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Album Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 16 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal International
  • ASIN: B00005CDNH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
7. 'The Girl With The Golden Hair' 3 Scenes From A Mini Musical: Thank You For The Music
8. 'The Girl With The Golden Hair' 3 Scenes From A Mini Musical: I Wonder (Departure)
9. 'The Girl With The Golden Hair' 3 Scenes From A Mini Musical: I'm A Marionette
10. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)

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The Album's closing trilogy, "The Girl with the Golden Hair: 3 Scenes From a Mini Musical", is 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" that continued the two Abba couples' string of growing-up-in-public heartache songs. ("Knowing Me, Knowing You", from the previous Arrival, had 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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Format: Audio CD
Having been an ABBA fan since they busted out with Waterloo in 1974, and owning everything that ABBA ever put out commercially and, er um, on bootleg, ABBA-THE ALBUM is ABBA attempting to come out of the pop and singles-only ARRIVAL sound and move into something that would tell everyone in the world, but especially the American crowd (who never really accepted their musical abilities) that they had more lyrical depth, more engineering and production tricks up their sleeve, that their sometimes sappy vocals could be downright personal and searing, and that they could actually display something other than cold distance in their vocal arrangements. Even though most people associate this album with the hit singles Take A Chance On Me and Name Of The Game, the hidden gem is really Hole In Your Soul, a really rockin' little ditty with a great drum beat, rockier guitar licks, screaming vocals and Agnetha's greatest note she ever sung...who else could sing that scream in the middle section? ABBA was not just a Brit-pop singles phenomenon...they were greatest songwriters and studio-production team since Lennon/Mccartney...selling over 350 million albums worldwide must mean something. And, oh yeah, the movie was a blast to watch. So it didn't have a plot. What movie does nowadays? Put on The Album, turn on your lava lamp, plop down in a bean bag chair and listen to one of the best albums of the 70's!
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Format: Audio CD
Two songs that were inspired by the laid back Eagles/Fleetwood Mac sound were "Eagle" and "The Name Of The Game." The former, a number with a slow but steady beat, is overlaid with the signature sound of synths and guitar, and the fluttery synths that A Flock Of Seagulls would use in the intro of "I Ran." The other was another UK #1, but despite the jangling guitars and horns, ABBA seems miscast appropriating that sound.
However, the best song by far is the catchy danceable UK #1/US #3 hit "Take A Chance On Me," with its rapid-sung "take a chance chance" by the men, where I detect feel the "t-k-ch" beat that Bjorn originally got in his head when jogging.
Parts of the ballad "One Man, One Woman" is Eagles-ish, until the synths and the twin harmonies of Agnetha and Frida come in for the chorus. I wonder if this song of a love falling apart but with the assurance that they'll make it through the hard times may have been an indication that the hectic schedule ABBA went through was taking its toll on Bjorn and Agnetha, who would be divorced with the next album, Voulez-Vous.
The country-ish "Move On," featuring a flute, is a nod to experiencing life, going through its journey and moving on to the next experience.
ABBA had made a mini-musical titled "The Girl With The Golden Hair" consisting of a few songs. One of those songs, "Hole In Your Soul," left the musical, and its slamming frantic rocking Elton John sound, kind of like "The B-tch Is Back," doesn't fit the musical's sound. One of the better tracks here.
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Format: Audio CD
What in the HAY-ULL are you reviewers smoking? I cannot speak for the previous remaster series, but as for the box set, the sonics are so artificially bright as to be overwhelming. The current remaster series is the closest to the warm, calm, airy headspace of the original vinyl LPs. ABBA is already toppy enough without the spiked treble! Maybe y'all need some decent headphones..... Having dispensed with that, as far as ABBA- The Album itself goes, I have always found it a mixed lot. A handful of ABBA's most confident and sophisticated recordings are to be found here, including 'The Name Of The Game' and 'Take A Chance On Me'. 'Eagle' is a blast to listen to; it's probably ABBA's sole flirtation with stoner music. Frida really comes into her own, vocally speaking, on this album with two spinetingling performances, 'One Man One Woman' and 'I Wonder'. But the Wink Martindale-esque spoken intro to 'Move On' is misguided, 'I'm A Marionette' spins off into arch histrionics, and 'Hole In Your Soul' is just shrill, even for ABBA. For me, this LP has always represented ABBA's transition from a smiling, kid-friendly pop act to a more worldly, cosmopolitan group of superstars, and this duality on ABBA-The Album makes for a not-always-comfortable melange.
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Format: Audio CD
Like Arrival, I bought this first on vinyl, then on CD, then a re-mastered CD, but have not bothered with the latest digipack version. No bonus tracks were added for the re-mastered version that I bought, but the sound quality is much better.
The album begins with Eagle, which was released as a single in some countries, but not in Britain. The music certainly suggests an eagle in flight and it's a great way to start the album.
Next comes Take a chance on me, a British number one hit. Despite heavy promotion in America, it did not reach number one there, but it was their second biggest American hit ever after Dancing queen.
One man one woman is a brilliant, upbeat song that sounds good enough to have been a single but wasn't. It is followed by The name of the game, which provided Abba with another British number one.
Of the remaining songs, Thank you for the music might have been another huge British hit if it had been released in 1979, but it wasn't a single until the band finally broke up. By which time anybody who wanted the song already had it, so it was only a minor hit.
Move on, I wonder and I'm a marionette are also excellent. I'm less keen on Hole in your soul, not because there's anything wrong with it, but more because it doesn't match the exceptional quality of the other songs here.

This is one of several Abba albums that I have played many times down the years and never get tired of hearing.
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