Abba's first album, Ring Ring
, points toward the world-dominating pop of their later years. While the title cut has some vroom, others call for fine-tuning. The New Seekers-style anthem "People Need Love" offers the bizarre insistence that "People need love to make a good living"--at what
?--and "Nina Pretty Ballerina" could be a pop song for toddlers. Not a bad thing, but not quite "Dancing Queen". And no, "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother" isn't a Springsteen-ian saga of felonious misadventure, but a jingling remembrance of playground days. The 24-bit remastered sound of this edition (which includes a Swedish version of "Ring Ring" among its three bonus tracks) does suggest the care Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were already taking with production. --Rickey Wright
This collection of the earliest ABBA sides didn't see a Stateside release until 1995, and it appears here with three bonus tracks including the Swedish-language version of Ring Ring ! Also here: Disillusion; People Need Love; Nina Pretty Ballerina; Rock 'N' Roll Band , and more. 15 tracks!