ABBA

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Annotation

Swedish group. Most of the songs were written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and sometimes Stig Anderson.

There have been 7 known masters of the original studio recordings:

  1. Original releases (1974-1981)
  2. CD releases (1982-1992)
  3. ABBA Gold and Thank You For the Music Box Set (1992-1994), remastered by Michael B. Tretow
  4. Remastered releases (1997), remastered by Jon Astley and Tim Young.
  5. Remastered releases (2001), when Jon Astley revisited his earlier remasters, and fixed some errors.
  6. Remastered releases (2005), made by Henrik Jonsson. Featured on "The Complete Studio Recordings" and "The Albums" box sets.
  7. Remastered releases (2005-), feature on the Deluxe albums. Some of these albums use the same remasters as the previous two box sets, some are completely new remasters (Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors, ABBA).
Annotation last modified on 2012-11-21 22:07 UTC.

Wikipedia

ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and are the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.

ABBA's record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 140 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the best-selling music artists. ABBA were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and on a lesser scale, the US. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Hispanic American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band's active years, Fältskog & Ulvaeus and Lyngstad & Andersson were married. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus–Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson–Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics in contrast to their usual pure-pop sound.

After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA's music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA's catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992 which became a worldwide smash. Several films, notably Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived public interest in the group and the spawning of several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year.

ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit "Waterloo" was chosen as the best song in the competition's history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 2016, the members of ABBA announced an upcoming project in 2017.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Ring Ring ABBA 4 17
1974 Waterloo ABBA (Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida) 3.25 19
1975 ABBA ABBA 4 15
1976 Arrival ABBA 2.75 20
1977 The Album ABBA 4.5 18
1979 Voulez‐Vous ABBA 4.15 17
1980 Super Trouper ABBA 3.65 16
1981 The Visitors ABBA 14

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Greatest Hits ABBA 4 11
1976 All About ABBA ABBA 1
1976 Golden Double Album ABBA 1
1979 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 ABBA 5 7
1980 Gracias por la música ABBA 5 4
1980 A Wie ABBA: Die größten Erfolge von »Waterloo« bis »Super Trouper« ABBA 1
1980 The Magic of ABBA ABBA 1
1982 Dancing Special ABBA 1
1982 The Singles: The First Ten Years ABBA 5 4
1983 International ABBA 5 1
1983 Thank You for the Music ABBA 1
1984 From ABBA With Love ABBA 1
1986 The Hits ABBA 5 2
1987 The Collection ABBA 1
1988 Absolute ABBA ABBA 1
1988 ABBA: The Collection, Volume 2 ABBA 5 1
1988 The Best of ABBA ABBA 1
1988 The Hits, Volume 2 ABBA 5 1
1988 The Hits, Volume 3 ABBA 5 1
1989 The Love Songs ABBA 1
1990 The Hits Box ABBA 1
1991 Story ABBA 1
1992 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 4.25 23
1992 Die Story ABBA 1
1992 Karaoke ABBA 1
1992 Oro: grandes éxitos ABBA 5
1992 The ABBA Collection ABBA 2
1993 More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits ABBA 4.35 6
1993 Mas Oro ABBA 1
1994 Thank You for the Music ABBA 5 3
1995 Gold: Ballads ABBA 1
1996 The Music Still Goes On ABBA 5
1996 Master Series: ABBA ABBA 2
1996 Forever Gold ABBA 4 2
1996 Golden Stars International ABBA 5 1
1998 The Collection ABBA 1
1998 Love Stories ABBA 3 2
1999 25 jaar na 'Waterloo': De grootste hits in Nederland ABBA 1
1999 25 jaar na ‘Waterloo’: De grootste hits in Nederland deel 2 ABBA 1
1999 Singles Collection: 1972 ★ 1982 ABBA 1
1999 The Complete Singles Collection ABBA 5 1
1999 The Collection ABBA 1
2000 Millennium Edition ABBA 1
2000 The Complete Gold Collection ABBA 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of ABBA ABBA 1
2000 Classic ABBA 2
2000 Golden Collection 2000 ABBA 1
2001 S.O.S. the Best of ABBA ABBA 1
2001 The Definitive Collection ABBA 8
2002 The Name of the Game ABBA 4 1
2003 On and On ABBA 1
2004 The ABBA Story ABBA 1
2004 Todo ABBA: sus grandes éxitos ABBA 1
2005 The Best of ABBA ABBA 1
2005 18 Hits ABBA 5 1
2005 The Complete Studio Recordings ABBA 2
2005 La nostra storia: 20 grandi successi ABBA 1
2005 Classic ABBA ABBA 2
2006 Number Ones ABBA 3 4
2008 The Albums ABBA 1
2009 The Best of ABBA ABBA 1
2011 ABBA / Arrival ABBA 1
2011 Collected ABBA 1
2012 The Essential Collection ABBA 1
2013 Before ABBA ABBA 1
2014 40/40 The Best Selection ABBA 1
2014 The Best Of ABBA 1
ABBA (compilation) ABBA 1
Best ABBA 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Live ABBA 5 4
2009 日本上陸 In Japan ABBA 1
2014 Live at Wembley Arena ABBA 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 ABBA Remixed Step/Dance ABBA 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 People Need Love ABBA 4
1972 He Is Your Brother ABBA 2
1973 Ring Ring ABBA 7
1973 Love Isn’t Easy / I Am Just a Girl Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida 2
1974 Waterloo ABBA 6
1974 Honey Honey ABBA 5 2
1974 So Long ABBA 1
1975 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 5 1
1975 Mamma Mia ABBA 2
1975 S.O.S. ABBA 3
1976 Fernando ABBA 5 3
1976 Money, Money, Money ABBA 1
1976 Dancing Queen & That’s Me ABBA 1
1977 Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA 5 2
1977 The Name of the Game ABBA 2
1977 Eagle ABBA 5 2
1978 Take a Chance on Me ABBA 2
1978 Summer Night City ABBA 2
1979 Chiquitita ABBA 5 4

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