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ABBA 1975-1976 GREATEST HITS & BEST OF ABBA


"Can you hear the drums, Fernando?" OR ARE YOU DEAF?

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ABBA-Best of ABBA 1975 Australian Lp

Though not strictly part of the ABBA canon,
BEST OF (the first ABBA compilation album released outside of Sweden) is an important record in the history of ABBA. BEST OF was released in Australia and a few other territories.

According to the Guinness Book of World
Records BEST OF is the largest selling single disc album ever released in Australia (at 1.2 milion copies). During it's intial chart run in Australia this album sold 860,000 copies . Australia had a population of 14 million at the time. This was an unprecedentated rate of market penetration. ABBAmania struck Australia with a vengeance and would not die down for two years. At one point ABBA would have five songs in the Australian top ten. ABBA fervor was never this extreme anywhere else, though ABBA had similarly high market penetration in many territories. ABBA was so popular in Australia that a backlash developed
and after 1977 ABBA would be less popular in Australia than in many other territories.

The track listing for BEST OF was similar to, but not the same as the nearly concurrent GREATEST HITS album. GREATEST HITS would be released in late 1975 in Sweden, and thus was officially part of the ABBA canon! Greatest Hits was released in 1976 in much of the world (including the US and Great Britain).

Unlike GREATEST HITS , BEST OF had "Hasta Manana'', but BEST OF didn't have "He Is Your Brother, Another Town, Another Train,
or Fernando'. (The RING RING album was made available in Australia so there was less of a advantage in the having the RING RING tracks on THE BEST OF album. )

The "Fernando" single hadn't been released when BEST OF came out. So when, "Fernando' was released in 1976, it became ABBA 's biggest selling Australian single. ( It was #1 for sixteen weeks ! )

In Australia ,"Fernando" ended up being placed on the ARRIVAL album. But, most territories would see "Fernando' on the GREATEST HITS album.

TRACK LISTING
, Side 1: Waterloo; Ring Ring; Honey, Honey; Mamma Mia; People Need Love; Nina, Pretty Ballerina
Side 2: I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; SOS; Dance (While The Music Still Goes On); Bang-A-Boomerang; Hasta Mañana; So Long

 

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THE ABBA PHENOMENA IN AUSTRALIA

 

ABBA-ABBA's Greatest Hits 1975/6 Released on Cd internationally but phased out

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

This was only ABBA's third album released in many parts of the world and it would come only 22 months after their Eurovision victory with "Waterloo".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 GREATEST HITS DETAILS  Track listing for GREATEST HITS (with source album)

 

* Swedish release November 1975 # 1

 

* UK release March 1976 # 1

 

* US release September 1976 # 48

 

* Produced by Andersson-UlvaeusSINGLES drawn from

Fernando(not on ABBA album)/Tropical Loveland

  Side A

SOS -ABBA

He Is Your Brother-RING RING

Ring Ring-RING RING

Hasta Manana-WATERLOO

Nina Preety Ballerina-RING RING

Honey Honey-WATERLOO

So Long-ABBA

 Side B

I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do,I Do-ABBA

People Need Love-RING RING

Bang-A-Boomerang-ABBA

Another Town, Another Train-RING RING

Mammia Mia-ABBA

Dance (While the music still goes on)-WATERLOO

Waterloo-WATERLOO

Fernando (on later additions)

 

To hear the drums somewhere else...

* ABBA's next studio album1976-Arrival

* HOME -ABBA-THE ALBUMS

 

 

Montief's handy guide to ABBA the Albums

 HOME-ABBA-THE ALBUMS  1970-1972 The Early Years (Lycka, Pa Svenska, Early singles)  1973 Ring Ring
 1974-Waterloo  1975-ABBA'S 1975 studio album  1975/1976 ABBA's first Greatest Hits album
 1976/1977-Arrival  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
 1970's& 1980's ABBA Compilations and Reissues  1990's/2000's ABBA compilations  1986-ABBA Live
 ABBA's Spanish &Non English recordings  ABBA Box sets  ABBA-Career as a group

 ABBA THE ALBUMS -SITE INDEX -REVIEWS OF ALBUMS SORTED BY ARTIST
 HOME-ABBA-THE ALBUMS ABBA -Group Career

 

ABBA, Group& Solo -100 Great Records

  AGNETHA SOLO CAREER  FRIDA SOLO CAREER

 BJORN AND BENNY incl.

their musicals and productions

 Benny SOLO CAREER   TRIBUTE ALBUMS & COVER GROUPS   RELATED ARTISTS
  BJORN AND THE HOOTENANNY SINGERS

  BENNY &

THE HEP STARS

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 ABBA GOES TO THE MOVIES  ABBA GOES TO THE Theatre  INDEX TO ALBUMS REVIEWED ON THIS SITE

 ABBA THE ALBUMS - GROUP & SOLO ALBUM REVIEWS LISTED IN ODER OF YEAR OF RELEASE
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 ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1976-1979  ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1980-1984 ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1985-1989
  ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1990-1994 ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR 1995-1999 ALBUMS YEAR BY YEAR  2000's

Chart revised October 2005 by Montief OR SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE HIM...


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