ABBA YEAR BY YEAR 1980-1984
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..
Click on the years below to go directly to that year.
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
ABBA's later period 1980-1982
ABBA's last three years as a recording act featured a more adult,more autobiographical songwriting. Agnetha and Frida also sang a lot more as soloists on ABBA's records,and musically Benny's synthesizer began to dominate. The divorces of the group members helped lead to the end of the group. Being members of ABBA was not as much fun anymore!
By 1983 both Agnetha and Frida resumed their solo careers. Bjorn and Benny began working with lyricist Tim Rice on the musical CHESS.
***ABBA-Gracias Por LA Musicas June 1980 Released in some territories. Made available on CD also.
The title means Thank You
For The Music...But you knew that!!!!
In early 1980 Anna, and Frida found the time to record Spanish vocal tracks to dub onto the backing tracks of 8 more previously recorded songs .Some of the instrumention (notably Dancing Queen) seems to be different than the orignal recordings but this was due to the remixing process.
However , mercifully Björn's
spoken prologue to "Move On" was not included in the
Spanish version.Somewhat shockingly, Björn and Benny had
little involment in this project leaving it to Michael Tretow
to run the vocal sessions. Buddy and Mary McCloskey did the transalations
and according to Spanish speakers they only did a fair job.
ABBA would also record two
Spanish versions each songs from
Although some people like some of the mixes on this album, in general the English versions
are better. This album (or ORO) is great for Spanish speakers and completists but is not essential ABBA.
Gracias Por La Música track listing:
Gracias Por La Música ( "Thank You For The Music")
/Reina Danzante ( "Dancing Queen")
ABBA-THE MAGIC OF ABBA 1980 American TV markerted LP
A not too exciting American K-Tel Lp that in typical K-Tel fashion was loaded up with16 not very well mastered previously released ABBA hits. At least three later versions were tried in other countries . In 1982 K-Tel somehow managed to get 20 edited ABBA tracks onto one Lp for the Aussie version of "THE MAGIC OF ABBA".. At some point in the early eighties , the Canadians released the Story of ABBA which has the same track listing and cover as the American version ,but a different title..
THE MAGIC OF ABBA is also the is name of Stephen Morris ' ABBA website, which focuses on the ABBA in America....
1. Dancing Queen
*****ABBA-Super Trouper November 1980 Available worldwide on CD
ABBA is mature and self assured here.
On this album they dont try too go to much into one direction
-we find, a little disco, a little
Björn by now ,is finally writing
"ME and I' is a rather cheerful song
about multiple personalities.
"Happy New Year" -ABBA never
did a Christmas song-instead we get this,
1. Super Trouper; 2. The Winner Takes It All; 3. On And On And On; 4. Andante, Andante; 5. Me And I; 6. Happy New Year; 7. Our Last Summer; 8. The Piper; 9. Lay All Your Love On Me; 10. The Way Old Friends Do;
BONUS TRACKS ON 2001 Remaster
11. Elaine; 12. Put On Your White Sombrero
Mike Oldfield -QE2
Mike was famous for his classic instrumental albums -Tubular Bells I, II, and III.On this album he recorded a fairly good version of the title track from ABBA's Arrival album. He was one of the first "cool" musicians to record a ABBA cover...Mike even had a picture of him taken in a helicopter.
Taurus /Sheba /Conflict /Arrival /Wonderful Land /Mirage /QE2 /Celt / Molly
ABBA- Hovas Vittne /Tiveds Hambo (instrumental version) private single Jan. 1981
This two sided record was privately issued in January 1981 This was a tribute record for Stig this time, not as good as "Sang to Gorel" but still listenable. The a-side was written by Bjorn and Benny with lyrical help from Anna, Frida and Rune Soderqvist. The b -side is an instrumental version of old song written by Stig....These tracks have never been made commercially available by ABBA...
ABBA- Magica De ABBA ABBA 1981 Venezuela Lp
The K-tel people even released a ABBA compilation in the lucrative Venezuelan markert. There was very little dancing in Caracas...
Tu As Gagne''/ Viens Chanter Pour
For some reason Bjorn & Benny agreed to produce this French version of "The Winner Takes It All" for the French chanteuse -Mirelle Mathieu. The recording was made in Decmber 1980. Frida and Bjorn sing background vocals on this track. The French translation of the lyrics were written by Chales Level . The b-side is not ABBA related. This track can be found on a Danish compilation - Mireille MAthieu "Greatest hits". This track can also be found on the French album "Les plus grands succès Vol 3",but that particular album is probably out of print by now..
ABBA- THE MUST OF ABBA Early 1981? French LP (some sources says this album released in 1982)
Here you go -a kind of 1981 version of ABBA GOLD that takes a strange journey from France to Germany , Brazil, The Netherlands and South Korea. Very similiar to Dez Anos and A Wie ABBA.. I am actually am not sure when this album was released-A couple of sources say 1980, and others say 1982...Trent Nickson's Worldwide Chart list says the album charted in France in early 1981-so that's what I am going with as a date....
The same 16 songs that can found found on the German album A Wie ABBA.-...
Super Trouper /Knowing
Me, Knowing You
ABBA-DEZ ANOS Brazilian LP 1981
Yes that's Portuguese for-10 years , Ok it had only been nine, but who's counting...
Dez Anos , is similiar to Must of ABBA. In the Brazilian only version it is a compilation of 14 songs ranging from "Waterloo to ""Super Trouper". The brazilian version is missing two tracks-The Name Of the Game and Mamma Mia that are found on Must of ABBA" Brought to you by the fine folks at the Somlivre label.
ABBA-A VAN ABBA Dutch Lp Spring 1981
ABBA- A WIE ABBA German Lp November 1981
Same track listing as THE MUST OF ABBA .German and Dutch versions of the same album-. Yet another compilation with a track listing very similiar to Brazil's Dez Anos. The German/Dutch version though, has two additional tracks-The Name Of the Game and Mamma Mia. The Koreans also released a cassette version of this album...This album has a very 1980-ish yellow cover....
/Knowing Me, Knowing You
Kicki Moberg-Kicki Moberg February? 1981 out of print LP
Agnetha does not sing or play on this album. , but I include this record because it shows how Agnetha was still writing songs at this point. This Polar release features two songs cowritten by Agnetha Faltskog. " Men Natten ar Var" and " Har ar Mitt Lin " a Swedish version of the unreleased ABBA song-"I'm Still Alive".
This set features 24 ABBA songs ranging in time from "Hasta Manana to "Lay All Your Love on me" One b-side is included -"Happy Hawaii".This is different album then the 1976 German ABBA collection with a similiar name.Supposedly the Japanese also released an album in 1981 called SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS. Like, in Latiin American , ABBA became big in Japan only in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
ABBA-Anniversario Los 10 Anos De ABBA September 1981 Mexico Lp
Yes yes title means -"The Anniversary of Ten Years of Abba." Ok it had really only been nine years but who's counting. This set seems suspiciously like Gracias Por La musica, ....This album Went to #1 in Mexico..
Michael Tretow (Caramba) -Caramba 1981 Swedish LP
This is another novelty Michael Tretow related album, this album has no ABBA involvement though Caramba features Ted Gardestad prominently....The Swedish markert hit here was" Hubba Hubba Zoot Zooot" Many of songs mimic the music of various places like Hawaii or Russia.....One song on here called "Aitho" sounds as if Frida is singing on it-but she is not.....
: BLAZTAH 1 (Side A): ALI BABA , SPOTTNJIK
HUBBA HUBBA ZOOT-ZOOT , EINE FEINE FIDO
Ted Gardestad -Stormvarning 1981 Swedish CD
ABBA's involvement died down on Ted's later albums. On this album, Benny produced one song, and Frida sang on that song.
ABBA-Slipping Through My Fingers Mid to Late 1981 Japanese promo lp..
This promo lp is famous for having a bizarre cover that features the four members of ABBA standing on a huge vinyl record that says Coca-Cola.
Keep in mind, that ,It's really hard to stand on a moving vinyl record...
The record is also unusual in having a unique edited medley of four ABBA's songs.
The original edition of this among the most expensive ABBA collectables..
Agnetha and Linda - NU TANDAS TUSEN JULEJUS November 1981 Swedish CD. Remastered in 2004 without bonus tracks.....
This album was actually recorded in late 1980, but held back for release till Late 1981 It was the only new studio ABBA solo album to recorded between 1976 and 1982. .This album is Agnetha's contribution to the world of Christmas music. Both this and Agnetha's later childrens album seem to be easier to get into if your actually Swedish ..
The title track is a Swedish Christmas
Though this is more listenable then Aggie's
later album with her son Christian it remains a non-essential
album. The best thing about the album is the cover. It quite
literally portrays Agnetha and her daughter surrounded by good
percentage of the 1000 candles that are referred to in the title.
Agnetha looks like a Angel. This CD was released by Polar in
1987. The original
Nej se dat snöar/ Bjällerklang/ Nu tändas tusen juleljus/ Två små röda luvor/ Nu står jul vid snöig port/ Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten/ När juldagsmorgen glimmar/ Potpurri/ Mej mitt vinterland/ Så mitt lyser stjärnan/ Mössens julafton/ När det lider mot jul
****ABBA- The Visitors November 1981 Available worldwide on CD
THE VISITORS is a often somber record.
Look at the cover,for the first time there are four separate
people, No smiles, but at least for once they look like real
people. It also has quite a beautiful cover.
Many of the songs on THE VISITORS were
recorded digitally making this one of the first
The Visitors is ABBA' s most artistic
1. The Visitors; 2. Head Over Heels; 3. When All Is Said And Done; 4. Soldiers; 5. I Let The Music Speak; 6. One Of Us; 7. Two For The Price Of One; 8. Slipping Through My Fingers; 9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room;
BONUS TRACKS ON 2001 Remaster: 10. Should I Laugh Or Cry; 11. The Day Before You Came; 12. Cassandra (new bonus track) 13. Under Attack
ABBA- Fanfare for Ice hockey World Championship '81
A short synthesizer fanfare written by B&B that was released only privately as part of Polar Music Annual report ,but it also was used in the original Dick Cavett meets ABBA TV special as well in a ice hockey championship. It was the first of at least three obscure pieces that Benny wrote for sport events..
Hootenanny Singers -FÖR KÄRLEKS SKULL1982 Out of print Swedish Lp
A second Hootz release an album without Björn ,how dare they! Some traditional songs but also a Swedish version of the Keith carradine song -"I'm easy', and a song by Benny Andersson protege-Finn Kalvik. This has been the Hootz final original studio album up to now.
KOM UT, KOM FRAM
These are four separate compilation albums were all released concurrently during 1982 by ABBA's then Japanese label DISCOMATE. Each album has a strange mixture of tracks from various ABBA albums.Only one rarity was included- the 1979 b-side "Lovelight" Each album has ten songs. At least two of these albums were released on colored vinyl.
ABBA-THE Spanish album, April 1982
Gracias Por La musica received a belated release in Australia,in this version it has a different title...
ABBA-ABBAantogiABBA Late Summer 1982 Spanish Lp
Cool titlle ! Espana's Carnaby label put out this 11 track compilation...cos they had nothing else to do that week. Although the track listing is all 70's stuff-the cover photo is from 1982....
SIDE A -Waterloo /Dancing Queen /Summer Night City
SIDE B Thank You For The Music/ Chiquitita
ABBA-ABBA International 1982?
1984? 1989*German CD
The CD version of this doesn't have a copyright date-so I havent been able to confirm the release date. More than one source says this album was released in 1982, one source says 1984....one source (CARL MAGNUS PALM) said 1989 and one said 1988. It may be that the cassette version was released before the CD Version....
Not every ABBA compilation album
was stupid, redundant and pointless, there
This CD was originated in Germany by Polygram.This CD is no longer available but at the time of it's release it provided the CD debuts for a number of ABBA's rare tracks. About half of the tracks were the usual hits like "Dancing Queen" "Eagle" was featured in the edit version (which even in 1989 was more interesting than aggravating.)
This CD has the German versions
of "Ring Ring" and Another Town Another Train",
The Spanish version of "Chiquitiita", the French Version
of "Waterloo" and three non- album B-sides -"Happy
Hawaii"."Take A chance On Me "(live),and "I
Wonder (live)'. All of these tracks were not widely available
The original cassette version of this included five additional tracks, one of which was the then hard-to find b-side-""Crazy World".So the record company tries hard, but they lose points for leaving out some of the other foreign language tracks such as the Swedish versions of" Waterloo",Ring Ring and "Honey Honey".
Track listing -Ring ring (German vers.) *Honey Honey, Intermezzo No1/Waterloo(French) *The Visitors/Take A Chance On Me (Live) /Gimme X3/I've Been Waiting for You/Happy Hawaii/SOS/Rock N Roll Band/ *Crazy World/People Need Love/*Mamma Mia/ Wer Im Wartesaal er Liebe Steht(German vers. of Another Town, Another Train/Rock Me/ The Winner Takes it All/ I Wonder (Live ver.) Eagle (edit) *Voulez-Vous/ Dancing Queen/I Have A Dream -*CASSETTE Only tracks
ABBA-The Best of ABBA (The Readers Digest Box). Australia, Germany 1982 5-LP set. No longer available
Among the first ABBA box sets. Haven't seen this but it's supposed to be a five LP box set with previously released material, including hits , album tracks, and 3 or so b-sides. Reader Digest also put out a similar 4CD box set in 1993 and 2004.
TOMAS LEDIN- THE HUMAN TOUCH September ? 1982 Swedish lp with some international releases.
Tomas Ledin was a bit of ABBA/Stig protege. He went along as the male background singer on ABBA's 1979 tour-in which he performed the track,"Not Bad At All", He also wrote songs for both of Agnetha and Frida's first English language solo albums... This particular album is notable for including his melodramatic duet with Agnetha Faltskog-called "Never Again" which was a big Swedish hit in fall of 1982 .That duet can be found on a couple of Aggie'scompilations.. Tomas Ledin ending up marrying Stig Anderson's daughter Marie, and also ended up owning Polar Studios' which sadly was shut down in 2004.
I Love You
Frida-Something's Going On - September 1982 Available worldwide on Cd Remastered and reisued with bonus tracks in 2005
The first solo album after
the divorces of ABBA's two couples. It's appearance was a clue
that ABBA was nearing the end of the road.
Somehow, Frida ended up
with Phil Collins
SOMETHING'S GOING ON came a year after Phil's first solo hit-"In the Air Tonight' was released. "In The Air tonight " featured the influential drum sound that Phil had brought to the world partly through the talents of engineer Hugh Padgham.That distinctive drum sound was featured prominently in the title track here as well as on "Tell Me That's It Over"and other tracks on this album. The up-tempo songs on this album tend to emphasize Frida's great radio voice instead of allowing Frida to be expressive.
The ballads here have aged
better. Frida's introduces Roxette's Per Gessle to the world
when she sings his song "Threnody'' based on a Dorothy Parker
poem. "Threnody" got some lovely guitar work by Darryl
The record closes with a cheesy
duet between Phil and Frida. For some reason
This record showed that ABBA
solo projects would have a tough row to hoe internationally.
the album did so-so in most markets and the title track (a song
that just screams -hit record) was a hit only in some markets,
but it it did do OK.Strangely ,the
The album cover is a drawn
portrait of Frida by Yves Poyet. On the inside sleeve there was
the photo on which it was based showing Frida with sharply cut
short dyed red hair. None of the ABBA band played on this
This Frida's second # 1 solo album in Sweden...
****ABBA-The Singles November 1982 Released on Cd but phased out
This was the end. Though we didn't know it at the time. This
collection of most of ABBA's A- sides was put together when it
became clear that the group had no enthusiasm and not enough
material for an entire studio album.
Two other songs , "I am the city" and "Just
Like that" were left in the can at the time..
ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1982 2 picture Lp set vinyl release (The Cardboard Box Version)
A boxed version of ABBA-The
ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS Late 1982 2Lp Argentina vinyl release
Same album , but this version of ABBA-The Singles, has six of the Spanish language versions of ABBA's hits in place of the English versions .
ABBA-THE SINGLES-THE FIRST TEN YEARS Volume 1&2 Late 1982 French CD's
Supposedly ,The French split this album up into two parts...I have never seen this version..
ABBA-OS GRANDES SUCESSOS DE ABBA 1982 Brazilian LP
Ten more ABBA hits ,this time featuring tracks from ABBA's middle period. This compilation focuses on later hits. . The cover did not have ABBA's picture on it. Released on the Square label. In 1988 a CD with the same title was released in Brazil with four more songs ,but with butchered edits of many of the songs.
The Winner Takes It All /I Have A Dream/Chiquitita/Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!/Knowing Me, Knowing You /Super Trouper/Dancing Queen /Money, Money, Money/The Name Of The Game/Fernando
ABBA-POR SIEMPRE 1982 Lp
An Argentinian compilation album that somehow rather strangely
There was also a Argentinian TV special with the same name....
Should I Laugh Or Cry
/My Love, My Life /If It Wasn't For The Nights Move On Arrival
/ Me And I
ABBA -Singles Collection (1972-1982) International Singles of ABBA.28 singles 1983?
This is a collection of vinyl singles released in Germany. Some picture vinyl disc were included as well as some foreign language singles. This is similiar to the CD version of this released in 1999.
Agnetha Fältskog-Wrap Your Arms Around Me June 1983 Available on Cd Remastered and reisued with bonus tracks in 2005
Released worldwide (even in America) this album was produced by British pop producer Michael Chapman. It was not a huge success, but well, at least Agnetha was happy with this album.. Many of the songs are good vehicles for Agnetha's voice. For that reason , this album appeals to some fans.
This album does not compare well to Agnetha's ABBA's records which was the standard many record buyers were using. Nor does it seem as personal as Agnetha's Swedish solo work ,perhaps, because only one of the songs here was written by Agnetha,the forgettable song -"Man".
The best songs here are probably "the
Strangely a few of the songs ("Take Good
Care of Your Children", Once Burned Twice Shy, Stand By
Your Side") have
If " Cant Shake Loose' sounds like a
remake of Frida's "Something Going On " It's because
both songs were written by Russ
The most amusing song here is "Mr. Persuasion" which sounds like it would make a good song for a exercise video with it's "You take me UP, DOWN chorus. It has has a great line-"Well have a mind but I put it on vacation"...
This album was recorded at Polar by ABBA Engineer Michael Tretow Some ABBA band people like the ever-faithful Rutger Gunnarson played on it.
There was some debate as to whether or not to use Agnetha's last name on the cover. Record Companies wondered whether DJ's would be able to say Aggie's last name. In the end she decided that her last name would stay. After all, people probably couldn't her say her first name correctly either and "ANNA" wasn't an option at this point in the game.
I am amazed that somebody can be the most prominent member of a group that sells 300 million records and still Professional DJ's dont know to say her name! It is interesting that Agnetha's two early 198o's albums were released in the Spring and Frida's two early 80's albums were released in the fall...It's also interesting that salt and sugar look the same....
Track listing for WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND ME
Bonus Trackson 2005 remaster..
ABBA-Golden Hits 1983 Brazil lp
The folks at Somlivre were back with another ABBA compilation-there was dancing in the streets in Rio that year....
Various Artists-Antligen Sommarlov! June 1983 Out of print Swedish Lp
Polar Records put out This Swedish market
only compilation album The title means "Finally holidays"
It has has Benny's first solo recording ,and
a rare live ABBA recording. Benny recorded a short version of
the Swedish hymn-"Den Blomstetid Nu Kommer",which saw
it's first release here.
Also find here a 1979 live version of "Summer Night City;' Though this recording was left off the later ABBA 's live album , it was made available here as well on numerous bootlegs. The live recording of SNC might even be better than the original released single of "Summer Night City". Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer" was later released a second time on the SOMMAR, SOMMAR, SOMMAR CD ,but that is also out of print. It's the sort of track that just waits to be compiled somewhere...
The track Sommar, Sommar, Sommar features Stig Anderson and the Polar Music office choir.. Stikkan och Kontorskoren-Sommar, Sommar, Sommar
Just a side note-Summer compilation albums
are a Swedish phenomenom -go into a Swedish
Various Artists-(concept album)-ABBACADABRA- 1983 French Lp and later English singles released on French CD in the 1994..
This was the first"musical" based
on B&B music. B&B were not directly involved but they
helped with two songs on the English version of this project.
The idea here was to borrow the melodies from
ABBA songs and rewrite the lyrics so as be able to tell a story
and also so as to be able to do it in French. (this was a French/Belgian
coproduction). I am not sure but I believe some non-B&B music
Although this was not staged , a TV show and
At the end of 1983 , the thing was apparently
Needless to say, ABBACADABRA has been superceded by Mamma Mia, and thus is not lileky to be staged again...
Sadly, I dont have this album, i 's not easily
ABBA-I Love ABBA October 1983 Germany and other territories
A compilation was released in Germany and elsewhere.... This title was released with a different cover in the USA in 1984...
Side A. I Have a Dream, One Of Us, Knowing Me Knowing
You, Andante Andante, Honey Honey, People Need Love,
Chiquitita & To Turn The Stone.
ABBA-Thank You For The Music ( A COLLECTION OF LOVE SONGS) November 1983 Uk lp
This one album compilation was released in U.K. It broke up ABBA's record tying string of eight #1 albums in the U.K. that had spanned from GREATEST HITS to THE SINGLES -THE FIRST TEN YEARS. This album focuses mainly on ballad/softer numbers from post 1977. The 1981 b-side "Should I Laugh Or Cry "made it's debut as a UK album track here. .The Spanish version of "Fernando" was released here. For some reason, the tracks are connected together into one continous mix.
That ABBA's Uk
label, EPIC was already putting out compilations like this one
,was a sign that they were not expecting there to be any second
"Ten Years' ! To help promote this album a single was released
of "Thank You For
My Love, My Life/I Wonder (Departure)
Happy New Year New
Year/ Slipping Through My Fingers Fernando (Spanish version)
/One Man, One Woman/ Eagle I Have A Dream\ Our Last Summer\ The
Day Before You Came\. Chiquitita\. Should I Laugh Or Cry\ The
Way Old Friends Do
Yet another variation on the ABBA 'love song" theme album that would dominate ABBA releases in 1983-4. Most of the compilers of these albums tried to include a b-side or two. In this case -"Cassandra" was chosen.
Cassandra One Man, One
The Hep Stars-Hep Stars 1964-1969 Released on Lp in 1983 Available on Swedish Cd.
Released on lp in 1983 and on Cd in the early
Some of the Lp liner notes seem to have written
in Swedish by Roxette's Per Gessle (before there was a Roxette!).
The sleeve reminds me of one of those old
|The amazing CD reissues !!!!|
ABBA -the first round of CD issues of ABBA material 1983-1992
Compact Discs were not commercially
Germany's Polydor manufactured
During the 1970's and 1980's the rights to issue ABBA records had been licensed by Polar Music International to a smorgasbord of different labels throughout the world. In 1990, ABBA's manager Stig Anderson sold Polar and the worldwide rights for the ABBA Catalog to Polygram. It took a couple of years after that for the all the old label licensing deals to expire...
According to one not very helpful source, THE NAME OF THE GAME book ,the price for the catalog was considerably more than the price of a sandwich .
According to Carl Magnus Palm
the actual price was 300 million krona-or only 30 to 50 million
dollars, a sum that the new label would soon earn back.
ABBA's MAIN albums in order of intial CD release (and the year by which most countries has issued the album on CD., if different)
The Singles 1983 International release
The Visitors 1983 International release
Super trouper 1983 International release
Abba greatest hits Vol 2 1983 Sweden (by 1990 in some territories)
Abba -the album 1984 International release
Arrival 1984 International release
Voulez-Vous 1984 International release
Abba Greatest Hits Vol 1 1986 USA only?( 2006 International)
Live 1986 International release (not in US or Uk till later)
Abba 1987 German release(1992 International)
Waterloo 1988 Swedish release (1992 International)
Gracias Por La Musica 1988 Japan release (1992 -as ORO internationally)
Ring Ring 1988 (Sweden) 1992 International
(In the U SA GREATEST HITS,GREATEST HITS II and SUPER TROUPER were the only ABBA albums available on CD prior to 1995.)
Sources: Record Collector Magazine,: Ian Cole's ABBAworld, Abba-The Releases
ABBA-the American CD reissue program, Part One (1983-1995)
Not surprisingly, those darned Americans were somewhat tardy in issuing the ABBA catalogue on CD. ABBA's American label, Atlantic was kind of enough to issue GREATEST HITS,GREATEST HITS II and SUPER TROUPER on CD during the 1986/1987 . But, none of the other seven ABBA studio albums were released on CD by Atlantic, not even ABBA LIVE , was released on CD even though it was issued after the widespread emergence of CD's.
By the early
1990's all three of Atlantic's ABBA CD's were out of print. for
a time ,the only ABBA Cd's available were those made by Erasure!
At one point even, ABBA placed in the top ten in a Billboard
poll asking people which artists catalog they though should be
reissued on CD. The fact that Atlantic's right to ABBA's catalogue
were due to expire
In the USA, ABBA gold, More ABBA Gold and The Box Set,were all released well after their European issuence. But, the success of ABBA Gold proved there was still a market for ABBA even in America.This led to the rest of ABBA's studio albums finally being released in America on Cd during 1995. Of course, by this time the hardcore fan already had bought import copies.
ABBA-I LOVE ABBA March 1984 American
This has to
have one of the more bizarre covers ever created for a ABBA record.
For some reason, ABBA's American label (Atlantic) chose to a
have a drawing of a heart shaped vinyl album grace the cover
of this collection. The songs selected were basically love songs
(or more accurately softer numbers).
A similiar version of this album(with a better cover),and different track listings had appeared in the German, French and other markerts during 1983 (see above).
The French and German versions of this album had solo tracks by Agnetha & Frida.
1. Cassandra 8. I Have A Dream
ABBA-FROM ABBA WITH LOVE April 1984 Dutch CD
Another album , Another Love
1. One Of Us 8. My Love, My Life
ABBA-Dancing Queen April 1984 Japanese album
Another Japanese ABBA compilation album-the only ABBA album to use the name of ABBA's most famous songs.
ABBA-The Story of ABBA 1984? Canadian Lp
This is a K-Tel 16 song Lp... Similiar to the US release, THE MAGIC of ABBA , but in a new Canadian version with a updated track listing but the same cover photo..
THE STORY OF ABBA
ABBA -Anniversary Collection (1972-1982) 26 -45rpm singles April 1984
This is a collection of vinyl singles released in the Uk, similiar to the West German singles box. It was released to celebrate the tenth annniversary of Abba's victory at the Eurovsion Song contest...
ABBA-LOVE SONGS, A VERY SPECIAL COLLECTION 1984 Canada LP
The Canadians went with a sickly pink cover. The Canucks included15 tracks -amongst them the b-sides -"Cassandra" and "Should I Laugh Or Cry". Unlike some of the other the other love albums.They elected not to do the solo tracks thing,
8. I Have A Dream
ABBA -HITS! HITS! HITS! Fall 1984 Austrailian LP
The Aussies were too jaded to call this a Love album-instead it was a hit collection with a yet another somewhat more conventional track listing. They did however throw in "Cassandra" and one solo track each by Agnetha & Frida.
1. I Know There's Something Going On
edit- Frida 8. The Heat Is On - Agnetha
Blancmange-Mange Tout British Cd Mid to Late 1984
This album includes one of the more influential covers of an ABBA song. Blancmange had a #22 British hit with their cover of 1982 ABBA Track -" The Day before you came".The song is more easily available on Blancmange 1990 hits collection called Second Helpings.
Don't tell me/Game above
my Head/Blind Vision/Time became the Tide
Frida-Shine September 1984 Available worldwide on Cd Remastered and reisued with bonus tracks in 2005
SHINE was pretty much ignored by ABBA fans and none-ABBA fans alike. Producer Steve Lillywhite(U2, Big Country,Kirsty MacColl) fashioned a distinctive sound for this album that resonates throughout the album.
This albums' white with florescent pink and green cover seems a bit out of place in our world. I like this cover but I am in the minority! This album was recorded in France the only time that Frida has recorded a studio album outside of Sweden.
Frida's voice does strange
Among the more interesting
songs here are
I wasn't overwhelmed by the
The albums' best song
This album was not released
in the United States. On this album Frida has medium short red
hair.After the promotion was done for this album, Frida lowered
her profile , and opted out of trying to become a solo star.
She did record on occasion,primarily dueting, with other artists
Track listing for SHINE album (all songs in English)
Extra tracks: on 2005 remaster
Andersson,Rice & Ulvaeus-CHESS Double album November 1984 Available worldwide on CD
A work in progress...So said the composers in the liner notes...little did we know at the time how this fine work would be molded and remolded but never become moldy. CHESS is a melodic ,daring, witty , ambitious sung play.
The play's three main leads all give
The idea for Chess came from Tim Rice but
the lyrics and the music were melded together in a joint effort,
The music on occasion drives the storyline through
CHESS was recorded at Polar studios and in London by Michael Tretow. Abba's backing band plays on many of the tracks but is supplemented by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Singers(who are also British). Anders Eljas arranged the orchestrations and conducted the LSO. CHESS was released originally as a 2 album set in late 1984.
Various singles were released. " I know Him So Well" became B&B's tenth number one song in Great Britain.
"One Night in Bangkok" was a surprising
top three hit in America A extended remix 12 inch version was
released in America.
A one album condensed version was released
in Europe called Chess Pieces. The songs were performed in concerts
throughout Europe in 1984 and
Chess arrived on Broadway in a highly altered
version in APRIL 1988.
This work is where it we start to recognize
Benny's talent as a orchestral and a dramatic composer. Benny's
melodies come to the fore in a way that they
However, the use of Rock idioms on stage
Despite the quality of the score Chess would
never be a total success on the stage.The book for the play remained
a major if very interesting problem in a
Chess track listing -original 2 lp set (with principal performers on each track))
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