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 ABBA-The Complete Studio Recordings 9CD/DVD Planned Release November 7, 2005

Following the example of last year's Japanese box set, Polar /Universal have put together a new "complete' box set.This is the first internationally released box set to compile all of ABBA's studio albums... The roomy blue box contains 9 Cd's, 2 DVd and two hard back booklets.  One of the books has lyrics , the other has commentary, and liner notes. The DVD's are NTSC standard...

Unlike the recent 2001 remasters the  album slip covers are pretty much actual replicas of the original covers of the orginal album covers.

The audio component features most of ABBA's released recordings including all eight studio albums, b-sides, foreign language recordings, most alternate mixes as well as the rarities that were released after ABBA broke up...  The set has four alternate mixes  new to Cd- the mono mix of "On and On And On" previously heard only on  videos,"Should I laugh or Cry " has Benny counting it in the beginning,  "Waterloo" is the Swedish single mix and "Summer Night City" is  the correct full length version rather than a patched together version.This set is the first to include Spanish versions as bonus tracks on every one of the eight studio albums.
The major exclusion here is of course, ABBA's live album and the half or dozen other officially released  live tracks..But of course, those would not fit the description-"STUDIO' recordings. 


Naturally,  unreleased studio recordings (like the full version of "Just Like That " or "Nationsang' ) have been not included here either.. Nor does one find private releases like "Sang to Gorel', "Fanfare for a  Ice Hockey Championship".
The DVD set features basically a repackaged version of THE DEFINITIVE CollectionDVD set  on the first  DVD.  the  recent "OUR LAST VIDEO' puppet video is included as a bonus.

In a way, it's good that Universal did include   any true rarities in this boxsince it would highly annoying to have buy this expensive box set-just to have a couple of new tracks...

A history of ABBA (originally found on the ABBA GOLD DVD  and a short version of the 1981 DICK CAVETT TV special concert is on the second DVD.
There have been complaints from fans that the Dick Cavett segment only has five of the originally aired nine songs-Supposedly, they can not  find the other four songs in the proper quality  in the archives. The other songs are out there -ABBAMAIL put out an unofficial VHS  of the whole show... But what is in the actual archives must be incomplete...


Supposedly  this may  be limited edition release...So it might not  be around forever...

ABBA: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS

Tracklisting:

CD1: RING RING
1. Ring Ring
2. Another Town, Another Train
3. Disillusion
4. People Need Love
5. I Saw It In The Mirror
6. Nina, Pretty Ballerina
7. Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
8. Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother
9. He Is Your Brother
10. She's My Kind Of Girl
11. I Am Just A Girl
12. Rock'n Roll Band

BONUS TRACKS

13. Ring ring (bara du slog en signal) (Swedish Version)
14. Åh, vilka tider
15. Merry-Go-Round
16. Santa Rosa
17. Ring Ring (Spanish Version)
18. Wer im Wartesaal der Liebe Steht (German Version of Another Town, Another Train)
19. Ring Ring (German Version)

CD2: WATERLOO
1. Waterloo
2. Sitting In The Palmtree
3. King Kong Song
4. Hasta Mañana
5. My Mama Said
6. Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
7. Honey, Honey
8. Watch Out
9. What About Livingstone
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
11. Suzy-Hang-Around

BONUS TRACKS

12. Ring Ring (US Remix 1974)
13. Waterloo (Swedish Version)
14. Honey, Honey (Swedish Version)
15. Waterloo (German Version)
16. Hasta Mañana (Spanish Version)
17. Ring Ring (1974 Remix, Single Version)
18. Waterloo (French Version)

CD3: ABBA
1. Mamma Mia
2. Hey, Hey Helen
3. Tropical Loveland
4. SOS
5. Man In The Middle
6. Bang-A-Boomerang
7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
8. Rock Me
9. Intermezzo No.1
10. I've Been Waiting For You
11. So Long

BONUS TRACKS

13. Crazy World
12. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton - On Top Of Old Smokey - Midnight Special (1978 mix)
14. Mamma Mia (Spanish Version)

CD4: ARRIVAL
1. When I Kissed The Teacher
2. Dancing Queen
3. My Love, My Life
4. Dum Dum Diddle
5. Knowing Me, Knowing You
6. Money, Money, Money
7. That's Me
8. Why Did It Have To Be Me
9. Tiger
10. Arrival

BONUS TRACKS

11. Fernando
12. Happy Hawaii
13. La Reina Del Baile (Spanish Version of Dancing Queen)
14. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Spanish Version of Knowing Me, Knowing You)
15. Fernando (Spanish Version)

CD5: ABBA ­ THE ALBUM
1. Eagle
2. Take A Chance On Me
3. One Man, One Woman
4. The Name Of The Game
5. Move On
6. Hole In Your Soul
"The Girl With The Golden Hair" ­ 3 scenes from a mini-musical ­
7. Thank You For The Music
8. I Wonder (Departure)
9. I'm A Marionette

BONUS TRACKS

10. Al Andar (Spanish Version of Move On)
11. Gracias Por La Música (Spanish Version of Thank You For The Music)

CD6: VOULEZ-VOUS
1. As Good As New
2. Voulez-Vous
3. I Have A Dream
4. Angeleyes
5. The King Has Lost His Crown
6. Does Your Mother Know
7. If It Wasn't For The Nights
8. Chiquitita
9. Lovers (Live A Little Longer)
10. Kisses Of Fire

BONUS TRACKS

11. Summer Night City
12. Lovelight
13. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
14. Estoy Soñando (Spanish Version of I Have A Dream)
15. Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
16. ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame! (Spanish Version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! [A Man After Midnight]

 

CD7: SUPER TROUPER
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

11. Elaine
12. Andante, Andante (Spanish Version)
13. Felicidad (Spanish Version of Happy New Year)

 

 

CD8: THE VISITORS
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

10. Should I Laugh Or Cry (Intro Version)
11. No hay a quien culpar (Spanish Version of When All Is Said And Done)
12. Se me està escapando (Spanish Version of Slipping Through My Fingers)
13. The Day Before You Came
14. Cassandra
15. Under Attack
16. You Owe Me One

 

CD9: RARITIES (all new Compilation)
1. Waterloo (Alternate Mix, briefly available as a single A-side in Sweden)
2. Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton/On Top Of Old Smokey/Midnight Special (original German charity album mix, released in 1975)
3. Thank You For The Music (Doris Day Version)
4. Summer Night City (Full Length Version, first released in 1994)
5. Lovelight (Alternate Mix, first released in 1993)
6. Dream World (outtake from Voulez-Vous sessions, first released in 1994)
7. Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US promo)
8. On And On And On (Full Length Version, issued as video soundtrack in 1980)
9. Put On Your White Sombrero (outtake from Super Trouper sessions, first released in 1994)
10. I Am The City (outtake from 1982 album sessions, first released in 1993)
11. ABBA Undeleted (medley of outtakes, first released in 1994): Scaramouche / Summer Night City / Take A Chance On Me / Baby / Just A Notion / Rikky Rock 'n' Roller / Burning My Bridges / Fernando / Here Comes Rubie Jamie / Hamlet III Parts 1&2 / Free As A Bumble Bee / Rubber Ball Man / Crying Over You / Just Like That / Givin' A Little Bit More

 

 

DVD1: THE VIDEOS
1. Waterloo
2. Ring Ring
3. Mamma Mia
4. SOS
5. Bang-A-Boomerang
6. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
7. Fernando
8. Dancing Queen
9. Money, Money, Money
10. Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. That's Me
12. The Name Of The Game
13. Take A Chance On Me
14. Eagle
15. One Man, One Woman
16. Thank You For The Music
17. Summer Night City
18. Chiquitita
19. Does Your Mother Know
20. Voulez-Vous
21. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
22. I Have A Dream
23. On And On And On
24. The Winner Takes It All
25. Super Trouper
26. Happy New Year
27. Lay All Your Love On Me
28. When All Is Said And Done
29. One Of Us
30. Head Over Heels
31. The Day Before You Came
32. Under Attack

BONUS VIDEOS
1. Estoy Soñando
2. Felicidad
3. No Hay A Quien Culpar
4. Dancing Queen (1992 Version)
5. The Last Video

 

DVD2: THE HISTORY + LIVE IN APRIL 1981

The History: documentary (originally appeared on ABBA GOLD DVD)

Live In April 1981: selections from ABBA's final live concert, originally broadcast as part of the television special Dick Cavett Meets ABBA.

LIVE IN APRIL 1981
1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
2. Super Trouper
3. Two For The Price Of One
4. Slipping Through My Fingers
5. On And On And On


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