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The Visitors [Original recording remastered, Import]

Abba Audio CD
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1. The Visitors
2. Head Over Heels
3. When All Is Said And Done
4. Soldiers
5. I Let The Music Speak
6. One Of Us
7. Two For The Price Of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry
11. The Day Before You Came
12. Cassandra
13. Under Attack

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A #29 album, released just months before ABBA disbanded in 1982. Hits include the title track and When All Is Said and Done .


Abba's 1981 swan song is appropriately touched by intimations of loss; The Visitors certainly contains nothing as breezy as "Does Your Mother Know". Far from the listless meanderings of a group on its way out, however, the album is alive with emotion and creativity. The title track fuses a melody reminiscent of the Beatles' Indian explorations with a smartly done synthesiser arrangement typical of the disc as a whole. Similarly moody cuts like "Soldiers" and "One of Us" help make this that rare thing, an Abba record suited for lonely late nights. This 24-bit remaster boasts four bonus cuts, including the final singles "The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack", in addition to improved sound quality. --Rickey Wright

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Noir June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is said that this album was something of a departure for the group. That this was not the ABBA people had come to know and love. No "Waterloo". Not a trace of a "Dancing Queen". However, it should be pointed out that this album is not exactly "ABBA does Death Metal".
The opener and title track is perhaps the closest they came to emulating the New Wave/Synth Pop explosion of the time. Parts of it are reminiscent of "Summer Night City" (minus the disco) and "Eagle" (without the majesty) but it manages to create an interesting and unsettling sonic landscape all of its own which suggests an encounter of the third kind may very well be waiting behind the locked door (and they must surely score points for creating a pop song about Russian dissidents).
Next up is "Head Over Heals" which treats us to its fairground synths, jaunty chorus and tale of 'goodtime girl gets herself into trouble'. This one is a bit like Agnetha's very own "Money Money Money" and lyrically is possibly a case of Björn, a la Fleetwood Mac, cheekily having his ex sing a song about herself that isn't altogether flattering. Possibly.
"When All is Said and Done" is a standout in the style of "The Winner Takes it All", although it is surprisingly upbeat for a break-up song (and sort of Christmassy) with a positively defiant lead vocal from Frida. A song of shaking hands and walking away, head held high. Bittersweet rather than just plain bitter. It would have made a good, upbeat album closer, and had serendipity played its part properly, the perfect send off for the group: "Thanks for all your generous love and thanks for all the fun ..."
"Soldiers" is, for me, the forgotten gem on this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA's Haunting Autumnal Beauty Feb. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
As Abba's last studio record, the band sent out a message to the world that they were no longer four, eternally smiling people who wanted to clobber us with bubbling, infectious pop music; rather now, they were telling us they meant business.
The interesting thing with the Abba catalogue is that you can hear their progression from one outting to the next. The Visitors is no exception--- it is infact, the most mature and progressive product they had ever done.
From the gloomy and lonely cover photo (gone are the bombastic outfits) which portrays them as four individual middle aged people looking off into a future without each other (indeed, by this point, the two couples were officially divorced)to the mood of the record's sombre notes, this is not your father's ABBA. The quality of the production, arrangements and performances helps this record, in my opinion, become a model for perfect pop productions. Arguably, a couple of the tracks crossed a line and moved past a traditional pop format (namely I Let the Music Speak and Like an Angel...) but with rich melodies and unparalleled vocal performances, they remain captivating.
This is a record where every member is in top form. Benny's melodies combined with his studio wiserdry, Bjorn's masterful English lyrics (showing a progression beyond anything he had ever written) and Agnetha's cool yet convincing story teller vocals shine beyond many of their earlier performances. But the true star here is Frida who brings a level of emotion and sophistication to her performances that we had never seen before. She manages to find her way through many different production and musical styles and stays believable and true through every note she sings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:Audio CD
The 24-bit remastering of the ABBA CD's is a HUGE letdown. The older CD's (the one's that came out originally) have a much brighter sound, but plenty full. They remind me of the original album sound. But the new discs sound too muddy or dark and the high end (which includes things like acoustic guitars and cymbals) are rather flat or dead sounding. Like my fellow reviewer from San Diego said, "save your money". Keep your old discs. They simply sound better in a side by side comparison. The box set sound quality is better than these 24-bit remastered discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite ABBA Album Ever!!! March 10 2004
By Shaun
Format:Audio CD
ABBA have really done a great job on this one.This album is a REAL clencher.By far I have to say that "The Visitors" is by far my best loved album.They sound so much more matured in their music style and vocals..This album appeared in the year 1981,sadly at a difficult time for the group.This LP had been a huge hit on it's release,but as it was said,this was not the happy-go-lucky ABBA back in the 70's.The lyrics seem much more complex than previous!During the release of this album,there were however many major events taking place for the individual members..Bjorn got re-married,was one..the ladies had already embarked on solo careers....The guys were at work together on the side though with Tim Rice on another musical project,"The Chess".Details can be found about all this if you buy the remastered issues of the LP.
The songs I loved best were "The Visitors" of course,"Head Over Heels","When All Is Said And Done","Soldiers" and "Slipping Through My Fingers".
To begin with this album had started off in a bright spirited and lively atmosphere,but had gradually become reflective and gloomy later.You could tell that the impending shadows of their separation was in clear view.But I loved every song so much...I listened to it everyday!"The Visitors" track opens the album,and is a nice sophisticated song by ABBA...dancey and colorful.I was smiling pleasantly at the track on first hearing.Obviously the group were looking to make a come-back of some kind.But it had a disastrous chart placement....in the US charts.Their once massive appeal to producing singles had declined and so this song had payed the price....but it is a lovely track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visitors (W/4 Bonus Tracks)
Another great compilation of the best of ABBA.
Published 3 months ago by A. Loeffler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Visitors Deluxe
I have all the deluxe editions of ABBA's albums and this is my favourite.
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Published 23 months ago by Paul
~ Abba is the next best album of abbas after super trouper. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by B. Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars When All Is Said And Done...
By 1981 both couples in ABBA had divorced. The group carried on, but not for long. The Visitors is ABBA's very last album and to many fans it is the best album they recorded. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Marnix ten Brinke
5.0 out of 5 stars Classik ABBA
As most would agree, ABBA's final released album of original material in 1981 was greeted with mixed response, let alone this 8 year old at the time! Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by S. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is by far my favorite Abba album. Even though the end was near the music still spoke - and what volumes it had to say! Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by K. Curley
4.0 out of 5 stars I Let the Music Speak
The Visitors is ABBA's finest moment. When it was released in 1981, interest over the band had waned, and this album was overlooked. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars soldiers write the songs that soldiers sing
This is ABBA's best album. After the energetic DANCING QUEEN, the psychedelic EAGLE, and the disco SUMMER NIGHT CITY, ABBA made this, the final album. Read more
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba's Pet Sounds?
Ok, I'm really exaggerating here - but this album must have been a big shock to die-hard ABBA fans in 1982 who expected another upbeat LP like "Super Trouper". Read more
Published on June 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem
I remember buying this album on vinyl LP when it was first released in 1981 when I was 14. I think I only played it a couple of times and gave it to a friend. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by Raff
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