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The Albums Box set

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This fantastic Abba box set includes nine CD's which includes all eight of their original albums (1973's Ring Ring, '74's Waterloo, '75'sABBA, '77's Arrival, '78's ABBA The Album, '79's Voulez-Vous, '80's Super Trouper and 1981's The Visitors) plus a ninth CD filled with bonus tracks and rarities. Universal. 2008.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001F9Y2CM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OK, admit it. You love ABBA. I do too. I didn't realize how brilliant ABBA was until well into adulthood, but this Swedish quartet put out some of the most exciting, catchy, and brilliant music of all time.

Until I bought this box set, I was only familiar with ABBA through their greatest hits collections: ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold. All of the songs of these collections are brilliant, but there is so much more to ABBA than just their hits. ABBA was not just disco. Their discography of music is surprisingly eclectic, and they could rock hard just as easily as they could light up the dance floor at Studio 54.

Every one of ABBA's albums, from their 1973 debut to their final album in 1981, The Visitors, is a masterpiece. Every song ABBA created could have been a hit. As many others have said, ABBA truly never released a song or album that wasn't good.

And it is through this box set that I discovered how much incredible music from ABBA is unknown. Wall of Sound? It's more like a Cube of Sound with ABBA. Every song is meticulously composed, arranged, and sung. And it's because of this perfection that ABBA's music, even the songs on their debut album, sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Here's a brief rundown of each album in this set:

Ring Ring (1973) - What a debut! Powerful, peppy, Europop. The title song is probably the best known song from this album, but every song is terrific. Another Town, Another Train and Rock & Roll Band are two fantastic songs that could have been hits but weren't. I also love Nina, Pretty Ballerina, a fun, slightly silly song about a woman who's all business by day, but performs for the masses on Friday nights, and People Need Love, the first song Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha, and Anni-Frid recorded together.
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If you're the completist, whose sensibility almost always goes out the window; whose hard earned money goes out just as fast, then go ahead...blow it! I just did :)

But if you are a bit of a pragmatist and own their lavish, velvetty boxed set "the complete studio collection" from 2005, you might want to pass.

For one, the cd's and sleeves look exactly the same as the 2005 set, albeit without the bonus tracks. Second, audio quality, having been digitalized and remastered by the same blokes, masters of audio, is the same. These are the same folks who ruined Agnetha's "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" and Frida's "Something's Going On" remasters from 2005. When i heard that Universal will release yet another boxed set of the Swedish monolith's recorded work, i would have expected them to set history straight by including ABBA's spanish album "Gracias Por La Musica"...to my non surprise but nonetheless utter disappointment, they still blew that chance, so this would be the third reason not to buy it.

Although both Universal and ABBA have sole prerogative on how to market their body of work, they should realize that we fans, who've made the music a part of our lives by buying their records, are aware of the fact that 9 albums were OFFICIALLY released and not 8. And I'm not even counting in 1986's "ABBA-Live" which should actually bring the tally to 10 bona fide albums.

I can't see the reason why their Spanish album, which has done well in both South America, Spain and even Japan, continues to be denied its rightful place. Such revisionism, may backfire. Who knows, someone or something might knock some sense into me and might choose not to buy another, if Universal milks their catalog one more time with another boxed set.
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Simply, this is a collection of all of ABBA's original albums. If you have the "Gold" collection or the "Definitive" Collection, you are going to have a few repeats. This is a great collection of ABBA music. The discs are in sleeves that look like the original album jackets which is pretty cute. The box the CDs come in isn't the same size as a standard jewel case so it probably won't fit in easily or uniformly with the rest of your collection.

But whatever. That's the packaging. As for the music, it is great. In fact, after having heard some ABBA songs I'd never heard (they were a little before my time in their original run), I am thinking that whoever put together the Definitive and Gold collections was asleep at the wheel. There are some really catchy songs that don't get much play or recognition. I love "Nina, Pretty Ballerina," "King Kong Song," "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother," and "Happy Hawaii." They all have really catchy melodies and are a great change from some of the overplayed standards.

I got this as a Lightening Deal and so got it for a lot less than list price. I am thrilled with my purchase. My coworkers, who've had to sit through hours of ABBA might not be quite as thrilled as I am though!
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I'm surprised that noboby has to date reported that these are not the *original* studio albums. (and I'm not talking about them missing the Spanish language album)

What they have given us is the sleeves of the original 8 studio albums which all include a list of the tracks on those original albums, yet the tracks on the CDs provided in those first two album sleeves do not match the list of tracks the sleeves say are in them.

The completely unbelievable decision has been made to remove the two Swedish language tracks from the first two albums (and put them on the "bonus" CD). In the case of the first album, Ring Ring in Swedish has been replaced by "My Kind of Girl" and in the case of the second album they have dropped Waterloo in Swedish which started that album and instead start the album with Waterloo in English which on the original album completed the album. (For this removal there is no replacement).

The key thing with the Waterloo album is that it was issued after they had won the European Song Contest with Waterloo sung (as the rules then insisted) in Swedish and they had then when they sung it again as winners had (for the first time in the history of that competition (?)) an English language version already available which they therefore (to the extra applause of the audience) sang.

In other words for that album - labelled "Grand Prix of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest" - the presence of both langauge versions IS important.

Having a Swedish language version of Ring Ring is less important but again that otherwise English language original album included both language versions (with again the Swedish language version as the first track) so any box claiming to have the original albums should have that as first track on the CD.
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