The most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, the origins of the Swedish superstars ABBA dated back to 1966, when keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, a onetime member of the popular beat outfit the Hep Stars, first teamed with guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus, the leader of the folk-rock unit the Hootenanny Singers…
The initial Polydor Abba CDs released in 1982 were only available in territories where PolyGram had the Abba licence but this was to change in 1983 as Polar entered the CD market. In reality, Polar’s entry into the CD market masked a simple case of outsourcing as PolyGram were simply asked to press up copies of their Abba titles with Polar catalogue numbers and packaging. While PolyGram would continue to supply their local markets with red coated Polydor CDs, Abba’s other European licencees would be sent the ‘Polar’ CDs.
They may have been released later than the first European Abba CDs but the group’s earliest Japanese CD releases are much rarer and more sought after than even the coveted West German redface Polydor CDs. The six titles released by Abba’s then Japanese licencee, Discomate, in early 1984 [The Visitors and Super Trouper have 1983 copyright dates] remained in circulation for a relatively brief period of time before being supplanted by Polydor’s P33P series three years later. By this time, Discomate had either lost its Abba licence or gone bust, depending on what version of events you believe. In any case, the CDs seem to have sold relatively poorly and are rarely seen for sale within the collector’s market – when they do, they generally fetch astronomical amounts by the standards of Abba CDs.
New 2012 remastered reissue of 1975 album expanded with 3 bonus tracks & a 24-page booklet with extensive liner notes.Also includes a DVD with previously unreleased TV footage including the 1976 'Abba In Australia' doco. The Deluxe Edition of the ABBA album is the sixth release in the series of ABBA Deluxe Editions (the seventh if you count the 30th Anniversary Edition of Waterloo). The format is the same as for previous Deluxe Editions: one disc a CD of the original album plus bonus tracks, one disc a DVD of previously unreleased television material relevant to the period when the album and its hit singles climbed the charts all over the world.
ABBA Arrival (2006 issue Deluxe Edition 2-disc [CD/DVD] set comprising a 16-track CD album features the classic hits Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You & Money Money Money alongside 5 Bonus Recordings including Fernando and 3 Spanish Versions; plus Bonus DVD containing a collection of some of the rarest interviews and most sought-after vintage television performances [previously unreleased on DVD] including the legendary 1976 special ABBA-dabba-dooo!! a cartoon version of Happy Hawaii footage from the Dancing Queen recording session and much more.
Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the Swedish Pop quartet's 1979 album now expanded with five bonus tracks plus a companion DVD that contains television performances from 1978 and 1979. Voulez-Vou was the Pop foursome's sixth album and was released at the tail end of the Disco era, coinciding with the marital split between members Agnetha and Bjorn. The CD features the original 10 track album plus five bonus tracks including 'Lovelight', 'Dream World' and 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)'. The DVD features performances, interviews and original TV commercials.
Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of this 1980 album from the Swedish Pop icons. Super Trouper was the UK's biggest selling album of 1980 and a worldwide blockbuster. The album reflected a change in style, returning them to the Pop/Rock sound typical of their earlier albums. This Deluxe Edition features the digitally remastered version of the original album plus bonus tracks. The DVD contains a number of television performances of tracks from the Super Trouper album, none of which have been released on DVD before plus the vintage documentary Words And Music.
The celebrations of ABBA’s 40th Anniversary year of 2014 continue with the latest release in the acclaimed ABBA Deluxe Edition series. In April of this year, Waterloo Deluxe Edition was released, attracting 4-star reviews in the music press, and in November, ABBA’s Spanish-language 1980 album Gracias por la música will receive the Deluxe Edition treatment. The original album has been expanded with 5 bonus tracks, plus a 40-minute DVD featuring vintage promo clips and previously unreleased television material. Gracias por la música Deluxe Edition will be released November 10, 2014.
Number Ones is a collection of all the international #1 hits on one DVD. Includes an interactive scrapbook with details of all the Abba #1's. Also includes footage from Live From Top Of The Pops, BBC 1974; from Hei Sveis!, Norway 1975 and from The Late Late Breakfast Show, BBC 1982.
This reviewer wasn't too excited on buying this DVD, until he noticed the list of bonus features, which is impressive, to say the least. On its face, way back when, the video of ABBA in Concert was a kind of non-event, a last gasp in their history back in 1980-whatever. Although the related live album has some historic and technical interest, the idea of releasing a full-length concert video by this group had to be a part of the endgame strategy for their management and record label, because once the images of ABBA performing their stuff were released commercially and circulated freely, theoretically (at least) it removed the impetus for a any full-blown subsequent concert tour, and, in the absence of significant new material to expand their repertoire, any reunion.