Abba (Rm) (Digipak) (W/2 Bonus Import, Original recording remastered
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|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|
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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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). Another ABBA gem included in this album is "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do".Read more ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
The price is good. Nice packaging. The sound is very good, DVD contents are interesting. Definitive edition for this album.Published 23 months ago by Alain Lacasse
Given that I'm a person who loves to collect early ABBA performances, the collection on the dvd section is priceless to me. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2014 by Fay Van Alstine
If there is one ABBA album to get (besides THE VISITORS) then this is it. Not only does it contain the hit singles which really put them on the map (ie. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by William
This album was released when Abba's future was uncertain. They might have been just another one hit wonder. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
In my opinion this is ABBA's best album. Sure, they had many hits after this release but the true, at least classic, ABBA sound is all over the place here. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Birthe B.