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Super Trouper 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: B00005CDNJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

1. Super Trouper
2. The Winner Takes It All
3. On And On And On
4. Andante, Andante
5. Me And I
6. Happy New Year
7. Our Last Summer
8. The Piper
9. Lay All Your Love On Me
10. The Way Old Friends Do
11. Elaine
12. Put On Your White Sombrero

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This 1980 release hit #17 on the charts! Includes On and On and On; Winner Takes It All , and more.


Super Trouper is generally considered to be ABBA's finest album. The overheated disco flourishes of Voulez-Vous have been dropped and the sequencing is very nearly perfect. What's more, silly lyrics metamorphose into things of wrenching beauty. The overall tone is rather sombre--the unravelling of the band members' relationships underscores every track--but as usual ABBA turns melancholy into uplifting pop music. This remastered version of the 1981 album includes two extra songs. "Put on Your White Sombrero" was recorded during the Super Trouper sessions but was replaced on the album by the title track; it's in the band's Spanish vein and comes with a throbbing synthesizer hook. "Elaine" was the B-side of "The Winner Takes It All" single and is an up-tempo number that is far from being a throwaway. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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One of ABBA's best loved orginal albums, "Super Trouper" entered the UK album charts at #1 and spawned three major hit singles.

There's not much I can say about this album that ABBA fans don't already know. All the songs offered are exquisite supertunes sung masterfully by Agnetha and Frida and there really is not one bad song in the bunch. Bjorn's lyrics have matured and some of these songs are lyrically very poetic and beautiful. Frida impresses with "Our Last Summer", "Andante Andante" and the title track and Agnetha shows the world that she is more than just eye-candy. Her vocals are superb on "Happy New Year", "Lay All Your Love on Me" and my favorite ABBA song, "The Winner Takes It All." Their voices are strong, unique and very dramatic and the vocal harmonies are perfection. Just listen to the chorus of "Super Trouper", "Our Last Summer", and "The Piper" (another favorite) as examples. Other album highlight are "The Way Old Friend's Do" which was recorded live at Wembley, the latin-esque "Put on your White Sombrero" (bonus track) where Frida takes the lead (and the song really comes alive at the third verse, when Agnetha and Frida sing, full out, in harmony) and the very mysterious "Elaine" (another bonus track) which has interesting lyrics.

"Super Trouper" (the album) was an international best seller. As mentioned previously, the album debuted at number 1 in the UK and became ABBA's sixth consecutive Top Ten album in Canada where it peaked at #4 and it reached the US Top 20. The biggest single to emerge from the album was "The Winner Takes It All" which became the group's 8th #1 in the UK. In North America, the single reached the top ten in Canada and the US.
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If Voulez Vous was their disco album, the followup, Super Trouper, a slang term for the giant spotlights used in their live shows and stadia, maintained a sound consistent with winning albums like their self-titled effort and Arrival, but with the energy of Voulez Vous. The result is one of their best albums.
And it did give them two more UK #1 singles, making a total nine. One is the title track, sung by Frida, about a singer who's going to be blinded by the giant spotlights on the stage of her concert, but won't mind, because somewhere out there, among the thousands of people, is her loved one. "Feeling like a number one?" Chartwise, definitely. Its B-side is the galloping "Elaine." This was a B-side? Should've been an A-side, as its frantic energy recalls other barnburners like "So Long" and "Tiger."
The other #1 is the bittersweet "The Winner Takes it All," a song inspired by Bjorn and Agnetha's divorce, but more about the pain of such a split-up. The song veers from the couple's split to an analogy to the judges decision in some competition. There's a biting sense of predestination, of one not being in control of one's destiny: "The gods may throw a dice/their minds as cold as ice/and someone way down there/loses someone dear."
The Top Ten single "On And On And On" with a mighty insistent stomping drums and synth rhythm, blaring synths, and an energy rivalling their previous albums.
"Andante Andante" is indeed an andante song. In music, it means moderate tempo, faster than adagio, but slower than allegretto. It makes a leisure slow-dance song, highlighted by the usual harmonies by the ladies.
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This is one of the best albums Abba recorded. Like some of the others, I bought it originally on vinyl, then upgraded to CD, then bought the re-mastered CD with three bonus tracks (including Gimmie gimmie gimmie, not listed on this edition but readily available on Abba compilations), but ignored the latest digipack version.
Two British number one hits came from this album. The first, Winner takes it all, is a very sad song about the break-up of a relationship. It was inspired by a marriage break-up within Abba, but was not itself autobiographical. As they admit, neither partner came out winners from the divorce. The song hits home hard, perhaps because Agnetha really felt the song. The second number one, Super trouper, is more typical Abba - very upbeat.
My favorite tracks are The piper, The way old friends do and Our last summer. The piper was put on the B-side of Super trouper. I felt that was a mistake - it would have made a great A-side. In fact, they could have used Put on your white sombrero as a B-side - it was dropped from the album and had only rarely been made available before its inclusion here. The way old friends do is a live recording which provided a great finale to the original album. With the bonus tracks, it no longer has that effect, but is still a great song.
Elaine was the original B-side of Winner takes it all but, like Put on your white sombrero, had rarely been available before, although both could be found on a 4-CD boxed set.
I thought Our last summer could have been a great single, but the only other British single to be released from the album was Lay all your love on me backed with On and on and on. They had proved popular on dance floors so were made available on twelve-inch format only.
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