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Abba (Rm) (Digipak) (W/2 Bonus Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 31 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005CDNF
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

1. Mamma Mia
2. Hey, Hey Helen
3. Tropical Loveland
4. SOS
5. Man In The Middle
6. Bang-A-Boomerang
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. Rock Me
9. Intermezzo No.1
10. I've Been Waiting For You
11. So Long
12. Crazy World
13. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special

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ABBA took a risk by launching their self-titled 1975 album (their second) with "Mamma Mia" How do you possibly follow that up? Simple--wait two songs and then zoom into "SOS", one of the best pop songs ever written. The rest of the album does not quite reach those dizzying heights but it's strong nevertheless. ABBA is all over the map, as if the band was still putting the finishing touches on its identity. Some songs, most notably "Hey, Hey Helen" and "Rock Me" are sustained by classic glam, Gary Glitter-like riffs. There's also neo-classical, quasi-prog instrumental "Intermezzo No 1". This CD's two bonus tracks include the rather banal "Crazy World" (the B-side of the "Money, Money, Money" single) and the downright bizarre "Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special". The only cover ABBA ever recorded, this medley was recorded in 1975 for a German charity album and was remixed in 1978 for the B-side of the "Summer Night City" single. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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By E. Valero TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 4 2015
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1975, ABBA's third album showcases Bjorn and Benny's songwriting genius and Agnetha's and Frida's glittering vocals. It also spawned several songs that would become international hits.

ABBA's previous albums featured Bjorn in many of the lead vocals. However, both men finally realized that a contributing factor to ABBA's appeal laid with the combined voices of the 2 women since they were, by far, the better singers. From 1975 onward, it would be the 2 girls who would be their featured vocalists with Bjorn having one or two solos per album.

ABBA (1975) is a consistently great album. From start to finish it offers tunes that are melodic with soaring harmonies and since Agnetha and Frida sing most of these songs (Bjorn has 2 solos), the album as a whole, benefits from their strong vocal performances. One of the biggest international hits to emerge from this album was "Mamma Mia" which became the quartet's second chart-topper in the UK and topped the charts in several other countries. The single also became a medium-sized hit in North America where it peaked at #32 in the US and #20 in Canada. The infectious melody and charming vocals would make this one of ABBA's most cherished songs. Another international hit included here is "SOS" which features Agnetha as lead vocalist. This gorgeous song is not only infectious but it overflows with emotion (thanks to Agentha's vocals) and the chorus with its harmonies is fantastic. "SOS is arguably one of their best songs and a personal favorite of mine. "SOS" became ABBA's second biggest international hit (after "Waterloo) at the time. It reached the Top 10 in several countries including the UK (#6) and Canada (#9) and the Top 40 in the US (#15).
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In their first two albums, ABBA had been attempting to find some kind of sound that would have established themselves as a vital group in the music world. Never mind that "Waterloo" had recently done the inevitable and won the Eurovision Song Contest; ABBA was still pretty much a disparaged group with a lack of direction, and from that standpoint, future success stood pretty slim. Fortunately, somewhere between their second and third albums, ABBA realized that the best way to break the group around the world was to keep Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad on lead vocals, since they had more genuine voices than the other half of the group, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. But success did not offer its alms right away: ABBA decided to make their first single off this album with the hard-hitting, genuine sound of "Waterloo" in mind, and they ended up with the heavy-handed, ungenuine "So Long," which was a failure in many markets. ABBA had a better song the second time around with the gorgeous Billy Vaughan-esque "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," but the people still pretty much responded with cold hearts. The third time was the charm in "S.O.S.," the album's best track; it is a wonderful harmony of distinguished guitar and synthesizer melodies, Agnetha's pleading vocals, and an effortless sing-along chorus. (Or, in other words, it's a pop masterpiece, showing everything that's right about pop music.)
By those first three singles, it's easy to guess that ABBA had found their sound with this third album, their eponymous album, and while that's certainly true, this album also reflects the budding songwriting talents of Bjorn and Benny (and manager Stig Anderson, who is credited with six songs).
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The third album by the Swedish quartet is not only one of my favourites by them, but established their staying power by two Australian #1s, one of which spent eleven weeks at the top, and made them more visible by their putting promotional film clips, nowadays called videos, for four of their songs. It's also more tightly produced than Waterloo, which was a proving ground for superstardom.
First, the song that became ABBA's second #1 UK hit and the eleven-week Aussie hit: "Mamma Mia" with its bursts of guitar, catchy dual harmony vocals by Agnetha and Frida, and synths that have a slightly classical tinge to it. One thing in learning about these guys is that they were a big hit in Australia, small wonder then that this song and other ABBA references were heard in the Adventures of Priscilla movie, Australian, of course.
The worldwide hit and third single, "SOS" featuring a pleading vocal from Agnetha set amid the usual awash guitar and synth, was considered by many to be ABBA's first classic single, but I tend to give that honour to "Waterloo."
The slower-paced "Hey Hey Helen," punctuated by a hard rock guitar and bass, portrays the cost of a woman who's free from the responsibilities of motherhood and getting that second chance, at the cost of leaving behind her husband and children. A song fitting with the rise of feminism in the 70's. And at least alternative group Lush saw fit to cover it on their Gala album.
The mid-paced "Tropical Loveland" is their shot at reggae.
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