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ABBA THE ALBUMS -YEAR BY YEAR 1976-1979

All original ABBA and ABBA solo releases, are listed here, by year of release, the order of release within each year is approximate. Albums are listed by country of orgin, unless they were released widely throughout the world. The most recent available format of release (LP or CD) is what is listed and is what has been reviewed. Singles are listed only if they include non album tracks. Multi-artist collections are usually not listed unless they include tracks not available elsewhere. Bootleg lp's or CD's are not included in this listing. Related artists are included when it is deemed relevant or convenient to do so..

1976 1977 1978 1979

 

 

 ABBA's middle period 1976-1979.

1976 began with ABBA on the top of world music charts. ABBA continued to be one of the world's best selling artists on the world charts through mid 1981. However, by 1979 ABBA's innocence and smiles were starting to be in short supply.

 1976

In 1976 ABBA became the leading record sellers on the European continent, the British Isles , and Australia.

ABBA-Greatest Hits 1975 and 1976 Released on CD worldwide, but phased out
ABBA -THE VERY BEST OF ABBA 1976 German 2LP set
ABBA-GOLDEN DOUBLE ALBUM 1976 French 2Lp set

Jerry Williams -Kick Down April 1976 Out of print CD 1990
ABBA-Arrival 1976 Available worldwide on CD
Svenne & Lotta-Letters 1976 Swedish LP out of print

ABBA-All About ABBA- Spring 1976 Japanese LP

Ted Gardestad --Franska Kort 1976 Swedish CD

Michael B. Tretow -LET'S BOOGIE 1976 (Released on CD January 1999)

ABBA-Greatest Hits 1976 released internationally, Revised Swedish version 1976 Sweden.. Released on CD worldwide, but phased out

This album is where ABBA broke through worldwide on the album charts. This album
would precede to go platinum seemingly everywhere it was released, including America.

This was only ABBA's third album released in many parts of the world and it would come only 22 months after their Eurovision victory with "Waterloo". It was released in late 1975 in Sweden,but in early 1976 most other places.

Although a GREATEST HITS collection might have seemed premature, with "Fernando" ABBA was already releasing it's eleventh song that was a hit somewhere.(some songs were hits in different territories.)

In Sweden and a few other territories , the
cover featured a green/bluish drawing
of the members of ABBA as animal life.
In the rest of the world the cover would feature a now famous photo
of the two ABBA couples. Benny and Frida-
the unmarried couple were kissing, Agnetha
and Björn ,the married couple ,were being
distant to each other.

GREATEST HITS featured five songs from
the RING RING album, three songs from the WATERLOO album
and five songs drawn from ABBA.

GREATEST HITS had only one new song
the legendary "Fernando" . "Fernando" was ABBA's first successful ballad hit. It had been originally written in Swedish for the FRIDA ENSAM album, but a English language version with both Frida & Agnetha singing was prepared for release by ABBA. The song seems both over exposed and fresh at the same time. The intro and flute still can bring chills to the spine.

The special intro helped made this first ABBA song to exceed four minutes in length.

During the songwriting process, "Fernando "had emerged as a Swedish tango ,but had soon developed a ersatz Mexican feel. The chorus to the song is probably
the ABBA hit that is easiest to sing along to.

The earliest versions of GREATEST HITS in Sweden didn't have "Fernando" ,but
all the later pressings did. Sadly, with the release of ABBA Gold,
GREATEST HITS has been phased out.

track listing for ABBA's Greatest Hits

 SOS

He Is Your Brother

Ring Ring

Hasta Manana(not in most territories)

Nina Preety Ballerina

Honey Honey

So Long

  IDo,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do

People Need Love

Bang-A-Boomerang

Another Town, Another Train

Mammia Mia

Dance (While the music still goes on)

Waterloo

Fernando (on later additions)

Ted Gardestad --Franska Kort Early to Mid 1976 Swedish CD
Produced by Benny, Ted Gardestad, Michael Tretow & Björn .Frida sings backing vocals and B&B play on it.

The fourth Ted album on the Polar label, it was the last album of his that B&B had major involvement on.

Bjorn and Benny would forgo outside production work for the next three years...

Jerry Williams -Kick Down April 1976 Out of print CD 1990

A Swedish performer with a long musical career...

This out of print album was released on the Sonet label, and produced by ABBA friend/live engineer Claes Af Geijerstam, ABBA band members play on the record album The album includes songs by Claes, by Stealers Wheel, Traffic, Gene Pitney and ABBA.. This was the first released version of " Rikky Rock"N"Roller" to appear on record....

 1. I'LL JUST CALL YOU HONEY

2. I AIN'T FOOLIN' AROUND

3. TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY

4. NO FACE, NO NAME, NO NUMBER

5. DID I CAME BACK TOO SOON (OR DID I STAY AWAY TOO LONG)

6. THE QUEEN (OF THE ROCK' N'ROLL SCENE)
 1. ELECTRA GLIDE

2. RIKKY ROCK'N'ROLLER

3. A SONG CALLED LOVE

4. EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT FINE

5. ANN, I WAS TRYING

6. I CAN ONLY SEE YOU

ABBA-All About ABBA- May 1976 Japanese Lp

This album was a compilation released only in Japan.. ABBA were not mega huge in Japan, though they did well enough, especially after their 1980 tour.. This was their first album to make the Japanese record charts....

1. Mamma Mia
2. Honey, Honey
3. Another Town, Another Train
4. Waterloo
5. Ring Ring
6. Hasta Mañana
7. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)

8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
9. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
10. What About Livingstone
11. S.O.S.
12. I Am Just A Girl
13. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
14. People Need Love

ABBA-GOLDEN DOUBLE ALBUM May 1976? French 2Lp set

This was among the first double albums released by ABBA. The tracks are drawn from the Ring Ring, Waterloo, and ABBA albums. Indeed this is Pretty much the same album as the later THE VERY BEST OF ABBA. Basically, the same exact tracks-but the French version had a different title. One source, Raffem says the album was released August 1976. A cassette version of this album actually had a French title-La Cassette d'Or.

ABBA -THE VERY BEST OF ABBA August 1976 German 2lp set

Polydor issued this 24 track two Lp greatest hits set in Germany, the Netherlands ,Austria and a few other places-it drawed on tracks from the Ring Ring, Waterloo, and ABBA albums. It also included "Fernando" This was among the first double albums released by ABBA. This was issued on CD in a reduced version with only 20 songs. This album was released in August 1976.

 1. Ring Ring
2. So Long
3. Sitting In The Palmtree
4. Suzy-Hang-Around
5. Hasta Mañana
6. S.O.S.7. Mamma Mia
8. Tropical Loveland
9. Rock Me
10. Love Isn't Easy
11. People Need Love
12. Intermezzo No. 1
 1. Fernando Do
2. My Mama Said
3. What About Livingstone)
4. Hey, Hey Helen
5. Honey, Honey
6. Bang-A-Boomerang7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. Nina, Pretty Ballerina
9. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. I've Been Waiting For You
12. Waterloo

 *****ABBA-Arrival October 1976 in Sweden (later other territories ) Available worldwide on CD

Was ABBA at it's peak here? Quite possibly! This is a very strong pop album. There are few studio albums in pop music that are so filled with catchy listenable hooks . ARRIVAL's only flaw is that many of the songs lack emotional depth. This was the first of the ABBA studio albums
to sell in large quantities in a large variety of territories.

This album featured three big hits. "Dancing Queen' , ABBA's first nod
toward Disco was probably ABBA 's biggest hit worldwide (it hit # 1 in the most
countries). This elegant single was ABBA's only #1 hit in America.
"Dancing Queen' was even sung to
Sweden's queen in a Royal Command Performance. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was ABBA's first single (with the possible exception of
"Fernando' )that had lyrics that were as
good as the music. The troubled relationship
theme was one that would prove to be important theme for later ABBA songs.The vocals of "KMKY" seemed derivative perhaps of the 1960's American group,the Mamas and The Papas ,but the guitar in KWKY was playing a melody that could only have been dreamt up by Europeans.
Oh and did I mention the bass guitar...
Well,"KMKY is just a great record.
ARRIVAL's third single was "Money,Money, Money". Björn admits that MoneyX3 uses a lyrical theme that had already been done one too many times, but Frida's jazzy caberet singing brings it off with verve.

All the other songs are highly listenable, the album opens with "When I Kissed The Teacher" an amazing example of B&B's and
their bands' ability to come up with original
arrangements-12 string guitars, basses,
keyboards all come at you from surprising places." My Love, My Life" was one of ABBA's sweetest ballads and best melodies.
"Why Did To HAve to Be Me' is amongst
the msot enjoyable of the songs with Björn
in the lead. "Tiger" is a good rock number
elevated by it's lovely soft bridge.
"Dum Dum Diddle" is quite dumb but also incredibly hooky. "That's Me" (also on the b-side to "Dancing Queen") is a great showcase for cool, smooth A&A harmonies.

ARRIVAL's ' closer was also the title track , it's a instrumental though it does have backing vocals. It's very effective, even if to some it seemed out of place. ARRIVAL is ABBA's best pop album, although artistically it's not their best.

had not been on any previous additions of this album.

1. When I Kissed The Teacher; 2. Dancing Queen; 3. My Love, My Life; 4. Dum Dum Diddle; 5.Knowing Me, Knowing You. 6. Money, Money, Money; 7. That's Me; 8. Why Did It Have To Be Me; 9. Tiger; 10. Arrival;

BONUS TRACKS FOUND ON 2001 remaster....

extra tracks: 11. Fernando; 12. Happy Hawaii

Svenne & Lotta-Letters Late 1976 Swedish Lp out of print

Includes B&B's disco song -"Funky Feet" and English version of B&B's 1971 song-"Tänk Om Jorden Vore Ung "which here is called "If We only Had the Time"

Michael B. Tretow -LET'S BOOGIE September 1976 Swedish & British Lp release (Released on CD January 1999)

Agnetha plays piano!

This album is famous for featuring all of the members of ABBA and most of their session band in the roles of sideman to the incredibly silly -Michael B. Tretow(ABBA engineer and resident comedian,)Agnetha, Björn , Benny and the Abba band play on this album and Agnetha, Frida and Karin Glenmark sing backing vocals, it's a very funny album The albums' title implies that this is a disco album but it's not-it's an album of humourous songs inspired by singers like the Coasters. Most of the songs have

funny lyrics or at least funny singing. The album's main flaw is that Micke
can't sing, or rather he sings too much. But he is funny.

This would have been even more listenable album if Micke had Agnetha & Frida, hell, even Björn sing lead on a few of the songs. Until it's recent and much belated release on Cd , this album had been one of the rarer ABBA collectibles..

Hey Micke they tell me your middle name is Bo!

1999 CD Version track lisitng

Lets Boogie / Paper Dolls / Robot Man / Bottom Coming Up / Brief Intermission / Moonbeams / I Can See What You Mean / That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles / Sandwich / Hesitating Hanna / Brief Intermisson /  Keep Your Hands to Yourself / Doc McGurgles etc. /  Buy Buy Buy /  He Can´t Sing/

 1977

1977 saw ABBA 's world tour, and ended with the release of ABBA the Album in Sweden. ABBA the Movie premiered in December.

Do Snickers really taste better than Milky Way bars?

Nashville Train -Play ABBA OUR WAY 1977 Swedish LP

Abba-Live 77 1977 Swedish Flexi-disc

ABBA-ABBA's Greatest Hits-24 Fall 1977 Japanese 2lp set.

Debbie Boone -You Light Up My Life- Late 1977 Out of print American LP

*ABBA-The Album Released December 1977 (Sweden)and Early 1978 (rest of world)Available worldwide on CD

Nashville Train -Play ABBA OUR WAY April 1977 Swedish LP

This album features 11 ABBA covers, and Nashville Train's version of "Please Change Your Mind". a rare country tune writtten by B&B that was used near the beginning of ABBA-THE MOVIE. (the scene with Kangaroos) Nashville Train features Rutger Gunnarsson and Roger Palm, both members of ABBA's studio band as well as Hasse Rose & Lasse Westmann. Lasse sings most of the lead vocals.

  Ring, Ring   
Why Did It Have To Be Me   
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  
People Need Love   
Honey, Honey   
I've Been Waiting For You
 Please Change Your Mind   
Hasta Mañana   
Fernando    Another Town, Another Train   
I Am Just A Girl   
Waterloo   

ABBA-ABBA's Greatest Hits-24 October 1977 Japanese 2lp set.

Yes it's a 24 song ABBA compilation album,!!The Japs were already back with another ABBA compilation album . They named this ABBA album after the Kiefer Sutherland show 25 years before the classic TV show , 24 even existed..

.Abba-Live 77 December 1977 Swedish Flexi-disc

Abba put out this four song flexi-disc (essentially a floppy plastic 45)-for school children.

five edited live tracks -Fernando, Rock Me,Why Did It Have to Be me,Money Money money and ,Waterloo are included...For whatever reason this particular live mix has not been rereleased, ..

Debbie Boone -You Light Up My Life- Late 1977 Out of print American LP

This generally underwhelming debut album features Debbie's huge1977 American Hit "You Light Up My Life" and a cover of ABBA's song "Hasta Manana" .Debbie was Pat Boone's daughter, sadly or not-her career faded after this album...This album is available on not avialbale CD currently. Her version of "Hasta Manana' was also the b-side of ""You Light Up My Life"

*****ABBA-The Album Released December 1977 (Sweden)and Early 1978 (rest of world)Available worldwide on CD

It is interesting, that at the heighth of
ABBA's worldwide popularity they ended up
recording their first more "serious" album.
ABBA-THE ALBUM was the album tied in with ABBA-THE MOVIE their only theatrical
movie release. Many,but not all of the songs on the album can be heard in some form in the movie.

THE ALBUM, though .it has only nine songs
has the richest and most colorful production work
of all the ABBA albums. The songs vary considerably in subject, tempo,
and instrumentation but none of the songs
seem out of place.

Where, THE ALBUM fares less well in comparision to the albums that bookend
it (ARRIVAL & VOULEZ-VOUS) is in the fun department. Only two or three
songs here are liable to cheer you up. This album was also lacking somewhat in the singles department-only two of the songs were worldwideTop Ten hits-Not very impressive compared to the albums that bookend it. (Eagle and "Thank You For
The music" were only hits in some places).

"Take A Chance on ME " was the one song most in line with ABBA's primary
mission of providing great pop singles to the world. "TACOM" is a textbook case on how to make a record. It's almost ,but not quite saved from sounding a bit too much like a well oiled machine by Agnetha's singing and the very fresh sounding acapella introduction.

The "Name of the Game" is not a great song
but it's a masterwork of arrangement.
You never know where they are going with this.There are elements of funk, at times rock, gospel, and at times it's stately Europop ,and when the horns come in near the end you are reminded of the Beatles' "Penny Lane".
The best bit on the song again is once
again the acapella part. The middle of
the song has been badly butchered on some
of the edited releases of this song.

"One Man , One Woman' was another song
about relationships in trouble , but unlike
most of the ABBA songs on this theme ,
this song ends with the sentiment that "It's never too late for changing'. You dont
really pay as much attention as you might to the rich backing vocals because Frida's lead vocal handles the lyrics so well.

On this album, ABBA seem to do things that even they dont seem to realize were counter to the stereotypical view some had of them. "Eagle" is a daring opening gambit, at nearly six minutes it was ABBA's longest song. Agnetha & Frida sing above a majestic, if somewhat droning-Hendrix with Morricone with Spectre sound salad.
"Eagle" wasn't a song you could hum to, but
you could put the headphones on and fly along (at the end the Eagle literally flys
from one speaker to the other and back).

"Move On", puts some people off with Björn's spoken prologue , Some people also might not find it's searching lyrics convincing,either, but for ABBA lyrics they
are preety good. In "Move On" a powerful
bass riff drives the song's stirring chorus. When A&F sing "Like a roller in the ocean musically it sounds very much like a powerful wave. Listen for the "la la la's"
and other background vocals and see how
they are mixed at varying sound levels
to help create a wall of sound.

"Hole in Your Soul" joins the distant
influences of 1960's Girl Group music with
Europop to create a quirky,fun tune.
The "paint your world and use all colors"
bridge harkens back to a similiar section in
"Tiger .The low male voice chorus on "it's got to be rock roll to fill the hole in your soul"does little of value for the song.
The opening riffs of "HIYS"
were used in the opening credits to ABBA-The movie.

A novel three song "mini-musical" closes
THE ALBUM. "The Girl with The Golden
Hair" was tried out live on the 1977 tour.When done live the mini-musical also included a narrator, incidental music, blonde wigs for the girls, and fourth song appearing at the end called "Get on the Carusoul". "Get on the Carusoul" remained unreleased but it was no great loss not having it on THE ALBUM.

A lot of the mini -musical can be seen in ABBA-THE MOVIE. On the album,the songs are arranged in a more formal orchestral manner instead of the theatrical approach favored in the live performences.

"Thank You For the Music" has become ABBA signature song even though
it was only belatedly released as a single.
It probably doesn't deserve such stature,
but it sums up ABBA better than something
like "Dancing Queen". The song has a great
keyboard riff at 1:53 into the song.

"I wonder' was one of ABBA's more serious-
some might say more boring numbers.The arrangement for this is surprisingly orchestral,it along with "Move On" and "Name of the Game" were Stig Anderson last lyrics for official release. All of the lyrics for ABBA's subsequent songs were written by Björn.

"I'm a Marionette' despite the awkward lyric
has a theme that suggests there is something wrong with seeking music stardom, kind of ironic considering that conquering the world often seemed to be the only thing that ABBA cared about.The opening bass riff and the two guitar solo add considerably to "Marionette's" impact.

1. Eagle; 2. Take A Chance On Me; 3. One Man, One Woman; 4. The Name Of The Game; 5. Move On; 6. Hole In Your Soul; "The Girl With The Golden Hair" - 3 scenes from a mini-musical - 7. Thank You For The Music; 8. I Wonder (Departure); 9. I'm A Marionette

2001 remaster extra track: 10. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day mix) (new bonus track)

 1978 

ABBA -The Album was released in most territories and the non-album track "Summer Night City" came out mid-year.. Frida and Benny finally bothered to get married...ABBA backlash begins in Australia..ABBA rested a little....

ABBA-El album- 1978 Argentina LP

ABBA-ABBA - The Movie August 1978 Japan Cassette Tape

ABBA-El Gran Show 1978 Peru/Uruguay 2lp set

ABBA-UM Novo Espaco PAra A Musica 1978 Brazil Lp

Franck Pourcel ­ Franck Pourcel recontre ABBA -1978 French Lp

Wellander & Ronader-Wellander & Ronander 1978 Swedish Lp

ABBA -Non album single -Summer Night City/Medley

Ulf Lundell - Nådens År 1978 reissued on CD in 2004?

ABBA-El album- Early 1978 Argentina LP

The Album was called El Album in Argentina.... Benny was still Benny. Some of ABBA's other studio album titles were translated to the local equivelent, but I haven't listed all of these. Of course,none of the tracks are actually sung in Swedish, even though two of the songs-"Thank You For The Music" and "Move On" would recorded in Spanish in 1980..

ABBA-ABBA - The Movie August 1978 Japan Cassette Tape

Strangley , ABBA -The Movie did not really have a soundtrack album-and so the Japanese attempted to rectify this by issuing a cassette compilation of ABBA songs, some of whcih are actually found in the found in the movie...Taiwan released also tried something similiar...

Side 1:

Hole In Your Soul/ Tiger /SOS /Ring Ring /Money, Money, Money/,He Is Your Brother/Intermezzo no. 1/Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)/Waterloo/Hasta Mañana /Rock Me

Side 2:

1. Happy HawaiiI/'ve Been Waiting For You/The Name Of The Game/Why Did It Have To Be Me/Fernando/Dancing Queen/Gonna Sing You My Lovesong/So Long/Thank You For The Music
Released on MC Japan 1978.

ABBA-El Gran Show 1978 Peru/Uruguay 2lp set

Down in deepest South America, they also put something of a soundtrack to ABBA-The Movie...

ABBA-Um Novo Espaco Para A Musica 1978 Brazil Lp

Another 14 track collection with tracks compiling tracks from 1973-1977. .

Also known as DISCO DE OURO

1. Ring Ring
2. Watch Out
3. S.O.S.
4. Honey, Honey
5. That's Me
6. When I Kissed The Teacher
7. Money, Money, Money

 

8. Fernando
9. Hasta Mañana
10. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
11. Knowing Me, Knowing You
12. Arrival
13. Mamma Mia
14. Dancing Queen
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ABBA-Summer Night City Non-album single September 1978

ABBA felt it necessary to put out a new single (with new material ) in the Fall of 1978..

This was done partly because ABBA had gone a unusually long time without releasing a single,it least in most territories. THE ALBUM had really only produced two worldwide hits . So people were getting antsy for some new material. And for the first time ABBA had trouble producing the goods...

So B&B worked on getting a song ready, that song would be "Summer Night City" . It was a nod in the disco direction , Björn sings along with the girls on it,. B&B had trouble getting a good mix of the song together, the mix that was released left out a elegant introduction. Originally the song was to end up on what turned out to be the 1979 Voulez-Vous album-but it too long for ABBA to finish that album...
"Summer Night City' would not be put on a album till GREATEST HITS II came out.

For some reason, "Summer Night City" was not released in the USA as a single, which was sign of things to come...Many of ABBA's post 1978 singles would do poorly in the USA or not even see release.

The B-side was a three song medley of folk-songs, originally recorded and released (only in Germany) in 1975.

Franck Pourcel ­ Franck Pourcel recontre ABBA -1978 French Lp

There is a claim on the web, that ABBA members played or sang on this album but i dont know that to be true.... The album cover does include a pciture of ABBA meeting Frack-but accoridng to one website-the expression on the faces of the ABBA members is "doubtful".

I wonder (departure)
Dancing queen
Hole in your soul
Fernando
The name of the game
I do I do I do I do I do
Eagle (spelled "Eagles" on album)
Money money money
Knowing me, knowing you

Thank you for the music

Wellander & Ronader-Wellander & Ronander 1978 Swedish Lp

ABBA lead guitarist , Lasse Wellander works with guitarist Mats Ronader on this album which does not feature ABBA members.. An album on released on Polar records . Ronader sings I believe, Mats Ronander played guitar on the 1979 ABBA tour but didn't play on ABBA records other than ABBA LIVE. Mats also released a mumber solo albums on the Polar label and appears on Polar's Tribute to ABBA Cd.

Ulf Lundell - Nådens År April 1978 reissued on CD in 2004?

Agnetha sings on this album on one track...It's hard to tell it's her singing -so it's not worth seeking out....

The recent Cd version of this includes two bonus tracks...
Nådens år, Snön faller och vi med den (incl. Agnetha !), Höga hästar, Natten har sitt sätt, Den lille landstrykaren, Kärlekens hundar, Warum all this black stuff ?, Prärien igen, Sonjas vals, Kitsch, Vit flagg, Tisdag morgon, Ack blake, käre blace

 1979

1979 brought the first leg of ABBA's last concert tour and the divorce of Bjorn and Agnetha.

Varous Artists-A gift of Song 1979 Released on lp in some territories
ABBA-Voulez vous 1979 Available on CD worldwide
ABBA-Greatest Hits Vol. 2 1979 Released worldwide on CD but phased out.

ABBA-Voulez -Vous Spanish version Mid 1979 Lp
ABBA-GRANDES EXITOS Volume 2 1979 Released on Lp
Agnetha Fältskog-Tio Ar Med 1979 Available on Swedish Cd

Anders Dahl -Anders Dahl And His Magic Strings Play ABBA Mid to Late 1979 Lp

Finn Kalvik-1979: KOM UT KOM FRAM 1979 Swedish LP

ABBA & Stikkan .Sång till Görel (private release 12 inch single ) June 1979

Hootenanny Singers -Nya Vindar 1979 Out of print Swedish Lp

***ABBA-Voulez vous April 1979 Available on CD worldwide

This may be ABBA's most controversial album. No doubt, this is due to the high octane disco content found here. People wondered if ABBA were just following a trend rather then setting one.The jump from THE ALBUM to VOULEZ -Vous is a particularly jarring one. The two albums seem to have little in common. One album is poetry the other is motion!

It was probably a reasonable idea ,in retrospect for the group that did "Dancing Queen" to try their hand at more dance music.Certainly ,recording dance music was a sound idea commercially and commercial pop music was what ABBA was about.

VOULEZ VOUS had the largest number of successful British singles of any ABBA album.
It's was not totally clear that ABBA had it in them to make a good dance record, after all they were the whitest people in the music business. To try to make things more legit they recorded the instrumental backing for the title track in Miami at the famous disco studios Criteria. The rest of the tracks were recorded in Stockholm ,mostly
at their new Polar Studios. The best of the disco numbers is probably
"If it wasn't for the nights" , "As good as new", and "The King has lost his Crown" are elegant disco.The highly rythmic , "Lovers Live a little Longer' is sunk by a stupid lyric.

Three other songs have some disco elements but are not really disco. "Does Your Mother Know "features Björn as the lead vocalist ,the lyric isn't that bad-but this song just doesn't do it
for most people. It's b-side was "Kisses of Fire" has a great intro by Aggie but once again bad lyrics make the song seem slightly ordinary.
I like "Angeleyes" a rare three part harmony between Björn and the Girls , it provides a healthy dose of ABBA's trademark "a-ha's ".
VOULEZ VOUS had two ballads one on each side,one great , one not so great. "I have a Dream"has an annoying children choir on it, and the lyrics seem a little cheesy. However .Frida manages to wring some honest emotion out of the song,(especially on the live versuion) and like "Chiquiitta", IHAD has some crisp guitar and piano work. "Chiquittia" does seem a little out of place on this album , but it one's of ABBA's best ballads. It's powerfully sung, has well executed lyrics, spine tingling crisp guitar work and uplifting piano work.
"Chiquitita was the biggest of the five songs that were hits from the Voulez Vous.

VOULEZ VOUS had the second largest number of successful worldwide singles of any ABBA album.
I personally rank Voules-Vous as my sixth favorite
ABBA studio album, but my opinion is somewhat harsher than the many folks, who love this
album.

1. As Good As New; 2. Voulez-Vous; 3. I Have A Dream; 4. Angeleyes; 5. The King Has Lost His Crown; 6. Does Your Mother Know; 7. If It Wasn't For The Nights; 8. Chiquitita; 9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer); 10. Kisses Of Fire

2001 remaster bonus tracks: 11. Summer Night City; 12. Lovelight; 13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight (new bonus track)

ABBA-Voulez -Vous Spanish version Mid 1979 Lp

According to Raffem.com. the Spanish version of the Voulez-Vous album included the Spanish version of Chiquitita. The Spanish version of I have A dream had yet to be recorded at the time of this release.

ABBA & Stikkan .Sång till Görel (private release 12 inch single ) June 1979

Privately released 12 inch single given in June 1979 as a tribute to Polar Vp Ms. Gorel Hanser, and a very good record,worthy of release. It features the only time that we get to hear Stig sing on a ABBA record.. It is sung in Swedish , and is the only song found on the disc...

**Various Artists-A gift of Song June 1979 Released on lp in some territories

ABBA gave the song publishing rights for "Chiquitita "to Unicef (the UN children's agency) . This album was drawn from a special concert given at the UN General Assembly . The concert held at the UN building in New York in January 1979. Other artists to perform included Kris Kristofferson, John
Denver, Donna Summer, Andy Gibb, Olivia Newton-John and Elton John..Elton John was going to perform but was a no show. The BEE GEES who along with David Frost and Robert Stigwood were the promoters of the idea. Supposedly it was going to happen every year ,but only a few other
songs were given to MUSIC FOR UNICEF. Unlike some of the other acts-ABBA actually lipsynched "Chiquitia" " for the show, which was certainly a less than gutsy approach but because "Chiquitita" was totally new song it was less noticable. ABBA didn't release "Chiquitita" as a single at
this point in America even though the concert was held in New York (at the UN) and was shown on American TV in primetime.


The lp features ABBA's studio recording of Chiquitita" coupled with the clapping of the
audience.This album was not a big seller and was never released on CD.

 

SEPTEMBER / THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD - 
    EARTH, WIND & FIRE/  I GO FOR YOU - ANDY GIBB
MIMI'S SONG - DONNA SUMMER/ REST YOUR LOVE ON ME -  /
    ANDY GIBB & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN  /
CHIQUITITA - ABBA /DO YA THINK I'M SEXY? - ROD STEWART  /
THE KEY - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN  /
RHYTMES AND REASONS - JOHN DENVER /
FALLEN ANGELS - KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
    & RITA COOLIDGE  /TOO MUCH HEAVEN - BEE GEES

The album also includes some of the short intros to the songs done by Gilda Radner and others....

Hootenanny Singers -Nya Vindar Mid 1979 Out of print Swedish Lp

The Hootz made this studio album without Björn who had permanently left the group in 1974. The group had continued without Björn , though Björn and Benny did appear with the group at a Vastervik folk festival concert in 1977. Hansi Schwarz and Tony Rooth remained ,but added some new members, thus the group ended up with four members again. The two new members supposedly were guitarist /singer Martin Arnoldi and Eoin Clancy. The songs were mostly Swedish-with the exception of a version of "Greensleeves". The title track was written by Mats Paulson, it has shown up on some of the later compilations. The group also released a track in 1979 on the "VisFestivalen i Västervik 1979 a Polar album that featured songs from a Vasterik folk festival that Hansi has helped organize ever since.

TRACK LISTING

Nya Vindar
Morgon På Kungsholmen
Brittisk Ballad
Frida I Vårtstädningen
En Sjömansvisa
Greensleeves
Beatrice Aurore
Det Var En Lördsafton
Natt Mot Morgon
Anita
Som Blommar Dör
Bibbi

 

Anders Dahl -Anders Dahl And His Magic Strings Play ABBA Mid to Late 1979 Lp

Another one of Polar record label tributes to ABBA...Anders Dahl did a few string arrangements for Abba and also played violin on some of their records...Oh and by the way-what in the name of Bjron Borg are "Magic Strings"????

 

1.MONEY, MONEY, MONEY  
2. ROCK ME  
3. KISSES OF FIRE  
4. I WONDER (Departure)  
5. HOLE IN YOUR SOUL  
6. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC  

 1. LOVERS (Live A Little Longer)  
2. AS GOOD AS NEW  
3. I HAVE A DREAM  
4. HE IS YOUR BROTHER  
5. MAMMA MIA  
6. SO LONG  


Finn Kalvik- KOM UT KOM FRAM Mid 1979 Swedish LP

This album was produced by Benny his first major outside production work outside of ABBA in three years,

Finn Kalvik is a Norwegian singer who released a few albums on the Polar label,

Agnetha Fältskog-Tio Ar Med September 1979 Available on Swedish Cd

This is the most concise compilation of Agnetha's Swedish language music. It has a elegant cover photo of Aggie looking a bit more mature, even though she was still only 29 years old... I think this is the first time her trademark blonde hair is tied back on a cover. This includes fifteen songs drawn from each of her first six Swedish albums as well as one new song recorded in 1979 called "Nar Du Tar Mej I Din Famn" (the same song was released in 1998 in a English version called "Queen of Hearts") The original LP had a gatefold sleeve with a separate paragraph( in Swedish) and photo describing each song as well as lyrics for the songs. This is a lovely collection...

Jag var så kär
Utan dej, mitt liv går vidare

Allting har förändrat sej
Framför svenska sommaren
Zigenarvän
Om tårar vore guld
En sång och en saga
Många gånger än

Dröm är dröm och saga saga
Vart skall min kärlek föra?
Så glad som dina ögon
En sång om sorg och glädje
S.O.S.

Doktorn!
Tack för en underbar, vanlig dag

När du tar mej i din famn

 ***ABBA-Greatest Hits Vol. 2 October 1979 Released worldwide on CD but phased out.

Released to coincide with ABBA's 1979-80 world tour. GREATEST HITS II sported
a ugly gray album cover. Two non-album
tracks made their album debuts on this album along. In addition,12 songs were compiled from VOULEZ-VOUZ,THE ALBUM, ARRIVAL and ABBA(1 song)."Summer Night City" a non album single originally released in Fall 1978 saw it's
it's first album release and first American release here. One totally
new song was slated to be recorded for the album and ABBA went back into the studio in Summer of 1979 to record "Gimme Gimme Gimme" . "GimmeX3" like "As good As New" has a pseudo classical intro.The result is one of their best disco numbers . In 2005 "GimmeX3" was sampled by Madonna for her single-"Hung Up".

 *Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!-VOULEZ-VOUS

* Knowing Me, Knowing You-THE ALBUM

* Take A Chance On Me-THE ALBUM

* Money, Money, Money-ARRIVAL

* Rock Me-ABBA

* Eagle-THE ALBUM

* Angeleyes-VOULEZ-VOUS

 * Dancing Queen-ARRIVAL

* Does Your Mother Know-VOULEZ-VOUS

* Chiquitita--VOULEZ-VOUS

* Summer Night City-(first lp appearence)

* I Wonder (Departure)-THE ALBUM

* The Name of the Game-THE ALBUM

* Thank You For The Music-The ALBUM

ABBA-GRANDES EXITOS Volume 2 Late 1979 Released on Lp

This was Greatest Hits Volume 2 as it was released in some Spanish speaking markets. It uses the same ugly grey cover as Hits 2 but has the Spanish versions of "I Have A Dream" and "Chiquitita" instead of the "I wonder" and the English version of" Chiquitita"

The Spanish version of the two songs were recorded separatedly and prior to the other Spanish tracks found on GRACIAS POR LA MUSICA.
" Thus, this was perhaps, the first album to feature mulitple Spanish language ABBBA recordings.

 *Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!-single

* Knowing Me, Knowing You-THE ALBUM

* Take A Chance On Me-THE ALBUM

* Money, Money, Money-ARRIVAL

* Rock Me-ABBA

* Eagle-THE ALBUM

* Angeleyes-VOULEZ-VOUS

 * Dancing Queen-ARRIVAL

* Does Your Mother Know-VOULEZ-VOUS

* Chiquitita-Spanish version single

* Summer Night City-(single)

* The Name of the Game-THE ALBUM

* Estoy Sonado-Spanish version single

* Thank You For The Music-The ALBUM

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