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24 bit digitally remastered reissue of the Swedish group's second album (1974), featuring the hits 'Waterloo' (#6) and 'Honey Honey' (#27). 11 tracks total. Other 9: 'Sitting In The Palm Tree', 'King Kong Song', 'Hasta Manana' 'My Mama Said', 'Dance', 'What About Livingstone', 'Watch Out', 'Gonna Sing You My Love Song' and 'Suzy-Hang-Around'. Includes three bonus tracks, 'Ring Ring' (US Remix 1974), 'Waterloo' (In Swedish) & 'Honey Honey' (In Swedish). Polar. 2001.
Originally issued under the rather unwieldy group title Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida, Waterloo contains the first glimmers of Abba's future greatness--particularly in the buoyant, joyous title track. The irresistible "Waterloo" walked away with 1973's Eurovision Song Contest. Elsewhere, the group's output was more variable--veering between would-be calypso ("My Mama Said," "Sitting in the Palmtree"), Alice Cooper pastiches ("King Kong Song," "Watch Out"), and a little pristine, melt-in-the-mouth pop (the deliciously light "Honey, Honey"). The full-on, piano-saturated "Gonna Sing You My Love Song," however, indicated where Abba's hearts were leading them: toward the almost Irving Berlin-like precision of songs such as "The Name of the Game" and "The Winner Takes It All." --Everett True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Waterloo" is actually one of their better original albums. The title track and "Honey Honey" are the big hits, but there are a number of solid less well known songs, including "Dance (While the Music Still Goes On," "What About Livingstone," "Gonna Sing You My Lovesong" and a decent regge attempt with "Sitting in a Palmtree." There are also a few out and out duds, particularly the silly "King Kong Song," a lame attempt at hard rock.
Overall, "Waterloo" is a good album for Abba fans, but I would recommend that casual listeners start with a Greatest Hits collection first.
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 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.
Most recent customer reviews
great collection of videos and they have arranged in a very meaningful way. I am happy I bought it....Published on Sept. 5 2014 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 on Aug. 18 2014 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 on May 16 2014 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
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. Read morePublished on March 1 2003 by Peter Durward Harris