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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 13 customer reviews
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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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By Peter Durward Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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I won't repeat what other reviewers have said (and I wholeheartedly agree with them). All I'll add is that the opening three tracks, in sequence: "Super Trouper", "The Winner Takes It All", and "On and On and On" are possibly the best opening trio of tracks of any album bar none, for sequencing, emotional breadth, musical breadth, and lyrical - ahem- dexterity.
Super Trouper: Pure Pop, wonderful harmonies, all sorts of clever stuff going on in the arrangements (listen to the bass throughout this album), and the immortal opening couplet -- "I was sick and tired of everything // when I called you last night from Glasgow"
Winner Takes It All: A masterpiece (one of the few songs that in my opinion does not make the transition to stage well in Mammia Mia). Upbeat pace, but drenched with sadness -- this is the soundtrack to my memories of the summer of 1980. Is it just me but has the vocal line been redubbed, from the ear-catching "does he kiss you, like I used to kiss you" to "does She kiss you like I used to kiss you"? I don't believe my memory is playing tricks on me -- it was so blatant in the original and etched in the memory that Agnetha was singing Benny's (or was it Bjorn's) thoughts. Even if that quirk has been dubbed out, the song still has all its power.
On and On and On: I loathed this when it first came out. Now I'm hooked into its hypnotic melody and rhythm. Another classic couplet "You said can we have some time for us // I said I was not exactly waiting for the bus." Again, under the simple rhythm there are layers and layers of complexity and hooks in the arrangement. Listen to the bass line and the various synth layers.
The rest of the album is very good, The Piper and Our Last Summer (brought to my attention by Mamma Mia) being my highlights. However, for 12 minutes of pure pop perfection, the opening 3 cuts are as close as you'll get.
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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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