitar or keyboards to accompany them. Surprisingly, any expected swirling of strings don't come.
"People Need Love," with a peppy beat and "la la la" that recalls Elton John's "Take Me To The Pilot" features all four on harmonies or trading verses and has some silly yodeling by the ladies at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Perfect!
I had this on the first release, but I love the packaging of this, one of the more rare ABBA recordings. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greg Armentrout
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable journey with ABBA finding their direction
ABBA is my favorite band and out of all of their studio albums Ring Ring is the one I like the least. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen J. Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning, here's Abba...this is where the music begins
This was their first album...and my family and I love it. The first song that turned me onto ABBA was Take a Chance on Me...fell in love with this song and had to have it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars ABBA's first album
This album wasn't available in the United States until 1997. While it has other familiar songs that have been published on "Best of ABBA" collections, this one has "I Am Just a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alfred J. Neuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Album!
It was a real joy to finally find this, ABBA'S first album from 1973! I have been an abba fan since the '70's, having been a teenager then. BOY DANCING QUEEN WAS, IS, GRRRREAT!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mistic Minstrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Pop Debut Album from Abba
"Ring Ring" was Abba's first album; released in 1973 a year before their international breakthrough with "Waterloo". Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Morten Vindberg
4.0 out of 5 stars best of the early era ABBA
Ring Ring, Abba's 1973 release, is my favorite of their first three (the other two being Waterloo and Abba). Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Doc Shred
4.0 out of 5 stars Disco Tunes
This disc contains some really good tunes not found on the regular 'Greatest Hits' type albums. I've been looking for some of those songs for months. One of them for years.
Published on October 16, 2007 by Brendan T. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT EARLY ABBA!
What can I say about the ultimate Euro-pop group of the 1970s and early 1980s? If you've enjoyed this album on vinyl, you'll get a real kick out of this CD version.
Published on November 9, 2006 by T. Canaday
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
"Ring Ring" album is great! I love this album. Most people are saying "I Saw It In the Mirror" is a boring song. I don't think it's half bad. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006
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