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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the Swedish Pop band's eighth and final studio album, originally released in 1981. Visitors features single hits such as 'One Of Us', 'Head Over Heels' and 'When All Is Said And Done', along with 'Slipping Through My Fingers', which is highlighted in one of the more poignant moments in the Mamma Mia! Musical. Includes a DVD of archive material along with CD bonus tracks including the demo medley 'From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel', the first previously unreleased ABBA recordings since 1994! 26 tracks. UMC/Polydor.

1. The Visitors
2. Head Over Heels
3. When All Is Said And Done
4. Soldiers
5. I Let The Music Speak
6. One Of Us
7. Two For The Price Of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. I Am The City
12. You Owe Me One
13. Cassandra
14. Under Attack
15. The Day Before You Came
16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (Demo)
17. Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
18. Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
19. When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
20. ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: POLYDOR UK
  • ASIN: B0073PPKCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Foster on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As most would agree, ABBA's final released album of original material in 1981 was greeted with mixed response, let alone this 8 year old at the time! Many years later, and with more adult insight I fully appreciate the sombre and autobiographical brilliance of this oeuvre. Increasingly autobiographical and documenting a widening rift between the band through rhyme (the album cover alone indicates their division and the bleakness of the recording), yet this CD stands victorious trial against music critics and fans alike, containing soaring and brilliant melodies (listen to the grumbling choris of the title track and the snappy Soldiers chorus), awesome harmonies (Agnetha's falsettoes in I Let The Music Speak and the 2-part chorus harmony to Two For The Price of One). Lyrically this is an introspective album covering healing from separation (One of Us, When All Is Said ''here's to us, one more toast''), the torments of mental anguish (The Visitors), war (Soldiers), growing children (the gorgeous Slipping Through My Fingers), and so on and so forth. Frida and Agnetha are also given individual vocal reigns on each song (no songs have them singing verses in harmony) and most importantly, Frida is able to shine as perhaps the most accomplished of the two vocalists. I find it hard to summarise the cd...there's so much complexity to the lyrics, the musical structures (listen for example to Two for the Price moving from simple male lead verse to twin part backing harmonies and army-band type ending). Despite criticism for being overtly commerical this Opus indicates ABBA as accomplished and mature artistes who are capable of writing deeper lyrics and musical structure while maintaining a commercial appeal. Haunting, tragic and brilliant.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By lighten_up_already2 VINE VOICE on January 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
ABBA's final studio album is truly in a class by itself. The title track is about someone alone in their apartment -- which has been surrounded by the secret police -- awaiting their fate for being a political dissident in a communist country. Creepy and brilliant.

This album isn't about disco dancing and teenage crushes, it's about tyranny, watching your children grow up, ending relationships, and war.

If you are an ABBA fan, and you are hesitant to buy this disc because you don't see any charting hits on it, just go ahead and buy it. It's sad that this is the their last album, because I think they could have succeeded with this sould through the decade of the 1980's. They proved that they could change and reinvent themselves.

How many bands have "last albums" that are as great as this one?
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By GoldfishNation on June 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's said this album was something of a departure for the group. That this was not the ABBA people had come to know and love. No "Waterloo". Not a trace of a "Dancing Queen". It should be pointed out however that this album is not exactly "ABBA does Death Metal".

The opener and title track is perhaps the closest they came to emulating the New Wave/Synth Pop explosion of the time. Parts of it are reminiscent of "Summer Night City" (minus the disco) and "Eagle" (without the majesty) while managing to create an interesting and unsettling sonic landscape all of its own which suggests an encounter of the third kind may very well be waiting behind the locked door, and they must surely score points for creating a pop song about Russian dissidents.

Next up is "Head Over Heals" which treats us to its fairground synths, jaunty chorus and tale of 'girl-about-town gets herself in trouble'. This one is a bit like Agnetha's very own "Money Money Money" and lyric-wise it's tempting to imagine Björn, a la Fleetwood Mac, cheekily having his ex sing a song about herself that isn't altogether flattering. Or not.

"When All is Said and Done" is a standout in the style of "The Winner Takes it All", although it is surprisingly upbeat for a break-up song (and sort of Christmassy) with a positively defiant lead vocal from Frida. A song of shaking hands and walking away, head held high. Bittersweet rather than just plain bitter. It would have made a good, upbeat album closer, and had serendipity played its part properly, the perfect send off for the group: "Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun ..."

"Soldiers" is perhaps the forgotten gem on this album.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 21, 2012
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NOTE: This review for The Visitors Deluxe Edition - Audio CD Import 2012

The Amazon Original Release Date was May 1st 2012 although it was available on abbasite a week earlier.

The Visitors Deluxe Edition - Audio CD Import 2012 includes a previously unreleased ABBA recording!

"The Visitors Deluxe Edition" is a nicely packaged 2 DISC SET with sleeve notes: The original album with bonus tracks plus a DVD of rare and previously unreleased television material.

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The Deluxe Edition includes the previously unreleased recording `From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel (demos)'. This is the first release of unheard ABBA music since 1994!

SLEEVE NOTES DETAILS ON THIS EXTRA BONUS TRACK:

'From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel' traces the evolution of 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room' (the closing track on The Visitors album).
The nine-minute medley takes us from the very first demo, with vocals by Bjorn, to a run-through with Benny on electric piano and Frida on lead vocals, similar to the final version. In-between are a demo recording by Frida and Benny (on grand piano) with alternate lyrics entitled 'Another Morning Without You'; the full band "disco" attempt, with the final lyrics in place; and a ballad interpretation, also with a full band backing, featuring Frida on lead vocals.
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I love that track too and have always wished it would appear as a Bonus Track.
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