ABBA tops the charts in the United Kingdom. Once again, ABBA GOLD has hit number
one on the British album charts.
At nearly 16 years of age, it is the oldest release ever to
top the album charts. This is ABBA GOLD's fifth separate stint at top of the UK charts. ABBA Gold went to number first
in 1992, then three separate times in 1999, and finally once in 2008.
ABBA GOLD and MORE ABBA GOLD and on and on and on ad finitem!!!!
ABBA GOLD released September 1992 available Worldwide on CD
This is the biggest selling ABBA album. GOLD has been certified to have sold at least 20
million copies worldwide. And I have heard that as of 2004 this disc may have sold as many as 30 million copies. It is the
only single CD collection available in all of the world's territories of all the group's most successful hits. It was
released when Polydor bought the worldwide rights to ABBA's music & Polar Music itself from Stig Anderson for 300 million
Krona. Polydor got lucky since a second wave of interest in ABBA was occuring right when they released the collection.. Of
course, considering how popular ABBA was originally, it would be surprising if they couldn't sell a lot of copies of a well
markerted single disc greatest hits album . Even the USA has warmed to this CD to the tune of six million copies. GOLD received
a belated release in the US in 1993.
ABBA GOLD had it's own second wave of sales during 1999's 25th year since Waterloo
celebrations. Remarkably, in 1999 the album hit No 1 in Britain and other territories seven years after its release. ABBA Gold continues to sell well, partly, perhaps due to the musical Mamma
Mia, which has been a big sales tool for ABBA GOLD since almost all the songs in Mamma Mia can be found on
ABBA Gold and visa versa....
The observant will notice that on the original cover of this CD that the fontsize and placement
of the letters in ABBA's trademark logo has been subtly altered.The use of the crown over the logo was a bit of added touch
, that aimed to imply that ABBA was a classy, regal majestic band, and not a chessy, tasteless, commercial band with bad dress
Oh, and by the way, how is this as an album? It's a good but not very interesting compilation,
with 19 songs the collection is fairly generous . The emphasis on this CD is a bit overly much on the 1976 -1980 middle period,
all but 4 of the 19 songs come from this time, The main objection to this album is it tends to further the misnomer that ABBA
was solely a singles group. ABBA experts also tended to not care much for the original John Tobler liner notes or the design
.The recent remastered versions now feature more authoritative notes by Carl Magnus Palm.
It is interesting to note that originally in 1992 this album was actually also released on
a 2Lp set in some territories where Lp's had not totally dissapeared.
Tracks listed with year and source album of earliest release...
1. Dancing Queen ,1976, ARRIVAL
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You ,1976, ARRIVAL
3. Take a Chance on Me 1977, THE ALBUM
4. Mamma Mia,1975, ABBA
5. Lay All Your Love on Me , 1980, SUPER TROUPER
6. Super Trouper, 1980, SUPER TROUPER
7. I Have a Dream,1979, VOULEZ-VOUS
8. The Winner Takes It All ,1980, SUPER TROUPER
9. Money, Money, Money, 1977, ARRIVAL
10. S.O.S. , 1975, ABBA
11. Chiquitita , 1979, VOULEZ-VOUS
12. Fernando, 1976, GREATEST HITS
13. Voulez-Vous, 1979, VOULEZ-VOUS
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), 1979 GREATEST HITS 2
15. Does Your Mother Know, 1979 VOULEZ-VOUS
16. One of Us, 1981 THE VISITORS
17. The Name of the Game , 1977, THE ALBUM
18. Thank You for the Music, 1977, THE ALBUM
19. Waterloo, 1974, WATERLOO
| OTHER VIEWS an excerpt from a published review ...of ABBA GOLD|
| "ABBA GOLD was an compiled in 5 minutes, seemingly at random by a moron" -London's GAY
TIMES. (this comment is actually from their review of ABBA-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION...)|
the followup album to ABBA Gold...
MORE ABBA GOLD released Spring 1993 worldwide
This is a very listenable collection. Here are 13 of the hits that didn't fit on ABBA Gold,
4 interesting ABBA album tracks, two B-sides,and one never before released track .- "I Am the City "(rccorded in 1982). Indeed
,This album has 4 of the 6 -1982 songs on it. 12 of the 20 tracks are from 1979-1982.
This album was originally going to be more of a rarities/fan request project,that
would feature more B-sides and unreleased tracks such as"Just Like That'. But Polygram apparently decided
to go instead with track lineup with more familiar tracks.
The highlight of the album is the never before released track-"I Am the City "(rccorded in 1982).
Like many of ABBA's 1980's tracks-it features a lot of synthesizers, and good lyrics-unlike most of ABBA's 1980's work-Agnetha
and Frida sing a unison lead. In theory,, "I am the City" was being saved for a possible post Chess ABBA album, ABBA's other
unreleased 1982 track , Just like That'was also considered for release on MORE ABBA GOLD, but Bjorn and Benny nixed that idea.
But one does get a good sampling of ABBA's 1982 work with four of ABBA's six -1982 songs appear on ABBA, making this good
place to hear these songs together...
Not surprisingly, MORE ABBA GOLD didn't sell nearly as well as ABBA Gold... It has even gone
out of print in some territories but has been reissued in 1999 in some territories ,with a different song lineup, new liner
notes and some longer song edits. It has a white cover in contrast to ABBA GOLD 's black cover. The no longer available, Spanish
album, MAS ORO has a similar color scheme to More ABBA Gold but obviously a very different song lineup .
The original version of MORE GOLD had liner notes by UK ABBA press officer John Tobler, but
the recent remastered editions has liner notes by Carl Magnus Palm.On The recent Australian remaster edition the locals threw
out "Cassandra" and "Lovelight"..
Like ABBA GOLD, this album was originally also made available in a 2lp set in some places. MORE
ABBA GOLD has also been recompiled a couple times as part of the FOREVER ABBA 2 CD set and the recent SOUND & VISION DVD/2
| 1. Summer Night City,1979 GREATEST HITS 2
2. Angeleyes, 1979 VOULEZ_VOUS
The Day Before You Came,1982 THE SINGLES
4. Eagle 1977, THE ALBUM
5. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, 1975, ABBA
So Long, 1975, ABBA
7. Honey, Honey, 1974, WATERLOO
8. The Visitors, 1979 , THE VISITORS
9. Our Last Summer, 1980,
10. On and on and On, 1980, SUPER TROUPER
| 11. Ring Ring, 1973 RING RING |
12. I Wonder (Departure) 1977 THE ALBUM
14. Head over Heels, 1981 , THE VISITORS
15. When I Kissed the Teacher, 1976
16. I Am the City (previously
17. Cassandra 1982 , B-side
18. Under Attack, 1982 THE SINGLES
19. When All Is Said and Done, 1981,
20. The Way Old Friends Do, 1980 SUPER TROUPER
ABBA GOLD DVD version. Internationally released DVD.
A DVD version of this video was released in mid 2003. It features the nineteen songs found on
the VHS version as well as three bonus clips
Complimation of official music videos of all of the songs found
on the ABBA GOLD CD. The songs are presented in the same order as they are on the CD.
1. Dancing Queen 2. Knowing Me, Knowing You 3. Take a Chance on Me 4. Mamma Mia 5. Lay All
Your Love on Me 6. Super Trouper 7. I Have a Dream 8. The Winner Takes It All 9. Money, Money, Money 10. S.O.S. 11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando 13. Voulez-Vous 14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) 15. Does Your Mother Know 16. One of Us 17. The
Name of the Game 18. Thank You for the Music 19. Waterloo
ABBA Gold-SOUND AND VISION International release Fall 2003 -2CD/1DVD International release
This combines the new ABBA gold DVD with reissues of the audio ABBA GOLD and MORE ABBA GOLD CD's . This might
be the one to get if you have to delve into the Gold mine.
(The "Waterloo scene" movie Muriel's Wedding) encapsulates ABBA Gold. It epitomizes a transition
from desperately uncool to popular, but it also affirms loudly and clearly that it's okay to be a dork,a geek , a queer,-you
dont have to abide to commonly accepted defintions of hipnesss to be happy. There are worse ways to define a classic album-Elizabeth
ABBA GOLD-by Elizabeth Vincentelli Paperbook book Published by Continum in 2004
as part of the 33 1/3 series
This is the only book written so far, soley about a single ABBA album...The author makes a convincing case
for the importance of this particular album in the the ABBA canon, and as a pop album in general..The book is intelligently
and insightly written , Sadly the the book has no graphics or photos aside from the cover. Gosh reminds me of this website.
Interestingly, Elizabeth is a rare fan who is not overly thrilled with either The Album or Voulez-Vous.
To learn more about the so many other versions of ABBA Gold, visit the fabulous ABBA FOR THE RECORD SITE