Super Trouper Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
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And it did give them two more UK #1 singles, making a total nine. One is the title track, sung by Frida, about a singer who's going to be blinded by the giant spotlights on the stage of her concert, but won't mind, because somewhere out there, among the thousands of people, is her loved one. "Feeling like a number one?" Chartwise, definitely. Its B-side is the galloping "Elaine." This was a B-side? Should've been an A-side, as its frantic energy recalls other barnburners like "So Long" and "Tiger."
The other #1 is the bittersweet "The Winner Takes it All," a song inspired by Bjorn and Agnetha's divorce, but more about the pain of such a split-up. The song veers from the couple's split to an analogy to the judges decision in some competition. There's a biting sense of predestination, of one not being in control of one's destiny: "The gods may throw a dice/their minds as cold as ice/and someone way down there/loses someone dear."
The Top Ten single "On And On And On" with a mighty insistent stomping drums and synth rhythm, blaring synths, and an energy rivalling their previous albums.
"Andante Andante" is indeed an andante song. In music, it means moderate tempo, faster than adagio, but slower than allegretto. It makes a leisure slow-dance song, highlighted by the usual harmonies by the ladies.Read more ›
Looking through some used album bins, I found some ABBA stuff, and hey, for a dollar a piece there's no reason not to buy them! So I picked them up, laughed at myself, and brought them home and listened.
I bought The Album and Arrival, besides one or two good album cuts they were just all about the hits. "Eh, just what I expected, a singles band with mediocre albums" I thought to myself. Then for some unexplained reason, I bought Super Trouper. There was just something about the oh-so-glamourous cover I guess.
So I drop the needle, and "Super Trouper" starts, which I already knew but never cared much for. For some weird reason, it sounded really good! Then "Winner Takes It All," which I've never heard before, completely nailed me with that incredible, emotive vocal performance. By the time I got around to the chorus of "On And On And On" and found myself dancing furiously as only a white guy can furiously dance I knew I was in the presence of one incredibly stupid-fun album.
By the time I got through the joyously pompous synth-brass blasts of "Me And I," the reflective ballad "Happy New Year," the quasi-Gentle Giant recorder breaks of the absurd track "The Piper" up through the over-the-top closing piece "The Way Old Friends Do" I came to the conclusion that I had just experienced one of the most rediculously entertaining albums I've heard for a while.
There isn't a single song on this album that I don't enjoy immensely, with the exception of "Our Last Summer" which I think kind of kills the otherwise perfect flow of the album.Read more ›
The booklet describing how Super Trouper was created is very interesting. Here you can learn what a "Super Trouper" really is, and the double entendre that Bjorn makes out of the device. There are interesting anecdotes about Benny and Bjorn going to warmer climes to try and knock out some songs, and meeting Michael Paelin from Monty Python fame.
Fans have known for a while that Winner Takes it All is not about the break-up of Agnetha and Bjorn, but this gives a few more reasons why that is so, and describes a bit more how the song came to be.
Overall, I'm happy. This album adds value to my enjoyment of ABBA's music.
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I have a LOT of CDs. I am slowly replicating them with MP3 files. Some I rip myself as they are not even available in MP3 format,
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woo hoo, dvd included, great product, do business with themPublished 12 months ago by Andrew Figueroa
I have always loved the song 'Happy New Year' and wondered why it wasn't on their Gold CDs. Fantastic song writing, music quality, and vocals throughout the album.Published 15 months ago by Mike Cosgrove
This is the best Abba album next to "The visitors.
I started listening to Abba in 1973. I see the progression in their music. Read more