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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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great collection of videos and they have arranged in a very meaningful way. I am happy I bought it....Published 17 months ago by Shiron Fernando
Great compilation as per the other deluxe sets including the book giving even the most rabid ABBA fan new info. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daniele Rossi
I recommend this brand new 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Abba's Waterloo. Nice packaging. Nothing to say about bonus tracks. Perfect. And the DVD is generous.Published 21 months ago by Alain Lacasse
if u luv ABBA, you buy this.
if you are not a major ABBA fan, you can pass.
Waterloo (30th Anniversary) (+5 Bonus Tr [IMPORT]
~ Abba being their first interantional release has its moments of greatness but feels rough and a bit primitive at times. Read more
This CD looks like a CDR due to the exceptionally poor artwork on the silk screen. All it is a harshly painted copyright label and silver color the rest of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Alexander Glauberzon
This album contains good dance tracks. "Waterloo" is one of their most well known songs. It is very rocking. Read morePublished on April 9 2003 by Reijo Piippula