|1. Mamma Mia|
|2. Hey, Hey Helen|
|3. Tropical Loveland|
|5. Man In The Middle|
|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|
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›