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Abba - The Album Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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24-bit digital remaster with new liner notes, complete lyrics and a bonus track: 'Thank You for the Music' (Doris Day Mix).

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The Album's closing trilogy, "The Girl with the Golden Hair: 3 Scenes from a Mini Musical," was Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus's most ambitious work yet. But despite "Thank You for the Music," a more humble "I Write the Songs," and the barely veiled complaint "I'm a Marionette," it wasn't the 1977 LP's best stuff. That came in two great singles: "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Name of the Game," which continued the two Abba couples' string of growing-up-in-public heartache songs. ("Knowing Me, Knowing You," from the previous Arrival, inaugurated the tradition.) "The Girl," though, hinted that the Bjorn-and-Benny writing team was bent on storming the musical stage, as it did by the mid-'80s with Chess. --Rickey Wright
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Rmst Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00005CDNH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. Valero on October 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
By 1977, ABBA was one of the best selling bands world-wide. Both of their previous records; "Greatest Hits" and "Arrival" were world-wide smashes selling several million copies each. ABBA would repeat that phenomenal success with the release of "ABBA-The Movie" (which did well in Europe) and their 5th original album titled "ABBA-The Album".

By the time ABBA released their 3rd album in 1975, Bjorn and Benny had finally decided to let the 2 girls take centre stage since they were the better singers. This turned out to be a great move because a large part of the "ABBA sound" and their success was due to the combination of Agnetha's and Frida's contrasting voices. By 1976, Bjorn and Benny had perfected their sound, their technique and the use of their 2 most powerful weapons; Agnetha and Frida. The end result was one of their most polished original albums- "Arrival". "ABBA-The Album" takes it one step further. It pretty much follows the typical ABBA formula; beautiful melodies, strong harmony singing, and attention to detail but this time around the majority of the songs are longer with meaningful lyrics. The opening track is the under-rated "Eagle" which boasts a soaring melody, interesting lyrics, outstanding vocals and exquisite guitar work. This song has appeared on several other compilation albums but in edited form. This is one of the few albums where you can hear it the way it was intended- uncut. "Eagle" is followed by "Take a Chance on Me" which features yet again, extraordinary vocals and intricate harmonies (Agnetha is especially delightful during her 2 solos in this song). Frida is given her moments to shine as well in "One Man One Woman" and "I Wonder (Departure)".
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I'm a big ABBA fan, and ever since I began my CD collection in 1990 (not by choice, mind you) I've been looking to duplicate my ABBA albums on disc. When I discovered I didn't have "ABBA: The Album" on CD, I immediately ordered it. The reason I only gave it four stars instead of five, and described it as not being my favorite ABBA disc, is because there are several songs included - "One Man, One Woman" and "Move On" - which I felt weren't the group's best songs (the fact that neither song was a hit for them only supports my opinion). Nonetheless, this album has some masterpieces - "Eagle," "Take A Chance On Me," for instance, and their mini-musical "The Girl With The Golden Hair," consisting of "Thank You For The Music," "I Wonder (Departure)," and "I'm A Marionette." These, as well as "The Name of The Game" and "Hole In Your Soul," comprise some of ABBA's best works. Playing this album also brings back many memories of when I first played this album - my second year in college, when a number of changes occurred in my life. They say music can evoke strong memories? Well, this album does so for me.
And now I can say I've successfully duplicated my ABBA collection on CD!
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This is indeed my favorite ABBA release and it is presented here on cd beautifully remastered with extensive liner notes. On this album ABBA definitely took strides forward artistically and their dance pop music advanced to more rock. There is hard rock, pop rock and dance rock here. The album opens with the very strong EAGLE and the second side of the album was a mini musical that they had started performing in concerts with highlights being THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC and the amazing I'M A MARIONETTE. Other standouts are the hits THE NAME OF THE GAME and TAKE A CHANCE ON ME. This album is a perfect illustration of why hit collections of ABBA's work deprive the listener of their true artistry. Album tracks ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN and HOLE IN YOUR SOUL are superb and show a different side of the group. This is a concept album and even with the huge hits that are here the album works from beginning to end. Anyone who thinks ABBA only produced great dance tracks needs to get this cd. ABBA was immensely gifted and this album showed just how diverse their true talents and artistry were. And again, the remastering is superb. Highly recommend this cd.
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this album is the studio soundtrack to their cringeworthy 1977 "Abba The Movie". As embarrassing as the rockumentary is, the actual record is a keeper. Eagle has wonderful vox from the 2 girls. Song is a work of art both musically and lyrically. Take A Chance On Me and The Name Of The Game were both hits in the US and UK. Move On is very Hawaiian styled. But the centerpiece on the album is the 3-piece Girl With The Golden Hair mini-musical. The beautiful tracks I Wonder (Departure) and Thank You For The Music as well as the uptempo I'm A Marrionette makes this album distinguishable from everything else Abba cut in the 70's. This is Abba at their commercial peak and is a darn good record by them. Personally I'd rank it third behind The Visitors and Super Trouper
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Released in conjuction with the mock-documentary film of the same name, "The Album" by ABBA ranks as one of their most experimental & fun records of their career.

Benny & Bjorn again handle all of the writing & arranging, setting up the pop landscapes for Agnetha & Frida to navigate through. It was stated that ABBA was very inspired by the California rock/pop of acts such as Steve Miller Band & Fleetwood Mac amongst others, & wanted to incorporate that sound into their own. Already the premiere pop group of the 1970's, it came as no surprise that they wanted to continue to add different sounds, & add they did.

The driving, hypontic "Eagle" opens the record on a very strong note, with beautiful blended harmonies from Agnetha & Frida. "Take A Chance On Me" takes its time with a chorus that will stick in your mind long after the song has finished. "The Name of the Game" probably ABBA's first stab at what could be called "soul" is a melancholic & melodically succesful number.

"Hole In Your Soul" is a an over-the-top ode to cheerfulness in the face of adversity, something the Beach Boys might've come up with. Here the synthesis of the "California sound" with the inescapable Swedish pop hooks, harmonies, & melody makes this cut one of the most successful songs on "The Album".

Also during this period, ABBA was working on the musical "The Girl With the Golden Hair", which featured "I Wonder (Departure)" & "I'm A Marionette", which fit in well with the theme of "The Album". The best song from these sessions, one that would become ABBA's theme & best loved song, "Thank You For the Music" was left off the original pressings of "The Album". It is included here on this record for the first time, along with the "Doris Day" version of that song.
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