ABBA: The Definitive Collection
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Title: DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
Street Release Date: 07/30/2002
For those who love Abba (and if you're reading this, chances are you do, even if you don't know it yet), Abba: The Definitive Collection represents a happy, joyous compilation of the Swedish supergroup's numerous videos. Granted, they all seem to have been filmed on the same soundstage (even the firelit "Fernando"), but they retain their appeal and infectious charm. Fans can thrill to these vintage clips, which provide an opportunity to rediscover who was the most natural in front of the camera (Agnetha), who was the best dancer (Anna-Frid, a.k.a. Frida), who was the most demure (Benny), and who was the worst lip-syncher (Bjorn--always Bjorn). Lassé Hallstrom, later an Oscar®-nominated filmmaker, directed most of the early videos, and it shows in their natural, no-fuss style; it wasn't until Abba tried to make the jump to '80s-style electronica that they faltered in both style and content. In addition to old standbys like "Waterloo" and "Take a Chance on Me," don't pass up the light-years-ahead-of-its time "The Day Before You Came," or the live performance of "Dancing Queen" (in period costume!) at the Royal Swedish Opera. To this we say: Thank you for the music--and the videos! --Mark EnglehartSee all Editorial Reviews
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I did like it but I was a little disappointed that it did not show ABBA in a live concert. In summary, the music is outstanding and the visual and audio for this recording is awesome.
"1973: Ring Ring"
02. Ring Ring (#1 Belgium)
01. Waterloo (#1 UK)
03. Mamma Mia (#1 Australia, UK)
04. SOS (#1 Australia)
05. Bang-A-Boomarang (#59 France)
06. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (#1 Australia)
"1975: Greatest Hits"
07. Fernando (#1 Australia, UK)
08. Dancing Queen (#1 Australia, UK, US)
09. Money, Money, Money (#1 Australia)
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You (#1 UK)
11. That's Me (B-side to "Dancing Queen") (#75 Japan)
31. When I Kissed The Teacher
"1977: The Album"
12. The Name Of The Game (#1 UK)
13. Take A Chance On Me (#1 UK)
14. Eagle (#1 Belgium)
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music (#17 Ireland)
17. Summer Night City (#1 Sweden)
18. Chiquitita (#1 Spain)
19. Does Your Mother Know (#1 Belgium)
20. Voulez-Vous (#1 Belgium)
"1979: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (#1 France)
"1980: Super Trouper"
22. On And On And On (#9 Australia)
23. The Winner Takes It All (#1 UK)
24. Super Trouper (#1 UK)
25. Happy New Year (#4 Sweden)
"1981: The Visitors"
26. When All Is Said And Done (#27 US)
27. One Of Us (#1 Germany)
28. Head Over Heels (#1 Netherlands)
"1982: The Singles-The First Ten Years"
29. The Day Before You Came (#2 Finland)
30. Under Attack (#3 Belgium)
01. Estoy Sonando (I Have A Dream)
02. Felicidad (Happy New Year)
03. No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done)
04. Dancing Queen (at The Royal Swedish Opera)
05. Picture Gallery
I rediscovered ABBA when my daughter gave me the ABBA Gold CD to listen to. After one listening session I was hooked on ABBA. I purchased the Definitive Collection CD and most recently purchased the DVD. I love the DVD. I read some reviews criticizing the quality of the videos (or promotional films as they were called). However you have to remember these were made in the 70's before MTV. As far as I'm concerned these "films" were terrific. The only thing better than listening to ABBA is to watch them. The version of "Dancing Queen" at the Swedish Opera House in front of the Queen of Sweden was great. I found all the films entertaining. I couldn't stop stomping my feet and clapping my hands. If you love ABBA and want to see them perform instead of just listening to their music, then this DVD is for you. As far as I'm concerned, you won't be dissapointed. I know I wasn't. Buy it, you'll love it.
I rediscovered ABBA largely as the result of watching the DVD of "Momma Mia," and I found myself humming and whistling some favorites all through the day, so I had to purchase a good DVD of the group, and I'm very satisfied with what I got.
What can one say about the songs themselves? This collection includes most of their top hits. Some people aren't fans, so they shouldn't purchase it, but for everyone else, ENJOY, ENJOY!