The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by ABBA

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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It seems odd that Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad only had one No. 1 single on the U.S. charts with their über-pop quartet ABBA. From 1972 to 1982, they created some of the most immediate, singable, danceable anthems to ever permeate popular consciousness. This comprehensive two-disc set outdoes their popular Gold: Greatest Hits disc by including every single ABBA release in Scandinavia, remastered and sequenced in mostly chronological order. Carl Magnus Palm’s thorough liner notes detail the drama behind each song on the 37-track set, following the quartet’s rise from Eurovision contenders to double-dating disco biscuits. The rapturous piano gallop of their 1973 contest-winning “Waterloo,” 1982’s synth-pulsing swan song “Under Attack,” and everything in between illustrate Benny and Björn’s songwriting brilliance and Agnetha and Anni-Frid’s unmatched pop vocal genius. This well-deserved retrospective provides a deeper look into the rise, demise, and ultimate staying power of one of the '70s' most beloved groups. And for anyone who only wants "the hits" -- this is the only ABBA collection you'll ever need.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd and i'm only 12 years old! this is a cd for people of all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't have any other compilation by this Swedish group you must buy this,they may not have been that succesful in the US,but this is the worlds best selling group of the 70's we're talking about.In my country (Belgium,Europe) they had 15+ number one hits.9 in the UK.Their music is of such quality that some compare it with classical music.People like Bono from U2 and Elvis Costello admit liking and respecting ABBA,being even influenced by them.But it's true others call it trash and low- culture.On the other side:those things were said about jazz and rock 'n roll too,some decades ago.It's just a matter of taste,but if you like a good mix of uptempo pop,some ballads and a touch of 70's dance,all of a fantastic unseen quality,making modern pop producers still jealous,then buy this album!I know ABBA fans aged 3 to 70+.I'm 18 myself,I wasn't even born when they split.This group is known for the fact that parents in the 70's usually told their children to turn it louder instead of turning it off when they played their ABBA records in their room upstairs! That's ABBA.The best popmusic ever made!
Guest More than 1 year ago
God...what CAN'T I say abou these CD's? The music is fantasmoragical, if such a word can be used. My only real dissapointment came with the fact that the sng "Our Last Summer" wasn't on either CD. I heard the A*Teens version of it and really wish the original was on the CDs. Other than that ,I reveld in old favorites like "Mama Mia" and "Dancing Queen", and found new favorites in "Angeleyes" and "Head Over Heels".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great career retrospective on CD. All the major hits are here on a double CD set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Abba this has everything! a must for Abba fans!
llamamia More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to my ABBA collection because it has some of their earlier songs as well as the ever popular hits that resurfaced when Mamma Mia appeared on Broadway. It also includes one of my personal favorites, "When All is Said and Done" which is not on the Gold album. One can never own too many ABBA albums. I'm truly a fan, as you can see my pen name was inspired by them:)
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