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Voulez-Vous [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Import]

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Polydor UK
  • ASIN: B003IB38UM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the Swedish Pop quartet's 1979 album now expanded with five bonus tracks plus a companion DVD that contains television performances from 1978 and 1979. Voulez-Vou was the Pop foursome's sixth album and was released at the tail end of the Disco era, coinciding with the marital split between members Agnetha and Bjorn. The CD features the original 10 track album plus five bonus tracks including 'Lovelight', 'Dream World' and 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)'. The DVD features performances, interviews and original TV commercials. Universal.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better before and after July 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Abba's 'disco' album from 1979 has been released on CD many times but this is definitely the best one yet. Unlike the previous reviewer, I followed them from 'Waterloo' onwards. None of that nasty punk stuff for me!

Following 'Abba-The Album' and 'Arrival' was never going to be easy. The group were trying to move with the times and 'Voulez-Vous' was the danciest album they were to put out. After the aforementioned previous LPs, it was considered something of a disappointment and was the first of their UK released albums not to spawn a #1 single. Of course many acts would kill to have anything nearing the quality of this set of songs but by Abba's standards, it wasn't their best.

The excellent booklet makes mention of the group's struggle to put the record together. There was a general lack of inspiration around the project and initial lead single, 'Summer Night City' was left off the LP after it performed poorly (by Abba standards) on the charts. 'If It Wasn't For The Nights' was set to be the new first single but this never came to pass. Like much of the LP, it has a shrill, trying-too-hard feel to it and I'm not convinced, unlike other fans, that this track would have been the album's salvation.

'Chiquitita' became the lead single with the proceeds going to Unicef at the start of 1979. I've always seen it as a poor man's 'Fernando' and like several tracks on 'Voulez-Vous', it's far too long. The second single, the rocky 'Does Your Mother Know', was better but 'only' made #4 in the UK charts. Indeed, the biggest hit came at the end of the year, 'I Have A Dream' got to #2.

31 years on, the album still isn't one of my favourites.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop way beyond anything pop can do November 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm no ABBA fan -as you can tell by my other reviews, I'm a big Depeche Mode fan-, but I know a good record when I listen to it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my parents brought this back from Europe in 1981 and I would listen to it every sunday or so, but this record kicks major butt, and I love the remasterized version. These guys could do anything musically and turn it into brilliant pop tunes. I still don't know the reason ABBA is such an underestimated band amongst a lot of so-called-music-lovers. Voulez-Vous features rock (Does Your Mother Know?), disco done righty-right (title track), beautiful ballads (Chiquitita and Angeleyes) and even brilliant lyrics by today's pop standards. Please pay attention to the brutal production gimmicks of this think, guys. It will blow you away if you truly know what music is about. You will dance, you will sed a tear, and you will even sing along, which is something modern pop tracks don't allow to. This is too brilliant to be true.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late to the Party July 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a contemporary of ABBA. However, when ABBA were performing and touring, I was too cool for their purely "Pop" music. If you asked me in the late 70's - early 80's, to name an ABBA song, I would have been hard pressed to come up with anything other than "Dancing Queen" or "Fernando". It's not all my fault though - Top 40 radio played very little of their music.

Now 30 years later, thanks to the play and movie of Mamma Mia, I have become thoroughly aware of ABBA - finally. But I still feel cheated that I wasn't aware at the time. In 1979 I was living in St. Louis, MO, and although ABBA did not play there, they did play in Chicago, which was close enough to drive.

After seeing both the play and the movie, I first bought the ABBA Gold CD. That was a good start as it contains all of their really big hits - many more than I was aware of. But it wasn't enough - I wanted more.

This remastered version of their Voulez-Vous album is well worth the price. Not only is the sound great, it has brought me new ABBA music that I never heard before. My new favorite is "The King Has Lost His Crown". I guess there are advantages to being late to the party - what is "old hat" to original fans is all new to me.

The DVD includes a television special that ABBA filmed in Switzerland in 1979 that is great. Even though they are lip syncing to a playback of the recording, it is great to see them up close - since I missed the real concert (Darn it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Rock Fan's Honest Review February 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Being primarily a lover/collector of heavy metal, hard and progressive rock music, how can I explain why I still have a soft spot for this Swedish music machine. First of all I can say that ABBA was a big part of the music I grew up on. I especially remember being fascinated by the constant presence of the song 'Chiquitita' (among others) pouring out of the radio as well as from stereo and music shop speakers in the late 70's/early 80's. As a 12-year old kid, I amassed most of their albums on cassette before discovering more serious media such as vinyl and eventually CD's. Now when I listen to their output on CD with a more mature mind it has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I would say their most mature, consistent and standout album would be 'Voulez-Vous'. From the opening reverbed vocal onslaught on `As Good As New' to the powerful controlled screams on `Lovers (live a little longer)' it does not disappoint. Agnetha's and Anni-Frid's stirring and exquisite vocal harmonies are at their finest. After a typical listen to this album, every one of the tunes on this recording reverberates in my head constantly. Although the songs that went on to be hits (`Chiquitita', `Angel Eyes', `Does Your Mother Know') are top-notch, the remaining tracks such as `If It Wasn't For The Nights, `Lovers...', `The King Has Lost His Crown' etc. are just as good if not better. Without going into in-depth analysis of each song, I would say that IMHO, every single song on this album is memorable and extremely catchy. Whether you consider Voulez-Vous as influenced mainly by disco, funk, or whatever, it doesn't matter. Even though it is a bit dancey, the bottom line is that it's just plain brilliant music!. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best group ever
None of the imitators are even close to the original ABBA! Probably this is the reason why I don't purchase CD's that are just close to the original performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Discovering ABBA
ABBA is pure rock n roll. Understandable lyrics, an absolute joy to listen to, relevant subject matter, perfect balance of words and music. Read more
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If you like to listen to great music then I would recommend this album. It has such great lyrics and they harmonize perfectly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by icefire2
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome songs!
The songs are really great. Maybe they are not the best known, but they are truly amazing! Moreover, I wasn't expecting to get the CD (besides the mp3 files) at home, which I did!
Published 3 months ago by fjoseph
4.0 out of 5 stars 2010 deluxe edition
this album was re-mastered 4 times. in 1997 20-bit master, 2001 24-bit master, 2005 complete studio recording box set only
master and the new deluxe edition master 2007, which... Read more
Published 6 months ago by cool j
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite album
... from ABBA or any other group-solo singer. This was in fact the first album that I owned (as an 8-year old, a gift from my mom) and it always stayed on my mind after a few years... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paulange
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Album
So much good music on one disc! These guys and gals are amazing! Their music is so much more than just pop.
If you like ABBA this album is a MUST!
Published 9 months ago by Lenka Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA - Voulez Vous
This is ABBA's Disco album for sure and also the sessions with the most unreleased/unfinished songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Silveira
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy Guilty Pleasure !
ABBA outdid themselves with this great Disco CD. I love Gimme Gimme Gimme and Madonna must have also since she sampled it for Hung Up. Read more
Published 16 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful disco
ABBA's Voulez-Vous is a great example of disco that has character and joy, and is not faceless and spiritless like most of disco albums of those days. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Andre
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