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  • #31
    Originally posted by Grybop
    Originally posted by theberen
    Originally posted by Grybop
    Originally posted by theberen
    Not sure about Eagle though. It's a bit... who cares if you're an Eagle?
    Glenn Frey does
    Who's that?
    One of the Eagles, the band that is.
    Bad pun inspired by your capital E.

    I get it haha.

    zeus555, others say it has some sort of dark undertones... something to do with aliens or somesuch. :-?
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    • #32
      Some complete classics but i'd like to draw attention to two overlooked latter singles:

      The Day Before You Came
      Under Attack

      and the stark terror of The Visitors- i really must get this album sometime.

      Too dark for the masses to handle, it seems.
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      • #33
        ^ The Visitors is probably ABBA's best album IMO. That album never gets old to me, it probably helps that there aren't any real smash hits off it (One Of Us is on Gold and When All Is Said And Done was used in Mamma Mia, but neither song are ubiquitous the way Dancing Queen or S.O.S. are). One sad thing about their breakup is that I could imagine what they had to offer as the 1980's progressed, as Super Trouper and The Visitors are both five star albums and they were getting so sophisticated and deep. Those actually were the first two studio albums I went for after hearing Gold and More Gold in the mid-90's (I already had heard Arrival since a vinyl copy was in the house when I was growing up)
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        • #34
          Abba Gold is an essential album of life. I think my favourite from them is either Super Trouper or Dancing Queen.

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          • #35
            I was a kid and I liked a lot the chicks from ABBA I think they were among the first to "engineer" their music and had an excellent management strategy.

            Anyway, the inheritance they left to the pop music has been huge and unprecedented in certain aspects.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Blondini
              Some complete classics but i'd like to draw attention to two overlooked latter singles:

              The Day Before You Came
              Under Attack

              and the stark terror of The Visitors- i really must get this album sometime.

              Too dark for the masses to handle, it seems.
              YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE THAT ALBUM?

              What, and you call yourself an ABBA fan?
              I sing for the things money can't buy me.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by theberen
                Originally posted by Blondini
                Some complete classics but i'd like to draw attention to two overlooked latter singles:

                The Day Before You Came
                Under Attack

                and the stark terror of The Visitors- i really must get this album sometime.

                Too dark for the masses to handle, it seems.
                YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE THAT ALBUM?

                What, and you call yourself an ABBA fan?
                I never called myself a fan! I'm as much a "fan" as most people! Blondie are my pop barometer, not Abba/ABBA (?)
                Tony's Charts ft Hits / Albums (1st August 20) - Black Honey, Sylvan Esso, Flock Of Dimes, Zella Day, Tate McRae, Hurts, Wye Oak, Shlohmo, Sody and Cavetown, Billie Eilish, Kate Rusby, Tim Arnold, Taylor Swift, The Naked and Famous, John Foxx and The Maths, Clan Of Xymox, Dolly Parton, Jessy Lanza, Seasick Steve...

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                • #38
                  At one stage Blondie wanted Benny & Bjorn to
                  Produce an Album for them. ABBA were too busy, at
                  the time.

                  Zeus555

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by zeus555
                    At one stage Blondie wanted Benny & Bjorn to
                    Produce an Album for them. ABBA were too busy, at
                    the time.

                    Zeus555
                    Seriously? That would have either been rather Amazing or downright Queefy.

                    Blondini - fair enough!
                    I sing for the things money can't buy me.

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                    • #40
                      UK TV Channel, ITV are doing an ABBA Special - 90 Minutes.

                      It will be shown later in 2010. Members of the Group will be
                      interviewed in it.

                      ITV want Fans to Vote for their favourite ABBA Single.

                      Please do join in:,

                      LINK:, (To Vote & for more details):,

                      http://www.itv.com/abba/

                      Zeus555

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                      • #41
                        Obvious choice, but I've gone for "Dancing Queen", it's a perfect pop song.

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                        • #42
                          Although CD's are dying out, did anyone know that The Visitors was actually the first commercially produced CD in October 1982?

                          Here's an interesting article about it along with pictures of the original CD (which is considered priceless as so few exist)

                          http://abbaoncd.wordpress.com/european- ... -cds-1982/
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                          • #43
                            I recently bought an old Record Mirror from E-Bay dated 4 December 1976 and I just had to tell about a few letters sent to the paper about ABBA.

                            Arrived
                            AFTER LISTENING to Abba's 'Arrival' I can honestly say they must be the most talented band around. They have become much more rewarding to listen to and anyone who hasn't heard it should immediately beg, borrow or steal a copy.
                            Abba fan, Scotland

                            Abbanother!
                            DAVID MOODY ought to get his head tested if he starts saying that Abba will be droped like hot bricks in the not too distant near future. All the groups that have been dropped before just weren't in the same class. They never produced, arranged and published all their own songs. Abba are in a class of thier own.
                            An Abba fan, Dorchester


                            I wonder if David Moody changed his mind or got his head tested?
                            Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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                            • #44
                              Interesting read there.

                              I think "Arrival" was a pivotal moment in their career and I think that was when they went from being a singles act (even though "Waterloo" and especially "ABBA" had some major hits, neither album were particularly huge sellers and the Greatest Hits album seemed to really be the beneficiary of those songs than the actual parent albums) to truly crafting excellent albums.
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by pollei
                                Abba Gold is an essential album of life.
                                Definitive Collection is best Greatest Hits album for ABBA.
                                Heidi Range - Change Your Wicked Ways
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4XpC8BEE1I
                                Heidi Range, you are my angel and I love you.

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                                • #46
                                  Bought five ABBA albums + Definitive Collection in early Summer 2011. Now, I'm ABBA fan.

                                  Some unfamous songs, which I like:
                                  1. When I Kissed The Teacher
                                  2. That's Me
                                  3. Kisses On Fire
                                  4. As Good As New

                                  Question: It's singles? (YES or NO)
                                  1. Honey, Honey
                                  2. Hasta Manana
                                  Heidi Range - Change Your Wicked Ways
                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4XpC8BEE1I
                                  Heidi Range, you are my angel and I love you.

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                                  • #47
                                    The Visitors album is worth buying simply for the title track alone I have them all apart from "Ring Ring" just haven't got round to buying it yet. My fave Abba album is Voulez Vous.
                                    You taste just like glitter mixed with rock and roll
                                    I'd rather be a comma than a full stop

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                                    • #48
                                      Alex

                                      Honey Honey and Hasta Manana were singles though not in the UK.

                                      For ABBA Worldwide chart list site go to,
                                      http://home.zipworld.com.au/~callisto/abba.html


                                      You might like to know that most countries went with Honey Honey as the follow up to Waterloo - it made #2 in Germany. in the UK, Epic records chose Ring Ring which peaked at #32. Meanwhile, while that was in the charts a cover version of Honey Honey by an obscure group, Sweet Dreams reached the UK top 10!


                                      5 songs that should have been UK singles
                                      1. Honey Honey
                                      2. Hast Manana
                                      3. Eagle
                                      4. As Good as New
                                      5. when all is said and done


                                      As for the Definitive Collection, the remixes of Ring Ring and Voulez Vous at the end could have been replaced by two non-singles from Mamma Mia, Our Last Summer and Slipping Through My Fingers.

                                      I would have also included As Good as NEW (#1 in Mexico)and Hasta Manana (#2 South Africa)instead of some of those very early songs!

                                      If you read the booklet - assuming it's a physical copy you have, you'll see more info about the songs.

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                                      • #49
                                        Johnnyboy, Thanks for info and link.
                                        I have physical copies, but they are Russian version without booklets.
                                        Heidi Range - Change Your Wicked Ways
                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4XpC8BEE1I
                                        Heidi Range, you are my angel and I love you.

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                                        • #50
                                          Love the group and I wish they would have been bigger here in the States. One of my favorite tunes from them is Bang A Boomerang.

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                                          • #51
                                            April 23 sees the release of The Visitors Deluxe Edition. As with previous releases in the Deluxe Edition series, this version of ABBA’s final album offers a DVD of archive material along with CD bonus tracks – including the demo medley ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel’, the first previously unreleased ABBA recordings since 1994!


                                            The Deluxe Edition of The Visitors, ABBA’s eighth and final studio album, will be released on April 23, 2012. Originally released in 1981, the album features single hits such as ‘One Of Us’, ‘Head Over Heels’ and ‘When All Is Said And Done’, along with ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’, which is highlighted in one of the more poignant moments in the Mamma Mia! musical.

                                            Like the previous Deluxe Editions of ABBA’s albums, The Visitors will feature several bonus selections along with a DVD of rare and previously unreleased material from the archives.

                                            For ABBA fans, the most sensational inclusion in the package will be the previously unreleased track, ‘From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)’. This is the first time since the Thank You For The Music box set in 1994 that ABBA have opened the doors to the tape vaults to release previously unheard music from the group’s heyday.

                                            Watch this space for more information about the track list and the previously unreleased recording.


                                            THE VISITORS – DELUXE EDITION

                                            DISC 01: CD
                                            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
                                            11. I Am The City
                                            12. You Owe Me One
                                            13. Cassandra
                                            14. Under Attack
                                            15. The Day Before You Came

                                            Extra Bonus Track:
                                            16. From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel (demos)


                                            DISC 02: DVD:
                                            1. Two For The Price Of One (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
                                            2. Slipping Through My Fingers (Dick Cavett Meets ABBA)
                                            3. When All Is Said And Done (Original Promo Clip)
                                            4. ABBA In London, November 1982 (The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC)
                                            5. ABBA In Stockholm, November 1982 (Nöjesmaskinen, SVT)
                                            6. The Visitors TV commercial I (UK)
                                            7. The Visitors TV commercial II (Australia)
                                            8. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial I (UK)
                                            9. The Singles – The First Ten Years TV commercial II (Australia)
                                            10. International Sleeve Gallery

                                            http://abbasite.com/articles/news/the-v ... d-in-april!
                                            http://swedishmusic.tistory.com/

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                                            • #52
                                              me must have!

                                              The Visitors is my fave ABBA album, and the release of an as-of-now unreleased track?!?!?
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                                              • #53
                                                Originally posted by NothingFails
                                                me must have!

                                                The Visitors is my fave ABBA album, and the release of an as-of-now unreleased track?!?!?
                                                + 1. I have all the deluxe editions so far. I wish they would release the final demo of "Just Like That". I know Bjorn and Benny never wanted to, but the fans want it so bad :(

                                                Anyway Excited about this. And "The Visitors" is my favorite album as well.
                                                “B**** come here! B**** come here! B**** come here!”

                                                “I’m staying right here.”

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                                                • #54
                                                  A piece in 'The Guardian' (UK) Newspaper about the unreleased
                                                  ABBA Track. (Several interesting 'Readers Comments', beneath it):,

                                                  http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/ja ... heard-song

                                                  Zeus555

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                                                  • #55
                                                    I'm looking forward to hearing that new track. It's a pity the deluxe edition will include You Owe Me One but not Just Like That.

                                                    Thanks for that Guardian link, Zeus.

                                                    We should use this thread more

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                                                    • #56
                                                      An article in the 'Daily Mail' about the unreleased
                                                      Track on 'The Visitors' Deluxe Edition.

                                                      Read the Comments beneath it. (Click On 'View All'
                                                      to see everyone's Comments).

                                                      As you can see, some people have misunderstood the
                                                      Headline, & they think it is wrong. It says that it
                                                      ABBA's first 'unheard' Song in nearly 2 Decades.
                                                      Some people think that it means since 1981, when
                                                      'The Visitors' came out. It actually means since
                                                      1994, when the 'Thank You For The Music' Box Set
                                                      came out. So, the Headline is not wrong at all.

                                                      LINK:,

                                                      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... cades.html

                                                      Zeus555

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                                                      • #57
                                                        After the Limited Edition, (500), 'Happy New Year',
                                                        recently, there will now be 5,000 Limited Edition
                                                        12" 'Voulez-Vous' Remix/Extended Singles, released.
                                                        It comes out on Saturday April 21st.

                                                        The one that we already have on 'The Definitive
                                                        Collection', (2001), I should imagine.

                                                        I like the 'B' Side, far better - the usual 1979 'Voulez-Vous'
                                                        LP version of 'If It Wasn't For The Nights'.

                                                        LINK - More Details:,

                                                        http://abbasite.com/articles/news/abba- ... -store-day

                                                        I think that these releases are simply being put
                                                        out to make it look like ABBA Fans are being given
                                                        extra special 'Treats'. However - we've had this
                                                        Music before. None of us are being offered anything
                                                        new.....

                                                        Zeus555

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                                                        • #58
                                                          The Demo Versions Track on 'The Visitors' (Deluxe),
                                                          was premiered on BBC2 TV, in the UK, today.

                                                          I did not hear it/see it, but here is the Review of an
                                                          Irish ABBA Fan - Seanie - from an ABBA Fan Site:,

                                                          'FROM A TWINKLING STAR TO A PASSING ANGEL'

                                                          Well it premiered on BBC 2 today and I had to listen to it!
                                                          I love it! There is 6 versions, with the last version taking up half (almost a complete song).

                                                          So there is

                                                          - Bjorns "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" version
                                                          - Frida "Another Morning Without You"
                                                          - Disco Version (Loads of Harmonies and great vocals)
                                                          - Twinkling Piano where Frida sings and talks the words over it dead:
                                                          - Vocoder version (probably my least favourite version although Fridas vocals are So amazing)
                                                          - 3 full minutes of an "alternative take" with raw vocals.

                                                          I love it! AMWY is so wonderful and the disco version is really cool!
                                                          Bjorns version is actually really cool! Agnetha fans wont be very happy though because I can't hear at all (but then again I'm not looking out for her)

                                                          The disco version is my favourite. Half of the demo is taken up by the last alternative take, and about a minute of the rest.

                                                          I'm in heaven literally! I'll post this in the spoiler thread also.

                                                          His 2nd Post - the Times of each 'Section' of the 9 Minute Track:,

                                                          Now, here roughly how long each demo lasts from my recording (it's not entirely accurate but an estimation)

                                                          Bjorn "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" - 1.10 minutes
                                                          Another Morning Without You - 1.17 minutes
                                                          Disco Version - 1.26 long
                                                          Instruments Version - 1.05 minutes
                                                          Vocoder Version - 0.41 seconds
                                                          Alternative Take - 3.01 minutes

                                                          Zeus555

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                                                          • #59
                                                            There is to be a 'New' Global ABBA Compilation in May.

                                                            The odd thing, that I find, is that neither 'Our Last Summer', nor 'Slipping Through My Fingers',
                                                            are on it. Both of which many people heard for the first time in the 'Mamma Mia!' Film,
                                                            & many of them liked those Songs. So, there is still not an ABBA Compilation, that matches
                                                            the ABBA Songs in the 'Mamma Mia!' Film.....(I'm not fully sure if they match all of the Songs
                                                            in the Stage Musical - I've never seen it).

                                                            The Cover Photo was originally made for the 'Dancing Queen' Single, in 1976.

                                                            http://www.abbasite.com/the-essential-collection/

                                                            The Set is to be released in 3 ways:,

                                                            A) A 2 CD + DVD Edition (Limited Edition. This will only be available for a certain time)

                                                            B) A 2 CD Edition

                                                            C) A DVD Edition

                                                            (In the UK, The OCC will, combine the Sales of A & B, for Album Chart purposes.
                                                            Presumably, that is how it is done by other Countries Chart Compilers, too).

                                                            THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION - ABBA (MAY 2012)

                                                            What the ABBA Site says about it:,

                                                            All the hits and more featured on 2 CDs and 1 DVD.

                                                            May 21, 2012 is the release date for The Essential
                                                            Collection, a brand new collection of ABBA
                                                            hits and other classic tracks. The release will come
                                                            in three different configurations: a double-CD,
                                                            a DVD, and a Limited Edition package featuring the
                                                            two CDs, the DVD and an illustrated 28-page
                                                            booklet. The DVD features all official ABBA promo
                                                            clips in remastered form, including two previously
                                                            unreleased videos: ‘Conociéndome, Conociéndote’ and
                                                            ‘Gracias por la música’ (Spanish versions
                                                            of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Thank You For The
                                                            Music’, respectively).

                                                            Track listings:

                                                            CD 01:

                                                            1. People Need Love
                                                            2. He Is Your Brother
                                                            3. Ring Ring
                                                            4. Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
                                                            5. Waterloo
                                                            6. Honey, Honey
                                                            7. So Long
                                                            8. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
                                                            9. SOS
                                                            10. Mamma Mia
                                                            11.Bang-A-Boomerang
                                                            12. Fernando
                                                            13. Dancing Queen
                                                            14. Money, Money, Money
                                                            15. Knowing Me, Knowing You
                                                            16. That’s Me
                                                            17. The Name Of The Game
                                                            18. Take A Chance On Me
                                                            19. Eagle
                                                            20. One Man, One Woman
                                                            21. Thank You For The Music
                                                            22. Summer Night City

                                                            CD 02:

                                                            1. Chiquitita
                                                            2. Does Your Mother Know
                                                            3. Voulez-Vous
                                                            4. Angeleyes
                                                            5. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
                                                            6. I Have A Dream
                                                            7. The Winner Takes It All
                                                            8. Super Trouper
                                                            9. On And On And On
                                                            10. Lay All Your Love On Me
                                                            11. Happy New Year
                                                            12. One Of Us
                                                            13. When All Is Said And Done
                                                            14. Head Over Heels
                                                            15. The Visitors
                                                            16. The Day Before You Came
                                                            17. Under Attack

                                                            DVD:

                                                            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. On And On And On
                                                            23. The Winner Takes It All
                                                            24. Super Trouper
                                                            25. Happy New Year
                                                            26. When All Is Said And Done
                                                            27. One Of Us
                                                            28. Head Over Heels
                                                            29. The Day Before You Came
                                                            30. Under Attack
                                                            31. Estoy Soñando (I Have A Dream, in Spanish)
                                                            32. Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Knowing Me, Knowing You, in Spanish)
                                                            33. Gracias Por La Música (Thank You For The Music, in Spanish)
                                                            34. Felicidad (Happy New Year, in Spanish)
                                                            35. No Hay A Quien Culpar (When all is Said & Done, in Spanish)
                                                            36. The Last Video


                                                            Zeus555

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                                                            • #60
                                                              Another ABBA compilation?

                                                              I wish B&B would just give us that rarities disc we've been clamoring for for years
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