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  • LP Record (Nov. 10 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0057D876E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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The Phil Spector tribute of Waterloo's title track broke Abba in America. The 1974 album didn't reach quite those heights again, but its multi-continental sensibility and occasional round of goofiness made for an irresistible listen. "Sitting in the Palmtree" was dizzy pop-reggae with absolutely no claim to authenticity, but with darn nice syncopation. "King Kong Song" could've been a rocker on the fourth side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, while "Watch Out" anticipated New Wave dance-rock, and "Hasta Manana" was the first time these Swedes took on Spanish (also see"Fernando"). "Gonna Sing You My Lovesong" was even a credible ballad. Their hit "Honey Honey", is even sexier in the Swedish-language version included here as a bonus track with a similar "Waterloo" and a reverb-heavy remix of "Ring Ring". They were world music before world music was cool. --Rickey Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
Waterloo was the album that introduced most of the world to ABBA. This particular release sounds very clean, which is a dramatic improvement over past releases. While this is not one of their best albums overall, it contains some of their best-known and loved songs.
The big bonus on this particular set are the 3 extra versions of "Waterloo", the U.S. remix of "Ring Ring", and the Swedish version of "Honey Honey", all of which have been released in some fashion via expensive compilation CDs. Finally, they are all together.
While the DVD is a great bonus, U.S. audiences may be disappointed, because it is in the PAL format, and is not playable on most U.S. DVD systems. But on the good side, it will play just fine on most PCs using standard DVD playing software. Had the DVD been in NTSC format, I may have rated this a 4-star package.
If your a devoted fan, this is a must-have set. However, if you only enjoy the key songs (Waterloo, Honey Honey, Dance), you may find that a compilation CD containing these songs to be of more benefit to you.
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Format: Audio CD
ABBA. Waterloo. Any connection? Well, it's a brilliant song for starters, and what an album. Eclectic as can be, polished as a tabletop- -and about as deep as a formica veneer. But the more I listen to this thing, the weirder it gets. Every track is a Big Production worthy of anything by Phil Specor sonically, if not musically. And the tunes. . .well, from the beginning ABBA was always about melody and even if some of these songs are not exactly High Art, every one of them has some melodic twist, some hook that grabs and never lets go. 'Sitting In The Palm Tree' may not be the only reggae song in the world to prominently feature a Mellotron, but it certainly is the only reggae song by a Swedish group that does, and that makes it A-OK in my book. 'Gonna Sing You My Love Song' might have bland and generic verses, but check out that absolutely gorgeous chorus. (And someone should ask Elvis Costello if he listened to 'Dance While The Music Still Goes On' while writing 'Oliver's Army', by the way.) But it's in the lyric department that ABBA never ceases to amaze. 'Waterloo' is a cutesy trope on well, Waterloo, but that's just (literally) the beginning. Just a couple of examples. . .'King Kong Song' is, astonishingly, a song about a guy inspired to write a song about a dance named after guess-who after seeing guess-who on TV, complete with shrieks of delight and terror from the female half of the band. Definitely one for the ages. And elsewhere, you gotta admit that there is something intriguing about a girl stunning a bunch of 'fellas' at a newsstand into silence by pointedly lecturing them about the nobility of Dr. Livingstone's explorations. I know I'd be stunned. But the absolute show-stopper is the final track (naturally), 'Suzy-Hang-Around'.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
The Swedish foursome's second album topped their debut in having more upbeat songs and better production. As again, Agnetha sings lead unless otherwise noted.
It was the galloping title track with catchy hooks and lyrics, jingling guitar, Agnetha's strong vocals combined with Frida's, and some tenor sax, that bettered "Ring Ring" by winning the next Eurovision song contest. As with that song, it was released in Swedish and English versions, and it's interesting to hear both. It was their first #1 UK hit.
The slow tropical sounding "Sitting In The Palmtree" sung lead by Bjorn is about a heartbroken guy sitting in that tree amid the coconuts waiting for his girl despite being made fun of by passersby.
A hard guitar permeates "King Kong Song," which veers towards a hard doo-wop rocker, and things get silly with the basso doo-wop vocals as Bjorn sings about writing a song about watching a gorilla movie on TV, and gives an uncharacteristically rowdy shout about "a big black wild gorilla." Agnetha takes on the next verse. One of the best songs here.
One of Agnetha's heartfelt mid-paced ballads is the farewell song "Hasta Manana." Or rather, goodbye till we meet again. There's a nod to a brief Shangri-La's type monologue (q.v. "Leader of the Pack") in the middle, as well as Connie Francis.
With the pulsing bass and drums as a backing, "My Mama Said" seems a precursor to the disco sound they would produce with "Dancing Queen." Didn't think a clean-cut group like them would do a rebellion song, as the protagonist, a teenager, wants a life of her own, but is nagged at by her parents.
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Format: Audio CD
I never bought this album in my vinyl days, content with the tracks that were included on their first Greatest hits album, though I did buy it on CD. As with the Ring ring album, the selection of songs to be included on Greatest hits was spot on. The four selected (Waterloo, Hasta manana, Honey honey and Dance while the music still goes on) are easily the best tracks on this album. Not that there's anything wrong with the other songs here, just that the other four are exceptional.
The title track is by far the best known - this up-tempo song easily won the Eurovision song contest and quickly topped the British chart. It also topped the charts in many other countries and was also a top ten hit in America.
Hasta manana was considered as an alternative to Waterloo for Eurovision. It might have won, but it is unlikely that it would have been as big a hit as Waterloo turned out to be. Indeed, I'm not even sure if it was ever released as a single - but it is an enjoyable song.
Honey honey was a top thirty hit for Abba in America, but Sweet dreams (a duo featuring ex-Pickettywitch singer Polly Browne) covered the song and had a top ten hit with it in Britain. Apart from Dance while the music still goes on, perhaps the best of the rest are My mama said and Gonna sing you my love song.
As with so many of Abba's albums, this is generally upbeat. Despite several wonderful songs, it is not as strong as several of their later albums. This is one for Abba's committed fans like me - and there are plenty of those around the world to ensure steady sales for years to come.
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