ABBA-The Albums -ABBA discography
ABBA THE ALBUMS
YEAR by YEAR 1995-1999
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 to that particular year....
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
1995 was a very slow year for ABBA related releases. Two 1994 Australian movies with ABBA themes-"Muriel's Wedding and Priscilla Queen of the Desert spread the ABBA gospel throughout the world...
Hep Stars- Jukebox Hits 1995 Swedish CD
Various Artists- SVENSKTOPPAR 3 1995 Swedish CD Out of
Various Artists -Abbasalutely: A Flying Nun tribute to the music of Abba 1995 New Zealand CD
Various Artists -Jesus Christ Superstar Nov 85
ABBA -American CD issues 1995
Hootenanny Singers-Svenska Favoriter March 1995 Available Swedish CD
The most notable 1990's Hootz collection, this features both 1960's and 1970's material .(BASTA stops at 1969). This include songs such as "Marianne". "Gabrille"," Omking Fran Louissa" and Björn's Swedish version of "Harper Valley PTA". All the tracks are in Swedish, so this CD doesn't include "No Time","Baby Those Are The Rules" or "Mrs. O'Grady" which are among the most interesting of the Hootz songs.
Omkring tiggarn från Luossa/ Jag väntar vid min milla/ Gabrielle /Måltidssång/Den gyllene fregatt,
/ I fjol så gick jag med herrarna i hagen/I lunden den gröna/ Ave maria no moro/ Björkens visa/
En sång en gång för längesen/Till fader berg rörande fiolen/ Nya vindar/
Finns det liv så finns det hopp/Saknar du något min kära/ Adjö farväl/ Så länge du älskar är du ung/ Marianne/ Fröken Fredriksson
ABBA -American CD issues March ? 1995
At this point, Polgram issued it's CD versions of ABBA studio albums in the American market, For some reason the CD's came out on the A&M label on this particular go around/ This was the first time most of ABBA's studio albums were released in America on CD. When Atlantic had ABBA's USA record contract in the 1980's they had issued only ABBA's two Greatest Hits albums and Super Trouper on CD...In 1995 all of the original ABBA studio albums were issued on CD including Ring Ring which had never been released in the USA. ..The 1995 reissues did not include Gracias Por La musica..which had been released spearately on CD in 1990 for the US Spanish markert..
These CD's had no bonus tracks, and no liner notes and thus were not well received and were replaced by the first American remastered versions of ABBA's album in 1999.
Hep Stars- Jukebox Hits April 1995 Swedish CD
A CD compilation mostly of the Hep Stars( Benny's 1960's group)
early Rock and Roll covers.1995
1. Young And Beautiful
2. Lonesome Town
3. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
5. I Got A Woman
7. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
8. If You Need Me
9. Summertime Blues
10. Wear My Ring Around You Neck
11. Tribute To Buddy Holly
13. Oh Carol
14. Rocking Love
15. Be My Baby
Various Artists- SVENSKTOPPAR 3 1995 Swedish CD Out of print.
The last of a slew of various artist albums that ABBA manager, Stig Anderson, had Polar put out that featured songs from the Polar vaults... All the CD's have a similiar white colour scheme...and all are out print. This one has three Bjorn/Hootz songs as well as the Swedish version of "Mamma Mia" done by Birgitta Wollgård and the Swedish version of Gemini 's" Mio My Mio"....
Di Sma Undar Jårdi - Snabbköpskassörskan
Hootenanny Singers - Gabrielle
Lill Lindfors - De' e' så man dånar
Mats Olin - Limon Limonero
Dizzie Tunes - Långe Jan
Gemini - Mio min Mio (Swedish version)
Christer Sandelin - Det hon vill ha
Lena Andersson - Hej du glada sommar
The Hootenanny Singers - Omkring tiggarn från Luossa
Birgitta Wollgård & Salut - Mamma Mia
Pugh Rogefeldt - Två lika är ett
Hootenanny Singers - Den sköna Helen
Ted Gärdestad - För kärlekens skull
Christer Sandelin - Luften darrar
Arne Lamberth - Störst av allt är kärleken
Björn Ulvaeus - Kvinnan i mitt liv
Ted Gärdestad - Ge en sol
Lill Lindfors - Säj det
Various Artists -Abbasalutely: A Flying Nun tribute to the music of Abba Mid to Late 1995 New Zealand CD? Lp? Eight track???Cassette
This album comes from New Zealand. The New Zealand label , Flying Nun Records asked it's various garage rock bands to come up with ABBA covers for a compilation.
This is one of the more noted and unusual ABBa tribute albums-though it is somewhat hard is to find and perhaps not worth the effort to find.... I like that group name "THE ABLE TASMANS"
1 Ring Ring- Breast Secreting
2 Mama Mia -The 3Ds
3 Dancing Queen G-arageland
4 Waterloo -Cloth
5 My Love My Life -Bike
6 Honey Honey Loves -Ugly Children
7 Super Trouper -Headless Chickens
8 Money Money Money -Chug
9 Knowing Me Knowing You- Superette
10 When I Kissed the Teacher- The Magick Heads
11 Tropical Loveland- Martin and the Moondogs
12 S.O.S.- The Able Tasmans
13 The Name of the Game- Shaynie & Fifi '95
14 On and On and On -Tall Dwarfs
ABBA-ABBA 3CD Boxset Australia 1995
This set features 3 already released albums packaged together-Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper and Arrival. No bonus tracks included other than "Fernando".
Various Artists -Jesus Christ Superstar Nov 85 Out of print Dutch or German 2CD
Agnetha was Mary Magdelene in the Swedish language stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's classic musical. This was Aggie's first acting role. The part is important but not very big -two solos and a few other small bits. Agnetha retained the acting bug and would later star in a film.(Raskenstam (1983)
Björn produced Agnetha's
versions of" Everything's All Right" and "I Dont
Know How To Love Him". We
have here a rare chance to compare Agnetha and Frida's singing
styles since Frida also did versions of these same two songs,
on her 1971 debut album. Frida's
versions were produced by Benny. Interestingly, Frida's versions use a different translation than that used on the Agnetha version. Not surprisingly, Agnetha's versions of these songs are better than Frida's versions, partly because Björn comes up with a much better arrangement for Aggie than Benny did producing for Frida, but partly because these songs are more suited more Aggie.
This album was rereleased on Cd on Royal Records (the same people who are reissued Aggie's first 2 albums on CD). But it is no longer widely available... The two main songs the Agnetha sings are also available on various Agnetha compilations
|Disc 1- Ouvertyr, Ditt Folk Har Du Förlett, Vad Står På ?/ Hon Går På Gatan(Agnetha), Nu Ska Du Bli Stilla(Agnetha), Jesus Må Dö, Hosianna, Simon Ivraren/Ack Mitt Jerusalem, Pilatus Dröm, I Templet, Allting Är Allright(Agnetha), Vart Ska Min Kärlek Föra(Agnetha), Drömd För Alltid|
|Disc 2- Nattvarden, I Getsemane, Jesus Fängslas, Petrus Förnekar Jesus(Agnetha), Inför Pilatus, Herodes Sång, Judas Död, Åter Inför Pilatus, Superstar, Korsfästelsen, Johannes Evangeliet kap. 19, vers 41|
1996 brought Djupa Andetag & KRISTINA FRAN DUVEMALA, the two most artistically important ABBA related works of the 1990's, As well as a major new Agnetha Faltskog compilation...
ABBA-The music Still Goes on March 1996 Australian/German 'Dutch CD
ABBA-Collection Series 1996 Australian CD
ABBA-MASTER SERIES Internationally released CD Released between August 1996 and 1998 in various territories..
Hazell Dean-The Winner Takes It All 1996 British CD
Frida-Djupa Andetag September 1996 - Available on Swedish CD
Agnetha Fältskog- My Love, My Life September 1996 2CD set available in Sweden
Hep Stars' It's been a long time Oct 1996 Japanese CD
ABBACADABRA-Revival -First Flight 1996 British CD Also reissued with different covers...
ABBA -Forever Gold Late 1996 2CD set Various territories
Hep stars EMI CD reissues December 1996 Swedish CD's
ABBA: Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book 1996
ABBA-The Music Still Goes on March 1996 Australian/German 'Dutch CD
Issued by Spectrum/Karusell this a selection of lesser hits and album tracks ,but no -B-sides or rarities. It was issued also as part of a three CD set. This has sort of a white cover-and strangely designed ABBA logo..
1. Does Your Mother Know\2. Ring Ring
\3. On And On And On \
4. When I Kissed The Teache\5. If It Wasn't For The Nights \6. As Good As New \
7. Eagle 1\8. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) \9. The Visitors\10. When All Is Said And Done
\11. So Long\ 12. Bang-A-Boomerang 13. Me And I
\14. Move On\15. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong\ 16. Arrival
ABBA-Collection Series 1996 Australian CD
This is similiar to The Music Still Goes on. as the title implies it was part of a series of artists...
ABBA-The Danish Collection 1996 ?CD
This is The Music Still Goes On with a a different title ,and a black cover, albeit the cover is also similar to The music Still Goes on. From what I have seen there are not too many Danish -only ABBA releases...
ABBA-MASTER SERIES Internationally released CD Released between August 1996 and 1998 in various territories..
1. Thank You For The Music
2. The Winner Takes It All
4. One Of Us
6. The Day Before You Came
8. So Long
9. Why Did It Have To Be Me
10. Ring Ring
11. The Way Old Friends Do
12. Slipping Through My Fingers
13. Hasta Mañana
14. Our Last Summer
15. My Love, My Life
16. If It Wasn't For The Nights
17. People Need Love
18. Andante, Andante
Hazell Dean-The Winner Takes It All 1996 British CD
An album of Abba covers by this British singer( Hazel is famous for working with the highly successful record producers Stock/Aitkin/Waterman) This album is produced by Hazell Dean & Pete Ware. A new version of the album Knowing Her, Hazel Sings Abba was released in 2004
The Winner Takes It All (Radio Mix) 4.48 *When All Is Said And Done 4.09Mamma Mia 4.17 One Of Us 4.42 My Love My Life 5.20 Knowing Me Knowing You 4.00 If It Wasn't For The Nights 4.23 S.O.S. 4.24 I Wonder 4.35 Andante Andante 4.10 The King Has Lost His Crown 4.23 Our Last Summer 4.22 The Way Old Friends Do 3.48 Like An Angel Passing Through My Room 3.27
Frida-Djupa Andetag September 1996 - Available on Swedish CD
The title means Deep Breath.
many buyers of ABBA GOLD have this album.
Djupa andetag was just done for the Swedish market. It came 12 years after SHINE.
This is probably the best of Frida and Agnetha
solo albums. Buy this album before you waste
any money on tripe like WRAP YOUR ARMS
AROUND ME or ABBA GOLD the zilioneth
When people do hear this there
taken aback for a minute. You don't really expect fifty year old
rock era singers to be doing what seems to be their
best work at age 50. Of course, it's possible that
had she not met Benny she would have been a jazz/pop singer all her life. But anyway...
All the tracks here are good, but "Aven en Blomma' stands out in particular. The tracks here or so natural and personal sounding that a great duet between Frida and Marie Frederickson (of Roxette) seems almost too gimmicky.
wrote the lyrics for the albums energetic
closer (for once she closes an album on a upbeat)
"Kvinnor som Springor".
Anders Glenmark(of Gemini fame)
produced the album ,sang and playedon it , wrote the music and
most of the lyrics. His vocals touches (such as the Ay-Ay at the
beginning of "ogonen' ) are surprisingly welcome,The keyboards
are incredbly well-done they set the tone for most of the songs.
As enjoyable as Anders Glenmark's work in English may be-it's obvious he's even better in Swedish.
The albums cover design by
Kent Nyberg is refreshing and the back cover photo
of Frida by Carl Bengstson is haunting. This album was recorded at Polar Music
for Anderson Records by Lennart Ostlund.
The CD includes a interactive CD-rom component. (which doesn't seem to work on my computer!)
Älska mig alltid/ Ögonen/ Även en blomma
Sovrum/ Hon fick som hon ville
Alla mina bästa år (duet with Marie Fredriksson)
Lugna vatten/ Vem kommer såra vem ikväll
Sista valsen med dig/ Kvinnor som springer
Agnetha Fältskog- My Love, My Life September 1996 2CD set available in Sweden
My blond , My blond !A fairly decent Swedish 2CD collection covering Aggie's entire career-Swedish, English, ABBA, kids albums, and non album tracks. A 3CD version of this collection was also made available (but not in stores).The 2CD set has 25 songs from the pre-1980 Swedish career, but the 80's English stuff is not as well represented since space is spent by including some ABBA songs.
Some non- Aggie album tracks are featured including the singles "Never Again,', the Way You Are, and" Its So Nice To Be Rich" . The B-side" P&B" can not be found on either this album or the later THAT'S ME collection.
In 1997 a mail order firm, TV shop ,briefly offered a 3d version with a bonus disc with 15 more tracks...The third CD on the 3CD version just includes more previously released songs primarily from Aggie's Swedish
This collection was compiled by Aggie and
Michael Tretow. It was released by Sony (the parent company of Aggie's original Swedish label CBS-Cupol. Every Agnetha fan should have at least this album or TIO AR MED. Aggie's Swedish work is among her best solo work.
Track listing CD ONE (with Original Source album)
Introduktion (Prev. unreleased)
TRACK LISTING CD 2 (with Original Source album)
En sång om sorg och glädje
Bullets indicate songs written or cowritten by Agnetha,,,
he Hep Stars-It's Been a Long Long Time-Swedish LP Out of Print October 1986 Japanese Cd (Album orginally released 1967)
actually held this CD in my hands. It was reissued on CD by M&M
Records in Japan .EMI did most of the other Hep Stars reissues. For financial reasons , this album originally was released not on the Olga label but on the Cupol label... This was the first of the Hep Stars studio albums to be reissued on CD. But the CD is no longer easily available .
This album was recorded in late 1967 largely in London. They were no longer the new hip thing, and were regarded by this time to becoming too middle of the road.
On this album session musicians filled in for Janne, Christer and Lennart (a common, if cruel practice in the 1960's). An American producer, Steve Clark, was brought in to produce the album. There were no rock and roll covers and few self-written tunes. So, in a lot of ways this really isn't a Hep Stars album. This album was not as successful as previous Hep Stars albums.
The original album featured a lot of songs mainly written by American songwriters supposedly in the soft rock vein. Benny did write the title track which also was released as a single....The bonus tracks included many of the songs found on Songs We Sang 68 CD-(if by some miracle you have this CD you could probably get by without Songs We Sang 68).
Enter the young/Hope/5 am/It's Time
For A change/Changing Away From You/It's Been a Long Long Time
/Musty Dusty/Spinging,Spinging,Spinging/There Is love/ Would
You Like To Go /It's now A Winters' Day /Another
Bonus tracks found on CD issue
Det Finns En Stad/ Sagan Om Lilla Sofi /Let It BE me/Groovy Summertime/Holiday For Clowns/A Flower In My Garden/Save Your Heart For me/I Sagans Land/Bilden Av/Suddenly Tommorow Is Today/Warten Auf Den Tag/Songs We sang
KRISTINA FRAN DUVEMALA by Andersson-Ulvaeus 3CD set October 23, 1996 Available on Swedish CD.
This is the original cast recording to the Malmo production of the musical "KRISTINA från Duvemåla ". Benny and Björn wrote the music and lyrics for this musical version of Vilhem's Moberg's classic UTVANDRARPOS. The books are known in English as THE EMIGRANTS saga.
KRISTINA is the apex of Björn and Benny's songwriting careers. KRISTINA is their most ambitious work,a very brave effort to adapt a classic Swedish book into a musical .The whole process- writing,staging, and then making the record took over five years. (the idea began germinating in Benny's mind in the Spring of 1989).
On this record ,the lengthly EMIGRANTS
saga is distilled into 39 songs covering three CD's. The stage
musical itself was almost four hours..It premiered on 7 October
1995 in Malmo. The cast album was released nearly a year after
the first staging. The stage production moved to Stockholm in
1998, and closed in Stockholm in June 1999.
This run was shorter than a Broadway run because of the much smaller size of the Swedish
markert and because B&B wanted to keep the musical fresh. A million ticketbuyers have seen KRISTINA.
Unlike B& B's 1984 rock musical CHESS ,KRISTINA is somewhat removed from ABBA and rock n roll. Most of the songs feature a full orchestra acompianment .KRISTINA does not generally attempt to meld rock with musical forms. Still, many of the songs have rock instrumentation. Nor does, KRISTINA exactly sound like a Broadway musical. It's more like opera. Perhaps, it could best described as Swedish folk opera.
For the first time, officially,
Benny and Björn's
roles have been spilt into distinct parts. On KRISTINA, Benny wrote all the music and Björn all the lyrics. Also, Benny was the sole producer of the recording. But, both Benny and Björn were involved in the production of the play itself.
This split in their roles had
been evolving over time. When B&B began writing together in
the 1960's both had a hand in the writing the lyrics & the
music. Benny, stopped writing lyrics in the mid -seventies, leaving
all the lyrics to Björn (or Stig) Benny had always given
more of the music in their songwriting partnership, but Björn's
musical role seem to begin to diminish significantly with ABBA's
8o's synthesizer dominated music.
In addition, by the late 1980's, Björn was no longer involved with producing the songs that he wrote with Benny.
The ABBA band and Björn do not play much of a role here musically since the music primarily is scored for an Orchestra ,not a rock band. Björn, Rutger Gunnarson, and Lasse Wallander do put in a minor appearence on the album, somewhat obscurely as The Three Boys.
Interestingly, Björn and Benny chose to write KRISTINA largely in Swedish, their first album length work together since LYCKA to be recorded in Swedish. This has meant that the musical has had a special resonance in Sweden, but this also meant that the musical is not widely known outside Sweden. Björn had trouble writing a English version of the musical so that it can be performed in America and elsewhere. Indeed Björn has shown more interest in puttering around with Mamma Mia. Writing English lyrics to KRISTINA that are as good as the Swedish lyrics apparently is quite a daunting task. The English version was finished in 2005 with the help of another lyricist....
The EMIGRANTS saga was originally told in four books written in the late 1940's and 1950's. The four parts are titled in English: THE EMIGRANTS, UNTO A GOOD LAND, THE SETTLERS, and LAST LETTER HOME. A famous film adaption of the books starring Liv Ullmann was made in the 1970's .
As a whole, the four books tell the story of band of emigrants who leave southern Sweden to move to Minnesota in about 1850. The town nearest to where the emigrants end up is called Taylor Falls. Taylor Falls ,Minnesota is an actual town on the Wisconsin Border near Minneapolis. The books spent a lot of time explaining why the Emigrants leave, a lot of time showing the hardship of the ship journey, and then the remainder of the time showing the fates that befall the former Swedes when they live in America. The lyrics in this musical version are surprisingly faithful to the original book- this isn't a " Hollywood" adaption. Only a few of the songs include things that did not occur in the books. The KRISTINA of the title is KRISTINA Nilson who was born in Duvemala. The role is played on the album by the highly likable (and previously little known) Helen Sjöholm. It is Helen's comely face that graces the stamp on the album cover.
The book of the play includes
lots of dialogue and unlike CHESS ,the dramatic parts of
the play are usually just as interesting as the music. However
musically, KRISTINA is not quite as a interesting
a work as CHESS. KRISTINA is more conventional.and less varied.
CHESS came off as a daring and unique score.
It is disappointing that B&B have only had the opportunity to write two original musicals in the 20 years since Abba.Various side projects,Bjorn's moving to England, Bjorn's decreasing creative energies, delays in the productions of CHESS & KRISTINA as well as simply the lack of good ideas have all meant that B&B have not been as prolific as they might have been. So for some reason, B&B have not bothered to follow up Kristina with another original musical. Instead ,Bjorn has focused mainly on Mamma Mia, Bjorn has occasionally devoted time on efforts to revive CHESS, and translate Kristina to English . Benny , spends a lot of time on his solo work, and on working with acts on his Mono record label, . It would be very surprising at this point in their lives if B&B actually were able to write a new musical at all, let alone, a musical of the quality CHESS or KRISTINA.
As impressive as KRISTINA
is , it is one of Bjorn and Benny's least accessible works (at
least to the non-Swede) -the length and seriousness of the musical,
foreign language, and sameness of the orchestration work against
it as possible international stage success.There is just an incredible
amount of music involved.
The length of the musical does make it hard
to appreciate each and every song-there
is just too much music.The 39 songs presented here make this is one of the longest works ever written by popular songwriters.
Some of KRISTINA's musical numbers stand out more than others. The opening overture and the first song sung by Kristina show off immediately the influence of Swedish folk music.
On the second CD notice the juxtaposition
of the Americans with emigrant Swedes in "A Sunday in Battery
Park" . You actually get to hear the chorus singing in English
and Swedish in counterpoint. (Three or four songs of the 39 have
a smattering of English in them).
CD two closes with Helen Sjöholm singing "Min Astrakan" an incredibly powerful lament for a apple tree that closes the first act.
CD#3 has the two second act showstoppers;
"Du Maste Finnas" (You must Exist"). "Du Maste..."
is a song in which Kristina questions GOD's existence (try to
imagine ABBA doing a song like that) .
Helen Sjöholm wrenches incredible emotion out of this song . "Du Maste Finnas" was the last song written for the musical. It is probably the best B&B song of the past fifteen years.
The other great song in the second
"Guldet Blev till Sand" ( Gold Turns To Sand) sung by young
Peter Jöback. Joback plays Kristina's head-strong/dreamer brother-in-law Robert. The song would proved to be a monster hit in Sweden where it set the record for the longest time on the Swedish singles chart-(nearly two years).
Anders Eljas conducted the orchestra
had on CHESS. Benny and Anders Eljas were the main arrangers on this album. Lars Rudolfson directed the play and cowrote the play's book with Jan Mark. The album was recorded in Malmo and in Stockholm by Bernard Lohr. Polar and Mono Studios were the primary recording studios used to record this album.
This is a challenging album to listen to and an expensive one to buy. KRISTINA is perhaps the most important of the ABBA solo records.
The next step for KRISTINA is to bring it to Broadway in a English language version. Björn has been worked on the English language translation of 'Kristina från Duvemåla' with Herbert Kretzmer (who translated 'Les Miserables')." and John Weidman, who wrote the books to "Pacific Overtures" and "Assassins." That version is ready and the Broadway version is being casted and prepared for a possilble 2006 or (now, apparently) 2007 or 2020 staging....
Prolog/ Duvemåla Hage/ Min Lust Till Dej, Ut Mot Ett Hav/ Missväxt/ Nej/ Lilla Skara/ Aldrig/ Kom Till Mig Alla/ Vi Õppnar Alla Grindar
Bönder På Havet/ Löss /Stanna/Begravning Till Sjöss/ A Sunday In Battery Park/ Hemma/
Från New York Till Stillwater/
Tänk Att Män Som Han Kan Finnas/ Kamfer Och Lavendel/ Drömmen Om Guld/ Min Astrakan
Överheten/ Ljusa Kvällar Om Våren/ Präriens Drottning/ Vildgräs/ Jag Har Förlikat Mej Till Slut/ Guldet Blev Till Sand/ Wild Cat Money/ Ut Mot Ett Hav/ Vill Du Inte Gifta Dej Med Mej/
Ett Herrans Underverk/ Down To The Sacred Wave/ Missfall/ Du Måste Finnas/ Skördefest/ Här Har Du Mej Igen/ Red Iron/Hjälp Mej Trösta/ Var Hör Vi Hemma/ I Gott Bevar
ABBACADABRA-Revival -First Flight 1996 British CD Also reissued with different covers...
Here is the first albums from the British Abba
tribute act called Abbacadabra, not be confused with the 1982/1983
stage play with the same name....Yes , this is just Another fricking
tribute group. This is the British version of the ABBA cover band
phenomena, you know it might have just been easier to bring back the BROTHERHOOD of MAN, ABBACADABRA approach is try to bring ABBA into the 21st century, their ABBA covers try to make dance mixes out of ABBA song..
ABBA -Forever Gold Late 1996 2CD set Various territories
This couples ABBA Gold and More ABBA gold
into one box.. One version of this released in Australia had a
bonus CD with three tracks. This
set quite literally combines ABBA Gold and MORE ABBA GOLD. This
was released in Japan in 1998...
This was subject to reissue in 1999. There is also a European 2CD set called Double Must that does the same thing.
Hep stars EMI CD reissues December 1996 Swedish CD's
Four of The Hep Stars EMI- Olga albums were issued for the first time on CD .nin late 1996 -The HEp Stars 1966 studio album, -HEP STARS ON STAGE .WE AND OUR CADILLAC and Songs We Sang 68
ABBA: Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book 1996
This was issued by Sound And Media Limited and seems to similiar to other CD sized books about music stars.The book is written by Nina Rasmussen. Neither the book or the interview CD are that interesting, the interview features mainly Bjorn. The CD has a picture on it. Apparently this is reissuance of a 1993 version of this book/CD..
Benny Andersson -BENNY ANDERSON In Conversation 1996 UK CD
A interview with Benny Andersson recorded on November 12,1979 at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England during ABBA's final European Tour, The cover includes a previously unpublished full color photograph. I have been to Stafford it has very large dogs and lots of Butter....That must be why they were able to get Benny to sit and chat...
In 1997 a misguided attempt was made at remastering the ABBA catalog. ABBA manager, Stig Anderson, died in September 1997....
Various Artists -When We Were Kings SOUNDTRACK
Various Artists -When We Were Kings
(SOUNDTRACK February 1997 CD
The soundtrack to this movie came out in February 1997, The ABBA connection is minor but interesting.
The song "Rumble in the Jungle" by the Fugees features the bass riff from ABBA's -The Name of The Game.
Bjorn actually approved of the sampling of the "Name Of The Game" because he was pleased that an African American act would get into an ABBA song.
ABBA-The first International remastered CD's Series MAY 1997
All of ABBA's eight studio
albums (and ABBA LIVE) were reissued in this remastered Series
(even though the non-remastered versions were still available
at the time ). The CD's in the remastered series featured bonus
tracks (on some but not all of the CD's ), some new rather Brit-centric
liner notes by John Tobler and something like remastered sound.
These improvements were carried out with a certain sloppiness,
but at least somebody tried. ABBA's original studio albums were
finally getting some respect. However, these would soon be redone...
Unlike the 2001 remasters, the ABBA LIVE was also remastered in
this series...However Greatest Hits , Greatest Hits Vol 2 and
Gracias Por La Musica were not included....
As was typical of 1990's
CD issues the remastered CD's had a clear plastic
spine that allowed for writing to be viewed .. In this spot was printed "ABBA-The Remasters "
The front covers were largely not different from previous CD issues....
Many but not all of the
1997 Had bonus tracks... None of the bonus tracks were unreleased
they were simply some of the relevant
songs from ABBA B-sides or other sources that hadn't made it on to the original studio albums.
Naturally some of the relevant songs were left off. For example, none of the early rare B&B/ABBA tracks were added to RING RING or WATERLOO.
Nothing was added to THE ALBUM, Nothing to WATERLOO, and "Cassandra' was rather strangely left off THE VISITORS. Still,The Visitors, and Super Trouper benefit greatly from having bonus tracks added to them.
The 1997 remasters became obsolete when the improved 2001 remasters were rolled out.
IN 1999. the American versions of these remasters were released, though they didn't have bonus tracks.
Peter Cetera -You're the Inspiration May 1997 Available internationally CD
ABBa fan, Peter Cetera ( formerly of the American
band -Chicago) released this compilation album which includes
his duet with Agnetha called
" I Wasn't The One" which of course can be found on Agnetha's albums-"I STAND ALONE, and "THAT's ME". This also includes Peter's other duets including his version of ABBA's "SOS" done with country singer Ronna Reeves. The three Chicago songs here are recorded in new solo versions.
If you leave me now (new version)
The next time i fall
with Amy Grant
Do you love me that much Feel like heaven
with Chaka Khan
You're the inspiration (new version)
I wasn't the one (who said goodbye)
with Agnetha Fältskog
She doesn't need me anymore
Baby what a big surprise (new version)
(I wanna take) forever tonight
with Christal Bernard
S.O.S. with Ronna Reeves
ABBA- Double up -September or October 1997 Australian 2CD set
A polydor two CD set featuring ABBA's 1975 album and Arrival.. This set utilizes the 1997 Australian remasters for this purpose.
This album compliles all of Frida's pre-Polar
career, Most of her material between 1969-1972 was produced by
Benny. This CD set includes her entire 1971 album that was produced
by Benny. The two CD's are largely chronological .The first CD
covers her early singles and ends with tracks from her 1971 self
titled studio album. The second CD starts with the rest of the
songs from her first studio album,
continues with tracks from her early 1970's singles and ends with five previously unreleased tracks.
Three previously released tracks from Frida's
singles were new to CD for this album. Among the the three tracks
were "En Kvall Om somarn" (a Swedish version of the
Phil Ochs' song "Changes") and "Vi Vet All, Men
Nastan Inget" - two good songs recorded as duets with Lars
Berghagen in 1971. Finally, there was The 1972 b-side "Kom
Och Sjung En Sang" ,which is a Swedish version (lyrics
written by Stig) of an obscure Carole King song called "No
Sad Song" .The track sounds almost like a B&B composition
but it's not. Benny did produce the record and it features Björn
and Agnetha singing backing vocals and an accordion which sounds
like Benny but it's somebody else playing.
"Kom .."was the B-side of "Vi Ar Alla Bara Barn I borjan" a song written by B&B. "Vi Ar..." was definitely a violation of Björn's normal rule of not having lyrics sound like a mouthful of misguided sounds. "Vi Har..." was the last of Frida's EMi singles prior to signing to Polar Records.
The album's closer is a Swedish radio version of "Barnen Sover" recorded on September 29, 1970. "Barnen Sover" features Benny on piano and Björn on guitar and is essentially a recording by Festfolk, the earliest version of ABBA (the studio version of "Barnen Sover" can also be found on this collection.) This has nvever been released on record before. The opher five never released tracks are tracks from a TV show.....
The other songs included on this album that were written by Benny Andersson (and sometimes Bjorn )are 1969's "Peter Pan" ,1971's "Lycka" and Min Egan stad'.
|CD ONE||CD TWO|
-tracks from early singles--
---Tracks from Frida's first studio album
--more tracks from first studio album
-Swedish TV performance-
--Swedish radio peformance
Reissues and tributes, reissues and
tributes...tissues and midgets In this year, ABBA's label Polygram became merged with Universal.
Orsa Spelmän-Odra January 1998 Swedish
Another ABBA reunion...but not on record..
Arrival -First Flight- A tribute to ABBA 1998
The second album by Swedish folk musicians, Orsa Spelmän, was also released on Mono in January 1998. Surprisingly, it took 10 years for this followup album to come out. Like their first album this album, was also produced by Benny. It was not a huge success. Apparently being Benny's favorite musicians did not make these guys rich....
Agnetha Fältskog-SVENSKTOPPAR April 1998 Swedish CD
This is a rerelease of the Agnetha Swedish's Best of collection
called ,TIO AR MED albeit with a different cover and a additional
The added track is "Sangen Foder Dig Tilbaka"from Aggie's fourth studio album-NAR EN VACKAR TANKE BLIR EN SANG.The SVENSKTOPPAR in the albums' title refers to the Swedish record charts.
Vart Skall Min Kärlek Föra
/En Sång Om Sorg Och Glädje /Dröm Är Dröm
Och Saga Saga /Så Glad Som Dina Ögon
/En Sång Och En Saga /SOS /Doktorn/Fram För Den Svenska Sommaren /Allting Har Förändrat Sej
Agnetha Fältskog-That's Me May 1998 Available worldwide on CD
A single CD BEST of collection of Aggie's English language recordings . This album includes a few ABBA tracks (the original versions-ho hum) , songs from her three 80's English albums and some rare 1980's A and B sides . Released in May 1998.
The six tracks that made their Agnetha solo album debut's are
the following -"Fly Like a Eagle" (not the Steve Miller
song )," It's So Nice to Be Rich", "Never Again"(a
bathetic duet with Tomas Ledin), two great b-sides from the Eyes
of the Woman sessions-"Turn The World Around" ,
" Your There" and the previously unreleased
" Queen of Hearts". The "Queen of Hearts "
is a English version of "Nar Du Tar Mej i din famn'. "Nar Du Tar MEj I din famn"
a song originally released in 1979 on TIO AR MED.
In general, this album was intelligently compiled considering what they had to work with.
Sadly,' The Angels Cry' isn't on here, Nor is the unreleased live Abba track " I'm Still Alive " which woul. You are forced to buy both this CD and the MY LOVE MY LIFE collection, if you want to collect all her non-album English A-sides. The b- side "P&B (from a movie of the same name) is not available on this CD.. This collection was released in many territories by Polydor. As usual ,this was not released in America.
| Track Listings
(original source )
1. The Heat Is On-WYAAM
2. The Last Time-ISA
3. Let It Shine-ISA
4. The Winner Takes It All-ST
5. Wasn't the One (Who Said Goodbye)-ISA
6. The Way You Are (single)
7. It's So Nice to Be Rich(single)
8. I Won't Let You Go-EOAW
9. Never Again (single)
10. Eyes of a Woman-EOAW
| 11. Slipping Through
12. One Way Love-EOAW
13. Can't Shake Loose-WYAAM
14. Wrap Your Arms Around Me-WYAAM
15. The Queen of Hearts(unrel.)
16. That's Me-ARRIVAL
17. Turn the World Around( single)
18. You're There (single)
19. Fly Like the Eagle (single )
Various Artists-Latar Av Björn & Benny Mid to Late 1998 Available on Swedish CD
A tribute album devoted specifically to the songwriting talents of Björn and Benny. The CD features obscure Swedish artists. NONE OF THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS are used! All of the 18 songs are in Swedish , and there is only one ABBA song- a Swedish version of "I have a Dream". If this were the original versions this would be the ideal sampler of B&B's non ABBA music, even as a tribute it's preety good.
Instead of attempting to cover all those
overexposed ABBA songs the producers of this tribute decided to dig up songs songs from B&B's Swedish language repertoire. Songs from KRISTINA, Benny's solo albums, Ainbusk, Gemini
the Hep Stars etc. are covered here. Lots of rare B&B songs are performed here including "Pa Brollop" (a rare B&B side) ," Valkommen til Varlden". a song originally written & produced for the Lili-babs
by B&B , and "Sag Det Med En Sang" originally written by B&B for Lena Anderson.
The rare Hep Stars song "Sagom Om Lilla Sofie" is also performed here.
Omnipresent, ABBA bassist Rutger Gunnarsson plays bass on the recordings. This album was produced by Micke Littwold.
Tibble barnkör - Jag Har En Dröm ( "I Have A Dream")/ Resarna - Hej Gamle Man/Viktoria Krantz - Duvemåla Hage/Elle - Jag Mötte Lassie/Gitte Littwold - Säg Det Med En Sång,/Camilla Lundstedt - Tänk Om Jorden Vore Ung/ Vicki Benckert - Min Egen Stad/ Hubbe Algovik - Sagan Om Lilla Sofie/Gitte Littwold - Älska Mig/ Tibblegänget - På Bröllop/Tibble barnkör - Speleman/ Viktoria Krantz - Hemma/ Therése Juel - Välkommen Till Världen/Micke Littwold - Beatrice/ Gitte Littwold - Efter Regnet/Tibblekören - Klinga Mina Klockor,/Viktoria Krantz - Mio Min Mio/ Lennart Wärmell - Födelsedagsvals Till Mona
Another ABBA reunion...but not on record.. August 98 Thomas Johannson 50th birthday party...
All four members of ABBA showed up in the one place at the same time as ABBA tour manager Thomas Johannson had his 50th birthday.
Björn, Benny and Frida sang "With A Little Help From My Friends". Frida sang "Shine On You" Agnetha did sang... No bootleggers were present.
Björn Again-Live At the Albert Hall Mid 1998 British CD
Only Elvis and The Beatles have more full time
tribute acts devoted to them, that should give one some idea of ABBA's impact.
Björn Again, were formed in Australia in 1988. Here is
their Albert Hall concert.... This concert was recorded to celbrate
their tenth anniversery-thus they had lasted as long as ABBA did
at this point..
They were the first internationally successful ABBA cover band. They have been phenomenally successful on stage despite their use of phony
Swedish accents and derisive if funny stage names.
Their albums are forgettable, but they have at least tried to record some none-ABBA material. There
Frida-The Mixes June 1998 German CD
This CD features 7 remixes taken from the CD singles of four songs originally available on DJUPA ANDETAG.
This CD has lovely blue cover. Alternate remixes of "Alla mina bästa år" , "Ögonen " "Även en blomma " and " Alla mina bästa år" are included. Not essential, but cool to have if you love the Djupa antetag album.
Unusually, for ABBA swedish language solo record this album actually has English translations of the the four songs included on the CD...
By this time,
Frida had begun lowering her profile partly because of the unfortunate
death of her daughter Liselott in a travel accident in America.
Although this album was made in Germany it also available in Sweden....
mina bästa år - Hasbrouck Heights Single Mix
2. Ögonen - Lemon Mix 3. Även en blomma - Version
4. Alla mina bästa år - Mix Adagio 5. Ögonen - Version
6. Alla mina bästa år - TV Track
7. Alla mina bästa år - Adagio Instrumental
Various Artists-Fran Waterloo to Duvemala Late 1998 Available on Swedish CD
A loving and elaborate tribute to the songs of Björn and
Benny and ABBA. This was staged
at Stockholm's Globus Arena with Benny's involvement. He didn't play on the album,
but he did play in one of the shows. Tommy Korborg, Anders & Karin Glenmark,
and Helen Sjoholm provide the lead singing here
and also make up a ersatz ABBA on occasion.
Instrumentation is provided by Orsa Spelman
and the Goteborg Symphony . The Goteborg
choir provides vocals. The original concert
was considerably longer than this album,
and it has been repeated many times most
notably in Beijing, China.
The CD has 16 songs. Ten ABBA songs are
attempted . Six non-ABBA songs are done.
As good as this CD is it must be have been more
exciting to hear these songs done live.
The ABBA songs sound a little more dramatic
than in their original renditions because of the
use of the orchestra and choir.
The song choices are a little strange on
occasion-but maybe that's because
I may be getting sick of hearing yet another
version of "Thank You For the Music."
Ring Ring is done in it's Swedish version.
"Honey Honey' is done in English.Why we need both "Honey Honey and "Ring Ring is beyond me.
The girls do a fine job with "Fernando'
"Thank You For the Music" is done with
a little humour. "The Winner Takes it all'
is done a odd but daring version by Tommy Korborg Having the Swedish folk group Orsa Spelman doing "Arrival" is an inspired choice.
The non ABBA tracks are a little closer to their original versions. Tommy does Anthem ,Helen does "Du Maste Finnas , Karin does Mio Min Mio" blah blah , blah.
Three of the non-ABBA songs are not done by their original
artists. Anders Glenmark does
a charming version of the Hep Stars -"Sunny Girl". Of course, it would have made more sense
to pick to pick a Hep stars song that was actually written by both Benny and Björn, but the use of "Sunny Girl" was actually suggested by Anders Glenmark.
Tommy Korberg gets to do "Guldet Blev Till Sand"
(It's great to see how Tommy would do this song).Orsa Spelman
and the Orchestra/Choir do a medley of " Inledningsvisa/
Klinga Min Klockor" from Benny 's solo album .This is the
best ABBA tribute album , but I think
most people would still prefer the real thing.
| 1. Inledningsvisa/Klinga Mina Klockor
3.Fernando Helen Sjöholm & Karin Glenmark
5.Money, Money, Money Helen Sjöholm
6.Guldet Blev Till Sand Tommy Körberg
7.Sunny Girl - AndersGlenmark
8.Mio Min Mio - Karin Glenmark
| 9.The Winner Takes It All
- Tommy Körberg
11.Du Måste Finnas Helen Sjöholm
12.Anthem - Tommy Körberg
13.Take A Chance On Me
14.Does Your Mother Know
15.On And On And On
16.Thank You For The Music
Arrival-First Flight- A tribute to ABBA 1998
This album has the most interesting track selection of any of the ABBA tribute albums .Arrival has chosen to cover some lesser known ABBA album tracks here,they have recorded a rare 1976 B&B song never recorded by ABBA (Funky Feet), have recorded a non-B&B composition ( All My tomorrows) and most interestingly have done a full length version of "Just A Notion".
Arrival is a Swedish ABBA cover band, and this album was produced by ABBA bassist , Rutger Gunnarsson.
What About Livingstone/ Just A Notion/
All My Tomorrows/ That's Me/Kisses Of Fire/ Watch Out/ I've Been Waiting For You/
He Is Your Brother/Funky Feet /Money x3
Hey Hey Helen/Eagle/ Waterloo/
ABBA-LOVE STORIES- Fall 1998
Nothing new here, Available
on CD in some markets. This is the most serious and recent attempt
to issue a ABBA " love song " of "ballad /slow
song" collection.. .. Unlike many previous attempts at an
ABBA love CD ,there are no -B-sides or solo tracks. The title
implies that ABBA's
songs tell stories ,which is a bit of a oversell. ABBA really were not much at doing songs about finding true love, many of their best songs were about breakups, or nothing at all.
Nice cover on this one- They used a lovely photo
from the ARRIVAL era, This wasn't released in the USA.
This compilation sold OK k but was really only a hit in France where for some reason it hit #3.
1. Fernando 10. Eagle
2. The Name Of The Game 11. Slipping Through My Fingers
3. Chiquitita 12. My Love, My Life
4. The Winner Takes It All 13. Our Last Summer
5. I Have A Dream 14. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room
6. The Day Before You Came 15. I Wonder (Departure)
7. One Of Us 16. I Let The Music Speak
8. Andante, Andante 17. The Way Old Friends Do
9. One Man, One Woman
ABBA-The Collection Fall 1998 Available
on American CD..
Instead of Love Stories ,America got this even more pointless
collection of about a dozen songs, all of which is easily available elsewhere, They
recycled a photo from The LALOM/ONX3 single for the cover.
Thank You For The Music/The Winner Takes
/Fernando/One Of Us /Angeleyes /The Day Before You Came/Eagle
/So Long/Why Did It Have To Be Me /Ring Ring/The Way Old Friends Do
Frida-SVENSKA POPFAVORITER Late 1998 Swedish CD
A compilation of 14 tracks from her three albums released in
Sweden on the Polar label. (FRIDA ENSAM, SOMETHING's GOING ON,
SHINE). No rarities are included. This was released just in the
market. As yet there hasn't been a internationally released Frida- only compilation. A compilation that included some of her many rarities would be
most welcome.A compilation of 14 tracks from her three albums released in Sweden on the Polar label.
(FRIDA ENSAM, SOMETHING's GOING ON, SHINE). No rarities are included. This was released primarily in the Swedish market. As yet there hasn't been a internationally released Frida- only compilation.A compilation that included some of her many rarities would be most welcome but apparently Frida herself has vetoed such an idea.
This version is out of print-and has been reissued with a new cover-see below.
Fernando(Swedish version)/Shine/Vill Du Låna En Man/The Way You Do/Liv På Mars?/I Know There´s Something Going On /Aldrig Mej/Threnody/Ett Liv I Solen/Come To Me(I am Woman) /Skulle De Va Skönt/Tell Me It´s Over/Var Är Min Clown
ABBA-Greatest Hits 39 Grandes Exitos 1998 Venezuelan 2CD set
This release also couples ABBA Gold and More ABBA gold into one box.. But instead of calling it Forever Gold-the Spanish speaking folks in Caracas called it 39 Grandes Exitos...Yes, the word for "hit" in Spanish is "exitos". This CD has edited versions of "The Name Of The Game", Voulez-Vous","The Visitors", ..
The 25th anniversary of the 1974 Eurovison contest as well as the premiere of Mamma Mia brought a considerable increase in ABBA related releases and sales. The last three months of the year alone saw the release of 12 different related ABBA albums! But there was little in the way of actual new material.
This website was also begun in August 1999.
ABBA reunion...but not on record..
Another ABBA reunion...but not on record.. Gorel Hanser's 5oth birthday party....
After the demise of ABBA, A,B,B & F could
found in the same room only a few private occasions one of those
times was Gorel Hanser's 50th birthday party in 1999. Gorel is
the former VP of Polar Music. At the party for Mrs. Hanser A,B,B
& F sang
a old standard called "Med En Enkel Tulipan' (With a Single Tulip). This is the last time ABBA sang together ...
B&B also wrote a minor tribute to Gorel called Briggens Blåögda Blonde Kapten performed by a choir that translated from the Swedish to English would be called "Briggens' Blue eyed Captain" . As far, as we know neither song was
recorded for the benefit of bootleggers. The second song however can be found in an instrumental studio version on the album Benny Andersson's Orkester.
Michael B. Tretow -LET'S BOOGIE January 1999(original Lp release 1976) Released in europe on CD.
Long belated rerelease of this humourous album
by ABBA engineer and resident comedian,
This album is famous for featuring all of the
members of ABBA and their band in the roles
of sideman to the incredibly silly -Michael B. Tretow,. The album's main flaw is that Micke
can't sing, or rather he sings too much. Hey Micke, What's the B stand for anyway???
This was originally released on Lp in 1976.
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/
ABBA-The American remastered CD's March 1999 North America
The remastered series -remastered CD versions of WATERLOO,RING RING, ABBA,ARRIVAL, THE ALBUM, VOULEZ VOUZ, SUPER TROUPER, THE VISITORS and LIVE were released in the USA, once again long after the rest of the world, and when they came out they had no bonus tracks, partly because American song royalities rules of the time discouraged additional tracks on CD's. The American remaster I bought ,THE ALBUM
had no liner notes , no lyrics and no"ABBA members posed at night" photo. Guess,I
better hold onto my LP. The situation was sort of rectified in the 2001 remasters which finally brought remasters with bonus tracks to America.
ABBA-The Album/Super Trouper 1999 Europe 2CD set
ABBA--The Album/Voulez-Vous 1999 Europe 2CD set
For some reason these studio albums were coupled together in this strange manner
ABBA-THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1972-1982 29 CD limited edition set Released April 1999
Limited edition 29 CD set made in Germany .
ABBA for the independently wealthy. This
is a limited edition box set of 29 ABBA's singles as
they were released in Germany.This is based on a similar vinyl single box set of German singles released in the 1980's. This set is also known as the Tin Biscuit Box set because that's what the actual box looks like. Later a more standard cardboard version was released without the 2 bonus CD's (Yes, a really stupid idea!)
This new CD version was released in April
1999 to celebrate the 25 th anniversary of ABBA's 1974 Eurovision
win. That explains why the bonus CD is a one track CD of "Waterloo
" (Swedish version),thus all four version of "Waterloo"
are included. All the tracks have been remastered,
and are presented in their full lengths . The box offers up the first appearance on CD for the full-length version of "Lovelight".
The original sometimes quite cheesy German
45 picture sleeves are reproduced on the CD sleeves. The set included some liner notes
by Carl Magnus Palm . There is absolutely no
new material here. Save your money and give
it to your favorite charity.
People Need Love/Merry-Go-Round
Ring Ring/Rock'n'Roll Band
Honey, Honey/Ring Ring
So Long/I've Been Waiting For You
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do/Rock Me
SOS/Man In The Middle
Mamma Mia/Intermezzo No.1
Dancing Queen/That's Me
Money Money Money/Crazy World
Knowing Me, Knowing You/Happy Hawaii
The Name Of The Game/I Wonder live
Take A Chance/I'm A Marionette
Eagle/Thank You For The Music
Summer Night City/Medley
Does Your Mother Know/Kisses Of Fire
GimmeX3/The King has Lost His Crown
I Have A Dream/Take A Chance live
The Winner Takes It All/Elaine
Super Trouper/The Piper
One Of Us/Should I Laugh Or Cry
Head Over Heels/The Visitors
The Day Before You Came/Cassandra
Under Attack/You Owe Me One
Waterloo (German )/Waterloo (French)
and a bonus CD ...
one song CD of Waterloo (Swedish)
ABBA-25 jaar na Waterloo April 1999 Netherlands CD
Dutch only thingie. Jaar mean Jar. Jaar Jaar Bings ? No ,no,
Jaar means year! It's been 25 years since Waterloo" This is a Dutch Greatest Hits package that actually went all the way to #1! And hey it's got a booklet with lyrics and the full version of The name of the Game... There was dancing in Amersfoort!
Those Dutch like their ABBA records....They drink Vla and listen to ABBA!!!
Waterloo, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, S.O.S., Fernando, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You, The Name Of The Game, Take A Chance On Me, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night City, Chiquitita, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), I Have A Dream, The Winner Takes It All, Happy New Year, Super Trouper, One Of Us, The Day Before You Came
ABBA-The Tribute April 1999 Various Artists ABBA-A tribute The 25th Anniversary Celebration 1999 American CD
For once, something ABBA related originates from America. This is a compilation put together by ABBA fan Jeffrey de Hart. The attention to detail shown here is your clue that this is not polygram/universal release.
It was released on the Relativity label. Released in Mid-1999 around the 25th Anniversary of ABBA's victory at the Eurovision song contest.
The CD , cassette, and Lp versions (yes Lp)
of this are all slightly different. The Lp
has remixes of a a few of the tracks .The Cassette has a different track listing,it
has "He Is your Brother by Svenne and Lotta
on it, which the CD does not have.
This is a much better collection than Polar's
Swedish tribute album. Frankly, that is because this includes better known artists. American, German, Irish,Swedish, Taiwanese (CoCo Lee) and British artist are featured here- showing off the the universality of ABBA's appeal. The artists here include Frida & the Real Group, Erasure, Go West, Bananarama, Mike Love (of the Beach Boys), Information Soceity and others. A few of the tracks were borrowed from the Swedish ABBA tribute album called ABBA-THE TRIBUTE.
Unlike other specially recorded all star tributes like
TWO ROOMS (the tribute to the music of Elton John), most of the songs had been released before, but many of the tracks are hard to get .
My favorite tracks here (other than Frida of course) are Evan Dando's minimalist version of "Knowing me, Knowing You" and Peter Cetera's duet with Country singer Ronna Reeves on SOS. (Peter produced Agnetha's I Stand Alone album). Peter comes up with a interesting opening to start the song.
Two tracks are of the most interest to ABBA
fans- firstly , Michael Tretow and his daughter do
a clever version of "Honey Honey' which features small bit of 13 ABBA songs thrown in and secondly, Frida's acappella collorabation with Sweden's The Real Group on "Dancing Queen". This tracks marks the first release of new solo material by Frida on American soil since "Something's Going On". Of course, this track isn't really new it was released in 1994. It's a great jazzzy version of "Dancing Queen." This CD might have have been a good place to include U2's live concert performance of"Dancing Queen" with B&B . But that track is never going to see the light of day.
The liner notes for this record include a lengthy essay by ABBA expert, Carl Magnus Palm. The essay intersperses comments about the CD tracks with a history of ABBA's troubled history in America. Apparently this album will go out of print in 2002 when the licensing agreement runs out on the songs.
CD TRACK LISTING
Co Co Lee - "Dancing Queen" Go West - "One Of Us",Irma - "The Name Of The Game" Army of Lovers - "Hasta Manana "Bananarama - "Waterloo "Ash - "Does Your Mother Know"Evan Dando - "Knowing Me Knowing You"Hazell Dean - "The Winner Takes It All Information Society - "Lay All Your Love On Me"Abbacadabra - "The Visitors (Crackin' Up)"Erasure - "Take A Chance On Me E-Rotic - "Money Money Money" Mike Love - "On And On And On", Peter Cetera & Ronna Reeves - "S.O.S.Sofia & Michael B. Tretow - "Honey Honey"The Real Group with Frida - "Dancing Queen" The Wedding Band -"Bridal Dancing Queen"
ABBA GOLD (remastered )March 999 Intertnational CD
Remastered this time-the track listing was the same-but the liner notes were now by Carl MAgnus PAlm
ABBA-MORE ABBA GOLD (remastered) July 1999 Intetnational CD
Remastered this time-the track listing was the same-but the liner notes were now by Carl MAgnus Palm .
This version was not released in Australia...
Abracadabra-ABBAsalute 2CD set August 1999
A compilation album with new material from these
chaps. Agnetha's-"Wrap Your Arms Around Me"is the only non-ABBA song covered here.
ABBA-The Collection. Mid 1999 European
3CD/1 VHS tapeset
This is a three CD set issued in Europe.Not be confused with the American release of the same name....
IT was marketed solely on TV and through
mail order. The three CD's are called ABBA
Classic, ABBA romance, and ABBA dance. No new tracks here,but nicely
packaged with some liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm. Also features a bonus
A*TEENS -ABBA Generation September 1999
Released throughout Europe , after great success
in Sweden. A*Teens have proven to be the most welcome of the ABBA cover bands. The A*Teens go by the names -Marie, Sara, Dhani, and Armit. Armpit? Oh -Armit!
(Why do they sound like a Indian/Spanish/Israeli band). In fact, all of the A*Teens were born in Sweden. Well, nothing lasts the group eventually broke up in 2005.
ABBA-The COMPLETE SINGLES COLLECTION September 1999 Available internationally in a Limited Edition 27 CD setCD
This is a new version of the multi-CD Tin Biscuit Box set. It has been revised and degraded . It now no longer has the two extra "Waterloo" singles, and the liner notes have been shortened.
25 Jaar Na Waterloo deel 2 September 1999 Dutch CD
A Dutch only release. This is another single CD "Best of" compilation set. This is remastered features ABBA lesser hits and some album tracks.
This is the followup to the highly successful 25 JAAR NA WATERLOO CD issued earlier in the year. "Deel 2" means Part 2.
Mamma Mia, Eagle, Does Your Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Head Over Heels, Slipping Through My Fingers, Angeleyes, That's Me, Cassandra, Honey Honey, Eagle, Ring Ring, People Need Love, Lay All Your Love On Me, When I Kissed The Teacher, I Am The City,
ABBA-MORE ABBA GOLD September 1999 Australian CD
The strange Australian reisssue . It is remastered
(good), has a liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm
(good) and has a altered track listing (a good and a bad thing.).
Instead of "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" , "Ring Ring", and the two b-sides Lovelight and "Cassandra" we find in their place .THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, ..I have A Dream, and "Super Trouper".
It's not clear why "Lovelight" and "Cassandra" would be taken out, but it' is understandable why there is no "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do "or "Ring Ring"on this version of MORE ABBA GOLD since they are already on the AUSTRALIAN VERSION OF ABBA GOLD.
| 1. Summer Night City,1979
GREATEST HITS 2
2. Angeleyes, 1979 VOULEZ-VOUS
3. The Day Before You Came,1982 THE SINGLES
4. Eagle 1977, THE ALBUM
5. Super Trouper, 1980,, SUPER TROUPER
6. So Long, 1975, ABBA
7. Honey, Honey, 1974, WATERLOO
8. The Visitors, 1979 , THE VISITORS
9. Our Last Summer, 1980, SUPER TROUPER
10. On and on and On, 1980, SUPER TROUPER
11..I have A Dream, 1979VOULEZ-VOUS
19.THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, 1977,THE ALBUM
Angeleyes-ABBAdance Late 1999 European CD
This CD is a dançe orientated record by the cover band -"Angeleyes".There was controversy over this release when Benny discovered that the record label who put this out were flagrantly using the ABBA logo on the cover. (oh horror of it !) . So the copies were withdrawn, sorta, maybe , perhaps....
ABBA-The ORIGINALS October 1999 British 3CD set
A three disc repackaging of ABA's 1974 studio
andThe compilation albums THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON, and THE VOICE
OF ABBA. They must have had overstock in the
warehouse. The same repackaging was released
in Germany earlier in the year.As you may remember THE VOICE OF ABBA is actually an Agnetha/Frida solo compilation....
Agnetha Faltskog -Volume One -October 1999 (Rerelease of 1968 album) German CD Out of print...
Royal Records were authorized to release Aggie's very first album.This is the first of Agnetha's pre-ABBA solo albums to be released on CD. The CD includes three bonus tracks. This is no longer available ....You can get this album on the De Första Åren box set....The bonus tracks show up on disc five of that set....
Jag var så kär/Jag har förlorat dig /
Utan dej/ Allting har förändrat sej /
Försonade/ Slutet gott allting gott /
Tack Sverige / En sommar med dej /
Snövit och de sju dvärgarna /
Min farbror Jonathan / Följ med mig
Den jag väntat på
Bonus Tracks- Sjung denna sång
Någonting händer med mig /
Borsta tandtrollen bort (Aggie's Public
service announcment to remind Swedish
folk to brush their teeth.)
Original London Cast-Mamma Mia November 1999 British CD Available internationally ...
Mamma Mia is an original musical based on the
songs of ABBA. This is the original cast album for
the smash hit London West End version that
premiered on April 6, 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre - Edward is the same theater that the West End version of CHESS was performed at. This cast recording has gone Gold already in many of the markerts that it has been release..
About year or two after the West End premiere , the musical traveled to North America and Australia.
Mamma Mia made a successful Broadway premiere in October 2001.
Catherine Johnson wrote the clever Book (script)
and the musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd.The songs obviously
were by Björn Ulvaeus,Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson.
MAMMA MIA uses about two dozen ABBA songs to help tell a totally
non-ABBA storyline about a mother and a daughter.The mother ,Donna
Sheridan is played by( London) Chess veteran, Siobhan McCarthy.
Her daughter, Sophie Sheridan is played by Lisa Stokke and musical
revolves around the mystery of who is Sophie's father. It is interesting
to note that Mammia Mia is produced, directed , written by woman
and that most of the lead characters are woman.
The actors sing often truncated versions
of ABBA songs sometimes timed for comedic effect. The songs used in the musical
were mostly drawn from ABBA singles. Almost all of the songs on ABBA GOLD were used in the musical. Indeed , Benny complained that "Waterloo" wasn't included soit was added in at the end as encore number. "Fernando" was the largest hit not used-it is only sung in a quick 10 second snippet..
The musical concept doesn't sound very promising but somehow audiences have been happy with the stage musical and critics have been no worse than lukewarm. The show's success appears to be due to the witty way the musical was written and staged combined with the already proven appeal of the songs. Unlike Chess or Kristina this is a decidedly peppy,cheerful musical. You will walk out of theatre happy or else, Björn will drag you back in the theatre for another encore of "Dancing Queen"
MAMMA MIA'S huge commercial success, was at first due to to the undying loyalty of British and World ABBA fans who traveled to London to see the musical. Swedish fans in particular traveled by the thousands. But the musical quickly showed to have general appeal to casual fans of ABBA's music. By 2005, MAMMA MIA had been seen by 24 million ticket buyers....(I begin to see why some people hate ABBA!)
Björn came out of a long period of retrenchment
to coproduce the play with Judy Craymer and Richard East . Björn
was said to be to have been most heavily involved in insuring
the accuracy of the musical presentation. Benny, ( perhaps, because
no new music was needed) was
brought in only for just a short time only for about a week or two prior to the premiere. (Benny is also said to have helped with the all important job of cashing royalty checks.)
Actually, Björn and Benny had little
to do with coming up with idea for the play or
with writing the book, which after all were
the only new things about the "musical".B&B simply approved this particular idea.
There certainly seems some irony to the fact this the least important of B&B's musicals, the one with the least creative input from them is likely to be their most successful musical.
This cast album was recorded at Angel Studios in Britain and was released on Polydor in November 1999. The album is attractively packaged with lyrics and photos from the musical. All 24 tracks are crammed unto one CD.
B & B were only executive
producers of the album. The cast album was produced by Martin
Koch and Nicholas Gilpin. (Martin also worked on the arrangements.)
It is logical that B& B were not directly invloved with the
recording since their is little point in them attempting to recreat
what the have done already.
It is said that Benny wasn't entirely happy with some of the orchestrations done for Mamma Mia though the songs are presented preety faithfully . Listen for example to "Chiquittia" nearly all the subtle vocal effects and keyboard bits can be found.
Neither Björn( no surprise) nor Benny play on the album.( This is one of the few times Benny has avoided playing at least some keyboards on one of his projects). Musically there isn't much new on this album, with the exception of the act overtures which simply creative rearrangments of ABBA music. Some of the dialogue that is interspersed with the songs is included.
The general consensus seems to be that this is one B&B musical that works much better onstage than on record. This cast recording has gone Gold already in many of the markerts that it has been release..
It is beginning to look like Bjorn and Benny may make more money on this musical then they did with ABBA...in it's heyday...
If you going to buy this album you probably want to get the fifth anniversery edition which has bonus tracks,
|Track listing for MAMMA MIA ACT 1||ACT 2|
Money money money
Thank you for the music
Lay all your love on me
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,
The name of the game
Emma Härdelin-" Innan Gryningen" November 1999 CD Single The new hymn cowritten by Benny.
There are dozens of releases listed on this page, and this is one of the few that actually presents something new . "Innan Gryningen" is Benny Andersson 's new millenium single cowritten and instigated by lyricist Yvlva Eggehorn.
This song is actually not very melodic (unusual for Benny )but
the singing and instruments are
at least ,mildy haunting. Emma's voice is reminiscent of Lena Willemark. The song is almost akin to British folk music of Steeleye Span or Sandy Denny..
" Innan Gryningen" is performed by vocalist Emma Härdelin with Triakel and Benny. The song's title translates in English to "Before The Dawn'. Benny plays on the record. The hymn was performed live on January 1, 2000 . This has only been released in Sweden by Benny's Mono label. Oddly, the CD has only the one song on it. It was later issued as part of album by triakel...
ABBA-Waterloo (German version ) /Megamedlye German single November 1999
The mega medley includes -Super Trouper /Dancing Queen Take A Chance On Me (live version)
/I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do/Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!/Money, Money, Money
/SOS /Mamma Mia/Waterloo /Knowing Me, Knowing You /'One Of Us/Chiquitita
The mix is Edited by Kramer and Neubert 1999.A remix single-god forbid! From, what i understand not a particularly effective remix. It's hard to understand how they were able to to this.
ABBA"-Happy New Year"/ 2. Andante, Andante Thank You For The Music single,A*TEENS-"Happy New Year " single November 1999 Various territories
Both ABBA and the A*Teens have released this song as a single to celebrate the millenium.
ABBA's single is just simply a reissue of their 1980 track from the SUPER TROUPER album. "Andante Andante , "The Way Old Friends Do, Thank You For The Music, Ring Ring (German version) or Angeleyes were used as B-side's in various countries.
The A*Teens have changed the lyrics on
their new version. The line "At the end of '89" becomes," at the end of '99".
ABBA-THE Complete Singles Collection November 1999 German 2CD set
This is new 2CD set released in Germany by our
Local markerts often like to have locally issued compilation albums This set, at least has all three German language ABBA recordings on it.
For whatever reason, this particular compilation was also released in China in 2000...
DISC ONE (18 tracks)
People Need Love / Ring, Ring/. Waterloo / Waterloo (German Version) / Honey Honey/. So Long/. I Do x 5 / S.O.S.. Mamma Mia / Fernando/ Dancing Queen / Money, Money, Money / Knowing Me, Knowing You /The Name Of The Game / Take A Chance On Me / Eagle / Thank You For The Music / Summer Night City
DISC TWO (15 tracks)
Chiquitita / Does Your Mother Know / Voulez Vous/ Gimme x 3/ I Have A Dream / The Winner Takes It All / Super Trouper/. Lay All Your Love On Me / One Of Us / Head Over Heels / The Day Before You Came/ Under Attack / Ring, Ring (German Version) /Happy New Year / Wer Im Wartesaal Der Liebe Steht (German vers. of Another Town Another Train/
Various Artists -ABBAMANIA November 1999 British CD
This is an album based on a one hour British ITV Tv special shown in October 1999. Also Included here is the THANK YOU ABBA tribute medley sung at BRITS awards in February 1999.
Yes here are some totally new ABBA covers!
Most of the folks here are British acts...
Amazingly, Westlife's version of "I Have A Dream"
went to number one in the UK at the end of 1999. (ABBA's 1979 version made it only up to Number 2.)
To recap ABBA had nine number singles in the
UK. B&B also went to number one with
"I Know Him So Well" , Erasure took the
the EP -lead track- "Take A Chance On Me"
to Number one in the UK, so B&B's total
number ones on the UK charts stands now at 12.
Back to our album review, such as it is...
Part of the proceeds from this album go to charity and for those who care this is a British only release..
Thank Abba For The Music" That
last song was already released as a single
and was a British hit.... Note the rare choice
of a CHESS song ("I Know Him So Well") for a Abba tribute album.
This album has a white cover
Steps-Lay All Your Love On ME
Madness -Money X3
Lay All Your Love On Me
Westlife-I Have A dream
Stephen Gately -Chiquitita
Denise Van Outen - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme] Culture Club -Voulez Vous
Martine McCutcheon Mamma Mia
S Club 7 - Dancing Queen
Steps -I Know Him So Well
B*Witched - Does Your Mother Know
The Corrs -The Winner Takes It All
Steps , Cleopatra , B*witched & Tina Cousins-
Thank Abba For The Music
Original Malmo Cast-Sexton Favoriter Ur Kristina November 1999 Swedish CD
16 Favoriter Ur Kristina is a one disc abridgment
collection of some of the best songs from the
1996 3-CD KRISTINA cast album. Ten songs were chosen from the first
act and six songs were chosen from ACT II.
This was released in November 1999, about
three full years after the original three disc
set. The cover on the CD is black with 16
small stamps .
This collection is worth getting if you just want a taste of Kristina.
A*Teens-Dance Remixes 99 -Russian CD (unknown release date)
This is said to be a Russian release, as such it's not a overly official release but it does have what appear alternate versions of songs on the ABBA Generation CD. (this information was reported by Walter Veldman on ABBAMAIL.
Super Trouper (extended version)
Mamma Mia (extended version) /Voulez-Vous
Super Trouper (radio version) /
Lay All Your Love On Me/ Mamma Mia (radio version)/ S.O.S./
Our Last Summer/
Super Trouper (super super remix)
Mamma Mia (Giuseppe remix)
One Of Us /
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! /
Super Trouper (Pinocchio remix) Mamma Mia (Jam Lab remix)
ABBA-ORO Grandes Exitos (remastered version ) November 1999 Spanish CD Released 2000 elsewhere
ABBA Oro now has been remastered , and revamped to include
all 15 Spanish language ABBA tracks . The cover is black instead
of the gold found on the original ORO cover.
Also the cover is now graced with the ABBA members signeratures. ABBA Oro was released in the United States in 2000. A planned release for Mars has been rejected..Does anybody read this shit?
This new version was remastered and includes as bonus tracks the five additional
Spanish language songs first found on MAS ORO. ("Ring Ring"," Slipping Through My Fingers','Happy New Year' 'Andante,Andante' and 'When All Is Said and Done"). Thus this is now the essential Spanish language ABBA recording to buy.
1. Fernando 2. Chiquitita 3. Gracias Por La Musica 4. La Reina Del Baile 5. Al Andar 6. Dame! Dame! Dame! 7. Estoy Sonando 8. Mamma Mia 9. Hasta Manana 10. Conociendome, Conociendote11. Felicidad 12. Andante, Andante 13. Se Me Esta Escapando 14. No Hay A Quien Culpar 15.Ring Ring
ABBA-Classic ABBA -The Universal Masters Collection December 1999 European CD
Another compilation, this features hits thrown
together with non-hits. It apparently has been issued before earlier in the 1990's with a different name. The title implies it has been remastered but I cannot confirm that. A similiar release was the Milenium Edition
Thank You For The Music / The Winner
Takes It All / Fernando / One Of Us / Angeleyes / The Day Before
You Came / Eagle(edit) / So Long / Why Did It Have To Be Me /
Ring, Ring / The Way Old Friends Do / Slipping Through My Fingers
/ Hasta Mañana / Our Last Summer / My Love, My Life
/ If It Wasn't For The Nights / People Need Love / Happy New Year/
To read more reviews click below!Montief's handy guide to ABBA the Albums
|MONTIEF'S HANDY GUIDE TO ABBA THE ALBUMS!!!|
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|1977/1978- The Album||1979 Voulez-Vous and Greatest Hits Volume 2||1980-Super Trouper|
|1981-The Visitors||1982-The Singles-The First Ten Years and other 1982 sessions||1986-ABBA Live|
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