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.
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
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
GREATEST HITS featured five songs from
GREATEST HITS had only one new song
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 earliest versions of GREATEST HITS in Sweden didn't have
track listing for ABBA's Greatest Hits
Ted Gardestad --Franska Kort Early
to Mid 1976 Swedish CD
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....
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
8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
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.
*****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
This album featured three
big hits. "Dancing Queen' , ABBA's first nod
All the other songs are highly
listenable, the album opens with "When I Kissed The Teacher"
an amazing example of B&B's and
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
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/
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.
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
THE ALBUM, though .it has only nine songs
Where, THE ALBUM fares less well in comparision to the albums
"Take A Chance on ME " was the one song most in
line with ABBA's primary
The "Name of the Game" is not a great song
"One Man , One Woman' was another song
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.
"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
"Hole in Your Soul" joins the distant
A novel three song "mini-musical" closes
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
"I wonder' was one of ABBA's more serious-
"I'm a Marionette' despite the awkward lyric
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)
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...
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
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
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
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...
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".
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
***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.
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
VOULEZ VOUS had the second largest number of successful worldwide
singles of any ABBA 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
SEPTEMBER / THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD
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.
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"????
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
***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
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
ABBA -THE ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1980-1984
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