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24-bit digital remaster with new liner notes, complete lyrics and a bonus track: 'Thank You for the Music' (Doris Day Mix).
The Album's closing trilogy, "The Girl with the Golden Hair: 3 Scenes From a Mini Musical", is Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus's most ambitious work yet. But despite "Thank You for the Music"--a more humble "I Write the Songs"--and the barely veiled complaint "I'm a Marionette", it wasn't the 1977 LP's best stuff. That came in two great singles: "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Name of the Game" that continued the two Abba couples' string of growing-up-in-public heartache songs. ("Knowing Me, Knowing You", from the previous Arrival, had inaugurated the tradition.) "The Girl", though, hinted that the Bjorn-and-Benny writing team was bent on storming the musical stage, as it did by the mid-80s with Chess --Rickey Wright
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However, the best song by far is the catchy danceable UK #1/US #3 hit "Take A Chance On Me," with its rapid-sung "take a chance chance" by the men, where I detect feel the "t-k-ch" beat that Bjorn originally got in his head when jogging.
Parts of the ballad "One Man, One Woman" is Eagles-ish, until the synths and the twin harmonies of Agnetha and Frida come in for the chorus. I wonder if this song of a love falling apart but with the assurance that they'll make it through the hard times may have been an indication that the hectic schedule ABBA went through was taking its toll on Bjorn and Agnetha, who would be divorced with the next album, Voulez-Vous.
The country-ish "Move On," featuring a flute, is a nod to experiencing life, going through its journey and moving on to the next experience.
ABBA had made a mini-musical titled "The Girl With The Golden Hair" consisting of a few songs. One of those songs, "Hole In Your Soul," left the musical, and its slamming frantic rocking Elton John sound, kind of like "The B-tch Is Back," doesn't fit the musical's sound. One of the better tracks here.Read more ›
The album begins with Eagle, which was released as a single in some countries, but not in Britain. The music certainly suggests an eagle in flight and it's a great way to start the album.
Next comes Take a chance on me, a British number one hit. Despite heavy promotion in America, it did not reach number one there, but it was their second biggest American hit ever after Dancing queen.
One man one woman is a brilliant, upbeat song that sounds good enough to have been a single but wasn't. It is followed by The name of the game, which provided Abba with another British number one.
Of the remaining songs, Thank you for the music might have been another huge British hit if it had been released in 1979, but it wasn't a single until the band finally broke up. By which time anybody who wanted the song already had it, so it was only a minor hit.
Move on, I wonder and I'm a marionette are also excellent. I'm less keen on Hole in your soul, not because there's anything wrong with it, but more because it doesn't match the exceptional quality of the other songs here.
This is one of several Abba albums that I have played many times down the years and never get tired of hearing.
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Abba - The Album [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS]
~ Abba is one of the best albums abba made. Read more
this album is the studio soundtrack to their cringeworthy 1977 "Abba The Movie". As embarrassing as the rockumentary is, the actual record is a keeper. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Da Man
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. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by John
I used to listen to the cassette of this a LOT when I was a kid, and it was one of the first ABBA albums I bought on CD. Read morePublished on April 2 2003