ABBA [Bonus Tracks]

ABBA [Bonus Tracks]

by ABBA

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Dutch Import)

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Overview

ABBA's self-titled third album was the one that really broke the group on a worldwide basis. The Eurovision Song Contest winner "Waterloo" had been a major international hit and "Honey, Honey" a more modest one, but ABBA was still an exotic novelty to most of those outside Scandinavia until the release of ABBA in the spring of 1975. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," a schmaltzy tribute to the sound of '50s orchestra leader Billy Vaughn, seemed an unlikely first single, and indeed it barely scraped into the Top 40 in the U.K. But in Australia, it topped the charts, causing the Australian record company to pull its own second single, "Mamma Mia," off the album. This far more appealing pop
ock number followed its predecessor into the pole position Down Under and also topped the charts throughout Europe. "Bang-A-Boomerang," another big production, was less memorable and had less of an impact, but "S.O.S." brought ABBA back to big success in the U.S. and the U.K., pulling along the first two singles. Beyond these tracks, the LP-only songs showed off the group's eclecticism, from the crunchy hard rock guitar riff that propelled "Hey, Hey Helen" to the ambitious instrumental "Intermezzo No. 1," which showed off Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' classical leanings and foreshadowed their bigger composing projects of the 1980s. ABBA was a surprisingly effective synthesis of pop and rock styles, surprising because the non-English-speaking world had not produced such effective Anglo-American-style contemporary music before, at least for more than a song or two. (The 2001 reissue of ABBA, first released internationally and finally in the U.S., contains "Crazy World," a song from the sessions for the album later released as a B-side, and a medley of folk songs first heard on a charity album.)

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731454995221
catalogNumber: 695547

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ABBA   Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer   Guitar
Frida   Vocals
Benny Andersson   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet
Ola Brunkert   Drums
Agnetha Fältskog   Vocals
Bruno Glenmark   Trumpet
Rutger Gunnarsson   Bass,Guitar
Roger Palm   Drums
Finn Sjoberg   Guitar
Björn Ulvaeus   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Watson   Bass,Guitar
Lasse Wellander   Guitar
Ulf Andersson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Björn J:son Lindh   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Saxophone Arrangement
Benny Andersson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Michael B. Tretow   Engineer
Björn Ulvaeus   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sven-Olof Walldoff   Arranger,String Arrangements
Stig Anderson   Composer
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ola Lager   Cover Photo
Carl Magnus Palm   Liner Notes
Sten Åke Magnusson   Art Direction
Fredrik Hurtig   Art Direction,Redesign
T. H. Campbell   Composer

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ABBA [Bonus Tracks] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Favorite tracks: "S.O.S." "Rock Me" "Mamma Mia" Least favorite: "Tropical Loveland"
Guest More than 1 year ago
MAMMA MIA - Tearjerking ballad about a relationship that was doomed from day one. HEY, HEY HELEN - Silly song about a girl who's growing up and can't seem to be independent. TROPICAL LOVELAND - Repetitive reggae. S.O.S. - Wonderful song! Agnetha sings it well. The lyrics are great, and fit in right with the music. (This is the only song with a palindrome for its title, that is sung by a band whose name is also a palindrome!) MAN IN THE MIDDLE - Jazzy uptempo song sung by Björn. BANG-A-BOOMERANG - Confusing bubble gum tune. I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO - Lawrence Welk eat your heart out! ROCK ME - Groovy rock song with Björn singing in the high key. INTERMEZZO NO. 1 - Certainly the closest Abba ever came to classical music. I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU - Heavenly love song. SO LONG - Uptempo tune about a breakdown with edgy riffs. Perfect music while at work.